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N.D. Eyes April 29 to Start Fieldwork in Earnest
North Dakota Ag Connection - 04/23/2019

For the week ending Sunday, there were 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Reports indicated that, on average, producers intend to begin fieldwork on April 29. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 9 short, 70 adequate, and 21 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percent very short, 17 short, 69 adequate, and 11 surplus.

Winter wheat condition rated 5 percent very poor, 6 poor, 25 fair, 63 good, and 1 excellent.

Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 70 good, and 5 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 4 percent heavy, 74 average, and 22 light. Calving progress was 65 percent complete, equal to last year, and near 66 for the five-year average.

Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 28 fair, 65 good, and 6 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 4 percent heavy, 76 average, and 20 light. Lambing progress was 79 percent complete, near 81 last year and 78 average. Shearing progress was 90 percent complete.

Hay and roughage supplies rated 4 percent very short, 22 short, 68 adequate, and 6 surplus.

Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 4 short, 85 adequate, and 11 surplus.

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

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