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Published April 06, 2010, 09:23 AM

Expected start of ND fieldwork pushed back

FARGO, N.D. — The Agriculture Department says wet weather over the past week means North Dakota farmers will get into the fields later than initially thought.

FARGO, N.D. — The Agriculture Department says wet weather over the past week means North Dakota farmers will get into the fields later than initially thought.

North Dakota’s average starting date for spring fieldwork is now expected to be April 19, two days later than the prediction late last month.

The date is still two weeks ahead of last year and close to the five-year average starting date of April 18.

Topsoil supplies are rated 99 percent adequate or surplus.

The Agriculture Department says last fall’s delayed corn harvest inched ahead over the past week and is now 86 percent complete. Calving is 47 percent complete in North Dakota and lambing is 58 percent done.

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