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Snow, Very Cold Temps Delay N.D. Harvests
North Dakota Ag Connection - 11/14/2017

For the week ending Sunday, snow and very cold temperatures delayed corn and sunflower harvest last week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Livestock producers were busy moving cattle back to the farmstead for the winter and weaning calves. Temperatures across the State averaged eight to twenty degrees below normal. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 11 percent very short, 30 short, 57 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 14 percent very short, 28 short, 56 adequate, and 2 surplus.

Corn harvested was 76 percent, behind 83 last year and 85 for the five-year average.

Winter wheat condition rated 15 percent very poor, 20 poor, 36 fair, 28 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 94 percent, near 96 last year.

Sunflowers harvested was 81 percent, near 84 last year and 78 average.

Pasture and range conditions rated 28 percent very poor, 33 poor, 27 fair, 12 good, and 0 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 19 percent very short, 34 short, 47 adequate, and 0 surplus.

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

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