- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Rainfall over the past week in North Dakota halted or delayed harvest but was welcomed by drought-plagued farmers.

The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says about half of the topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies in the state are still rated short or very short.

The harvest of small grains crops including spring wheat, durum wheat and oats is wrapping up, and one-third of the winter wheat crop is planted.

In the ranching community, pasture and range conditions are rated 58 percent poor or very poor. Stock water supplies are 53 percent in those categories.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 93 percent of North Dakota in some stage of drought.

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