- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Heavy rain over the past two months has led to wet ground that’s delaying harvest in northeastern North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that farmers in parts of the affected area won’t be able to harvest some crops.

Overall, about 18 percent of sugar beets and 39 percent of potatoes are rated in poor or very poor condition.

Winter wheat planting in North Dakota has reached 72 percent complete, with 42 percent of the crop emerged.

Harvesting of soybeans is nearing the halfway point, while the harvest of corn and sunflowers is just getting underway.

Pasture and range conditions in North Dakota are rated 56 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 76 percent adequate to surplus.

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