Minnesota’s corn crop should be larger than first expected. But while the U.S. Department of Agriculture says record yields will be set in 18 states, Minnesota isn’t one of them.
The stalks in Minnesota’s corn fields are close to 7 feet high. The kernels are still developing and if the weather holds up, the ears reach maturity in about a month and a half. That’s when harvesting starts and there are indications of yet another bumper crop.
The federal government predicts Minnesota farmers will produce 1.34 billion bushels of corn this year, up 40 million bushels from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s production outlook for Minnesota also predicts corn yields averaging 168 bushels per acre, up eight bushels from 2013.
This spring, the wet weather really put corn farmers behind schedule. But now locally-grown sweet corn is at the store and the farmers markets, and the overall crop is looking pretty good.