Last year at this time, 94% off the sugarbeets and 42% of the corn and spring wheat in North Dakota were planted.
This year, for the week ending May 1, only about 1% of the sugarbeet and spring wheat crops are planted and no corn was reported to be in the ground, according to the North Dakota office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Though some rain is forecast for later this week, NASS is projecting the average starting state for fieldwork in North Dakota will be May 8 with a range of April 30 in the south central to May 12 in the north central.
This date is 20 days later than last year and 17 days behind the five-year average.
Planting began in a few counties last week, according to the state NASS office, as some operations with dry light, sandy soil were able to begin fieldwork.
Calving was 83% complete, while lambing was 92% complete. Cow conditions were rated 4% poor, 23% fair, 64% good, and 9% excellent. Calf conditions were rated 5% poor, 25% fair, 60% good and 10% excellent. Sheep conditions were rated 4% poor, 23% fair, 65% good and 8% excellent. Lamb conditions were rated 5% poor, 25% fair, 64% good and 6% excellent. Shearing 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, 9% short, 85% adequate and 5% surplus. Pastures and ranges were rated 65% still dormant.
On May 1, average soil temperatures in North Dakota ranged from a low of 34 degrees F in Langdon and Rolla to a high of 40 degrees F in Fargo, Grand Forks and Streeter. These readings reflect daily average temperatures under 4 inches of bare soil recorded by the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network.