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A field of spring wheat sways in the breeze Saturday south of New England. Area experts say the small grain crops in southwest North Dakota look very good, but August will be crucial in their development and ripening.

Holding on until harvest: Crop outlook in southwest ND good despite late harvest projections

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The same fields that were being harvested on this day last year are lusher today in most parts of southwest North Dakota, and most are just barely showing signs of ripening.

Despite late planting and below-average July temperatures -- including one overnight when southwest North Dakota neared frost-like conditions -- grain crops in the area look good and have producers anxiously hoping the weather cooperates for another three to four weeks until it's ready to harvest.

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Dustin Monke
Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He has been a key member of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, as well as the Press' Sweepstakes win in 2013. As the newspaper's editor, he writes a Sunday column, contributes feature stories, designs pages and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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