MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rainfall was sparse over Minnesota last week, but small grain harvest is nearly complete, according to the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service.
Average rainfall throughout the state was .23 inches, the service said Monday in it's weekly report. Topsoil moisture continues to be short to very short in the central part of the state and, statewide, topsoil moisture conditions as of Friday were rated 22 percent very short, 38 percent short, 35 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus.
Meanwhile, spring wheat is 80 percent harvested compared with 87 percent last year and 66 percent for the 5-year average. Winter wheat harvest is 99 percent complete. For oats, the harvest is 95 percent; barley, 88 percent.
Corn in or past the milk stage was 97 percent as of Sunday, the statistics service said, while 65 percent of the corn was in the dough stage or beyond, compared with 75 percent last year and 69 percent for the 5-year average.
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