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North Dakotans Begin Spring Wheat and Oats Planting
North Dakota Ag Connection - 04/06/2021

For the week ending Sunday, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Reports indicated that, on average, producers intend to begin fieldwork on Sunday. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 59% very short, 33% short, 8% adequate, and 0% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 52% very short, 30% short, 18% adequate, and 0% surplus.

Spring wheat planted was 1%.

Winter wheat condition rated 13% very poor, 40% poor, 38% fair, 9% good, and 0% excellent.

Oats planted was 1%.

Cattle and calf conditions rated 3% very poor, 5% poor, 22% fair, 48% good, and 22% excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 3% heavy, 48% average, and 49% light. Calving progress was 48% complete, ahead of 36% last year and 41% for the five-year average.

Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0% very poor, 2% poor, 15% fair, 54% good, and 29% excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 1% heavy, 53% average, and 46% light.

Lambing progress was 69% complete, ahead of 62% last year and 58% average. Shearing progress was 81% complete, ahead of 73% last year.

Hay and roughage supplies rated 16% very short, 30% short, 49% adequate, and 5% surplus.

Stock water supplies rated 37% very short, 34% short, 29% adequate, and 0% surplus.

Data for this news release were provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service Agency, NDSU Extension Service, and other reporters across the State.

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