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Flooding washes out Minnesota corn, soybean crops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Storms have washed out corn and soybean crops in parts of Minnesota.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop report, 53 percent of Minnesota's farm fields have surplus topsoil moisture, and 49 percent have surplus subsoil moisture.

The report says crop conditions declined during the week due to excess moisture and standing water. Many farmers have been unable to get equipment into their fields.

Most crops are in the ground, but 35 percent of the corn and 41 percent of soybeans are in very poor, poor or fair condition.

State Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson has toured some of the areas in southern Minnesota with crop damage. He says it's still too early to know how many acres across the state have been affected.

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