Crop progress and condition report given
For the week ending April 14, 2013, a weekend blizzard dumped from 4 to 20 inches of heavy, wet snow across much of the state, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. This new snow will delay even further the start of fieldwork and may cause a higher likelihood of spring flooding.
Also, poor conditions caused increased stress to livestock producers who were calving and lambing. The entire state experienced temperatures last week that were at least nine degrees below normal.
With the recent snow cover, averaging 10.4 inches across the state, there was only 0.1 day suitable for fieldwork. Spring planting is being delayed further by the continued winter like weather. Reports indicated that, on average, producers intended to begin fieldwork by May 2. Although moisture supplies improved, the 2013 planting progress continues to be well behind last year’s early progress and also behind the five-year average. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 10 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 6 percent very short, 28 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus.
Precipitation and temperature data are now being provided through the High Plains Regional Climate Center.
Livestock, Pasture and
Calving was 64 percent complete, while lambing was 74 percent complete and shearing 91 percent complete. Cattle and calf conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 57 percent good and 10 percent excellent. Cattle and calves death loss reported at 10 percent below average, 82 percent average and 8 percent above average.
Sheep and lamb conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 63 percent good and 8 percent excellent. Sheep and lambs death loss reported at 16 percent below average, 79 percent average, and 5 percent above average.
Hay and forage supplies rated 3 percent very short, 25 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Stock water supplies rated 5 percent very short, 14 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus.
Data for this news release were provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service Agency and NDSU Extension Service.