CROP WEATHER REPORT

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SIOUX FALLS – For the week ending June 2, 2013, producers made little planting progress last week due to cool wet conditions, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, South Dakota Field Office. Statewide, there were 2.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Some acres of winter wheat with thin stands are reportedly being re-seeded to row crops. Topsoil moisture supplies improved with 0 percent rated very short, 6 short, 81 adequate and 13 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies improved and rated 4 percent very short, 25 short, 66 adequate and 5 surplus. Hay and pasture supplies also saw improvement with the recent precipitation. Major farm activities included application of herbicides and moving cattle to pasture.

Field Crops Report: Winter wheat condition rated 34 percent very poor, 24 poor, 31 fair, 11 good, and 0 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was at 46 percent. Winter wheat headed showed little progress at 2 percent, behind 85 last year and 27 average.

Spring wheat emerged was 95 percent, behind last year at 100 and near 96 average. Spring wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 33 fair, 53 good, and 9 excellent.

Oats were 96 percent emerged, behind 100 last year but ahead of 92 average. Oats condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 34 fair, 58 good, and 7 excellent.

Barley was 86 percent emerged, behind 100 for 2012 but near 84 average. Barley condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 25 fair, 73 good, and 2 excellent.

Corn planting was 96 percent complete, behind last year at 100 but near 95 average. Seventy-seven percent of corn has emerged, behind last year at 94 but ahead of 70 average. Corn condition rated 3 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 62 good, and 11 excellent.

Soybean planting advanced 15 percentage points and is 63 percent complete, behind last year at 92 and 71 average. Soybeans were 27 percent emerged, behind last year at 63 and 33 average.

Sorghum planted was 34 percent complete, behind 2012 at 56 and 50 average. Sorghum was 8 percent emerged, behind 2012 at 27 and 15 average.

Sunflowers planted were at 8 percent, behind last year at 43 and 31 average.

Alfalfa hay condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 41 fair, 50 good, and 4 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Eighty-four percent of cattle were reported as moved to pasture compared to 63 percent the week before. Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 13 poor, 37 fair, 42 good, and 6 excellent. Hay and forage supplies rated 30 percent very short, 28 short, 40 adequate, and 2 surplus. Stock water supplies were 6 percent very short, 22 short, 68 adequate and 4 surplus.

North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. – For the week ending June 2, 2013, continued wet weather either halted or slowed the amount of planting progress made last week, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. Many reports suggested that if warmer and drier conditions aren’t experienced soon, producers in many areas of the state will have some amounts of prevented plantings this year. Some acres that did get planted are reported to have emerged well and doing fine. However, other areas have crops not yet emerged due to crusting and flooding issues. Warmer, drier weather is needed across the state to help crop growth and development. Statewide, on average, there were 2.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 56 adequate and 43 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 6 short, 71 adequate and 23 surplus. The continued cool weather has slowed pasture and hay growth with development reported to be behind normal.

Field Crops Report: Spring wheat seeding was 64 percent complete, behind last year at 100 and 89 average. Spring wheat was 42 percent emerged, behind last year at 99 and 73 average. Condition rated 7 percent very poor, 4 poor, 21 fair, 52 good, and 16 excellent.

Durum wheat seeding was 54 percent complete, behind 100 for 2012 and 78 average. Durum wheat was 30 percent emerged, behind last year at 94 and 62 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 83 good, and 2 excellent.

Oats seeding was 72 percent complete, behind 100 last year and 90 average. Oats emerged were at 54 percent, behind last year at 96 and 74 average. Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 59 good, and 24 excellent.

Barley seeding is now 58 percent complete, behind 100 for 2012 and 87 average. Barley emerged was 25 percent, well behind last year at 96 and 70 average. Condition rated 4 percent very poor, 4 poor,

22 fair, 63 good, and 7 excellent.

Canola seeding was 50 percent complete, behind last year at 100 and 83 for the average. Canola was 18 percent emerged, behind last year at 96 and 59 average. Condition rated 12 percent very poor, 10 poor, 24 fair, 50 good, and 4 excellent.

Flaxseed seeding was 29 percent complete, behind 89 last year and 73 average. Flaxseed was 8 percent emerged, behind 58 for 2012 and 43 average. Condition rated 3 percent very poor, 3 poor, 42 fair, 49 good, and 3 excellent.

Sugarbeet planting was 92 percent complete, behind last year at 100 and 97 average. Sugarbeets emerged were at 34 percent, behind 100 a year ago and 73 average.

Corn planting advanced another 12 percentage points with 84 percent complete, behind 100 last year and 93 average. Corn emerged was 56 percent, behind 94 last year and 67 average. Condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 31 fair, 52 good, and 14 excellent.

Soybean planting was 51 percent complete, well behind last year at 97 and 75 average. Soybeans emerged were at 12 percent, behind 2012 at 77 and 38 average.

Potato planting was 39 percent complete, also well behind last year at 100 and 80 average. Potatoes emerged were at 5 percent, behind 2012 at 61 and 31 average.

Dry edible pea planting was 84 percent complete, behind last year at 100 but near 87 average. Dry edible peas were 33 percent emerged, behind last year at 97 and 77 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 15 fair, 80 good, and 4 excellent.

Dry edible bean planting was 22 percent complete, behind last year at 94 and 63 average.

Sunflower planting was 20 percent complete, behind last year at 78 and 55 average.

Alfalfa hay condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 15 fair, 59 good, and 25 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Hay and forage supplies rated 12 percent very short, 31 short, 56 adequate, and 1 surplus. Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 21 fair, 57 good, and 17 excellent.

Minnesota

Cool and wet weather prevailed again in Minnesota for the week ending June 2, 2013, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Standing water and muddy fields continued to hamper field work while earlier planted crops emerged in better drained areas. Statewide temperatures averaged 1.1 degrees below normal, with rainfall 0.34

inches above normal. The Northwest and Southeast districts had 1.33 and 1.37 inches of rainfall above normal, respectively. There was a statewide average of 2.2 days rated suitable for fieldwork.

Topsoil moisture supplies increased to 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 35 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies also improved to 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus.

Corn planting was 87 percent complete, compared to 100 percent last year, and the average of 98 percent. Corn emergence remains well behind last year’s 97 percent and the average of 86 percent despite the week’s 25 percentage point increase to 65 percent. The first corn condition rating of the year showed the crop at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Soybeans were 55 percent planted, compared with 97 percent last year and the average of 88 percent. Soybeans were 18 percent emerged, which was 53 percentage points behind last year and 36 percentage points behind average. Spring wheat planting was 92 percent planted, compared with 100 percent last year and the average of 97 percent. Seventy-five percent of the spring wheat crop has emerged, 42 percentage points ahead of last week, which is the most notable change to any small grains. Spring wheat condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Despite the wet weather, sunflower planting increased 29 percentage points to 56 percent planted.

Pasture condition improved to 59 percent good to excellent, compared with 46 percent the previous week.

Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska corn farmers have 99 percent of their crop in the ground meeting the five-year average and 84 percent of the crop has emerged, lagging behind the 90 percent average.

The corn crop is faring well according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s first condition report of the year with just 1 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 64 percent good and 10 percent excellent.

The USDA says 81 percent of soybean seeds are in the ground slightly behind the 89 percent average but just 47 percent has emerged. Normally about 63 percent of the plants would be above ground by now.

More than half of the wheat crop is rated very poor or poor while a third is fair, 13 percent is good, and 1 percent excellent.