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Grain producers have started preparing equipment for planting season....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending April 2nd, grain producers have started preparing equipment for planting season, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Temperatures were well above average across the state, causing snow melt and flooding in some areas in the north.

    Reports indicated that, on average, producers intended to begin fieldwork on April 19. There were 1.4 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 4 short, 67 adequate, and 28 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 6 short, 72 adequate, and 20 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 2 poor, 16 fair, 75 good, and 4 excellent.

    Livestock Report

    Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 16 fair, 74 good, and 7 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 2 percent heavy, 66 average, and 32 light. Calving progress was 41 percent complete.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 21 fair, 70 good, and 6 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 4 percent heavy, 60 average, and 36 light. Lambing progress was 60 percent complete.

    Hay and roughage supplies rated 5 percent very short, 19 short, 74 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 5 short, 83 adequate, and 12 surplus.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota farmers are planning to seed less wheat this year but more soybeans. It's a trend playing out in many states, with more than 1 billion bushels of surplus wheat in storage in the U.S.
     The Agriculture Department says in its prospective plantings report that it expects North Dakota farmers to seed 5.4 million acres of spring wheat, down 10 percent from last year. Soybean acres in the state are expected to hit a record, up 14 percent to 6.9 million acres.
     Other crops with expected increases in the state are canola and chickpeas.
     Crops with expected acreage decreases are durum wheat, corn, sunflowers, sugar beets, barley, dry beans, dry peas, lentils, flaxseed and oats.


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)



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