Northern corn and soybean harvest still a ways off


Northern corn and soybean harvest still a ways off

Corn and soybean harvest is further away the closer you get to the Canadian border.

Bryan Klabunde of Mahnomen in northwestern Minnesota says based on a recent drive to Fargo, he’d estimate just five percent of soybeans are changing color.

“It’s going to be end of September (for most of the crops). Three weeks (probably) for the earliest stuff that’s starting to turn. And the corn has progressed nicely, but it’s a long ways from harvest obviously.”

He tells Brownfield spring wheat and dry beans are getting cut.

“Fields out here in the Long Prairie area (are being harvested), and that’s about right on time.”

Klabunde, who is vice president of Minnesota Farmers Union, expects an above average crop for northern Minnesota. He says that would be around 45 to 50-bushel soybeans and 165 to 180-bushel corn.

Brownfield meteorologist Greg Soulje says patchy frost is possible in parts of South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin the first two weeks of September, which could damage crops that have yet to mature.