ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Crops are starting to show signs of stress as Minnesota’s topsoil moisture continues to decline.

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that topsoil moisture supplies were rated 7 percent very short and 23 percent short. Sixty-five percent were rated adequate and 5 percent surplus. That’s a slight decline from the previous week.

Average temperatures were 3 degrees above normal, continuing a pattern of above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall.

Minnesota’s small grain harvest is nearing completion. Ninety percent of spring wheat has been harvested.

Soybean development is lagging. Ten percent of the state’s soybeans have reached the turning yellow stage. That compares with 41 percent a year ago and a five-year average of 42 percent.

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Comments (2)
  1. Murph says:

    And now the end is near and so we face the final curtain! My friends I’ve said it clear and now I am certain.To think they did all that and now they want us in slavery. To us it stinks,to them it’s so savory! Thru it all, they did it all, the GOP way! There is no such thing as climate change,there is no gas vapors coming out of faucets in fracking areas, and the chromium in your water is just natural and has nothing to do with coal pollution! UH HUH,AND…do you REALLY want to vote for them and their extremism? Think before you drink! Have your water tested and see if you too are a victim.CANCER people! That’s what they are selling ,that and servitude! THE GOP WAY!!!!!!!!

    1. Phid says:

      Settle down there, Murph. Take a breath, take a drink if you have one, and stop talking for a moment. Now, why exactly are you blaming the GOP for low topsoil moisture in Minnesota crops?

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