FARGO, N.D. — Rainfall over the past week in North Dakota delayed harvest, with amounts ranging from about an inch in the west to more than 3 inches in the east.
The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department shows that the rain boosted soil moisture. However, after a summer of drought, more than a third of topsoil moisture supplies statewide and nearly half of subsoil moisture supplies are still rated short or very short.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 87 percent of North Dakota is still in some stage of drought.
In the ranching community, pasture and range conditions are rated 57 percent poor or very poor. Stock water supplies are 52 percent in those categories.