North Dakota farmers make progress in spring planting

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Agriculture Department says the planting of crops in North Dakota remains behind average but that favorable weather over the past week has helped farmers make significant progress.

More than 80 percent of the spring wheat, oat, potato and soybean crops are now seeded, and planting of corn and sugar beets is virtually wrapped up. Canola is 72 percent planted, barley 74 percent and dry edible beans 75 percent.

The department says in its weekly crop and weather report that the planting of durum wheat and sunflowers still lags, at 39 percent and 64 percent.

Pasture and range conditions in North Dakota are rated 81 percent good to excellent. Soil moisture supplies remain adequate to surplus across virtually the entire state.