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Producers intended to begin fieldwork on May 3.....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending April 8th, there were 0.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Reports indicated that, on average, producers intended to begin fieldwork on May 3.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 10 percent very short, 31 short, 55 adequate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 14 percent very short, 33 short, 52 adequate, and 1 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 9 poor, 53 fair, 31 good, and 3 excellent.

    Livestock Report

    Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 69 good, and 6 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 7 percent heavy, 72 average, and 21 light. Calving progress was 47 percent complete, near 50 last year and 48 for the five-year average.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 68 good, and 8 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 3 percent heavy, 69 average, and 28 light. Lambing progress was 68 percent complete, near 66 last year, and ahead of 62 average.

    Hay and roughage supplies rated 10 percent very short, 30 short, 58 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Stock water supplies rated 4 percent very short, 21 short, 74 adequate, and 1 surplus.


     WOLF POINT, Mont. (AP) - About 30 cars on a freight train derailed in northeastern Montana over the weekend, spilling some grain and closing the tracks that cross the northern part of the state.
     BNSF Railway spokesman Ross Lane says the derailment happened at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday near Oswego, which is about 12 miles west of Wolf Point. He says the train was not carrying hazardous materials and no one was injured.
     Lane says crews worked overnight to clear the tracks and were installing new track on Sunday. He says rail traffic could resume Sunday afternoon.
     The cause of the derailment is under investigation.



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