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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 04/24/17

Reports indicated that, on average, producers began fieldwork on April 22.....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending April 23rd, temperatures averaged one to five degrees below normal across the state, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Northwestern North Dakota experienced warm, windy conditions early in the week, which allowed producers to work their fields in preparation for planting. However, cold soil temperatures and snow continued to slow fieldwork and planting progress across the state.

    Calving and lambing has progressed well, but some scour problems have been reported due to the up and down temperatures.

    Reports indicated that, on average, producers began fieldwork on April 22. There were 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 4 short, 71 adequate, and 24 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 6 short,76 adequate, and 17 surplus.

    Field Crops Report
        Corn planted was 1 percent, near 5 last year and 4 for the five-year average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 3 poor, 19 fair, 70 good, and 5 excellent. Winter wheat jointing was 4 percent, near 3 last year.

    Spring wheat planted was 9 percent, behind 24 last year and 22 average. Emerged was 2 percent, near 4 last year and average.

    Barley planted was 6 percent, behind 18 last year and 15 average.

    Oats planted was 10 percent, behind 26 last year and 18 average.

    Sugarbeets planted was 30 percent, behind 48 last year and near 33 average.

    Durum wheat planted was 5 percent, near 6 last year, and behind 10 average.

    Canola planted was 2 percent, near 4 last year.

    Flaxseed planted was 2 percent, near 4 last year.

    Dry edible peas planted was 10 percent, near 14 last year and 12 average.

    Potatoes planted was 1 percent, near 3 last year and 5 average.

    Livestock Report
    Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 14 fair, 72 good, and 11 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 3 percent heavy, 63 average, and 34 light. Calving progress was 70 percent, equal to last year, and near 73 average.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 21 fair, 68 good, and 8 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 3 percent heavy, 62 average, and 35 light. Lambing progress was 82 percent, near 78 last year, but equal to average. Sheep shorn was 72 percent complete, behind 85 last year and 86 average.

    Hay and roughage supplies rated 5 percent very short, 20 short, 73 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 4 short, 87 adequate, and 9 surplus.

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    MINOT, ND (NDSU) - The North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association (NDCISA) has donated $25,000 to North Dakota State University's North Central Research Extension Center (NCREC) near Minot for a new seed-conditioning facility.

    "This facility is a long-term investment in North Dakota's agriculture producers and we thank the NDCISA for their donation," says Shana Forster, NCREC director. "Once built it will help us meet the current and future needs of the seed industry and serve our clients' needs."

    In the 2015-2017 legislative session, the N.D. Legislature granted $750,000 to the NCREC for the new facility, with permission to raise funds for an additional $1.5 million to contribute to the project. The State Board of Higher Education approved these numbers.

    An active fundraising campaign is ongoing through the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association.

    Groundbreaking on the project is expected sometime this year.

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    FARGO, ND - Milk production in North Dakota during the January-March 2017 quarter totaled 83.0 million pounds, unchanged from the January-March quarter last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 15,500 head, 500 head less than the same period last year.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Potato stocks in North Dakota are down 22 percent from a year ago. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that growers, dealers and processors in the state held 7.2 million hundredweight of potatoes in storage on April 1, down from 9.2 million a year ago. Current stocks represent 35 percent of production. Nationally, potato stocks on April 1 stood at 133.3 million hundredweight, up about 6 percent over the year.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Agriculture Department is urging people to learn about a weed that it says could devastate the state's farming industry. Palmer amaranth hasn't been found in the state yet. But Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says it's been confirmed in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa in recent years, and people in North Dakota should learn what it looks like.
 
     The weed is strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides. It can grow as tall as 7 feet, with each plant producing as much as a million seeds. It can be spread in a number of ways, including on farm machinery or in grass seed. Goehring says North Dakotans should make sure they're using reputable sources for seed.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Officials with American Crystal Sugar Co. are hoping to have a contract settled with employees within the next month. KFGO radio reports that the contract workers will receive $2,000 bonuses if a deal is reach by May 22. Crystal Sugar spokeswoman Lisa Borgen says the company would also like to get pay and benefits on the table early in the process. The company and union workers went through a bitter contract dispute that began in July 2011 and went on for almost two years. Union officials were not available for comment.
 
     American Crystal Sugar is owned by about 2,800 sugar beet growers in the Red River Valley. The company has two North Dakota factories, in Drayton and Hillsboro, and three Minnesota plants, in Crookston, East Grand Forks and Moorhead.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Agriculture Department is encouraging people to be aware of the threat of invasive plant pests and diseases, especially after the months of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
 
     Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says donated firewood from around the country to protest camps in North Dakota could have been a pathway for unwanted insects and diseases to enter the state. Goehring says that when the camps were closed and cleaned up in February, crews hauled firewood to a landfill to eliminate the risk of any pests spreading.
 
     State and federal officials will be monitoring and surveying the camp areas and disposal sites this summer for pests such as emerald ash borer, gypsy moths and bark beetles.

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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is set to go to trial against Syngenta over the Swiss agribusiness giant's decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn variety to the U.S. market before China approved it for imports. The lawsuits allege Syngenta's move wrecked an increasingly important export market for U.S. corn.
 
     The first test case goes to trial today in Minneapolis. The second begins in Kansas City, Kansas, on June 5. The two cases are meant to provide guidance for how the complex web of litigation could be resolved.
 
     Court filings show Syngenta aggressively marketed the seeds even when it knew Chinese approval was going to be a problem. Plaintiffs' experts estimate the damage at around $5 billion. Syngenta denies caused any losses.
 

 

 

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