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The federal government has approved more help for drought-stricken ranchers in North Dakota......

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The federal government has approved more help for drought-stricken ranchers in North Dakota. Sen. John Hoeven, Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer say the Department of Agriculture has authorized emergency haying of drought-impacted land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, starting Sunday. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue late last month opened up CRP land to emergency grazing.
     In addition, the USDA is giving producers with FSA loans a 12-month exemption from a requirement that they have physical control of their livestock. That allows ranchers to send livestock to other feedlots to weather the drought.
     Last week, Hoeven announced the government was opening up land in the Wetland Restoration Easement program to haying and grazing.
     The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly all of western North Dakota in either severe or extreme drought.


    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending July 9th, even though many areas of the state received rainfall, much more was needed to help both crops and livestock, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Despite some recent rain, most of North Dakota was experiencing drought conditions.

    Some producers in the west planned to bale wheat for livestock feed.

    Temperatures averaged two to six degrees above normal in the east, while the west averaged six to ten degrees above normal.

    There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 29 percent very short, 33 short, 36 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 20 percent very short, 31 short, 47 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Corn condition rated 8 percent very poor, 12 poor, 28 fair, 49 good, and 3 excellent. Corn silking was 4 percent, behind 9 for the five-year average.

    Soybean condition rated 6 percent very poor, 13 poor, 34 fair, 44 good, and 3 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 24 percent, well behind 48 last year, and behind 31 average. Setting pods was 1 percent, near 5 last year and 2 average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 16 percent very poor, 25 poor, 26 fair, 32 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 95 percent. Coloring was 47 percent, behind 65 average. Mature was 24 percent.

    Spring wheat condition rated 16 percent very poor, 19 poor, 29 fair, 32 good, and 4 excellent. Spring wheat jointed was 98 percent. Headed was 79 percent, behind 94 last year, but ahead of 72 average. Coloring was 10 percent, behind 23 last year.

    Barley condition rated 11 percent very poor, 13 poor, 30 fair, 43 good, and 3 excellent. Barley jointed was 98 percent. Headed was 81 percent, behind 96 last year, but ahead of 71 average. Coloring was 9 percent, well behind 41 last year.

    Oats condition rated 27 percent very poor, 25 poor, 29 fair, 18 good, and 1 excellent. Oats jointed was 98 percent, near 100 last year, but ahead of 93 average. Headed was 82 percent, behind 93 last year, but ahead of 72 average. Coloring was 21 percent, behind 34 last year, but ahead of 13 average.

    Sunflowers condition rated 16 percent very poor, 23 poor, 35 fair, 25 good, and 1 excellent. Sunflowers blooming was 4 percent, behind 10 last year.

    Dry edible beans condition rated 4 percent very poor, 10 poor, 19 fair, 56 good, and 11 excellent. Dry edible beans blooming was 10 percent, behind 28 last year and 22 average.

    Durum wheat condition rated 9 percent very poor, 24 poor, 35 fair, 30 good, and 2 excellent. Durum wheat jointed was 97 percent. Headed was 53 percent, well behind 81 last year, but equal to 53 average. Coloring was 9 percent, near 6 average.

    Canola condition rated 7 percent very poor, 15 poor, 36 fair, 41 good, and 1 excellent. Canola blooming was 82 percent, behind 93 last year, but near 80 average. Coloring was 8 percent, behind 18 last year.

    Flaxseed condition rated 16 percent very poor, 21 poor, 33 fair, 29 good, and 1 excellent. Flaxseed blooming was 52 percent, well behind 76 last year, but near 49 average. Coloring was 7 percent.

    Dry edible peas condition rated 9 percent very poor, 21 poor, 31 fair, 37 good, and 2 excellent. Dry edible peas blooming was 79 percent, behind 96 last year, but ahead of 74 average. Dropping leaves was 13 percent, near 11 last year.

    Potato condition rated 4 percent very poor, 7 poor, 15 fair, 55 good, and 19 excellent. Potatoes blooming was 22 percent, well behind 72 last year and 49 average. Rows closed was 3 percent.

    Alfalfa condition rated 45 percent very poor, 26 poor, 21 fair, 8 good, and 0 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 88 percent complete, near 91 last year, but ahead of 72 average. Second cutting was 6 percent, near 10 last year.

    Sugarbeets condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 15 fair, 63 good, and 20 excellent.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 39 percent very poor, 30 poor, 22 fair, 8 good, and 1 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 22 percent very short, 30 short, 47 adequate, and 1 surplus.


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)





    BISMARCK, ND - It's been a challenging time for North Dakota livestock producers the past year.

    "With more than 30,000 family farms and ranches in North Dakota and 90 percent of the state's total land area used for agriculture, the impact of spreading drought conditions will be felt statewide," Gov. Doug Burgum said. "Those farmers and ranchers caught in the middle of this prolonged dry spell are hardest hit and deserve our gratitude and respect for their stewardship and resilience during this difficult period."

    "Livestock producers and their animals had to endure tough winter conditions and are now contending with widespread drought," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "I want to thank producers for their hard work and efforts under extreme conditions."

    Goehring said that finding adequate, quality water and feed has sometimes been difficult. Drought conditions can affect water quality and cause high nitrates in plants. Producers with questions about water or feed quality should call their local North Dakota State University extension office.

    Goehring encouraged the public to call the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's Animal Health division at 701-328-2655 with any concerns about livestock health and welfare.

    "There is a difference between livestock that are a little thinner than normal and those that are malnourished," he said. "We have veterinarians available to assess and evaluate the condition of any livestock in question."


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring sent a request to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue asking for the release of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for early haying in a 150-mile radius of drought-impacted areas starting July 15 to help North Dakota ranchers due to the extreme severity of the ongoing drought conditions in the state.

    "Livestock producers that have been harvesting forage are only getting approximately 19-30 percent of what they normally would," Goehring said. "The deficit grows worse every day as temperatures are climbing and there is little to no precipitation in the forecast."

    In a letter to Secretary Perdue, Goehring outlined the desperate need for the opening of CRP acres to emergency haying.

    "It has been a daunting challenge for many producers to move their livestock to other CRP areas to graze where there may be inadequate fencing, no access to water and no direct oversight to care for and manage the wellbeing of their livestock," Goehring said. "In most cases, it is more economical and reasonable for a producer to move hay than to move livestock."

    In a typical year, managed CRP is not opened for haying until August 2, which correlates with the end of the primary nesting season. However, wildlife and conservation groups in North Dakota have expressed their support of a July 15 date.

    "I appreciate North Dakota's wildlife interest groups for recognizing the devastating impact the drought is having on the farming and ranching community," Goehring said. "North Dakota Game and Fish, North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and Delta Waterfowl have come out in support of the earlier haying date."

    Goehring also praised Secretary Perdue for his continued support and understanding of the difficult situation North Dakota livestock producers are faced with. "We appreciate everything he has done to date for our state and our producers," Goehring said.


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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