FARGO, ND - Much needed rainfall was received over most of the state last week, according to the USDA's Weekly Crop and Weather Report. The areas receiving the most significant amounts of precipitation were the western and south central parts of the state. Pasture conditions have improved because of the recent moisture. However, more is needed to fully replenish stock ponds and to enhance row crop development.
Temperatures remained hot across the state last week. Statewide, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 53 percent adequate while subsoil
moisture supplies rated 54 percent adequate.
Winter wheat seeding was estimated at 13 percent complete.
Spring wheat harvest was 73 percent done, behind last year's 100 and 78 average.
Durum wheat harvested was 49 percent complete, well behind last year's 95 and 61 average.
Oats was 89 percent harvested, behind last year's 100 but near 88 average.
Barley harvest was 79 percent done, well behind last year's 100 and 91 average.
Canola harvested was 55 percent complete, well behind last year's 97 and 61 average.
Flaxseed was 22 percent harvested, well behind last year's 77 and 39 average.
Lentils harvest were 68 percent finished, well behind 100 last year and 87 average.
Sugarbeets were 4 percent lifted, behind 11 last year and 5 average.
Corn reaching the dough stage was 90 percent, behind 100 last year but near 88 average. Dented was 53 percent, well behind 89 last year but near 55 average. Mature was 3 percent, also well behind 44 last year and 14 average. Condition rated 4 percent very poor, 16 poor, 40 fair, 34 good, and 6 excellent.
Soybeans dropping leaves were 34 percent, well behind 70 last year, but ahead of 24 average. Condition rated 5 percent very poor, 16 poor, 42 fair, 34 good, and 3 excellent.
Potatoes at the vines killed stage were 26 percent, well behind 65 last year and 48 average. Condition rated 5 percent very poor, 14 poor, 39 fair, 36 good, and 6 excellent.
Dry edible peas harvested were 93 percent, behind last year's 100 and 96 average.
Dry edible beans harvested were 10 percent, well behind last year's 39 but near 12 average. Condition rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 46 fair, 38 good,
and 4 excellent.
Sunflower ray flowers dry were 47 percent, well behind 90 last year and 73 average. Bracts yellow were 11 percent, also well behind 65 last year and 37 average. Condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 24 fair, 59 good, and
Pasture and range conditions had little change with 43 percent good. Stock water supplies were rated 82 percent adequate.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - An idled South Dakota beef processing plant is making another attempt at financing an auction sale in an attempt to prevent its bankruptcy case from moving toward liquidation.
Northern Beef Packers is asking a judge to allow it to borrow $2.25 million from White Oak Global Advisors so it can hire investment banking firm Lincoln International to market and sell the 420,000-square-foot facility in Aberdeen.
Lincoln would look for a "stalking horse" bid, in which one potential buyer makes an initial offer to set the floor for an auction that invites competitive bids.
Northern Beef says its plan offers the best chance to resume operations and restore jobs to the community. It wants the sale to close by the end of the year. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
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