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Cooler temps affecting fieldwork in N. Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Cooler temperatures and wet soil have further delayed fieldwork in North Dakota.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that on average, producers say they plan to start fieldwork by May 5.

Livestock producers say they are concerned about the shortage of hay supplied since pastures are not yet available for grazing.

Calving was 75 percent complete, while lambing was 82 percent complete.

Cattle and calf conditions were rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 65 percent good and 8 percent excellent.