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For the week ending Sunday, July 16th, dry conditions persisted....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending Sunday, July 16th, dry conditions persisted, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Despite some recent rain, most of North Dakota was experiencing drought conditions.

    Some producers began haying small grains.

    Temperatures averaged two to eight degrees above normal in the west, while the east averaged zero to two degrees above normal.

    There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 32 percent very short, 33 short, 33 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 25 percent very short, 33 short, 40 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Corn condition rated 9 percent very poor, 15 poor, 31 fair, 41 good, and 4 excellent. Corn silking was 11 percent, behind 20 for the five-year average.

    Soybean condition rated 9 percent very poor, 16 poor, 35 fair, 37 good, and 3 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 40 percent, well behind 65 last year, and behind 54 average. Setting pods was 5 percent, behind 17 last year and 12 average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 20 percent very poor, 23 poor, 27 fair, 30 good, and 0 excellent. Winter wheat coloring was 70 percent, behind 84 average. Mature was 32 percent. Harvested was 10 percent.

    Spring wheat condition rated 21 percent very poor, 19 poor, 28 fair, 28 good, and 4 excellent. Spring wheat headed was 92 percent, behind 98 last year, but ahead of 87 average. Coloring was 26 percent, well behind 47 last year, and near 29 average.

    Barley condition rated 15 percent very poor, 13 poor, 31 fair, 38 good, and 3 excellent. Barley headed was 94 percent, near 98 last year, but ahead of 87 average. Coloring was 40 percent, well behind 61 last year, but ahead of 35 average. Mature was 3 percent.

    Oats condition rated 26 percent very poor, 28 poor, 29 fair, 16 good, and 1 excellent. Oats headed was 92 percent, behind 97 last year, but ahead of 86 average. Coloring was 45 percent, behind 54 last year, but ahead of 32 average. Mature was 9 percent.

    Sunflowers condition rated 17 percent very poor, 21 poor, 36 fair, 25 good, and 1 excellent. Sunflowers blooming was 9 percent, near 13 last year.
Dry edible beans condition rated 8 percent very poor, 13 poor, 25 fair, 48 good, and 6 excellent. Dry edible beans blooming was 39 percent, behind 47 last year, and near 43 average.

    Durum wheat condition rated 13 percent very poor, 25 poor, 38 fair, 22 good, and 2 excellent. Durum wheat headed was 84 percent, behind 91 last year, but ahead of 69 average. Coloring was 12 percent, behind 26 last year, and equal to average.

    Canola condition rated 11 percent very poor, 13 poor, 36 fair, 39 good, and 1 excellent. Canola blooming was 93 percent. Coloring was 16 percent, well behind 38 last year, and near 18 average.

    Flaxseed condition rated 20 percent very poor, 22 poor, 36 fair, 21 good, and 1 excellent. Flaxseed blooming was 79 percent, behind 89 last year, but ahead of 71 average. Coloring was 10 percent, near 6 last year.

    Dry edible peas condition rated 12 percent very poor, 22 poor, 38 fair, 27 good, and 1 excellent. Dry edible peas blooming was 90 percent. Dropping leaves was 18 percent, near 19 last year.

    Potato condition rated 5 percent very poor, 10 poor, 20 fair, 51 good, and 14 excellent. Potatoes blooming was 34 percent, well behind 88 last year and 69 average. Rows closed was 6 percent, well behind 28 last year.

    Alfalfa condition rated 48 percent very poor, 26 poor, 20 fair, 6 good, and 0 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 94 percent complete, near 95 last year, but ahead of 87 average. Second cutting was 17 percent, behind 22 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 42 percent very poor, 32 poor, 19 fair, 6 good, and 1 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 22 percent very short, 34 short, 43 adequate, and 1 surplus.


    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said that applications are now being accepted for reimbursement of organic certification costs through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program for fiscal year 2017.

    "Organic farmers, ranchers, processors and handlers can receive up to $750 of the organic certification costs paid between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017," Goehring said.

    Certification assures consumers that products are produced by recognized organic methods. Certification enables organic producers and processors to label and sell their products with a federal organic seal. Such products typically command a higher price in the marketplace.

    Applicants must provide a 2017 cost share application form, a copy of a dated certificate or letter from a certifier verifying certification between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017, an itemized statement showing payment between October 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017, and a completed IRS W-9 Form for new applicants. Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2017 but are reimbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted.

    Applicants who are certified by International Certification Services or the Organic Crop Improvement Association Chapter 1 should apply for reimbursement through the certifier. These organizations certify most North Dakota organic producers. All other producers should contact Emily Edlund at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at 701-328-2191 or

    Goehring said the program provides North Dakota producers with $229,000 for certification reimbursement for 2017.

    More information, including program guidelines and application forms, are available on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website at

    Potential applicants that do not wish to apply through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture can request assistance from the Farm Service Agency.


    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Potato grower Eric Halverson was in Washington, D.C., Thursday to speak in front of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee regarding the importance of the USDA export programs. Halverson is a fourth-generation farmer and CEO of Black Gold Farms in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

    U.S. potato growers see fierce foreign competition in key export markets and continued access is vital for maintaining the economic health of the industry. The USDA Market Access Program (MAP) allows the U.S. to be competitive overseas through marketing and promotional activities that build commercial export markets.
    Halverson spoke about MAP's important role in this public-private partnership, noting its 28-to-1 return-on-investment. Export market development programs funded through the farm bill have contributed an average of $8.2 billion per year to farm export revenue from 1977-2014. Without the existence of MAP, exports would not have returned to positive growth last year, said Mr. Halverson.

    Halverson testified on behalf of the National Potato Council and United Fresh Produce Association. As the Senate committee's work in preparation for the 2018 Farm Bill continues, NPC is actively engaged in providing information and outlining the importance of Farm Bill programs working in concert with U.S. trade policies.







     BEULAH, N.D. (AP) - Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to crops and searing pasture and hay land. Some longtime farmers and ranchers say it's the worst conditions they've seen in decades and possibly their lifetimes. Rancher Dawn Martin and her husband have had to sell off about one-third of their cattle herd. Farmer John Weinand isn't expecting his crops to amount to much at all.
     Nearly all of western North Dakota is in either severe or extreme drought, conditions that also extend into northern South Dakota and northeastern Montana. The U.S. Agriculture Department estimates crop production in all three states this year will be down dramatically.
     North Dakota leads the nation in production of nearly a dozen crops. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the drought's impact likely will be felt by consumers.

    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture, North Dakota State University Extension Service and the North Dakota Stockmen's Association have partnered to create a comprehensive resource for livestock producers dealing with drought.

    "With more than 70 percent of the state in a moderate to extreme drought, livestock producers need tools to help manage the situation," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "This resource makes it easier to find the information and programs that producers may need."

    "Producers are being faced with many difficult decisions: salvaging failed crops for forage, culling strategies, finding feed, pasture and water quality concerns, and more," said Carl Dahlen, associate professor and Extension beef cattle specialist. "It is imperative that producers understand the management options available to deal with drought conditions and are aware of other resources for these difficult times."

    The resource includes links to information about livestock and crop production; feeds and feeding; forages and grazing; water quality; farm and family stress; the drought hotline and interactive map; mediation services; animal health; transporting livestock, hay and water; feeding resources; drought calculators; the U.S. Drought Monitor; and ND Response.

    It also links to programs available through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency, the North Dakota State Water Commission, the USDA National Resources Conservation Service and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

    The comprehensive resource, which includes phone numbers and web addresses, may be found at or and will be available in paper format at local events across the state.


    BISMARCK, N.D. (NDDA) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring sent a request to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue asking for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres in type CP23 to be considered for emergency haying. There are just over 190,000 acres in type CP23 in North Dakota, which is designated as wetland restoration.

    "We have found that many producers are running up against CRP contracts with restrictions or stipulations on haying and grazing," Goehring said. "With North Dakota being in the prairie pothole region, there are a lot of CP23 contracts that producers are unable to utilize."

    In a letter to Secretary Perdue, Goehring outlined the latest information about forage losses.

    "New updated information from counties in North Dakota show that we are experiencing losses from 50 to 97 percent in many counties with numerous producers stating losses of 70 percent or greater," Goehring said. "Releasing CP23 acres would provide producers with some of the most high quality forage available in this season of drought."

    Only 50 percent of CRP released for emergency haying is allowed to be cut, which would allow 95,000 acres of type CP23 to be utilized, should the request be approved.

    Goehring also praised Secretary Perdue for his continued responsiveness and understanding of the difficult situation North Dakota livestock producers are faced with. "We are extremely grateful for 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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