FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's winter wheat crop appears to be in good shape as spring nears.
The federal Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that 47 percent of the state's winter wheat crop is in good to excellent condition, down from 66 percent in February. However, 46 percent of the crop is still rated fair, with only 7 percent in poor or very poor condition.
Cattle and calf conditions are rated 70 percent good to excellent, down from 78 percent last month. Sheep and lambs are rated 74 percent good to excellent, down from 83 percent.
Stockwater supplies in North Dakota are 96 percent adequate to surplus, and hay and forage supplies are 93 percent in those categories, down just slightly over the month.