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Published May 04, 2010, 09:01 AM

Minnesota planting keeping up at above-average pace

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Spring planting is keeping up at an above-average pace across Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Spring planting is keeping up at an above-average pace across Minnesota.

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that dry, mild weather early last week kept farmers in their fields.

April 2010 was the second-warmest dating back to 1891. Rains late last week helped restore needed topsoil moisture supplies.

Spring wheat was 98 percent planted by Sunday, compared with 16 percent at this point last year and 34 percent for the five-year average.

Corn planting advanced to 87 percent, 31 percentage points ahead of last year and 46 points ahead of the average. Soybean planting was 19 percent complete, compared with a 4 percent average. Sugar beets were 97 percent planted, 53 points ahead of average.

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