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Aug 18, 5:27 PM EDT

Minnesota's crops catch some much-needed rain


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota's crops caught some much-needed rain over the weekend in an otherwise dry week.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in its weekly crops progress and condition report for Minnesota that six days were rated suitable for fieldwork across the state last week.

Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 43 percent short to very short, and 57 percent adequate to surplus. Subsoil moisture is rated 28 percent short to very short, and 72 percent adequate to surplus.

Sixty-eight percent of Minnesota's corn crop is in good to excellent condition, while 64 percent of the soybean crop is rated good to excellent. Fifty-seven percent of the spring wheat crop in good to excellent condition, while sugarbeet conditions have improved slightly from last week to 66 percent in good to excellent condition.

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