March Crop Comments
Mar 27, 2013
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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
- 3/27 - Decatur County, Kan.: Wheat still has not emerged. Thinking maybe next week. Most of our wheat will be planted to milo or cane.
- 3/27 - Greeley County, Neb.: 2 irrigated 1/4's of corn and 1 1/4 of dry land beans. 50/50 rotation. Very, Very Dry!
- 3/27 - Vernon County, Mo.: Too wet. Don't think anything planted in county.
- 3/27 - East central Iowa: The first three pictures from Sunday afternoon. We missed the big storm (1-2 inches). We have low temps in the lower 20's through Thursday morning. Last year we were in the fields at this time. We will be cleaning up the cattle yards one last time while the ground is still froze, and with any luck spring will finally show up. We usually don't start planting until 17-21 of April around here. Still very dry subsoil. The other two photos are our last load, it didn't freeze as hard as it was supposed to.
- 3/27 - Texas: A large part of the Texas winter wheat crop could have been damaged by hard freezes March 24-26, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. "Temperatures in the teens and low 20s appear to have been common in the Panhandle, and in the upper 20s and low 30s in the Blacklands on Sunday night and Monday morning," said Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension agronomist and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head. "These temperatures are sufficiently cold to cause severe injury to wheat in advanced stages of growth." The exact extent of the damage won’t be known for five days to a week or longer, and another hard freeze was expected in the central areas of the state on the night and early morning of March 25-26, Miller said.
Extremely cold weather can damage the vegetative parts of wheat, but symptoms, such as yellowing of tillers, may not appear for a week or more, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. Wheat can routinely take temperatures down to 5 degrees or so without vegetative damage, but heads are more susceptible to temperatures in the 20s and low 30s. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo.)
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- 3/27 - Northwest Saskatchewan: Doesn't look like we will be in our fields anytime soon. We have drifts 12 feet high on the NW side of every bluff. Wouldn't mind sharing some of this white stuff with our friends down south.
- 3/27 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: The weather bureau blew it again. They're getting near the point of calling wolf one to many times. Maybe 2" of snow all weekend -- missed us again.
- 3/27 - Muscatine, Iowa: Will plant 50-50 rotation, same as always.
- 3/25 - Richardson County, Neb.: We will be planting less corn than last year due to a lack of subsoil moisture and little surface moisture.
- 3/25 - Webster County, Neb.: We've had rain and snow about every 10 days for the last 6 weeks. Top soils are pretty wet, planting won't start as early as last year.
- 3/25 - Callaway County, Mo.: We won’t be planting corn for a while here in central Missouri, with 6-10 inches of fresh new white stuff blowin around! And, we have a cold week ahead.
- 3/25 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Just missed the latest "big" snow/rain event-again. Less than .25 of an inch for the month of March. Pasture conditions are bleak. Many look like golf courses-grazed into the ground. Even with "normal" rainfall for April/May, most would not support any cows until mid-June. There is going to be a large exodus of cows from this area this year. I will probably start irrigation up after Easter to insure that there is moisture to germinate spring crops,...haven't had to do that for years. Good luck to all.
- 3/25 - Mississippi: Provided by Mississippi State University’s Tim Walker, Agronomist and Jason Bond, Research/Extension Weed Scientist: The 2013 rice planting season has begun in Mississippi. In addition to the first planting date study my staff planted Thursday, March 14, rumor has it a small amount of rice was planted near Arcola March 15 and 16. Rice was being planted Tuesday (19th) and Wednesday (20th) near Hollandale. The first On-Farm Variety Trial was planted south of Hollandale on Wednesday, March 20th. Based on conversations I have had with growers, more planting will begin Monday, March 25 depending upon how much rainfall we receive over the next few days. Compared to last year, I expect emergence to be slower.
- 3/22 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Between 1/4 and 1/2 inch of rain today. Wheat is out of dormancy. It's greening up nicely. The wheat south of us in Logan County, Colo. is probably a week to 10 days ahead of local and looks better. They had more snow. Weather Channel says BIG snow Saturday, we'll see? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 3/22 - Wapello County, Iowa: We have had some decent winter moisture with a lot of it soaking in but we need a lot to get subsoil moisture back to where it should be. Cold weather makes me think we are going to have a more normal start for the year and that means an April 15-20 start. If it doesn't warm up it might be later. We might have to start drying corn again if we have a later start and a cooler summer. A cool summer and just enough rain could still make a respectable crop.
- 3/22 - Scottsbluff, Neb.: Conditions here still very dry. Very little spring work done waiting for some moisture because we have 5-6 inches of powder dry soil right now. Looking bleak!!!
- 3/22 - Osage County, Kan.: Moisture Jan thru March 1 was 1/2 rainfall and 16 " of snow. We’ve had no runoff and are 22" deficient for the past 12 months.
- 3/19 - Darlington, S.C.: We started planting Corn on 3/20/13.
- 3/19 - Rapides Parish, La.: Finished corn 3/18 & today (3/19) we planted our first sweet corn. Tomorrow, we’re going to try to get started with milo and get a burndown application out on some more bean land. First corn planted on 3/6 has emerged.
- 3/19 - Nobles County, Minn.: Here in SW Minnesota the moisture patterns have not changed since last spring. The snowfalls continue to go around us. Our fields are bare (no snowcover) and there is zero subsoil moisture. A year ago we were planting potatoes and just starting to think about planting corn. This year we still have two to three feet of frost in the ground. And, they are starting to say it won't warm up to normal temps until the middle of April. Looking like a very late Spring here. And dry!
- 3/19 - New York: We have finished top dressing our green-up nitrogen treatment and have frost seeded Red Clover where wanted (blended clover seed with nitrogen and applied together). Wheat crop looks average for this time of season. Still have a dusting of snow as temps have been below average so far. Very few others in area have started top dressing yet. We will monitor the wheat crop as it advances and apply fungicide and additional nitrogen as needed. Weekly scouting and multiple tissue samples. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 3/19 - McLennan County, Texas: Finished planting corn the 5th of March. Corn is coming up some is already at 3 leaves, wheat looks good and will be heading in a couple of weeks. Milo planting is starting with good moisture we got 2 inches of rain last week. Starting to spray for weeds and will sidedress after that so far so good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 3/18 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Our area getting another 6-8 inches of snow and high winds as I write this. Roads are blocked, the farmyard is knee deep-again. Forecast is for below 0 temps every morning this week. We are looking at field work starting (hopefully) during the 1st week in May.
- 3/18 - Manitoba, Canada: It’s going to be a late spring in western Canada. Above normal amount of snow on the ground as well as below normal temperatures. Still anticipating a good thaw but as of today all we are getting is blizzard warnings. Could be an interesting spring.
- 3/18 - Lincoln County, Wash.: The weather here is dry and windy. We have received less than 1.5 inches of moisture since the beginning of 2013. Winter wheat came out of dormancy in good shape other than snow mold. We will need some timely rains to have any chance of an above average crop! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 3/18 - Northeast Arkansas: The forecast calls for a cold rain here tonight, with cooler temps and more rain mid-week. This is leading me to think they'll be very little rice and corn planted till the last week of March. We will see. Good luck!
- 3/18 - Arkansas County, Ark.: Plenty of moisture corn planters are running at full steam ahead before the rain this weekend. The ground temps are right where they need to be. Everyone is planting about 15 percent more corn acres this year in our area.
- 3/18 - Noble County, Okla.: Wheat is finally greening back, but there’s no pond water and no pasture growth. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 3/18 - Cedar County, Neb.: All dryland subsoil moisture is behind from 12"-16" in the county. Irrigated ground has some subsoil moisture, but the major storms keep missing us although we did get 1" of rain last week. Forecast for April is cooler and dry. Planting will start around April 15 depending upon soil temp.
- 3/18 - Woodbury County, Iowa: Had 1 0 to 14 inches of wet snow on Sunday March 10.Be a few days before we go to the field. To the gentleman in Crawford County on the land price you should of told about the other land in Crawford County that brought $5,850, which is more realistic not the $18,025
- 3/18 - Kalkaska, Mich.: Lots of snow and rain this winter. We still have about 2 feet of snow. It’s been a while since we had a winter like this. It looks like it will be mid-April before planting will start. Hope everyone has a great year God bless!
- 3/14 - Crawford County, Iowa: Great moisture received. 2'' in last week. Most went in ground. Has farmers in great mood. 145 acres of land sold for $18,025 last Saturday at Denison Livestock Auction Co. located in Denison Iowa.
- 3/14 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Seems strange to hear planters are rolling while we have full blown winter yet. Yesterday morning temp was 18 below zero. Not a pound of snow has melted yet. The road ditches are level full of snow-drifting onto the road surface and freezing, causing very icy driving conditions. Looks like a May start around here.
- 3/14 - East central Iowa: This is what happens when you have 2 inches of rain on frozen ground. We need subsoil moisture, but all of the rain and snow we’ve been getting is running off. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 3/14 - Ontario, Ore.: Just started planting onions today. Winter wheat just fertilized and looks good. Could use more water in our reservoirs, but we will take what God gives us. Hope everyone has a successful year and God Bless! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 3/14 - Billings, Mont.: Malt barley is being planted on very dry ground! Some is wet, but not much. The ground is cold, but temps are expected to reach 70 this week. Not much snow or rain around here since I don’t know when 2 years ago! We can’t buy a good wet spring snow anymore!
- 3/14 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Despite the forecast of a "major" storm coming through last weekend, we were again missed by the bulk of the moisture. We received maybe a tenth of an inch... Conditions here continue to be excessively dry. With a dry, warm forecast for the next week, the outlook is somewhat bleak. Since I have cows (and want to keep them) my crop mix may have to be altered to provide feed for them. I will probably start pre watering soon in order to insure proper germination for crops. Good luck to all.
- 3/14 - Sargent County, southeast North Dakota: Picked up 30 inches of snow since Feb. 7th. Makes it somewhat miserable to get around. Last year at this time we were already in the fields, this year there is 2-3 feet of frost and its cold. Easter is early but there is no way we’ll be in the fields in March. I’d predict it’ll be mid-April. The forecast is for cold temps for another week. Milnor won the state class B basketball title for the first time that was a very pleasant surprise, Go Bison.
- 3/14 - Texas: In the Lower Rio Grande Valley, water shortages are shaping up as a crisis not just for farmers but also for entire cities this year, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. In 2009, the area experienced the worst drought in decades, as did much of the state, but this year is shaping up to be much worse for area residents, said Dr. Guy Fipps, AgriLife Extension irrigation engineer, College Station.
Grain sorghum under irrigation in Hidalgo County. Most all crops in the Lower Rio Grande Valley are dependent upon irrigation water, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Rod Santa Ana)
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- 3/14 - Northeast Nebraska: It is still very dry here. We had about 5 inches of snow 2 weeks ago. It melted to .50, then had about .50 this weekend. We still have a long way to get 12 inch so were back to normal. Everyone is taking 85% crop insurance this year, cutting back on fertilizer and planting cheap seed. It is probably going to dry out any way... not looking good
- 3/14 - Callaway County, Mo.: Central Missouri received a nice boost of precipitation over the weekend. About an inch and half of rain fell to melt the 20 inches of snow from the past few weeks. We had runoff for the first time since last spring. The irrigation lakes are still less than half replenished and need more.
- 3/11 - Muscatine, Iowa:Winter precipitation doesn't count for much. A good deal of it will go down the river until the ground thaws.
- 3/11 - Power County, Idaho: Most fall planted wheat is fair to good. Storms have missed us for the most part since December. Grain is greening up and we will start top dressing about mid-March. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 3/11 - Southeast Arkansas: Corn planters rolling here. We have had above normal rainfall through the winter months. Temps could be a little warmer (54) but we take what we get. Good luck to all!!
- 3/7 - Southeastern Grand Forks County, North Dakota: Finally some measureable snow after a mostly dry winter. The snow cover makes us feel better as we all hate to watch our field blow away. But, we all know with the ground froze, snow melt does very little to ease the dryness. We have enough moisture to get the crop going, but after last year there's no reserve left and going to need some very timely rains
- 3/7 - Charlotte County, Fla.: Wild hogs are destroying crops. They captured 10 in one night. Now we have to start all over.
- 3/7 - Fayetteville County, Texas: We are planting corn every day. Our moisture is kind of iffy but should come up. Soil seems very cold for Texas this time of year. Hope for rain on Sunday. Started planting corn on Feb 19th. The corn below was planted Feb. 22. Rain always welcome
- 3/7 - Scottsbluff, Neb.: Not any significant moisture all winter. Wheat looking poor and very dry soil conditions for spring fieldwork. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 3/7 - Custer County, Neb.: We are extremely dry. I am 62 and do not remember anything like this. We have about half our crop ground planted to rye and will plant all of the rest to oats. If it does not rain soon we’ll just to try and have feed for our cow herd. Rye that was planted on dryland ground has not even sprouted. Any ideas?
- 3/5 - East central Iowa: This picture is of a friend helping get ready for big storm "Saturn," as the weather channel calls it. (Am I the only one that can't believe they are naming snow storms?) As you can see, he is in a bit of a predicament. No one or equipment was hurt, lifted bucket out with loader from other side. Today (Tuesday) we are in the midst of a snow day. 7-12" expected. We have been getting decent moisture, problem is it almost all runs off(filled the ponds back up). A couple of weeks ago we received 1-2" of rain on top of ground that was thawed 2-4" on top and froze underneath. It caused some rill erosion, which we all hate to see. We are extremely dry underneath. What corn was produced around here is going to town, there have been times that processors have had quick ship bids adding $.10-.20 on top of an already good basis( $.30-.50 over).
- 3/5 - Western Walsh county, northeast North Dakota: Sure am glad we didn't take the snow blower off the loader tractor! We are in the middle of an old fashioned two-day snow storm....the kind of storm we loved as kids, but must have driven our mothers crazy. Today is a good day for paperwork, coffee, and watch the wheat and corn markets falling along with the snow. Our crop plan won't change, about 50% hard red spring wheat. The balance will be oil seeds, and legumes (peas, edible beans, a few soybeans). (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 3/4 - Livingston County, Ill.: I have read many articles indicating soil moisture being replenished east of Mississippi River. People have forgotten what true replenishment is in my opinion. Try this. Take your post hole auger out, auger a hole 40 inches deep, come back in 24 hours, if the water in the hole is not within 6 inches from the surface, your soil is not replenished. Most areas probably wouldn’t have much water at all. We wouldn’t here in Livingston County, Ill.
- 3/4 - Marion County, S.C.: 2012 was considered to be a drought, but for us we were blessed with just a few rains exactly when we needed them. Had good yields on corn, wheat and peanuts but the cotton and soybeans were the best ever. Still been dry this winter but are now just getting good moisture. If we can get in fields in about three weeks we will be off to the races again for another years . Looks like a lot of corn will be planted this year with peanut contract down and we will sure need the good Lords blessings on it because most is dryland. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 3/4 - Linn County, Iowa: When will we start planting? Our target is next week. Might make it with a little heat.
- 3/1 - McLennan County, Texas: Started planting corn Monday the 25th. Our nights are still a little cold, but should warm up next week. Planting is going well and plenty of moisture for now. Should finish mid next week hope no late frost this year good luck to all.
- 3/1 - Stearns County, Minn.: Best corn crop ever seen in 2012, not sure what to plant in 13. There is very little sub soil moisture, but plenty of snow.
- 3/1 - Dooly County, Ga.: Some corn is planted and is up in extreme S. Ga. We are closer to the middle of the State and will began planting corn when it dries off. We had 14 inches of rain in the past 3 weeks. Cotton and peanuts are a least 30-40 days away. Corn acres in Ga. are higher than they have been in many years. Infrastructure is our problem in Ga. (no place to put a large crop). Cotton acres will go up in 2013 with peanut acres down because of glut and low price. Soybean and wheat acres are up 10% from 2012 and those are mostly dry land acres from 2012 peanut land. Wheat in our local area is looking great, a little late but in great shape. In Dooly county cotton is King but corn has invaded our kingdom and kicking cotton economic behind. If cotton stays above 81 cents and corn get down to 4 dollars the invasion will be short lived. We have invested on our farm in grain bins and dryers, "long live corn." Corn seed has been harder to come by. We will be careful with this limited resource if we have to replant. I wish everyone of our brothers in the corn growing belt a better year and plenty of rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 3/1 - Decatur, Ind.: Have received adequate moisture since Jan 1st. Tile ditches are running and ponds are full. Soil moisture is comparable to a year ago, and we have been blessed in that regard. March will determine if we go into planting season ahead or behind in soil moisture.
- 3/1 - Lincoln County, Mont.: Most of the snow has melted off the hay fields, pesky elk fighting over the green stems coming up. Alfalfa fields down by river starting to green up nicely.
- 3/1 - Yuma, Colo.: Finally a snow event last week, was great, it is still incredibly dry here. Will need regular rain for a wheat crop. Stand is good but little sub-moisture. Pastures not in good shape either. Pray for rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)