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ND rains likely came too late to help crops

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Rain across much of North Dakota last week was needed but did slow down the last of the small grain harvest.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service says in its weekly crop report for the week ending Sunday that the moisture might have come too late to help row crop development, while others suggested it could help put on test weight.

Winter wheat seeding was estimated at 25 percent complete.

Spring wheat harvested was 88 percent, behind last year's 100 percent but near average.

Durum wheat harvested was 63 percent, well behind last year and the average.

Corn at the mature stage was 9 percent, well behind 75 percent last year and the average of 26 percent.

Soybeans were behind last year but ahead of average in maturity.