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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 05/10/18

Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an emergency executive order granting a waiver of hours of service for drivers of commercial vehicles....

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an emergency executive order granting a waiver of hours of service for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting anhydrous ammonia and all other fertilizers.

    North Dakota farmers are facing a shortage of fertilizer due to significant late season snowfall in other parts of the upper Midwest, which has delayed and shortened the spring planting season across the region. Commercial truck drivers have been required to move more fertilizer in a shorter time frame.

    State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring requested the waiver of hours of service to ensure that sufficient fertilizer resources are available to farmers. The emergency order will remain in effect through May 30. All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply.

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    FARGO, N.D. - Based on May 1 conditions, North Dakota's 2018 winter wheat crop is forecast at 3.08 million bushels, up 138 percent from last year's crop, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 44 bushels per acre, up 7 bushels from last year. Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 70,000 acres, up 35,000 acres from last year. This would be 78 percent of the planted acres, above last year's 50 percent harvested.

    May 1 hay stocks of 750,000 tons are down 31 percent from last year.

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    BISMARCK - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded grants totaling $52,500 for 12 projects to plant orchards and gardens in local communities.

    "The North Dakota Community Orchard Project provides educational opportunities and fosters community spirit by bringing people together to plant and tend these orchards and gardens," said Goehring. "The fruits and vegetables produced will benefit communities, schools and those in need."

    The grants were awarded to:

City of Hatton: $3,374 to provide an orchard as a hands-on learning tool for local 4-H clubs about proper planting, new tree care and pruning.

Wahpeton FFA: $7,500 to provide an orchard to be used as a living ag classroom to teach about proper watering techniques, nutrient application, disease prevention and treatment, and pest control in school ag classes.

City of Foreman: $1,100 to provide an orchard as a hands-on learning tool for local 4-H kids and community members.

Willow Park Elementary School, West Fargo: $6,000 to provide an orchard at a new elementary school to educate students about where their food comes from and incorporate lessons into the 5th grade science curriculum.

City of Jamestown, ND Forestry Department: $7,000 to provide an orchard for use in many education events including planting, pruning, watering and plant care workshops; and future events on harvesting and fruit preservation once the orchard is mature.

City of Litchville: $6,000 to utilize the orchard as a living classroom to teach about planting and tree care, tree identification and pest management for local elementary school students, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H groups.

TGU Towner Community Orchard: $2,500 for an orchard to be used as a living classroom for the local school for students to be involved in planting and orchard care.

Shanley and Sullivan Garden Club, Fargo: $1,700 to plant a berry orchard to provide educational opportunities for students and produce for a local food bank.

Central Cass Public Schools, Casselton: $4,010 to plant and establish a school garden that will be accessible for grades K-12 to use as a teaching tool in plant science classes and produce to be used in school cooking classes.

City of Horace: $6,750 to create orchard to be used for educational opportunities for local elementary school kids, 4-H clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as well as the community.

City of Lincoln: $3,000 to provide an orchard to utilize as a living classroom to teach kids about all stages of tree growth and orchard care, as well as teach pruning classes to the community.

City of Arthur: $3,566 to create an orchard to educate youth and residents about planting and orchard care.

    Goehring said grant money can be used for plants, trees, planting supplies, soil amendments, irrigation and fencing supplies, but not for permanent structures, capital expenditures or to buy land.

 

 

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

 

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