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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