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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 04/30/18

There were 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service...

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending April 29th, there were 3.2 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, 35 short, 51 adequate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 16 percent very short, 34 short, 48 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Spring wheat planted was 3 percent, behind 17 last year and 22 for the five-year average.

    Durum wheat planted was 1 percent, behind 12 last year and 8 average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 10 poor, 62 fair, 26 good, and 0 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 1 percent, behind 7 last year.

    Canola planted was 2 percent, near 3 last year and 6 average.

    Sugarbeets planted was 10 percent, well behind 31 last year and 38 average.

    Oats planted was 1 percent, behind 19 last year and 20 average.

    Barley planted was 1 percent, behind 12 last year and 17 average.

    Dry edible peas planted was 2 percent, behind 21 last year and 17 average.

    Livestock Report

    Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 69 good, and 4 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 8 percent heavy, 70 average, and 22 light. Calving progress was 75 percent complete, near 78 last year.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 74 good, and 4 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 5 percent heavy, 69 average, and 26 light. Lambing progress was 87 percent complete, equal to last year.

    Hay and roughage supplies rated 14 percent very short, 41 short, 44 adequate, and 1 surplus.

    Stock water supplies rated 3 percent very short, 19 short, 75 adequate, and 3 surplus.

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    FARGO, N.D. - Milk production in North Dakota during the January-March 2018 quarter totaled 82.0 million pounds, down 1 percent from the January-March quarter last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 15,500 head, unchanged from the same period last year.

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    FARGO, N.D. - The pinto bean price for March averaged $20.60 per cwt. The navy bean and rye prices for March were withheld to avoid disclosure of individual reports.

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    FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota growers, dealers, and processors held 8.90 million cwt of potatoes in storage on April 1, 2018, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Current stocks represent 35 percent of the 2017 production. Total stocks are defined as all potatoes on hand, regardless of use, including those that will be lost through future shrinkage and dumping.

 


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

 

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