Half of Minn.'s corn crop plantedby Mark Steil, Minnesota Public Radio
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Minnesota farmers took advantage of good weather last week to plant more than half their corn crop.
Weeks of rain and cool temperatures kept planting progress well behind normal. With last week's summery weather, farmers across the state were able to plant 52 percent of their corn, according to new data from the US Agriculture Department.
Overall, more than two-thirds of the crop now has been seeded. That's still behind normal, but puts farmers in a much better position for good yields this fall. Eight percent of the corn crop has germinated and emerged from the soil. The wettest part of the state is in the southeast corner, where heavy rains over the past few days have flooded some farm fields. Rochester received 4.5 inches of rain over the past week.