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Quality of N.D. crops continues to suffer

Crop development throughout the state has been helped by favorable weather, but the quality continues to suffer. In its weekly report, state Agricultural Statistics Service said conditions did not improve for small grains and declined for soybean...

Crop development throughout the state has been helped by favorable weather, but the quality continues to suffer.

In its weekly report, state Agricultural Statistics Service said conditions did not improve for small grains and declined for soybeans and sunflowers.

Except for durum wheat, the harvest of small grains was behind the five-year average, the service said.

The report said 37 percent of spring wheat is in good to excellent condition, down from 39 percent a week ago and 43 percent two weeks ago. And 42 percent of durum wheat is listed as good to excellent, compared to 37 percent last week and 46 percent two weeks ago.

Despite midweek storms, only 45 percent of the state had adequate topsoil moisture, down from 47 percent last week, the service said.

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Only 41 percent of the pasture land was rated fair, good or excellent. Only 38 percent of the hay crop was in those categories, the service said.

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