Minnesota corn: yep, it's knee-high for you-know-when

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The Pioneer Press reports that this summer, the Minnesota corn crop will fall in line with the rhyme: knee-high by the Fourth of July.

But the newspaper notes that the old saying dates to an earlier era, when Minnesota farmers routinely planted later in the season. This spring was so cold and wet that farmers had to plant later than usual.

The Star Tribune reports that the weekly crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that the corn average height of 17 inches is below the average of 32 inches. Last year's height at this time was 47 inches.

The USDA said Monday that the Minnesota corn crop is 97 percent emerged, and 58 percent of the state's corn was in good or excellent condition.

But it's still soggy. One fourth of the state's farmers say their topsoil is too wet, USDA reported.

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