U of M Finds Farmers In A Near-Record Crop Yield – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Late, last summer season Minnesota farmers were dealing with unpredictabilities. However a variety of aspects assisted alter that and turned it into a near-record year for crop yields.

“In combination with government payments, commodity prices and worldwide trade, I think things were affirmative and look good for farmers coming into 2021,” stated Dave Nicolai, University of Minnesota Extension.

U of M Extension reported a favorable earnings for Minnesota farms for the very first time given that 2014, something they hope rollovers to this year.

Snow in southern Minnesota has actually been gone given that March and frost has actually been gone given that early April, which suggests some farmers have actually currently entered into their fields.

“Those farmers have been tilling and planting, some of them. Not at a high pace, but putting in about a field a day,” stated agronomist Dave Pfarr.

Pfarr, who likewise farms near Le Sueur, stated they’re doing that a number of weeks earlier than typical.

He stated specific crop costs are near 10-year highs motivating corn and soybean planters to capitalize, while need from other nations, like China, continues to grow.

“Instead of importing a sliver of corn, or a boat or two, like they have in other years, they are importing 10 times that amount,” stated Pfarr.

Great product costs and excellent spring weather condition are welcome news for animals manufacturers too — they depend on crops like alfalfa for feed.

“With these warm temperatures, livestock producers are looking forward to our alfalfa growth which also started very early. Earlier than it normally has,” stated Nicolai.

Pfarr stated there is one prospective issue: a windstorm in Iowa has actually affected seed supply throughout the Midwest. He thinks they’ll have the ability to work through it, however the supply is tight.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.