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Associated Press, Published April 15 2013

Cold, snowy weather affects North Dakota farmers

FARGO — The weekend blizzard that dumped 4 to 20 inches of wet, heavy snow across North Dakota will delay fieldwork even further.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that there was hardly any time suitable for fieldwork in the past week. Moisture supplies have improved, but spring planting continues to be well behind last year's early progress.

Calving was 64 percent complete, while lambing was 74 percent complete.

Cattle and calf conditions were rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 57 percent good and 10 percent excellent.

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