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Published April 26, 2011, 09:28 AM

North Dakota Crop Report

Wet conditions continue to hamper spring planting in North Dakota. The expected average starting date for fieldwork is now pushed back to May 6, a day later than last week's estimate.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Wet conditions continue to hamper spring planting in North Dakota. The expected average starting date for fieldwork is now pushed back to May 6, a day later than last week's estimate.

The Agriculture Department says the date is 18 days later than last year and 15 days behind the five-year average. The report says planting in the north central part of the state could begin as late as May 9.

The agency says warm, dry weather over the weekend provided some relief for farmers and for ranchers who are calving, though some calves are showing signs of stress and sickness. Calving in North Dakota is about three-fourths done.

Soil moisture statewide is rated adequate to surplus.

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