USDA: Minn. corn harvest now 87 percent complete

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Posted: Dec 07, 2009 5:24 PM

Minnesota's corn harvest now stands at 87 percent complete, up from 78 percent a week earlier.

Minnesota's corn harvest is normally almost done by this time of year.

But in its weekly report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that corn remains unharvested in some areas due to high grain moisture levels. Moisture is averaging 21 percent, compared with a normal 17 percent, which cuts into profits because more fuel is needed to dry it.

Wet fields also continue to slow the harvest, though last week's cold firmed up soils and allowed producers better access.

Minnesota's sunflower harvest is nearly complete at 94 percent.

Subsoil moisture is rated 95 percent adequate to surplus as winter sets in.