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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wet conditions are delaying a final planting push by Minnesota farmers.

Ninety-six percent of Minnesota’s expected corn acreage has been planted, which is just 1 percentage point behind the five-year average. Soybean planting is 86 complete. That’s 3 points behind the five-year average.

A statewide average of three days were suitable for fieldwork last week.

In its weekly crops progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture also said Monday that corn emergence is 89 percent, or 2 points behind the average. Sixty-five percent of the soybean crop has emerged, up 27 points from a week ago.

Eighty percent of the state’s corn crop is rated in good or excellent condition. The first soybean condition ratings for the year came in at 77 percent good or excellent.

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