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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Dry weather over the past week helped North Dakota's harvest, but below-freezing temperatures put a stop to fall tillage.  The National Agricultural Statistics Service says in its weekly crop report that the corn harvest is about 86 percent complete. That's well behind last year when it was done but ahead of the 76 percent average for this time of year.  The sunflower harvest is at an estimated 78 percent, well behind last year and average.


    MINOT, ND (NDSU) - A series of "Crop Opportunities 2014" meetings have been scheduled for Dec 2-6 across northwest North Dakota. The NDSU Extension Service in Ward County will be sponsoring one of these meetings at the North Central Research Extension Center on Thursday, December 5th at 1:30 pm.
    The introduction of additional corn and soybean acres to the region has led to some new opportunities for producers in their cropping rotations. These meetings will take a closer look at some of the options for corn production in next year's cropping season.  The "Crop Opportunities 2014" meeting series will cover a variety of agronomic, management, and market issues that will be of concern to producers in the 2014 growing season.
    Local Extension Agent, Paige Brummund will kick off the program with a brief update on the Farm Bill and key provision of the latest House and Senate versions. She will also discuss a few of the implications of having corn in a rotation and where corn bests fits in the crop rotation.

    Shana Pederson, NDSU Extension Area Crop Specialist, will cover the topic of "Steps to Improve Corn Production." Pederson will cover the basic agronomics of corn production for North Central and North Western North Dakota.  She will also address the importance of achieving an even stand at establishment and will have live plant specimens to allow the audience a chance to practice identifying different growth stages of corn.
    With the wet conditions experienced over the past few years, there have been numerous questions regarding the practice of vertical tillage. Chris Augustin, NDSU Area Soil Health Specialist, will address some of these questions such as: What are the potential benefits and disadvantages of vertical tillage. What do we know or not know about vertical tillage? Is it effective in drying the soil and does it have any negative impacts on soil health?

    Frayne Olson, NDSU Extension Crop Marketing Economist, will provide a "Crop Market Outlook" for the remainder of the marketing year and into the 2014 crop year. Olson will discuss the major crops and their current supply and demand situation. A key discussion will focus on the current decline in the corn market, what the long term outlook will be for corn prices, and impacts of corn prices on other crops.   

    Crop Opportunities 2014 meetings will also be held at the following locations:

Dec. 2 at 1:30 pm in Bowbells, Burke County Courthouse Community Room - with video connection to Williston Research Extension Center

Dec. 3 at 9:00 am in Crosby, Dakota Theatre

Dec. 3 at 1:30 pm in Stanley, Mountrail County South Complex

Dec. 4 at 1:30 pm in Anamoose, Senior Citizens Center

Dec. 5 at 1:30 pm in Minot, North Central Research Extension Center (NCREC)- with video connection Watford City, McKenzie County Courthouse Meeting Room

Dec. 6 at 9 am in Mohall, Emergency Services Facility   

Dec. 6 at 1:30 pm in Bottineau, Bottineau County Courthouse Conference Room

    The Crop Opportunities 2014 meetings are open to the public at no charge.  For more information or details on these meetings, contact the Ward County Extension office at 857-6444 or e-mail  

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota farmers have nearly finished their corn harvest despite cold temperatures and snow over the past week.
     In its final crops and weather report of the season for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday said the corn harvest advanced 4 percentage points to 98 percent complete as of Sunday. That's 6 points ahead of the five-year average of 92 percent for this late in the season. Minnesota's sunflower harvest advanced 7 points to 93 percent, slightly behind the normal 94 percent.
     Statewide, an average of 5.4 days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week.  As the state heads into winter, topsoil moisture supplies are rated 86 percent adequate and 8 percent short, while subsoil moisture is 75 percent adequate and 22 percent short.

     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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