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Cory Erickson of Raymond harvests a corn crop Friday in rural Kerkhoven. The USDA is slightly lowering the drought-damaged national corn yield forecast. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Minn. harvest beginning, initial reports yield optimism


Farmers in west central Minnesota are beginning to take in the corn and soybean harvest and are finding a wide range of variability in the crop yields.

"There are spots that are good and spots that are poor," John Mages re-ported Friday morning from the seat of his truck, having hauled a load of corn to the Bushmills Ethanol plant. Farmers in the area north of Atwater were getting a good start on the corn harvest, he said.

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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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