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Sep 30, 2009

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  • 9/30 - Northwest Ohio: Corn coming in at a moisture of 20.5 and a lower test weight around 54, but condition is GREAT in Northwest Ohio.
     
  • 9/30 - South Central Minnesota: First frost of the season today.  Normal date is October 6th.

  • 9/30 - Northern Stearns County, Minn.: Started soybeans yesterday.  Very nice yields (pushing 50 bushel/acre).  Corn is almost all black-layered.  Had some frost this morning and it was 34 degrees.

     
  • 9/30 - DeKalb/Daviess Co, Mo.: 35 degrees here this morning but no visible frost. Some harvesting going on but pretty limited. Beans are probably dry enough but holding leaves at the bottom of the plant. Mine are still green as grass. Corn still mostly green too. Late planting really hurts.
     
  • 9/30 - Henry, Ill.: I just came back last night from Mason City.  Corn showed planting late and wet fields has taken its toll.  Late planting, lots of moisture, uneven growth along with what appears to be a leaching of nitrogen most surely has taken a toll on yield potentials for Northern Iowa.

  • 9/29 - Greenville, Ill.: In Greenville, Ill, CW Gaffner is chopping silage for his milk cows.

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  • 9/29 - Platte County, Neb.: Started harvesting the 25th. (beans) Moisture was 13% to 14%. Today the 28th down to 9%. A lot combined in the last 3 days around here. One 80 across scale averaged 70 bu. Most everyone talking 60 bu to 65 bu.  We’re blessed.

  • 9/29 - North Dickinson County, Kan.: Started harvesting soybeans.  They are making 51 bushel /acre on dryland, terraced hill ground.  I believe this is my worst bean field. We have had fantastic weather all summer.  We are working wheat ground and will hopefully get a good start planting wheat before the next rain event which is coming in Wednesday evening.  If we can get our harvest in, it could be a record breaker for our area.

     
  • 9/29 - Blytheville, Ark.: Good stand of beans behind the levee at Osceola. (Photo taken in late June.).

    Blytheville, Ark.
    Good stand of beans behind the levee
    at Osceola. (Photo taken in late June.)

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  • 9/28 - Raymond, Ill.: Hear a harvest update from Brian Wood, a farmer from Raymond, Ill.
     
     

  • 9/28 - Wright County, Iowa: Started bean harvest yesterday (9/27). Moisture in the 12's. Haven't finished the first field yet but guesstimating low 50's/ A. Should have three more good days of running before next rain event w/ no breakdowns. Be safe out there!

  • 9/28 - Pottawattamie County, Southwest Iowa: Started soybeans on Sunday, 12.5-13.1 moisture RR2Y 2.8's and 3.1's -making field avg. 56.5. Some areas making 70+. Have to be ok with that, either that or higher prices...

     
  • 9/28 - Princeton, Mo.: I don't think that soybeans are going to yield what the USDA says they are going to, but the USDA have always tried to depress prices..!!!

     
  • 9/28 - Dickinson County, Kan.: We are extremely wet here. Zero wheat planted, very little fertilizing done, and just as it gets tempting to start fieldwork, we get another rain. Had minor flooding on some creeks last week, but they didn't do much damage. Dryland corn is ready, and some has been picked between rains, irrigated corn is very close, and beans and milo are within a few days of being ready to harvest. Most farmers in the area are very concerned about getting wheat planted. I don't know how big the area is that is this wet, but it runs up toward Salina to the west and at least Manhattan to the east. I realize this isn't a big market factor, but it takes a toll on those of us in the area. I think that we are going through some of the same problems, now, that the corn belt suffered through last spring. We are all hoping for a change in the weather patterns to give us a break from the rains and cool, cloudy weather. Wish us Luck!.
     
  • 9/28 - Kenosha County, Wis.: Good corn. Some spotty. A little dry but no complaints.
     
  • 9/28 - Buena Vista County, Northwest Iowa: Done combining one smaller field of beans, yielded 48 bu, about normal, corn looks good but with all the cool wet conditions which lead to leaf blights we are concerned about stalk rot anthracnose and moisture, locals want 4-5 cents a point to dry. Some later maturity hybrids still need a little more time before a frost won't hurt.

  • 9/28 -Weld County, Colo.: Four days of cold rainy weather have brought most harvest operations to a halt.  Dryland corn in the area is almost finished with most black layered or very close to it.  Irrigated corn could still use some heat.  Proso millet has been exceptional with yields ranging from 35 to 55 bu. where crops weren't hailed.  Some proso is still standing and even more is laying in soggy windrows.  About half of the winter wheat is seeded and rain was a welcome sight as some was planted in marginally dry conditions.  Some dryland corn should be ready in about two weeks.  However, a cool and wetter than usual forecast could postpone harvest progress.

     
  • 9/28 - Giles County, Tenn.: April corn damaged heavily from what will be our wettest Sept. on record. Sprouting in the ear and mold toxins will be big quality, and storage issues. Lodging, as if we did not already have enough loss due to green snap will be high in the non bt corn. If it was on the ground before the rain it will need to stay there now. Soybeans that were ready before the rain are so swollen they are splitting the pods allowing disease pathogens to attack the seed and shattering to occur. Cotton is in trouble due to the rain and the lack of heat. Could be worse, some have had losses due to flooding and losses of loved ones east of here. We hope it does not frost or freeze on you Yanks but the drop in humidity and a North wind would be good for us.

  • 9/25 - Cedar County, Neb.: Started harvesting beans today, group 2.3 planted on May 29, moisture at 13.6. Small area harvested to set combine. If we get some drying weather instead of cloudy humid we should be able to continue harvest. Yield was taking by measuring area harvested and weighed beans 58 to 60 bu. Have safe harvest!!!!

  • 9/15 - Portland, Ore.: Kevin Porter's wheat fields in Pendleton, Ore.

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  • 9/25 - Polo, Ill.: Dustin Spears, shows harvest in Polo, Ill.

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  • 9/25 - Stearns County, Minn.: Corn milkline is a half to three quarters of the way to the tip.  Silage harvest is done at our farm but about half way done overall in the area.  I have some 87 day corn that is about to black layer and the 95 day needs about 2 weeks of 70 degrees and sunshine.  Has gotten quite dry, could use an inch of rain during the night and full sun during the day.  Estimated corn yields at 160-180 (slightly above average) and am hoping for 45-50 bushel soybeans.  Had perfect rainfall until August 25th, then it shut off.

     
  • 9/25 - Southwest Minnesota, Round Lake: Beans are one to two weeks off yet from combining. Beans are varied in maturity because some did not come up until one week after some had already started to emerge. Have heard yields from some beans that were taken out by Milford, Ia. (In Northwest Iowa). Yields range from 21bu. on poor sandier soil to 58 bu./acre on good higher fertility ground. Heard one account of 42 bu. on average ground. Maturity really speeded up last week when we had 72 to 80 degree days. Now we have cooled of to mid 60's and have had rainy spells of .35 to .25 inches. Some corn getting close to black layer but most is scheduled to black layer by the first week in October. Corn yield estimates run from 150 to 200 plus. We need good drying weather to get this crop matured. We have had plenty of rain and I don't know how much better this corn crop could have had it except for the lack of degree days. We are about 250 degree days behind. Pollination has been excellent and plants are very tall.  

  • 9/24 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Depending on where you live in the area you may have had a few tenths to over an inch of rain the past 5 days.  Most probably fall in the .2-.6 range, though that is going up as it is raining right now.  We aren’t too wet and not too dry so we really don’t need rain, but instead need some warm breezy and sunny days to bring the crop along.

    The little April corn that was kept is being harvested, most moistures are running in the high teens.  Yields are really variable based on how good the stand was. Those very few with good stands are seeing yields in the 180-200 range, those with spotty stands are running 140-170.  Again this may be only a couple percent of the acres here as 95% plus was planted in May and June.  The May plantings (20-26th of May) are hand testing at 30-35%.  Stands in these fields for the most part are good and most think yields will be as good or better than the best early planted fields.  Time will tell.  The June plantings are dented, but we are waiting to see the milk line start moving down.  I think we need two more weeks for this corn to black layer. I suspect most of this corn will not get below 25% moisture unless we have some heat in October. I still think most of our corn crop will fall in the 150-220 range with a lot of 170-200. Probably right at or maybe a bit below last years yields.

    Most beans are green as a gourd. Few got planted in early June and those are showing some yellowing and some real early ones are dropping some leaves.  I think we could see a few fields ready to harvest mid/late next week.  Most beans however, probably won’t be ready until somewhere in the 10th to 20th of October.  I think with the rains we have had and if we can get a favorable October start we could see beans be a bit better than I once thought possible.  No bin busters, but I had been thinking of yields in the 35-45 and I am cautiously going to say that if mother nature cooperates we could see 40-50 be a bit more common.  Stubble beans are a mixed bag.  Some will probably do good to make 10-15 while others that got planted earlier may get into the 30-35 bushel range.

     
  • 9/24 - Pendelton, Ore.:See Kevin Porter’s winter wheat crop. 

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  • 9/23 - South Dakota: What we need here is SD is not frost until the end of October. Even though we had some warm weather in September it seems most crop watchers forget that in September the dates a lot shorter and thus less heating units a day. Some of the bragger farmers might be saying they are going to have record yields but most of the rest of us (normal farmers) had a lot better crop last year. Of course the braggers do not have it in the bin yet and I have heard reports of some of these guys doing corn that was 26 % moisture...you take the shrink off 26% and you can end up with an average yield in the end.

     
  • 9/23 - Texas: Much of Texas received substantial rain in the last week. Listen to the two-minute crop report from Texas AgriLife Extension Service.


    Peanuts, like many other crops in southwest Texas, are usually grown under irrigation. However, even irrigated crops benefited from recent rains, said Dr. Jose Peña, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist based at Uvalde. (U.S. Department of Agriculture - ARS photo by Peggy Greb)

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  • 9/23 - Central Illinois: Rainfall found central Illinois this morning and it brought welcome relief--not from lack of moisture, but from soybean aphids. Residents of this area have been wandering around in a fog of aphids for the past few days. I made the mistake of wearing an orange shirt to my son's football game on Saturday and found myself covered. Apparently temperatures have been perfect for aphid development. I looked across a parking lot last night and it looked like a snow storm.

  • 9/22 - South Central North Dakota: Kyle Wendland shows a sample from a cornfield just north of Fort Thompson.


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  • 9/22 - Northwest Iowa: Carol Raasch says you can still find moisture in the corn ears on her farm. But, they have been frost free. 

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  • 9/22 - Rock County, Minn.: Crops are maturing fast here took a sample of corn and it tested 30% but also have some that need a few weeks yet without frost but for the most part we are close to being safe in this area. Corn is dying on the dry areas as we have very little subsoil moisture left. The triple stacked corn in some areas is falling over from rootworm pressure eating the brace roots. Beans are close and the first yields of some that have combined are not the best. Corn should be great though and some beans will be also depending on if you got a shot of rain at the right time. Should end up being average to above in this area.
     
  • 9/22 - Stearns County, Minn.: In my area I see a lot of corn fields that are yellow/light green. Very low on nitrogen. I estimate easy a 30 bu. loss of corn per acre.
     
  • 9/22 - Hector, Minn.: Cut some beans yesterday.  46 bu. per acre; stems are green; moisture at 12%.  Rain today.

  • 9/22 - Carroll County, Ind.: Early beans running 60- 65 bu /acre, very good for the dry summer. Stay safe.

     
  • 9/22 - Prairie County, Ark: Have had around 5" of rain the past week, but is nothing compared to 50 miles north of us with 10 to 12".  Rice has been slow to mature with lower temps but the yields and milling yields have been good on the clearfield hybrids.  Overall rice yields are erratic with a lot lower than expected.  Some areas especially on the ends and fertilizer streaks are starting to lodge, so the last thing we need is more rain and especially wind and rain together, because we don't need a repeat of last year.  Soybeans look good, some yellowing on the full season soybeans, and depending on the rainfall maybe one more irrigation on the double crop soybeans.  Looks like the rice harvest and soybean harvest will overlap.  Still trying to make a decision about winter wheat, but a wet fall will probably be the biggest determining factor.

  • 9/21 - Blaisdebll, N.D.: Troy and Jenny Smith harvest peas in Blaisdell, N.D.

  • 9/21 - Stearns County, Minn.: Corn getting very close to black layer and soybeans are 80% mature with some scattered green spots.  Very minimal frost damage if it froze now and they are saying a frost is 2 weeks away at least.  Got my 30 acres of corn chopped last week.  Very impressive yields (25 ton/ac. and I chop fairly high compared to most).
     
  • 9/21 - Essex County, Ontario (just south of Detroit in Canada): Wheat (srw) was extra good 80-100+ acre,, beans will be ready in a week --about double last years drought crop -45-60 bu. expected, corn needs about 2 weeks too black layer...yields of 175 bu. expected compared too 140 average...no-till drills will be following bean combines with about 75% of seed being P2347...things look good for everybody but HOG guys.
     
  • 9/21- Lee County, Northwest Illinois: Hand shelled some corn planted on May 6, tested 39%, will black layer this week.  Beans will get started in 10-14 days.

  • 9/18 - Woodbury County, Northwest Iowa: Beans here  are wildly variable as to "leaf drop"... some are completely ready for harvest, without gumming up the combine; others, even "next door",  are like the "edamame" beans at Safeway; green, fully-podded, great to nibble on, but harvest will be another 2-3 weeks away, at best, Corn is the same; a few fields are looking like 15%  and ready to combine; others are still in the dent stage, and the fields are right next to each other. Never seen such variability, but all crops look like possible record yields here, with corn ears filled out to the tip.

     
  • 9/18 - Lafayette County, Wis.: Smith Custom Harvesting in Lafayette County, Wis.

    -- Smith Custom Harvesting in Lafayette County, Wis.

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  • 9/18 - Boone County, Neb.: Lots of hail damage to corn and soybeans.  We might just turn the cattle in it, as it won't pay to harvest it if it won't pay for the fuel.  Corn that does look good is spotty and we may be eating our Thanksgiving Turkey in the field as harvest is a long time coming!  I don't see the BIG yields everyone in other states are talking about as the fields here are no wear near maturity and it is late September.  Farmers are still putting up grain bins and cows are eating alot of hay as the pastures are gone.

  • 9/18 - Madison Parish, La.: Rain, rain, rain. Cotton crop that looked decent is going down daily.  Seed is sprouting in all open cotton.  Corn crop 95% complete with low yields on most acres. Soybeans that have been harvested (approx. 70%) yielded from 40 to 85 bushels.  Soybeans that remain are hurting from so much rain.

  • 9/17 - Geneseo, Ill: Bob Wyffels, vice president production for Wyffels Hybrids, describes crops around Geneseo, Ill.

 

  • 9/17 - Shelby County, West Central Ohio: My RR II soybeans have looked very good all season long. They are 45inches tall and had more blooms on them than I have ever seen, but they did not set an exceptional number of pods. This group 3.5 bean has now lost most of their leaves and many of the pods are only partly filled. My yield expectations have gone from 60's, to 50's and now to the 40'sa.

  • 9/17 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: Aphids are attacking all my beans that where planted in late June, they are in the R5 to R6 stages with counts way over the 250 per plant numbers in areas of the fields and badly in need of rain. Corn is still mostly green with some ears starting to turn brown, most of my earlier beans are turning yellow, so I would say we are 2 to 3 weeks behind normal here.

     
  • 9/17 - Southeast Minnesota: Our soybeans are looking really good may be some 80 bushel + soybean yields.  The soybeans finished growing last weak and are now drying down and we will start harvesting soybeans within the next 7 to 10 days. Corn has finally made it. We did some yield checks of as high as 245 bushels acre.
     
  • 9/17 - Southeast McHenry County, Ill.: I was driving around a week ago looking at the crops thinking they look very good, except it was Sept. 1, not Aug. 1. The last week both corn and beans only progressed about one day. I looked at my corn Saturday and it had not started to dent yet. Yesterday the neighbor that has a vegetable operation, stopped by and bought my small field of corn at home, and started to cut it for corn stalks. He too the bugs are bad beetles are eating the heck out of the beans.

  • 9/17 - Calhoun County, Iowa: Hailed corn is coming in at 23% moisture, test weight 43 pounds, value after drying $.70/bushel. Silage harvesting is in full swing. Some fields of beans have dropped 60% of their leaves but very green stems. Lots of uneven maturity in both corn and bean fields. Harvest is 2 weeks behind schedule. Corn is in the dent stage but still 15 days to black layer in most fields. A killing frost on the 24th or 25th of September will reduce yield potential in most fields due to late maturity.

     
  • 9/17 - Williams County, Ohio: Beans starting to turn very yellow leaves. White mold real bad in some fields. Yields down 10-15 bu. just from mold. Most corn still green to wet early .both crops average at best. We may get corn down to 30 moisture by Nov. 10.
     
  • 9/17 - Southeast Missouri: Cotton growing areas of Missouri and Arkansas have been deluged with rainfall since Monday the 14th and the low pressure system is still hung up over Louisiana.  This is a very bad time for maturing cotton crops to have this type of heavy rain.  Cotton crops in the Mid-south were already late and questionable.  Most corn from here south is out, beans are just now starting, yields on both crops look to be good.
     
  • 9/17- Antelope County, Neb.: Went to Husker Harvest Days.  Harvest is going to late this year.  Many farmers are still irrigating in our area.  We are dry.  Have not seen a rain in quite some time.  Beans are just starting to turn yellow on the dryland.  Ears are not drooping at all on the corn except for the fields that experienced hail.  A lot of hay down right now.  Cows are getting hungry and hard to keep out of the corn.

  • 9/16 - Greenfield, Ill.: Ross Prough, of Greenfield, Ill., shows some sudden death syndrome that’s showing up in his fields.

    Agriculture Reports Network provides crop conditions directly from the farmer to the farmer. Visit, www.agreportsnetwork.com to find out more from locations across the United States.  

     

  • 9/16 - Chippewa County, Wis.: We are 9 inches of rain behind for the year. No rain the last 4 weeks, we did get four inches in the middle of August. Corn and beans look like normal yields, the rains came at the right time but hay crop suffered the most, half a yield for the year. Dairy farmers are the ones hurting yet, milk price is still bad. 

     

  • 9/16 - Fayette County, Pa.: Cut first field of beans last night, 43 bu/ac @ 12.4% moisture, planted May 10.  I think its the first time ever that anyone here has cut beans before farm science.  Very nice to cut beans in nice weather.  Early planted corn drying down nice, moisture in the low 20's.

  • 9/15 - Greenfield, Ill.: CW Gaffner shows the stunted growth on his alfalfa crop.


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  • 9/15 - Polo, Ill.: Dustin Spears shows the pests showing up in his corn fields. 
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  • 9/15 - Western Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: Two rains last week, totaling 2", coming four days apart, put a stop to all harvesting.  We had just gotten started, with only 140 acres of grain in the bin.  And some of that was taken at 21.5% moisture.  Took two days to dry it-won't do that again. Very little spring wheat combined in this corner of the state. Most of what has been harvested is canola, barley and winter wheat, and not many are all done with those crops.  The very late planting season, along with an exceptionally cool summer has not allowed the crops to ripen.  Much of the wheat still has a green tint in it, and just is not ready yet.  But this week the forecast is for temps in the 80's for a couple days, then the high 70's, and dry.  The edible beans, soybeans, and late wheat will now probably make maturity with this gift of great weather.  Some grain might even get down into the 15-16% moist. range where it is easy to handle.  Only 7 weeks till deer hunting, and we have just started to harvest!!!   We haven't bought any fertilizer yet because getting it on this fall is still a big question.

     
  • 9/15 - Van Wert County, Ohio: Soybean harvest has started with yields from 30 to 40 bushel to the acre. Still haven't had any rain to speak of driest I've seen it in years.
     
  • 9/15 - Stearns County, Minn.: Starting to chop corn silage this week and we might have to hurry as this crop is maturing very fast (definitely a good thing!)  Soybeans are yellow and losing leaves daily.  Wow, I think we may have just avoided a disaster.  I think if we can make it another 10-15 days, crops in my area will be safe from frost.  Actually by then (i.e. October 5th or so), it would be nice to get a hard freeze to even further help dry down the crops.

  • 9/14- Northeast Arkansas: Moisture: Corn 18-20%. Soybeans: IV are ready after this rain spell. Cotton: will defoliate from now to 2 weeks.

  • 9/11 - Mississippi County, Southeast Missouri: Lots of bean spraying going on here! Armyworms, stinkbugs and grasshoppers have invaded and are mainly targeting the latest beans but are present everywhere. Early June planted beans are trying to turn pale slightly while most double crop beans in the area are just setting pods, lots of July plantings in this area. Really dry here although the occasional scattered pop-up storms have been hitting certain parts but mainly the same ones hit every time it seems. Corn harvest is trying to be full swing but just can't get it to dry down below 18 in the field and all the morning fog is not helping. Hoping the later planted corn will yield better than the early that had to pollinate in 100 degree temps in June as it has been a little disappointing to this point, the later planting had a much better life as it pollinated in a cool spell of 75 to 80 degree weather. Everyone be safe!

     
  • 9/11 - Washington County, Pa.: Our soybeans started dropping leaves earlier this week. Most of the beans are between mid-thigh and waist high, which before this year we'd never had beans more than knee high. We planted fewer seeds per acre (to 160,000 for 30" rows) as recommended by a Farm Journal article published earlier this year and that seems to have made a big difference. Unfortunately in some spots the beans are only mid-shin high from the deer feasting on them. All of the corn has been dented for a couple weeks. The earliest planted corn had to deal with a light frost after emerging, its a little on the short side but most of those stalks have two ears. All of the corn is a little shorter than its been recent years from the lack of GDD's this summer but yields should still be good. 3rd cutting of alfalfa is coming on strong. It would be nice if it could have a couple more weeks but that would mean hoping for warm weather at the end of September. This year that just seems unlikely.

    -- Washington County, Pa.

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  • 9/11 - Clay County, northwest Iowa: We've become very dry.  I've had 1" of rain since August 1- most of that came in .1-.2" increments, so didn't do much good.  Crops on the lighter soils have just flat died over the last few days, heavier soils seem to be still holding up, but some of the corn has tipped back, and the 2nd ear which really looked good earlier has now aborted most, if not all kernels.  80-90% chance of rain tomorrow afternoon and night, but will believe it when I see it as 50% earlier this week didn't give us a drop.  It'll be too late anyway for some.  Some beans on light soils may be combined next week.

  • 9/11 - Hardin County, Iowa: Crop conditions are changing extremely fast in the last week for us.  102 day corn that one week ago looked like it would be two to three weeks from maturity is now starting to black layer, it is probably developing a little too fast for optimum test wt. It is starting to look like we may harvest some early corn before beans and a week ago, I would not have thought, that possible.

     
  • 9/11 - Southwest Ohio: Just finished a 7,500 mile crop tour and didn't find anything better than we have overall. There are great crops west but they are behind ours maturity wise. Too many ankle biter beans, they will be disappointing but overall that crop is good. Corn is real good across the nation, bar none.
     
  • 9/11 - Fulton/Miami counties, North Central Indiana: Local Pioneer dealer and I did a walk through some corn last weekend (9-5-09). 106 day corn planted on May 10 had not "black layered" yet.  It was very close.  111 day corn planted May 17 was in full dent and appeared to be only 4-5 days behind the 106 day corn.  Leaves and stocks showing disease pressure. Some corn bore and shank worm damage. Pollination was excellent.  Many ears with no tip back at all. Many ears look like they were perfect with grain out to the very tip. (Needed higher population.)  Some late group II soybeans planted on May 11 are yellow and loosing leaves. Very little disease or insect pressure.  Some white mold beginning to show in later planted soybeans.  Overall we look very good, just 1 to 2 weeks behind.
     
  • 9/11- Minnesota: Where is all the left over old crop corn at? Nobody I know has any. The grain buyers don't appear to know where it is either. I was just wondering.

  • 9/10 - Sargent County, N.D.: Wheat harvest is completed. Big yields but very low-protein content. Lots of white mold in the soybeans, weather in 2004 and 1993 was similar to 2009 and both those years had poor soybean yields. Corn looks great but needs 3-4 weeks of frost/freeze weather, most is just beginning to dent.

     
  • 9/10 - Shelby County, Iowa: Early beans turning, group 3 beans need at least 2 weeks yet. Late season diseases showing up in both corn and beans. Corn needs 2 to 3 weeks to maturity.

     
  • 9/10 - West Central Kansas: The fall crops are beginning to show fall is coming. My sunflowers look like they are 3 weeks or so from harvest. I normally plant wheat around Sept. 15 and everything is ready and in pretty good shape. I can verify the grasshopper problem. A neighbor has already planted wheat and the hoppers are certainly working on the field edges pretty hard. I haven't see hoppers that are 3" long, but the numbers of them is high.

    -- West Central Kansas

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  • 9/9 - Grenville County, Eastern ON, Canada: Crops look good but we need to be frost free until at least the end of Sept. Spring wheat harvest is mostly complete and we have had good yields but lots of problems with fusarium again this year. Approx. 50% of the spring wheat has gone feed grade and I suspect that spring wheat acres will be down again next year. Soys and corn look good but we are probably a week behind normal as far as heat goes. My prediction is yields will be average or better but our local prices are not so good. Corn is currently at $3.40-$3.45 Cdn and beans are $9.55 Cdn for 2009 crop. This past spring corn could have been contracted for $5.00 Cdn and beans were $10.80 Cdn at that time. I'm not sure if many growers took advantage of those prices but they probably should have.

     
  • 9/9 - Fayette County, South Central Illinois: Soybeans look ok until you raise the leaves and see the hundreds of aphids under each leaf.  Having all the soybeans sprayed on Wednesday the 9th.   We have never ever had to spray beans for bugs that I can remember in the last 50 years.  Corn looks ok except where the nitrogen leached out.  Crops should be close to normal if not slightly below normal as long as the frost stays away until the end of October. (Trick or Treat?)
     
  • 9/9 - Lincoln County, S.D.: We have been blessed with 18 inches of rain since June 7.  Crop looks the best I have ever seen, but we are two weeks behind normal.   Will cut corn silage shortly after labor day, looks like a lot of 200+ bushel corn.   Soybeans are starting to have a tint of yellow in the leaves.  Pod counts are very high with many 3 and 4 beans to a pod.    We had an excellent summer for feeding cattle. No dust, since lots were somewhat muddy all summer and only 1 maybe 2 days that consumption slipped due to heat.

  • 9/9 - Cavalier County, Northeast North Dakota: Had 2" of rain last night, not what we need.  Everyone was just starting harvest and now here we sit.  Just checked the extended forecast and it doesn't look great.  Hopefully this weather pattern turns around.

     
  • 9/9 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Another fairly general 1-1.5 inches of rain on Saturday has started our September off on the right foot.  We would up with about 3.5 inches in August out of two significant rain events.  Temps this week are predicted to be in the mid 80’s which is desperately what we need. 

    Corn looks good, though leaf diseases are really running wild.  Between grey leaf spot and southern rust those race horse hybrids are taking a toll.  The fields sprayed with fungicide are starting to really stick out now.  All the seed reps are still doing their yield checks but I think everyone is of the opinion we will have a real good corn crop.  Not sure if we can top 08, but I guess it’s possible.  Some of the real poorly drained fields will take a hit and maybe some of those make 140 or so, but I think most will be in the 160-210 range.  The big issue is this crop is still a ways from harvest.  Some of the early varieties are starting to black layer, but much of the crop is just good silage corn at best.  Dry corn out of the field may be unheard of.

    Beans are a mixed bag.  I think the early June plantings(which are far and few between) will be pretty good and potentially be average or maybe a bit above.  The late June plantings were helped with this last rain will be decent but I think most of those will fall in the mid to upper 30’s to maybe low 40s.  They have finally gotten some size, but they just don’t have that many pods.  The July plantings and double crops will be less, and in some cases much less.  Some double crops will surely be sub 20 bushel beans. 

    In general I think we have corn crop that will fall 10-20% above the average and a bean crop that will be 10-30% below average.
     
  • 9/9 - Bulloch County, Ga.: Hope to plant peanuts this year beans did not do as good as I would had hoped for. Waiting to find out the price for peanuts for 2009 before I make my decision.
     
  • 9/9 - Bremer County, Iowa: I too have seen mold killing the beans.  I assume due to good rain fall, and high dew amounts from overnight. Even in the afternoon, it is still rather damp.   Corn looks good, and is dented, but no moisture line yet. It will be the end of Sept before combines will roll on beans.

  • 9/8 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: Walked thru several soybean fields and they are done blooming and done setting pods. I found some white mold killing areas in the fields. Beans where shorter than normal and less pods and looks like the beans are going to be small. Cool cloudy weather has really hurt yields from what I can see. Normally you can not walk thru 15 inch rows by the end of August because of the tall beans closing the rows and tangling together. This year it was no problem, I even drove thru some with my four-wheel ATV with no problem. A few corn fields that where planted in April are starting to turn brown but most of the corn around is still green. Corn prices are around $2.80 and soybeans $ 9.00 so it looks like modest yields and low prices with high input costs = huge losses.

     
  • 9/8 - Holdingford, Minn.: Corn is almost 1/2 milk line.  That warm sunny days have really helped moved this crop along.  Soybeans turning yellow.  Everything should be safe from frost by September 25 or so.

     
  • 9/8 - North Central Wisconsin: Our alfalfa crop is excellent this year, good tonnage and protein. The corn is at least 3 weeks behind, our 85 day corn is just starting to turn from white to yellow kernels, and nothing in our area is even close to denting. We had a hard frost here on August 31, many low fields are dead. We had 26 degrees, but our corn and beans do not show any damage. The beans actually look good, as we had  ample rain in August, but we need 3 weeks of warmth yet to mature them.  I have run combines for 35 years, and have never seen barley like this year, down to 11 percent moisture, but you could NOT get the beards off. We have John Deere, Massey, and IH combines. It made no difference; I could grind the kernels through the machines, the beards stayed on. Oats yields were very good here, color was rather bland though.

     
  • 9/8 - Colorado: Here is just one of the MILLIONS of grasshoppers that have been eating our corn here in Colorado for the last two weeks.  We are afraid to plant our wheat because we are afraid they will eat the seed.  We believe these grasshoppers are heading to the Corn Belt and beyond. The grasshoppers are three full inches in length.

    -- Colorado

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  • 9/8 - Spink County, S.D.: Well it warmed up. Would have been nice to have some rain to go with the heat, because the stalks are getting brown and the ears and are not dented. We will not need a frost to make light corn, because lack of moisture might take care of that issue before the frost hits. Lots of corn and beans that do not look very good.

     
  • 9/8 - Logan Union County, west central Ohio: As the old saying goes; (It's not over til it's over)  We had a great bean crop coming & this week end I'm seeing White Mold literally exploding in fields around my area. With more rain & warm temperatures today, I'm wondering what will be left at harvest.

     
  • 9/8 - Sibley County, Minn.: Crops have a long way to go. Beans are starting to turn and corn is early dent.

  • 9/5 - West Central Minnesota: If you do the kernel, row, and ear counts, the yield is respectable and possibly quite large, but one also has to look at the time needed to finish. A normal frost date will have some limiting factor on yields. Frost-free through the middle of October and you have your record. Cubic volume of grain means less than total weight. If the test weight is less than desirable, average yields at best. Soybeans, pod count seem low and they have a long way to go to finish filling. Lots of white mold that could have quite an impact. Don't know if I would be putting this one in the record yield category just yet.

     
  • 9/5 - Iowa: [Response to Clay County, Minn., below] And who would be around to buy your 2011 crop?

     
  • 9/5 - Eastern Oklahoma: We have received over 3" the last three days . . . perfect on the late beans. I just got back from the Farm Progress Show. All I can say is, it better not frost before October 15 up there. That is our normal frost date here. I saw a lot of corn going down in spots. And it is a long way from done . . . I saw corn still in the blister stage.

     
  • 9/4 - Clay County, Minn.: Before everyone orders their corn and bean seed and applies fertilizer this fall, just think if we took that money and bought July 10 corn and bean futures and went on strike and didn't plant a crop for 2010. By taking one year of production out and no fertilizer, we could literally name our price for what we produce for years to come. Oh, by the way, those futures contracts would be worth big $$$, with no input cost for 2010, no problem paying rent or making payments. Sound interesting??

     
  • 9/4 - Hardeman County, Texas: It is very dry here. Dryland cotton is burned up [photo 1]. Irrigated cotton looks pretty good [photo 2]. Need a good six weeks of warm weather to finish it up. Need quite a bit of moisture before we can think about seeding winter wheat. Have a good harvest, everyone.
    .

    Hardeman County, Texas

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  • 9/4 - Lancaster, Pa.: Corn silage harvest just starting. The crop is at least 10-14 days behind last year due to the cooler summer and wet cloudy August. Had nearly 8" of rain. Corn and beans look great if we can get weather to get it in. Alfalfa and pasture look good as well. Milk price is in the toilet, but what else is new.

     
  • 9/4 - Fulton County, northwest Ohio: Scouted a lot of our crops Thursday. Have some 105 and 107 day corn that's not even dented yet. We are way behind and have had 43 degree nights. It's jest not good.

     
  • 9/4 - Milam County, Texas: Corn was planted first of March. Sorghum was planted mid-March, early April. Everything had good moisture and was looking good, then a late frost cleared a few fields in the county. The corn that made it through the frost looked good until after the tassel came out. That's when we quit getting moisture. Same for sorghum -- once the plant headed out, the moisture just wasn't there. I've heard reports on corn anywhere from 15 bu. to over 90. On sorghum, I've heard reports of fields being so bad they were baled for insurance and some made 4,000 lb. sorghum. I hear a lot about people up north complaining about the rain. At least they're getting . . . send some our way.

  • 9/3 - Northeast Arkansas: Corn harvest getting started, yields range from 150-260. Rice farmers report very good yields. IV soybeans will be ready in couple weeks. Cotton still lagging, should be ready to harvest in 30 days. Frost usually doesn't come till early November. Hope everyone has a safe harvest.

     
  • 9/3 - Mitchell County, Iowa: I agree with the fellow from Fayette County, this is October weather -- 40s at night and don't get into the 70s till afternoon, does not give the corn the heat units needed to move along very fast. Each and every week moves our needed frost date further and further toward November, and we all know that don't happen here. Corn planted April 15 only has half the kernels dented.
     
  • 9/3 - LaSalle County, Ill.: Crops here in general look good, but late and poor spots within each field. I've read a couple of market people comment that if we make it three weeks, and another said end of September, we'll be safe from frost.  Are they guessing or actually doing the math? Our agronomist has figured the numbers. If we have normal weather from here on out, midseason corn planted mid-May will black layer the end of October. Full season corn is mid to late November! And most of our corn was planted late in May. Going to be tough to mature prior to frost this year. Not looking forward to a late, wet corn harvest.
     
  • 9/3 - Lane County, Kan.: Sorghum and corn in our area of western Kansas look pretty good provided we get the right weather to finish the crop. I am anxious to hear crop comments from growers in Texas concerning the status of corn and sorghum in their area.

  • 9/2 - Cavalier County, Northeast North Dakota: Crop is at least 3 weeks behind normal. Winter wheat harvest is in full swing with yield reports ranging from 40-50 bu/a. Some pre-harvest roundup being sprayed on spring wheat, might see some of that being taken off by the end of the week.  Swathing of canola is also in full swing, harvesting probably at least a week away for that.  We've had a good week of nice weather finally but we need it to stick around for at least another month without a frost otherwise the soybeans and pinto beans will be in trouble.

     
  • 9/2 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: Mowing a few waterways for the last time before fall. 2.3 and 2.5 beans are still growing and actually look very nice but these beans were planted May 15 and show no signs of turning. I don't know how all those crops in Illinois and North Dakota that were planted at the end of June are going to make it with the cool summer we've had. It's 46 degrees right now and will take until 2 this afternoon to make 70 and then head the other way at 6. Corn and beans planted normally are going to have to hustle, let alone those planted in June.
     
  • 9/2 - Walsh County, North Dakota: Sept. 1, and we finally got a combine into the field.  Took off about 30 acres of peas, the rest are still too green.  This evening we walked into about 600 acres of wheat fields and found 200 acres that we could start swathing tomorrow.  All our other wheat is still a couple weeks away.   We figure swathing will get us to combining quicker than doing the preharvest Roundup.  Barley is still a few days away from cutting.  No spring wheat has come into the local elevators yet.  Edible beans are filling the lower pods, and still flowering on top.  I'm afraid the soybeans around here (there aren't too many) will be a big green manure crop to plow down.  This is the latest, slowest crop to ripen in many years, maybe ever.  Canola is getting cut....looks to be an excellent crop.  We are praying for a very late and delayed frost.....November 1 would be about right.
     
  • 9/2 - Bond County, Southern Illinois: It was 46 degrees this morning when I left for work at 6 a.m.  There had to be some frost up north?

  • 9/1 - Crop Reports from Corn College: Listen to these farmers, who attended Farm Journal's one-day Corn College, describe crops in their area.

Charlie Hammer
, of Beaver Dam, Wis., has attended all three Farm Journal Corn College events. He says by attending he aims to better understand the cycles of fertilizer and how he can apply it to his farm.



John McGrath, from Amana, Iowa, says even on his farms, you can find great crop variability.



Alan Pfeifer, of Leesburg, Ind., provides a crop update from his area.



Rick Devoe, Monroe, Wis., says harvest on his farm wont start until the middle of October.



Jason Troike, a farmer from Girard, Kan., says the best word to describe this years growing season is: trying.


 


  • 9/1 - Faribault County, Minn.: Just finished looking at some soybeans and the white mold is really taking a toll. We've always had some other years, but not whole fields. This is as serious as I have ever seen it. There is really no objective way to put a number on how bad it is, but I tried to guess that a 97-acre field had at least 60 acres with dead plants in it. I think we are nearly 15 to 20 days behind on corn maturity. 2007 took out 160 acres of 94 day on the 13-15 of September at 19% moisture. This year same field, same hybrid planted April 17 is just getting dented, and it's cold every day.

     
  • 9/1 - Eastern Van Wert County, Ohio: For the most part we missed all the rain here again. Maybe 3 or 4 tenths, just to give you an idea of how dry it is. I have a photo of one of the cricks. Also have only had to mow the lawn twice since July 1st.
    .

    Eastern Van Wert County, Ohio

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

  • 9/1 - Williams County, Ohio: Outside rows of fields look good, inside rows' ears half the size. Corn hurt early by too much rain. Below-average yield at best. Moisture will be very wet. Beans have chance if there is a late frost not till Oct. 10-15. Average yield with late frost.
     
  • 9/1 - Seneca, Neamaha County, Kan.: Triple stack corn planted on April 8 on northeast Kansas hill ground falling over at the lowest node with stock rot. Crop has looked excellent until here in last 10 days and is getting worse every day. If harvested today, yield expectations would be near 160 bu./acre. In the last 20 days we have had over 3" of rain and cool weather accelerating the problem. The reality has set in that this is not going to be good. I will not plant any corn next year; invested risk is too high.

    160 bu.  x $2.82 (local cash bids) = $451. I will have near $430 an acre invested, including harvesting. I would be happy to just break even at this point on the corn crop.

    On a positive note, pulled random a couple of soybean plants from 30" row planted at 160,000 populations. One plant had 137 pods, the other 126.



  
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