Barley was 46 percent jointed, compared with zero last year and the five year (2007-2011) average of 10 percent. Forty-nine percent of the spring wheat crop was jointed as of Sunday, an increase of 30 percentage points from last week. Up 31 percentage points from last week, oats were 55 percent jointed, ahead of 11 percent on average. Dry beans advanced 40 percentage points to 59 percent emerged, ahead of 18 percent on average. Potatoes were 65 percent emerged, compared with 7 percent last year and 31 percent on average. Soybeans advanced 30 percentage points to 81 percent emerged, further along than the average of 37 percent. Sunflowers were 80 percent planted, compared with 21 percent last year and the average of 57 percent. Barley and oat conditions were slightly improved while Durum and spring wheat conditions declined slightly. Other crop conditions ranged from essentially unchanged to worse than last week. Canola and dry edible pea conditions showed the most noticeable decline.
Pasture and range conditions were 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 21 fair, 63 good, and 10 excellent. First cuttings of alfalfa and other hay were 2 percent and 1 percent complete, respectively. Hay conditions were rated 1 percent very poor, 12 poor, 26 fair, 54 good, and 7 excellent. Stockwater supplies were rated 4 percent short, 90 adequate and 6 surplus.
With the early planting season this year, crop progress was still well ahead of the five year average for all crop stages. Corn was 95 percent emerged with an average height of 7 inches, ahead of the five year average by 4 inches. Soybeans were at 93 percent planted, with 65 percent emerged, ahead of the five year average of 30 percent emerged. Sorghum was at 57 percent planted, with 28 percent emerged. Sunflowers were at 45 percent planted. Winter wheat was at 87 percent headed, up 12 points from last week and ahead of the five year average of 26 percent. Spring wheat was at 73 percent in the boot stage, ahead of the five year average of 15 percent. Twenty-one percent of spring wheat was headed. Barley was at 51 percent in the boot stage, ahead of the five year average of 6 percent. Oats were reported at 79 percent in the boot stage, ahead of the five year average of 17 percent. Thirty-five percent of oats were headed.
Cattle moved to pasture is rated at 91 percent complete. Stock water supplies are 2 percent very short, 12 percent short and 86 percent adequate to surplus. Feed supplies are 1 percent very short, 4 percent short and 95 percent adequate to surplus. Range and pasture conditions are rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 31 percent fair and 63 percent good to excellent.
Source: USDA NASS ND & SD Field Reports