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    FARGO, ND - Good planting progress was made with corn two-thirds complete and producers focus turning to soybeans, according to the USDA's Weekly Crop and Weather Report. Precipitation was received over the weekend with amounts of an inch common across most of the northeast. Soils will again need time to dry before fieldwork can resume.

    Temperatures averaged 4 to 8 degrees above normal in most areas. Pasture growth has responded well to the warmer temperatures and ample moisture. The number of days considered suitable for fieldwork were 5.5. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 2 short, 69 adequate, and 29 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 78 adequate, and 21 surplus.

    Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 17 poor, 39 fair, 39 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed advanced to 33 percent.

    Durum wheat planted rated 37 percent, well behind last year at 50 and 60 for the five-year average. Emerged was 10 percent, behind 17 last year and 35 average.

    Spring wheat planted was 59 percent, near 60 last year, but behind 73 average. Emerged was 26 percent, near last year at 25, but well behind 46 average.

    Barley planted advanced to 56 percent, ahead of last year at 47, but behind 67 average. Emerged was 17 percent, ahead of 10 last year, but well behind 40 average.

    Oats planted, at 66 percent, was equal to last year, but behind 73 average. Emerged was 28 percent, near 32 last year, but behind 46 average.

    Canola planted was 45 percent, ahead of last year at 39, but behind 63 average. Emerged was 11 percent, near 8 last year, but behind 32 average.

    Flaxseed planted was 21 percent, near last year at 22, but behind 45 average.

    Dry edible peas planted were 63 percent complete, behind last year and average at 78. Emerged was 15 percent, near 14 last year, but well behind 43 average.

    Dry beans planted were 13 percent complete, ahead of 7 last year, but well behind 32 average.

    Potatoes planted were 19 percent, behind 26 last year and well behind 56 average. Emerged was 2 percent, near 0 last year, but behind 12 average.
Sugarbeets planted reached 78 percent, behind last year at 88 and 92 average.

    Corn planted was 67 percent, near last year at 70, but behind 75 average. Emerged was 13 percent, behind 23 last year and 36 average.

    Soybeans planted were 31 percent, equal to last year, but behind 45 average.

    Sunflower planting was 13 percent complete, near 11 last year, but behind 23 average.

    Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 27 fair, 56 good, and 11 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 79 adequate, and 20 surplus.

    Cattle and calf conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 12 fair, 69 good, and 17 excellent. Calving was 95 percent complete. Cattle and calf death losses rated 33 percent below normal, 65 normal, and 2 above normal.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 75 good, and 10 excellent. Lambing was 97 percent complete and shearing 96 percent. Sheep and lamb death losses rated 27 percent below normal, 71 normal, and 2 above normal.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The National Sunflower Association says sunflower planting in North Dakota is up from last year after a late start, but is still down compared to the state's five-year average.  So far the group says state sunflower farmers have gotten 13 percent of their crop in the ground, compared to 11 percent at this time last year. The five-year average is 23 percent.
     Growers in Texas have gotten 50 percent in the ground while sunflower planters in Colorado have planted just 3 percent of their crop.


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Good weather has allowed Minnesota farmers to make rapid progress planting crops, but crops are still behind average.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Minnesota farmers had a season high of five days suitable for fieldwork last week.
     Eighty-one percent of Minnesota's expected corn acreage has been planted.  That's a jump of 28 percentage points over last week, but 11 points behind the five-year average.  There were scattered reports of corn being replanted in western Minnesota.
     Soybean planting was 49 percent complete, compared with an average 67 percent. Nearly half of the spring wheat crop was planted during the week.
     Minnesota sugar beet farmers also made rapid progress. Sugar beet planting now stands at 86 percent complete.
     The first cutting of alfalfa hay has started across southern Minnesota.


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


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