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Associated Press , Published September 03 2013

Crop report: Several row crops behind average

FARGO — Rain over the past week helped North Dakota row crops, but more moisture is needed to help them finish out the growing season strong.

The Agricultural Statistics Service says temperatures were 6 to 8 degrees above normal.

As of Sunday, the harvest for several crops was behind last year and also behind average, including spring wheat, durum wheat, oats, barley, canola, flaxseed and lentils.

Corn reaching the dough stage was 71 percent, well behind last year but not far off of average.

The percent of soybeans setting pods was about average.

Sunflower blooming is also near average and where the crop was last year.

The second cutting of alfalfa hay was 97 percent complete.


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