ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers are still expected to harvest more corn than last year, but not quite as much as the government forecast a month ago. Updated estimates from the U.S. Department […]
Minnesota’s spring wheat harvest is nearly complete but is still about 10 days behind the average pace.
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.
A new report estimates that delays in railroad shipping have cost Minnesota corn, soybean and wheat farmers nearly $100 million. The report was released Thursday at a conference in Alexandria organized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Edward Usset of the University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management estimates rail delays cost Minnesota corn growers $72 million from March to May. He puts the losses at $18.8 million for soybean growers and $8.5 million for wheat growers.
University of Minnesota’s Extension Educator David Nicolai says soybean and corn farmers whose crops were drowned out last month have to get late planting done soon.
Wet conditions are delaying a final planting push by Minnesota farmers. Ninety-six percent of Minnesota’s expected corn acreage has been planted, which is just 1 percentage point behind the five-year average. Soybean planting is 86 complete. That’s 3 points behind the five-year average.
Minnesota farmers have been able to make gains planting corn, despite continued wet and cool weather. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 20 percent of Minnesota’s corn crop was planted last 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.
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.
Soybean maturity has rapidly advanced in Minnesota in the last week, but soybean maturity still lags behind the normal pace.
The condition of Minnesota’s corn and soybean crops declined slightly for the second straight week amid a dry week across the state.
Minnesota’s corn and soybean harvests are advancing well ahead of last year’s pace as well as the five-year averages.
Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on corn and soybean harvests, thanks to dry weather.
Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on the state’s soybean harvest.