USDA Confirms Minnesota Had Record Corn, Soybean Crops

January 13, 2016 04:00 PM
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 Final tallies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirm that Minnesota farmers harvested record corn and soybean crops in 2015.

The USDA's final estimates are close to what the agency had been projecting for several months. Minnesota corn producers harvested a record 1.43 billion bushels, up 4 percent from the previous record set in 2012. The state's average corn yield was 188 bushels per acre, beating the 2010 record by 11 bushels.

Minnesota's soybean production is estimated at 378 million bushels, or 15 percent above the 2010 record. Yields hit 50 bushels per acre, beating a record 45.5 bushels in 2005.

Sugarbeet production came in at 12.2 million tons, the second-largest on record, with a record yield of 28 tons per acre, topping the record of 26.6 tons in 2010.

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Spell Check

Hutchinson, MN
1/14/2016 11:34 AM

  Bill, don't let one picture of an ear of corn by the Pro Farmer Tour followed up by a report from the USDA fool you. Funny how the USDA can pull numbers out of a hat. How do they know how much grain a farmer has stored or fed on the farm? Yet, a few months down the road we will hear the same old story of the funds are tight or they discovered 2 million more bushels of corn unaccounted for. What a bunch a bs. Even if the average Minnesota yield increased by 7 -10 bushel/ acre, that still doesn't make up for the "o" produced in areas of Eastern Ohio and Indiana that never got planted. Oh by the way, yields around our area were "slightly" above average at best. Some farmers love to brag about yields they don't have, just like traders trading paper in my book...

Bill Henry
Pleasant Hill, MO
1/13/2016 06:09 PM

  Hmmm that is fine and dandy now how about what what kind of crop Illinois, Ohio, Iowa and Missouri had? Granted Minnesota is approximately 3rd in soybean production but Missouri is 7th.. I find it hard to believe that the 3rd ranking producer made up for the dismal conditions through southern Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio... Just saying.. And by the way anyone watching whats been happening in Brazil?


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