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Rain, snow delayed harvesting in some parts of ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Persistent precipitation further delayed harvesting of late season crops in North Dakota last week.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report that some ranchers and farmers in North Dakota were forced to wait to resume fieldwork until the rain and snow dried out. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork statewide.

Despite the precipitation and slowed progress, harvesting of potatoes was nearly complete.

The corn harvest reached 94 percent, which is ahead of 83 percent last year and 42 percent for the five-year average. The sugar beet crop reached 89 percent harvested, behind 99 percent last year and 95 percent on average.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 32 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 29 percent fair and 9 percent good