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Average fieldwork start in North Dakota still weeks away

April 9, 2019

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Most North Dakota farmers are still a couple of weeks away from getting into the fields.

The Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says April 27 is expected to be the average start date for fieldwork this spring.

It doesn’t appear soil moisture will be a problem for newly planted crops. Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 94% adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 81% in those categories.

The winter wheat crop is rated in mostly fair to good condition. So, too, are cattle and calf conditions. Death loss is rated mostly average to light.

Hay supplies are rated 76% adequate to surplus, and stock water supplies are 94% in those categories.