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Published July 07, 2010, 09:08 AM

Warm, dry weather aids North Dakota crops

FARGO, N.D. — Warm, dry weather over the past week has boosted the development of crops in North Dakota.

FARGO, N.D. — Warm, dry weather over the past week has boosted the development of crops in North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that small grain crops are developing about on an average pace, and the condition of the crops is mostly good to excellent.

All other crops are near or ahead of the average in development, with the exception of flaxseed.

Dry weather also has helped ranchers with haying. The first cutting of alfalfa is nearly two-thirds done, ahead of last year and on pace with the average. The hay crop is rated mostly in good to excellent condition, as are pasture and range conditions in North Dakota.

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