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A tractor is used to pull a truck through the mud back to the road after dumping its load of sugar beets Tuesday at the American Crystal piling station near Kindred, N.D. (Dave Wallis/The Forum)

Soybean harvest delayed, while sugar beet harvest close to finish line

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FARGO -- Soybeans are known as the "wonder crop" because they're put to many different uses.

Now, area farmers wonder whether they'll be able to finish harvesting their rain-drenched soybeans.


Only 28 percent of North Dakota soybeans and 44 percent of Minnesota soybeans are harvested, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The bean harvest, normally wrapped up in North Dakota and western Minnesota by late October, is slowed by weeks of rain.

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