- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says frost in North Dakota during the past week damaged some early planted and emerged crops.

The USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service says rainfall of up to a half inch fell across the state, leaving 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork.

About 68 percent of the Durum wheat crop is planted, near last year’s 64 percent and well ahead of the 36-percent five-year average. Thirty-four percent of the crop is emerged.

The winter wheat crop is 51 percent jointed.

Spring wheat is 87 percent planted, barley is 87 percent planted, oats are 83 percent planted and corn is 76 percent planted. The soybean crop is 52 percent planted, canola is 60 percent planted and sunflowers are 21 percent planted.

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