- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Storms brought rain to North Dakota over the past week, but they also dropped hail that caused varying amounts of crop damage.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the moisture boosted pastures and replenished water supplies in dams and ponds.

Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 60 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 77 percent adequate to surplus.

Topsoil moisture statewide is rated 87 percent adequate to surplus, and 82 percent of subsoil moisture is in those two categories.

The report says farmers across the state are busy preparing equipment for the small grains harvest. Spring wheat coloring is at 51 percent, well ahead of the long-term average of 21 percent.

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