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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Normally, farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota would have begun planting the seeds of what bring us bread and beer.

But the lingering winter conditions and big floods have pushed it all back, delaying spring wheat and barley planting by two to three weeks..

A year ago, in fact, by April 17, Minnesota farmers had 38 percent of their spring wheat in the ground, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly survey.

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