St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Minnesota farmers enjoyed near optimal conditions for fieldwork last week.

The latest crop report from the US Department of Agriculture shows the warm and dry weather helped farmers make significant progress in getting their crops planted. It’s estimated that 30 percent of the total corn acreage and 40 percent of the soybean acreage statewide was planted last week.

89-percent of the state’s corn crop is now in the ground, which is 17 days ahead of the five-year average, but two days behind last year’s pace. About 25 percent of the corn crop has already emerged.

The report says 46-percent of the soybean crop has been planted, which is 12 days ahead of the five-year average, but three days behind last year.

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