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Associated Press, Published October 05 2009

Rain slows fall harvest in ND, Minnesota

FARGO (AP) - Another rainy week delayed field work in North Dakota and Minnesota, though farmers say it helped moisture supplies in some areas.

This week's North Dakota crop report also finds scattered frost.

The report says North Dakota's spring and durum wheat crops are about 95 percent harvested, but soybeans are only 13 percent harvested compared with a 30 percent average.

The state's corn crop is reported to be 23 percent mature compared with a 71 percent average .

Pasture conditions remain generally good. The report says livestock producers are weaning calves, hauling hay and cutting silage.

Rain has slowed the fall harvest in Minnesota.

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota on Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture noted that significant rain fell across central and southern Minnesota Thursday and Friday. Totals from 1 to 2 inches were common, with more than 3 inches in places.

The soybean harvest advanced 14 percentage points to 19 percent harvested, but that's 22 points slower than last year and the five-year average.

Corn development reached 37 percent mature or beyond, compared with 66 percent last year and a 77 percent average. Corn condition was rated 72 percent good to excellent, up 2 points from last week. An early corn harvest was under way in isolated areas.

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