Corn acres expanding in states suffering from severe drought

A farm management analyst points out three key states that planted more corn this year are in the midst of a major drought.

Kent Thiesse with MinnStar Bank in south-central Minnesota tells Brownfield USDA’s June acreage report shows a lot of the main production states like Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska planted less corn compared to a year ago.

“Minnesota was up, as were North and South Dakota. And I think why that stands out to me is (because) a lot of this acreage increase that was talked about from a year ago for corn is in the same areas that are being most highly impacted by the drought.”

He says combined, North and South Dakota represent the fourth-largest corn and soybean footprint in the U.S.

“That’s something that doesn’t always get recognized as we start looking down the road as far as markets, weather, and what final production numbers are.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows most of North and South Dakota in severe to extreme drought, with several counties in North Dakota categorized as exceptional drought.

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