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Rains Boost Topsoil Moisture Across Minnesota

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Widespread rains gave a boost to topsoil moisture across Minnesota last week, but crop conditions remained relatively unchanged.

One reporting station had rain totaling more than 9 inches, according to the USDA’s weekly crop-weather report for Minnesota released Monday.

As of Sunday, topsoil moisture supplies were rated 75 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus, and only 1 percent very short and 7 percent short.

Corn is rated 82 percent good to excellent, with an average height of 23 inches. Soybeans are rated 86 percent fair to good, with an average height of 6 inches.

Corn and soybean development is ahead of last year’s pace and the five-year average.

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