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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 06/16/14

    FARGO, ND - Varied amounts of rainfall received across the state last week slowed most fieldwork activity, according to the USDA's Weekly Crop and Weather Report. Amounts ranged from half an inch in the western part of the state to over two inches in the east.

    Temperatures averaged 4 to 6 degrees below normal across the state. The cooler weather caused delays in row crop development as warmer temperatures were needed to achieve optimal growing conditions. Last week's rains, along with moisture received in earlier weeks, have caused grass in pastures to grow rapidly. Statewide, there were 4.5 days considered suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 4 short, 68 adequate, and 28 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 2 short, 74 adequate, and 23 surplus.

    Winter wheat jointed advanced to 80 percent. Headed was 13 percent. Winter wheat condition rated 5 percent very poor, 13 poor, 41 fair, 38 good, and 3 excellent.

    Durum wheat planted rated 84 percent, near last year at 87 and the five-year average of 85. Emerged was 70 percent, near 73 last year, but behind 76 average. Jointing rated 4 percent, equal to last year, but well behind 22 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 7 fair, 87 good, and 5 excellent.

    Spring wheat planted was 96 percent, ahead of 85 last year, but near 93 average. Emerged was 85 percent, ahead of last year at 72, but near 86 average. Jointed was 17 percent, ahead of last year at 10, but behind 33 average. Spring wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 2 poor, 13 fair, 69 good, and 14 excellent.

    Barley planting neared completion at 97 percent, well ahead of last year at 77 and ahead of 90 average. Barley emerged was 83 percent, ahead of 67 last year, but equal to average. Jointing advanced to 15 percent, ahead of 5 last year, but behind 31 average. Barley condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 65 good, and 12 excellent.

    Oats planted, at 95 percent, was ahead of last year at 86 and near 94 average. Oats emerged was at 83 percent, ahead of 78 last year, but behind 87 average. Jointing rated 18 percent, behind 27 last year and 38 average. Oats condition rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 12 fair, 80 good, and 6 excellent.

    Canola planted was 98 percent, ahead of last year at 69 and 87 average. Emerged was 84 percent, ahead of 51 last year, and 75 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 18 fair, 65 good, and 15 excellent.

    Flaxseed planted was 93 percent, ahead of last year at 64 and 83 average. Emerged was 67 percent, well ahead of 37 last year, but near 65 average.

    Dry edible peas planted were 99 percent complete, ahead of 91 last year and average at 89. Emerged was 91 percent, ahead of 81 last year and 85 average. Dry peas condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 24 fair, 68 good, and 6 excellent.

    Dry beans planted were 94 percent complete, well ahead of 62 last year and 86 average. Emerged was 68 percent, well ahead of 21 last year and 55 average.
Potatoes planted were 92 percent, well ahead of 68 last year, but near 90 average. Emerged was 46 percent, ahead of last year at 27, but behind 57 average.

    Corn planted was 96 percent, near last year at 93 and 98 average. Emerged was 88 percent, ahead of 79 last year and near 89 average. Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 11 fair, 71 good, and 13 excellent.

    Soybeans planted were 96 percent, ahead of last year at 84, but near 93 average. Soybeans emerged were 79 percent, ahead of 48 last year and 68 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 13 fair, 72 good, and 14 excellent.

    Sunflower planting was 79 percent complete, ahead of 59 last year, but near 81 average.

    Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 13 fair, 65 good, and 19 excellent. Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 79 adequate, and 20 surplus.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge has certified class action status for a lawsuit against a North Dakota-based custom-harvesting operation.   The complaint was filed in 2010 against Altendorf Harvesting in Minto by two brothers from South Africa, Peter and Andrew Murray. The Murrays say the company owes unpaid wages to them and dozens of other employees from other countries.
 
     The class includes all nonsupervisory workers employed by the company under temporary work visas since Oct. 28, 2004. Trial is set for Sept. 22 in Fargo.   Defense attorneys in the case could not be reached for comment.

 


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