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Harvest activities were halted in many areas as significant snowfall amounts were received...

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending November 5th, harvest activities were halted in many areas as significant snowfall amounts were received, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    The northern half of North Dakota received snowfall amounts ranging from six to twelve inches. In addition to the snow, cold temperatures caused producers to end all other fall field work.

    Temperatures averaged six to twelve degrees below normal.

    There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 12 percent very short, 32 short, 54 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 16 percent very short, 31 short, 52 adequate, and 1 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Corn condition rated 6 percent very poor, 10 poor, 30 fair, 46 good, and 8 excellent. Corn harvested was 59 percent, behind 68 last year and 73 for the five-year average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 17 percent very poor, 19 poor, 35 fair, 28 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat planted was 96 percent, near 98 last year. Emerged was 92 percent, near 93 last year.

    Sunflowers harvested was 72 percent, equal to last year, but ahead of 66 average.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 28 percent very poor, 30 poor, 30 fair, 12 good, and 0 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 20 percent very short, 35 short, 44 adequate, and 1 surplus.


     BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - The deadline to submit eligible expenses for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's Emergency Hay Transportation Assistance Program is Monday, Nov. 13.
The program will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of hay transportation expenses incurred between June 1 and Nov. 6, 2017.

     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. Applications for the program must be submitted or postmarked by Nov. 13.

     "After numerous requests, the deadline was extended two weeks to allow producers to finish purchasing and hauling winter hay stock," Goehring said. "We're encouraging those producers to take some time this week and submit their eligible expenses for this assistance program."

     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.

- Straw used for feed is also eligible.

- Transportation costs must have been incurred between June 1 and Nov. 6, 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. Receipts are not required for personal transportation costs.

     Funding for the program is provided through the Department of Emergency Services. The state emergency commission has approved $1.5 million for the program.

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



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



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