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

    FARGO, N.D. - For the month of March 2018, topsoil moisture supplies rated 13 percent very short, 31 short, 54 adequate, and 2 surplus, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 13 percent very short, 36 short, 49 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 53 fair, 32 good, and 3 excellent.

    Livestock Report

    Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 17 fair, 71 good, and 9 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 4 percent heavy, 59 average, and 37 light. Calving progress was 33 percent complete.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 16 fair, 70 good, and 10 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 2 percent heavy, 52 average, and 46 light. Lambing progress was 59 percent complete.

    Hay and roughage supplies rated 10 percent very short, 28 short, 60 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Stock water supplies rated 6 percent very short, 27 short, 65 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Weekly reports will begin April 2nd for the 2018 season.


    FARGO, N.D. - Honey production in 2017 from North Dakota producers with five or more colonies totaled 33.7 million pounds, down 11 percent from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. North Dakota ranked first in the nation for honey production for the fourteenth consecutive year.

    There were 455,000 honey producing colonies in North Dakota during 2017, down 6 percent from 2016. Average yield was 74 pounds per colony, down 4 pounds from 2016. Producer stocks were 4.38 million pounds on December 15, 2017, down from 6.81 million pounds a year earlier.

    Prices for the 2017 crop averaged $1.89 per pound, up from $1.85 in 2016. Prices were based on retail sales by producers and sales to private processors and cooperatives. Total value of honey produced in 2017 was $63.6 million, down 9 percent from 2016.


    BISMARCK, ND - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking assistance to complete restoration work of degraded wetlands, floodplains and forestlands.

    NRCS is requesting proposals from qualified individuals and organizations to implement restoration activities on eligible easement properties. Up to $250 million is available for these restoration projects in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands Area - Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

    Potential applicants should review the funding opportunity, USDA-NRCS-US-WRP-ACEP-EWPP-HFRP-18-01, at, which includes application materials and submission procedures. Applications must be received by 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on May 18, 2018.

    "This request streamlines the restoration process and improves customer service while also allowing restoration contractors of all sizes to submit proposals," said USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey. "We always are looking for ways to improve our conservation efforts."        

    Restoration activities may include: designing restoration plans, installing conservation practices including structural and vegetative, construction management and inspection. Agreements will be three years in length.

    Restoring wetland, floodplain, or forestland easements provide an abundance of benefits including: improving water quality downstream; protecting nearby towns and other areas from flooding; enhancing and protecting wildlife habitat; and providing outdoor recreational and educational opportunities.

    All complete and compliant proposals will be reviewed by an NRCS technical review panel established by the Chief of NRCS. Recommended proposals will be distributed to the applicable NRCS State Conservationists for final selection.  


   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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