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Craig, left, and Josh Weseman harvest corn Thursday in a field just northeast of Grove City. Area farmers are having a torrid time in the fields. The recent wet and then wintry weather has put farmers behind and most are reporting that at least 25 percent of their crop still remains. Tribune photo by Bill Zimmer

Delays leave corn in the field, farmers struggling to harvest

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WILLMAR -- About one quarter of the area's corn crop is still standing in the fields and farmers are struggling in the mud, rain and snow to bring in the crop.

John Mages, a Belgrade-area farmer and secretary of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, said Thursday that 25 percent of his corn crop is still in the field.

His neighbors are in a similar position.

"We are struggling. It's muddy," he said. "The ground thawed out with the rain."

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