- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Hot, dry conditions over the past week have helped North Dakota farmers make progress on the harvest, though the weather also has stressed row crops in the state.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the harvest of North Dakota’s staple spring wheat crop is nearing halfway complete, well ahead of the average pace. Eighty-two percent of the crop is listed in good to excellent condition.

The same percentage of the sugar beet crop is rated in those categories, but only about 64 percent of potatoes are rated good to excellent.

Pasture and range conditions in North Dakota are 60 percent good to excellent, and stock water supplies are 86 percent adequate to surplus.

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