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  Our late spring and now… string of cold, rainy weather has brought the region's number one industry to a grinding halt.  It's shaping up to be one of the latest harvests on record.

   Rain up and down the Valley has left roads and fields a mud covered mess. It's also put harvest on hold.

  The corn harvest hasn't even gotten off to a good start yet, and much of the bean and sugar beet crop remains in the field, despite the fact it's the middle of October.

Lionel Olson, Extension Service: "Right around that halfway mark in the sugar beets, maybe a little bit more… soybeans, probably two-thirds to three-fourths taken off."

  It's all a   bit frustrating for farmers, who are trying to get their crops harvested, but now face their second wet fall in a row.

Mike Bergeron, Farmer: "We're struggling along like everybody else. It's wet."

Reporter: "Will this shut you down for quite awhile?"

Bergeron: "I think 4 or 5 days. It depends if the rain quits and if the sun comes out."

  There's another concern lurking around the corner. Frozen ground wouldn't affect the corn or bean harvest. But, it would make harvesting sugar beets, just about impossible.

Mick Kjar, Meteorologist: "The average first front date here in the Valley is about September 23, so we're way late this year. It does look like we could have a little frost tomorrow morning. But a hard freeze possible Sunday morning."

  But, just one hard freeze isn't enough to cause problems for the sugar beet harvest, and our rain has eased the drought across the region.

Mike Bergeron, Farmer: "This is money in the bank for next year. That's the positive of this whole deal."

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