FARGO, N.D. — Winter wheat and livestock in North Dakota appear to be weathering the winter fairly well, though dry conditions persist in the state.

The Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that all but 15 percent of the state’s winter wheat crop is rated fair, good or excellent.

Cattle and calf conditions are rated 78 percent good to excellent, with death losses average to light.

Hay supplies are rated 64 percent adequate to surplus, and stock water supplies are 73 percent in those categories.

However, only about half of the topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies in the state are rated adequate to surplus. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map shows that nearly all of central and western North Dakota remains in moderate-to-severe drought.

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