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Looking Ahead to 2021

With the 2020 harvest largely complete, it’s the time of year to look ahead to the next growing season.
According to the USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, this year’s harvest finished well ahead of last year’s. In its Nov. 9 Crop Progress and Condition report, the Statistics Service indicated that the harvest of corn for grain was 93 percent complete, which was 29 days ahead of last year and 13 days ahead of the five-year average.
“We just wrapped up last week,” said Mark Stueven, owner of Stueven Farm and Seed northwest of Pipestone along the South Dakota state line.
Stueven described 2020 as an “exceptional year for crop performance.”
According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, corn production in Minnesota was forecast to be up 22 percent over last year at 1.53 billion bushels and yields were expected to average 202 bushels per acre, which was an increase of 29 bushels per acre from last year. Soybean production in the state was forecast to be up 25 percent over last year at 374 million bushels, and yields were forecast at 51 bushels per acre, up seven bushels per acre from last year.
Stueven said yields were particularly good on land with heavier soil due to the dry weather in August. He said that was the opposite of the past couple years when crops on lighter soil did better due to wet weather.

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