Heavy rain interrupts start of Minn. corn harvest
St. Paul, Minn. (AP) — Last week's heavy rain has interrupted the start of Minnesota's corn and soybean harvest.
In its weekly crop report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that Minnesota's corn harvest advanced only 1 percentage point from the previous week, to 2 percent harvested. That compares with a five-year average of 3 percent.
Soybeans were 6 percent harvested, compared with 4 percent last year at this time and an average of 13 percent.
The USDA says as of Sunday, an average of 7.2 inches of rain had fallen in south-central Minnesota, followed by 5.1 inches in the southwest and 4.4 inches in the southeast. The rain caused widespread flooding.
Statewide, only 2.3 days were suitable for fieldwork last week.
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