- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A week of drier weather has helped North Dakota farmers trying to get their crops in the ground, but planting of all major crops in the state remains behind the average pace due to a rainy spring.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that one-fourth of the state’s staple spring wheat crop is in the ground, up from about one-tenth a week ago. However, normally at this time of year more than half of the crop is seeded.

Only 29 percent of sugar beets are planted, compared with the average of 75 percent. About 6 percent of the potato crop is seeded, compared to 41 percent on average.

Farmers are just beginning to plant sunflowers. Normally, about 10 percent of the crop is seeded by now.

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