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Associated Press , Published August 20 2013

ND wheat harvest lags behind average pace

FARGO — Heavy morning dews caused by cool temperatures have slowed the harvest of small grains in parts of North Dakota over the past week.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that only 9 percent of the staple spring wheat crop has been harvested, compared with 35 percent on average and 82 percent last year.

Only 2 percent of the durum wheat crop is in the bin, behind 20 percent on average and 57 percent last year.

The report says development of the state's corn, soybean and sunflower crops is well behind average.

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