Rain, cold slow field preparation work

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Rain and cool weather slowed work across Minnesota last week as farmers prepared their fields for spring planting.

The Department of Agriculture says that as of Sunday, land preparation and plantings for all crops were about two weeks behind the five-year average.

The average temperature last week was 45.4 degrees, or 1.9 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture supplies as of Friday were rated 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 60 percent adequate and 37 percent surplus.

Land prepared for corn was 3 percent complete compared with 29 percent last year. Land prepared for soybeans was 1 percent complete compared with 5 percent last year.

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