Minnesota's cornfields will average 168 bushels an acre this year, according to projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Pioneer Press reports that it would make Minnesota the second largest corn producer in the country -- only trailing Iowa.
If Minnesota farmers harvest 1.39 million bushels of corn -- 15 percent higher than last year -- it would beat the state record of 1.29 million bushels set two years ago, according to the Associated Press.
Minnesota farmers have largely averted the extreme drought conditions that has parched other parts of the country.
Nationally, the USDA slightly lowered its corn harvest projections from 10.73 billion bushels to 10.71 billion bushels, the AP reports.