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Published July 20, 2010, 09:35 AM

Minnesota crops continue to develop ahead of average

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota crops continue to develop ahead of average despite a stormy week.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota crops continue to develop ahead of average despite a stormy week.

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that small grains are ripening at a rapid pace.

Spring wheat was 67 percent ripened as of Sunday, compared with 13 percent last year and 34 percent for the five-year average. Two percent of the barley and 6 percent of the oats have been harvested.

Crop conditions generally have improved. Corn is rated in 55 percent good and 35 percent excellent condition, while soybeans are 59 percent good and 25 percent in excellent condition.

Statewide 5.2 days were rated suitable for fieldwork, the highest average since May 30. Temperatures were nearly 1 degree above normal statewide.

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