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Spring planting well behind average pace in North Dakota

May 9, 2019

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Spring planting in North Dakota continues to lag after a wet end to winter.

The Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says the seeding of all crops is behind or well behind the average pace.

The state’s spring wheat crop is 13% planted, compared with 37% during a typical year. Corn and potatoes both are at 3%, canola at 4%, barley at 8% and sugar beets at 17%. Normally, 62% of the sugar beet crop would be in the ground.

Soil moisture continues to be in good supply. Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 90% adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 80% in those categories.

The winter wheat crop and pasture and range conditions both remain rated mostly fair to good. Stock water supplies are mostly adequate.

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