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Associated Press, Published October 01 2012

Minn. farmers make quick progress on harvest

ST. PAUL — Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on corn and soybean harvests, thanks to dry weather.

According to the USDA's Minnesota crop-weather report, corn was 53 percent harvested as of Sunday. That's way ahead of last year's 5 percent, which is also the five-year average.

Harvested corn had an average moisture content of 16 percent.

Soybeans were 76 percent harvested, compared with 26 percent last year and an average of 23 percent. Soybeans had an average moisture content of 10 percent.

Statewide, 6.9 days were rated suitable for fieldwork. Most reporting stations recorded no rain during the week.

Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 44 percent very short, 41 percent short and 15 percent adequate.

Sugar beets are 20 percent harvested, compared with 10 percent last year and 17 percent average.


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