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ND small grains harvest begins, behind average

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The small grains harvest has begun in North Dakota, but it is well behind the average pace.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that about 2 percent of spring wheat and 2 percent of oats is in the bin, along with about 3 percent of the barley crop. The harvesting of the weather-plagued durum wheat crop still hasn't begun.

Typically, about 9 percent of the durum crop and more than one-fifth of the other crops are in the bin by this time in August. Most North Dakota farmers were delayed in their spring planting because of wet weather and flooding.

The report says some farmers are reporting concerns that recent heavy rains will promote disease. Access to fields also is a problem in some areas.

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