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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 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.

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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.

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