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.