- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A week of warm, dry weather has helped North Dakota farmers as they work to get their crops in the ground.

The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says some producers in the southern part of the state need more moisture to help recently planted seeds germinate.

Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 77 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 88 percent in those categories.

North Dakota’s spring wheat crop is nearly three-fourths planted. The state’s winter wheat crop has just started to head. It’s rated 75 percent in good to excellent condition.

In the ranching community, pasture and range conditions are rated 54 percent good to excellent, and stock water supplies are 91 percent adequate to surplus.

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