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Harvest progress was either halted or delayed, as significant rainfall amounts were received over much of the state....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending August 20th, harvest progress was either halted or delayed, as significant rainfall amounts were received over much of the state, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Moisture amounts ranged from half an inch to over three inches. Some hail was received in the western part of the state. The recent moisture greened up pastures and allowed some producers in drier areas to take a second cutting of alfalfa.

    Temperatures across the state averaged two to six degrees below normal.

    There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 16 percent very short, 34 short, 48 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 17 percent very short, 36 short, 45 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Corn condition rated 6 percent very poor, 11 poor, 33 fair, 45 good, and 5 excellent. Corn silking was 98 percent, near 95 last year and 97 for the five-year average. Dough was 50 percent, behind 68 last year and 59 average. Dented was 6 percent, behind 17 last year and 14 average.

    Soybean condition rated 5 percent very poor, 12 poor, 36 fair, 44 good, and 3 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 96 percent, near 99 both last year and average. Setting pods was 88 percent, behind 93 both last year and average. Dropping leaves was 4 percent, near 5 both last year and average.

    Winter wheat harvested was 85 percent, behind 94 last year.
Spring wheat condition rated 20 percent very poor, 19 poor, 26 fair, 30 good, and 5 excellent. Spring wheat mature was 94 percent. Harvested was 52 percent, behind 61 last year, but ahead of 45 average.

    Barley harvested was 75 percent, near 74 last year, and ahead of 58 average.

    Oats mature was 95 percent. Harvested was 72 percent, behind 78 last year, but ahead of 57 average.

    Sunflowers condition rated 8 percent very poor, 17 poor, 45 fair, 29 good, and 1 excellent. Sunflowers blooming was 95 percent. Ray flowers dried was 10 percent, well behind 38 last year.

    Dry edible beans condition rated 7 percent very poor, 15 poor, 25 fair, 45 good, and 8 excellent. Dry edible beans setting pods was 91 percent, near 94 last year, and equal to average. Dropping leaves was 20 percent, behind 25 last year, and near 22 average.

    Durum wheat condition rated 14 percent very poor, 30 poor, 45 fair, 11 good, and 0 excellent. Durum wheat mature was 70 percent, ahead of 56 last year. Harvested was 19 percent.

    Canola condition rated 13 percent very poor, 21 poor, 26 fair, 31 good, and 9 excellent. Canola coloring was 96 percent, near 93 last year, and ahead of 90 average. Harvested was 17 percent, behind 29 last year, and near 21 average.

    Flaxseed condition rated 26 percent very poor, 29 poor, 33 fair, 11 good, and 1 excellent. Flaxseed coloring was 89 percent, near 93 last year, but ahead of 83 average. Harvested was 18 percent, near 21 last year.

    Dry edible peas harvested was 77 percent, behind 87 last year, but ahead of 65.

    Potato condition rated 5 percent very poor, 12 poor, 23 fair, 47 good, and 13 excellent. Potatoes rows closed was 92 percent, behind 97 last year. Vines dry was 13 percent, near 10 last year.

    Alfalfa condition rated 35 percent very poor, 33 poor, 27 fair, 5 good, and 0 excellent. Alfalfa second cutting was 85 percent complete, near 81 last year, and ahead of 80 average.

    Sugarbeet condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 7 fair, 32 good, and 60 excellent. Sugarbeets harvested was 2 percent, equal to both last year and average.

    Lentils harvested was 25 percent.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 30 percent very poor, 35 poor, 29 fair, 6 good, and 0 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 20 percent very short, 38 short, 41 adequate, and 1 surplus.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Officials in North Dakota have arranged for tons of donated hay for drought-impacted ranchers in the Dakotas and Montana. Now they need truckers to haul it.
     North Dakota's Agriculture Department, North Dakota State University and the Michigan-based nonprofit Ag Community Relief earlier this month announced a program to accept hay donations at a site near the Fargo campus. The hay will be distributed through a lottery drawing next month.
     North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says about 30 semitrailer loads of hay have been donated. His agency is looking for help hauling it to the Fargo site.
     There is heavy interest in the hay lottery. The department has received more than 800 applications from ranchers in the three states.


    FARGO, N.D. - According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, 78 percent of North Dakota farms had access to computers in 2017. This compares to the national average of 73 percent. 75 percent of farms in North Dakota had internet access, this is unchanged from the last time this data was collected in 2015.


    BISMARCK, ND - At a sweet corn plot in the process of being harvested and donated to feed the hungry, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring asked gardeners across the state to donate extra fruits and vegetables from their harvest this year to help meet the needs of hungry North Dakotans.

    "Sadly in a state that produces so much food, hunger is very much a problem here," Goehring said. "We are asking individuals and groups to join in the 2017 Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project to donate at least a million servings of fresh produce to North Dakota food pantries, shelters and charitable feeding organizations."

    "The Great Plains Food Bank served 94,470 individuals and distributed nearly 13 million pounds of food in 2016," Goehring said. "Almost 36 percent of those needing help are children and 12 percent are seniors."

    Also addressing the news conference was Jared Slinde, communications manager for the Great Plains Food Bank.

    "One in nine in North Dakota struggle with not enough food to eat each day," Slinde said. "While this is a problem thousands face in our state, the solution is here as well and the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project is a perfect example of this. We are happy to partner once again with Commissioner Goehring and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture with this great project as it will help seniors, families and children across the state with access to fresh produce."

    Goehring said information about the Hunger Free ND Garden Project, including drop-off points for garden-grown produce is available on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website's Hunger Free ND Garden Project page.

    The Hunger Free ND Garden Project was started in 2010 through the local foods initiative of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) in partnership with the Great Plains Food Bank. The statewide project encourages home gardeners and commercial growers to plant extra produce each year for donation to charitable organizations across the state. Since its inception, the project has recorded more than 1.8 million pounds of fresh produce donations.



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


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