2021 US Corn Belt Crop Tour



2021 Summary of the State of Minnesota

Day 8 & 9: July 11-12, 2021

10th Annual US Corn Belt Crop Tour Summary of the State of Minnesota

The 2021 10th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop tour in the state of Minnesota started on day 8, July 11th, and ended on July 12th, day 9. On July 11th we travelled from Grand Forks, ND southeast on Highways 32 and 10 to Minneapolis, MN. On July 12th, we travelled southwest to Lafayette, to New Ulm, and to Worthington before heading back into South Dakota for a producer meeting in Salem, SD.

The north was very dry with visible pineapple corn and soybeans wilting in the dry weather. The south was the opposite as farmers received plenty of moisture 2-3 weeks before our arrival and were the “garden spot” with “picture perfect” flawless crops everywhere east to west below Minneapolis, MN. July 11th was sunny with a high of 30 C, while July 12th was partly cloudy/sunny with a high of 84 F.

When comparing crops to 2020 it is night and day. There was too much moisture last year in the south and lots of yellow soybeans. The drought started a year ago and it got worse in 2021.

90-Day Precipitation Departure from Normal

State of Minnesota 90 Day precipitation map

State of Minnesota Drought Classification Maps

Minnesota is ranked the #3 corn and soybean producer in the U.S. 2017 was Minnesota’s record corn yield at 194 bpa, and 2016 for a record soybean yield at 52, which compares to last year at 192 and 40 respectively. Farmers planted 6.5% more corn, +4.0% more soybeans, and -14.7% less spring wheat acres. Corn crop conditions in Minnesota are at 42% good-excellent and 18% very poor to poor. Soybean crop conditions stand at 43% good-excellent and 17% very poor to poor as of July 19th, 2021. Topsoil moisture is rated 29% adequate, 0% surplus, and 78% short to very short. Subsoil moisture is no better at 21% adequate, 0% surplus, and 79% very short to short.

The south will offset the north but timely rains in August & a good finish is needed to maintain above average yields. No records in 2021, with the north so dry & the south turning dryer with top and subsoil moisture below average, but the rich black soils and genetics are really showing their colors in the south this year. We rank the state 8.5 out of 10.

State of Minnesota Image Collage

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About Minnesota
Number of farms
376 acres
Average size of a Minnesota farm
25,400,000 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
8,000,000 acres
Corn acres intended in 2021, unchanged vs. 2020

192 bu/acre
Corn yield in 2020, +19.0 bu/acre vs. 2019
7,800,000 acres
Soybean acres intended in 2021, +5% vs. 2020

49 bu/acre
Soybean yield in 2020, +5.0 bu/acre vs. 2019
1,380,000 acres
Spring Wheat acres intended in 2021, -3% vs. 2020

53 bu/acre 
Spring Wheat yield in 2020, -4.0 bu/acre vs. 2019


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