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Continued: Forecasts calling for more rain

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 20, 2007 - 8:11 PM

And now, additional rain probably will not help Minnesota's corn crop, said University of Minnesota Extension climatologist Mark Seeley.

"The corn crop is pretty much made, but soybeans might benefit if they're still setting pods," he said.

Monday's weekly crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that about one-third of Minnesota's corn crop and one-fourth of the soybean crop are in poor or very poor condition.

The biggest benefit of the heavy rains may be improved pastures and alfalfa grown for hay, he said.

The crop report said that two-thirds of the state's pastures are in poor or very poor condition, "and this rain could really make a difference," Seeley said. "Hay prices are very, very high because of the shortages, and the rain may mean farmers can get a decent final cutting of hay next month."

Warren Wolfe • wolfe@startribune.com

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