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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 06/18/18

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service Weekly Crop Report....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending June 17th, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 18 short, 73 adequate, and 5 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 7 percent very short, 25 short, 65 adequate, and 3 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Soybean condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 15 fair, 76 good, and 6 excellent. Soybeans emerged was 88 percent, behind 93 last year, but ahead of 82 for the five-year average.

    Spring wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 18 fair, 66 good, and 14 excellent. Spring wheat jointed was 62 percent, near 64 last year, but ahead of 49 average. Headed was 2 percent, behind 8 both last year and average.

    Durum wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 23 fair, 63 good, and 12 excellent. Durum wheat emerged was 95 percent. Jointed was 50 percent, behind 57 last year, but ahead of 33 average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 31 fair, 53 good, and 8 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 93 percent, near 96 last year. Headed was 42 percent, behind 59 last year.

    Corn condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 17 fair, 73 good, and 8 excellent. Corn emerged was 96 percent, near 97 last year and 93 average.

    Canola condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 24 fair, 59 good, and 10 excellent. Canola emerged was 96 percent, near 98 last year. Blooming was 5 percent, near 6 last year and 7 average.

    Sugarbeet condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 10 fair, 14 good, and 76 excellent.

    Oats condition rated 2 percent very poor, 2 poor, 22 fair, 68 good, and 6 excellent. Oats emerged was 93 percent, near 97 last year and 92 average. Jointed was 62 percent, near 64 last year. Headed was 8 percent, behind 17 last year, and near 10 average.

    Barley condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 16 fair, 77 good, and 5 excellent. Barley emerged was 98 percent, near 97 last year, and ahead of 91 average. Jointed was 67 percent, ahead of 61 last year and 48 average. Headed was 1 percent, behind 7 both last year and average.

    Dry edible peas condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 24 fair, 64 good, and 10 excellent. Dry edible peas emerged was 95 percent. Blooming was 28 percent, ahead of 22 last year and 13 average.

    Sunflowers planted was 96 percent, near 98 last year, but ahead of 87 average. Emerged was 66 percent, behind 76 last year.

    Flaxseed condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 68 good, and 9 excellent. Flaxseed emerged was 89 percent, ahead of 84 last year and 76 average. Blooming was 2 percent, near 3 last year, and equal to average.

    Potato condition rated 1 percent very poor, 0 poor, 8 fair, 69 good, and 22 excellent. Potatoes emerged was 90 percent, near 94 last year, but well ahead of 69 average.

    Dry edible bean condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 15 fair, 76 good, and 8 excellent. Dry edible beans emerged was 92 percent, near 91 last year, and well ahead of 72 average.

    Alfalfa condition rated 0 percent very poor, 8 poor, 47 fair, 39 good, and 6 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 18 percent, well behind 38 last year.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 12 poor, 40 fair, 42 good, and 3 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 3 percent very short, 16 short, 78 adequate, and 3 surplus.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A company supplying fertilizer to farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana is focusing on expanding partnerships after overcoming some challenges in its first year. The Bismarck Tribune reports that half of Dakota Gasification Company's business is now fertilizer with the addition of the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, which produces agricultural fertilizer like urea, sulfate and anhydrous ammonia.
 
     Operations Manager Trinity Turnbow says the company faced difficulties last month after a late spring unexpectedly sent farmers from across the upper Midwest to seek the manufacturer's product all at the same time. Turnbow says the company has plans to improve future operations, signing an agreement with Orascom Construction Indsustries N.V. to market and distribute millions of metric tons of fertilizer product.
 
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    BISMARCK, ND - Field days have been scheduled at multiple North Dakota sites to collect and redistribute flea beetles that eat leafy spurge.

    Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said persons interested in acquiring the flea beetles to release on their own property can collect them from established populations at the field day sites.

    "Leafy spurge continues to be one of North Dakota's worst noxious weeds," Goehring said. "Using the flea beetles for biological control, as part of an integrated pest management plan, has proven to be an effective tool in combatting leafy spurge infestations."

    The field days are scheduled as follows:

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. MDT, Tuesday, June 19 - Billings County - Franks Creek Road north of Fryburg.

11 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 20 - Morton County - 7 miles south of Mandan Municipal Airport.

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. MDT, Thursday, June 21 - Billings County - Wannagan Creek Road north of Medora.

10 a.m. MDT, Thursday, June 21 - Grant County - Lake Tschida Boy Scout Camp.

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. MDT, Wednesday, June 27 - Billings County - Franks Creek Road north of Fryburg.

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. MDT, Thursday, June 28 - Billings County - Wannagan Creek Road north of Medora.

11 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 28 - Stutsman County - 1508 4th St. NW, Jamestown.

    All attendees are asked to help collect and all beetles collected are distributed evenly.

    Attendees should bring a cooler with ice packs to transport the flea beetles, and are asked to bring sweep nets if they have them.

    More information and specific directions to field day sites are available by contacting the applicable local weed control officer:

For Billings County, contact Katie Clyde at (701) 218-0113.

For Morton County, contact Cody Schnabel at (701) 391-8006.

For Grant County, contact Merlin Leithold at (701) 220-7908.

For Stutsman County, contact Ron Manson at (701) 320-4512.

    The field days are co-hosted by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the weed boards of Billings, Morton, Grant and Stutsman counties.

 

 


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