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NDSU Crop and Pest Report – May 13, 2021

The third issue of the Crop & Pest Report has been released. Featured in this week’s edition are:
 
  • Entomology
  • Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soils
  • Weeds
  • Around the State
  • Weather Summary/Outlook
 

Crop Progress Report – May 10, 2021

According to USDA’s Crop Progress Report, dry beans in North Dakota are 5% planted, on par with on average. The Minnesota dry bean crop is 17% planted, 2 days ahead of normal. Dry bean planting in Idaho is at 53%, Washington is at 80%, Montana is at 27% and Wyoming is at 8%
 
Topsoil moisture supplies in North Dakota are rated 80% short-to-very short. 17% of the soybeans are planted, ahead of the average pace for this time of the year of 11%. 36% of North Dakota’s corn is planted, well ahead of the 24% average. 66%t of the spring wheat is seeded and 20% of the crop is emerged.
 
Corn planting progress is well ahead of normal in Minnesota at 85% complete. 65% of the soybeans are planted, up from the average of 25%. Spring wheat seeding is 97% complete in Minnesota, up from 52% for the average. The soil moisture situation is much better in the Gopher State with subsoil moisture at 60%adequate-to-surplus.
 
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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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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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Living Ag in the Classroom Goes Virtual

North Dakota’s Living Ag in the Classroom event didn’t go as planned due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, with the quick thinking of the committee, commodity groups created videos to share with elementary school-aged students throughout the state. Watch the Northarvest Bean Growers Association video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p-deaAVH-4.

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.
 

Weekly Dry Bean Market Review

USDA Market News puts the grower price for black beans unchanged in North Dakota and Minnesota at $27-to-$32 per hundredweight. Pinto bean prices are holding steady at $30 per hundredweight, and navies are at $32. Kidney bean prices remain at $40 to $46 per hundredweight for lights and darks. Dry beans under contract are moving at a steady pace with current crop prices steady with moderate demand. According to report contacts, rail cars, trucks and containers are still difficult to source.
 

Crop Progress Report – April 19, 2021

In North Dakota, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service says there were just over 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 19. Topsoil moisture is rated 78% short to very short, and subsoil moisture is rated 77% short to very short. 13% of spring wheat is seeded, and corn planting is underway at 3% complete. Sugarbeets, oats, barley, dry edible peas and potatoes are also in the ground.
 
Snow and rain also limited Minnesota farmers to 2.5 days of fieldwork last week. However, spring wheat seeding is 10 days ahead of last year’s pace. 29% of oats are planted, along with 6%of barley and 5% of potatoes. Topsoil moisture is 78% adequate-to-surplus, and subsoil moisture is rated at 70% adequate-to-surplus.