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Published July 07, 2010, 09:07 AM

Sunny days help Minnesota crops develop

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sunny days have helped Minnesota crops develop after a wet June.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sunny days have helped Minnesota crops develop after a wet June.

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the statewide average temperature for the week ending Sunday was 1.2 degrees above normal, with 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork.

Thanks to dry conditions, topsoil surplus moisture supplies dropped to 32 percent com-pared with 35 percent the previous week. But there were reports of some low-lying areas still under water.

Corn is rated 58 percent in good condition and 31 percent in excellent condition. Soybeans are 60 percent in good condition and 23 percent in excellent condition.

Fifty-five percent of spring wheat is in good condition while 77 percent of barley is in good to excellent condition.

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