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Minn. farmers creep ahead with remaining planting

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota farmers who still have wet fields are creeping ahead with their remaining spring planting.

In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that a statewide average of 3.6 days were suitable for fieldwork last week, a slight improvement from recent weeks.

So corn planting moved ahead 4 percentage points last week to 94 percent complete, while soybean planting advanced 12 percentage points to 84 percent complete. Minnesota farmers normally have planted all their corn and nearly all their soybeans by now.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay advanced 31 percentage points to 38 percent complete, well behind the five-year average of 67 percent.

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