Sep 4, 2013 at 6:32 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota crops continue to feel stress from warmer-than-normal temperatures.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the statewide average temperature last week was 76.7 degrees, nearly 12 degrees above normal.
An average of 0.66 inches of rain fell statewide. That's 0.15 inches below normal. North-central and northeastern regions of Minnesota received higher rainfall amounts.
Statewide topsoil and subsoil moisture levels continue to drop. Topsoil moisture is now rated 66 percent very short to short compared with last year while subsoil moisture is 61 percent very short to short.
Soybean development also remains behind the normal pace.
Temp: 54°F (12°C)
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