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Published July 07, 2009, 08:46 AM

Minnesota corn, soybean crops on pace with average

Minnesota's corn and soybean crops are on pace with the five-year average.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL — Minnesota's corn and soybean crops are on pace with the five-year average.

In its weekly crop progress report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the average height of field corn as of Sunday was 42 inches, just behind the 5-year average of 43 inches. The average height of soybeans was 11 inches, compared to a 12-inch average.

Crops remain in generally good to excellent condition statewide.

Statewide, an average of 6 days were suitable for fieldwork last week.

Precipitation was light. Topsoil moisture declined, with 69 percent of the state rated adequate to surplus compared with 78 percent a week ago. Topsoil moisture remains short to very short across central Minnesota, where precipitation remains below normal.

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On the Net:

USDA NASS for Minnesota: http://www.nass.usda.gov/mn

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