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Published September 10, 2013, 12:11 PM

Crop report says ND crops, ponds still need rain

Much of North Dakota got some much-needed rain over the past week.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. — Much of North Dakota got some much-needed rain over the past week.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service says pasture conditions have improved because of the moisture but more is needed to replenish stock ponds and help row crop development.

The harvest for spring wheat and durum wheat at the end of last week was behind average and also behind where both crops were last year.

The oats harvest was behind last year but just about average.

Barley harvested was well behind last year and also behind average.

Corn reaching maturity was 3 percent — well behind 44 percent at that stage last year and the 14 percent average.

Soybeans dropping leaves was 34 percent, well behind 70 percent last year but ahead of the 24 percent average.

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