Minnesota: All Big Yields or Ordinary?

August 24, 2015 12:00 PM

When it comes to the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, Pro Farmer only samples the bottom three crop districts of the state, and on my route, we only traveled to the southwest and southeastern part of Minnesota, all south of Interstate 90. Some scouts on my leg saw some good crops, while others just expected better.

Under sunny skies, scouts looked to figure out just how good the crops are in Minnesota. While some scouts saw bin-busting yields, others just saw ordinary.

“Our last sample of corn was in the 200’s. That’s really good. I don’t know if I would call it excellent in Minnesota or at least on the expectations that I had in the State,” said Pro Farmer Editorial Director Chip Flory.

Flory said Minnesota did receive some ample rain during the growing season. However, there was a two-week period after pollination in the southwest when conditions were just too dry.

“We were seeing samples down to 120 bu. per acre to 150 bu.per acre for this year. That’s going to be a little disappointing,” said Flory.

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Flory believes part of the loss may have to do with skimping on inputs this year.

“If you skimped on nitrogen, it’s showing up,” said Flory.

And the rains that did come this week may have arrived too late. “If these rains would have come in the second week of August instead of the first, it would have helped with the tip-back we’re seeing. As far as maturity, we’re well into dented. That might concern me a little bit but we got planted so early in Minnesota,” said Flory.

However, Flory said the beans look solid, but he expects smaller bean and pod counts to the North.

“There are weed issues, but not as bad as what we saw in the West. Even when the bean crop is good, we are having a tough time getting out over 42 bu.and 43 bu. per acre for a yield in the state. However here in southwestern Minnesota, it’s not unusual to see 55 bu. to 60 bu. per acre,” said Flory.

Of course, every route on the tour is different. Chip expects to see better yields up north and over to the southeastern part of Minnesota. 

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