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Red River Valley farmers with corn still in the field aren't getting a lot of cooperation from Mother Nature this fall. It's likely too late for this ear of corn, which was found Tuesday morning in a field south of Sabin, Minn. (Ann Arbor Miller/The Forum)

Muddy mess for Red River Valley farmers

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FARGO - The area's wet fall has led to major harvest delays, particularly for sugar beet farmers in the southern Red River Valley.

Wahpeton, N.D.-based Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative is considering leaving up to 21,000 acres of beets in the ground, company spokeswoman Susan Johnson said Tuesday.

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Heavy rains in the southern Red River Valley have made a muddy mess of beet fields, she said.

Minn-Dak had hoped to harvest about 108,000 acres.

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