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Published September 14, 2009, 04:07 PM

Rain causes N.D. farmers more delays

North Dakota farmers say heavy rain over the past week has delayed the small grain harvest, though they managed some progress. Some report hail damage.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota farmers say heavy rain over the past week has delayed the small grain harvest, though they managed some progress. Some report hail damage.

This week's state crop report says the spring wheat harvest is slightly more than half finished but is still more than three weeks behind average. Farmers made more progress on harvesting barley and oats, with those crops more than 80 percent harvested.

The report says crop conditions have been mixed, with dry edible beans, corn and soybeans improving and sugar beets, potatoes and flaxseed declining. Hail damage was reported in the southwestern part of the state.

Pasture and range conditions, along with stockwater supplies, remain generally good for livestock.

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