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Published October 27, 2009, 09:11 AM

Wet Weather Still Hampers Minnesota Farmers

Minnesota's fall harvest remains behind schedule because of continued cool, wet weather.

Minnesota's fall harvest remains behind schedule because of continued cool, wet weather.

The USDA's weekly crop report for Minnesota says less than two days were suitable for fieldwork statewide last week. Farmers harvesting corn and soybeans report wet fields and high moisture levels in grains.

Soybeans were 44 percent harvested, compared with 91 percent at this time last year and a five-year average of 93 percent.

Only 6 percent of the corn crop was harvested. That compares with 28 percent last year and an average of 48 percent. Sugar beets are 71 percent harvested, compared with 87 percent last year and an average of 93 percent.

Crop conditions also declined last week. Soybeans, corn and sunflowers rated good to excellent all slipped.

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