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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 06/06/17

Temperatures for the week averaged two to six degrees above normal.....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending June 4, 2017, temperatures for the week averaged two to six degrees above normal, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Hot, dry, and windy conditions were received over much of the state. Western North Dakota received little to no rain last week, while some areas of the east received up to an inch. However, more moisture is needed to aid germination and crop development. The windy conditions caused topsoil to dry out and delayed spraying.

    There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 17 percent very short, 37 short, 44 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 10 percent very short, 25 short, 62 adequate, and 3 surplus.

    Field Crops Report
    Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 26 fair, 63 good, and 4 excellent. Corn planted was 99 percent, near 98 last year, and ahead of 93 for the five-year average. Emerged was 86 percent, equal to last year, but ahead of 73 average.

    Soybeans planted was 94 percent, near 96 last year, but ahead of 81 average. Emerged was 57 percent, behind 72 last year, but ahead of 50 average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 8 percent very poor, 6 poor, 28 fair, 56 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 87 percent, ahead of 82 last year. Headed was 21 percent, ahead of 15 last year.

    Spring wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 38 fair, 47 good, and 5 excellent. Spring wheat emerged was 92 percent, near 94 last year, but ahead of 78 average. Jointed was 29 percent, near 28 last year.

    Barley condition rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 30 fair, 52 good, and 6 excellent. Barley emerged was 90 percent, near 93 last year, but ahead of 74 average. Jointed was 25 percent, behind 31 last year, but near 22 average.

    Oats condition rated 5 percent very poor, 14 poor, 39 fair, 40 good, and 2 excellent. Oats planted was 98 percent, near 99 last year, but ahead of 92 average. Emerged was 88 percent, behind 93 last year, but ahead of 80 average. Jointed was 31 percent, behind 41 last year, but ahead of 21 average. Headed was 3 percent, near 1 both last year and average.

    Sunflowers planted was 81 percent, near 79 last year, and well ahead of 59 average. Emerged was 25 percent, behind 40 last year.

    Dry beans planted was 90 percent, near 89 last year, and ahead of 71 average. Emerged was 35 percent, well behind 58 last year, but equal to average.

    Durum wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 13 poor, 60 fair, 26 good, and 1 excellent. Durum wheat emerged was 84 percent, near 80 last year, and ahead of 65 average. Jointed was 27 percent, ahead of 13 last year.

    Canola condition rated 1 percent very poor, 11 poor, 38 fair, 49 good, and 1 excellent. Canola emerged was 82 percent, behind 88 last year, but ahead of 68 average.

    Flaxseed condition rated 5 percent very poor, 10 poor, 43 fair, 42 good, and 0 excellent. Flaxseed planted was 87 percent, behind 93 last year, but ahead of 73 average. Emerged was 53 percent, behind 67 last year, but ahead of 45 average.

    Dry edible peas condition rated 1 percent very poor, 10 poor, 44 fair, 44 good, and 1 excellent. Dry edible peas emerged was 90 percent, near 92 last year, but ahead of 77 average. Blooming was 4 percent, near 3 last year.

    Potatoes planted was 92 percent, near 94 last year, but ahead of 80 average. Emerged was 43 percent, behind 50 last year, but ahead of 35 average.

    Alfalfa condition rated 19 percent very poor, 27 poor, 36 fair, 17 good, and 1 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 2 percent.

    Pasture and Range Report
    Pasture and range conditions rated 10 percent very poor, 25 poor, 35 fair, 27 good, and 3 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 3 percent very short, 14 short, 81 adequate, and 2 surplus.

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    BISMARCK, ND - U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Mary Podoll announced that $4 million in financial assistance will be available to help eligible landowners and operators in three states voluntarily enhance wildlife habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. The selected states-Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota-will begin to accept applications on June 12th, 2017.

    The newly funded Water Bank Program (WBP) provides landowners and operators with an alternative use for their flooded or frequently flooded lands, such as quality wildlife habitat for priority migratory bird species. Eligible land for this year's WBP included flooded agricultural land, flooded hay, pasture or rangeland, and flooded private forestland.

    Landowners and operators can sign new 10-year rental agreements to protect wetlands and provide wildlife habitat. Landowners receive annual payments for conserving and protecting wetlands and adjacent lands from adverse land uses and activities, such as drainage, that would destroy the wetland characteristics of those lands.

    The sign-up will be held June 12th to June 23rd, 2017.  Please contact your local NRCS service center for more information.
 

 


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