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Minnesota corn growers could be in for one of their best years ever, according to Jeff Coulter, Extension corn specialist, University of Minnesota. Corn was planted early and is about seven to 10 days ahead of normal crop progress.
The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour enters its final day of scouting today, as the tour makes its way up to Minnesota. And for those on the eastern leg, where crop conditions were hit hard by late planting and far too much rain, this year's tour has been full of surprises. Variability has been the buzzword.
"We've seen good health in both the corn and the soybeans," said Paul Neiffer, The Farm CPA, reporting from southern Minnesota. He said in the samples his route had taken so far, yield estimates have been above last year's tour.
How big could Minnesota’s corn crop get? Well, for one farmer in southwestern Minnesota, the yield could be tremendous.
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8/19/2015 Morrison County, MN: Another 1.5" of rain. Another wet summer just like last year. However, crops are much further along this year. When they say rain makes grain, they are right as long as it is a drier spring, which it was here. Over 200 bushel corn and 70 bushel soybeans for marginal ground, WOW! However, it aint in the bin yet.
8/19/2015 Morrison County, MN: Crops looking great. Plenty of moisture all summer long. Some white mold popping up in soybean fields where some crop consultants were recommending fertilizing soybeans with Nitrogen.
8/18/2015 Meeker County, MN: The corn is good but not as good as 2012 we need more heat and dry weather to get a good crop. We will not have our best crop in 2015.
8/16/2015 Benton County, MN: The rain just can't quit here; small grain harvest is on hold until the ground can carry a combine. Rye yields in the 70 bushel range common, oats and wheat very good also with heavy test weight. Soybeans look good, but the corn is better. Locally, this is 140 aph soil with a 200 bpa crop beginning to dent. I doubt the soybeans can average 60 bpa (40 aph) although they are thick as dog hair. Driving around the township I see a lot of weedy bean fields, no meadows have been cut for hay.
8/12/2015 Dodge County, MN: Crops average at best. Long ways to harvest.
8/12/2015 Fillmore County, MN: In SE MN we have had ample rainfall until the last 2 weeks. Not complaining at all, Crops look tremendous. We also have avoided those dreaded big rainfalls this year, which seem to have become more frequent and can be just as devastating as no rain, in my opinion. One more decent rain should make the beans and finish the corn completely. We also have never had so much hay. If you need hay come to SE MN. We will be giving it away I'm afraid. White mold is prevalent in some beans this year. I'm in that club, unfortunately.
8/11/2015 Blue Earth County, MN: Been missing the rain . The top foot of soil bone dry . Went into growing season no moisture in profile had less than 4 in since june 22. Been watering the garden put on 4 in and ground could hold more. looks like no 200 bu corn here maybe 155 no rain this week or next week 1/4 in. in aug. for three weeks not good.
8/10/2015 Martin County, MN: That's right Le Suer county has had that amount of rain. 50 miles southwest martin county we have had 4 to 5 in since july 1 till now. showing signs of stress .
8/8/2015 Le Sueur County, MN: non gmo kernel count shows 240 bu corn - our alltime best farm average is 188 - beans are lush and too tall- just sprayed aphids & fungicide - fert combo - downdraft winds snapped some corn - it just keeps on raining - since 7/1from 11 to 16 inches over our area of 6 miles north to south
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