ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Heavy rain, high winds and hail have slowed Minnesota farmers in the field.
According to the USDA’s Minnesota weekly crop-weather report Monday, Duluth received 7.25 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. More than 5 inches of rain was reported in Grand Rapids, Aitkin and Cannon Falls.READ MORE: Vikings’ Anthony Barr Nominated For Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year: 'The Work Is Far From Over'
As of Sunday, topsoil moisture was rated 73 percent adequate, 21 percent surplus and 6 percent short. Only 3.6 days were rated suitable for fieldwork.READ MORE: Home For The Holidays: WCCO Partners With MACV To Raise Awareness, Support For Veteran Homelessness
Corn was averaging a height of 34 inches, well above last year’s pace and the five-year average. Three percent of soybeans were blooming, also ahead of last year and the average.
Small grains such as spring wheat and barley continue developing well ahead of schedule.MORE NEWS: COVID In Minnesota: State Reports 98% Occupancy Rate In Hospital ICUs
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