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Region's crops push forward despite chaotic weather

The majority of the region's crops fell into the 'good' category, despite the unattractive weather some states have been seeing.

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2021 crops have endured a difficult year already due to weather, however the majority of the crops in the Upper Midwest have been handling the unusual weather patterns well. Photo taken May 29, 2021, at Erhard, Minn. (Emily Beal / Agweek)

As the majority of the region’s producers have gotten all their acres planted, it is now time to observe how the seeds they planted are doing.

“I’d say our crops are looking fair, with the heat not as much during the day, but the warm nights. It has really spurred the crop development in the corn, soybeans and wheat especially. They have really been enjoying that,” Jared Hagert said.

Hagert is a farmer in Northwood, N.D. He runs a diversified operation of corn, soybeans, wheat, navy beans and pinto beans. Due to the heat his area has been experiencing, he has been noticing exponential growth in his corn crop.

“The corn is really starting to take off, so it’s good to see it hit that stage where you can almost watch it grow,” Hagert said.

Here is a closer look at how the rest of the region’s crops are standing in terms of condition quality and total emergence reported by the USDA’s crop progress report . All numbers reported are from June 13, 2021.

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Corn

Iowa: 99% of the corn has emerged, up from the five-year average of 95%. One percent of the corn is classified as very poor in condition, 4% as poor condition, 32% as fair condition, 54% as good condition and 9% as excellent condition.

Minnesota: 98% of the corn has emerged, up from the five-year average of 95%. Two percent of the corn is classified as very poor condition, 6% as poor condition, 34% as fair condition, 48% as great condition and 10% as excellent condition.

North Dakota: 90% of the corn has emerged, up from the five-year average of 86%. Six percent of the corn is classified as very poor condition, 13% as poor condition, 39% as fair condition, 40% as great condition and 2% as excellent condition.

South Dakota: 96% of the corn has emerged, up from the five-year average of 87%. Four percent of the corn is classified as very poor condition, 9% as poor condition, 42% as fair condition, 43% as great condition and 2% as excellent condition.

Soybeans

Iowa: 93% of the soybeans have emerged, up from the five-year average of 83%. One percent of the soybeans are classified as very poor in condition, 6% as poor condition, 32% as fair condition, 53% as good condition and 8% as excellent condition.

Minnesota: 97% of the soybeans have emerged, up from the five-year average of 86%. One percent of the soybeans are classified as very poor in condition, 6% as poor condition, 32% as fair condition, 49% as good condition and 12% as excellent condition.

North Dakota: 83% of the soybeans have emerged, up from the five-year average of 75%. Ten percent of the soybeans are classified as very poor in condition, 20% as poor condition, 46% as fair condition, 23% as good condition and 1% as excellent condition.

South Dakota: 94% of the soybeans have emerged, up from the five-year average of 73%. Three percent of the soybeans are classified as very poor in condition, 9% as poor condition, 43% as fair condition, 42% as good condition and 3% as excellent condition.

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Spring wheat

Minnesota: 100% of the spring wheat has emerged, up from the five-year average of 98%. One percent of the spring wheat is classified as very poor condition, 8% as poor condition, 23% as fair condition, 56% as great condition and 12% as excellent condition.

Montana: 96% of the spring wheat has emerged, up from the five-year average of 90%. Three percent of the spring wheat is classified as very poor condition, 13% as poor condition, 34% as fair condition, 47% as great condition and 3% as excellent condition.

North Dakota: 94% of the spring wheat has emerged, down from the five-year average of 95%. Fourteen percent of the spring wheat is classified as very poor condition, 20% as poor condition, 37% as fair condition, 27% as great condition and 2% as excellent condition.

South Dakota: 99% of the spring wheat has emerged, up from the five-year average of 98%. Eight percent of the spring wheat is classified as very poor condition, 18% as poor condition, 57% as fair condition, 17% as great condition and 0% as excellent condition.

Oats

Iowa: 56% of the oats have headed, up from a five-year average of 46%. Two percent of the oats are classified as very poor condition, 5% as poor condition, 36% as fair condition, 46% as great condition and 11% as excellent condition.

Minnesota: 27% of the oats have headed, up from a five-year average of 17%. Five percent of the oats are classified as very poor condition, 10% as poor condition, 34% as fair condition, 46% as great condition and 5% as excellent condition.

North Dakota: 2% of the oats have headed, down from a five-year average of 6%. Seven percent of the oats are classified as very poor condition, 19% as poor condition, 41% as fair condition, 32% as great condition and 1% as excellent condition.

South Dakota: 54% of the oats have headed, up from a five-year average of 32%. Seven percent of the oats are classified as very poor condition, 16% as poor condition, 49% as fair condition, 28% as great condition and 0% as excellent condition.

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Barley

Minnesota: 95% of the barley has emerged, down from the five-year average of 97%. Two percent of the barley was classified as very poor condition, 8% as poor condition, 23% as fair condition, 58% as great condition and 9% as excellent condition.

Montana: 95% of the barley has emerged, up from the five-year average of 91%. Three percent of the barley was classified as very poor condition, 11% as poor condition, 25% as fair condition, 50% as great condition and 11% as excellent condition.

North Dakota: 95% of the barley has emerged, up from the five-year average of 93%. Fourteen percent of the barley was classified as very poor condition, 22% as poor condition, 41% as fair condition, 22% as great condition and 1% as excellent condition.

Emily grew up on a small grains and goat farm in southern Ohio. After graduating from The Ohio State University, she moved to Fargo, North Dakota to pursue a career in ag journalism with Agweek. She enjoys reporting on livestock and local agricultural businesses.
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