- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Above-average temperatures have boosted spring planting in North Dakota.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says last week’s warm weather helped farmers make significant progress on planting, and also allowed some crops to emerge. The warm weather also continued to dry out soil in parts of southern North Dakota.

Farmers had 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week that ended Sunday.

Corn planting was 23 percent, well behind 46 percent last year and the five-year average of 34 percent. Soybeans were 4 percent planted, behind 22 percent a year ago and the 12 percent average.

Spring white planting was 45 percent, well behind last year’s 65 percent but close to the 49 percent average. Spring wheat was 11 percent emerged, compared with 25 percent last year and 20 percent average.

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