MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Welcome rain fell on Minnesota last week, not enough to aid crops this year but helpful for fall tillage and for replenishing the soil, the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service said.
The amount of rain varied across the state, with some areas receiving more than 3 inches, the statistics service reported Monday. It was also a hot week, with an average temperature of 66.5 degrees -- 6.7 degrees above normal. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork.
The rain was a respite from a summer drought. Gov. Tim Pawlenty filed a disaster declaration with the federal government Monday, seeking help for 62 counties. State officials estimate losses of about $1.1 billion in crops alone.
The statistics service reported that the topsoil moisture conditions as of Friday were rated 39 percent very short, 30 percent short, 30 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.
Corn had reached dent stage on 97 percent of the acreage compared with 92 percent last year.
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