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Minn. farmers creep ahead with remaining planting

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%age points last week to 94% complete, while soybean planting advanced 12%age points to 84% complete. Minnesota farmers normally have planted all their corn and nearly all their soybeans by now.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay advanced 31%age points to 38% complete, well behind the 5-year average of 67%.

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