Soggy weather leaves millions of Minnesota acres still unplanted

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Hopes for another record corn harvest in Minnesota are being washed away by lingering cold, wet, gray weather that has kept farmers from finishing their planting.

Roughly 3 million acres of Minnesota crops aren't in the ground, and for some it's already too late with the summer solstice arriving next week, the Pioneer Press reports.

"In the southeast part of Minnesota, we're kind of estimating that about 40 percent of the corn crop will not get planted," Andy Huneke, director of Agribusiness at AgStar Financial Services, told the newspaper.

One silver lining noted by the Pioneer Press is the parade of showers has eased drought conditions across the state.

Ninety percent of the state's cornfieldsare planted, along with more than 70 percent of the soybean fields, according to the weekly crops and weather report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Minnesota farmers intend to plant a record 9 million acres of corn this spring — the largest crop in state history.

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