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KHRT Agriculture News - 09/03/19

Weekly Crop Report....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending September 1st, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 8 short, 82 adequate, and 6 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percent very short, 14 short, 76 adequate, and 5 surplus.

    Field Crops Report

    Soybean condition rated 3 percent very poor, 6 poor, 27 fair, 57 good, and 7 excellent. Soybeans setting pods was 93 percent, behind 100 last year and 99 for the five-year average. Dropping leaves was 7 percent, well behind 35 last year, and behind 25 average.

    Spring wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 23 fair, 63 good, and 8 excellent. Spring wheat mature was 95 percent, near 99 last year, and equal to average. Harvested was 52 percent, well behind 86 last year and 73 average.

    Durum wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 29 fair, 58 good, and 6 excellent. Durum wheat mature was 91 percent. Harvested was 34 percent, well behind 72 last year and 56 average.

    Winter wheat harvested was 88 percent.

    Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 20 fair, 64 good, and 10 excellent. Corn dough was 72 percent, well behind 95 last year, and behind 87 average. Dented was 8 percent, well behind 67 last year and 44 average.

    Canola condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 24 fair, 62 good, and 7 excellent. Canola coloring was 98 percent. Harvested was 21 percent, well behind 57 last year and 53 average.

    Sugarbeet condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 7 fair, 13 good, and 75 excellent. Sugarbeets harvested was 6 percent, near 7 last year and 5 average.

    Oats condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 25 fair, 63 good, and 8 excellent. Oats mature was 86 percent. Harvested was 58 percent, well behind 90 last year and 81 average.

    Barley mature was 96 percent. Harvested was 64 percent, well behind 94 last year and 84 average.

    Dry edible peas harvested was 84 percent, behind 97 last year.

    Sunflower condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 13 fair, 77 good, and 7 excellent. Sunflowers blooming was 97 percent. Ray flowers dry was 36 percent, well behind 81 last year and 65 average. Bracts turned yellow was 6 percent, well behind 55 last year.

    Flaxseed condition rated 0 percent very poor, 4 poor, 22 fair, 70 good, and 4 excellent. Flaxseed coloring was 96 percent. Harvested was 11 percent, well behind 63 last year and 42 average.

    Potato condition rated 0 percent very poor, 15 poor, 33 fair, 47 good, and 5 excellent. Potatoes vines dry was 49 percent, behind 54 last year, but ahead of 34 average.

    Dry edible bean condition rated 3 percent very poor, 10 poor, 29 fair, 51 good, and 7 excellent. Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 63 percent, well behind 84 last year, and near 67 average. Harvested was 1 percent, well behind 34 last year, and behind 14 average.

    Alfalfa condition rated 2 percent very poor, 18 poor, 26 fair, 46 good, and 8 excellent. Alfalfa second cutting was 86 percent, behind 94 last year.

    Lentils harvested was 23 percent, well behind 72 last year.

    Pasture and Range Report

    Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 21 fair, 63 good, and 8 excellent.

    Stock water supplies rated 3 percent very short, 8 short, 85 adequate, and 4 surplus.

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    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says that applications are now being accepted for reimbursement of organic certification costs through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program for fiscal year 2019.

    "Organic farmers, ranchers, processors and handlers can receive up to $750 of the organic certification costs paid between Oct. 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2019," Goehring said.

    Certification assures consumers that products are produced by recognized organic methods. Certification enables organic producers and processors to label and sell their products with a federal organic seal. Such products typically command a higher price in the marketplace.

    Applicants must provide a 2019 cost share application form, a copy of a dated certificate or letter from a certifier verifying certification between Oct. 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2019, an itemized statement showing payment between October 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2019, and a completed IRS W-9 Form for new applicants. Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2019 but are reimbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted.

    Applicants who are certified by International Certification Services or the Organic Crop Improvement Association Chapter 1 should apply for reimbursement through the certifier. These organizations certify most North Dakota organic producers. All other producers should contact Deanna Gierszewski at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at 701-328-2191 or degierszewskind.gov.

    Goehring said the program provides North Dakota producers with $105,000 for certification reimbursement for 2019.

    More information, including program guidelines and application forms, are available on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website at https://www.nd.gov/ndda/marketing-information-division/organics/organic-certification-cost-share-program.

    Potential applicants that do not wish to apply through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture can request assistance from the Farm Service Agency.

 

 

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

 

 

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