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Published November 09, 2010, 07:54 AM

Dry, warm Minn. weather allows resumed fieldwork

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minimal precipitation and above-average temperatures are allowing Minnesota farmers to finish up the harvest and resume other fall fieldwork.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minimal precipitation and above-average temperatures are allowing Minnesota farmers to finish up the harvest and resume other fall fieldwork.

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that nearly six days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week, up from 2.7 days the week before. That’s letting farmers move ahead with fertilizer applications and fall tillage.

As of Sunday, the sunflower harvest was nearly complete at 97 percent, compared with 30 percent at the same time last year and 74 percent for the five-year average. Corn was 94 percent harvested, compared with 21 percent at this point last year and the 74 percent average.

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