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Published July 07, 2009, 07:33 AM

Dry week helps ND farmers catch up

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Wet weather delayed field work this spring across much of North Dakota, but dry weather over the past week helped them.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Wet weather delayed field work this spring across much of North Dakota, but dry weather over the past week helped them.

The Agriculture Department's latest crop report says the state's small grain crops are developing, and farmers got a chance to finish spraying for weeds.

The crops still are running behind. The report says 17 percent of the state's spring wheat crop is at or beyond the headed stage, which is nearly two weeks behind average. About two-thirds of the hay crop is rated in good shape, and the first cutting of hay is about on pace with last year.

Pasture and range conditions are rated good, with stockwater supplies adequate.

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