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Crop Update & County Plot Results

Source: Karen Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension Educator – McLeod & Meeker Counties

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service October 10th report, increased rainfall allowed 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Reports indicated that warm weather slowed sugarbeet harvesting. Harvesting of row crops was the week’s primary activity.

Topsoil moisture condition rated to 4% very short, 21% short, 70% adequate and 5% surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 11% very short, 36% short, 51% adequate and 2% surplus.

Corn in the mature stage reached 97 percent, equal to last year but ten days ahead of the 5-year average. Corn harvested for grain reached 36 percent, two days ahead of last year and twelve days ahead of the average. Moisture content was 19 percent. Corn condition rated 40 percent good to excellent. Soybeans harvested reached 83 percent, equal to last year but over two weeks ahead of the average.

Thank you to the area seed businesses for participating in the 2021 McLeod County Corn & Soybean Growers Association corn plot. The corn plot was located south of Hutchinson on the Dean Zimmerman farm.

The corn plot had a total of 15 entries and the bushel per acre average was 224.0 bushels with average moisture of 21.4%. The corn plot was planted on May 1st and harvested October 6th. The yield ranged from the highest yield of 238.6 bushels to the lowest 201.4 bushels.  The corn plot yield winner was Beck's Hybrids 5393V2P.

Contact the McLeod County Extension office at 320-484-4334 or stop by for your copy of the McLeod County Corn Plot results. Results are also available on the McLeod County Extension Website, or on the MN Corn website under “Variety Trials”. 


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