Farmers have begun harvesting early planted row crops in North Dakota, and ranchers are hauling hay and beginning to wean calves.
The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that little precipitation over the week also helped with winter wheat seeding. Thirty-four percent of the crop is in the ground, well ahead of 21 percent at the same time last year.
The spring wheat harvest is nearly done, at 97 percent. The durum wheat harvest is 88 percent complete. Harvest of both crops is well ahead of the average pace.
Pasture and range conditions in North Dakota are rated 53 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 81 percent adequate to surplus.