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KHRT Agriculture News - 08/12/19

Weekly Crop Report.....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending August 11th, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. 

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 10 percent very short, 15 short, 63 adequate, and 12 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 10 percent very short, 20 short, 59 adequate, and 11 surplus. 
 
    Field Crops Report

    Soybean condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 28 fair, 53 good, and 9 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 94 percent, behind 99 last year, and near 97 for the fiveyear average. Setting pods was 62 percent, well behind 88 last year and 82 average.  
 
    Spring wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 23 fair, 60 good, and 11 excellent. Spring wheat coloring was 92 percent, near 96 last year, and equal to average. Mature was  51 percent, well behind 76 last year. Harvested was 5 percent, well behind 26 last year, and behind 23 average. 
 
    Durum wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 22 fair, 67 good, and 8 excellent. Durum wheat coloring was 87 percent, behind 95 last year, but ahead of 82 average. Mature was 42 percent, behind 57 last year. Harvested was 1 percent. 
 
    Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 63 good, and 14 excellent. Winter wheat mature was 87 percent, behind 95 last year. Harvested was 34 percent, well behind 68 last year, and behind 53 average. 
 
    Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 8 poor, 20 fair, 59 good, and 12 excellent. Corn silking was 89 percent, behind 98 last year, and near 92 average. Dough was 7 percent, well behind  59 last year and 35 average.  
 
    Canola condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 25 fair, 59 good, and 9 excellent. Canola coloring was 71 percent, behind 90 last year and 83 average. Harvested was 1 percent. 
 
    Sugarbeet condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 8 fair, 14 good, and 75 excellent.  
 
    Oats condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 16 fair, 63 good, and 19 excellent. Oats coloring was 85 percent, behind 95 last year and 93 average. Mature was 40 percent, well behind 79 last year. Harvested was 5 percent, well behind 37 last year and 35 average. 
 
    Barley condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 21 fair, 63 good, and 9 excellent. Barley coloring was 94 percent. Mature was 59 percent, well behind 91 last year. Harvested was  11 percent, well behind 47 last year and 36 average. 

    Dry edible peas condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 69 good, and 7 excellent. Dry edible peas dropping leaves was 91 percent, near 94 last year, but ahead of 80 average. Harvested was 23 percent, well behind 55 last year. 
 
    Sunflower condition rated 0 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 69 good, and 7 excellent. Sunflowers blooming was 63 percent, well behind 91 last year, and behind 79 average.  
 
    Flaxseed condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 21 fair, 70 good, and 7 excellent. Flaxseed coloring was 76 percent, behind 82 last year, but near 74 average.  
 
    Potato condition rated 0 percent very poor, 8 poor, 27 fair, 56 good, and 9 excellent. Potatoes rows closed was 88 percent, behind 95 last year, and near 91 average. Vines dry was 1 percent, behind 6 last year.  
 
    Dry edible bean condition rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 32 fair, 52 good, and 4 excellent. Dry edible beans blooming was 96 percent. Setting pods was 78 percent, behind 93 last year, and near 80 average. Dropping leaves was 3 percent.  
 
    Alfalfa condition rated 1 percent very poor, 7 poor, 25 fair, 56 good, and 11 excellent. Alfalfa second cutting was 57 percent, behind 72 last year and 68 average. 
 
    Lentils harvested was 1 percent. 
 
    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 8 poor,  19 fair, 52 good, and 18 excellent. 
 
    Stock water supplies rated 2 percent very short, 12 short, 72 adequate, and 14 surplus. 

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    FARGO, N.D. - USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has releaed their North Dakota Crop Production Forecast.

    Based on August 1 conditions, North Dakota's 2019 spring wheat crop is forecast at 320 million bushels, up 1 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 6.40 million acres, down 1 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at a record 50 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from 2018. 
 
    Durum wheat production is forecast at 28.6 million bushels, down 33 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at a record low 680,000, down 37 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at a record 42 bushels per acre, up 2.5 bushels from last year. 
 
    Winter wheat production is forecast at 3.38 million bushels, 12 percent above last year's crop. Harvested acreage is estimated at 75,000 acres, up 7 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 45 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from 2018. 
 
    Barley production is forecast at 38.5 million bushels, up 35 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 535,000 acres, up 39 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 72 bushels per acre, down 2 bushels from 2018. 
 
    Oat production is forecast at 9.02 million bushels, up 5 percent from last year. Harvested acreage at 110,000 acres, up 5 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 82 bushels per acre, tying last year's record yield. 
 
    Corn production is forecast at 477 million bushels, up 6 percent from 2018. Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 3.27 million acres, up 12 percent from last year. Average yield is forecast at 146 bushels per acre, down 7 bushel from last year. 
 
    Soybean production is forecast at 198 million bushels, down 19 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 5.65 million acres, is down 18 percent from last year. Average yield per acre is forecast at 35 bushels per acre, down 0.5 bushel from 2018. 
 
    Alfalfa hay production is forecast at 2.43 million tons, down 3 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 1.35 million acres, down 8 from a year ago. Expected yield, at 1.80 tons per acre, is up 0.1 ton from last year. All other hay production is forecast at 2.21 million tons, up 15 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 1.30 million acres, up 8 percent from a year ago. Expected yield, at 1.70 tons per acre, is up 0.1 ton from last year. 
 
    Dry edible bean production is forecast at 939,000 thousand cwt.  Harvested acreage is estimated at 610,000. The average yield is forecast at 1,540 pounds per acre.  Acres planted by class are as follows:  Pinto, 377,000; Black, 134,000; Navy, 76,000; Large Garbanzo, 65,000; Small Red, 11,700; Small Garbanzo, 10,000; Pink, 8,400; Dark Red Kidney, 4,600; Cranberry, 2,400. 
 
    Sugarbeet production is forecast at 6.12 million tons, up 7 percent from 2018. Area for harvest, at 209,000 acres, is up 5 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 29.3 tons per acre, up 0.5 ton from last year. 
 
    Special Note

    Survey respondents who reported acreage as not yet planted for corn, cotton, sorghum, and soybeans in fourteen States for the Acreage report, released June 28, 2019, were re-contacted in July. Excessive rainfall had led to planting delays and challenges at the time of the survey, leaving a portion of acres still to be planted for corn in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; cotton in Arkansas; sorghum in Kansas; and soybeans in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  
 
    When planting delays occur NASS has established procedures and processes in place to recontact respondents. In addition to the updated survey information, NASS considered Farm Service Agency (FSA) certified acreage information as well as satellite-based indications of acreage to update planted and harvested acreage estimates for this report.  
 
    NASS estimates of planted area are always larger than the certified acres reported by FSA because of definitional differences and the fact that some producers do not participate in USDA programs and therefore do not report their acreage to FSA. It is also important to note that data are reported to FSA over an extended period of time, with varying due dates across the country, and is historically incomplete in early August. NASS has carefully analyzed these data for many years and has determined they normally don't become nearly complete until September for cotton and October for corn, soybeans, and sorghum. A detailed description of how NASS incorporates the FSA certified acreage information into the estimating process can be found at https://www.nass.usda.gov/Education_and_Outreach/Understanding_Statistics/FSA_Acreage.pdf 
 
    Based on all of the data sources described above, planted and harvested area estimates for corn, soybeans, cotton, and sorghum were updated and included in this report.  All States in the estimating program for these crops were subject to review and updating. Planted acreage updates can be found in the National publication.

 

 

   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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