Another week of wet weather has held up crop progress across Minnesota.
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.
What’s really in your food? That’s the question thousands around the country – and in St. Paul – asked as they rallied against the agriculture company Monsanto on Saturday. Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol for the “March Against Monsanto” Saturday afternoon. Similar scenes took place at more than 200 cities across the country.
Minnesota’s farmers got little fieldwork accomplished this past week as winter continues to resist surrendering to spring.
Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA’s spring planting survey said Thursday. The survey said the 2013 corn planting forecast is up slightly from last year’s 97.2 million acres.
In the middle of winter, most of us aren’t thinking about drought conditions around the state. But much of Minnesota remains under extreme drought.
Despite the drought that parched much of the rest of the country, 2012 is shaping up as a pleasant surprise for many Minnesota farmers who are expected to harvest record corn and sugarbeet crops.
Minnesota’s corn and soybean harvests are advancing well ahead of last year’s pace as well as the five-year averages.
A weekly update on U.S. drought conditions shows the nation’s worst drought in decades slightly worsened in the lower 48 states with the Midwest corn harvest in full swing.
Hold onto your wallets as food prices will definitely be climbing in the coming weeks and months.
One good result of this year’s extreme weather in Minnesota is a bumper crop of honey from local bee farmers.
The recent storms that have hit much of the state, didn’t just impact homeowners and businesses. Farmers south and west of the Twin Cities have experienced extensive flood and hail damage. Now, some corn and soybean fields won’t bounce back.
Temperatures around the state are pushing the mid- to upper-90s with dew points expected to reach a downright tropical feel by Wednesday night. Whether you’re working in it, or simply outside enjoying summer, some common sense will keep you from trouble.
Widespread rains gave a boost to topsoil moisture across Minnesota last week, but crop conditions remained relatively unchanged.
Warm weather is helping Minnesota farmers make rapid progress planting soybeans.