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Associated Press, Published September 10 2012

Minnesota's corn and soybean harvests get going

ST. PAUL — Minnesota's corn and soybean harvests are getting going ahead of schedule.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop weather report Monday that Minnesota's corn and soybean crops were 2 percent harvested as of Sunday, compared with 0 percent for the five-year average.

Other harvest progress in the report include potatoes at 37 percent, sweet corn at 88 percent, dry beans at 49 percent, and sugarbeets at 10 percent complete, all ahead of their averages. The canola harvest was nearly complete at 99 percent harvested.

Crop development continues ahead of average for corn and soybeans, while their condition ratings are little changed from last week.

Rainfall was generally below average last week while temperatures were above normal. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 69 percent short or very short.

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