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Published April 13, 2010, 10:12 AM

Wheat, oats and barley ahead of schedule in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Small-grain planting remains ahead of normal for Minnesota thanks to mostly dry conditions.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Small-grain planting remains ahead of normal for Minnesota thanks to mostly dry conditions.

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that spring wheat planting advanced to 10 percent as of Sunday. That’s 9 points ahead of last year and 10 points above the five-year average.

Oats are 34 percent planted, 31 points ahead of both last year and the five-year average. Barley is 13 percent planted, compared with 1 percent both last year and the average.

Statewide, preparation for land for corn is 9 percent complete. Localized corn planting is under way, but most producers are waiting for ground temperatures to warm up. Some of the 2009 corn crop is still being harvested.

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On the Net: USDA NASS for Minnesota

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