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Published July 02, 2012, 04:11 PM

Heat Wave Puts Stress on Crops in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — While last week's heat wave in North Dakota stressed crops, it also helped farmers make progress in haying.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — While last week's heat wave in North Dakota stressed crops, it also helped farmers make progress in haying.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report that 98 percent of barley is booted and 80 percent headed, ahead of the five-year averages.

Durum wheat advanced to 92 percent booted, ahead of 3 percent last year and 34 percent on average. Spring wheat at 96 percent booted and 82 percent headed is also ahead of pace.

The USDA says temperatures were above normal across the state. Precipitation was near normal in northwest and north-central North Dakota. It was below normal in much of the rest of the state.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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