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Published September 14, 2010, 02:23 PM

Rain Hampers ND Small Grains Harvest

Widespread rain is hampering the harvest in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Widespread rain over the past week has hampered the harvest in North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that the seeding of spring wheat, durum wheat and oats remains behind the average pace, though the barley harvest is nearly complete.

Sugar beets are 9 percent lifted, compared with 4 percent last year and on average.

The rain boosted topsoil moisture, which is rated 91 percent adequate to surplus, compared with the five-year average of 60 percent.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 64 percent good to excellent, and stockwater supplies are 96 percent adequate to surplus.

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