Harvest enters home stretch

Warm, dry weather has allowed farmers plenty of time in the fields. Sugar beets are now 95 percent harvested, corn 79 percent.
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Warm, dry weather has allowed farmers plenty of time in the fields. Sugar beets are now 95 percent harvested, corn 79 percent.

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Minnesota crops ready to harvest weeks ahead of schedule

Minnesota farmers are taking advantage of the dry weather and getting an early start on the fall harvest. Combines started rolling through corn and soybean fields last week, the Pioneer Press reports. Despite the lack of rain, Minnesota escaped the disastrous drought conditions seen in much of the nation's heartland.

Minn. corn, soybean planting ahead of average

Minnesota farmers continue to make progress on planting corn and soybeans, thanks to warm, dry weather, the Associated Press reports. According to the USDA's weekly crop-weather report for Minnesota, corn planting jumped to 88 percent planted.

Heat creates dangers for farmers at harvest time

Regardless of the conditions, farmers have little choice but to begin harvesting when their corn, soybeans or other crops are ready. Farmers are being urged to keep a fire extinguisher, water and shovel with them in the fields.

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.

Red River Valley gets earliest-ever start on sugar beet harvest

August 14th is the earliest start date on record for the preliminary sugar harvest, known as the "pre-pile" harvest. It usually starts in September. American Crystal Sugar reports this year's crop was in the ground early and looks like it'll be bigger than usual. The main harvest - the stockpile - will likely start at its customary time in October.

Minnesota deer harvest tops 180,000

That's down about 7 percent from last year. The DNR says the decline is due to the cold, windy weather during the opener weekend. Across the river, our neighbors to the east are exactly opposite -- they're up nearly 6 percent -- bagging more than 112,000 in their first weekend.

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