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Associated Press , Published September 24 2013

ND small grains harvest lags behind average pace

FARGO — Cool, damp weather over the past week has slowed the small grains harvest in North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that the spring wheat harvest is 91 percent complete and the durum wheat harvest 75 percent done. Both are behind the long-term average pace.

Ten percent of the state's sugar beet crop has been lifted, on pace with the average.

The report says ranchers in North Dakota are busy vaccinating calves in preparation for weaning, and also moving hay supplies to winter feeding areas. Pasture and range conditions are rated 63 percent good to excellent.

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