Significant snowfall in western North Dakota leads to deaths of some newborn calves, lambs

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FARGO, North Dakota — Fieldwork was limited because of wet weather in North Dakota in the last week and significant snowfall caused some deaths to newborn calves and lambs.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that temperatures got below freezing Sunday night, but it was too early to tell the impact on crops.

The precipitation continued to improve topsoil moisture supplies, which were rated 96 percent adequate or surplus. Stock water supplies were also at 96 percent adequate or surplus.

Even with a week that had 2½ days of suitable fieldwork, corn, soybeans, canola and durum planted were all well above last year's totals at this time.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 64 percent good or excellent and 26 percent fair.

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