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Associated Press, Published July 01 2013

Warmer, drier conditions advance ND crops

BISMARCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says warmer, drier conditions across much of North Dakota helped advance the state's crop development.

The Agricultural Statistics Service's North Dakota field office says in its weekly crop report that farmers and ranchers had on average 6 days suitable for fieldwork.

Spring wheat seeding is 95 percent complete, and the crop is 85 percent emerged and 44 percent jointed. The condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 62 percent good and 14 percent excellent.

The Durum wheat crop is 96 percent complete, 83 percent emerged and 39 percent jointed.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 8 percent fair, 53 percent good and 37 percent excellent.

Sugarbeet condition is mostly fair and good.

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