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Upper Midwest harvest still behind schedule

Uncooperative mid-November weather has further slowed harvest and the Upper Midwest harvest pace remains behind normal, a new government report says.

But farmers continue to make progress, albeit slow, combining soybeans, the crop that has been raising the most concern. More than 90 percent of soybeans in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota are now harvested, according to the weekly crop progress report released Nov. 13 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The report reflects conditions on Nov. 11.

Generally, Minnesota farmers have made more harvest progress than their counterparts in North Dakota and South Dakota, which were hit with widespread rain and snow in both October and again in mid-November.

Here's a closer look at corn, soybeans, sugar beets and sunflowers, the four crops included in the new weekly report:

Corn:

Minnesota — Eighty-seven percent of the crop was harvested by Nov. 11, compared with the five-year average of 89 percent for that date.

North Dakota — Sixty-two percent of the crop was harvested by Nov. 11, compared with the five-year average of 78 percent for that date.

South Dakota — Seventy-one percent of the crop was harvested by Nov. 11, compared with the five-year average of 85 percent for that date.

Soybeans

North Dakota — Ninety-one percent of the crop was harvested by Nov. 11, compared with the five-average of 99 percent for that date.

South Dakota — Eighty-five percent of the crop was harvested by Nov. 11, compared with the five-year average of 95 percent for that date.

Minnesota — Ninety-seven percent of the crop was harvested by Nov. 11, compared with the five-year average of 99 percent for that date.

Sunflowers

South Dakota — Fifty-five percent of the crop was harvested by Nov. 11, compared with the five-year average of 76 percent for that date.

North Dakota — Sixty-eight percent of the crop was harvested by Nov. 11, compared with the five-year average of 74 percent for that date.

Sugar beets

North Dakota — Ninety-nine percent of the crop was harvested by Nov. 11, compared with the five-year average of 100 percent for that date.

Minnesota — One hundred percent of the crop was harvested by Nov. 11, compared with the five-year average of 99 percent for that date.