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The warmer and drier conditions caused soils to dry out allowing for good planting progress...

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending May 14th, temperatures averaged two to eight degrees above normal across most of the state, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    The warmer and drier conditions caused soils to dry out allowing for good planting progress to be made. Producers in parts of southern North Dakota indicated that additional moisture is needed to help germinate recently planted seeds.

    There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 21 short, 69 adequate, and 8 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 11 short, 79 adequate, and 9 surplus.

    Field Crops Report
    Corn planted was 58 percent, behind 72 last year, but ahead of 53 for the five-year average. Emerged was 8 percent, behind 19 last year and 13 average.
Soybeans planted was 29 percent, behind 48 last year, but near 28 average. Emerged was 1 percent, near 5 last year and 2 average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 70 good, and 5 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 41 percent, behind 48 last year. Headed was 3 percent, near 0 last year.

    Spring wheat planted was 72 percent, behind 84 last year, but ahead of 63 average. Emerged was 31 percent, behind 48 last year, and near 35 average. Jointed was 4 percent.

    Barley planted was 73 percent, behind 84 last year, but ahead of 58 average. Emerged was 29 percent, behind 48 last year, and near 32 average. Jointed was 1 percent.

    Oats planted was 73 percent, behind 80 last year, but ahead of 61 average. Emerged was 32 percent, behind 40 last year, but near 29 average. Jointed was 1 percent, near 0 last year, and equal to average.

    Sugarbeets planted was 96 percent, near 100 last year, but well ahead of 74 average.

    Sunflower planted was 11 percent, behind 19 last year, but near 10 average.

    Dry beans planted was 6 percent, behind 24 last year, and near 10 average.

    Durum wheat planted was 52 percent, behind 63 last year, but ahead of 45 average. Emerged was 15, percent behind 30 last year and 20 average. Jointed was 3 percent.

    Canola planted was 44 percent, behind 57 last year, and near 45 average. Emerged was 8, percent behind 19 last year.

    Flaxseed planted was 32 percent, behind 50 last year, but near 30 average. Emerged was 6 percent.

    Dry edible peas planted was 79 percent, near 81 last year, but well ahead of 57 average. Emerged was 23 percent, well behind 44 last year, and near 27 average.

    Potatoes planted was 42 percent, well behind 64 last year, but near 40 average.

    Pasture and Range Report
    Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 9 poor, 37 fair, 51 good, and 3 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 1 percent very short, 8 short, 86 adequate, and 5 surplus.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota cattle producers are cheering the latest industry development - the reopening of the Chinese market to U.S. beef. China is one of the world's largest importers of beef. The country has been closed to U.S. producers for 13 years after mad cow disease was found in some Washington cattle.
     North Dakota State University livestock economist Tim Petry says the two countries still need to work out some details, including whether cattle who received genetically modified feed will be accepted. The trade agreement covers a number of long-standing barriers in areas ranging from agriculture to energy to the operation of American financial firms in China.
     North Dakota Stockmen's Association president Warren Zenker tells the Bismarck Tribune the agreement opens the door for the sale of some commonly recognized beef cuts, like chucks and rounds, as well as other specialty cuts, to nearly 1.4 billion new customers.

     MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) - Officials with American Crystal Sugar Co. say they sent their best and final offer to union leaders, after eight days of contract talks. Crystal Sugar is negotiating with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union over a contract that ends July 31, covering about 1,200 workers.
     WDAY-TV reports that Crystal vice president of administration Lisa Borgen wrote on the company's website that the union walked out of negotiations.
     John Riskey is union local president in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He says negotiations are supposed to be private, but he confirmed the union said it was done negotiating after the company moved away from union interests. Borgen wrote that the two sides remain far apart.
     Failed negotiations in 2011 ended in a union lockout that lasted two years.


     BEULAH, N.D. (AP) - A calf born seemingly healthy at a North Dakota ranch has an extra set of limbs hanging off its neck. State Veterinarian Susan Keller tells The Bismarck Tribune that the calf could've been born with one of two disorders, polydactyly or polymelia. With polymelia the extra limbs are often smaller or shrunken. Polydactyly is the result of genetic combinations
involving recessive genes.

    Keller says this type of defect is an "important topic that producers should not be afraid to report to their veterinarian and to all breed associations."

    The calf was born Wednesday at Gerald Skalsky's ranch south of Beulah. Skalsky says the condition isn't fatal and he plans to have the extra limbs surgically removed so it doesn't get caught in a fence.


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


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