Final 2016 crop progress report for Minnesota



The final crop progress report for Minnesota in 2016 suggests some fieldwork remains unfinished.

The USDA says with less than three days suitable for fieldwork last week primarily because of rain and snow, some producers are still hoping to complete harvesting, tillage and manure applications.

The latest report did not list harvest progress, indicating the majority of crops are out.

Northwest Minnesota farmer Theresia Gillie says many growers will remember 2016 as an abnormally wet year.

“We actually ended up with anywhere from 130 to 150 percent of normal rainfall here.  Where I’m at here in the Red River Valley it’s very flat, and water gets backed up.  I know that Polk County is dealing with it and (so is) Marshall County.”

2016 will also go down as a record-breaking year in Minnesota, with unprecedented corn and soybean yields even as harvest drug a week to ten days behind average most of the fall.


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