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We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.

- Albert Barnes

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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 05/30/17

Cool and dry conditions prevailed over much of the state...

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending May 28th, cool and dry conditions prevailed over much of the state, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Temperatures in northwest North Dakota averaged two to four degrees above normal, with some locations reporting half an inch of moisture. Across the rest of the state, temperatures averaged two to six degrees below normal and most areas received little to no rain. Some emerged crops and pastures in these areas were showing signs of stress and needed rain and warmer weather.

    There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 10 percent very short, 26 short, 58 adequate, and 6 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 19 short, 70 adequate, and 7 surplus.

    Field Crops Report
    Corn condition rated 0 percent very poor, 4 poor, 30 fair, 60 good, and 6 excellent. Corn planted was 94 percent, near 95 last year, but ahead of 86 for the five-year average. Emerged was 66 percent, behind 72 last year, but ahead of 54 average.

    Soybeans planted was 83 percent, behind 90 last year, but ahead of 67 average. Emerged was 26 percent, well behind 48 last year, but near 29 average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 5 percent very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 63 good, and 6 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 76 percent, equal to last year. Headed was 9 percent, near 5 last year.

    Spring wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 32 fair, 54 good, and 8 excellent. Spring wheat planted was 96 percent, near 97 last year, but ahead of 85 average. Emerged was77 percent, behind 84 last year, but ahead of 65 average. Jointed was 16 percent, near 14 last year.

    Barley condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 26 fair, 59 good, and 8 excellent. Barley planted was 96 percent, near 97 last year, but ahead of 83 average. Emerged was 80 percent, near 84 last year, but well ahead 60 average. Jointed was 11 percent, near 13 last year.

    Oats condition rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 43 fair, 40 good, and 5 excellent. Oats planted was 94 percent, near 95 last year, but ahead of 86 average. Emerged was 76 percent, behind 82 last year, but ahead of 65 average. Jointed was 24 percent, near of 23 last year. Headed was 2 percent.

    Sunflowers planted was 58 percent, behind 64 last year, but ahead of 42 average. Emerged was 13 percent, behind 18 last year.

    Dry beans planted was 64 percent, behind 81 last year, but ahead of 53 average. Emerged was 11 percent, behind 28 last year.

    Durum wheat planted was 92 percent, equal to last year, and ahead of 76 average. Emerged was 57 percent, behind 73 last year, but ahead of 52 average. Jointed was 12 percent, ahead of 4 last year.

    Canola planted was 88 percent, behind 93 last year, but ahead of 77 average. Emerged was 51 percent, well behind 72 last year, and near 52 average.

    Flaxseed planted was 74 percent, behind 87 last year, but ahead of 61 average. Emerged was 35 percent, behind 50 last year.

    Dry edible peas planted was 96 percent, near 97 last year. Emerged was 79 percent, behind 87 last year, but ahead of 61 average. Blooming was 2 percent, near 3 last year.

    Potatoes planted was 82 percent, behind 90 last year, but ahead of 67 average. Emerged was 13 percent, well behind 33 last year, and behind 20 average.

    Pasture and Range Report
    Pasture and range conditions rated 6 percent very poor, 15 poor, 38 fair, 36 good, and 5 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 3 percent very short, 14 short, 80 adequate, and 3 surplus.

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     GLADSTONE, N.D. (AP) - Seventy horses and 20 cattle have been returned at least temporarily to a Gladstone rancher accused of abusing and neglecting them. The Stark County Sheriff's Office began to seize the animals last week on a judge's order. But The Bismarck Tribune reports that another judge reversed the order.
 
     The Stark County State's Attorney's Office sued Gary Dassinger last month after a local veterinarian found some of Dassinger's animals to be in poor shape. Two horses were severely crippled and were euthanized.
 
     Dassinger says health problems make it difficult for him to care for the animals, and he says he hired the "wrong ranch hand." Dassinger is to appear in court June 7 on felony animal cruelty charges. He says he'll fight the charges.
 

 


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