Lack of moisture dries topsoil at Minn. farms

4:13 PM, Aug 19, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota farmers got plenty of time in their fields last week, thanks to a string of sunny days. But the lack of moisture is drying out topsoil.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that an average of only 0.10 inch of rain fell statewide for the week ending Sunday. Some areas reported no rain at all.

But north-central Minnesota received an average of 0.54 inches of rain.

Topsoil moisture fell to 52 percent adequate to surplus for this time of year. Subsoil moisture was rated 61 percent adequate to surplus.

State Climatologist Mark Seeley says Minnesota is suffering from "abnormal dryness," but officials are not putting any counties back on drought status yet.

Farmers had 6.7 days suitable for field work - the most of any week this season.

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