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November Crop Comments

Nov 29, 2010

Use this link to send us your comments about the crops in your local area. Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity. (Please keep your comments crop-related.)

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying

  • 11/29- Brown City, Mich.: Watch some footage of the 2010 sugar beat harvest.

  • 11/24 - Lewistown, Mont.: Well we are getting our first 20 below weather today. We had a nice 6 inch blanket of snow, but we are getting a 30 mile an hour wind with this cold weather, so it is baring some ridge tops.  I would say that most of the winter wheat got seeded in central Montana and is in pretty good shape. A lot of late seeding because of the wet fall, but had some pretty warm temps and got most of it up.  I would guess that there is a little more winter wheat seeded this year versus last year, but not a significant amount.  Hoping this weather is killing a few grasshoppers and sawflys. Happy Holidays. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 11/24 - Western Kansas: It's dry out here. Winter wheat crops are suffering from drought stress. The tillage practices seem to make all the differences this year as full conventional tillage fields have poor wheat stands anywhere from 30-70%. Where some no-till or minimum till was used for water conservation stands may range from 60-100%. A large portion of our area has missed out on recent rains resulting in stands that are dying back every day. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 11/24 - Low County, South Carolina: Grass is holding up good for this time of year. It has been a dry fall great for harvesting the corn crop this year.
  • 11/24 - Central Kentucky: It’s been too dry here in central Kentucky. They did not get as much hay here as normal, the spring has run dry. Got some rain recently, but not enough to make up the difference.

  • 11/19 - Sandusky, Mich.: What to do with heavy corn stalk residue? Area farmers are asking themselves this question. New technologies in tillage are being tried out. Sandusky, Michigan area farmer Mark Stone demos a CaseIH 330 TurboTill unit. See it in action!

  • 11/17 - Collins, Iowa: Installing 4 inch drainage tile with Miss Kitty (Challenger MT755). The plow is very simple, but as long as water continues to run downhill it will work for us.

  • 11/17 - East central Illinois: It is still bone dry, all chances of rain just seems to dissipate. It is to dry and chunky to apply anhydrous on ground worked almost two months ago. Most farmers seem to be waiting but a few are trying and you smell it as you drive by.

  • 11/17 - Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pa.: Finished all harvesting. Corn yield was 200 bushels per acre. Double crop soybeans after wheat was 55 bushels per acre. Wheat planted early October is looking really good.  Made 6th cutting haylage last week. Started to strip tobacco, quality is looking good. Hopefully many cigar wrapper leaves are found in this year crop.

  • 11/17 - Texas: Rain slowed or halted cotton harvest in the Panhandle, South Plains and Rolling Plains, but in most cases there wasn't enough rain to adversely affect yields, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. "Fortunately, in most places (the rain) was less than half an inch," said Dr. Todd Baughman, AgriLife Extension agronomist based in Vernon. "So with the weather looking like it does, things should clear out and we should be able to get going again pretty quickly."
    11 17 10 Texas

    Rains slowed cotton harvesting in the Rolling Plains, but Texas AgriLife Extension Service agronomists did not expect yields to be affected. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo)

    (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.)

  • 11/16 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa : Here's a Case IH STX385 QuadTrac putting on more NH3. Video courtesy of

  • 11/16 - Morgan County, Mo.: If there was ever a year to no-till wheat this looks to be it. A lot of conventional wheat is suffering from dry soils and poor  uneven stands.  We have not had the soaking rains during wheat planting that usually solve the poor stand problems. Adequate down pressure and drill maintenance really has made a lot of the difference on wheat stands this fall. We are getting some light rains now but it is going to be plenty late for proper plant development. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
    11 16 10 MO
    11 16 10 MO 2

    -- Morgan County, Mo.

    (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.)

  • 11/15 - Eaton County, Grand Ledge, Mich.: Harvest is complete. Corn and soys was very good this year. Corn was 15% or less. Had only 2 loads with a drying charge. Saved $12000 in drying charges this year. We was the green area this year. In going north or. south of us and it was very dry.

  • 11/15 - Union County, N.C.: These beans were double cropped behind wheat and planted in late June.  This is the twenty forth year of continuous 100% no-till for my entire farm, in which I have been well pleased because of raising organic matter content in what was once extremely thin soil.  I am fortunate to have poultry litter enabling me to keep fertility high.  These beans had zero rainfall from bloom set through pod fill, for them to average 31 bushels in 90°+ heat was truly amazing.  I contribute their ability to produce not only to no-till for 24 years, but also to the use of Headline at the R-3 stage.  I believe my application of Headline added several bushels when comparing yields of neighboring beans not treated with the fungicide. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
    REID IN SOYBEANS (8 26 10)

    -- Union County, N.C.

    (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.)

  • 11/12 - Bethany, Ill.: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor -- We caught Mike Bland stripping a corn on corn field in preparation for next spring. He puts liquid fertilizer and anhydrous into the strip this fall and will plant directly on top of the strip next spring.

  • 11/12 - Lebanon, Ind.: Harvest went well and fast. First time we have ever cut beans in August.

  • 11/10 - Trempealeau County, Wis.: Finally all said and done with harvest.  Everything went very smooth and yields were excellent, silage 30+ tons/acre, beans mid-upper 50s, corn 200-240 bu./acre.  This was the best year we have ever had, we even got all of our fall tillage, what little we do, done early this year, put some time into ripping some low areas and tried busting a little swamp ground on some field edges, with $5+ dollar corn every extra foot counts.  With fertilizer taking off like a rocket, it feels good to have everything locked in for next year, even seed is booked. We hadn’t even finished beans at this point last year and now we are looking for things to do. Hope everyone had a safe harvest.

  • 11/10 - Anderson County, S.C.: Haven’t started beans yet, couldn’t get a rain during September and most of October while pods were trying to fill.  Now we need a little dry weather and can’t get it.

  • 11/10 - Texas: Cotton strippers in the Rolling Plains, South Plains and Panhandle went into high gear as dry, open weather made for ideal harvest conditions, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. "The cotton harvest has been progressing very nicely, especially since the Oct. 21. event -- where we got both rain and hail," said Dr. Randy Boman, AgriLife Extension cotton agronomist for the South Plains region. "Abilene has classed about 600,000 bales; Lamesa, 350,00, and Lubbock, 1.2 million bales," Boman said.

  • 11/8 - Sandusky, Mich.: Clint and Al Stoutenburg from Sandusky, Mich., went to 20 inch row width this year. Harvesters, toppers, tractors, etc. all had to be set up for the change from 28 inch rows. Harvest went smooth this year in spite of all the change. Auto steer technology with RTK accuracy played a crucial role in making this possible. This video really shows how "tight" these rows can be! Clint could not have picked a better year to make the switch. These narrow row beets really put out the tons!

  • 11/8 - South central Iowa: We put the wraps on the worst corn crop to ever come off our fields (in the modern era of hybrid corn seed course).  It is sad when our beans were close to better yields than our corn.  We probably ran 50-80 bpa on corn and around 40-45 on beans.  Last year we had our best crops ever...this year the worst.  So it goes on the farm!  It just rained too much and all yields in our area were very similar.  The corn never put roots deep enough to even come close to the NH3 and by the time it might have even come rained so much that it was long gone anyway.  Beans loved the rain and warm weather but in the end gave in to SDS and put an end to what could have been very strong yields long 2010 growing season...let's see what we can get in 2011!

  • 11/5 - Central Texas: Our corn crops in central Texas were bad…50-100 bu./acre. The problem is we can't sell them because they have 0-300 alphatoxin. Today I was offered $4.15 a bu. from my local coop. We need somebody who wants to buy our corn at a fair price.

  • 11/5 - Holdingford, Minn.: Crops all in the bin.  My best yields ever with 63 bushel per acre soybeans and 212 bushel per acre corn with average corn moisture of 15.5 % right off the field so not artificial drying needed.  Unbelievable!  Got my seed and fertilizer purchased for 2011 and am just finishing up getting manure hauled out and chiseled in.  Only about 50 acres of fall chiseling of cornstalks left.  Good soil moisture going into winter and deer hunting starts tomorrow.  Actually heard of a few guys still drying corn, don’t know if they are in the popcorn business…he he!

  • 11/4 - East central Illinois: Bone dry! It has been a long time since we had any rain and the last rain was only 3 tenths. Soybean ground that was worked four or more weeks ago is still loose and chunky and to dry to put on nh3. Ground not worked is so hard that the tool bar does not want to go in the ground and I keep shearing bolts. I spent part of the night fighting fires in the woods and have seen where fires have burned some roadsides in the area.

  • 11/3 - Weskan, Kansas: Finished up harvest last week, about when we started harvest last year.  Yields were excellent on Irrigated (230-260) and dryland (100-145) acres. Harvest is probably 85% done in the county.  Piles and piles of corn on the ground in NW Kansas...starting to wonder what they are going to do with it all, rumors that it will ship on rail back east.  Winter wheat will need some help...a lot of spotty stands, some guys didn't get their wheat up....haven't had much rain since August 1st.  It has been a beautiful fall for harvesting corn. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 11/3 - Texas: Rain -- substantial in some parts of the state, light in others -- helped winter wheat and allowed some late plantings of winter pastures, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. But in many areas, soil moisture levels were rapidly dropping. Uncommonly dry conditions prevailed in the Coastal Bend, much of East, South, Southwest and West Central Texas, according to reports.
    Texas 11 3 10

    Rains in some areas greened up winter wheat for grazing in the Rolling Plains. In other parts of the state, livestock producers were forced to start feeding hay early, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Todd Baughman)

    (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.)


  • 11/3 - Richland County, Ill.: Corn 113 to180, beans 42 to 50.  Both a lot better than '09. With literally no rain after 9/11, God knew we needed a day of rest every 7 days. I sure did.

  • 11/3 - New York: NY crop and Livestock report says "record high corn and soybean yields for NY." Soybean yields forecast at 49 bpa up 6 bu. from 2009 with acreage up 11% and corn is forecast at 148 bpa up 14 bpa from last year with acreage down. Our farm yields are well above these averages.

  • 11/2 - Jackson County, east central Iowa: Nov. 2 will finish beans today (55-65 bu./acre),last weeks 2 days of high winds actually blew some pods off the plants. Beans picked up 5-10 points in moisture last week (13-17%). Corn is 70% done. There are a few fields that blew down flat, while some withstood 40-60 mph winds with some lodging and dropped ears. (140-195 bu./acre) It was a great fall until last Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • 11/2 - Mercer County, Ohio: Wheat harvest underway with test weights in the 40's and high levels of Vomitoxin. Corn as good as it gets in Ohio-some starting to tassel. Soybeans above average. Tough time making 2nd cutting but weatherman calling for good week.

  • 11/1 - Western New York: Finished soybean harvest yesterday, averaging 70 to 75 bu./acre. Thankful for that considering we had 6.25" of rain in June and 4.25" in July and a very warm summer with temps into the low 90's on many a day. God Bless America!  

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COMMENTS (1 Comments)

ssmillertime - billings, MT
corn harvest at a stand still have had 8-10 inches of snow and cold here in billings mt corn was yeilding 200 bu on iriegated . hope will warm up again and finish harvest
3:49 PM Nov 23rd


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