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Published July 09, 2012, 07:55 PM

Showers Provide Relief, But Some Farmers Need Rain

(AP) — Showers and thunderstorms provided needed moisture for agriculture producers in many parts of North Dakota, but some areas remained without adequate moisture levels.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — Showers and thunderstorms provided needed moisture for agriculture producers in many parts of North Dakota, but some areas remained without adequate moisture levels.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that topsoil moisture was rated 56 percent adequate, and subsoil moisture was 65 percent adequate.

Durum wheat, dry peas, flaxseed and sunflowers showed improvement in conditions from last week, while other crops held steady or showed a decline.

The report says livestock producers are worried about hay conditions, which were rated 8 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 2 percent very poor, 16 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 4 percent excellent.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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