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Small grain harvest continued over much of the state...

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending August 27th, small grain harvest continued over much of the state, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall was limited and temperatures averaged slightly below normal across North Dakota.

    There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 16 percent very short, 36 short, 47 adequate, and 1 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 17 percent very short, 37 short, 45 adequate, and 1 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Corn condition rated 5 percent very poor, 13 poor, 32 fair, 46 good, and 4 excellent. Corn dough was 73 percent, behind 82 last year and 78 for the five-year average. Dented was 18 percent, well behind 38 last year, and behind 31 average. Mature was 1 percent, equal to last year, and near 2 average.

    Soybean condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 poor, 33 fair, 47 good, and 4 excellent. Soybeans setting pods was 94 percent, near 97 both last year and average. Dropping leaves was 13 percent, near 12 both last year and average.

    Winter wheat harvested was 93 percent complete.

    Spring wheat mature was 98 percent. Harvested was 71 percent, behind 79 last year, but ahead of 61 average.

    Barley harvested was 88 percent, equal to last year, but ahead of 71 average.

    Oats harvested was 85 percent, near 89 last year, but ahead of 71 average.

    Sunflowers condition rated 7 percent very poor, 18 poor, 42 fair, 33 good, and 0 excellent. Sunflower ray flowers dried was 43 percent, well behind 63 last year, but equal to average. Bracts turning yellow was 14 percent. Bracts turning brown was 1 percent.

    Dry edible beans condition rated 6 percent very poor, 15 poor, 25 fair, 51 good, and 3 excellent. Dry edible beans setting pods was 96 percent. Dropping leaves was 42 percent, behind 47 last year, and near 44 average.

    Durum wheat condition rated 13 percent very poor, 35 poor, 42 fair, 10 good, and 0 excellent. Durum wheat mature was 82 percent, near 85 last year. Harvested was 38 percent.

    Canola condition rated 10 percent very poor, 18 poor, 27 fair, 35 good, and 10 excellent. Canola harvested was 43 percent, behind 53 last year, but near 41 average.

    Flaxseed condition rated 19 percent very poor, 26 poor, 37 fair, 17 good, and 1 excellent. Flaxseed coloring was 95 percent, near 97 last year. Harvested was 28 percent, behind 35 last year, but near 26 average.

    Dry edible peas harvested was 85 percent, behind 95 last year, but near 82 average.

    Potato condition rated 5 percent very poor, 14 poor, 28 fair, 47 good, and 6 excellent. Potatoes rows closed was 94 percent. Vines dry was 22 percent, behind 28 last year.

    Alfalfa condition rated 33 percent very poor, 32 poor, 27 fair, 8 good, and 0 excellent. Alfalfa second cutting was 89 percent complete, near 87 both last year and average.

    Sugarbeet condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 7 fair, 30 good, and 62 excellent. Sugarbeets harvested was 3 percent, near 4 last year, and equal to average.

    Lentils harvested was 48 percent complete.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 26 percent very poor, 36 poor, 29 fair, 9 good, and 0 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 20 percent very short, 36 short, 43 adequate, and 1 surplus.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum has issued an updated executive order extending waivers for hours of service and weight limit restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay, water and livestock to help livestock producers battling drought conditions. The executive order was originally issued on July 10, and its expiration date was first extended from Aug. 10 to Aug. 26. At Burgum's request, the order has been extended to Oct. 26, pursuant to a notice issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


    FARGO, N.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers in 32 states, including North Dakota, for its County Agricultural Production Survey.

    "County-level yields have a direct impact on farmers around the State. USDA's Farm Service Agency uses the data in administering producer programs such as the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) included in the 2014 Farm Bill, and in determining disaster assistance program calculations," said Darin Jantzi, North Dakota State Statistician. "NASS cannot publish a county yield unless it receives enough reports from producers in that county to make a statistically defensible estimate. In 2016, NASS was unable to publish several large producing counties due to an insufficient number of responses."

    "As required by Federal law, all responses are completely confidential," Jantzi continued. "We safeguard the privacy of all respondents, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. Individual responses are also exempt from the Freedom of Information Act."

    Many producers respond by mail or on-line via NASS's secure reporting website. NASS will also contact producers by phone or in person, particularly in low-response counties, to ensure producers their opportunity to represent North Dakota agriculture. County-level data for spring wheat, durum wheat, winter wheat, barley and oats will be available Thursday, December 14th.




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


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