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Associated Press, Published June 24 2013

USDA: Strong storms cause crop damage

BISMARCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says strong storms in the central and eastern portions of North Dakota late caused localized flooding and crop damage last week.

The Agricultural Statistics Service's North Dakota field office says in its weekly crop report that farmers and ranchers had on average 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork.

Spring wheat seeding is 91 percent complete, and the crop is 79 percent emerged and 21 percent jointed. The condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 60 percent good and 15 percent excellent.

The Durum wheat crop is 93 percent seeded, 81 percent emerged and 15 percent jointed.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 56 percent good and 28 percent excellent.

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