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Idle farm equipment tells the story Monday in west central Minnesota as harvest has ground to a halt due to heavy rains. Schlegel Farms of Lake Lillian worked into the night last week to finish harvesting soybeans in this field a few miles south of Kandiyohi along County Road 8.

Rains halt harvest

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WILLMAR -- Recent rains have brought fall harvest to a sudden stop.

Farmers had just gotten a good start on the sugar beet and soybean harvest when heavy rains last week dumped 2 to 4 inches on area fields.

That brought "everything pretty much to a standstill," said Byron Hogberg, director of the Farm Service Agency office in Renville County. "It ground everything to a halt."

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