- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Hot, dry weather is hampering North Dakota farmers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says much of North Dakota saw hot, dry and windy conditions during the week that ended Sunday. Temperatures for the week averaged 2 to 6 degrees above normal.

Western North Dakota received little to no rain last week, while some areas in the east received up to an inch. Wind caused topsoil to dry out and delayed spraying.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 17 percent very short, 37 percent short, 44 adequate and 2 percent surplus.

Corn plantings reached 99 percent, close to last year’s 98 percent but ahead of the five-year average of 93 percent. Eighty-six percent of the corn crop has emerged, equal to last year but ahead of the 73 percent average.

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