- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A week of warm temperatures and snowmelt has pushed back spring planting in North Dakota even more.

The federal Agriculture Department now expects farmers on average to start planting by April 28, two days later than last week’s prediction. The 10-year average start date in North Dakota is April 20.

The department in its weekly crop and weather report says some farmers are still trying to harvest some of last year’s corn crop that had to be left in the field due to heavy snow, but they’re being hampered by wet conditions.

Soil moisture continues to be good, however, with topsoil moisture rated 95 percent adequate to surplus and subsoil moisture supplies rated 97 percent in those categories.

Stockwater supplies in North Dakota are rated 99 percent adequate to surplus.

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