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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has issued their monthly crop and weather report for January....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the month of January 2018, topsoil moisture supplies rated 12 percent very short, 34 short, 53 adequate, and 1 surplus, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 12 percent very short, 37 short, 50 adequate, and 1 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 12 poor, 48 fair, 34 good, and 3 excellent.

    Livestock Report

    Cattle and calf conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 67 good, and 11 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 0 percent heavy, 61 average, and 39 light. Calving progress was 3 percent complete.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 15 fair, 72 good, and 10 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 0 percent heavy, 54 average, and 46 light. Lambing progress was 5 percent complete.

    Hay and roughage supplies rated 7 percent very short, 29 short, 62 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Stock water supplies rated 6 percent very short, 21 short, 71 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    The next monthly report (for February) will be issued February 26, 2018. Weekly reports will begin April 2nd for the 2018 season.


    FARGO, N.D. - Milk production in North Dakota during the October-December 2017 quarter totaled 85.0 million pounds, down 2 percent from the October-December quarter last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 15,500 head, 500 head less than the same period last year.


    BISMARCK, ND - Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

    Through CSP, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in CSP in 2018.

    While applications for CSP are accepted year round, applications must be received by March 2, 2018 to be considered for this funding period.

    Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat - all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rate, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.

    Some of these benefits of CSP include:

    - Improved cattle gains per acre;
    - Increased crop yields;
        - Decreased inputs;
    - Wildlife population improvements; and
    - Better resilience to weather extremes.

    NRCS recently made several updates to the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources. New methods and software for evaluating applications help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives. These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.

    Producers interested in CSP are recommended to contact their local USDA service center or visit



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