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Published October 20, 2009, 09:52 AM

Wet Conditions Slowing North Dakota and Minnesota Harvest

Wet conditions creating muddy fields have slowed North Dakota and Minnesota's harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says last week's rain and snow have made it difficult to get machinery into fields and that's put many farmers behind schedule.

Wet conditions creating muddy fields have slowed North Dakota's harvest.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says last week's rain and snow have made it difficult to get machinery into fields and that's put many farmers behind schedule.

The potato harvest is nearly done, while the flaxseed harvest is 85 percent complete.

Sugar beets and dry edible beans are both past the halfway mark, but the soybeans harvest is inching along at 21 percent complete.

Corn harvested for grain is just 1 percent complete. The state's corn crop is rated 41 percent mature, compared with an 89 percent average.

The USDA's weekly crop report for Minnesota says most fields were too wet to harvest last week. Statewide, less than two days were suitable for fieldwork.

Only 3 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, compared with 17 percent at this time last year and the five-year average of 31 percent.

Soybeans were 34 percent harvested, compared with 81 percent last year and an 83 percent average.

The sugar beet harvest also has been slowed. Sixty percent of sugar beets have been harvested, compared with last year's pace of 77 percent and an average of 81 percent.

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