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ND livestock producers say pastures in bad shape

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Livestock producers in North Dakota say pasture conditions have gradually deteriorated as the result of inadequate levels of rainfall.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that pasture and range conditions were rated 14 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 41 percent fair and 14 percent good.

Some ranchers were cultivating sloughs to compensate for the lack of water in pastures.

The report says the harvest of durum wheat was virtually complete by Sunday. Canola harvest was at 98 percent, flaxseed at 80 percent, and dry edible beans at 41 percent.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 21 percent very short, 54 percent short and 25 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture supplies were at 14 percent very short, 57 percent short and 29 percent adequate.

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