FARGO, ND - Almost all areas across the state received at least one-half inch of rainfall last week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This moisture occurred primarily the latter part of the week and continued to delay the harvest of remaining small grains.
Temperatures remained warm with the eastern half 6 to 10 degrees above normal and the western half normal to 4 degrees above. Frost has been very limited so far this fall. This has allowed the late planted row crops to reach full maturity in most areas.
Statewide, there were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 74 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 72 adequate.
Winter wheat seeding was estimated at 72 percent complete. Emerged was 30 percent.
Spring wheat harvested was 95 percent, behind last year's 100 and 97 average.
Durum wheat harvested was 83 percent, well behind last year's 100 and 92 average.
Canola harvested was 85 percent, well behind last year's 100 and 94 average.
Flaxseed harvest was 65 percent complete, well behind last year's 100 and 80 average.
Lentils harvested were 93 percent, behind 100 last year and 99 average.
Sugarbeets lifted were 12 percent, behind 20 last year and 16 average. Sugarbeet condition rated 54 percent good.
Corn reaching the dent stage was 96 percent, behind 100 last year but ahead of 93 average. Mature was 51 percent, well behind 97 last year and 56 average. Harvest was 1 percent complete, also well behind last year's 34 and 7 average. Condition rated 39 percent fair and 36 percent good.
Soybeans dropping leaves were 94 percent, behind 100 last year, but ahead of 91 average. Harvest was 13 percent complete, well behind last year's 77 and 27 average. Condition rated 44 percent fair and 34 percent good.
Potatoes with vines killed were 87 percent, well behind 100 last year and 92 average. Dug was 36 percent, well behind 70 last year and 54 average. Condition rated 41 percent fair and 38 percent good.
Dry edible beans dropping leaves were 97 percent, behind 100 last year but near 95 average. Harvest was 53 percent complete, well behind last year's 94 but near 54 average. Condition rated 38 percent fair, 44 percent good.
Sunflowers with ray flowers dry were 95 percent, behind 100 last year and 99 average. Bracts yellow were 70 percent, well behind 100 last year and 92 average. Bracts brown were 28 percent, also well behind 90 last year and 58 average. Harvested were 1 percent, well behind 14 last year but near 3
average. Condition rated 55 percent good.
Pasture and range conditions had little change with 55 percent good. Stock water supplies were rated 89 percent adequate.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded six grants totaling about $435,000 to promote the development of specialty crops.
Goehring says the money can be used to help expand production and sales of specialty crops such as fruits and vegetables. He says specialty crops are increasingly important in North Dakota as more consumers turn to local food sources, and farmers seek to diversify their operations.
Specialty crops are defined in law as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.
The Agriculture Department received 19 applications, which were reviewed, scored and forwarded to the federal Agriculture Department for final approval. The largest grant is going to North Dakota State University, which is getting just under $92,000 to work on better pinto bean varieties.
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