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Continued: Crop should withstand tough weather

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 21, 2013 - 11:12 PM

While Minnesota escaped the worst of last year’s drought, much of the U.S. corn belt’s crop was toasted. So, Minnesota farmers prospered as corn prices in 2012 climbed to more than $7 per bushel. But this year, the overall U.S. corn outlook is much improved: The USDA expects a record crop, with production up 28 percent over 2012.

In response, corn futures are trading at just more than $4.50 a bushel.

Farmers face one more issue this year: Late planting means the harvest could come closer to a killing frost. But here again, adverse weather has had a silver lining. The oppressive heat of late August accelerated maturation of corn and soybeans, even if beans didn’t get the water they needed.

So, there doesn’t seem to a raft of worries. Said Liz Stahl, a U of M Extension crop educator in Worthington, “I think most of our crop will make it before a killing frost.”

 

Mike Hughlett • 612-673-7003

 

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