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Associated Press, Published September 18 2012

ND row crop harvest well ahead of average pace

FARGO — The harvest of corn and beans in North Dakota is well ahead of the average pace because of continued dry conditions over the week.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop and weather report that 10 percent of the corn, 28 percent of the soybeans and 72 percent of the dry beans are in the bin. The row crop harvest typically would just be getting under way at this time of year.

The report says the lack of rainfall is a problem, however. Nearly two-thirds of the pasture and rangeland in the state is in poor or very poor condition, and more than half of the stockwater supplies are rated short or very short. Topsoil moisture is 83 percent short or very short.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.