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Producers made good harvest progress as dry conditions prevailed over much of the state...

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending October 15th, producers made good harvest progress as dry conditions prevailed over much of the state, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The only exception was in the southeast counties as rainfall amounts ranged from a quarter of an inch to an inch.

    Freezing temperatures were received across North Dakota over the weekend, which killed standing crops and helped the process of drying them down.

    Producers were also completing fall tillage and applying fertilizer.

    Livestock producers were busy hauling hay and working calves.

    Temperatures across the state were cooler, averaging one to five degrees below normal.

    There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 26 short, 63 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 13 percent very short, 28 short, 56 adequate, and 3 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Corn condition rated 5 percent very poor, 10 poor, 27 fair, 51 good, and 7 excellent. Corn mature was 80 percent, behind 93 last year and 91 for the five-year average. Harvested was 8 percent, behind 19 last year, and well behind 29 average.

    Soybean condition rated 4 percent very poor, 9 poor, 33 fair, 49 good, and 5 excellent. Soybeans harvested was 72 percent, behind 84 last year and 78 average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 19 percent very poor, 18 poor, 32 fair, 30 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat planted was 86 percent, behind 91 last year. Emerged was 68 percent, behind 75 last year.

    Sunflowers condition rated 7 percent very poor, 12 poor, 43 fair, 36 good, and 2 excellent. Sunflower bracts turning brown was 93 percent, equal to last year, and near 91 average. Harvested was 12 percent, behind 21 last year and 24 average.

    Dry edible beans harvested was 94 percent, ahead of 86 last year.

    Potatoes harvested was 93 percent, ahead of 77 last year and 85 average.

    Sugarbeets harvested was 89 percent, ahead of 77 last year and 81 average.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 24 percent very poor, 30 poor, 33 fair, 13 good, and 0 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 19 percent very short, 31 short, 49 adequate, and 1 surplus.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Agriculture Department is expecting hundreds of applications over the next three weeks from drought-stricken ranchers seeking money to help pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their herds through winter.
     The state Emergency Commission in late August approved $1.5 million in aid to help with hay-hauling costs, in response to the worst drought in decades. The state has received about 60 applications so far, and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is expecting as many as 700 by the Nov. 3 deadline.
     With hay in short supply, the department also is expanding the program to include straw used for feed. Straw is typically used for animal bedding, but North Dakota Stockmen's Association Executive Vice President Julie Ellingson says it's commonly used as a livestock feed ingredient during droughts.



    FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota crop production is out.

    Based on October 1 conditions, North Dakota's 2017 corn production is forecast at 402 million bushels, down 22 percent from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area to be harvested for grain, at 3.19 million acres, is down 2 percent from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 126 bushels per acre, down 32 bushels from last year.

    Soybean production is forecast at a record 256 million bushels, up 3 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at a record 7.10 million acres, is 19 percent above 2016. Yield is forecast at 36 bushels per acre, down 5.5 bushels from last year.

    Dry edible bean production is forecast at 11.1 million hundredweight, up 24 percent from 2016. Area for harvest, at 675,000 acres, is up 19 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 1,640 pounds per acre, up 60.0 pounds per acre from last year.

    Sugarbeet production is forecast at a record 6.37 million tons, up 2 percent from 2016. Area for harvest, at 208,000 acres, is up 2 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 30.6 tons per acre, down 0.2 tons per acre from a year ago.

    All sunflower production is forecast at 459 million pounds, down 60 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 418,000 acres, is down 245,000 from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,097 pounds per acre, down 619 pounds per acre from a year ago. Of the acres for harvest, non-oil sunflowers account for 33,000 acres and oil sunflowers account for 385,000 acres.

    Canola production is forecast at 2.23 billion pounds, down 16 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest, at a record 1.58 million acres, is up 9 percent from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,410 pounds per acre, down 430 pounds per acre from a year ago.

    Alfalfa hay production, at 1.67 million tons, is down 30 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 1.45 million acres, is up 4 percent from a year ago. Yield of 1.15 tons per acre, is down 0.55 tons from 2016. All other hay production, at 1.10 million tons, is down 43 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 1.10 million acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Yield of 1.00 tons per acre, is down 0.75 tons from 2016.


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    Annie's Project is a six-session course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. There's plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It's a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other North Dakota farm/ranch women.

    Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets and other necessary skills are vital.  Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.

    Annie's Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states.  This fall, the program will be offered in Minot on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5pm -8:30pm, beginning on October 30th and running through November 15th. The class will be located at the Ward County Administration Building at 225, 3rd ST SE in Minot.

    Call or email Paige Brummund 701.857.6444 ( ) or Ellen Bjelland 701.857.6450 ( to register.

    The cost for the course is $125 per person, which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions. A light supper will be served at each site beginning at 5:00 PM. Course size is limited, so please register soon.  

    Linda, an Annie's Project alumna says, "I took the class to gain a better understanding about agribusiness and how financial decisions impact our farm operation.  I have a better understanding of balance sheets and the futures market…this class has improved communication with my spouse on concerns he works with on a daily basis."

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