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Continued wet weather hurts farmers in N. Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Wet weather across much of North Dakota has continued to prevent farmers and ranchers from making progress planting crops.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that there were 2.3 days suitable for fieldwork on average last week.

Spring wheat seeding was rated 64 percent complete. This is well behind last year at 100 percent and the 89 percent average.

Spring wheat was 42 percent emerged, behind last year at 99 percent and the average of 73 percent.

Oats seeding was 72 percent complete, behind 100 percent last year and 90 percent on average.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 57 percent good and 17 excellent.