Dry Bean Scene

Planting is moving right along in the Perham, Minnesota area. Professional Agronomy Services agronomist Brad Guck says soil conditions have been favorable thanks to early spring rains. Hear more in the latest Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Extreme Drought Encompasses 85% of North Dakota

All of North Dakota is now experiencing either abnormally dry or some form of drought conditions. Extreme drought conditions increased 2% this past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor puts nearly 85% of the state in that category. 63% of Minnesota has good moisture, with the far southern and northwestern areas either abnormally dry or in moderate drought. The exception comes in Kittson and Marshall counties, where there is severe drought.
 
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Crop Progress Report – May 3, 2021

There were 6 days suitable for field work in North Dakota last week, according to USDA. Topsoil moisture supplies declined three percent to 83% very short-to-short, and subsoil moisture is pinned at 81% very short-to-short. 42% of spring wheat is seeded, an increase of 20% from the previous week, with 6% emerged. Corn plantings jumped 11% to 14%. That is well ahead of 3% last year. 8% of canola is in the ground, along with 66% of sugarbeets. 23% of potatoes are planted. Both soybean and dry bean planting are beginning in North Dakota at 2% complete.
 
Below normal temps persisted in Minnesota last week, farmers still found 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Spring wheat seeding is over two weeks ahead of last year’s pace at 72% complete. That’s an increase of 53% from last week. Corn planting is 60% complete, behind 71%t last year but ahead of 32% average. Soybean planting is at 23%, behind 31% last year. 79% of sugarbeets are planted, along with 5% of dry beans. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are rated 65% adequate-to-surplus in Minnesota.
 
Dry edible bean planting has also begun in western growing regions. Idaho is 28% planted, Washington is at 74% and Montana is at 15%. More than half of the topsoil short or very short of moisture in Colorado (57%), Montana (57%) and Wyoming (55%).
 
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Dry Bean Scene

As farmers select their fields for dry bean planting, NDSU Extension soil specialist Dave Franzen says to watch for salinity issues when making those decisions. Hear more in the latest Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
 

Drought Conditions Expand in North Dakota

Extreme drought conditions in North Dakota increased seven percent this past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor puts 82 percent of the state in that category. The remaining 18 percent is experiencing some form of dryness. The majority of Minnesota has sufficient moisture, with far southern and northwestern areas either abnormally dry or in moderate drought. Compared to last week, there was a 10 percent increase in moderate and abnormally dry conditions. The exception comes in Kittson County where there is severe drought.

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Crop Progress Report – April 26, 2021

In North Dakota, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service there were 4.6 days suitable for field work last week. Topsoil moisture supplies declined 2% to 80% very short-to-short, and subsoil moisture is pinned at 78% very short-to-short. 22% of spring wheat is seeded, ahead of 10% average, with 2% emerged. Corn plantings are unchanged at 3%, and canola seeding is just beginning at 1%. The planting progress for sugarbeets is 15% complete, 14% for barley, 8% for dry edible peas and 4% for potatoes.

Farmers found 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Minnesota. Spring wheat seeding is one week ahead of last year’s pace at 19% complete. That’s an increase of 9% from last week. Corn planting is 18% complete, behind 34% last year but equal to average. 42% percent of oats, 28% of sugarbeets and 12% of barley and potatoes are in the ground. Topsoil moisture is 75% adequate-to-surplus, and subsoil moisture is rated at 71% adequate-to-surplus.

Dry edible bean planting has begun in western growing regions. Idaho is 14% planted, Washington is at 60% and Montana is at 5%.

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Dry Bean Scene

While dry bean planting is still a few weeks away, the cool and dry soil conditions continue to be a concern for farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota. Hear more in the latest Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Very Little Relief from Dry Conditions

There was little relief from drought conditions across the Northern Plains this past week. Three-quarters of North Dakota remains in extreme drought. The far southeastern corner of the state is abnormally dry, while a narrow band spanning from the Red River Valley and west is in moderate and severe drought. The majority of Minnesota has sufficient moisture, with far southern and northwestern areas either abnormally dry or in moderate drought. The exception comes in Kittson County where there is severe drought.