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Published May 18, 2010, 08:04 AM

Spring planting in North Dakota makes progress

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota farmers have made significant progress with spring planting over the past week.

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota farmers have made significant progress with spring planting over the past week.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop-weather report that the seeding of spring wheat has reached 68 percent and durum wheat 37 percent, though both remain behind the five-year average. Barley and oats also are behind.

Planting of potatoes is ahead of average, as is the emergence of the sugar beet crop.

North Dakota ranchers are moving cattle to pasture and branding calves. Pasture and range conditions are rated mostly fair to good, with only a small percentage in the poor and excellent categories.

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