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October harvest push

If you farm in the Upper Midwest and raise corn, soybeans or sunflowers, odds are good that you're busy harvesting your crops or soon will be.

The weekly crop progress report, released Oct. 10, found that the region's 2017 harvest pace trails the five-year average. But the report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, also found that more crop is maturing and soon will be ready to harvest, or already is, especially after widespread frost Oct. 2-4.

Here's a crop-by-crop look at the report:

Corn

North Dakota — Four percent of the crop was harvested, compared with the five-year average of 19 percent. Sixty-two percent of the crop was mature, compared with the five-year average of 82 percent.

South Dakota — Six percent of the corn crop was harvested, compared with the five-year average of 29 percent. Seventy-two percent was mature, compared with the five-year average of 87 percent.

Minnesota — Four percent of corn was harvested, compared with the five-year average of 26 percent. Seventy-seven percent was mature, compared with the five-year average of 85 percent.

Soybeans

South Dakota — Twenty-two percent of soybeans were harvested, compared with the five-year average of 59 percent. Ninety-seven percent had dropped leaves, the same as the five-year average.

Minnesota — Twenty-two percent of beans were harvested, compared with the five-year average of 63 percent. Ninety-three percent had cropped leaves, compared with the five-year average of 95 percent.

North Dakota — Forty-four percent of soybeans were harvested, compared with the five-year average of 64 percent. Ninety-seven percent had dropped leaves, compared with the five-year average of 98 percent.

Sunflowers

North Dakota — Four percent of sunflowers were harvested, compared with the five-year average of 12 percent.

South Dakota — Ten percent of sunflowers were harvested, compared with the five-year average of 12 percent.

Sugar beets

Minnesota — Forty-one percent of beets were harvested, compared with the five-year average of 62 percent.

North Dakota — Sixty-one percent of beets were harvested, ahead of the five-year average of 55 percent. The state's five-year average was skewed by a slow harvest in 2016, when exceptionally wet conditions hit northeast North Dakota, where beets are popular.

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