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Micah Rensink walks through Jason Tibodeau’s corn field in rural Heron Lake. Rensink, an intern with Pioneer, was checking the different rates of water to see what difference it made on the nitrogen deficiencies in the field. Neighboring farmer Andy Olson said, “Unless we get a frost or something, this is going to be a big crop.” Jackson Forderer / For MPR News

Biggest crops ever: Record U.S. crop could kill profits for Minnesota grain farmers


The nation’s farmers will haul in their biggest corn and soybean crops ever this fall — but that’s not good news for Minnesota.

Farmers here expect a down year because of June’s damaging weather. The bumper crop elsewhere means corn prices won’t go high enough to make a profit.

Minnesota’s projected to harvest 168 bushels an acre while Illinois and Iowa could average 20 bushels an acre more, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Agriculture Department.

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