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Minnesota farmers make major gains in corn, soybean harvests

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Thanks to dry weather last week, farmers across Minnesota made significant headway on the state's corn and soybean harvests.

The Associated Press reports more than a quarter of Minnesota's corn crop was harvested last week, bringing the total harvest to nearly 50 percent complete as of Sunday, according the the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly report.

Minnesota's soybean harvest is moving even faster with 91 percent of the total harvest complete.

Even with the impressive numbers released Monday, the fall harvest in Minnesota is running behind its usual pace after a wet spring and unusually dry late summer, the Pioneer Press reported.

Despite the weather extremes, a decent harvest is expected from the state's top two crops.

Soybeans are taking a little hit due to lack of rain in August. Overall soybean production is expected to be down 14 percent from last year.

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Farmers making progress on early corn and soybean harvests

It's only mid-September, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture says 12 percent of Minnesota's corn crop is already harvested. The Pioneer Press notes that is roughly three weeks earlier than last year. The soybean harvest is also well ahead of the five-year average with 16 percent complete.