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Published July 27, 2010, 08:17 AM

Cool spells slows growth of North Dakota crops

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota agriculture officials say below-normal temperatures last week slowed crop development and that even though rain replenished some dry areas, more precipitation is needed.

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota agriculture officials say below-normal temperatures last week slowed crop development and that even though rain replenished some dry areas, more precipitation is needed.

The state field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday the development of small grains was generally behind average.

At 38 percent turning, spring wheat was less than a week behind the average of 48 percent. Durum wheat was 38 percent milk compared with 39 percent last year and the 60-percent average. Durum wheat was 3 percent turning, almost two weeks behind average.

Barley was 49 percent turning, ahead of 18 percent last year but behind the 59-percent average.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 61 percent good and 11 percent excellent.

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