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Published May 12, 2009, 12:00 AM

Farmers need more warm, dry weather

The Agriculture Department says North Dakota farmers have made progress in the fields but more warm, dry weather is needed. The latest weekly crop report says cool, wet weather has delayed planting and seed germination. The report says spring wheat is 13 percent seeded, nearly three weeks behind the average.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO — The Agriculture Department says North Dakota farmers have made progress in the fields but more warm, dry weather is needed.

The latest weekly crop report says cool, wet weather has delayed planting and seed germination.

The report says spring wheat is 13 percent seeded, nearly three weeks behind the average.

Among other crops: the state’s durum crop is reported about 10 percent seeded compared with a 46 percent average. Corn is 7 percent planted compared with a 57 percent average and sugar beets are 31 percent planted compared with an 85 percent average.

Cattle and calf conditions in the state appear to have improved over the past week, with calving and lambing nearly finished. But the report says hay and forage supplies are short.

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