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Published October 07, 2008, 12:00 AM

Frost needed for late-season crops

The Agriculture Department says North Dakota farmers need a killing frost to help with the dry down of corn, soybeans and sunflowers.

FARGO (AP) — The Agriculture Department says North Dakota farmers need a killing frost to help with the dry down of corn, soybeans and sunflowers.

The sunflower harvest began last week, while the flaxseed harvest neared completion. The soybean harvest was 37 percent done, which was behind last year and the average.

Ranchers were weaning calves, hauling hay and cutting silage last week. Pasture and range conditions were rated 50 percent very poor to poor.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 67 percent adequate to surplus, compared to 58 percent on average.

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