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    FARGO, ND - Producers continued planting, spraying, and other fieldwork in between scattered rain showers, according to the USDA's Weekly Crop & Weather Report.  Precipitation slowed fieldwork, especially in the northeast and southwest. The wetter than normal conditions created favorable growing conditions for pasture and rangelands across the state. Statewide, there were 4.9 days considered suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 5 short, 68 adequate, and 27 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 2 short, 77 adequate, and 21 surplus.

    Winter wheat condition rated 5 percent very poor, 15 poor, 38 fair, 40 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed advanced to 64 percent. Headed was 1 percent.

    Durum wheat planted rated 73 percent, near last year at 75, but behind the five-year average of 79. Emerged was 51 percent, equal to last year, but behind 64 average. Jointed was 1 percent, near 0 last year, but behind 12 average.

    Spring wheat planted was 93 percent, ahead of 75 last year and 88 average. Emerged was 70 percent, ahead of last year at 56, but behind 74 average. Jointed was 9 percent, ahead of last year at 4, but behind 20 average. Spring wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 2 poor, 14 fair, 72 good, and 10 excellent.

    Barley planting advanced to 92 percent, well ahead of last year at 67 and 85 average. Barley emerged was 69 percent, well ahead of 45 last year, but behind 71 average. Jointed was 5 percent, ahead of last year at 0, but behind 19 average. Barley condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 21 fair, 64 good, and 8 excellent.

    Oats planted, at 90 percent, was ahead of last year at 79 and equal to the average. Oats emerged was at 74 percent, near 69 last year, but behind 77 average. Jointed was 6 percent, ahead of last year at 4, but behind 22 average. Oats condition rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 10 fair, 84 good, and 4 excellent.

    Canola planted was 94 percent, well ahead of last year at 56 and 80 average. Emerged was 66 percent, well ahead of 29 last year and 59 average.
Flaxseed planted was 73 percent, well ahead of last year at 40, but behind 71 average. Emerged was 40 percent, well ahead of 17 last year, but behind 47 average.

    Dry edible peas condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 23 fair, 71 good, and 5 excellent. Dry edible peas planted were 91 percent complete, ahead of 86 last year and average at 87. Emerged was 76 percent, ahead of 66 last year, but near 78 average.

    Dry beans planted were 79 percent complete, well ahead of 37 last year and 69 average. Emerged was 37 percent, ahead of 5 last year and 33 average.
Potatoes planted were 78 percent, ahead of 60 last year, but behind 82 average. Emerged was 23 percent, ahead of last year at 14, but behind 40 average.

    Corn planted was 92 percent, ahead of last year at 88, but near 95 average. Emerged was 74 percent, ahead of 65 last year, but behind 76 average. Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 8 fair, 81 good, and 8 excellent.

    Soybeans planted were 84 percent, ahead of last year at 66 and 80 the average. Soybeans emerged were 40 percent, ahead of 23 last year, but behind 47 average.

    Sunflower planting was 59 percent complete, ahead of 31 last year, but behind 61 average.

    Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 16 fair, 65 good, and 16 excellent.

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


     BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota State University Small Grains Plant Pathology program is partnering with a similar program at North Dakota State University to deploy a small grains disease forecasting system for South Dakota.   
     The system uses weather variables including rainfall, temperature and relative humidity to predict the likelihood of fungal diseases development in small grains.
     SDSU Extension Plant Pathologist Emmanuel Byamukama (bee-YAHM-oo-KAHM-ah) says in order for plant diseases to develop, they need a host, a pathogen and a conducive environment.
     The host and most pathogens are always present, so the limiting factor then becomes the environment.
     Byamukama says the objective of the forecasting system is to help the grower protect the top two leaves that contribute the most to grain yield and to avoid unnecessary fungicide application.


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Wet conditions are delaying a final planting push by Minnesota farmers.
     Ninety-six percent of Minnesota's expected corn acreage has been planted, which is just 1 percentage point behind the five-year average. Soybean planting is 86 complete. That's 3 points behind the five-year average.
     A statewide average of three days were suitable for fieldwork last week.
     In its weekly crops progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture also said Monday that corn emergence is 89 percent, or 2 points behind the average. Sixty-five percent of the soybean crop has emerged, up 27 points from a week ago.
     Eighty percent of the state's corn crop is rated in good or excellent condition. The first soybean condition ratings for the year came in at 77 percent good or excellent.


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


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