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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 10/02/17

Most harvest activities were either slowed or halted due to cool, wet conditions last week...

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending October 1st, most harvest activities were either slowed or halted due to cool, wet conditions, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall amounts ranged from a quarter of an inch in the west to over an inch in the east, while extreme eastern and western areas received rainfall amounts that halted harvests.

    Livestock producers were busy hauling hay, moving herds to fall pastures, and chopping corn for silage.

    There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 24 short, 63 adequate, and 5 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 13 percent very short, 29 short, 55 adequate, and 3 surplus.

    Field Crops Report
    
    Corn condition rated 6 percent very poor, 10 poor, 26 fair, 51 good, and 7 excellent. Corn dented was 93 percent, behind 98 last year, and near 97 for the five-year average. Mature was 47 percent, well behind 74 last year and 67 average. Harvested was 2 percent, near 6 last year, and behind 11 average.

    Soybean condition rated 5 percent very poor, 11 poor, 31 fair, 49 good, and 4 excellent. Soybeans dropping leaves was 93 percent, near 96 both last year and average. Harvested was 18 percent, well behind 41 last year and 43 average.

    Winter wheat planted was 72 percent, near 69 last year. Emerged was 32 percent, behind 38 last year.

    Sunflowers condition rated 6 percent very poor, 13 poor, 39 fair, 40 good, and 2 excellent. Sunflower bracts turning yellow was 94 percent, near 91 last year, and ahead of 87 average. Bracts turning brown was 65 percent, behind 71 last year, but near 62 average. Harvested was 2 percent, near 4 last year and 6 average.

    Dry edible beans harvested was 71 percent, near 68 last year and 73 average.

    Flaxseed harvested was 93 percent, near 95 last year, but ahead of 86 average.

    Potatoes vines dry was 93 percent, near 96 last year. Harvested was 57 percent, ahead of 47 last year, and near 55 average.

    Sugarbeet condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 6 fair, 25 good, and 67 excellent. Sugarbeets harvested was 23 percent, near 20 last year and 25 average.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 22 percent very poor, 27 poor, 37 fair, 13 good, and 1 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 15 percent very short, 29 short, 55 adequate, and 1 surplus

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    FARGO, ND - Kevin Skunes,fFrom Arthur, North Dakota, has begun his year-long role as the president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Skunes also serves as a board member of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA).

    Kevin, his wife Betty, and their two sons raise corn and soybeans in Cass County. Skunes has served as an NCGA board member since 2012 and served on several committees including Resolutions, Finance, Growers Services, Trade and Biotechnology, Ethanol and the NCGA Foundation.  

    "I consider being in this leadership role a great honor and I look forward to leading one of the top commodity groups in the country," said Skunes. "There are a number of top priorities that we need to work on in the next year, many of which are being considered in Washington, D.C. as we speak. Top priorities include resolving the uncertainty of our trade agreements, the 2018 Farm Bill which includes our never-ending efforts to protect crop insurance. Working together with all NCGA affiliated states and our partner organizations, including regulators and legislators in Washington D.C., does pay off. As always, I hope we can continue to grow the demand for our ever-growing crop."

    Skunes is the third NCGA President to hail from North Dakota. Bart Schott, Kulm, ND, and Wallie Hardie, Fairmount, ND, previously served in the role.

    The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) is a farmer-led organization focusing on policy that impacts North Dakota corn producers. The NDCGA consists of 14 growers from seven districts along with four at-large directors. NDCGA is one of 28 states with organizations affiliated with the National Corn Growers Association.

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    FARGO, ND - Production of small grains crops in North Dakota this year has been dramatically impacted by drought.

    Summaries released by the federal Agriculture Department show that spring wheat production is down 23 percent from last year, at 208 million bushels, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. The 2017 area harvested for grain, at 5.07 million acres, is down 13 percent from 2016. Producers planted 5.35 million acres, down 11 percent from 2016. Yield, at 41.0 bushels per acre, down 5.0 bushels from 2016.

    Durum wheat production is estimated at 28.9 million bushels, down 50 percent from 2016. Harvested acres, at 1.21 million, are down 16 percent from last year. Area planted is 1.26 million acres, down 14 percent from 2016. The yield of 24.0 bushels per acre is down 16.5 bushels from last year.

    Winter wheat production is estimated at 1.30 million bushels, down 78 percent from last year. The area harvested for grain totaled 35,000 acres, down 71 percent from 2016. Planted acreage totaled 70,000 acres, down 46 percent from a year earlier. The yield is 37.0 bushels per acre, down 11.0 bushels from 2016.

    Barley production is estimated at 24.9 million bushels, down 42 percent from 2016. Area harvested for grain, at 395,000 acres, is down 38 percent from last year. Planted acreage totaled 520,000 acres, down 30 percent from 2016. Average yield is 63.0 bushels per acre, down 4.0 bushels from last year.

    Oat production is estimated at 4.64 million bushels, down 36 percent from 2016. Area harvested for grain, at 80,000 acres, is down 27 percent from last year. Planted acreage totaled 295,000 acres, up 2 percent from a year earlier. Yield, at 58.0 bushels per acre, down 8.0 bushels per acre from last year.

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    FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota grain stocks are down for many crops.

    All wheat stored in all positions on September 1, 2017 totaled 235 million bushels, down 27 percent from a year ago, according to the USDA's National
Agricultural Statistics Service. On-farm stocks of 138 million are down 34 percent from 2016, while off-farm stocks, at 96.8 million bushels, are down 12 percent from last year.

    Durum wheat stored in all positions totaled 26.5 million bushels, down 44 percent from a year ago.

    Barley stored in all positions totaled 40.4 million bushels, down 39 percent from 2016. On-farm stocks are 22.0 million bushels, down 46 percent from last year, while off-farm stocks, at 18.4 million bushels, are 27 percent below last year.

    Corn stocks totaled 103 million bushels, up 161 percent from a year ago. Of the total, 54.0 million bushels are stored on farms, up 315 percent from a year ago while off-farm stocks, at 49.0 million bushels, are up 85 percent from last year.

    Soybean stocks totaled 16.6 million bushels, up 212 percent from last year. On-farm stocks, at 9.80 million bushels, are up 9.44 million bushels from a year ago, while off-farm stocks, at 6.85 million bushels, are up 38 percent from 2016.

    Oat stocks totaled 4.30 million bushels, down 24 percent from last year. On-farm stocks, at 2.80 million bushels, are down 43 percent from a year ago, while off-farm stocks, at 1.50 million bushels, are up 97 percent from 2016.

    All sunflowers stored in all positions totaled 378 million pounds, up 84  percent from 2016. Oil sunflower stocks in all positions are 282 million pounds, up 170 percent from last year. Non-Oil sunflower stocks in all positions are 96.6 million pounds, down 4 percent from a year ago.

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     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Members of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to merge. Fifty-eight percent of North Central Farmers Elevator voters and 63 percent of Wheat Growers voters approved the merger. More than 4,100 people voted. The new cooperative is expected to begin operations next February. A new name wasn't immediately chosen.
 
     North Central has about 2,400 members in South Dakota and North Dakota, while Wheat Growers has 5,100 members in the two states. Two years ago, a merger was rebuffed when North Central members voted 51 percent against the plan.


 


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

 

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