Minnesota corn agronomist bullish on 2021 growing season

An extension corn agronomist is optimistic about the 2021 growing season in Minnesota.

Jeff Coulter with the University of Minnesota points out planting progress and crop emergence are both well ahead of normal.

“Assuming that we get good stands and the rainfall continues to be timely, I think it could be a very excellent year.”

He tells Brownfield there are concerns there won’t be enough moisture in the soil.

“Particularly in some of the areas where it’s been dry for a while, and that subsoil is quite dry. We’re going to need timely rains in those areas to help carry our crop through. But at this point, I’m very optimistic about this growing season.”

As of Sunday, 95 percent of Minnesota’s intended corn acres are planted, and nearly 40 percent of the crop has emerged.

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