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Associated Press, Published July 08 2013

Warmer temperatures in ND advance crop development

BISMARCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says temperatures that were 2 to 8 degrees warmer across most of the state this past week are continuing to 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 is 95 percent emerged and 67 percent jointed. The Durum wheat crop is 96 emerged, which is average, and 61 percent jointed, which is slightly behind the average.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 1 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 53 percent good and 37 percent excellent.

Sugarbeet condition is rated 6 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 45 percent good and 5 percent excellent.