Soil moisture supplies in North Dakota appear to be in decent shape as spring planting season nears.
The federal Agriculture Department said in its monthly crop report that 80 percent of subsoil moisture supplies and 89 percent of topsoil moisture supplies were rated adequate to surplus.
Stock water supplies in the state were rated 83 percent adequate to surplus.
About two-thirds of North Dakota’s winter wheat crop was rated in good condition. Cattle and calf conditions were about the same, with the death loss mostly average to light.
Similar conditions were reported in South Dakota, with 86 percent of subsoil moisture supplies and 96 percent of topsoil moisture supplies rated adequate to surplus. The state’s winter wheat crop was mostly in fair to good condition.