- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Mild weather in North Dakota in March has been a boon for ranchers in the state.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop report that the warm conditions during the month limited livestock losses and hay usage.

Cattle, calf, sheep and lamb losses are rated average to light. Hay and roughage supplies are rated 95 percent adequate to surplus.

The report says farmers are preparing for spring fieldwork as the month comes to a close. Topsoil moisture is rated 66 percent adequate or surplus and subsoil moisture is 71 percent in those categories.

The condition of North Dakota’s winter wheat crop is rated 65 percent good to excellent.

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