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Minnesota Farmers Eye Highest Corn Yield on Record
Minnesota Ag Connection - 09/14/2020

Minnesota corn production is forecast at 1.53 billion bushels, up 22% from last year, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service - Crop Production report. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 200.0 bushels per acre, up 3.0 bushels from the August 1 forecast and an increase of 27.0 bushels per acre from last year. If realized, this would be the highest Minnesota corn yield on record. Corn planted acreage is estimated at 8.10 million acres. An estimated 7.65 million of the acres planted will be harvested for grain.

Soybean production is forecast at 381 million bushels, up 28% from last year. The yield is forecast at 52.0 bushels per acre, up 1.0 bushel from the August 1 forecast and 8.0 bushels above 2019. If realized, this would match the highest Minnesota soybean yield on record set in 2016. Soybean planted acreage is estimated at 7.40 million acres with 7.33 million acres to be harvested.

Sugarbeet production is estimated at 11.9 million tons, up 42% from last year. Yield is forecast at 28.4 tons per acre, down 0.6 ton from the August 1 forecast but up 3.4 tons from last year.

In response to the derecho experienced on Aug. 10, NASS collected harvested acreage information for corn and soybeans in Iowa. Based on this additional data, NASS lowered corn harvested for grain area by 550,000 acres. Soybean acres were unchanged. Since many producers indicated they were still finalizing decisions regarding some of the impacted acres, NASS will collect harvested acreage for corn and soybeans in Iowa for the October Crop Production report.

The forecasts in this report are based on September 1 conditions and do not reflect weather effects since that time. The next crop production forecasts, based on conditions as of October 1, will be released on October 9.

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