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Published September 11, 2009, 08:22 AM

Rain slows late wheat and sugar beet harvest

After making progress on a late harvest, some eastern North Dakota wheat and sugar beet farmers have been slowed again by heavy rain — with more is in the forecast. The wheat harvest would normally be about finished and the soybean harvest would be well under way by now.

GRAND FORKS (AP) — After making progress on a late harvest, some eastern North Dakota wheat and sugar beet farmers have been slowed again by heavy rain — with more is in the forecast.

The wheat harvest would normally be about finished and the soybean harvest would be well under way by now.

According to the weekly crop report, 44 percent of the spring wheat crop was threshed as of Sunday, compared with 86 percent for the previous years.

Wheat yields, like barley and oat yields, have been above average, with many reports of 50 to 70 bushels per acre for wheat. But price discounts assessed by grain elevators because of the unusually low protein levels are cutting revenue.

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