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Associated Press, Published September 30 2009

Farmers survey for frost damage

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Corn and bean farmers in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota are surveying their crops for damage after the first fall frost this week.

The development and harvest of corn, soybeans and dry beans is behind because of a weather-delayed growing season.

North Dakota Corn Growers Association Director Tom Lilja says it appears the region avoided a "killing frost," in which temperatures reach 28 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. But some farmers say they still expect some damage to their crops.

Some corn also is three to four weeks behind in development, and there are worries it will not mature.

Howard Person, a crop education official in Minnesota's Marshall County, says he doesn't think dry bean crops will be hurt by the frost. But he says late-planted soybeans might be affected.

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