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Published April 07, 2009, 06:38 AM

Snow, soggy roads hamper N.D. farmers

Agriculture officials say North Dakota farmers have made little progress on field work because many cannot get to their fields. The weekly state crop report said much of the state still has significant snow cover.

FARGO (AP) — Agriculture officials say North Dakota farmers have made little progress on field work because many cannot get to their fields.

The weekly state crop report said much of the state still has significant snow cover. It says general progress was limited except for some harvesting of last season’s corn and sunflowers. Marketing grain and calving also were difficult because of soggy fields and poor roads.

The statewide average starting date for fieldwork still is expected to be April 29, two weeks behind last year.

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