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Published April 02, 2013, 10:25 AM

Low temps keep SD farmers off fields, while ND worries about flooding

Many areas across North Dakota are still experiencing average or above-average snow depths, and some producers are worried about potential spring flooding.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Below-normal temperatures have limited the ability for snow to melt and kept soil temperatures at or below freezing across South Dakota.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that farmers and ranchers had 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities included applying fertilizer to wheat, alfalfa and pastures.

Winter wheat conditions were rated 20 percent very poor, 56 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 2 percent good and 0 percent excellent.

Calving was 39 percent, while lambing was 64 percent complete. Two percent of cattle have been reported as moved to pasture.

Cattle and calf conditions were rated 4 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 64 percent good and 6 percent excellent.

ND flooding

Many areas across North Dakota are still experiencing average or above-average snow depths, and some producers are worried about potential spring flooding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture say in its weekly crop report that agricultural activities for the week included hauling grain to market, calving and lambing, and preparing equipment for fieldwork.

Calving was 41 percent complete, while lambing was 58 percent. This is up from 34 percent and 51 percent, respectively, from the week before.

Shearing was 80 percent complete, compared to 78 percent the week before.

Cattle and calf conditions were rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 66 percent good and 11 percent excellent.

Sheep and lamb conditions were rated 4 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 66 percent good and 11 percent excellent.

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