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July 2008 Crop Comments

Aug 04, 2008

Tell us about your fields...

What do the crops look like in your area? What would you like to order for your crops…sunshine, rain, fertilizer, etc.?


Use this link to send us your comments and tell us what cropping decisions are being made on your farm this year and what problems you are encountering along the way. Have any photos or video of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Don't forget to provide your location - and be sure to include your ZIP code. Comments will be edited for brevity, clarity and civility.

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:

  • 7/31 - Montgomery County, Ohio: It is dry here, we missed every shower that slid through the past couple of days. Corn in the end rows showed curl yesterday for first time, beans on the hills are stressed and the rest is close behind. Replant beans are also showing stress.  

Flew to Albuquerque NM on July 21st and took some pictures from about 20,000 feet over west Texas. The first shows many pivots and some very green crops. A little further west I saw these terraced fields and when I adjusted the exposure for the haze the colors really popped out.  Does anyone know what is growing here? West of that I spotted these road networks and clearings.  Looks like theses fields might be growing oil wells

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  • 7/31 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: We can't seem to catch much of any rain here in the past couple of weeks. There have been good rains north and south of our location.  Even that has been very spotty with amounts less than an inch.  Subsoil moisture is still good but surface is dry.   Irrigators are running night and day. Corn and soybeans are showing signs of stress by mid day.  Corn is pollinated and still looks good overall. Soybeans have done some serious catch up in growth and are flowering. Pods should be coming on soon.  There are some signs of SDS in some soybean fields.  Foggy nights and mornings (typical for this time of year in this part of Indiana) may have an inviting influence on disease and molds in some of the corn and soybeans.  Several producers are flying fungicides on corn. Over all it still looks like a good crop but top yield potential has gone backwards in the past few days.
  • 7/31 - Giles County, Tennessee: Checked the first corn I planted today. Six checks in a 90 acre field averaged 95 bu. The corn is tall with good tassel extension. The killer was the harvestable ears! A 32K stand only produced 24K harvestable ears. First time in 25 plus years that I have seen corn miss the nick. Reports in the area suggest this is a wide spread problem. Farmers with irrigated corn have reported it will not be what they expected. With all the technology, precision, efficiency, management, genetics, etc...... it still has to rain!
  • 7/31 - Sully County, Central South Dakota: Winter wheat harvest finally in full swing. Hearing of a lot of record or near record yields. Our first two fields (250 acre) ave. over 100 bu./acre, normally happy with 50-60 bu. Test wts. of 61-62, protein from 11-12 %. Have had plenty of moisture this year and it never has been very hot this year. Harvest is about 3 weeks late this year but is was worth the wait. There has been a lot of hail in the area this year so not everyone is reaping this great harvest. Row crops look good also. Looks like Iowa instead of Pierre S.D., where by now we are normally burnt to a crisp.

  • 7/31 - Cedar County, Eastern Iowa: Here is an example of what can take place when crop ground is not planted to a crop.  This is not river bottom or low ground.  It is good production ground. Sold for over $5000.00/acre. Don't know why it didn't get planted when everything else in the area got planted. Maybe not on time but it did get planted. As far as we know there never was an attempt made to get this 100 plus acres planted. If this is prevented planted acres I would think it would or should be hard to collect the insurance money. 

The velvet leaf is waist to chest high and the ragweeds are head high or more. The corn that you see in the field is volunteer.

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  • 7/31 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: I am not as optimistic as the other writer from Northeast Iowa. Everything looks nice from the road, but don't forget about those sickly yellow spots from too much rain just a month ago, they didn't go away, they're just out of sight now. There are aphids moving in and there will be a host of disease move in from the wet weather earlier in the season.  

  • 7/30 - Northeast Iowa: Here in northeast Iowa everything is lush green. We may see our best yields ever. We should see a lot of corn acres over 250 bushels per acre. Soybeans are really looking good too. It may yield in the 80's bushels per acre. No aphids and no diseases this year, it is probably the healthiest crops I have ever seen. We have some major yields coming and it will be fun in the combine too see how high these yield can go. Their will be some major record yields topped in the record books this year.

  • 7/30 - Central North Dakota:  The crops are coming around. We are finally getting some heat, the corn crops are starting to tassel and the beans are in full starting to bloom. The aphids are starting to show up in the beans, 50-150 aphids per plant are showing up on Monday this week. Starting to spray spring wheat with roundup and barley will come down today.
  • 7/30 - Southwest Ontario: Rains very sporadic, haven't had a good soaker for a month now, corn firing and roping and doing a backwards flip, shallow rooted from a wet spring showing its ugly affects, soys are suffering, will be losing blossoms and yield potential if we don't get a water delivery today with a 40% chance of rain and a 60% chance we'll be missing it. It sucks when you were on the cusp of a banner year only to sit and watch Mother Nature take it all away in just a month’s time. :-( These 90 degree days coming will ramp up the damages. >:o Wheat yields all over the place, some getting caught with contract shortages again, however, and elevators are fortunately buying them out as most were contracted at higher prices, this is portending lower prices ahead for wheat. 60 bu/acre to 103 bu./acre variances. Guess it paid to spray fungicides for powdery mildew when wet, and army worm later when dry. :-\ Good luck to all in your times of strife and tribulation.
  • 7/30 - Western Illinois: Crops look great, but need some rain. Have been all over the Midwest this summer and can not figure where there is 65% excellent corn crop. I'd say 40-45% tops. If they are hoping for an average of 151 bu. Somebody is in for real surprise.

  • 7/29 - Northwest Iowa: Scouted four soybean fields for aphids. The lowest field average was 120/plant and the highest was 190. Planes are flying all the time spraying fungicide and are starting to spray insecticide.
  • 7/29 - Northwest Indiana: We are in dire need of rain. Have not had a 1" rain since May 1st. Irrigators are running full blast to keep up. Corn is firing and even low ground is showing stress.
  • 7/29 - Northern Indiana: Crops are starting to struggle here, no solid rains for weeks it seems. We had or have a great crop, it will basically depend if it rains tonight or not.....dry forecast after that. This country has a variable crop for 08 for sure.
  • 7/29 - South Central, Iowa: Went on a tour of my farms yesterday. Total devastation. Baseball-sized hail and 70+ mph winds pounded my corn and beans in 3 different storms on Sunday. We had 4.5 inches of rain that created flooding...again. We have had 35 inches of rain since May 1st. I went from some of the best crops in our county to my entire corn crop looking like someone took a cheese grater to every stalk in my fields. I have bean leaves pounded into the mud with nothing much left of them other than a stem with some blooms sticking out on them. I am pretty much sick to my stomach right now. 

  • 7/28 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Another .5 to an inch of rain overnight. That should put is in pretty good shape to handle the upper 90 degree temps tomorrow. Then another relax in the temps and more rain chances through the week. While our crop is late June and July have proven to be nearly ideal. Given the lateness of the crop I still think August makes or breaks us. Corn looks pretty good, but most has still not pollinated and probably won't for another 1-2 weeks. Beans seem to be growing and the first round of post spraying is mostly done. No real pests to report. 

  • 7/28 - Across the State of Iowa: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: Riding my bicycle across Iowa last week I learned a couple of things: wet spots are not hard to find, but hot spots for computers are more difficult. I'm back home, but wanted to follow up on my original post from the starting point in Northeast Iowa. I found a water world in central Iowa. Field ponding and full ditches met us as heading from Jefferson to Ames.  At least Iowans seem to have a sense of humor. Someone had strategically placed fake flamingos in a field near Grand Junction, Iowa. 

    Seeing the crops from the seat of a bicycle is a great way to get a bird’s eye view.  I found corn pollinating near Green Mountain. Evidence of flooding was all around the Iowa River near Tama. Last year during this ride I found a giant field of corn. This year, soybeans are back in full force—although many of the fields seemed a little yellow to my eye. From Tama to Tipton, I found a lot of late crops and flooded out areas were purely ugly. However, the range of fields is remarkable. Many areas seemed late, but there were some cornfields fully pollinated and well on track--even in the central and eastern area of Iowa.

    Driving home through western Illinois, my windshield assessment deemed it a garden spot. As I wound back to central Illinois, I encountered lots of unevenly emerged fields, short crops and drowned out areas between Lincoln and Decatur.  It seems interesting that some of the most typically consistent areas are those that seem to be struggling most.

    So crop conditions depend where you're standing, when the crop was planted, how wet the field was when it was planted, how much it has rained since and how well the land drains. Duh... One thing is for sure, you don't want to go to Illinois and Iowa without your sunglasses because I've never seen these states so green going into August. 

    Plastic flamingos find a home outside of Grand Junction, Iowa.


    Iowa was growing cyclists last week during the annual RAGBRAI ride. Given the news reports, I was surprised to find plenty of nice, normal cornfields as we rolled into eastern Iowa near New Liberty.

    -- Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal
    Crops & Issues Editor

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  • 7/28 - Cottonwood County, Southwest Minnesota: We received anywhere from an inch to 4 inches in the area surrounding our farms. The rain came in a period of 3 days and the crops look as good as we have ever. They are certainly behind but this could be a record year. I recently traveled from Chamberlain SD to St. Paul MN and wow the crops all have a lush green look all the way.  What a strange year ... about a month ago I would have been happy with trend line yields. We have noticed the aphids are beginning to multiply will begin spraying by plane this week. Too wet in some fields for the ground sprayer and with $13 beans I would rather not run down all the beans anyway.

  • 7/25 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: .2 to .5" early this past week added some moisture to the ground and broke the high temps we saw at the end of the week and over the weekend.  The lower temps will keep our crop growing.  All the may corn is finished or nearly done with pollination.  The June corn is probably a week away.  It has really grown the past 10 days and could use a good rain.  We aren't dry but getting drier every day.  With the relaxed temps we can probably go another week without hurting too bad, but when a crop goes in late you really need ideal conditions.  If it were the last week of June I rate most of the corn excellent, but since it’s the end of July I'd have to call it mostly fair to good.  If we get back into a hot and dry pattern without some rain we will go down hill faster than a roller coaster at a theme park.  Even with ideal weather the rest of the way I think about all can expect is an average crop of corn.  A little hiccup in the weather and we could easily be 20-40 bushel off the average.  If we have an August like 2007 we will be looking at 50 bushel corn. Beans are on the slow side.  Most have finished spraying, but you see a few stubborn weeds that won't die.  Bean potential yields will be determined by the rain we get in august.  We have the potential for a 20 bushel crop or a 50 bushel crop.  Some double crops are peaking out the stubble, but most are still pretty short and spotty. 

  • 7/25 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: All our corn is tasseled and silking. Last week was hot and humid. This week is cooler and dryer so far. Almost perfect for pollination. We've received a little over 3 inches so farm in July on most of our acreage. Corn has never shown signs of stress from the pick-up or tractor seat. We raise specialty corn (non-GMO Waxy & White) and have some insect damage but very little so far.  Japanese Beetles have been working some soybeans, but very few on corn. At this point we'll call the corn at 170+ and won't even venture a guess on soybeans. We could use another inch or so right now! Soybeans in our area got a very slow start and have struggled all season until the past week. We'll need rain in August to make anything over 40 bushel soybeans. 
  • 7/25 - Clinton County, Michigan: Crops in Central mi. are coming along nicely. Corn is in full tassel with excellent potential. We have been blessed with 80 to 85 degree weather and cool nights. Corn is about 7 to 10 days behind but not bad. Moisture is adequate and very little disease. Soybeans are coming along. The April planted beans are by far the worst, 12 inches tall and struggling due to root diseases. We are on our third pass to take care of the weed escapes and to foliar. Double crop soys look very good except for the deer damage. Mid-May planted beans are by far the best. Pod and blossoms are noded 1 1/2 inches apart with the beans pushing 28 inches tall. You don't have to go far to see some bad looking crops. West is very dry and south has had a total loss due to hail, 5 miles wide and 50 to 60 miles long. Our prayers are with the ones that are not as fortunate as us.
  • 7/25 - Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky: Wheat was good, about 80 bushels with some saying it was the best ever. Double crop beans look like they are growing slowly, the few full-season beans look good. Rain has been pretty good in many areas but there are dry streaks along U. S. Hwy 68 west of Hopkinsville. Corn around there never did get much rain after tasseling and the higher spots have fired and it is too late now. Low spots look good and are still green. Seems like now we have cold, wet springs and hot, dry summers with only spotty rains. Thirty five years ago we would have thunderstorms for 2 or 3 days a couple of times per month and everyone would get 2 or 3 inches of rain. I think the climate is changing, and though I know humans are doing it any good I am not convinced that is fully due to human actions.
  • 7/25 - West Central Minnesota: Crops look  good despite the lack of rainfall. If we get tagged with a week or 2 of hot weather the top will come off fast. If the weather cooperates and it does not freeze early it is quite possible everyone will be very surprised with their yields. Some corn is startiing to shoot silks looks like the bulk of it will come the first week of August. I would guess the yield to be above average it rains soon. Beans are quite variable, some Excellent some ok. Seem to be a little short yet. I would not be surprised to see a national average exceeding 155/ ac  on corn. Just think what that will do to prices.

  • 7/24 - Harrison County, Iowa: West central Loess hills and Missouri and Boyer river bottom soils: the loess soils look excellent. Most of the corn has silked and beans are blooming. Beans and corn that was replanted along the flood of the Boyer and Missouri rivers are growing well, but were planted late June. Several fields were left barren for insurance purposes. Waiting for August and September to clean the bin unless Cargill and Bungee will take contracts early. John Deere wants to trade combine right away and Co-op wants paid for the next year’s fertilizer. I guess we all know the meaning of cash flow. It is nice hearing from everyone. Keep on scratching. 

  • 7/24 - East Central Kansas: The corn was late because of all the rain this spring and now it is getting burned by the day. Only .30 rain from when it finally quit this spring. This is the 3rd year that they have had ample rain 30 miles west of us but we just can't get enough to make it work in our area. Do not understand the weather because we normally get more than west of us. Notice markets are going down fast but inputs are still rising. We expected this to happen. 
  • 7/24 - Northwest Iowa: The crops here are about 10 days to two weeks behind. We are sitting ok as far as moisture is concerned. The corn is beginning to tassel, with a majority of it to tassel the last few days of July to the first few days of August. The beans are short and in need of some warm weather as well as a late freeze to reach maturity. There are several area guys spraying for aphids, but it is still rather spotty. Not a bumper crop here, but if it doesn't freeze in September, we could be close to average.
  • 7/24 - Northeast Kansas: This is just like the bad old days of the 70's, 80's, 90's and early to mid 00's with grain prices seasonally crashing after the 4th of July and our crops deteriorating while we have to hear the reason for the crash in prices is because of ideal growing conditions. We have received .65 of an inch of rain in July and the corn here is showing it. We mudded this crop in and abused the soil unmercifully to get it planted and it has come back to haunt us. The cracks in the ground are approaching an inch and a half wide and the ground is hard as iron. We survived a June 9 hail that caused us to replant half our beans. The corn grew out of it nicely but has few leaves below the ear. We are silking now, but without rain soon, this crop will barely make crop insurance levels. The beans are late also and will need a wet august and sep. combined with a very late freeze to amount to much. I guess the good news is that Mother Nature is taking care of our soil compaction problems. The cracks will soon have the soil fractured enough that it will be good for next year’s crop.
  • 7/24 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: Wow, what a great summer. Last year we only recieved an inch of rain from planting until the middle of August, things were dry and yields weren't to great last year. This year is totally different. Just this last weekend we received more rain in about 1/2 hour then we did all last summer. Corn tassels are out and moisture is coming. Things are looking like we should get 200 bushel corn, and many fields look like they will be over 200. Beans are also looking great, don't know if it will be the 70 bushel beans we had 2 yrs ago but should be around 65 bushel or so. Growing degree days are showing us behind about a week and 1/2, but doesn't seem like it will be a factor with the moisture and warm days we have had.  Besides being a little wet earlier in the season, I don't think we could ask for better conditions for the crops. I'm really surprised corn prices are where they are, with the moisture and temps across the Corn Belt it looks like we will have a great year for corn crops. Sorry to hear about some of the luck your having in other areas, guess it's our turn to ring the bell this year. 

  • 7/23 - Cuming County, Northeast Nebraska: Our crops still look good but need rain soon. 20 miles north and 20 miles south of us have had some rain and also hail. We have not had over .20" in the last 30 days.
  • 7/23 - Northwest Minnesota: I was at a plot tour today and they told us corn was 3 weeks away from tasseling and that we need to be frost free until Oct. 10. Good luck! However I should note that hardly any corn is grown here. Beans are behind normal too but if we can get some rain soon we have the potential for a good crop. All of our beans have been sprayed for aphids now. Wheat looks to be good this year.

  • 7/22 - Giles County, Tennessee: Felt like the guy from Nebraska a month ago, great wheat crop, high expectations for corn and beans, ie…TAX PROBLEMS! NO rain on any of our crops for 34 days, N, NW winds, average daytime temps 95+, last two days over 100. We may still meet our projections with these prices, but the windfall we were hoping for will have to wait.
  • 7/22 - Northwest Bureau County, Illinois: Been keeping rainfall records last 22 years and this is the wettest all ready with august still to go. Corn is very uneven in its height due to excessive rain. Drowned out spots will make up at least 10 % of the acreage and that on the edges will be hurt as well. But corn is tasseling and has with 8 inches of rain so far in July lack of moisture is not an issue and so far we have missed the excessive winds that seem to come with every storm lately. Our beans got planted at the end of may and look good except for the drowned areas in the fields that will impact at least 10 % of the acreage.
  • 7/22 - How bad was the wind damage in central Iowa?
  • 7/22 - Phillips County, Northern Montana: Yesterday was our first 100 degree day of this growing season. Spring crops on summer fallow look to be about average yields 25 to 30 bushels per acre. Late planted crops on re crop will not be harvested. Burned up. Winter wheat is above average mostly in the hard dough stage 35 to 40 bushels per acre. Spring grains mostly in the milk to soft dough stage. 
  • 7/22 - Holdingford, Minnesota: Crops are about 2 weeks behind normal but look good. Some corn starting to tassel over the hills. Good moisture and temperatures in the 80's will almost guarantee a very good corn pollination this year. Much better than the upper 90's the last two years with a moisture shortage. Hopefully August will be a little warmer than normal. 
  • 7/22 - Franklin Parish, Louisiana: Corn harvest just getting kicked off on some early maturing (110 day is early for us). This was non-irrigated corn, yields are 100-125. Fair considering the drought we are currently in. Irrigated corn looks average or slightly above at best. Harvest will begin slowly, will be in full swing in 10 days, especially if the NE wind continues to blow and the temps stay at 102. Soybeans are fair where were planted early, fair wheat-beans where irrigation is present, and on the verge of death and an adjuster for the non-irrigated wheat beans.
  • 7/22 - Lincoln, Southeast Nebraska: Corn excellent could be best crop ever, beans coming along after slow start should be good but not great. Those comments are for the crops planted on time and dodged all the storms this year. We will also have average corn and beans in the area, later planted crops, some weed control problems in the area. The potential with these prices gets a guy pretty excited for the fall harvest and a new football coach at Nebraska doesn't hurt the fall expectations either. Time will tell on both of these subjects but things look very promising.
  • 7/22 - Winneshiek County, Northeast Iowa: Corn—mostly very uneven—very few uniform fields—scattered tassels in occasional fields – most fields observed should start to tassel later this week. Beans—the best comment here is that beans don’t like wet feet— beans appear to be in full bloom to later in maturity. Ground conditions—dug a few post holes—2 ½ feet of mud all the way down. Right now the crop needs time and the best possible weather to cooperate. At 60 days from full tassel to fully mature corn—we will not need frost anytime prior to October 1. 

  • 7/22 - Across the State of Iowa: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: I am currently riding my bicycle across the state of Iowa with about 15,000 other riders. We started yesterday in Missouri Valley on the eastern side of the state and rode to Harlan through the scenic and rolling Loess hills. I had not been to Iowa since the flood and I expected to see devastation. Yesterday was a reminder that while some may be suffering there are certainly garden spots. Everything was lush and green and in relatively normal growth stage for the season. I stopped a farmer to chat for a bit as he was moving large round hay bales. He was smiling big time--but maybe it was just in amazement at all the crazy people in spandex :)

    A violent storm rolled through Sunday night. I thought perhaps it was just my tent accommodations made it seem severe, but today we found the route from Harlan to Jefferson littered with downed trees and corn.  The day itself dawned clear and cool and I caught this aerial applicator spraying corn. He waved his wings at me, but that was the limit of our communications and I can only guess that he might have been spraying fungicides just north of Harlan. The spray planes have been almost as thick as the mosquitoes along the route.

    Near Jefferson, Iowa, I could see more of the impact of earlier flooding. It was obvious that many spots had been replanted and unfortunately, quite a few of those are now flooded again with last night's storm. On to Ames tomorrow.

    -- Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal
    Crops & Issues Editor

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  • 7/22 - Miami/Fulton Counties, North Central Indiana: Corn planted in late April is tasseling. Corn planted in mid to late May will be this week. It looks very good at this point. (It's not in the bin yet!) We have needed every rain we've received. Soybeans finally did some serious growing this past week. They are flowering but no pods yet. We are in the process of our second application of weed control this week on soybeans. We have dodged all the bad weather so far.  

  • 7/22 - Floyd County, Iowa: On our farm in northern Floyd County, IA, only some 96 day corn planted 5/3/08 is tassleing, it was protected against those cold spring winds by trees on the west and north. Almost all corn looks good but is way behind with it's maturity. 

  • 7/21 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: 6.1 inches of rain since last Thursday afternoon, including 2.7 in forty minutes Thursday afternoon. They say to never turn down moisture in July or August, but please, make it stop. 102 day corn planted May 6 about 75% tasseled waiting for the Aiplane and Headline. Amounts of rain around the area last week extremely varied.
  • 7/21 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: The summer weather pattern has locked in this past week.  Temperatures are in the low to middle 90's and rain chances are few and far between.  We haven't had rain in nine days and it seems like an eternity after all of the moisture we have received in the past three and a half months.  Bean spraying has been going on in full force the entire week.  The corn planted Memorial Day weekend is starting to tassel.  The corn planted in June is obviously four weeks behind normal and starting to curl in the afternoon heat.  Some of the corn planted around the 15th-20th appears to be growing rather slowly.  We would definitely take an inch or two of rain to help our prospects with this corn crop.  My fellow poster from the area was correct last week when he said timely rains will be essential for this corn crop.  I keep waiting for the USDA to lower their estimate to 145 bpa for this year's harvest.  Their number is too high and I expect it will be revised down in the month of August.  The bean stands are thin here as I have mentioned before and the crop doesn't have the gumption to want to grow.  The planting season was so late here that maybe I am expecting too much out of this bean crop.
  • 7/21 - Ruddles Mill, Kentucky: Sitting on the Licking river irrigating Tobacco. Too much rain in June need a rain now. None in the forecast this week. Hot and dry. Everything needs a drink this week including myself.
  • 7/21 - Northeast Pennsylvania: Soybeans are looking nice here in northeast PA. Hot weather and regular thunderstorms are making this first attempt at soybeans nice. Hopefully this weather will continue and my cows will have plenty to eat this year.

Soybeans are looking nice here in northeast PA.

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  • 7/18 - Western Chouteau County, Montana: It’s amazing what winter wheat will survive. From a winter drought, to sub zero temps in late April, to a half foot of snow in June. After all of this, the crop looks amazing. Timely rains do wonders….Winter wheat in most of western Chouteau county will likely yield above average and in some cases, record yields? Heads are starting to fill and turn color. Should see combines in the field by early August in the sandier ground. Spring wheat looks good so far, but very late due to the cold spring. Will need more rain, unfortunately very little normally falls in late July in this neck of the woods. 

  • 7/17 - Southern Illinois, Missouri Bootheel and Southeastern/Central Arkansas: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: I just made a driving trip through southern Illinois, the Missouri Bootheel and southeastern and central Arkansas. While I certainly found some problem areas, I have to say I was surprised to find some really nice looking fields. It was a reminder that just because the crop at my backdoor looks a certain way, it is not that way all over. Possibly the worst crops I saw were east of Decatur, Illinois, in the Arthur area where wet spots make it look like the field has been bombed and the corn looks like it was planted on 10 different days. The weed issues in many of the soybean fields could keep kids busy with the hoe the rest of the summer.

    Southern Illinois was the biggest surprise. Fields along the Mississippi were flooded and water was still standing in those fields, but beyond these bottom lands, the corn and soybeans looked mostly gorgeous in that southern tip where Illinois comes to a point. I spotted a few guys still trying to plant double crop soybeans in the Missouri Bootheel. The dryland cotton looked like it might need a drink, but the corn looked pretty good from my windshield. The blackberries at Missouri's roadside stands are as big as your thumb--a sign of something I am sure.

    Arkansas farmers told me they had plenty of planting delays and that was obvious by the variety of crop conditions. I found some corn in the DeWitt and Brinkley area loaded with healthy size ears. You can also see delayed fields and that there was some replanting. A field of sunflowers at the edge of Stuttgart was in full bloom.

    Northeastern Arkansas is a reminder that not everyone is wet. This cornfield near Clarkedale, Arkansas, is definitely panting for moisture.


    The emergence on this doublecrop soybean field in the same vicinity was less than ideal. There was a center pivot idling in this same field, but maybe they were just hoping to get what they could without spending money to run the irrigation pumps.


    Across the road, cotton was happily lapping up irrigation water and beginning to flower.



    This pesky Palmer Amaranth poking its head through the cotton may seem like just one weed, but farmers in this area tell me one resistant pigweed will produce enough seed to create havoc in following years.



  • 7/17 - Appanoose County, Iowa: Took a drive around Appanoose and Monroe counties yesterday.  It is amazing how horrible most of this area looks.  I did see a few fields in both counties that had some nice corn that were starting to tassel and those were mostly in Monroe county on the north side of Lake Rathbun.  The corn overall in this area is dreadful and some corn isn't even close to knee high!  I would bet there is an overall 30% loss from normal in this area.  The beans range from just coming out of the ground to starting to shade in.  Overall I think the beans look to be crawling along.  Looks like most every field of beans sat with weeds choking out the beans until a sprayer could finally rumble through...where the weeds have been sprayed the beans seem to be coming out of their slumber and growing pretty well.  That might also have something to do with the hot, dry, humid weather we are having in this  area now as well!  Bean loss overall might be 25% of normal.  Most fields are bare in any area where a tile drain is located.  Those won't be replanted.  Believe it or not...there is probably a need for steady rain each week due to the shallow roots.  It will be interesting to see how long the first frost will hold off...if it comes early...this part of the country will have major crop loss.  

  • 7/16 - Davis County, Southeast Iowa: Corn and beans range in many different heights. While driving yesterday, the corn on the south side of the road was shin high, while the corn of the north was tasseling. The early corn (May 1st) is starting to look good and just beginning to tassel. All fields have drowned out/short spots especially above and below terraces. The early beans look good, but most beans in the area are really short for the middle of July and don't seem to be growing real fast. Most beans have not canopied the rows. Second crop of hay is just starting to be mowed and seems to be short as well. 

  • 7/16 - Oakwood, Illinois: Unbelievable USDA and the BOT…corn is only 13% silking as compared to 50+% a year ago! USDA does not have a clue and cannot buy a vowel! This crop is in big trouble and a normal frost will take out some soybeans.

  • 7/16 - Eastern Kansas: I think the corn crop looks excellent in this area for the most part. There are some fields with uneven growth, some wet pockets with thin or no stand, which will reduce average yields, but most is looking good. We have adedquate moisture so far and most corn is tasseled, silked, and some is as far as roasting ear stage. The strip-tilled corn looks the best. Could be an excellent crop, if nothing happens to it from here on out. Just praying that we do not get any hail with any rain coming thru. It is a "Wait & See Game Now" and we will just wait it out now. 

  • 7/15 -Central and Western Illinois: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: Weekend travels uncovered the good, the bad and the really, really ugly crops in central and western Illinois. The odd thing is all categories can be found in every region. Another 4 inches of rain or so (depending on where you were standing) dumped on central Illinois over the weekend. Walk into some of these heavy clay fields and you quickly gain a couple of pounds of dirt on your shoes.

    Heat units have kicked in and I'm finding some fields of tasseled corn with silky ears ready and waiting. Get out away from the field edges and there's lots of variation in many fields, but there's no question that it's greened up and matured over the past week. I saw the first aerial applicator of the season flying near Taylorville, IL, on Saturday. I assume the plane was putting down fungicide and I crossed my fingers hoping the applicator was turning off the spray over those low spots in the field where corn has been delayed.

South of Staunton, IL (just north of St. Louis), recent rains had creeks out of their banks and many acres of corn and soybeans were doing the backstroke. About the time I thought these were the ugliest crops I'd seen this year, I'd see a beautiful field of corn. Double crop soybeans were up and growing at about the same stature as regular beans in this area.

-- Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal
Crops & Issues Editor

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  • 7/15 - Isanti County, Minnesota: Just got done reading the weekly crop ratings, and they don't match what I've seen for myself as well as what I'm hearing from other parts. All across central & western MN over half the corn is no more than 36" high. And at least 10% is no more than 24" inches high. Now I know things are better in the Southeast & South central part of MN but even there most is no more than 48". And it is July 14th!! Yet the USDA somehow comes up with ratings that show MN at 13% excellent and 58% good. On the downside, they only find 2% very poor and 4% poor. Same thing with beans. Close to half of MN beans are no more than 6-8" high yet the USDA comes in with the same 2% very poor and 4% poor. Then they rate the good at 58% and very good at 11%. It has been dry up here, and if we don't see the forecasted rain this week we are going to need to start talking about how much corn is going to be cut for silage. I know beans can come back in August, but if we only have 12" plants at blooming time then we sure aren't going to get 40bu per acre.
  • 7/15 - West Central Hendricks County, Indiana: For those of you needing rain, wish I could send some of mine your way.  For July so far, we've rec'd about 10 inches into already saturated ground.  A couple of weeks ago my fence builder & sons were here & as they pounded posts into the ground, water splashed back on them, the deeper they went.  From May 30  thru July 1, we had over 23 inches of rain.  We'd get a few dry days & then another thunderstorm would roll in & dump 3 inches or so....Hay, beans & corn are growing well, wish we could get 1st cutting of hay done!   Soybeans have been planted in areas where corn was washed out, but I think it's for not, husband says a great uncle always said, flooded out once, it can do it again & so far that has proven correct.  This week is predicted to be dry & hot by mid week,  we hope to do some serious hay mowing/round baling.  I know if the predictions for 2008 had stayed on the right path, we would be having the drought that always seems to happen in years that end in "8", we had a very hot/dry summer last year after a wet Spring & the faucet turned back on Nov 1 which we've been wet ever since, either by rain or snow.  We were supposed to have a drier summer this year - so far, I don't think so.
  • 7/15 - West Central Minnesota: We need rain badly here. Last significant rain was June 12 (.9") to bring us to 6.9" since Apr. 6...we're 1.5" behind last years dry conditions. Corn rolls up early in the morning even though it was 56F this morning. Sandy areas are all but completely fired out. Beans still suffering from iron chlorosis without rain to help alleviate this. And despite the heat we've had, we're still 13% behind normal on Growing Degree Days.
  • 7/15 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We picked up an additional 1.00 to 1.25 inches of rain last week.  The outlook for this week is dry with temperatures in the low to mid 90's.  We need some drier weather to get the beans sprayed.  The handful of cornfields planted the first week of May are already tassled.  The corn planted Memorial Day weekend is about ten days or so away from tasseling.  The corn planted in June, which was about 70 percent of the county, is four weeks behind normal.  The bean crop has thin stands, but the crop is finally starting to grow.  I hope this summer turns out to be as long as the summer of 2007. 

  • 7/15 - St. Clair/Madison counties Illinois: Another 1/2 to 1.5 inches of rain in our immediate area.  That brings our total here to over 4" since July 1.  Given the start we had to spring maybe Mother Nature is trying to repay us with ample moisture in July and August.  We'll see.  Some areas in the southern part of St. Clair County have been dryer, but I don't think they are hurting just yet.  The May planted corn (what little is around) is pollinating.  Stands of this corn are marginal and the root structure has to be very poor.  With some rain in a couple weeks this corn has the potential to be average.  The June planted corn looks good, but it's only knee to waist tall.  I think it has potential but it will take a good rain around the end of the month and a couple good ones in August.  The late corn has the potential to make 50 or 150, just depends how the next 6 weeks play out.  Weed control is poor as pre-emerge chemicals didn't get rain to activate and post chem applications have been delayed with the rains.  Wheat harvest is complete and 99% of the stubble beans planted.  Some of those stands may be questionable with all the rain.  1st crop beans don't seem to be growing much.  In fact only drilled beans have the rows closed.  A lot of post spraying needs to be done this week once we dry out a bit more.

  • 7/15 - Washington County, Colorado: The high plains of Colorado are DRY. Our wheat yields in southern Washington County are running in the upper 20's which is surprisingly good considering that much of the region is experiencing the 4th driest year on record. We made it on last year's water. The next cycle looks grim with little sub moisture in the bank. Lots of feed being hauled in on semi's as there is very little grass this year. The grasshoppers are going nuts on anything green they can find! 

  • 7/14 - Butterfield, Minnesota: Most corn is two weeks behind. It looks ok (chest high) except for the drowned out and replant. Soybeans are coming fast although the replants are noticeably behind. Some farms experienced up to 15-20% loss due to the wet soils in early June. Now it's getting too dry with only 4 tenths of rain in 4 weeks.
  • 7/14 - East Central Illinois: Still raining. About every three days we get 1/2 inch to 21/2 inches. The ground is saturated and the crops need some dry weather. Beans already stunted are turning yellow again, ponds in the fields are drowning out again after being replanted once or twice. Enough already Mother Nature! Turn it off for a couple weeks.
  • 7/14 - Palo Alto County, Northwest Iowa: We could have an excellent crop if we can have 41 days in July. We are ten days behind average and three weeks behind some years. I have seen no corn tasseling, even the 92 day corn planted April 22.  The crops really have great color but we will need it to be warm the last half of August and all of September or it will be a ship wreck. I guess we will wait and see.
  • 7/14 - Yates County, New York: Most of the corn is planted here. It's cold and corn is emerging very slowly. It seems like it rains a little every other day but no real accumulations. We've had less than 3/4 of an inch so far this month. Soil is in good condition and small grains look excellent. We're ready to start planting soybeans but soil temp is only in the low 50's. 

  • 7/14 - Giles County, Tennessee: Hey Wisconsin, I wish it was that simple! Need rain yesterday! Corn fired to the ear, soybeans very stressed. Wheat averaged 92 bu. per acre with good quality. We have a good stand of double crop soybeans. They need a shower soon. Our top corn yield has been cut by about 30% at this points, and soybeans by about 20%. Rains the past few weeks have jumped us, to go on and redevelop in N. AL, N. GA and E. SC. I know they need it badly. Good luck to all!
  • 7/14 - Clay County, Northwest Iowa: Cold front just went through, but no rain. We could use a snort as corn on sandier pockets was wrapped up pretty tight and going backwards today in some areas. Tasseling is getting close on some earlier planted corn, sounds like a few chances for rain next week - but at this point not big chances. Much variability in both corn and soybeans.  
  • 7/14 - Extreme Southeast Nebraska: We need rain badly. We have had only sprinkles for 3 1/2 weeks after two months of rain which forced us to mud our crops in and now they are starting to suffer from lack of moisture. Nitrogen is short on the corn due to leaching. It doesn't have the color I would like in spite of side dressing. I'll be very happy with 2/3-3/4 of our usual yields. The dry weather has helped the people in the Missouri River bottoms to get a good deal of their land planted after flooding though July planted corn and beans are hardly a prize. 

  • 7/11 - Evansville, Rock County, Wisconsin: I would like to share some water with the most recent entries. We received 4 inches overnight. Water is over the road in places that it was not earlier this spring in the floods. It may subside soon, but does not help the side-dress nitrogen situation. It will aerobically be detrimental to surviving corn surrounding drowned out areas. Mother Nature just keeps nicking our crop potential.
  • 7/11 - Adams County, South Central Nebraska: Generally speaking, Nebraska is a bright spot both corn and soybeans. Weather pattern is turning to more normal for July. Irrigation is in full swing if you miss the scattered rain. There has been areas devastated by hail a larger % than usual, but doubt it will drag the state’s average down very much. If the corn and soybeans continue as of today’s conditions we are headed for a very good crop.
  • 7/11 - Little Falls, Minnesota: Crops need rain!
  • 7/11 - Greeley County, Western Kansas: Without a doubt, having a crop will be dependent on receiving moisture. Native pastures have not greened up, or have turned brown. Rainfall is not uniform. Wheat crop survived on 2006-2007 winter moisture. As of the end of June total rainfall for 2008 at the KSU Experiment station was 3.54 inches, nearly 5 inches below normal. Send rain, we have enough heat and sun and wind.

  • 7/10 - Just South of Decatur, Illinois: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: Soybeans mixed with corn -- like this one just south of Decatur, Ill .-- are common in central Illinois this growing season. Should make for an interesting harvest.

Soybeans mixed with corn.

-- Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal
Crops & Issues Editor

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  • 7/10 - Marion County, Iowa: The corn here is evening up, a lot of folks cultivated and side dressed to improve the look of our corn a couple of weeks ago, not sure if it was money well spent. Right now the corn is looking better but the bad spots are really short and not sure what yield potential is there. There have been some folks replanting bottoms to corn not sure what July 1 planted corn will make, most bottom ground has been wiped out this spring after two nights ago all of the bottoms have gotten it due to some 5-6 inch rains. The beans are from 18 inches tall to just emerging, our early beans have a very poor stand in areas, it’s hard to tell where to replant and where to not, I am hoping the later planted bean (June 20ish ) will be better they have emerged quickly had no stress and are coming on very fast. All in all the crop is looking ok it’s going to be a down year not sure yet just how much.
  • 7/10 - McLean County, Central Illinois: Just want to comment on the post containing the picture from Mendota IL. That 3-5 inch corn is most likely sweet corn as Mendota is home to Del Monte and the “Sweet Corn Festival”. I drive by Mendota frequently - the commercial corn looks good, albeit slightly behind normal.
  • 7/10 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: Crops in our area look really good. You do not have to go far in any direction and see crops that have and continue to struggle. We are a couple of weeks from silking and tasseling. We received about 0.9" yesterday in two different events. We were beginning to need it. We will need rain from here to the end of August to make full potential out of our crops.

  • 7/9 - Central, Northern and Eastern Illinois: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: I took a 400 mile driving tour along two-lane highways and country backroads in central, northern and eastern Illinois yesterday. The crop is evening out some, but there's still a lot of variability. I'm beginning to wonder if I remember what a "normal" field looks like for this time of year. To the north, west of Rochelle, corn is late, but growing nicely despite some obvious hail damage. So were the weeds. The smallest corn I spotted was near Mendota, Ill. Maybe it was the windmill growing beside it that made it look small, but I measured it about 3-5 inches. Maybe they are planning on harvesting it for silage?

    The best crop I found was south of Route 80 between LaSalle-Peru and Bloomington. The corn south of Oglesby was green, lush, evenly emerged and while not tasseling, it's close. Some soybeans were starting to close the row. I also encountered Japanese beetles in force. It was mid-day and the popping as they hit my windshield kept me so alert I didn't need another cup of coffee to get on down the road.

    I wondered if I was dreaming when I spotted four kids walking soybeans outside of Gridley, Ill.  I would have stopped to ask if they were getting paid a penny a row (the going rate when I was a kid), but the skies were clouding over fast. A real frogstrangler hit as I closed in on Gibson City. My car struggled to ford the road as I inched toward Champaign where fields were already wet from a downpour two days earlier. Even in the dark, I could see many of the replanted ponds are now under water again.


    Three inch tall corn on July 8 stands in stark comparison to a towering windmill near Mendota, Ill.

    -- Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal
    Crops & Issues Editor

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  • 7/9 - Lyon County, Northwest Iowa: No rain so far this month. Sandy spots starting to show some stress. Thankfully had an inch the end of june to incorporate the urea spread over the top of corn acres. Early June gave us a 3 inch downpour that got many thinking some more N was needed.
  • 7/9 - Phillips County, North Central Montana: Grain crops look mostly good. Winter wheat will be above average yield. Spring wheat has been hurt from lack of moisture. Last significant rains came 20 days ago. Later planted spring wheat and those acres seeded on re crop will not be worth harvesting.
  • 7/9 - Henry County, West Central Missouri: We finished 1st crop soybeans last night--on a field that was supposed to be corn.  Still had to drive around some wet spots.  We planted most of our beans in the last week-hope for a good stand as it too late to think about replanting at this stage.  We will plant double crop till the end of this week, but heavy rain is in the forecast for tonight so what gets done today may be it.  Wheat has yielded from low 30s to upper 40s and we're half done that.  Corn is waist to shoulder high--no tassels yet.  Lots of unevenness but generally looks good.  If this was the middle of May, or even June, we'd be really pleased.

  • 7/8 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: A couple small storms rolled thru last night and left 1.1 inches of rain, kind of just what the doctor ordered for us. Corn on sod over my head and all the rest about waist high or a little taller. The tallest corn has 3 leaves to go before the tassel. Soybeans are coming along now also. Can't find a whole lot to complain about.
  • 7/8 - Western Washington: Light snow and hail today is latest ever in lowland western Washington. Fields are cold and wet, some plowed but most not. So this, a winter of record, continues: A hurricane on December 1st brought 130+ mph wind and 20 + inches of rain over 30 hours making for a 500 year flood and now the latest snow ever. Foresters have thousands of acres of trees flat; homeowners still repairing homes and farmers trying to get into fields that were flooded in December and the weather still won’t give us a break. Please send a dry, warm wind for western Washington.
  • 7/8 - Champaign to Rushville, Illinois: Report from Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor: Yesterday I drove from Champaign, Ill., to Rushville, Ill., and back, following I-74, U.S. 136 and U.S. 24. Turning from I-74 onto 136, the first field of corn I saw appeared to be about knee-high; but the rest of the way across 136 and 24, most of the fields appeared to be shoulder high, and about ready to tassel. HI was surprised to see how tall that corn was. Some heavy thunderstorms moved through central Illinois last night (1.6” in my gauge), and a few fields just off I-74 had water standing in them.


In one field, an area that had been replanted was under water again, which must be awfully frustrating. Fortunately, the area of standing water was pretty localized, at least along the route I traveled.

-- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor

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  • 7/8 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: 2-4 inches of rain pretty common around here.  Came in three shots over two days.  Those in the 4" range had some significant runoff on Thursday night but much of the first two inches soaked in.  The late corn is just under knee high while the earlier corn is in the waist to chest high range.  We had been getting on the dry side, but I kind of welcomed that stretch to encourage this young crop to lay down a good root structure heading into what is normally our hottest month of the year.  If this was the 7th of June I'd tell you we are on our way to a very good crop.  Unfortunately we can't turn the pages on the calendar so realistically we are still about 4 weeks behind normal.  Beans are slow to grow and some stands are thinned due to the poor quality seed many of us had to deal with.  Some post spraying has or will begin, but I suspect multiple trips will be in order as slow as the crop is going so far.  I think wheat is all over and yields were generally 60-90 bushel.  Rolling ground and fungicide seemed to be the ticket this year.  Most double crops are in but a few still remain.  Very hot today and tomorrow the cooler with some rain chances.  Maybe mother nature will try to make up the poor spring with a nice summer of moderate temps and frequent rainfall.

  • 7/7 - West Central Minnesota: No rain here which puts us 1.5" behind last years dry conditions and it's really starting to show. By Mid-day the corn leaves are rolling and the soybeans affected by iron chlorosis are turning from yellow to brown. We're 16% behind normal on Growing Degree Days and this is actually only a 1% improvement over last week. The previous week we improved by 2%. Can we catch up before the inevitable frost? Only time will tell. The second cutting of hay will be short and the 3rd non-existent without rain.
  • 7/7 - Southwestern Kentucky and Vandalia, Illinois: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: A tour of southwestern Kentucky over the weekend reminded me that you can almost detect the stage of the cropping season purely by smell. The clean scent of wheat met me even before I saw the already cut fields that are now polka dotted with large round bales of rolled straw. I couldn't see the alfalfa fields, but the unmistakable scent of hay curing told me the windrows were close by. I found corn and soybeans in a variety of  growth stages. A few corn fields are only a couple inches tall, but some of the early planted fields were already tasseling and pollinating. As the day heated up to humid, I could (as my grandfather used to say) hear and smell the corn growing. Heading back up into southern Illinois, near Vandalia, I caught a whiff of stirred soil and saw a guy on a cab-less tractor cultivating soybeans.
  • 7/7 - Central Eaton County, Charlotte, Michigan: Hail has damaged 1000's of acres across the county including corn soybeans wheat and oats on Wednesday July 2nd.  Hail was not the only problem we received 4-5 inches of rain in under an hour compounding the damage. We HAD great looking crops before the storm corn that was 5- 6 ft tall. Now its 12 inches and brown. Wheat was nearly all destroyed, and soybeans have nothing but a short stem left. This weather epidemic is really becoming a problem across the entire country hopefully it will not continue to spread.


Here are a few pictures of my corn fields. Every acre that my dad and I farm was hit such a disappointment to a great looking crop.

-- Central Eaton County, Charlotte, Michigan

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  • 7/7 - Renville County, Minnesota: Crops look good. Need rain.
  • 7/7 - Lee County, Northwest Illinois: Corn in the immediate area looks good, most waist to shoulder high. Some water damage but not a lot. Don't have to go far south and things go downhill.  Beans look OK, some finished planting the end of June.
  • 7/7 - Lancaster County Nebraska: Starting to see a few tassels (very few). Corn planted on time in this area has great potential if we can catch a rain now and then. We could see a lot of 160 to 180 bushel corn this fall normal yield for area 130 to 140. Beans are starting to look better early beans starting to take off with 15" rows just about ready to canopy or have canopied but we also have a few beans in the area that are just a few inches tall, better hope for a late frost. No wheat cut in the area looks to be average crop very few acres raised in this area anymore. Cut  brome hay last week 150% of normal crop heaviest hay I ever cut in my farming career.
  • 7/7 - Greene County, West Central Illinois: The first planted corn started pollinating over the weekend, but not many acres of that in the county. The rest of the corn is knee high to head high and looks good. Beans are slow growing and anywhere from being not planted to 15" rows canopied. The last month has been very wet and a challenge for planting and hay making. Wheat yields have been plus or minus 70 bushels with good test weights.

  • 7/7 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: Things look very good around here a few gullies and a few plants covered but 99% look real good, maybe a little behind but catching up lately. corn all sprayed and about waist high. beans 1/2 sprayed and really growing. Had 4 tenths rain last night first in about 2 weeks. very concerned about the way the markets are acting, not good for anyone long term, wish you all the best.

  • 7/7 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We received a total of 2.50 inches of rain between Wednesday and Thursday. Areas to the north and northeast had 5.0 inches. The rain was very welcome and the crops have definitely perked up. I would guess corn is four weeks behind normal due to the excessive rains that kept us out of the fields. The bean crop is not looking too hot in the area as most fields have very spotty stands. We are lucky to have a crop in the ground as tough as this planting season was. I received a brochure in the mail from the local co-op letting me know I could book DAP at $980 and anhydrous at $1100 per ton. One word came to mind after reading the brochure, WOW!!! I am already putting a budget together for next year's planting intentions and the input costs are making me sick.
  • 7/7 - East Central Illinois: Corn ranges from 8" to head high (many times in the same field)  Wheat cutting just started, yields after being nailed by hail were 62 bu/acre, about 30bu/acre on ground because of hail. 1&1/2 days cutting before 1.6"rain.

  • 7/7 - North Central Ohio: Most of Ohio just got 4-8 inch's more rain. Everything under water. 75% of beans look bad, 50 % of corn looks bad. Most have planted beans 3 times. Can't get chemicals on. Worst I have seen in 45 years of farming.
  • 7/7 - Southern Piedmont, North Carolina: We are in a severe drought, corn is shooting ears but impossible for grain to fill with no ground moisture. The stalks are about 60% of normal size with a minor percentage drying up and dying. The corn crop will be a total failure if rain does not come very soon. Early soybeans are about 30% of normal size for this time of year and look really bad, to the point of drying up and dying very shortly. Soybeans after wheat are not coming up very well due to lack of moisture, there could be replanting needed in a number of areas. This is the time God lets us know our existence is totally in his hands and prayer is all we have.
  • 7/7 - Nez Perce County, North Central Idaho: What started out as a good to very good Winter and Spring Wheat crop has turned to average or below due to blistering heat and no rain for the last 2-3 weeks.  Peas, lentils and garbanzo beans are suffering the worst as they try to grab any available moisture that is left in the ground.  This is the 9th year in a row of below normal rainfall in this area and we have lived on timely rains most of those years.  The lack of Winter moisture to fill up the soil profile comes back to haunt us every late Spring with most crops suffering moisture deficit in late June and early July. Harvest should start in 10 days to 2 weeks here.

  • 7/7 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: Most of the corn is 36 to 42 inches tall. Soybeans also look great. We really are in the “garden” spot of the grain producing area.

  • 7/3 - Eaton County, Grand Ledge, Michigan: Tonight we have received another 2.5 inches of rain of which over 2 inches came in about an hour. We have a flood watch at this time. Our corn and beans look great.
  • 7/3 - Lawrence County, Northwest Alabama: Four weeks ago we had the best start on a corn crop we have ever had. Now after hit and more miss showers we have a mess. The oldest corn looks like it might make 80 to 100 bushels and the younger corn nothing if rains don't show up soon. Soils here can not hold long this time of year. I guess on the bright side we won't spend as much money on fuel and trucking. Hope things get better for everyone.

  • 7/3 - Wayne County, Nebraska: The top soil is getting a little dry but very good subsoil all crops progressing very good and most areas look good if we get normal rainfall the crops should be good.

  • 7/2 - Stearns County, Minnesota: No rain for three weeks now. Lighter soils showing some stress while the heavier ground looks pretty good. Corn and Soybeans about 2 weeks behind normal. 2nd crop alfalfa is about ankle high due to drier weather. Could use an inch of rain to loosen up the hard soils.
  • 7/2 - Greene County, North Carolina: The corn has dried up no ears on the stalk, beans are dying and the tobacco is is knee high with flowers and drying up. Eastern N.C. is in a extremely severe drought. We can only pray.

  • 7/2 - Haakon County, South Dakota: Corn: Hailed off early came back looks good now but pretty short for July. Overall excellent. The same for all crops and pastures.
  • 7/2 - Boone County, Northern Kentucky: Corn that was planted before the cold wet weeks of early May looks great now. It stayed yellow and almost a purplish color for about three weeks until warmer temps brought it around. Soybeans are short but staying a good green color, probably about 10 -14 days behind. I would guess that all intended acres going to tobacco are set. We have been able to knife in our fertilizer on both corn and tobacco before some timely rains last week. The hay has been excellent, with yields more than doubling last years horrible crop (freeze and drought). One field we rolled 78 bales, while last year we rolled 34. Wheat, weather permitting, will be run this week, with yields going around the 70+ bushel mark. Spoke with a guy from the Co-op and he said he heard that one filed went 100+ bushels. Good luck and be safe.

  • 7/2 - Lyon County, Iowa: The corn in many places is knee to waste high. A few places where replanting was required are also coming along nicely. The beans are also doing great. Spraying is done for the most part. We received about 2” of rain last week which just right. Now if we could only get some summer temps! Over all we are very thankful and are very much aware of who really has control!!

  • 7/1 - Jasper, Indiana: Corn really greening up here, but still about 1/3 good, 1/3 thin, and 1/3 gone, with white river flooding!  We’ve replanted bottoms with all beans. High ground beans planted middle May look good! We're getting around 3/4 inch of rain per week now, we need that to continue.
  • 7/1 - Decatur County, Indiana: We were able to run our 30 acres of wheat in the past day and the yields are looking to be around the 105 bushel mark. Soon to put double crop soybeans in once the straw is baled and stored away. The corn is head high in many locations that were not affected by the floods that stunned the growth for days. The soybeans are coming along, but it seems everything is merely a few steps behind the average.

  • 7/1 - Cottonwood County, Southwest Minnesota: The corn in our area and surrounding areas look excellent.  Most fields have a wonderful dark green color and most corn fields will be arm pit high by the 4th and I have been in one field that is over my 6' 4" head.  Overall the corn crop is about 2 weeks behind our recent average but we have better than average soil moisture. The beans are finally starting to gain a robust green color, but seem to be taking longer to recover from the beating it has taken so far this year.
  • 7/1 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: It's after 10:00 PM on Monday and we just finished spraying the last of our corn. (I love "Mitch Time") The corn we were in was arm pit high and really too tall to be spraying. We ran the giant rag and some grass escape and got out of there. For the most part it is dark green and at this point very healthy looking. There are some spots here and there that show stress from compaction and wet soils at planting. We'll pay for that for a couple of years, maybe? Most of our herbicides put on at planting held very well. We have dodged many bullets compared to a lot of folks around the corn belt. Our soybeans have finally begun to grow and look better. I would say corn is 4-5 days behind and soybeans 8-10 days behind. One concern is how many degree days we'll get the rest of the summer and we will need moisture all season as this crop is very shallow rooted. As always we'll take what we get.
  • 7/1 - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Almost getting caught up. First week of May planted corn looks good, but not outstanding. Stands have thin spots in them, and not from standing water, but cool temperatures lead to 3-4 weeks till emergence. I believe many of the thin spots are due to compaction issues. What does that say for the areas with a 'normal' stand??? Soybeans look anemic. Beans planted in mid April are closed. Anything after that still is far from closing. Double crop corn and beans after barley were planted 10 days behind previous years and sprayed, but not emerged. Wheat will be harvested this week if the 30-40% chance of showers allow. Wheat will come off if it goes through the machine and will find a bin with air. Will fill the planter with beans and close our eyes and plant right behind the combine. Straw will stay in the field. Spot spraying as able. Truly a year to test the Pennsylvania Dutch saying “plant in the dust and the bins will bust.” Hope it is the bins that bust and not my wallet!!!!

  • 7/1 - Alger, Michigan: Corn stressed out on heavy ground due to excess rains but looks good on sandy ground. Some corn just went in ground June 20th started raining early June and hardly stopped -- had little to no rain in May -- ground was quite hard to work. Having trouble haying because it rains every day at 4 p.m. today looks good though.
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