- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The harvest of North Dakota’s staple crop is getting underway.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 4 percent of the spring wheat crop is in the bin. Nearly three-fourths of the crop statewide is rated in good to excellent condition.

The barley and oats harvests also have begun, but the durum wheat harvest has yet to start.

Farmers in the southern half of the state received needed moisture over the past week, but excessive rain the past few weeks in the northeast has led to mold and disease issues in some crops.

Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 57 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are rated 79 percent adequate to surplus.

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