Could be worse: MN farms look pretty good while rest of Midwest stays parched

More than 1,000 counties across the Midwest are listed as agricultural disaster areas. Not one is in Minnesota, though. In fact, the latest report shows only 15 percent of the state is very short of moisture. As for the corn and soybean crops, more than 75 percent are in fair to good shape.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

More than 1,000 counties across the Midwest are listed as agricultural disaster areas. Not one is in Minnesota, though. In fact, the latest report shows only 15 percent of the state is very short of moisture. As for the corn and soybean crops, more than 75 percent are in fair to good shape.

Next Up

Ambulance hospital emergency

Man dies weeks after November mini bike crash in Lakeville

The crash involved in mini bike and a van in Lakeville on Nov. 9.

gov. tim walz

Walz to be joined by first responders at COVID press conference Wednesday

Some departments have been forced to shift staffing or suspend service due to COVID-19.

Eddie Rosario

Report: Twins place Eddie Rosario on outright waivers

The outfielder's time with the team appears to be coming to an end.

radio station, microphone

Christian music broadcaster revealed as buyers of Go Radio

Educational Media Foundation. operates the K-Love brand, which has a presence already in the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 5.04.39 PM

St. Paul police chief reportedly fires officer who shot naked, unarmed man

Chief Todd Axtell said the officer's use of force was not reasonable.

Trevor May

Report: Trevor May leaving Twins to sign with Mets

The right-hander will sign a two-year deal to head to New York

Car crash

'Grim' milestone: Minnesota's traffic deaths reach 364, tying 2019 total

“With fewer vehicles on the road during the 2020 pandemic, the loss of life on Minnesota roads is beyond disappointing."

Devin Weiland

Charges: Albert Lea man, 21, fired around 90 shots at police, residents

Weiland was arrested after a standoff that lasted more than eight hours.

Body storage warehouse

Body storage warehouse 'ready if needed for COVID-19 fatality management'

The warehouse is currently storing PPE and testing supplies.

Related

Record incomes helps Minnesota farming attract younger people

Corn and soybean prices are near historic highs and that's drawing a new generation to crop farming. The president of the Minnesota Farmers Union told The Oklahoman the new interest is a welcome sign after the average age of a Minnesota farmer hit 55.3 in 2007. “You have to have new people to come into any business or industry if it is to stay alive," Doug Peterson said.

High crop prices attracting new blood to farming

Record high prices for corn and soybeans have more Minnesotans looking to give farming a try. But the toughest part of getting started is finding an affordable piece of land. The demand for farmland is pushing up rents, which have risen more than 50 percent in five years.

Minnesota crops weather the storms

Most of Minnesota's corn and soybean crops continue to thrive, despite last week's torrential rain and destructive weather. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports 83 percent of Minnesota corn is rated in good or excellent condition. As for soybeans, 74 percent of the acres are in good or excellent shape.

After heat, 77 percent of corn good to excellent

Most Minnesota corn weathered the heat wave relatively well, but crops in Wisconsin and elsewhere are suffering – prompting corn prices to soar.

USDA: Minnesota farmers will plant seven percent more corn in 2012

However, soybean and wheat crops will drop as much as eight percent because corn is more profitable. Minnesota's corn crop was valued at $7 billion last year. Corn planting is also expected to increase about four percent nationwide.

Strong start for Minnesota corn and soybean crops

According to the USDA's first official assessment of the season, nearly 100 percent of the state's record 8.7 million acres of corn is now planted. As of Sunday, 81 percent of the soybean acres were also planted.

Heat, drought threaten Midwest corn, but Minnesota largely spared

Searing sun and drought are shriveling corn in some parts of the Midwest, the New York Times reports. But experts note that the driest, hottest conditions have mostly steered clear of some crucial Corn Belt states, including Minnesota, where the crop in most places appears healthy and strong — not to mention increasingly valuable.