Rain and snow late in the week slowed field work to a halt in areas across much of the state, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. Last week’s precipitation provided much needed moisture. Some reporters noted that hay and livestock are being moved home. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 10 percent very short, 33 short, 54 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 23 percent very short, 37 short, 38 adequate, and 2 surplus.
The sunflower harvest advanced 2 percentage points to 91 percent complete by week’s end, behind 93 percent last year but ahead of the five-year (2007-2011) average of 78 percent.
Pasture and range conditions were rated 23 percent very poor, 34 poor, 30 fair, and 13 good. Stockwater supplies were rated 11 percent very short, 40 short, and 49 adequate.
Source: USDA NASS ND Field OfficeShare