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Cooler-than-normal temperatures over past week delay spring planting in North Dakota

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FARGO, North Dakota — A week of cooler-than-normal temperatures has delayed spring planting in North Dakota.

The federal Agriculture Department now pegs the average start of field work at April 29. That's a day later than last week's estimate and three days later than the projection two weeks ago. The 10-year average start date in North Dakota is April 20. The average over the past five years is April 25.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that only about 1 percent of the state's staple spring wheat crop is in the ground, compared with 10 percent on average.

Both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies in North Dakota are rated more than 90 percent adequate to surplus.

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