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Crop Conditions Improve in Both MN/IA

Posted at: 07/01/2013 8:47 PM

Photo Courtesy: MGN Online
Photo Courtesy: MGN Online

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's corn crop has grown slower than the average this year, but it looks like the crop will be knee-high by the Fourth of July.
    
The weekly crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn statewide grew an average of seven inches last week, and is currently about 17 inches tall. That's below last year's height of 47 inches and the average of 32 inches.
    
The corn crop is 97 percent emerged, and corn condition is rated 58 percent good or excellent.
    
Soybean planting is 96 percent complete. The average soybean height is 5 inches tall, compared with the average height of 9 inches.
    
Last week there were 4.1 days suitable for field work in Minnesota - the most so far this year after a cold, wet spring.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Warmer and mostly drier weather is helping Iowa farmers near completion of corn and soybean planting and improving crop condition.
    
The Department of Agriculture says 99 percent of the corn crop is in the ground as of Sunday and 96 percent of the crop has emerged, which is three weeks behind normal.
    
Warm humid days helped corn improve. The good to excellent rating increased 3 percentage points with 57 percent of the crop now rated in those two categories and 29 percent is fair. Fourteen percent is poor or very poor.
    
Ninety-six percent of the soybean crop has been planted, about two weeks later than normal. Eighty-nine percent of the soybean crop has emerged, eight percentage points behind the five-year average.
    
The condition of soybeans also improved slightly.

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