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.
Another week of cold, wet weather has bogged down field work in parts of Minnesota.
Favorable weather has helped Minnesota farmers catch up from a late start to get 70 percent of their corn crop planted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota says warm, dry weather gave farmers their best week for fieldwork yet this season.
Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on corn and soybean harvests, thanks to dry weather.
Minnesota crops continued to progress ahead of the average, even with record-setting temperatures last week.
Soybeans across the state are in generally good condition, according to the first soybean condition ratings of the year.
Wet weather put a damper on fieldwork across most of Minnesota last week. And while the rain was welcome in dry parts of northwestern Minnesota, it saturated fields in the southwest.
The University of Minnesota has issued a list of the top 10 plants that have changed Minnesota and how its people live today.
Warm weather is helping Minnesota farmers make rapid progress planting soybeans.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota farmers intend to plant an estimated 8.7 million acres of corn, up 7 percent from last year.
A Minnesota farmer told a Senate panel Tuesday he wants to know what became of $253,000 of his money that’s gone missing in the collapse of commodities trading firm MF Global Inc.
Unusually warm temperatures and continued dry conditions helped Minnesota soybean farmers make significant progress on the harvest this past week.
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