FARGO, N.D. — A week of dry weather enabled North Dakota farmers to make progress with spring planting, with seeding of all crops ahead of the five-year average pace.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that more than two-thirds of the spring wheat and barley crops and about one-third of the durum wheat crop are seeded.

Half of the corn crop, one-third of the canola and potatoes and one-fourth of the soybeans are in the ground. The seeding of sugar beets is virtually wrapped up, while sunflower planting is just beginning.

The report says the down side to the dry weather is that more moisture is needed for crop germination.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 71 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 90 percent adequate to surplus.

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