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Minnesota farmers make harvest progress

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers continue to make progress on the corn and soybean harvests.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that the soybean harvest advanced to 16 percent complete as of Sunday, compared with 1 percent for the five-year average. The corn harvest advanced to 12 percent, compared with a 1 percent average.

The agency's weekly crop progress report also says Minnesota's potato harvest has advanced to 50 percent complete, compared with 35 percent last year at this time and a 39 percent average. The state's dry bean harvest advanced to 72 percent complete, compared with 22 percent last year and a 32 percent average. Minnesota sugarbeets were 12 percent harvested, compared with 2 percent last year and a 6 percent average.

The state's sweet corn harvest is 93 percent complete.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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