- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A week of heavy rainfall brought North Dakota’s small grains harvest to a halt.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest weekly crop report that all areas of the state got at least an inch of moisture in the past week, with some areas in the southwest getting nearly half a foot.

The report says the rain was needed by row crops but that flooding damaged hay, fences and some crops.

Only 10 percent of the state’s staple spring wheat crop has been harvested, behind 25 percent last year at the same time and the five-year average of 43 percent. Eighty percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 83 percent good to excellent.

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