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Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Subtle shades of green represent the various stages of maturation of a cornfield in Nobles County Tuesday.

Crop year has been a challenge

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WORTHINGTON -- The rain seemed as though it wouldn't stop in the early part of the growing season, and now portions of southern Minnesota are thirsting for moisture.


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's crop and weather report issued Monday for Minnesota, topsoil in the state ranked at 7 percent very short, 22 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus.

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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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