2020 US Corn Belt Crop Tour

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2020 Summary of the State of Minnesota

July 7-8, 2020

9th Annual US Corn Belt Crop Tour Summary of the State of Minnesota

The 2020 9th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop tour route in the state of Minnesota was on July 7th and 8th, 2020. On day 1 July 7th we started in Grand Forks, ND and travelled SE to Fisher than Great Lakes and south to Minneapolis. It was a sunny hot day at 90F. NW was wet with very little corn acres mostly soybeans and wheat. Lots of moisture stress with yellow soybeans. Day 2 July 8th was another hot day at 93F. We traveled south to Sleepy Eye before heading west to Tracy & ending in Sioux Falls SD. 1% of corn acres planted late in June with 10-20% pollinating during heat with 75% of soybeans knee high and blooming.


2020 corn acres are up 3.8%, soybeans up 10%, spring wheat up 8% and all wheat acres down 10%. The state has plenty of moisture, but corn is 1-2 weeks behind for 50% of the acres. Yield potential is above average, but more rain is needed during 2nd heat wave in the 2nd half of July. Flowers are in full bloom in soybeans and it will not be long before pods start showing up. MN should be able to contribute to the national yield with a good finish and we rank the state an 8.5 out of 10.

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2020 US Corn Belt Crop Tour - Minnesota Photo Gallery
About Minnesota
Number of farms
375 acres
Average size of a Minnesota farm
25,500,000 acres
Land in Minnesota farms
680 miles
Starting in Minnesota, 680 miles of Mississippi River’s 2,552 total miles flow through the state. The Mississippi transports 66% of all grain exported from the U.S.
Minnesota is home to 3 of North America’s ecological region’s; Laurentian Mixed Forest, Eastern Broadleaf Forest and Prairie Parkland; 1.32 million acres of farmland is devoted to conservation and wetland reserve programs
Minnesota has soils that are classified in 7 of the 12 World soil orders
Minnesota’s U.S. rank for number of bison producers, raising 12,000 head
8,400,000 acres
Corn acres intended in 2020, +78% from 2019

173 bu/acre
Corn yield in 2019, -9.0 bu/acre vs. 2018
7,400,000 acres
Soybean acres intended in 2020, +8% vs. 2019

44 bu/acre
Soybean yield in 2019, -6.5 bu/acre vs. 2018
1,350,000 acres
Wheat acres intended in 2020, -7% vs. 2019

57 bu/acre 
Wheat yield in 2019, -2.0 bu/acre vs. 2018


Year to Date Departure from Normal Precipitation (Inches), Valid on: July 15, 2020

Year to date Precipitation map - Minnesota

2020 US Corn Belt Tour
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