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Minnesota Corn Harvest is Nearly Complete

Peter Ackerman begins to harvest his crops. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota farmers have nearly finished their corn harvest despite cold temperatures and snow over the past week.

In its final crops and weather report of the season for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday said the corn harvest advanced 4 percentage points to 98 percent complete as of Sunday. That’s 6 points ahead of the five-year average of 92 percent for this late in the season. Minnesota’s sunflower harvest advanced 7 points to 93 percent, slightly behind the normal 94 percent.

Statewide, an average of 5.4 days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week.

As the state heads into winter, topsoil moisture supplies are rated 86 percent adequate and 8 percent short, while subsoil moisture is 75 percent adequate and 22 percent short.

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