April Crop Comments
Apr 30, 2012
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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
- 4/30 - Huntington County, Ind.: We finished corn on April 24, earliest ever. All that I have checked has at least sprouted and the earliest has begun to emerge. We are about 70% done with beans. We are very dry, but the soil has been about perfect condition for planting. Some warm weather and rain would really help.
- 4/30 - Kearney County, Neb.: 100% corn planted.
- 4/30 - Saginaw County, Mich.: A series of hard freezes was capped today with record cold, 25.3° at our location, breaking an over 100-year-old record Sunday morning. No corn emerged locally yet, but I measured 32° soil temp 0.5" deep at dawn. The tip of our earliest (planted April 13) corn coleoptile is still 0.5" to 1" below the surface, and a big warm-up begins today. My guess is the corn will be fine, but we will see over the next week when given the forecast, it should all emerge. After a record warm and dry March and early April, such a hard freeze at the very end of April is certainly unwelcome. Our local alfalfa and even the grass in our CREP is showing the effects from all the recent very, very cold temps.
- 4/30 - Hendricks County, Ind.: Finished planting soybeans on April 26. Need some warm weather and some sunshine, although a shower wouldn't hurt. The last 200 acres of corn is crusted over. Early stand counts 31,000 to 35,000. Hope the rest of the corn comes up as well as the first planted did.
- 4/30 - Ward County, N.D.: Application maps indicate more surface water in potholes this spring than last fall. Planting is difficult, all low ground is too wet, hilltops just right. Rain in the forecast for next five days. Yields will be down at least 25% if growing conditions are perfect. 25% of the acres in the pothole region are still underwater. It will take time for the water to go down.
- 4/30- Logan County, Ohio: We finished planting corn yesterday, just as the rain was coming in. We got 1.2 inches overnight. No beans planted yet. Corn is half-way done.
- 4/27 - O’Brien County, Iowa: We started planting corn April 24 and are 85% done. We may finish up today, depending on when it starts to rain. We can use more rain, but soil conditions are good.
- 4/27 - East central Iowa: Good luck finding a planter sitting in the shed around here. Yesterday (Thursday) everyone was planting like mad before the weather forecast takes a turn for the worse. We have chances just about every day for the next week (along with cooler temps.)
- 4/26 - Yoakum County, Texas: Across the county, above-average ambient temperatures, above-average soil temperatures, and below-average precipitation continue to be experienced. Approximately 5% of the peanut acres have been planted, to date. Producers are possibly a week out from beginning cotton planting, all are looking for a general planting rain. Soil conditions are dry, with above-average soil temps. Forage quality has diminished, with range and pasture conditions being very poor.
- 4/26 - Kearny County, southwest Kansas: The wheat crop out here really took a beating in the last five days. Lots of wheat has about died or has lost a lot of yield potential. If we don't get a rain in the next few days, we will lose a lot of wheat out here. We were looking at a real good wheat crop. We had moisture all spring when we needed it, but we never really got enough to build up our profile from the drought that has been ongoing. Irrigated corn is going into the ground fast. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/26 - Iowa: April has brought cooler temperatures, and this has caused planting to slow in much of the Midwest. In Iowa, planting is just getting started. During our third stop along the I-80 Planting Tour, AgDay’s Tyne Morgan spoke to two young producers who are just beginning to plant. Read more: Planting in Iowa: 'We've Got a Long Way to Go'
- 4/26 - Hillsdale, Mich.: Corns going in pretty heavy right now, and a few have started planting beans. It wouldn't hurt to get a little rain, as we are borderline dry.
- 4/26 - East central Iowa: I would have to say just about everybody started planting Tuesday or Wednesday. Hope the weather will cooperate and start to warm up. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 4/25 - New London, Conn.: We got 800 acres planted by 4/21 and had 3.5" rain on 4/22.
- 4/25 - LaGrange, Ind.: I just finished spring tillage. Hay crop is looking good and I’m getting antsy to get in and mow. Have not started planting yet, but soon.
- 4/25 - Steuben County, N.Y.: We got about 3" of heavy snow. We already have 158 acres of 900 in due to the warm weather last week (82° on the 16th). We currently have about 65 acres of potatoes in as well.
- 4/25 - Texas: Though there remained large areas still stricken, the number of counties under drought conditions continued to shrink, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports and the U.S. Drought Monitor. From Interstate 45 to the east, most counties were either completely out of the drought or merely abnormally dry. Though most of the counties to the west of I-45 remained under drought, only about 25% were rated as being in severe or exceptional drought.
Rains brought on a spring flush of cool-season grasses in many areas, providing lush grazing for livestock. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns)
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- 4/24 - Clinton County, Ind.: We are starting to talk about the fact that this is the driest spring on record in our area. There is locally well over half of the corn and beans in here, but we are rapidly running out of moisture.
- 4/24 - Jefferson County, N.Y.: 3" of wet snow on 4/23 and then about 2" of much needed rain. Planted 700 acres of corn by 4/20, about 30% done.
- 4/24 - Spalding, Neb.: Corn going in at a fast pace. Ideal planting conditions. A lot of field work was completed throughout the winter. The local fertilizer distributors are doing a good job keeping up with the farmers as well. Got down to 32° last night so I hope that is the end of the cold nights. Weather shows a system coming in at the end of the week.
- 4/24 - Jasper County, Iowa: We could use some dry warm days. No planting done on our farm. It's been too wet or too cold. The soil just about gets dry enough to plant and then we get more rain.
- 4/24 - Wells County, Ind.: A lot of my neighbors who planted the 1st of April are 50% done. Others have just started. This past week we have lost temperature in the ground. Soil temperatures are around 40°. I only have 100 acres of corn and plan to start Thursday or Friday this week. Would like to have soil temps at 50° or above.
- 4/23 - Henry County, Ohio: Hearing lots of corn doesn’t know what to do. Some started to sprout, others just lying in the ground, and the bugs have got some. It has been almost three weeks since it was planted, and with temps in the 30s at night and close to 50 during the day, it is not helping. Lots of guys that are not done with corn will be waiting for a nice warm rain and warm weather after to finish planting corn. Lots of time to plant corn yet.
- 4/23 - Allen County, Ind.: Finished corn today, earliest start and finish. Started planting a late group 3 bean. We no-till everything and the ground is in excellent shape.
- 4/23 - Cayuga County, N.Y.: We planted 120 acres of corn 4/18 thru 4/20. We just got 0.6" of rain last night with more to come on Monday and Tuesday. Temps in the 50° range this week, hope it warms back up. Temp was 81° on 4/20. Nighttime lows for this coming week show 34° to 37°.
- 4/23 - O’Brien County, Iowa: We got about 2.2" of rain last week. Now waiting for it to dry up so that planting can start, for even the early guys have not started yet. But it will be off to the races once the ground is fit.
- 4/23 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Getting a little frustrated with the weather around here. It’s great to get the moisture but we can’t seem to get a window more than a few hours of sunny dry weather. Looking at the forecast a couple days ago it looked like this might be our week to get a lot of corn in the ground, but now chances of rain are popping in. So much for an early start to planting.
- 4/23 - Champaign County, Ohio: Corn planting wrapping up before 0.25" rain Friday night. Some emergence, but went in real well and light rain welcomed. Soybean planters started to roll midweek and going in nicely. Gentle shower is perfect and should finish corn and get a big jump on beans before next rain event midweek.
- 4/23 - McLennan County, Texas: Corn is waist-high and growing well, wheat is turning fast and may see some cut in two weeks. No rain in forecast, have missed the last two chances -- hope a pattern is not forming. Cotton is coming up and growing well -- it sure could use a rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/23 - Hendricks County, Ind.: Finished planting 800 acres of corn on April 19. Corn that was planted April 4-8 is coming up nicely. Started planting beans and have about 80 acres planted before we got 0.30" of rain. It's cool here this morning, about 42°. Praise the Lord for the nice planting season so far.
- 4/23 - Yakima, Wash.: Planters are running all over this area. I finished planting corn Thursday. Conditions are very good. Could use a bit more soil moisture, but no complaints. Lots of snow in the mountains for irrigation. A good start to a great year!!
- 4/20 - Sac County, Iowa: No more than 5%-10% of corn planted -- too cold and dry. We finally received 2.5" of rain this past week -- more than we have gotten total since end of June last year. Waiting for it to dry up and warm up.
- 4/20 - Moultrie County, Ill.: All done planting corn. Will start planting beans next week. 90% of corn planted in area. Some frost damage in corn planted middle of March. Most corn looks good that is up.
- 4/20 - Ogle County, Ill.: First plantings 4/7, corn sprouted appears OK in spite of several frosty nights. We are 70% planted and sprayed just before a 1½" rain. No one near has started yet. Leaving the low ground till last to plant because of a late frost.
- 4/20 - Sussex County, N.J.: We started planting corn on 4/18. Conditions are very dry, first cutting alfalfa very short, praying for rain this weekend.
- 4/20 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: Well, today appeared to be the day when everyone took planters to the field in our area. We joined in and got 290 acres in by about 4:30, then decided to call it a day. Due to the early date, we decided not to get too carried away in case rain tonight turns out to be heavy. Be safe.
- East central Iowa: We received 0.5"-1.5" of rain Thursday and Thursday night. Some guys did get started Wednesday. Not much planted around here, maybe 5%. Most guys have not started, but that will change when the window of opportunity allows. Cold here again this morning, and we have another chance of frost Saturday morning. I would have to say we are no longer early here, but we are not late...yet.
- 4/20 - El Reno, Okla.: We had a great start on corn planting, and all is up and about 4" tall. Sunshine all week is just what it needed to grow. Couldn’t ask for better planting weather!
- 4/20 - Sauk County, Wis.: Alfalfa looks great. Corn planting just beginning. Wheat and oats seeding coming up nicely. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/20 - Steuben County, N.Y.: We began Wednesday planting corn. We have planted 118 of 900 acres. We have also planted 964 acres of oats.
- 4/20 - Bedford County, Pa.: Corn planters starting to roll, still having chilly mornings but highs in 70s and 80s. Grass and alfalfa hay setback from cold snap, barley heading out, short in plant height though most oat and new hay crop planted and emerging well, little damage from cold snap, be safe!
- 4/20 - Saginaw County, Mich.: In addition to the warmth, a very dry spring has contributed to our earliest corn planting. Locally probably 15% of corn is in the ground. A perfect 0.6" warm rain this past weekend has everything germinated. Our soil temps at seed depth today are still 58°, despite a 31° low this morning. No corn will be emerged yet this weekend, when we are forecast to have a three-day shot of cold, thus so far so good for our early corn. A few soybeans have even been planted here.
- 4/19 - Faribault County, Minn.: Planting reports all over the board here! Some farmers have hit it hard and are done with corn, and some haven't even started! I'm in the middle -- about 20% done with corn. Only time will tell what was the right thing to do. Nice to see it can still rain, though; got about 2" in the past week. Sure everyone will hit it hard when it dries up this time.
- 4/19 - East central Iowa: Getting planter ready with a "little" help. I have to admit that we are a little jealous of those of you who are done planting when we haven't even started. Some guys started today, and as usual I'm not ready. We are not late by any means (especially with the temps we are getting now). We may actually be making hay before planting corn (cold temps have slowed that too).
- 4/19 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: 0.5" rain over the weekend. Wheat will be starting to joint in next week. Lots of spraying and topdressing going on. Wheat looks pretty fair except for the wind damage due to the dry, windy winter. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/19 - Clay County, Ill.: Corn planted April 16, two nights at 29° after.
- 4/19 - Bond County, Ill.: Our corn planting is completed. 1,000 acres of corn with 500 emerged. May have to replant some due to the 2¾" of rain we received. The corn that is emerged looks great.
- 4/18 - Ward County, N.D.: After a mild, dry winter, rain has started and will not let up. Rain in the forecast every day this week, with snow tomorrow. Rain has kept drills out of the field. Last year, 25% of our ground was underwater. Those potholes have not gone down. Water levels are right where they were last year. Frost and lack of sun has taken its toll on any winter wheat that was planted. Freezing temps at night have delayed chemical burndown applications. Looked like it would be an early start, but two weeks of rain has caused major delays. Washouts and flooded land are becoming a problem again. I am a durum grower and last USDA report said durum acres up 100% in ND. Who is planting all of these acres out there? They are not on my farm!! I do not plan on planting any durum at all for 2012. Acres have been replaced by beans just because of the lack of an early start to planting.
- 4/18 - Williams County, Ohio: Frost again this a.m. Nothing in the ground, waiting for it to warm up. Trying to get our fall work done, spraying and fertilizing, and also working ruts.
- 4/18 - Union County, Ohio: Started planting corn today with ground conditions being perfect. I am a little worried about it being so early, but with conditions like this it is hard to just sit and not do anything. All the bean ground sprayed, and all of the NH3 put on.
- 4/18 - Northeast Iowa: Rolling corn ground prior to planting at Lantzky Farms. We’re rolling in order to have a firm, smooth ground to plant into. It also pushes the small rocks that were pulled up when the field cultivator came through. Video courtesy of Lantzky Farms’ YouTube channel.
- 4/18 - Texas: With rains and warmer-than-average weather, cool-season grasses and small grains continued to show rapid growth, according to the reports. Producers throughout the state were taking advantage of the situation to bale as much as they could and rebuild hay supplies depleted in the 2011 drought.
In Cooke County, as in many parts of Texas, farmers took advantage of warm weather and plentiful cool-season grass growth to replenish depleted hay supplies. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Wayne Becker)
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- 4/18 - Louisiana: LSU AgCenter Correspondent Tobie Blanchard explains why rice acres across the country are at their lowest in over 20 years. Video courtesy of http://www.twilatv.org.
- 4/17 - Putnam County, Ind.: Corn 50% planted and soybeans 10%. We had nice rains over the weekend.
- 4/17 - Robeson Co. N.C.: Corn is all up. Some wheat was hurt by low temps last week. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/17 - Jefferson County, N.Y.: Planted 120 acres of corn today, ground conditions were perfect, and soil temp was 55 at 1.5". Spring wheat and oats planted three weeks ago are finally up. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/17 - Martin County, Ind.: Started planting soybeans yesterday, ground was near perfect. All the corn planted April 1-3 is up and looks real good. Just need the nights to start being a little warmer again.
- 4/16 - Richland County, N.D.: Winter wheat is greened up and looks good, with little winterkill. Hard red spring wheat is nearly complete. Approximately 10% of corn is in the ground. Recent heavy rain, with forecast for more this week, will delay planting at least two weeks. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/16 - East central Iowa: Received 1" of rain Saturday night. Areas just to my south received 2"-3.5". I'm sure when it is fit to go, everyone will be starting. I was really surprised that a lot more guys didn't start the end of last week. Ground conditions were great, but the calendar said wait. We can still get a frost until the 10th of May.
- 4/16 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Rain 3" Saturday with considerable erosion even in no-till, came fast and hard at times. I would say 5%-10% of corn planted. We were very dry until this rain, nice to get the moisture but too bad it had to come so hard. Also received a little hail with the rain, but not any damage. Soil temps have gone from a high of 63 (two weeks ago) back to 51. One farmer in area I think has all his corn planted and some is up at three-leaf stage; other guys haven't started and we are about 35% done.
- 4/16 - Union County, Pa.: Alfalfa seedings from March 31 and April 1 are sprouted but need moisture. Alfalfa will be early but short. Weevils are starting to work. No-tilled corn into 50 degree ground on April 13. Planting conditions were superb!
- 4/16 - Darke County, Ohio/Randolph County, Ind.: Two-thirds done on corn. 200 acres of beans. Best soil conditions in years; hope to keep the warmer weather.
- 4/16 - Sampson County, N.C.: Corn planted one week ago. Seeds are swollen but have not emerged. Should be up by Monday.
- 4/13 - Coles County, Ill.: 27° Wednesday morning, 29° Thursday morning. It turned some trees brown. It turned some corn white on top, but it didn't seem to kill it. Unsure how it affected the corn just coming up. I hope it does not corkscrew and turn down.
- 4/13 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Very dry and extremely hard, most trying to work ground, not much corn planted around here, heard a couple of BIG farmers up north were planting corn, most just waiting for the weather to warm up more, hoping for rain this weekend.
- 4/13 - Greenwood County, Kan.: Finished planting corn Wednesday. Crop went in beautiful with plenty of moisture. We hope and pray for a better outcome than last year, when over half of our acres were ZERO YIELD.
- 4/13 - From Champaign to Elkhart, Ill.: Todd Gleason, an Extension agent for the University of Illinois, says that when he drove from Champaign to Elkhart yesterday he found fields in Champaign County suffering from the cold. "The five-leaf stage didn’t fare terribly well," he says. He says the two-leaf corn he found in Logan County was nipped, but he believes it should come out OK.
-- Champaign County, Ill.
Photos by Todd Gleason, University of Illinois
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- 4/13 - Audrain/Callaway, counties, Mo.: March 15 corn is 3-4 inches tall. The last week of March corn is all up good. Heavy rains in one localized area will require some replanting. About 60% finished with 2,500 acres of corn. Will wait to finish till after five-day rain event (very little replant available).
- 4/13 - DeKalb County, Mo.: We ran late last night...until we ran out of N. Got going this morning early and everyone around us rushing to get things taken care of before the rain hits tonight and tomorrow. The ground is in great shape and has plenty of moisture. It's been a week since rain and there are still wet spots on side hills from seep. Let's hope we still have that moisture in July/August.
- 4/13 - 2012 I-80 Planting Tour: Nebraska: A year ago, farmers in northeast Nebraska couldn't plant due to massive flooding. National reporter Tyne Morgan takes a look at how things are going this year on the first stop of AgDay's I-80 Planting Tour.
- 4/13 - Hardy County, W.Va.: I have planted about 1/3 of my corn crop.
- 4/13 - Caldwell County, Mo.: On April 11 we planted corn, ground worked really good.
- 4/13 - Madison, Ill.: Corn: 95% planted. Soybeans: 30% planted.
- 4/12 - Nobles County, Minn.: BONE DRY! No real moisture since last July! Have a chance of rain in the next 2 - 3 days but only 20 - 40 % chance which in the last year is as good as nothing. We need inches of rain not just a tenth here and there. Our crops will not start in the current conditions. Something has to change soon!
- 4/12 - Brown County, Kan.: Corn planting started 4/8/12. Conditions are near perfect. Rain in forecast.
- 4/12 - East central Iowa: I am kind of surprised, I have only seen 2 planters running this week. The calendar says wait (especially with our forecast). Ground conditions are excellent, hope we can still have them next week when a lot of guy's will start. We have had 3 nights of 25-29F temps. Hay is leaning, with any luck it will not take it too hard.
- 4/12 - Vernon County, Mo.: Finished planting corn on 4/9. Corn is 75% emerged as of 4/11. Didn't finish corn planting last year until 5/25. Wheat is starting to head this week. This is about a month ahead of normal. DC beans will go in early! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/12 - Logan and Menard counties, Illinois: Bill talks about his field of no-till corn during spring planting. He shows the residue from previous years crops. The ground is very dry but Bill shows there is some moisture deep. Pheasant hatchery in the background. Video courtesy of http://farmandranchcountry.com.
- 4/12 - Northeast Nebraska: Very dry here...only had about an inch total rain sense last fall...lawns are already turning brown...no planting in this area yet…too dry. We’re going to switch about 10% corn to beans – $13 beans are better than $4.90 corn. We’re going to need lots of rain this summer to raise a crop
- 4/12 - Piatt County, Ill.: Finished planting all corn 4/7. Soil conditions were the best they have been in years. Desperately needing rain now some have stopped planting because of dryness. We planted deeper than ever have before to get to moisture. Our corn fared freeze last night pretty well and growing point is fine, another freeze warning tonight.
- 4/12 - Mercer County, Ohio: Corn planting just starting. Soil is dry. Frost warning tonight. No bean plantings.
- 4/12 - Allen County, Ind.: We farm around 3900 acres, of which half will be corn and half will be beans. We have been spraying and applying our fall fertilizer that didn't get done last year. Even though the weather and soil moisture seem to be favorable to planting, we are still seeing frost warnings periodically and are hesitant to plant.
- 4/11 - Allen County, Ind.: We farm around 3900 acres, of which half will be corn and half will be beans. We have been spraying and applying our fall fertilizer that didn't get done last year. Even though the weather and soil moisture seem to be favorable to planting, we are still seeing frost warnings periodically and are hesitant to plant.
- 4/11 - Red River, Texas: Wheat is good to excellent. Corn is knee high and looks good. A few beans are coming thru. Milo is being planted now. Conditions have been wet and it's been hard to get in the field. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/11 - Hamilton, Ohio: Started planting Corn 4/9 with ground conditions the best we've ever had this early. After last year it was too hard to resist not planting corn. Probably wait a week or two to start soybeans. Freeze warning for tonight so may slow emergence a little but that’s OK. Just so it doesn't freeze in three weeks or so.
- 4/11 - Lancaster, Pa.: It has been very dry since January, over 6 inches of precip below normal. March had only .9 of rain and only .3 in April to date. New seedings of alfalfa and oats are suffering from very windy dry days very little corn planted yet in spite of ideal soil conditions. Double crop rye for forage needs rain badly to promote growth for tonnage. Hopefully when it’s ready to cut later next week we can keep some of this weather to dry it.
- 4/11 - Cayuga County, N.Y.: Ground is very dry. We only had 47 inches of snow this past winter. Normal winter around 130 to 140 inches. Last winter 200 inches of snow and almost 8 inches of rain in April. This April so far .1 for rain. This after the warmest March on record for this area. We may start planting corn next week if it warms up a little more at nights.
- 4/9 - Ransom County, southeast North Dakota: HRSW planted in March has emerged and looks good. Soil temps have dropped from the mid 50’s two weeks ago to the low 40’s this morning. The corn planting date here is April 10th and there will be some action I’m sure. A few large producers have already been planting corn. Conditions are decent but getting dry. We have not had a rainfall event with over 1/2" of moisture since way back in June 2011. There is very little standing water especially when compared to the past 3 springs. It’s very scary. Good Luck to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/9 - Des Moines, Iowa: We already have Bean Leaf Beetle in the volunteer soybeans from last year. Also Black Cutworm moth. So much for a mild winter.
- 4/9 - East central Iowa: Someone must have rung the bell. I saw the first planter sitting in the field early Thursday morning. You know what happens next (off to the races). From what I hear, most guys are going to start next Friday (13th) or next Monday (16th), weather permitting. Our extended forecast sounds like will are going to cool off here (lows in the 30's), so that my slow guys up. There is a lot of nh3 and fertilizer going on, some sprayers are also hitting the fields. Soil moisture is excellent. If you were to drive down the highway around here ,you would see tile machines and dozers clearing fence lines and cleaning waterways running all around. As you can see in the picture, this could be the first time we will make hay in April if it keeps growing like it has been. In the video, you can enjoy the view from behind the NH3 toolbar. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 4/9 - Henry County, Ohio: Corn up just south of me in neighboring county that was planted during Heat Wave in March. Frost in mornings and high temps mid-forties this week. Planter will stay in the shop where it is warm. Lots of tillage work going on to make up for last fall’s disaster.
- 4/6 - Northern Kentucky: Video of the start of corn planting April, 6th. It is our earliest start on record we have perfect planting conditions unlike last year. It is nice to get started 36 days earlier than last year. Video courtesy of Schwenke Brothers Farms YouTube channel.
- 4/6 - Obion County, Tenn.: Finished planting 730 acres of corn on April 3rd. What a difference a year makes! We did not finish corn till May 12 last year.
- 4/6 - Benton County, Ind.: About 1/2 done with corn.
- 4/6 - Shelby County, Ill.: Have a neighbor who started planting corn on Monday, 3/26 and finished on Friday, 3/30. He is now going to California for a 10 day vacation.
- 4/6 - Warren County, Ill.: Worked some stalk ground yesterday on 4/5, wish I didn't have to so I could save soil moister, going to No-till almost all of the bean fields going into corn, I suppose it's are time for a dry year, hope not!
- 4/6 - Butler County, Neb.: Haven't seen any planters in the field yet. Everyone is spraying when possible to kill all the weeds that started earlier than normal because of our abnormally warm winter (or lack thereof) that we had this year. Most fields will probably have to be sprayed 3 times this year instead of just 2 to ensure everything gets taken care of.
- 4/6 - Union, Ore.: I was hoping to start work on what has been a very wet alfalfa field this week, but I woke up to six inches of snow instead. I've never seen snow this late around here.
- 4/5 - Warren County, Ill.: Very little corn planted here so far! Everyone is edgy about very low moisture conditions here. No rain in the foreseeable forecast either. Could be a mess if it doesn’t rain soon!
- 4/5 - Cavalier County, northeast North Dakota: Soil temperatures this morning on our wheat stubble was 30 degrees. On soybean stubble it was 35 degrees. Looks like we won’t be in the field for a while and the extended forecast doesn’t look great either. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/5 - McLennan County, Texas: Corn is knee high and growing well, had a inch of rain last night. We will finish sidedressing corn when it dries up. Will start planting cotton next week, wheat looks great and is entering the dough stage. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/4 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Planters are ready to go in this area but the calendar says to wait! We are 3 weeks earlier than normal and you don't mess with Mother Nature!! We are sticking with our normal planting date of April 14. Have decided to go with an extra 100 acres of beans as they pencil out about $100 more than corn at today’s prices. (corn-$5.12--soybeans-$13.00 fall del.) A hedge will be placed in the next couple days. The weeds are sure looking good this spring with the extra warm weather! Have a great planting season!
- 4/4 - Pocahontas County, Iowa: No planters rolling here yet, we are very short of moisture. All the rains seem to be going east of us. Only received .30" the last couple weeks (scary). Everyone is hoping for a couple inches of rain then we will be ready to roll. Fertilizer and field work well ahead of normal. A lot of odd jobs getting done this spring.
- 4/4 - Union County, Ohio: 1/2 inches of rain last week, another 1/2 inch today. Every time it gets dry enough to think about spraying or starting nh3, it rains again. Hopefully this year doesn't turn out like last year’s spring.
- 4/4 - Billings. Mont.: Dry, dry, dry – that sums up the winter and the ground around here, barley planting went great its already up and going but sum could use a drink, all we get is wind and way above average temps, start planting beets this week than last week of April start on corn, but ground temps say could plant now but way too early for Montana, especially for what seed cost is don’t want to replant
- 4/3 - East central Iowa: Rains last Thursday and Saturday have put fieldwork on hold (between 0.5-1.25 inches) until Monday. I wouldn’t be surprised if just south of me they wouldn’t pull the planter out of the shed and start next Monday, if the extended forecast sounds good. My problem (as of now) is do I pull the planter or the haybine out next week to 10 days if this weather holds?
- 4/3 - Montgomery, Ill.: Many farmers in area planting corn over last two weeks. I am planting corn tomorrow.
- 4/2 - Johnson County, Ind.: Corn emerged in 7 days and can be rowed. 3-4" rain over weekend will keep everyone out until the end of the week with more forecast for mid-week. Ground saturated with ponding.
- 4/2 - Teton County, Mont.: Got some needed snow last week about 10 inches of wet heavy stuff. Has been very windy and dry all winter. Gonna put some spring wheat and barley in. Starting April 15th. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/2 - Henry County, Tenn.: We have 225 acres of corn up 2 inches several acres planted all around county. Soil temps 68 at morning.
- 4/2 - Rapides Parish, La.: Corn anywhere from 3-4 leaf to being planted today – April Fool’s Day. Most corn planted in last week, as it’s been too wet. Wheat starting to turn. Some will be cut by end of April. Grain sorghum planting just getting started. Be safe and Good Luck! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/2 - Sherurne County, Minn.: What an early spring! Fieldwork started March 28 and planting red potatoes march 29, with 60 acres in before April 1st. This has been the earliest start in in our farm records back to 1964, and only 1 day earlier than 1973 and 2000.
- 4/2 - Polk County, Ore.: We have had the wettest March on record, and the fields are very wet. Wheat is growing slow, with growers having a hard time getting fertilizer on.
- 4/2 - Guthrie County, Iowa: Next to no corn planted across southwest Iowa as of March 31st. A few small fields and test strips planted in mid-March that emerged in as little as 10 to 12 days and at the V1 stage of development. Rainfall amounts in last 1/2 of the month total anywhere from 1" up to 4". Close to all fertilizer has been applied. Majority of producers will begin the week of April 9th weather pending. Soil moisture is in very adequate condition to begin the season.
- 4/2 - Faribault, Minn.: Planted 20 acres march 29th to get the new planter set. Went very well excellent soil conditions, first time planted corn in March -- SCARRY!