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Only 35% of Minnesota's corn crop has been planted. That's about half the five-year average.


Renée Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

Mike Peterson planted corn on his land Monday in Northfield, Minn.

Thunderstorms that walloped southwestern Minnesota farms last week - downing grain bins, flooding fields and killing two people - interrupted what otherwise would've been a small, but not insignificant kickoff to spring planting for the state's corn crop.

As of Monday, farmers have planted 35% of Minnesota's corn, according to the weekly crop progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That trails the 5-year average (72%) but is nearly a four-fold increase from last week, when only 9% of the state's top crop was in the ground.

Other commodities, however, still drew mediocre marks in Monday's publication. Just 8% of the state's sugar beet crop is in the ground, compared with 100% last year at this time. Similarly, only 5% of Minnesota's wheat acreage has been planted. The 5-year-average is 75%.


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