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A farmer harvests soybeans Tuesday in a field along 45th Avenue Southeast near Willmar. The unseasonably cold and wet weather through the first two-plus weeks of October has been particularly hard on regional farmers. One official with the University of Minnesota Extension call the situation serious. Just 34 percent of the state's soybean crop has so far been harvested. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Farmers continue to battle the weather

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WILLMAR -- With rain clouds over their heads and muddy fields under their feet, area farmers are struggling to get the crops harvested this fall.


The situation, with just 34 percent of the state's soybean crop harvested after weeks of rain delays, is serious, according to David Nicolai, University of Minnesota Extension Educator based in Hutchinson.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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