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KHRT Agriculture News - 08/26/19

Weekly Crop Report.....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending August 25th, there were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percent very short, 12 short, 77 adequate, and 6 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 10 percent very short, 13 short, 71 adequate, and 6 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Soybean condition rated 3 percent very poor, 7 poor, 28 fair, 55 good, and 7 excellent. Soybeans setting pods was 89 percent, behind 99 last year and 96 for the five-year average. Dropping leaves was 3 percent, well behind 25 last year, and behind 14 average.

    Spring wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 24 fair, 61 good, and 8 excellent. Spring wheat mature was 89 percent, behind 97 last year. Harvested was 34 percent, well behind 74 last year and 60 average.

    Durum wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 34 fair, 59 good, and 3 excellent. Durum wheat mature was 81 percent, behind 94 last year, but near 77 average. Harvested was 24 percent, well behind 49 last year.

    Winter wheat harvested was 77 percent, behind 94 last year and 83 average.

    Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 20 fair, 64 good, and 9 excellent. Corn silking was 98 percent, near 100 last year, and equal to average. Dough was 47 percent, well behind 91 last year and 75 average. Dented was 5 percent, well behind 44 last year and 25 average.

    Canola condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 30 fair, 58 good, and 6 excellent. Canola coloring was 93 percent. Harvested was 11 percent, well behind 39 last year and 34 average.

    Sugarbeet condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 8 fair, 14 good, and 75 excellent. Sugarbeets harvested was 4 percent, equal to last year, and near 3 average.

    Oats condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 16 fair, 68 good, and 14 excellent. Oats coloring was 96 percent. Mature was 78 percent, behind 96 last year. Harvested was 40 percent, well behind 80 last year and 72 average.

    Barley condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 19 fair, 70 good, and 6 excellent. Barley mature was 91 percent. Harvested was 46 percent, well behind 90 last year and 75 average.

    Dry edible peas condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 69 good, and 8 excellent. Dry edible peas harvested was 75 percent, behind 92 last year and 80 average.

    Sunflower condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 17 fair, 76 good, and 5 excellent. Sunflowers blooming was 94 percent. Ray flowers dry was 19 percent, well behind 63 last year and 40 average. Bracts turned yellow was 1 percent, well behind 30 last year.

    Flaxseed condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 24 fair, 71 good, and 3 excellent. Flaxseed coloring was 92 percent, near 96 last year and 93 average. Harvested was 6 percent, well behind 50 last year and 27 average.

    Potato condition rated 0 percent very poor, 21 poor, 31 fair, 45 good, and 3 excellent. Potatoes rows closed was 95 percent. Vines dry was 15 percent, behind 28 last year.

    Dry edible bean condition rated 4 percent very poor, 13 poor, 32 fair, 47 good, and 4 excellent. Dry edible beans setting pods was 98 percent. Dropping leaves was 39 percent, well behind 73 last year, and behind 47 average.

    Alfalfa condition rated 1 percent very poor, 9 poor, 27 fair, 53 good, and 10 excellent. Alfalfa second cutting was 82 percent, behind 91 last year, and near 85 average.

    Lentils harvested was 16 percent, well behind 45 last year.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 9 poor, 21 fair, 56 good, and 9 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 2 percent very short, 10 short, 82 adequate, and 6 surplus.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today regarding the White House's announcement that President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have reached a trade agreement in principle.

    "Japan is already North Dakota's No. 5 export market, and with this trade agreement it will become an even more important market for the corn, soybeans, beef and other quality goods produced by our farmers and ranchers, who are among the world's best and can compete with anyone on a level playing field," Burgum said. "We're grateful to President Trump and his administration for their persistent efforts on this deal, which will open up Japanese markets to over $7 billion in U.S. goods. Now it's time for Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to strengthen trade with North Dakota's top two trading partners, promote job creation and grow the economy."

    Japan was North Dakota's fifth-largest export market last year based on dollar value at $36 million, after Canada ($6.9 billion), Mexico ($228 million), Australia ($144 million) and Germany ($60 million).

    Last September, Burgum met with Japanese leaders at the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association's 50th annual conference in Omaha, which promotes trade and cooperation between the two countries. At the conference, Burgum met with leaders from multiple areas of the Japanese government, including Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Shinsuke J. Sugiyama and prefecture governors, along with several industry leaders, highlighting areas for investment in North Dakota. Last year marked the first year of North Dakota's involvement in the association.

    "Japan has a population of nearly 127 million people in an area the size of North Dakota and South Dakota combined. We have food and energy to export, and Japan needs to import food and energy. And Japan respects international protection of intellectual property. The United States has a huge opportunity to make a great trading partner an even more strategic ally," Burgum said.


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


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