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Published May 17, 2011, 02:10 PM

Spring planting still hampered in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Rain and cool temperatures over the past week have hampered spring planting in North Dakota, just as it was gaining steam.

FARGO, N.D. — Rain and cool temperatures over the past week have hampered spring planting in North Dakota, just as it was gaining steam.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop and weather report that seeding of virtually every crop in the state is well behind average.

Only 15 percent of spring wheat is seeded, compared to 68 percent on average. Sugar beet planting is 27 percent done, compared to 81 percent on average. Only 3 percent of potatoes are seeded, when normally half of the crop would be in the ground.

North Dakota ranchers are close to wrapping up calving, and in many areas are putting cattle out to pasture.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture is rated adequate to surplus in virtually the entire state.

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