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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 07/08/14

    FARGO, ND - Warmer temperatures occurred, but were still a few degrees below normal, according to the USDA's Weekly Crop and Weather Report. Rain was limited to an inch or less in most areas. Producers were busy cutting hay, but high water levels in some areas made it difficult to access fields. Spraying for weeds was wrapping up and fungicide applications were beginning for small grain crops. Statewide, there were 5.0 days considered suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 2 short, 68 adequate, and 30 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 2 short, 72 adequate, and 26 surplus.

    Winter wheat headed advanced to 88 percent. Turning color was 9 percent. Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 11 poor, 33 fair, 47 good, and 6 excellent.

    Durum wheat jointed was 59 percent, near 58 last year, but behind 70 for the five-year average. Headed rated 9 percent, behind 14 last year and 26 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 12 fair, 82 good, and 5 excellent.

    Spring wheat jointed was 84 percent, well ahead of last year at 64, but near 83 average. Headed rated 35 percent, ahead of last year at 29, but behind 40 average. Condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 14 fair, 66 good, and 17 excellent.

    Barley jointing advanced to 87 percent, well ahead of 61 last year, but near 83 average. Headed rated 34 percent, ahead of 22 last year, but behind 38 average. Barley condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 18 fair, 68 good, and 12 excellent.

    Oats jointing rated 82 percent, ahead of 73 last year, but near 85 average. Headed was at 30 percent, behind 34 last year and 41 average. Oats condition rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 11 fair, 79 good, and 8 excellent.

    Canola blooming was 63 percent, well ahead of 33 last year and 48 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 16 fair, 65 good, and 18 excellent.

    Flaxseed blooming was 12 percent, ahead of 9 last year, but behind 23 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 19 fair, 70 good, and 10 excellent.

    Dry edible peas blooming was 43 percent, ahead of 33 last year, but behind 59 average. Dry peas condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 19 fair, 69 good, and 9 excellent.

    Dry beans were 97 percent emerged, ahead of 87 last year, but equal to average. Blooming was 8 percent, ahead of last year at 0, but near 10 average. Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 22 fair, 58 good, and 13 excellent.

    Potatoes emerged were 93 percent, well ahead of 75 last year, but near 94 average. Blooming was 18 percent, well ahead of last year at 0, but behind 26 average. Condition rating improved to 7 percent very poor, 7 poor, 25 fair, 51 good, and 10 excellent.

    Corn silking was 4 percent, ahead of 0 last year and 3 average. Corn condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 18 fair, 59 good, and 21 excellent.

    Soybeans blooming were 12 percent, ahead of 0 last year, but behind 16 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 18 fair, 63 good, and 17 excellent.

    Sunflower condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 14 fair, 73 good, and 11 excellent.

    Sugarbeet condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 33 fair, 55 good, and 7 excellent.

    First cutting of alfalfa was 29 percent complete, well behind last year at 59 and 61 average. Alfalfa condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 9 fair, 70 good, and 20 excellent.

    Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 11 fair, 59 good, and 27 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 73 adequate, and 26 surplus.

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     NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) - Severe storms that hit North Dakota over the Fourth of July holiday weekend took a toll on farms and crops, with widespread damage reported in the west.  Mountrail County Extension Agent Jim Hennessey tells KXMC-TV that hail took out sunflower, soybean, corn and barley fields in a swath near New Town that might be 10 miles wide.  Farmer Scott Ruland says his barley field was waist high a few days ago, and now it's beaten into the ground.
 
     Heavy damage to crops and farm buildings also was reported in Mercer and Morton counties. KXMB-TV reports that strong winds damaged several buildings at the Roger and Eunice Bueligen farm near New Salem, and moved a horse trailer about 30 yards. The winds also damaged grain bins in Hazen.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - This year's Project Safe Send chemical collections in North Dakota are underway.  The first collection was scheduled Tuesday in Forman. Collections also are being held in 11 other cities this month, including Garrison and Rugby.
 
     The program gives farmers, ranchers, pesticide dealers and applicators, government agencies and homeowners a way to dispose of unusable herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides and fungicides free of charge. It's funded by fees that pesticide manufacturers pay to register their products in North Dakota. Collected pesticides are shipped out of state for incineration.
 
     People with more than 1,000 pounds of pesticides are asked to pre-register at least two days in advance. A maximum of 20,000 pounds of pesticides per participant will be accepted.
 
    Project Safe Send collection schedule: http://www.nd.gov/ndda/program/project-safe-send

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A group that funds developers of North Dakota farm products will consider grant requests totaling more than $300,000 at its quarterly meeting this month in Medora.  The Agricultural Products Utilization Commission will review 11 requests on July 22.      
 
     Among the groups making requests is North Dakota State University's Department of Veterinary and Microbiology Sciences, which wants $76,140 to defray costs of a program to prevent illness from the transmission of bacteria to food processing equipment.
 
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     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota farmers are coming off their best week for fieldwork in nearly a month.  Drier conditions gave farmers 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota says the weather allowed many farmers to catch up on herbicide and fertilizer spraying, and to make progress on the first cutting of alfalfa hay. Some farmers were able to replant soybeans and corn in drowned out areas.
 
     Nearly all of Minnesota's corn crop has emerged, with 64 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition. The state's soybean crop is rated 61 percent in good to excellent condition.
 
     Topsoil moisture is rated 70 percent adequate and 30 percent surplus, while subsoil moisture is 67 percent adequate and 32 percent surplus.

 

 

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

 

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