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Published March 30, 2010, 08:21 AM

N.D. farmers to get in fields earlier

The Agriculture Department says North Dakota's average starting date for spring field work is expected to be April 17, two weeks ahead of last year.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Agriculture Department says North Dakota's average starting date for spring field work is expected to be April 17, two weeks ahead of last year.

An earlier snow melt is a big reason. Snow cover statewide as of Sunday was 0.6 inches, compared to 8.1 inches last year at the same time.

The department says in its latest crop-weather report that calving in North Dakota is 46 percent complete and lambing is 30 percent done. Cattle, calf, sheep and lamb conditions are rated mostly good to excellent.

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