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Dry Days Allows MN Farmers Catch Up On Planting

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Several days of dry weather amid the soggy spring has allowed Minnesota farmers to make significant progress in planting their crops.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports Monday there were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week. That’s the highest number so far this year.

The spring wheat crop is now 80 percent planted, up 41 percentage points from the previous week. Corn is 81 percent planted, up 34 points. Soybeans were 38 percent planted, up from 9 percent planted the week before.

However, the soil remains very wet. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 35 percent surplus, 64 percent adequate and 1 percent short.

The statewide average temperature was 57.3 degrees, nearly average for the week.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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