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Minnesota's soybean farmers making rapid progress

This week's report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota's soybean harvest jumped to being 35 percent complete. That's ahead of last year's pace of 26 percent.
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This week's report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota's soybean harvest jumped to being 35 percent complete. That's ahead of last year's pace of 26 percent.

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According to the USDA's first official assessment of the season, nearly 100 percent of the state's record 8.7 million acres of corn is now planted. As of Sunday, 81 percent of the soybean acres were also planted.

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In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes the condition of the state's corn crop is still rated 77 percent fair to good. Soybeans were rated 81 percent in fair to good condition.

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