- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says good progress has been made in North Dakota planting as producers say they’ve got 67 percent of their corn crop planted and can now turn their attention to soybeans.

All areas in the state are still behind their five-year averages, but the USDA says some are still faring well despite a rainy spring.

Farmers have planted 78 percent of sugar beets so far compared the average 92 percent. The department says 66 percent of oats are planted this year, compared to the 73 percent average.

But producers have gotten only 19 percent of potatoes in the ground, compared with the 56 percent average, and just 13 percent of dry beans are planted compared to the 32 percent average.

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