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Despite an extremely hot summer with little rain, the region's corn crop has fared well. Although there are pockets of under-producing crops, one area farmer projects the overall harvest of corn and soybeans will be on par with last year. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

West central Minn.crops largely escape drought

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The fall harvest probably isn't a bin-buster for farmers in west central Minnesota, but area producers are expecting to bring in respectable corn and soybean yields.

Noah Hultgren, who is a partner with his family members in Hultgren Farms near Willmar, expects a "pretty good" corn crop and that the corn harvest could begin the first week of September, thanks to early planting dates. He figures the crop could bring in up to 170 to 180 bushels per acre.

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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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