North Dakota farmers have good week for fieldwork
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A good week for fieldwork has helped North Dakota farmers make up for lost time this planning season.
The latest federal crop report says there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.
Soybean planting was up to 70 percent, though still behind last year’s pace of 86 percent and the five-year average of 83 percent. Soybeans are 13 percent emerged, well behind 42 percent last year and 45 percent average.
Farmers have planted 81 percent of the corn crop, behind 94 percent last year and 93 percent average. Corn was 27 percent emerged, well behind 61 percent last year and 68 percent average.
North Dakota’s spring wheat crop is 93 percent planted, near 96 percent last year and 95 percent average.