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Favorable weather helps ND fieldwork

FARGO, N.D. -- Good weather helped North Dakota farmers make progress last week in harvesting corn, soybeans and sugar beets.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report that the soybean harvest was nearly complete.

The corn harvest advanced 21 percentage points to 84 percent complete, well ahead of last year's pace and the five-year average. The sugar beet crop was 68 percent harvested, far ahead of last year but about the same as the five-year average.

About 61 percent of the sunflower crop was harvested, gaining 28 percentage points from a week earlier.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 27 percent very poor, 38 percent poor, 28 percent fair and 7 percent good.