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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 05/05/14

    FARGO, ND - At least an inch of precipitation was received over much of the state last week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures were 6 to 9 degrees below normal in most areas.

    Even though there were reports of fieldwork being done in some southern counties, the wet, cool conditions caused delays. Only 1.4 days were suitable for fieldwork. Reports indicated that, on average, fieldwork was estimated to begin May 4.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 2 short, 71 adequate, and 27 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 2 short, 80 adequate, and 18 surplus.

    Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 14 poor, 39 fair, 43 good, and 3 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 1 percent.

    Durum wheat planted rated 1 percent, near last year at 3 but behind 14 for the five-year average.

    Spring wheat planted was 5 percent, near 6 last year but well behind 28 average.

    Barley planted rated 3 percent, compared to last year at 2 but behind 22 average.

    Oats planted at 6 percent was near 8 last year but behind 23 average.

    Canola planted was 1 percent, equal to last year but behind 13 average.

    Dry edible peas planted were 3 percent complete, compared to last year at 0 but behind 23 average.

    Potatoes planted were 1 percent, near 0 last year but behind 19 average.

    Sugarbeets planted reached 6 percent, ahead of last year at 0 but well behind 41 average.

    Pasture and range conditions rated 4 percent very poor, 6 poor, 37 fair, 49 good, and 4 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 82 adequate, and 17 surplus.

    Calving was coming to a close and livestock producers have indicated that the cool, wet weather conditions have caused concern for pneumonia and scours in newborn calves. Cattle and calf conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 13 fair, 71 good, and 13 excellent. Calving was 81 percent complete. Cattle and calf death losses rated 24 percent below normal, 74 normal, and 2 above normal.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 15 fair, 73 good, and 10 excellent. Lambing was 86 percent complete and shearing 85 percent. Sheep and lamb death losses rated 20 percent below normal, 78 normal, and 2 above normal.

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     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The wet, cold weather is preventing Minnesota farmers from getting much planting done.
 
     In its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says only 8 percent of the state's corn crop has been planted, which is up 4 percentage points from last week's report but is still two weeks behind normal.
 
     The report says southwestern Minnesota continues to be the only part of the state where farmers are making progress.
 
     Widespread precipitation last week meant a statewide average of only 0.9 days were suitable for fieldwork. However, the rain is benefiting soil moisture levels. Subsoil moisture supplies are rated 90 percent adequate to surplus and only 10 percent short. Topsoil moisture is rated 99 percent adequate to surplus and only 1 percent short.

 


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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