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The Advent season narrows our gaze toward the King in a manger who came to be our King on the cross. The only King who ever established His kingdom, not by exerting power, but by giving it up. Not by eradicating His enemies, but by dying for them.

- Paul Dunk

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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 03/29/18

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the North Dakota Prospective Planting and Grain Stock reports.....

    FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota spring wheat producers intend to plant 6.40 million acres, up 20 percent from 2017, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area planted to durum wheat is expected to total 1.00 million acres, down 21 percent from last year. Winter wheat acres seeded last fall totaled 90,000 acres, up 29 percent from last year.

    Soybean planted acreage is expected to be 7.10 million acres, unchanged from last year's record high.

    Corn planted acreage is expected to be 3.05 million acres, down 11 percent from 2017.

    All hay acreage to be harvested is expected to total 2.70 million acres, up 2 percent from last year's acreage.

    Canola planted acreage is expected to be 1.65 million acres, up 4 percent from last year, and is a record high.

    Sunflower producers expect to plant 450,000 acres, up 3 percent from 2017. Oil type varieties account for 405,000 acres, up 3 percent from a year ago. Non-oil varieties made up the balance at 45,000 acres, up 5 percent from a year ago.

    Barley producers intend to plant 400,000 acres, down 23 percent from last year, and ties the record low from 2011.

    Dry edible bean acreage intentions are estimated at 620,000 acres, down 12 percent from 2017. All dry edible bean acreage estimate includes chickpea acreage estimates.

    All chickpea planted acreage intentions are estimated at 47,000 acres, up 7 percent from last year, and is a record high. Large chickpea account for 35,000 acres, up 14 percent from last year, and is a record high. Small chickpea made up the balance at 12,000 acres, down 9 percent from last year.

    Dry edible pea planting intentions are estimated at 360,000 acres, down 15 percent from last year.

    Lentil intentions are estimated at 180,000 acres, down 33 percent from last year.

    Flaxseed planted acreage is expected to total 170,000 acres, down 31 percent from last year.

    Sugarbeet growers expect to plant 199,100 acres, down 7 percent from last year.

    Oat intentions are estimated at 290,000 acres, down 2 percent from last year.

    Estimates in this report are based on a survey conducted during the first two weeks of March.

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    FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota corn stocks stored in all positions on March 1,
2018 totaled 259 million bushels, down 18 percent from a year ago, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. On-farm stocks of 165 million bushels are down 23 percent from 2017 and off-farm stocks of 93.7 million bushels are down 7 percent from last year.

    All wheat stored in all positions totaled 159 million bushels, down 22 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks of 91.0 million are down 24 percent from 2017 and off-farm stocks of 68.0 million bushels are down 21 percent from last year.

    Durum wheat stored in all positions totaled 21.2 million bushels, down 21 percent from a year ago.

    Barley stored in all positions totaled 32.8 million bushels, down 20 percent from 2017. On-farm stocks are 15.0 million bushels, down 25 percent from last year and off-farm stocks, at 17.8 million bushels, are down 15 percent from last year.

    Soybean stored in all positions totaled 77.4 million bushels, up 20 percent from last year. Onfarm stocks, at 39.0 million bushels, are up 28 percent from a year ago and off-farm stocks, at 38.4 million bushels, are up 14 percent from 2017.

    Oats stored in all positions totaled 2.71 million bushels, down 33 percent from last year. Onfarm stocks, at 2.30 million bushels, are down 36 percent from a year ago and off-farm stocks of 406,000 bushels, are down 9 percent from 2017.

    All sunflower stored in all positions totaled 702 million pounds, down slightly from 2017. Oil sunflower stocks are 604 million pounds, up 12 percent from last year. Non-oil sunflower stocks of 98.0 million pounds, are down 41 percent from a year ago.

 


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