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Rain over past week boosts crop development in North Dakota; sugar beet harvest gets underway

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FARGO, North Dakota — Much-needed rain over the past week has boosted the development of crops in North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that rainfall totaled up to an inch. The majority of major crops in the state are in good to excellent condition.

Topsoil moisture is rated 70 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 71 percent in those categories. Pasture and range conditions in North Dakota are rated 59 percent good to excellent, and stock water supplies are 85 percent adequate to surplus.

About 70 percent of the state's staple spring wheat crop has been harvested, along with 37 percent of the durum — both well ahead of the average pace.

The sugar beet harvest is getting underway, at 3 percent complete. That's about average.

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