FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The small grains harvest is under way in North Dakota, earlier than normal.
The Agriculture Department's weekly crop and weather report says recent warm weather has accelerated the development of most crops and allowed some to reach maturity. About 4 percent of the oats crop is harvested, along with 2 percent of the barley and 1 percent of the spring wheat. That's ahead of the average pace.
The report says some crops in North Dakota are being affected by low soil moisture. Topsoil moisture statewide is rated 62 percent short or very short. Subsoil moisture is 48 percent in those two categories.
Stockwater supplies are rated 36 percent short or very short, and only 35 percent of the pasture and range land in North Dakota is rated good or excellent.