The corn harvest is in the final stretch in northwest Minnesota.”A lot of pleased farmers out there,” said Pioneer Territory Manager Jerod Hanson. “The yields have been very good, above average, and they’re happy to have the crop they have given the amount of moisture we had for the summer.” It is a differnet scenario in western North Dakota with Pioneer Field Agronomist Larry Lunder saying the recent snow added to the frustration. “Not only is the corn wetter than we’d like in most cases, but there are also bad roads that trucks are on trying to get to fields.” Overall though, Lunder says it’s one of the best corn crops he’s seen. “There’s a tremendous dryland corn crop out there, I’ve seen anywhere from 140 to 180 bushels per acre which is really strong in western North Dakota.” In the southern Red River Valley, Pioneer Field Agronomist Kevin Sinner says a few sunflowers are left and about 40-to-50 percent of the corn is still standing.” Corn yields have varied widely with Sinner reporting a range of 150-to 220 bushels an acre.
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