Cooler weather, rain slow North Dakota small grain harvest; spring wheat in good condition

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A week of rain and cooler temperatures has continued to hinder small grain harvest in North Dakota.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its latest weekly crop report that there were 3 ½ days suitable for fieldwork in the past week. It says row crops needed the rain but it was starting to negatively affect unharvested small grain crops.

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Only 21 percent of the state's staple spring wheat crop has been harvested. That's behind 49 percent at the same time last year and the five-year average of 60 percent. Seventy-seven percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 3 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 62 percent good and 22 percent excellent.