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Associated Press , Published July 16 2013

Hot weather helping some ND crops, hurting others

FARGO — Above-normal temperatures over the past week have quickened the ripening of small grains in North Dakota.

But the Agriculture Department says in its latest crop and weather report that the hot weather also is rapidly drying soils, and moisture is needed in many parts of the state to aid the development of row crops.

Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 77 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture 86 percent adequate to surplus.

Hay and forage supplies are rated 89 percent adequate to surplus, and pasture and range conditions are 89 percent good to excellent.

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