WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota farmers got a jump on spring planting, thanks to warm, dry weather. But that's no guarantee of big profits come fall harvest.

Steve Kramer, who farms in southern Minnesota, tells Minnesota Public Radio News he finished planting corn and sugar beets last Friday.

Minnesota farmers have planted almost 90 percent of their spring wheat, compared with an average of 14 percent for this time of year. Nearly two-thirds of the corn crop is planted, about four times the average for late April.

But early planting won't necessarily lead to a bumper crop or a profitable year.

Doug Hartwig, director of the USDA's Minnesota statistics office, says some rain fell in most parts of Minnesota last week. But Hartwig says with concerns about drought, farmers are looking for more.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

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