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Published June 08, 2010, 10:32 AM

Minnesota’s major crops remain in strong shape

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s major crops remain in strong shape despite cooler weather in the past week.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s major crops remain in strong shape despite cooler weather in the past week.

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday the state’s corn crop is rated 92 percent good to excellent, unchanged from a week earlier. Soybeans were 93 percent good to excellent, compared to 92 percent a week earlier.

Spring wheat, barley and oats are all rated at least 90 percent good to excellent.

Temperatures cooled to their seasonal averages after nearly two weeks of above-normal readings. Repeated light rains prevailed during the week. South-central and southeastern Minnesota received over 1.3 inches, on average, with isolated reports of hail. Topsoil mois-ture was 87 percent adequate to surplus.

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