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USDA says most areas of ND in need of moisture

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says most areas of North Dakota are in need of significant moisture soon as crops are showing signs of stress.

The USDA in its weekly crop report says that average temperatures were 4 to 10 degrees below normal, and the cooler weather has slowed row crop maturity. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 7 percent very short, 35 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus.

Statewide, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork.

Spring wheat turning color is 73 percent, behind the 78 percent average, and the crop is 21 percent ripe and 2 percent harvested. Durum wheat turning color is 56 percent, well behind 94 percent last year but equal to the 56 percent average.