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Crop report: Heavy rains over the past week help some farmers in North Dakota but hurt others


FARGO, North Dakota — Heavy rain in North Dakota over the past week has meant different things to farmers in different parts of the state.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that at least 2 inches of rain fell across much of the state. Producers in the western third welcomed the moisture, but in the central and east there was flooding and washed-out crops.

Ranchers are reporting thin alfalfa stands and short grass due to the wet weather and cooler temperatures. Average temperatures in North Dakota over the past week were 2-6 degrees below normal.

The condition of the state's staple spring wheat crop is rated 79 percent good to excellent.

Pasture and range conditions also are 79 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 96 percent adequate to surplus.

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