U.S. Department of Agriculture
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.
Another week of cold, wet weather has bogged down field work in parts of Minnesota.
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A stretch of wet weather has slowed planting of crops in 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.
The wet start to the corn planting season may reduce the amount each acre produces this year, but farmers are planting so much corn they’re still likely to bring in a record crop. In a report released Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated farmers would bring in 14.1 billion bushels of corn this year, a billion bushels more than the previous record set in 2009.
Minnesota farmers had another tough week trying to get into their fields to start planting.
Despite the sudden warm weather, Minnesota farmers are still waiting for the chance to get into their fields.
Milk production declined across most of the nation in February, but Wisconsin and Minnesota weathered the decrease better than most other states.
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.
Corn production is down by double-digit percentages in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states, but Minnesota is one of the few states where this year’s corn harvest has improved.
Most Minnesota farmers escaped the worst of the drought, but those who didn’t are eligible for federal loans to help cover crop and livestock losses.
September was a good month for dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where gains in milk production were among the best in the nation.
Minnesota’s harvest is nearly complete despite rain that has cut into time available for fieldwork.
Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on corn and soybean harvests, thanks to dry weather.
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