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Cold temperatures keep most North Dakota farmers out of fields; corn harvest nearly completed

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FARGO, North Dakota — Cold temperatures in the last week brought most crop work to a halt in North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the corn harvest was 95 percent complete, ahead of the 91 percent figure at this time a year ago and the 87 percent average over five years. Sunflower harvest was 91 percent complete, ahead of the 86 percent from last year but behind the five-year average of 96 percent.

The report says several inches of snow in the western part of the state have provided good cover for winter wheat, which was rated 67 percent good to excellent.

Pasture and range conditions in the state are rated 65 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are rated 93 percent adequate to surplus.

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