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Small grain harvest was wrapping up over much of the state....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending September 10th, small grain harvest was wrapping up over much of the state, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Temperatures averaged near normal across North Dakota.

    Little to no rainfall was received and some crops showed stress due to the hot, dry weather.

    There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 23 percent very short, 39 short, 38 adequate, and 0 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 23 percent very short, 38 short, 38 adequate, and 1 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Corn condition rated 7 percent very poor, 13 poor, 31 fair, 44 good, and 5 excellent. Corn dough was 94 percent, near 97 last year and 95 for the five-year average. Dented was 56 percent, behind 75 last year and 69 average. Mature was 4 percent, behind 21 last year and 18 average.

    Soybean condition rated 5 percent very poor, 13 poor, 35 fair, 44 good, and 3 excellent. Soybeans dropping leaves was 46 percent, near 50 last year, and behind 51 average.

    Winter wheat planted was 11 percent, near 9 last year.

    Spring wheat harvested was 94 percent, equal to last year, but ahead of 84 average.

    Barley harvested was 96 percent, near 98 last year, but ahead of 89 average.

    Oats harvested was 93 percent, behind 98 last year, but near 89 average.

    Sunflowers condition rated 7 percent very poor, 16 poor, 46 fair, 30 good, and 1 excellent. Sunflower ray flowers dried was 84 percent, near 85 last year, but ahead of 77 average. Bracts turning yellow was 57 percent, behind 65 last year, but ahead of 42 average. Bracts turning brown was 14 percent, behind 20 last year.

    Dry edible beans condition rated 6 percent very poor, 14 poor, 30 fair, 46 good, and 4 excellent. Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 88 percent, near 84 last year, and ahead of 83 average. Harvested was 20 percent, behind 29 last year and 28 average.

    Durum wheat mature was 96 percent, near 99 last year. Harvested was 87 percent, ahead of 76 last year, and well ahead of 67 average.

    Canola harvested was 81 percent, equal to last year, but ahead of 73 average.

    Flaxseed harvested was 71 percent, near 72 last year, but ahead of 54 average.

    Dry edible peas harvested was 96 percent.

    Potato condition rated 4 percent very poor, 13 poor, 28 fair, 50 good, and 5 excellent. Potatoes vines dry was 69 percent, ahead of 63 last year and 51 average. Harvested was 19 percent, ahead of 8 last year.

    Alfalfa second cutting was 94 percent complete, near 91 last year.

    Sugarbeet condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 27 good, and 66 excellent. Sugarbeets harvested was 7 percent, near 8 both last year and average.

    Lentils harvested was 77 percent, behind 87 last year.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 32 percent very poor, 34 poor, 26 fair, 8 good, and 0 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 25 percent very short, 33 short, 42 adequate, and 0 surplus


    BISMARCK, ND - A program that will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of hay transportation expenses is now open. Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring announced the emergency hay transportation assistance program on Aug. 22 to help producers impacted by the drought.

    "Hay shortages have forced producers to purchase and transport hay from increasingly further distances," Goehring said. "This program will assist producers with defraying some of those costs to help sustain their operation into the next year."

    Program eligibility requirements include:

- Must have been in a D2, D3 or D4 county.
- Must own at least 25 animal unit equivalents of dairy cattle, beef cattle, bison, sheep or goats. A description of animal unit equivalents may be found directly on the application.
- Hay must be used for the purposes of the producer's own livestock operation.
- In lieu of transporting hay, producers who transported breeding livestock outside of drought counties are also eligible.
- Transportation costs must have been incurred between June 1, 2017, and Oct. 20, 2017.
- Must have costs related to transportation outside of an applicant's normal livestock operation.

    Producers must provide verifiable records of livestock inventories and hay transportation expenses. The program will reimburse producers a portion of expenses dependent on the total amount of applications received and approved through the program. Other feeds and supplements are not included.

    Livestock producers interested in applying should go to NDDA's website at to fill out and submit an application or to download a paper version.

    Only costs incurred between June 1, 2017 and Oct. 20, 2017 are eligible. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by Nov. 3, 2017.

    Funding for the program is provided through the Department of Emergency Services. The state emergency commission approved borrowing $1.5 million from the Bank of North Dakota for the program.

    Questions about filling out the application may be directed to 1-844-642-4752.


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A century-old University of Minnesota youth program often associated with agriculture has added new options to traditional activities to keep up with the state's changing demographics.
     The Minnesota Daily reports that Minnesota 4-H Club has expanded from its farming roots as the state's agricultural community shrinks.
     Bradley Rugg is director of fair and animal science programs for the University Extension Center for Youth Development. He says an animal leasing program aims to make agriculture accessible to all kids in response to the declining number of farms.
     The leasing program allows children without an animal to care for and train a mentor's farm animal, as well as show it at fairs and contests.
     U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say the number of Minnesota farms fell by more than half between 1940 and 2010.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State agriculture officials in the Northern Plains have divided up 16 semi-loads of hay donated from around the country to help drought-stricken ranchers in the region. Nearly 1,400 ranchers from the Dakotas and Montana applied to the hay lottery program set up by North Dakota's Agriculture Department, North Dakota State University and the Michigan-based nonprofit Ag Community Relief.
     Drawings were conducted last week. Hay is going to 12 ranchers in North Dakota, two in South Dakota and two in Montana. The numbers correlate with the percentage of applications from each state. More drawings are possible if hay donations continue to come in.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The two sides in a legal battle over the constitutionality of North Dakota's Depression-era ban on corporate farming have both formally asked a judge to side with them.
     North Dakota Farm Bureau sued last summer to do away with the law that voters approved in 1932 to protect the state's family farming heritage. Farm Bureau and other plaintiffs contend the law limits farmers' business options and interferes with interstate commerce by barring out-of-state corporations from being involved in North Dakota's farm industry. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota Farmers Union and the Dakota Resource Council dispute that in their defense of the law.
     The two sides have been arguing in court documents throughout the summer. A bench trial before U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland isn't scheduled until February 2019.


     HOUSTON (AP) - Texas agricultural officials fear thousands of cattle may have died in the aftermath of Harvey, resulting in losses to ranchers of tens of millions of dollars. The counties that sustained damage when Harvey first came ashore August 25th were home to 1.2 million head of cattle, representing 1-in-4 of all beef cows in Texas, the nation's largest producer.
     The Houston Chronicle reports that most ranchers don't insure their herds because of the cost, so a rancher could be out hundreds of thousands of dollars if an entire herd drowned. But agricultural economists don't expect the losses to affect meat prices. The beef cows in the coastal regions are mostly raised for breeding. Their calves are sent to Texas Panhandle feedlots where they grow to full size before going to slaughterhouses.


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


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