Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on harvesting, despite a brief rainfall interruption. The U.S. Agriculture Department's weekly crop weather report for Minnesota said Monday that last Wednesday's rain only amounted to 0.3 inches in the southwest to 0.8 inches in the north-central and northeast parts.
Some central Minnesota farmers will have an excellent corn harvest this fall while others will have one of their worst years. U-of-M Extension Educator Dan Martens says some of the topography in central Minnesota has flat farm fields with thick soils that don't drain well while others have sandy soils with more hills and slopes that allow rain to run off.
Minnesota set record highs for corn and soybean production in 2010. New figures released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wednesday say Minnesota farmers grew an estimated 1.29 billion bushels of corn, up 4 percent from last year's record.