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Associated Press, Published July 29 2013

Cooler temps helping, lack of rain hurting crops

FARGO — Cooler temperatures across North Dakota have been beneficial for small grains but the lack of moisture is starting to hurt all crops.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that topsoil moisture supplies were rated 3 percent very short, 30 percent short, 58 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 2 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 58 percent good and 26 percent excellent.

The report says spring wheat headed was at 93 percent, near the 95 percent average. Soybean blooming was at 75 percent, below the average of 81 percent. Potatoes blooming were 86 percent, behind the 93 percent average.

Sugar beet conditions were rated 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 49 percent good and 10 percent excellent.