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North Dakota Ag Connection - 09/13/2023

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported 5.4 acceptable days for agricultural fieldwork from September 10 to September 10, 2023. Topsoil moisture levels were 12% extremely short, 31% short, 55 equal, and 2% surplus, while subsoil moisture supplies were 15% extremely short, 35% short, 49 equal, and 1% surplus.

The following are the main conclusions of the Field Crops Report:

Ratings for soybean quality included 4% very poor, 14% poor, 31% fair, 46% good, and 5% excellent. Overtaking both the previous year and the five-year norm, almost 47% of soybeans had lost their leaves.

Progress on the spring wheat harvest was 82%, which was better than the previous year but a little behind average.

97% of the durum wheat was mature, which is higher than the previous year and close to the norm. 68% of the crop had been harvested, which was more than the year before but lower than usual.

12% of winter wheat was planted, which is less than the norm and the year before. But harvesting was at 98%, which was similar to last year and the norm.

There were five categories for corn condition: 2% very poor, 7% poor, 25 moderate, 58% good, and 8% excellent. Compared to the prior year and the average, advancements were made in the areas of corn dough, denting, and maturity.

The canola condition was reported as poor, with 9% being very poor, 18% poor, 33% fair, 37% good, and 3% excellent, with average canola coloration but lagged harvesting.

The sugarbeet condition was good, with 9% poor, 26% fair, 62% good, and 3% outstanding. The rate of harvesting was comparable to both the average and the prior year.

Oats, barley, dry edible peas, sunflowers, flaxseed, and potatoes all had varying progress and conditions, with notable differences from the previous year and the average.

Harvesting progress for lentils was impressive, at 94%, well exceeding both the average and the previous year's progress.

Report on Pasture and Range:

The assessments for the pasture and range conditions were 4% very poor, 17% poor, 31% fair, 46% good, and 2% exceptional.

The stock water supply was 3% extremely short, 15% short, 81% adequate, and 1% surplus, among other variations.

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