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Published May 25, 2010, 12:58 PM

Minnesota soybean producers make significant progress

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s soybean producers made significant planting progress last week.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s soybean producers made significant planting progress last week.

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that soybean planting was 81 percent complete as of Saturday. That’s an advance of 34 percentage a week earlier and it’s ahead of both last year and the five-year average.

Other crops nearing planting completion included canola, potatoes and green peas. All three crops were at least 93 percent planted.

Temperatures reached the highest levels so far this year, about 5 degrees above normal. Scattered precipitation affected central and southern Minnesota but produced no significant accumulation. Statewide, 5.5 days were rated suitable for fieldwork.

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