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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 11/26/18

Weekly Crop Report....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending November 25th, there were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 20 short, 68 adequate, and 8 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 11 percent very short, 24 short, 59 adequate, and 6 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Soybeans harvested was 94 percent, behind 100 both last year and for the five-year average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 4 poor, 25 fair, 60 good, and 8 excellent.

    Corn harvested was 80 percent, behind 93 both last year and average.

    Sunflowers harvested was 80 percent, behind 92 last year and 90 average.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 7 percent very poor, 17 poor, 45 fair, 29 good, and 2 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 7 percent very short, 27 short, 63 adequate, and 3 surplus.

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    FARGO, ND - Information about new seed varieties and producing seed, and questions about seed laws will be featured at the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association (NDCISA) district meetings set for Dec. 3-6.

    "Come learn more about the seed industry in North Dakota," says Toni Muffenbier, NDCISA office manager. "Attending a district meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the organization as we've made some changes recently. It's also a great time to ask questions and meet others who are passionate about agriculture in North Dakota."

    The districts, dates, locations and times of the meetings are:

    - Southeast, Dec. 3, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Casselton, N.D., 9 a.m.

    - Southwest, Dec. 4, Dickinson Research Extension Center, Dickinson, N.D., 1 p.m. MT

    - Northwest, Dec. 5, North Central Research Extension Center, Minot, N.D., 9 a.m.

    - Northeast, Dec. 6, Memorial Building -- Armory, Devils Lake, N.D., 9 a.m.

    Each district meeting will include updates on county membership and checkoff, district resolutions and elections, and a district financial report.

    In addition to a business meeting, program topics to be covered during the
meetings include:

    - Research fee update and impact -- North Dakota State University Research
Foundation

    - Small-grain variety update -- NDSU Extension

    - State Seed Department update -- North Dakota State Seed Department

    - Foundation Seedstocks update -- NDSU Foundation Seedstocks

    The meetings are free and open to the public. Door prizes will be given away at each of the district meetings. For more information, contact Muffenbier at 701-231-8067 or email toni.muffenbierndsu.edu.

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    LINCOLN, Neb. - In the Northern Plains Region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) there were 42,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches during the week of July 8-14, 2018, up 17 percent from the July 2017 reference week, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Workers numbered 40,000 during the week of October 7-13, 2018, unchanged from the October 2017 reference week.

    Farm operators in the Northern Plains Region paid their hired workers an average wage of $15.14 per hour during the July 2018 reference week, up 9 percent from the July 2017 reference week. Field workers received an average of $15.12 per hour, up $1.29. Livestock workers earned $13.80 per hour, up 91 cents. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate at $14.40, was up $1.00 from the 2017 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 44.0 hours during the July 2018 reference week, compared with 44.4 hours worked during the July 2017 reference week.

    Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $15.49 per hour during the October 2018 reference week, up 7 percent from the October 2017 reference week. Field workers received an average of $15.93 per hour, up $1.00. Livestock workers earned $13.55 per hour compared with $12.76 a year earlier.

    The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $14.80, was up 80 cents from the October 2017 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 47.4 hours during the October 2018 reference week, compared with 45.8 hours worked during the October 2017 reference week.

 


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