Associated Press, Published August 05 2013
Cool temps across ND good for small grains
FARGO — Cool average temperatures across North Dakota have been good for small grain development, but warmer weather and additional moisture is needed to help row crops.
The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop says that some western and extreme northern and southern areas of the state received significant rainfall, but most central and eastern areas received little to no moisture.
Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 7 percent very short, 32 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus.
Durum wheat headed is at 99 percent, ahead of the 93 percent average. Soybean blooming is at 86 percent.
Sugar beet conditions are rated 10 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 43 percent good and 20 percent excellent.