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Several flour milling executives from Nigeria and South America are in North Dakota....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending June 25, dry conditions persisted over much of the state as little to no rain was received, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Some isolated areas in the northern and eastern portions of North Dakota received up to half an inch of moisture. The southwestern third of the State received no rainfall, which caused continued stress to emerged crops.

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

    There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 22 percent very short, 31 short, 44 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 16 percent very short, 30 short, 50 adequate, and 4 surplus.

    Field Crops Report
    Corn condition rated 3 percent very poor, 10 poor, 31 fair, 53 good, and 3 excellent.

    Soybean condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 poor, 31 fair, 49 good, and 4 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 1 percent, behind 17 last year and 6 for the five-year average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 16 percent very poor, 20 poor, 29 fair, 34 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 78 percent, behind 89 last year. Mature was 17 percent.

    Spring wheat condition rated 9 percent very poor, 18 poor, 34 fair, 36 good, and 3 excellent. Spring wheat jointed was 82 percent, behind 90 last year, but ahead of 72 average. Headed was 33 percent, well behind 55 last year, but equal to average.

    Barley condition rated 10 percent very poor, 15 poor, 30 fair, 41 good, and 4 excellent. Barley jointed was 80 percent, behind 93 last year, but ahead of 73 average. Headed was 30 percent, well behind 55 last year, and near 31 average. Coloring was 1 percent.

    Oats condition rated 13 percent very poor, 26 poor, 36 fair, 24 good, and 1 excellent. Oats jointed was 79 percent, behind 90 last year, but near 76 average. Headed was 33 percent, well behind 57 last year, but equal to average. Coloring was 3 percent.

    Sunflowers emerged was 89 percent, near 92 last year.
Dry edible beans condition rated 4 percent very poor, 8 poor, 20 fair, 53 good, and 15 excellent.

    Durum wheat condition rated 5 percent very poor, 18 poor, 53 fair, 24 good, and 0 excellent. Durum wheat jointed was 84 percent, behind 89 last year, but well ahead of 57 average. Headed was 22 percent, well behind 43 last year.

    Canola condition rated 7 percent very poor, 15 poor, 39 fair, 37 good, and 2 excellent. Canola blooming was 33 percent, well behind 53 last year, and near 35 average.

    Flaxseed condition rated 13 percent very poor, 17 poor, 39 fair, 30 good, and 1 excellent. Flaxseed emerged was 94 percent. Blooming was 13 percent, near 14 last year, and equal to average.

    Dry edible peas condition rated 4 percent very poor, 18 poor, 43 fair, 34 good, and 1 excellent. Dry edible peas blooming was 52 percent, behind 67 last year, but ahead of 42 average.

    Potatoes blooming was 4 percent.

    Alfalfa condition rated 40 percent very poor, 26 poor, 23 fair, 11 good, and 0 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 60 percent complete, behind 66 last year.

    Sugarbeets condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 67 good, and 26 excellent.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 31 percent very poor, 30 poor, 24 fair, 14 good, and 1 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 16 percent very short, 25 short, 58 adequate, and 1 surplus.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Two years after the Air Force opened the massive Powder River Training Complex over the Northern Plains, ranchers impacted by military aircraft exercises say progress has been made in addressing disruptions.
     That's thanks in large part to a new advisory group. About three dozen people representing the interests of ranchers, pilots, airports, the military and others attended the first meeting of the Powder River Council last November at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.
     South Dakota Stockgrowers Association officials say the effort is helping, though there's still work to do.
     Beginning Tuesday, military planes from bases in eight states will take part in the three-day Combat Raider exercise in the 35,000-square-mile complex over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming that's the largest over the continental U.S.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Several flour milling executives from Nigeria and South America are in North Dakota. The team is looking to learn more about hard red spring wheat and durum production and quality. They will meet with researchers at North Dakota State University and tour the Northern Crops Institute. The two countries combine to import an average of 80 million bushels of U.S. wheat annually.
     Erica Olson, spokeswoman for the North Dakota Wheat Commission, which is hosting the team, says Nigeria is especially interested in durum because of the growing pasta industry in the country. The executives are scheduled to be in Fargo today and Tuesday. They also have planned stops in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Minnesota.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land in the Dakotas and Montana in response to drought. Perdue says that without alternative forage options, ranchers could be devastated economically. The emergency grazing is authorized to begin immediately, and extends through Sept. 30 unless conditions improve. Parts of all three states are experiencing severe or extreme drought.
    Gov. Doug Burgum applauded the decision. "We are deeply grateful to Secretary Perdue for his quick response in making this resource available to help our ranchers through these difficult times," said Burgum, who sent a letter Thursday asking Perdue to immediately release CRP lands for emergency haying. "I also want to thank North Dakota's congressional delegation, state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and farm groups for pushing to have these CRP acres released to provide much-needed relief for our livestock producers."

    Producers are advised to check with their county Farm Service Agency office to confirm that their CRP acres are eligible for emergency haying.

     U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says other federal drought aid also is available to ranchers in counties classified as being in extreme drought. The assistance is through the Agriculture Department's Livestock Forage Disaster Program. Counties in extreme drought are immediately eligible. For counties in severe drought, eligibility begins after eight straight weeks of drought.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a drought emergency which allows the State Water Commission to reactivate a water supply assistance program for livestock producers in 26 counties. Drought conditions have worsened dramatically in North Dakota over the past week with about 40 percent of the state experiencing extreme or severe drought conditions with another 27 percent in moderate drought.

    Burgum's executive order declares a drought emergency for 15 counties experiencing extreme drought and 11 adjacent counties. The water commission has $250,000 available to assist eligible livestock producers with 50 percent cost-share assistance of up to $3,500 per project.

    The governor also ordered the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, Department of Agriculture and other state agencies to work on a coordinated response to the state's drought.



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