- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Cool, wet conditions continue to hamper spring planting in North Dakota.

The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that much of the state got an inch or more of rain over the past week, and fewer than two days were suitable for field work.

The department now pegs the average start of field work in North Dakota at May 4, three days later than last week’s estimate. The 10-year average start date in North Dakota is April 20. The average over the past five years is April 25.

The report says only about 5 percent of North Dakota’s staple spring wheat crop is in the ground, well behind the average of 28 percent.

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