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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 08/26/14

    FARGO, ND - Heavy rainfall last week halted small grain harvest, according to the USDA's Weekly Crop and Weather Report. Almost the entire state received at least an inch of moisture last week, with areas in the southwest reporting totals of 4 to 5 inches. The moisture was needed for row crop development. However, flooding in localized areas caused losses of hay, fencing, and crops.

    Statewide, there were 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 6 short, 72 adequate, and 21 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 6 short, 80 adequate, and 13 surplus.

    Winter wheat mature was 95 percent. Harvested was 40 percent. Conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 15 poor, 30 fair, 44 good, and 6 excellent.

    Durum wheat turning color was 85 percent, near 88 last year and 86 for the five-year average. Mature was 49 percent. Harvested was 9 percent, near 11 last year, but behind 25 average. Conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 18 fair, 73 good, and 7 excellent.

    Spring wheat turning color was 94 percent, equal to last year and near 95 average. Mature was 63 percent. Harvested was 10 percent, behind 25 last year and well behind 43 average. Conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 17 fair, 61 good, and 19 excellent.

    Barley mature was 87 percent. Harvested was 26 percent, behind 33 last year and well behind 55 average. Conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 19 fair, 65 good, and 14 excellent.

    Oats turning color was 93 percent, behind 99 last year, but near 96 average. Mature was 74 percent. Harvested was 28 percent, behind 46 last year and 53 average. Conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 2 poor, 12 fair, 71 good, and 13 excellent.

    Canola turning color was 92 percent, ahead of 87 last year, but near 91 average. Harvested was 8 percent, behind 11 last year and 25 average. Conditions were 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 12 fair, 67 good, and 19 excellent.

    Flaxseed turning color was 79 percent, ahead of 73 last year, but near 80 average. Harvested was 1 percent, near 2 last year, but behind 13 average. Conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 18 fair, 71 good, and 9 excellent.

    Dry edible peas dropping leaves were 86 percent. Harvested was 35 percent, behind 59 last year and well behind 67 average. Conditions were 0 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 65 good, and 11 excellent.

    Dry beans setting pods was 90 percent, near last year at 89, but behind 96 average. Dropping leaves was 28 percent, ahead of 0 last year and 18 average. Conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 24 fair, 57 good, and 11 excellent.

    Potatoes at the rows filled stage was 94 percent, near 92 last year, but behind 98 average. Conditions were 2 percent very poor, 7 poor, 28 fair, 53 good, and 10 excellent.

    Corn in the dough stage was 57 percent, ahead of 53 last year, but behind 61 average. Dented was 2 percent, near last year at 4, but behind 20 average. Conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 17 fair, 56 good, and 22 excellent.

    Soybeans setting pods was 94 percent, ahead of last year at 91, but near 96 average. Conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 59 good, and 16 excellent.

    Sunflowers blooming were 92 percent, ahead of last year at 86, but near 93 average. Ray flowers dried were 3 percent, behind last year at 9 and 22 average. Conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 16 fair, 70 good, and 13 excellent.

    Sugarbeet conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 7 poor, 29 fair, 53 good, and 10 excellent.

    Second cutting of alfalfa was 66 percent complete, behind last year at 88 and average at 85. Alfalfa conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 12 fair, 63 good, and 21 excellent.

    Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 14 fair, 61 good, and 22 excellent. Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 2 short, 84 adequate, and 14 surplus.  
     
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     WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) - Experts say Minnesota farmers could be impacted by a decline in farmland prices.  Minnesota Public Radio News reports the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis found in its most recent quarterly survey that the state's farmland prices are on the decline. Economist Joe Mahon says prices per acre are about 4.5 percent less than they were a year ago.  That means the value of Minnesota's farmland, which is worth about $100 billion, has fallen by $4 billion across the state.
 
     Mahon says farmland prices began to fall when the selling price of corn reached unprofitable levels.  Others believe farmland prices are stable due to other factors.  Randy Dickhut is vice president of real estate operations at a company that sells Midwestern farmland. He says farmers and landowners have continued to benefit from low-interest rates.
 
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     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Widespread rains have slowed Minnesota's small grain harvest but also have improved row crop and pasture conditions.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 4.5 days were suitable for fieldwork in Minnesota during the week that ended Sunday.
 
     Minnesota's corn crop made a big advance last week. Seventy-eight percent of the corn crop was at or beyond the dough stage, a jump of 15 percentage points from the previous week. Seventy-one percent of the corn crop is rated in good to excellent condition.
 
     Ninety-two percent of soybean acres were setting pods, up 7 points from the previous week. Soybean conditions improved slightly and now are at 66 percent good to excellent.
 
     The spring wheat harvest is nearly three weeks behind the five-year average, at 22 percent complete.

 

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

 

 

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