It's the most important time of year for Minnesota farmers, who are spending long days in the fields. Ideal weather conditions this spring and summer are allowing farmers to harvest plentiful crops of sugar beets in the northwestern part of the state and corn and soybeans in central and southern Minnesota.
The Star Tribune reports Minnesota sugar beet growers are seeing one of their best seasons in recent years--so good, in fact, that some beets will be left in the field. Workers are now harvesting the beets, loading them into trucks and shipping them to factories where they will be processed into granulated sugar.
WDAY reports American Crystal Sugar in Moorhead has already taken in "an impressive number of beets" this year.
The most recent federal crop report estimated the state’s sugar beet harvest was 52 percent complete, a full week ahead of average. The crop’s condition was rated as 85 percent good to excellent.
Minnesota is the nation’s number one state for producing sugar beets, followed by North Dakota.
The Faribault County Register reports that farmers are reporting bumper crops for soybean and corn in the southern part of the state, with ideal weather conditions allowing them to complete the soybean harvest ahead of schedule. The paper reports that local farmers are seeing higher yields this than in the previous two years.
The St Cloud Times cited University of Minnesota Extension officials, who called the season "nearly perfect" for planting and growing.
The most recent Agriculture Department Minnesota Crop Progress report rated 89 percent of both the state's corn and soybean crops as good or excellent.