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Spring planting likely to be later in ND this year

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The planting of crops in North Dakota this spring is likely to begin later than last year.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop progress and condition report that producers on average intend to begin fieldwork by April 22, compared to April 2 last year. An average starting date of April 22 still would be earlier than the 2011 average start date of May 7.

The average snow depth statewide is about 1 foot, compared with almost no snow cover last year at the same time.