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Published May 12, 2009, 12:00 AM

Wet fields slow crop planting in northern Minnesota

Saturated cropland across the northern part of Minnesota continues to delay farmers trying to plant spring wheat, barley and sugarbeets.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL — Saturated cropland across the northern part of Minnesota continues to delay farmers trying to plant spring wheat, barley and sugarbeets.

The Minnesota field office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report Monday that the planting of all those crops is significantly behind the five-year average.

Cattle producers in northern Minnesota are moving livestock to pasture, avoiding muddy feedlots.

Statewide, there were nearly five days suitable for fieldwork last week.

Despite delays in those crops, more than 80 percent of the corn crop is planted. That’s ahead of this time last year and ahead of the five-year average.

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On the Net:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, statistics: http://www.nass.usda.gov/mn/

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