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Published August 03, 2010, 06:57 AM

Wet weather slows N.D. harvest start

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota farmers are beginning to harvest their crops, but wet conditions are slowing their progress in many parts of the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that warm, dry weather is needed before widespread harvest activity can begin in the state.

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota farmers are beginning to harvest their crops, but wet conditions are slowing their progress in many parts of the state.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that warm, dry weather is needed before widespread harvest activity can begin in the state.

Only about 1 percent of the spring wheat crop has been harvested, which is well behind the average of 10 percent.

The oat crop is about 4 percent harvested. That’s behind the average of 17 percent.

About 16 percent of the durum wheat crop has turned, which is about a week behind the average of 48 percent.

About 86 percent of the corn crop has silked, which is ahead of the 70 percent average.

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