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Published May 24, 2011, 11:18 AM

ND planting still lags normal progress

FARGO, N.D. — Rain interrupted spring planting in North Dakota again in the past week, leaving farmers still trying to catch up with field work.

FARGO, N.D. — Rain interrupted spring planting in North Dakota again in the past week, leaving farmers still trying to catch up with field work.

The Agriculture Department said in its report Monday that more than half the state's sugar beet crop was planted last week. Eighty percent of the crop had been planting by Monday, compared to the five-year average of 93 percent by this time.

A year ago, sugar beet planting was complete.

Only 34 percent of spring wheat is seeded, compared to 85 percent on average. Sixteen percent of potatoes are seeded, compared to 71 percent normally.

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