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Bill Hejl had to leave his sugar beet harvesting equipment in this field southeast of Amenia because it was too wet to continue. (Michael Vosburg/The Forum)

Heavy rains hurting sugar beet harvest

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AMENIA, N.D. - Seven good days.

That's what Amenia farmer Bill Hejl needs to finish this year's sugar beet harvest.

"We just need some dry weather," said Hejl, who had to shut down his sugar beet harvest after receiving about 3½ inches of rain in the past week.

He's not alone.

Most sugar beet producers in the southern two-thirds of the Red River Valley have quit harvesting temporarily because of recent rains.

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