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    FARGO, ND - Drier conditions and hot temperatures the first half of last week allowed significant fieldwork to be performed over much of the state, according to the USDA's Weekly Crop and Weather Report. However, varying amounts of rainfall were received across the state later in the week, halting most fieldwork activities. Temperatures for the week averaged at least 8 to 10 degrees above normal over almost all of the state.

    More cattle were moved to pastures as the recent moisture and hot temperatures allowed grass to grow rapidly. Statewide, there were 5.1 days considered suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 3 short, 69 adequate, and 28 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 2 short, 76 adequate, and 22 surplus.

    Winter wheat jointed advanced to 46 percent. Winter wheat condition rated 5 percent very poor, 16 poor, 39 fair, 38 good, and 2 excellent.

    Durum wheat planted rated 62 percent, ahead of last year at 54, but behind the five-year average of 69. Emerged was 29 percent, near 28 last year, but behind 49 average.

    Spring wheat planted was 83 percent, ahead of 64 last year, but near 81 average. Emerged was 51 percent, ahead of last year at 40, but behind 61 average.

    Barley planting advanced to 82 percent, ahead of last year at 57 and 77 average. Barley emerged was 45 percent, ahead of 23 last year, but behind 54 average. Barley condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 25 fair, 63 good, and 9 excellent.

    Oats planted, at 83 percent, was ahead of last year at 72 and equal to the average. Oats emerged was at 56 percent, near 51 last year, but behind 64 average. Oats condition rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 9 fair, 86 good, and 3 excellent.

    Canola planted was 77 percent, ahead of last year at 49 and 72 average. Emerged was 39 percent, ahead of 17 last year, but behind 46 average.

    Flaxseed planted was 45 percent, ahead of last year at 28, but behind 58 average. Emerged was 17 percent, ahead of 7 last year, but behind 28 average.

    Dry edible peas planted were 86 percent complete, near 84 last year and average at 83. Emerged was 51 percent, well ahead of 31 last year, but behind 62 average.

    Dry beans planted were 61 percent complete, well ahead of 20 last year and 47 average. Emerged was 13 percent, ahead of 0 last year, but near 15 average.

    Potatoes planted were 61 percent, ahead of 37 last year, but behind 68 average. Emerged was 12 percent, ahead of last year at 4, but behind 24 average.

    Sugarbeets planted reached 97 percent, near last year at 92 and 95 average.

    Corn planted was 86 percent, near last year at 82 and 88 average. Emerged was 47 percent, behind 52 last year and 60 average. Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 7 fair, 82 good, and 9 excellent.

    Soybeans planted were 63 percent, ahead of last year at 48, but equal to the average. Soybeans emerged were 19 percent, ahead of 10 last year, but behind 26 average.

    Sunflower planting was 29 percent complete, ahead of 19 last year, but behind 39 average.

    Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 63 good, and 13 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 79 adequate, and 20 surplus.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says BNSF Railway has exceeded its commitment to send additional trains hauling fertilizer to the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana.
     The Republican from North Dakota says BNSF delivered 56 trainloads over the past six weeks. The company had committed 52 trains to catch up on fertilizer shipments.
     The Surface Transportation Board last month ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to submit their plans to ensure fertilizer was available for spring planting.
     Increased crude oil and freight shipments have largely been blamed for causing the rail delays. The railroads have blamed bad weather and rail traffic congestion.


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


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