About 6% of North Dakota's spring wheat in the bin, only 1% of durum wheat, 4% of oats and 9% of barley crop harvested, all well behind average, officials say

FARGO, North Dakota , August 16, 2011 () – The harvest of small grains in North Dakota remains well behind the average pace despite a week of mostly favorable weather.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that about 6 percent of the state's staple crop, spring wheat, is in the bin, compared to 34 percent on average. Only 1 percent of durum wheat, 4 percent of oats and 9 percent of the barley crop are harvested, all well behind average.

Wet weather this summer is preventing many farmers from getting in the fields. The report says farmers also are worried about insects and disease damaging the late-planted crop.

The plentiful moisture continues to boost both topsoil and subsoil moisture, both of which are rated mostly adequate to surplus.

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