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Published August 10, 2010, 07:52 AM

Warm, dry weather helps ND farmers harvest grains

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Warm, dry weather helped North Dakota's crops mature and allowed farmers to begin harvesting some of their grains.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Warm, dry weather helped North Dakota's crops mature and allowed farmers to begin harvesting some of their grains.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that farmers in the state are behind schedule in their harvest of small grains, but the dry weather helped them make progress.

About 13 percent of the spring wheat harvest is now complete in North Dakota. But typically, about 24 percent of that harvest is usually done by this time of year.

About 36 percent of durum wheat is turning, which is well behind the average of 63 percent.

The USDA says other crops in North Dakota are developing quickly, including corn, canola and dry edible beans.

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