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Published October 17, 2011, 04:35 PM

Cooler Temps Help With ND Sugarbeet Harvest

(AP) — Cooler temperatures during the past week have allowed growers to make significant progress in harvesting their sugarbeet crops.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — Cooler temperatures during the past week have allowed growers to make significant progress in harvesting their sugarbeet crops.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop, livestock and weather report that 62 percent of the sugarbeet crop has been harvested and 83 percent of the corn crop had reached the mature stage while 31 percent had been harvested for grain.

Eighty-six percent of soybeans were harvested while 99 percent of sunflowers had bracts turned brown and 12 percent had been harvested.

Livestock stockwater supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Pasture and range conditions were rated 1 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 15 percent excellent.

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