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Agriculture Department says extent of wind damage to small grains won't be known until harvest


FARGO, North Dakota — Agriculture officials say the extent of the damage to small grains from last week's wind storms in North Dakota will not be known until fields are harvested.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that lodging and head loss were reported in the affected areas, mostly in the northern half of the state.

The report says that soil moisture conditions declined in the last week. Topsoil moisture is rated 80 percent adequate to surplus, compared to 89 percent a week ago. Subsoil moisture is 87 percent in those categories, down 6 percent.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 69 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies were 92 percent adequate to surplus.

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