Stormy weather bogs down soggy crops - again

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Repeated rounds of hard rain have have derailed the growing season for many of Minnesota's crops, including corn and soybeans.

Minnesota's corn and soybean crops are green and growing, reports the Pioneer Press, but the average corn plant in Minnesota is still only 10 inches tall, compared with 32 inches tall one year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

The Associated Press also dices the ag department's figures, noting that corn condition improved slightly to 59 percent good to excellent, compared to 58 percent a week earlier. The AP says corn planting is nearly finished at 96 percent complete, up 2 percentage points from a week earlier.

Hey, we can quite worrying about drought! The PiPRess reports 1 percent of the state's farmers say that their topsoil is still short of moisture -- while 36 percent say the topsoil has too much water.

The percentage of soybean acres planted rose from 84 to 94 percent, says the St. Paul paper, while the AP says that figure is 81 percent.

Here's a good running tally from farmers across the region.

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