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Weekly Crop Report.....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending October 21st, there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percent very short, 19 short, 71 adequate, and 5 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 11 percent very short, 28 short, 58 adequate, and 3 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Soybean condition rated 3 percent very poor, 13 poor, 32 fair, 44 good, and 8 excellent. Soybeans harvested was 53 percent, well behind 87 last year and 83 for the five-year average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 62 good, and 12 excellent. Winter wheat planted was 90 percent, equal to last year, and behind 96 average. Emerged was 75 percent, near 77 last year, and behind 80 average.

    Corn condition rated 2 percent very poor, 10 poor, 24 fair, 49 good, and 15 excellent. Corn harvested was 21 percent, ahead of 16 last year, but near 25 average.

    Sugarbeets harvested was 79 percent, behind 94 both last year and average.

    Sunflower condition rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 27 fair, 66 good, and 2 excellent. Sunflowers harvested was 30 percent, near 29 last year, and ahead of 25 average.

    Potatoes harvested was 90 percent, behind 97 last year.

    Dry edible beans harvested was 96 percent, near 97 last year.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 4 percent very poor, 16 poor, 42 fair, 36 good, and 2 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 5 percent very short, 23 short, 69 adequate, and 3 surplus.


    FARGO, N.D. - The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) recently hired Brian Sorenson for program manager. In his new role, Brian will use his background in cereal chemistry, grain milling and grain quality to provide organization and leadership in the development of educational programs to promote northern grown crops to global grain buyers and food processors.
    Sorenson previously served as technical director at NCI from 2001-2008 and director from 2008 to 2011.
    "I'm excited to be back at NCI and to have the opportunity to help regional agriculture," Sorenson said. "These are challenging times for agriculture and there is much work to be done."
    Sorenson says this is an important time for NCI to inform the world of what they have to offer in terms of diversity of crops and crop utilization.

    Sorenson is originally from Fisher, Minnesota and he has a M.S. in Cereal Chemistry. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, woodworking and spending time with his family.




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