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Published August 10, 2010, 02:08 PM

Warm, dry conditions speed Minnesota small-grain harvest

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Above-average temperatures and dry conditions have allowed northwestern Minnesota farmers to make rapid progress on the small-grain harvest.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Above-average temperatures and dry conditions have allowed northwestern Minnesota farmers to make rapid progress on the small-grain harvest.

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday spring wheat was 47 percent harvested as of Sunday, compared with 3 percent last year and 25 percent for the five-year average.

Barley was 46 percent harvested, compared with 6 percent last year and a 44 percent average. Sixty-seven percent of oats were harvested, compared with 28 percent last year and a 56 percent average.

Average temperatures were 2.6 degrees above normal statewide. Precipitation varied from a trace in the northwest to over 3 inches in west-central and central Minnesota. Topsoil moisture was rated 93 percent adequate to surplus, compared to 97 percent a week earlier.

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