'A lot of variability' expected in corn and soybean crops in southeast Minnesota

According to University of Minnesota Extension Educator Michael Cruse, there are a lot of weed issues on the edges of fields in southeast Minnesota.

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MABEL, Minnesota ― Michael Cruse, extension educator with the University of Minnesota, said yields are going to be generally OK for the Southeast Minnesota corn and soybean crops.

"We're going to see a lot of variability both in our soybeans and corn fields," Cruse said.

Cruse said although the area is more on the "wet side" than other regions, the area did experience some early frost and washouts on some fields, followed by some dryness.

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Michael Cruse, extension educator with the University of Minnesota, examines corn in Mabel, Minnesota on Sept. 13, 2021. Noah Fish / Agweek

"Compared to other places around the state, we actually caught some pretty good rains this year," Cruse said. "So when everybody else is talking about drought right now, we are actually doing relatively OK."


Pointing to a soybean field in Mable, Minnesota, Cruse said he could see a fair amount of weed escapes.

"Some of the weed escapes are in some pretty high population situations," he said. "So farmers are really going to have to make some choices whether or not they want to combine through those, or mow those down, or however they're going to handle those weed patches this year."

He would advise taking action rather than just combining through.

"I'd really push for farmers to take a little bit of extra time mowing down the edges of their fields, or actually maybe even taking away from those parts and not doing a harvest right away those areas."

Cruse said compared to an average year, yields most likely won't hit the points that farmers are hoping for in southeast Minnesota.

"Yields are going to be down around here," he said. "You're just going to have to take what comes, and stay patient."

He said overall, there will be decent yields in the area, especially compared to the rest of the state.

Cruse said while looking at the corn crops, farmers are going to lose some on the top end.


"We're really looking at how well did the stand do, and how well did that carry through in those freezing and then following drought type situations," he said. "Because if the stand is there — even though the corn ears might be variable, the yield is going to be OK."

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