Minn. will have nation's best corn crop, USDA says

The rest of the country will be looking to Minnesota to help fill its corn bins this fall. A new crop estimate from the USDA says the national corn harvest will be 13 percent smaller than last year. But up here where the drought is not as devastating, we're expecting to bring in 7 percent more than last year. And the sugar beet forecast is up a whopping 43 percent.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

In a summer of drought across the nation's midsection, Minnesota is a bright spot on the harvest map. A new federal estimate predicts the corn harvest here will be seven percent larger than last year, while nationwide it will be 13 percent smaller. The dry weather means the per-acre yields will be lower, but the number of acres planted this spring was a record both in the state and nationally.

The USDA report actually forecasts a smaller crop loss than markets had feared. That's spawned hope - especially among livestock farmers - that soaring corn prices will stabilize.

Minnesota's harvest is already underway, weeks earlier than usual thanks to the mild spring weather that gave farmers an early start.

Meanwhile, the federal ag policy that guides many of the decisions growers make expires at the end of the month. Minnesota's Collin Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, spoke at a rally urging the House to approve a new farm bill. The Senate passed a new bill in June.

Next Up

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers/Badgers football game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will not take place for the first time since 1906.

coronavirus, Iowa

MN health officials don't think downside of COVID-19 peak has arrived

We could be in a trough between a series of waves, Jan Malcolm said.

covid-19, coronavirus

Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.

Drywall

Husband and wife sentenced for fraud scheme through their drywall firm

The Annandale pair bilked an insurance company out of more than $300,000.

ambulance

4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.

Marcus Carr

Gophers season preview: New lineup, deeper bench, more questions

Mathew Goldstein takes a deep dive into the murky waters of the college hoops season.

20201107_vivir-1151-Edit

Photos: ViV!R, Minneapolis' new Mexican cafe and shop, is now open

The team behind the acclaimed Popol Vuh have opened the cafe in the same space.

MasklessJudgesinWiscoyTownship

At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said

paisley park

Paisley Park to open pop-up shop at Mall of America

The new store is set to open on Black Friday.

blue-and-white-sorry-we-re-closed-wooden-signage-1171386

COVID-19: Here's what Gov. Walz, Republicans are proposing to help businesses

Once they come to an agreement, Walz will call a special session to pass the legislation.

Related

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.

Minn. corn farmers projected to harvest record crop

Minnesota's cornfields will average 168 bushels an acre this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Pioneer Press reports this would be Minnesota's largest corn crop in state history and make the state the second largest corn producer in the country -- only trailing Iowa.

Last year's Minnesota corn crop comes in at record $7 billion

Even though production was down, Minnesota's corn crop was worth a best-ever $7 billion. The estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture tops the previous record the year before. The state's soybean crop was down 13 percent from 2010.

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.

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.

Minn. corn, soybean planting ahead of average

Minnesota farmers continue to make progress on planting corn and soybeans, thanks to warm, dry weather, the Associated Press reports. According to the USDA's weekly crop-weather report for Minnesota, corn planting jumped to 88 percent planted.