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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 06/19/17

For the week ending June 18th, temperatures averaged one to three degrees above normal.....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending June 18th, temperatures averaged one to three degrees above normal, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    The eastern half of the state received one to two inches of rain, which was much needed. The western half of North Dakota was still experiencing dry conditions.

    There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 18 percent very short, 25 short, 51 adequate, and 6 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 12 percent very short, 26 short, 57 adequate, and 5 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Corn condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 29 fair, 56 good, and 5 excellent. Corn emerged was 98 percent, near 100 last year and 94 for the five-year average.

    Soybean condition rated 3 percent very poor, 8 poor, 31 fair, 54 good, and 4 excellent. Soybeans emerged was 95 percent, equal to last year, but ahead of 85 average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 14 percent very poor, 17 poor, 29 fair, 38 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 97 percent, near 96 last year. Headed was 62 percent, behind 74 last year. Mature was 1 percent.

    Spring wheat condition rated 6 percent very poor, 18 poor, 34 fair, 39 good, and 3 excellent. Spring wheat jointed was 67 percent, behind 78 last year, but ahead of 57 average. Headed was 9 percent, behind 22 last year and 14 average.

    Barley condition rated 7 percent very poor, 13 poor, 29 fair, 47 good, and 4 excellent. Barley emerged was 97 percent, near 100 last year, but ahead of 92 average. Jointed was 64 percent, well behind 84 last year, but ahead of 57 average. Headed was 8 percent, behind 23 last year and 13 average.

    Oats condition rated 10 percent very poor, 20 poor, 40 fair, 29 good, and 1 excellent. Oats emerged was 97 percent, near 100 last year and 94 average. Jointed was 67 percent, behind 79 last year. Headed was 18 percent, behind 24 last year, but ahead of 13 average.

    Sunflowers emerged was 80 percent, near 79 last year.
Dry edible beans condition rated 3 percent very poor, 6 poor, 19 fair, 60 good, and 12 excellent. Dry edible beans emerged was 93 percent, near 89 last year, but ahead of 75 average.

    Durum wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 18 poor, 61 fair, 18 good, and 0 excellent. Durum wheat jointed was 59 percent, behind 64 last year, but ahead of 41 average. Headed was 6 percent.

    Canola condition rated 9 percent very poor, 17 poor, 38 fair, 35 good, and 1 excellent. Canola emerged was 99 percent. Blooming was 7 percent, behind 16 last year, and near 11 average.

    Flaxseed condition rated 12 percent very poor, 15 poor, 35 fair, 37 good, and 1 excellent. Flaxseed planted was 99 percent. Emerged was 86 percent, behind 96 last year, but ahead of 80 average. Blooming was 4 percent, near 5 last year and 3 average.

    Dry edible peas condition rated 3 percent very poor, 14 poor, 51 fair, 32 good, and 0 excellent. Dry edible peas blooming was 24 percent, near 22 last year, but ahead of 19 average.

    Potatoes emerged was 96 percent, ahead of 90 last year, and well ahead of 71 average.

    Alfalfa condition rated 31 percent very poor, 26 poor, 27 fair, 15 good, and 1 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 40 percent, behind 45 last year.

    Sugarbeets condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 7 fair, 70 good, and 20 excellent.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 24 percent very poor, 30 poor, 28 fair, 17 good, and 1 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 11 percent very short, 21 short, 67 adequate, and 1 surplus.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - With less money in their budgets, the entrepreneurial programs run by the North Dakota Department of Commerce are making tough adjustments to their operations. The Bismarck Tribune reports that for some, the cuts resulting from a state budget shortage are hard to swallow when they hit programs meant to reduce the situation that caused the funding shortfall - a heavy reliance on raw agriculture and oil products.
 
     Agricultural Products Utilization Commission Program Director John Schneider says the commission is considering fewer rounds of grant funding for proposed projects aimed at adding value to the agricultural products grown in North Dakota. The program typically hands out up to $2.5 million every other year, but will only have an expected $900,000 this year from North Dakota State Mill and Elevator profits.

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    FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota growers, dealers, and processors held 2.60 million hundredweight of potatoes in storage on June 1, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Current stocks represent 13 percent of the 2016 production. Total stocks are defined as all potatoes on hand, regardless of use, including those that will be lost through future shrinkage and dumping.

 


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