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Anticipated corn planting dates

April 17, 2013

still in range for high yield expectations
By Jeff Coulter, a corn agronomist with University of Minnesota Extension

Weather conditions are delaying the onset of corn planting, but wide fluctuations in corn planting progress are not uncommon in Minnesota. By the end of April, about 50 percent or more of Minnesota’s corn acres were planted in 2009, 2010 and 2012, compared to less than five percent in 2008 and 2011.

While most growers prefer to get their crops off to an early start, early planting is not a requirement for high yields. In 2008 and 2011, when it was mid-May before half of Minnesota’s corn acres were planted, state-average grain yields ranked third and fifth among Corn Belt states, respectively.

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