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Farmer Tom Albaugh holds drought impacted ears of corn in a field on his farm, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, in Ankeny, Iowa. Albaugh expects to be harvesting by the middle of September, ahead of the usual end of September or early October schedule. The harvest is three to four weeks ahead of schedule in most of the corn belt because an unusually warm spring allowed farmers to plant earlier.

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USDA: Corn harvest ahead of schedule

One of the worst growing seasons most U.S. farmers can remember is coming to an end with a corn harvest that’s at least three weeks early thanks to an unusually warm spring and suffocating summer.

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