Heat Wave Puts Stress On Crops In N.D.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - While last week's heat wave in North Dakota stressed crops, it also helped farmers make progress in haying.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report that 98 percent of barley is booted and 80 percent headed, ahead of the five-year averages.
Durum wheat advanced to 92 percent booted, ahead of 3 percent last year and 34 percent on average. Spring wheat at 96 percent booted and 82 percent headed is also ahead of pace.
The USDA says temperatures were above normal across the state. Precipitation was near normal in northwest and north-central North Dakota. It was below normal in much of the rest of the state.
Warm Weather Causing Declining Crop Conditions
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Crop development is still ahead of the five-year average in South Dakota, but crop conditions are continuing to decline due to a lack of moisture.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that warm and dry conditions dominated much of the state again. The combination of high temperatures, lower relative humidity and more water usage for crops are causing potentially stressful crop situations across the state.
Corn had an average height of 43 inches, ahead of the five year average of 26 inches, with 80 percent of the crop cultivated or sprayed twice.
Soybeans were at 29 percent blooming, ahead of the five year average of 8 percent.