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Rainfall slows crop harvest in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Widespread precipitation across North Dakota slowed the harvesting of late season crops last week.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report that there was an average of 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork.

The corn harvest advanced modestly. It reached 91 percent, which is ahead of 60 percent last year and 29 percent for the five-year average. The sugar beet crop reached 81 percent harvested.

The sunflower harvest reached 76 percent, far ahead of last year's 28 percent and the five-year average of 23 percent.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 28 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 32 percent fair and 9 percent good.