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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 10/16/18

Weekly crop report.....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending October 14th, there were 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 19 short, 68 adequate, and 9 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 11 percent very short, 25 short, 58 adequate, and 6 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Soybean condition rated 4 percent very poor, 16 poor, 33 fair, 41 good, and 6 excellent. Soybeans harvested was 37 percent, well behind 68 last year and 70 for the five-year average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 27 fair, 58 good, and 10 excellent. Winter wheat planted was 87 percent, near 85 last year, but behind 92 average. Emerged was 59 percent, behind 66 both last year and average.

    Corn condition rated 2 percent very poor, 11 poor, 26 fair, 46 good, and 15 excellent. Corn mature was 96 percent, ahead of 77 last year and 85 average. Harvested was 12 percent, ahead of 7 last year, but near 13 average.

    Sugarbeets harvested was 47 percent, well behind 85 last year and 82 average.

    Sunflower condition rated 1 percent very poor, 7 poor, 30 fair, 58 good, and 4 excellent. Sunflowers bracts turned brown was 97 percent, ahead of 91 last year and 88 average. Harvested was 15 percent, near 11 last year and 12 average.

    Potatoes harvested was 84 percent, behind 91 last year, and equal to average.

    Dry edible beans harvested was 94 percent, near 93 last year.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 6 percent very poor, 14 poor, 44 fair, 34 good, and 2 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 5 percent very short, 27 short, 64 adequate, and 4 surplus.

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    FARGO, N.D. - Based on October 1 conditions, North Dakota's 2018 corn production is forecast at 426 million bushels, down 5 percent from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area to be harvested for grain, at 2.92 million acres, is down 10 percent from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 146 bushels per acre, up 7 bushels from last year.

    Soybean production is forecast at 247 million bushels, up 1 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 6.85 million acres, is 3 percent below 2017. Yield is forecast at 36 bushels per acre, up 1.5 bushels from last year.

    Dry edible bean production is forecast at 11.1 million hundredweight, down 11 percent from 2017. Area for harvest, at 615,000 acres, is down 10 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 1,800 pounds per acre, down 10 pounds per acre from last year.

    Sugarbeet production is forecast at 6.43 million tons, down slightly from 2017. Area for harvest, at 210,000 acres, is down 1 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 30.6 tons per acre, up
0.2 ton per acre from a year ago.

    All sunflower production is forecast at 674 million pounds, down 3 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 424,000 acres, is up 1,000 acres from 2017. Yield is forecast at 1,591 pounds per acre, down 45 pounds per acre from a year ago. Of the acres for harvest, non-oil sunflowers account for a record low 38,000 acres and oil sunflowers account for 386,000 acres.

    Canola production is forecast at a record 3.03 billion pounds, up 19 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest, at a record 1.58 million acres, is up 1 percent from 2017. Yield is forecast at a record 1,920 pounds per acre, up 290 pounds per acre from a year ago.

    Alfalfa hay production, at 2.70 million tons, is up 43 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 1.50 million acres, is up 11 percent from a year ago. Yield of 1.80 tons per acre, is up 0.4 ton from 2017. All other hay production, at 2.24 million tons, is up 33 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 1.40 million acres, is up 8 percent from a year ago. Yield of 1.60 tons per acre, is up 0.3 ton from 2017.
 

 

 

 

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