Harvest Progressing in Upper Midwest

Published online: Sep 21, 2017 News Jonathan Knutson
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Small grains once dominated most of Upper Midwest crop production. Though other crops, including sugarbeets, potatoes and sunflowers, were grown, the region’s harvest was largely wrapped up by late September, when small grains usually were off.

No more. Corn and soybeans have expanded north into southern Canada and west into Montana, and many growers in the region have weeks of harvest still ahead.

Now, the weekly crop progress report, released Sept. 18 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service confirms that big-picture truth. The report reflects conditions on Sept. 17.

The previous weekly report released Sept. 11 showed that small grains harvest was virtually finished, so the Sept. 18 report—for the first time this harvest season—doesn’t include small grains. The weekly reports don’t cover potatoes, sunflowers or dry edible beans, but the new report shows progress on sugarbeet harvest.

In Minnesota, 12 percent of beets were harvested on Sept. 10, compared with the five-year average of 9 percent.

Nine percent of North Dakota’s beets were harvested on Sept. 10, compared with the five-year average of 10 percent.

The NASS report doesn’t address the quality or quantity of the region’s sugarbeet crop, but growers and others in the sugarbeet industry say they’re generally pleased.

The new NASS report also shows soybean harvest has begun, at least in some places in the Upper Midwest, though corn harvest hasn’t yet started in earnest.


Source: Agweek