Most Minn. farmers dodging worst of drought

In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes the condition of the state's corn crop is still rated 77 percent fair to good. Soybeans were rated 81 percent in fair to good condition.
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In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes the condition of the state's corn crop is still rated 77 percent fair to good. Soybeans were rated 81 percent in fair to good condition.

Last week, federal weather forecasters say the nation's drought is likely to continue at least through November, MPR reports.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor data released Thursday show Minnesota is getting even drier but is in better shape than the rest of the Midwest. Despite the nation's drought conditions, farmers in the state should be in the clear according to recent crop reports.

Report: Drought worsens in key farm states

The Plains states where the production of corn and soybeans is key are being hit harder by excessive drought conditions in the wake of the hottest month on record in the continental U.S., contributing to a surge in global food prices, the Associated Press says. The expanse of the U.S. still gripped by extreme or exceptional drought – the two worst classifications – rose to 24.14 percent this week, up nearly 2 percentage points from the previous week.

Farmers making progress on early corn and soybean harvests

It's only mid-September, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture says 12 percent of Minnesota's corn crop is already harvested. The Pioneer Press notes that is roughly three weeks earlier than last year. The soybean harvest is also well ahead of the five-year average with 16 percent complete.

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.

Minnesota farmers could face shortage of seed corn

Major seed companies including, Twin Cities-based Syngenta, saw production fall 15 to 25 percent last summer because of poor weather conditions. The President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association told MPR the reduced seed supply is starting to cause concerns among farmers eager to plant the high profit commodity.