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Crops continue developing ahead of average

ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota crops continued to progress ahead of the five-year average last week, thanks to warm weather and despite a few pockets of heavy rain, the Minnesota field office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.

The office said in its weekly report that herbicide applications were underway where field conditions and calm weather permitted. There were four days suitable for field work last week.

The average temperature for the week was 64.8 degrees, 3.3 degrees above normal. Statewide topsoil moisture supplies as of Friday were rated 1 percent very short, 12 short, 76 adequate, and 11 surplus.

For field corn, 87 percent of the crop was rated in good or excellent condition. The average height was estimated at 8 inches, compared to a five-year average of 3 inches and the previous week’s height of 4 inches.

It was much the same for soybeans, with 77 percent of acreage rated in good or excellent condition. The crop was 87 percent emerged, compared to 56 percent for the five-year average.

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Among other crops, spring wheat acreage was 23 percent jointed, compared to 11 percent for the five-year average. Dry beans were 90 percent planted, compared to 73 percent average.

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