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Winter wheat seeding reaches halfway point in North Dakota

September 27, 2018

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Winter wheat seeding in North Dakota has surpassed the halfway point.

The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 54 percent of the crop is in the ground, on pace with the average. Winter wheat is seeded in the fall, goes dormant over the winter and is harvested the following summer.

Meanwhile, the late-season harvest continues to progress. Four percent of the corn crop, 14 percent of sugar beets, 21 percent of soybeans and 33 percent of potatoes are harvested. The sunflower harvest is just getting underway.

Slightly more than half of topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are rated adequate to surplus.

Stockwater supplies are rated 63 percent adequate to surplus, and pastures are rated 34 percent in good to excellent condition. Both percentages are up slightly over the week.

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