BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Favorable weather conditions spurred crop development across much of North Dakota last week.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report that 85 percent of barley is jointed, 85 percent booted and 55 percent headed, ahead of the five-year averages.
Durum wheat advanced to 95 percent jointed, ahead of 10 percent last year and 41 percent on average. Spring wheat at 98 percent jointed and 88 percent boot stage is also ahead of pace.
The USDA says temperatures were near normal in the southern third of the state and below normal elsewhere. Precipitation was above normal in parts of the northwest and southeast and below normal elsewhere.