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    FARGO, ND - Drier conditions allowed fieldwork to progress over much of the state, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures ranged 6 to 15 degrees below normal with rainfall received Sunday night. Before these showers came, producers took advantage of the drier conditions to get as much planting done as possible. Statewide, 4.2 days were suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 68 adequate, and 31 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 77 adequate, and 22 surplus. Livestock producers were busy moving cattle out to pastures and branding and working calves.

    Winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 16 poor, 39 fair, 39 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed advanced to 19 percent.

    Durum wheat planted rated 14 percent, well behind last year at 32 and 41 for the five-year average. Emerged was 1 percent, near 4 last year but behind 19 average.

    Spring wheat planted was 25 percent, behind 47 last year and 55 average. Emerged was 6 percent, near last year at 9 but well behind 30 average.

    Barley planted rated 22 percent, compared to last year at 30 and behind 49 average. Emerged was 3 percent, equal to last year but well behind 26 average.

    Oats planted, at 29 percent, was behind 48 last year and 56 average. Emerged was 6 percent, near 10 last year but behind 28 average.

    Canola planted was 13 percent, behind last year at 26 and 44 average.

    Flaxseed planted was 4 percent, behind last year at 11 and 27 average.

    Dry edible peas planted were 24 percent complete, behind last year at 45 and well behind 61 average. Emerged was 3 percent, ahead of 0 last year but well behind 21 average.

    Dry beans planted were 2 percent complete, equal to last year but behind 14 average.

    Potatoes planted were 6 percent, behind 21 last year and well behind 41 average.

    Sugarbeets planted reached 29 percent, well behind last year at 78 and 75 average.

    Corn planted was 17 percent, behind last year at 55 and 54 average.

    Soybeans planted were 5 percent, behind 17 last year and 25 average.

    Sunflower planting was just beginning with 1 percent complete, behind 8 last year and 10 average.

    Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 9 poor, 30 fair, 55 good, and 4 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 80 adequate, and 19 surplus.

    Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 12 fair, 71 good, and 14 excellent. Calving was 92 percent complete. Cattle and calf death losses rated 30 percent below normal, 68 normal, and 2 above normal.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 15 fair, 74 good, and 10 excellent. Lambing was 93 percent complete and shearing 92 percent. Sheep and lamb death losses rated 25 percent below normal, 73 normal, and 2 above normal.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota corn farmers are having a tough time getting their crop in the ground because of a wet spring, and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is asking the federal Agriculture Department to help them out.
     The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that less than one-fifth of North Dakota's corn crop is in the ground. Normally at this time of year, more than half of the crop is seeded.
     Heitkamp is calling on the Agriculture Department to delay the May 25th crop insurance planting deadline for corn in place for most North Dakota counties. After that date, farmers will see reduced crop insurance coverage because their crops will be deemed more susceptible to summer heat or fall frost.
     The Agriculture Department's Risk Management Agency didn't immediately comment on Heitkamp's request.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Ten projects are getting a total of nearly $547,000 in funding this quarter from the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission.  The group funds developers of North Dakota+farm products. It's a program of the state Commerce Department.  The largest grant this quarter is going to C2renew Corp., which is getting $117,000 to work with three North Dakota companies to develop new bio-based material.


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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