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Planting of crops in North Dakota still behind average pace

May 15, 2019

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Slightly more than one-third of North Dakota’s staple spring wheat crop is in the ground, but the pace of planting still lags well behind average.

The Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says nearly two-thirds of the crop should be seeded by now.

Planting of almost all crops in the state is behind the average pace after a cold, wet end to winter. Soybeans are at 5%, corn at 11%, potatoes at 32% and sugar beets at 64%.

Soil moisture continues to be in good supply. Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 85% adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 81% in those categories.

The winter wheat crop and pasture and range conditions both remain rated mostly fair to good. Stock water supplies are mostly adequate.