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Drought-impacted soybeans are seen Monday in a field on the Tom Albaugh farm near Ankeny, Iowa (AP photo)

Early planting, hot weather speed up harvest

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John Bollingberg remembers a few other years when the area's wheat crop was harvested this early. But there's an important difference with this early harvest.

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"Those other years, we didn't have crops of any quality," says Bollingberg, a retired 78-year-old Bremen, N.D., farmer. "But this year, we got the wheat in early and it turned out to be a crop we were happy with."

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