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Published August 17, 2009, 04:48 PM

Minnesota spring wheat harvest remains behind schedule

Minnesota’s spring wheat harvest remains behind schedule.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s spring wheat harvest remains behind schedule.

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota on Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cites springtime planting delays and the below-normal temperatures that followed.

By Sunday, 9 percent of spring wheat was harvested, 5 percentage points behind last year and 36 points behind the five-year average. But 70 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition.

Statewide, 74 percent of the corn crop was rated in good to excellent condition, unchanged from a week ago. Sixty-seven percent of soybeans were in good to excellent condition.

Topsoil moisture supplies statewide were rated 63 percent adequate to surplus, up from 62 percent last week.

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