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KHRT Agriculture News - 04/29/19

Weekly crop report....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending April 28th, there were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Reports indicated that, on average, producers began fieldwork on April 28th.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 9 short, 72 adequate, and 18 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 15 short, 70 adequate, and 11 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Spring wheat planted was 5 percent, near 3 last year, but behind 21 for the five-year average.

    Durum wheat planted was 4 percent, near 1 last year and 7 average.

    Winter wheat condition rated 8 percent very poor, 3 poor, 24 fair, 63 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 2 percent, near 1 last year, but behind 7 average.

    Corn planted was 1 percent, behind 7 average.

    Canola planted was 2 percent, equal to last year, and near 5 average.

    Sugarbeets planted was 7 percent, near 9 last year, and well behind 39 average.

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

    Barley planted was 1 percent, equal to last year, and behind 16 average.

    Dry edible peas planted was 6 percent, near 2 last year, but behind 15 average.

    Flaxseed planted was 1 percent, near 3 average.

    Potatoes planted was 1 percent, behind 6 average.

    Dry edible beans planted was 1 percent.

    Livestock Report

    Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 73 good, and 5 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 5 percent heavy, 74 average, and 21 light. Calving progress was 75 percent complete, near 74 last year.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 29 fair, 63 good, and 4 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 8 percent heavy, 76 average, and 16 light. Lambing progress was 86 percent complete, equal to last year. Shearing progress was 92 percent complete.

    Hay and roughage supplies rated 6 percent very short, 23 short, 66 adequate, and 5 surplus.

    Stock water supplies rated 1 percent very short, 4 short, 84 adequate, and
11 surplus.


     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Canada-based farm equipment company Bourgault Industries has suspended manufacturing at its division in Minot and laid off an unspecified number of workers there. The company in March announced the moves, and the Minot Daily News reports they recently took effect.
     Minot workforce center manager Susan Ogurek says some of the laid-off workers have found other jobs. She says their mechanical skills are in demand in the region. Bourgault says it's experiencing reduced demand for its products for several reasons including drought, higher production costs for farmers and the impacts of tariff wars.
     The company's sales, parts and service center in Minot remains open.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Doug Burgum has temporarily loosened driving restrictions for truckers who haul anhydrous ammonia fertilizer. Burgum says the executive order is needed because North Dakota farmers are facing a delayed spring planting season, which means they have a shorter time frame for seeding and fertilizing fields. Waiving hours-of-service restrictions enables truckers to haul greater amounts of fertilizer in shorter periods of time. Burgum's order remains in effect through May.


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


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