FARGO, N.D. — Dry conditions continue to hamper newly planted crops in much of North Dakota.

The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says even areas that received rain over the past week need more moisture to help with crop development.

North Dakota’s staple spring wheat crop is rated 6 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 39 percent good and 4 percent excellent.

Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 63 percent short or very short, and subsoil moisture is 46 percent in those categories.

In the ranching community, pasture and range conditions are rated 53 percent poor or very poor. Stock water supplies are 70 percent adequate to surplus.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.