Spring fieldwork is off to a late start because of winter’s stubborn grip on Minnesota. But yields shouldn’t be hurt as long as farmers can get into their fields soon after Easter. Southeastern Minnesota got a fresh dusting of snow Monday. But fieldwork has barely begun. The forecast calls for below-normal temperatures with the possibility of more snow. Yet southern Minnesota is rapidly approaching the traditional start of its ideal period for planting corn.
The value of U.S. crops fell 9.8 percent last year as prices declined for major crops, including corn and soybeans, from 2012’s record high levels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its annual estimate.
Minnesota farmers have nearly finished their corn harvest despite cold temperatures and snow over the past week.
The pace of Minnesota’s corn harvest remains ahead of normal, thanks to the dry weather.
In its weekly crop report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that Minnesota’s corn harvest is 94 percent complete, remaining a week ahead of normal.
Minnesota’s corn harvest continues to run ahead of the normal pace after a slow start. In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state’s corn harvest advanced 14 percentage points last week to 87 percent complete.
This week’s snow has added to an already wet crop, and that means a lot of farmers will rely on grain dryers to dry out their corn. “You can’t dry it, you can’t combine it, and you can’t get it done,” said Peter Leuer of Leuer Farms.
Minnesota’s corn harvest is now ahead of the five-year average for the first time this season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers were able to harvest 25 percent of their corn for grain in the week ending Sunday.
Last year, Minnesota corn farmers harvested 1.386 billion bushels of corn, just second to Iowa. It’s big business – about $9.2 billion — that has farmers working around the clock from mid-September through October to get the corn out of the ground before the first big snow.
It has been a challenging year for Minnesota farmers. Many got their crops in late, dealt with dry conditions in August, and are now working in wet fields this fall. You may remember that some parts of the state got more than a foot of snow in early May, which is prime planting time for farmers.
Cool, wet weather has slowed Minnesota’s corn and soybean harvests in the past week.
A Taiwanese agriculture delegation on a visit to Minnesota has formalized a letter of intent to purchase $3.5 billion in U.S.-grown soybeans and corn over the next two years. It’s not clear what share of that Minnesota farmers will fulfill.
The late-summer drought is deepening in central Minnesota, according to data released Thursday. The new U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that several counties in central Minnesota are now in a severe drought.
Judy from Minneapolis wants to know: Why do MLB games start at 10 minutes after the hour instead of on the hour? According to Twins spokesman Kevin Smith, the start time are to accommodate radio and television networks that come on the air at the top of the hour. It gives them time to set up the game, welcome everyone and sometimes take a commercial break.
It’s considered one of the dirtiest jobs at the State Fair, also one of the hottest. But it also boasts one of the highest retention rates. Clearly there’s just something about working at the roasted corn stand that gets people coming back for more.
Cornfields and pastures are drying out across parts of central and eastern Minnesota, leading some cattle producers to thin out their herds. There hasn’t been significant rain in parts of the region for several weeks, and corn and soybeans are wilting on land that’s not irrigated, said Dan Martens, a University of Minnesota Extension educator
Minnesota farmers are expected to harvest their second-largest corn crop in state history. According to this week’s projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Minnesota’s corn and soybean crops are expected to be slightly smaller than 2012.
The condition of Minnesota’s corn and soybean crops declined slightly for the second straight week amid a dry week across the state.
Cooler weather has given Minnesota farmers a break from the heat. In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that statewide, temperatures for the week averaged 6.7 degrees below average. Despite the cooler weather, 5.9 days were suitable for field work last week.
Armyworms are being blamed for damaging a number of central Minnesota cornfields in recent days, though experts aren’t sure about the extent and severity of the infestation.
A long stretch of warm, dry weather last week helped Minnesota’s crops catch up on growing.
With a cold spring and recent storms, a lot of Minnesota farmers are expecting to lose out on this year’s corn crop. Corn in Minnesota is only about 10 inches high on average. It’s usually more than double that by now.
In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that a statewide average of 3.6 days were suitable for fieldwork last week, a slight improvement from recent weeks.
Ed McNamara has been farming in Goodhue County for 36 years. As the old saying goes, he’s used to seeing corn knee-high by the Fourth of July. This year, he may not see it at all. “We’ve had wet periods but we’ve always been able to get a crop in. This is the first time that we’ve ever not been able to get the whole crop in,” McNamara said.
Wet weather has put some farmers way behind schedule. Corn and soybeans have been a struggle this year, so has alfalfa.
Minnesota farmers who have had trouble completing their spring planting due to a muddy May are facing some important decisions this month, and grain prices are rising as traders worry that yields will be hurt by the late finish to the planting season.