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Dry Conditions Persist Across Much of North Dakota
North Dakota Ag Connection - 06/13/2017

For the week ending Sunday, dry conditions persisted over much of the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The western half of North Dakota received little to no rain while parts of the east received up to an inch. However, many areas receiving rain were still short and need additional moisture soon to help crop development. Temperatures for the week averaged two to eight degrees above normal. There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 29 percent very short, 34 short, 34 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 15 percent very short, 31 short, 51 adequate, and 3 surplus.

Corn condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 32 fair, 54 good, and 4 excellent. Corn emerged was 94 percent, behind 96 last year, but ahead of 86 for the five-year average.

Soybean condition rated 3 percent very poor, 8 poor, 33 fair, 52 good, and 4 excellent. Soybeans planted was 98 percent, near 99 last year, but ahead of 91 average. Emerged was 84 percent, near 87 last year, but ahead of 68 average. Winter wheat condition rated 13 percent very poor, 18 poor, 28 fair, 40 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 93 percent, near 90 last year. Headed was 40 percent, near 41 last year.

Spring wheat condition rated 6 percent very poor, 11 poor, 40 fair, 39 good, and 4 excellent. Spring wheat emerged was 98 percent, near 99 last year, but ahead of 87 average. Jointed was 47 percent, behind 53 last year, but ahead of 40 average. Headed was 3 percent, near 4 last year, but equal to average.

Barley condition rated 7 percent very poor, 8 poor, 30 fair, 49 good, and 6 excellent. Barley emerged was 94 percent, near 97 last year, but ahead of 85 average. Jointed was 41 percent, behind 59 last year, but near 38 average.

Oats condition rated 9 percent very poor, 16 poor, 47 fair, 27 good, and 1 excellent. Oats emerged was 94 percent, near 97 last year, but ahead of 88 average. Jointed was 44 percent, behind 61 last year. Headed was 8 percent, near 7 last year, and 4 average.

Sunflowers planted was 96 percent, ahead 91 last year, and well ahead of 76 average. Emerged was 51 percent, behind 60 last year.

Dry beans condition rated 3 percent very poor, 5 poor, 22 fair, 56 good, and 14 excellent. Dry beans planted was 98 percent, ahead of 93 last year and 83 average. Emerged was 78 percent, equal to last year, but well ahead of 58 average.

Durum wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 7 poor, 72 fair, 20 good, and 0 excellent. Durum wheat emerged was 97 percent, ahead of 88 last year and 79 average. Jointed was 45 percent, ahead of 34 last year, and well ahead of 24 average. Canola condition rated 9 percent very poor, 11 poor, 39 fair, 40 good, and 1 excellent. Canola emerged was 94 percent, near 95 last year, but ahead of 80 average.

Flaxseed condition rated 12 percent very poor, 12 poor, 40 fair, 35 good, and 1 excellent. Flaxseed planted was 93 percent, behind 98 last year, but ahead of 84 average. Emerged was 70 percent, behind 85 last year, but ahead of 64 average.

Dry edible peas condition rated 2 percent very poor, 12 poor, 51 fair, 35 good, and 0 excellent. Dry edible peas emerged was 96 percent, near 98 last year, but ahead of 90 average. Blooming was 7 percent, near 6 last year.

Potatoes planted was 97 percent, near 96 last year. Emerged was 81 percent, ahead of 74 last year, and well ahead of 55 average.

Alfalfa condition rated 31 percent very poor, 28 poor, 25 fair, 15 good, and 1 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 24 percent, near 21 last year.

Sugarbeets condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 7 fair, 70 good, and 20 excellent.

Pasture and range conditions rated 22 percent very poor, 31 poor, 29 fair, 17 good, and 1 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 9 percent very short, 21 short, 69 adequate, and 1 surplus.

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