BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Cool conditions across North Dakota last week slowed crop development.
In its weekly crop report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says frost was a concern for many parts of the state. The most adverse effects were felt in northeastern and south-central parts of North Dakota. Statewide, there were 5.3 days of suitable fieldwork.
Barley is 46 percent jointed, compared to zero last year. The five-year average for this period is 10 percent.
Forty-nine percent of the spring wheat was joined, an increase of 30 percent from last week.
Pasture and range conditions were 6 percent poor or very poor, 21 percent fair and 73 percent good or excellent.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Soybeans across the state are in generally good condition, according to the first soybean condition ratings of the year.
In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Monday that 77 percent of the soybean crop is rated in good or excellent condition.
The report comes after a week of variable weather conditions, including frost in the northwest part of the state and rain in the southwest.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 95 percent adequate to surplus, and statewide, 4.2 days were suitable for fieldwork last week.
Soybean planting is 98 percent complete, ahead of the five-year average.
Corn is 98 percent emerged, with an average height of eight inches, and 84 percent of the crop is in good or excellent condition.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Agriculture producers in South Dakota say this week's warmer weather is welcome after cool and stormy conditions last week hampered some crops.
The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that overnight temperatures fell to near or below freezing in northern areas of the state last week and caused some damage to crops. Storms in the northeast also resulted in crop damage.
Precipitation continues to lag behind average in many places of the state, mainly across the west and in the northeast.
However, with the early planting season this year, crop progress was reported to be well ahead of the five-year average for all crop stages.