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

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending September 3rd, 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 above normal across North Dakota.

    There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 20 percent very short, 34 short, 45 adequate, and 1 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 20 percent very short, 37 short, 42 adequate, and 1 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Corn condition rated 6 percent very poor, 14 poor, 32 fair, 44 good, and 4 excellent. Corn dough was 87 percent, behind 93 last year, and near 88 for the five-year average. Dented was 31 percent, well behind 61 last year and 51 average. Mature was 3 percent, near 7 last year, and behind 8 average.

    Soybean condition rated 5 percent very poor, 14 poor, 34 fair, 44 good, and 3 excellent. Soybeans setting pods was 97 percent, near 100 last year and 99 average. Dropping leaves was 25 percent, near 27 last year and 29 average.

    Winter wheat harvested was 95 percent. Planted was 1 percent.
Spring wheat harvested was 85 percent, behind 90 last year, but ahead of 74 average.

    Barley harvested was 93 percent, near 94 last year, but ahead of 81 average.

    Oats harvested was 90 percent, near 94 last year, but ahead of 81 average.

    Sunflowers condition rated 7 percent very poor, 16 poor, 44 fair, 33 good, and 0 excellent. Sunflower ray flowers dried was 72 percent, near 76 last year, but ahead of 63 average. Bracts turning yellow was 35 percent, behind 49 last year. Bracts turning brown was 3 percent, near 6 last year.

    Dry edible beans condition rated 6 percent very poor, 14 poor, 28 fair, 46 good, and 6 excellent. Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 73 percent, ahead of 65 last year and 66 average.

    Durum wheat condition rated 13 percent very poor, 24 poor, 45 fair, 17 good, and 1 excellent. Durum wheat mature was 93 percent, near 96 last year. Harvested was 74 percent, ahead of 67 last year and 55 average.

    Canola harvested was 68 percent, behind 74 last year, but ahead of 60 average.

    Flaxseed condition rated 25 percent very poor, 25 poor, 34 fair, 16 good, and 0 excellent. Flaxseed harvested was 45 percent, behind 57 last year, but ahead of 39 average.

    Dry edible peas harvested was 92 percent.

    Potato condition rated 4 percent very poor, 11 poor, 27 fair, 48 good, and 10 excellent. Potatoes rows closed was 98 percent. Vines dry was 46 percent, ahead of 40 last year and 30 average. Harvested was 7 percent, near 5 last year.

    Alfalfa condition rated 30 percent very poor, 37 poor, 26 fair, 7 good, and 0 excellent. Alfalfa second cutting was 92 percent complete, near 89 last year.

    Sugarbeet condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 29 good, and 64 excellent. Sugarbeets harvested was 6 percent, near 5 both last year and average.

    Lentils harvested was 66 percent, behind 73 last year.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 26 percent very poor, 36 poor, 30 fair, 8 good, and 0 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 19 percent very short, 39 short, 42 adequate, and 0 surplus.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Agriculture Department has begun accepting applications from drought-stricken ranchers for $1.5 million in aid to help with hay-hauling costs. The application period runs until Nov. 3.

    The state Emergency Commission late last month approved the money. It will go to qualifying ranchers in counties with severe, extreme or exceptional drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor says nearly all of western North Dakota is experiencing those conditions.

    Gov. Doug Burgum about a month ago asked President Donald Trump to declare a drought disaster in the state to pave the way for more federal aid. Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki says the state hasn't yet received an answer. Trump is scheduled to speak in Mandan Wednesday about tax reform. It isn't known if he might also address the drought.


     WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is calling for the end of what he's dubbed the "death tax," calling it a "tremendous burden" for family farmers and other businesses. Trump says during a tax speech in Mandan, North Dakota that he will not allow the death tax to "crush the American dream."
     He's pointing to Julie Ellingson, a fourth-generation rancher who owns a cattle ranch with her husband. The White House says she's concerned about how the estate tax may affect her children when they inherit the operation. The White House tax goals released in April include repealing the estate tax, which applies to people with estates worth more than $5.49 million.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - President Donald Trump told farmers and ranchers in North Dakota coping with a deep drought that he's with them "100 percent" but said nothing about the state's request for a disaster declaration.  Trump told several hundred supporters gathered at a Mandan refinery on Wednesday that he understood the devastation the drought has brought. But he noted the damage Hurricane Harvey has done in Texas, and said, "You are better off."
     Gov. Doug Burgum made the request almost a month ago. The federal government has provided some aid, but a presidential declaration could pave the way for direct disaster payments to producers affected by drought. Burgum says he pressed the matter of the declaration with Trump earlier in the day, and planned to travel again to Washington on Thursday to lobby for it.





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