Jun 26, 2012 at 7:31 am
ST. PAUL, MN (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.
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.
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.
Temp: 44°F (7°C)
Wind: 8 E