Rain Boosts Soil Moisture, Seed Germination in North Dakota

June 8, 2016 01:00 PM

Ample rain over the past week in North Dakota boosted topsoil moisture and helped with seed germination, but it also drowned out some crops in low-lying areas.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that most of the state received at least an inch of rain. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 88 percent adequate to surplus, up from 84 percent the previous week.

Nearly all of the state's spring wheat crop has now emerged. The condition of the crop is rated 84 percent good to excellent.

The planting of potatoes is wrapping up, and nearly half of the crop has already emerged.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 70 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 91 percent adequate to surplus.

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