Favorable Weather Spurs Crop Growth In N.D.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Favorable weather conditions spurred crop development across much of North Dakota last week.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report that 85 percent of barley is jointed, 85 percent booted and 55 percent headed, ahead of the five-year averages.
Durum wheat advanced to 95 percent jointed, ahead of 10 percent last year and 41 percent on average. Spring wheat at 98 percent jointed and 88 percent boot stage is also ahead of pace.
The USDA says temperatures were near normal in the southern third of the state and below normal elsewhere. Precipitation was above normal in parts of the northwest and southeast and below normal elsewhere.
Warm Weather Starting To Stress Some Crops In S.D.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Crop development continues to be well ahead of the average in South Dakota, but a lack of moisture caused some crop conditions to decline.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that temperatures were warmer than average for the third consecutive week. Warm temperatures are starting to cause stress on some crops.
Corn had an average height of 28 inches, ahead of the five year average of 16 inches, with 97 percent of the crop cultivated or sprayed once and 50 percent cultivated or sprayed twice.
Soybeans were at 11 percent blooming, ahead of the five year average of 1 percent.
Rain, High Winds, Hail Slow Minn. Fieldwork
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Heavy rain, high winds and hail have slowed Minnesota farmers in the field.
According to the USDA's Minnesota weekly crop-weather report Monday, Duluth received 7.25 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. More than 5 inches of rain was reported in Grand Rapids, Aitkin (AY'-kin) and Cannon Falls.
As of Sunday, topsoil moisture was rated 73 percent adequate, 21 percent surplus and 6 percent short. Only 3.6 days were rated suitable for fieldwork.
Corn was averaging a height of 34 inches, well above last year's pace and the five-year average. Three percent of soybeans were blooming, also ahead of last year and the average.
Small grains such as spring wheat and barley continue developing well ahead of schedule.