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Sugar beets are piled at the American Crystal Sugar Co.'s Kindred, N.D., receiving station as part of the pre-harvest process in this October 2010 file photo. Forum file photo

Weather speeds corn, bean harvest; stalls sugar beet lifting

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The hot, dry weather of the past few weeks allowed the harvest of corn and beans in North Dakota and Minnesota finally by Sunday to move up to or ahead of the normal pace, after a growing season that has been behind schedule from the start due to too much water.

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Meanwhile, just as the full-on harvest of sugar beets began during the weekend in the Red River Valley, the same way-above-average temperatures brought it to a quick halt.

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