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Published October 12, 2010, 09:49 PM

MN Farmers Make Big Progress on Soybean Harvest

Minnesota farmers are making big strides in harvesting soybeans and sugar beets, thanks to warm and dry weather.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers are making big strides in harvesting soybeans and sugar beets, thanks to warm and dry weather.

According to the weekly crop weather report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Minnesota's soybean harvest jumped to 82 percent completed as of Sunday. That's up 53 percentage points from the previous week and compares with 25 percent last year and a five-year average of 60 percent.

The report says sugar beets were 59 percent harvested, compared with 44 percent last year and an average of 50 percent.

Corn harvesting also is ahead of last year's pace. Corn was 17 percent harvested, compared with 2 percent last year and a 13 percent average.

Statewide, the average temperature was 8 degrees above normal for the week. Most reporting stations recorded no rainfall.

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