- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Rain over the past week has slowed the harvests of corn and sunflowers in North Dakota, though both remain ahead of the average pace.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 70 percent of the sunflowers are harvested, compared with the average of 56 percent. And the corn harvest is 83 percent complete, well ahead of the 69 percent average.

North Dakota’s winter wheat crop is rated 71 percent in good to excellent condition. Nearly all of the crop has emerged. Winter wheat is seeded and emerges in the fall, goes dormant over winter, begins growing again in the spring and is harvested in the summer.

Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 43 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 79 percent adequate to surplus.

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