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Planting Gets Underway

Planting Gets Underway

North Dakota farmers start 19 days later than last year; situation better in South Dakota

Planting is 19 days behind last year and 16 days behind the five year average in North Dakota, according to the state's National Agricultural Statistics Service office.

Planting got underway in earnest last week making May 7 the statewide average starting date. This date is 19 days later than last year, 16 days behind the five-year (2006-2010) average, and is the latest starting date since 1979.

Barley was 3% planted by the end of the week, compared to 41% last year and 44% average.

Spring and durum wheat were 7 and 1% planted, respectively.

Oats were 6% planted.

Canola growers planted 3% of their crop, compared to 24% at this point last year and 30% average.

Corn was 3% planted as well, behind both last year and the five-year average.

Dry edible peas were 2% planted, compared to 49% last year and 55% average.

Flaxseed was 1% planted.

As of May 8, potato growers had planted 2% of the crop, compared to 55% at this point last year and 29% average.

Sugarbeets were 14% planted, considerably behind 99% last year and 68% average.

The favorable weather conditions were a welcome sight to livestock producers as well. Some have begun branding. Calving was 89% complete, while lambing was 95% complete. Hay and forage supplies were rated 2% very short, 17 short, 75 adequate, and 6 surplus. The grain and concentrate supply was rated 1% very short, 11 short, 83 adequate, and 5 surplus. Pastures and ranges were rated 69% growing. Pasture and range conditions were rated 1% very poor, 10 poor, 30 fair, 52 good, and 7 excellent.

South Dakota

The situation is better in South Dakota.

Spring wheat planting is estimated at 59% in South Dakota, compared to 86% last year and 85% for the five-year average, according to the South Dakota NASS.

Sixty-four percent of the oats have been planted, down from 75% for last year.

Twenty-eight percent of the barley has been planted, compared to 62% last year and 67 % for the five-year average.

Planting of corn is also starting to progress with 17% complete. Planting progress is still well behind last year at 45 % and the five year average of 33%.

Warmer temperatures have also aided progress of winter wheat growth with 15% now in the boot stage, but still behind last year's 25%.

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