September Crop Comments
Sep 30, 2013
Use this link to send us your comments (or e-mail CropComments@agweb.com) 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:
- 9/30 - Lac Qui Parle, Minn.: Started soybeans last week on some lite ground. yields were better than we thought. Did some corn yesterday and yields were really good.
- 9/30 - Douglas County, S.D.: Finished with beans--nice crop average between 40-50+. Starting corn next week--looks like a solid crop.
- 9/30 - Northeast Indiana: Starting cutting beans over the weekend. Yields appear to be in the mid 40's, which I am happy with due to the dryness we had in the past month. Lots of pods, but beans are small, and several pods only have 2 beans. One thing I notice is the amount of dust. Never seen dust come from beans like this before. Almost makes running at night impossible. Have not started corn, but I'm hearing other guys say they have had fields go over 200 BPA. The counties in NE Indiana have an average historic yield of 130 BPA.
Response to 9/25 comment from McLeod County, Minn. I respectfully disagree with the author's angst regarding individuals communicating their yield results, especially on this forum. I believe that information sharing among farmers is very important, and quite frankly, every day over the past month I have read the crop comments so as to try and obtain a better understanding as to what farmers are experiencing across the country. I use this forum as one of the tools for my marketing decisions, and find the comments helpful. After all, where should farmers look to for this type of information? The USDA? Ya right! Quite frankly, I have no problems sharing my yield data if it helps others out. Too bad we are in a profession where more cooperation does not exist. If it did, all us farmers would hold an annual meeting, set our prices (like OPEC does with oil) and make a lot more money. More so than trying to farm the next 100 acres all the time.
- 9/30 - Pepin, Wis.: Did some custom soybean harvesting today that averaged 8.5 bushels.
- 9/27 - Boone County, Neb.: Great corn yields. High moisture coming out fast being ground for cattle feed. Dryland corn with some hail figuring dry bu. 160-180bu/a. still testing 22-24% Irrigated 200-240dry bu. testing 25-30. Beans off average a little 45bu dryland 65 irrigated. Bins will fill up faster than people think around here.
- 9/27 - Renville County, Minn.: In response to the comment from McLeod County on 9/25. Please look at what the website you are on before making a stupid statement asking that people do not comment on their crop condition. The name of the site is "AgWeb Crop Comments." The purpose of this page is so that individuals can comment on their crop. Just thought I should say that since we are talking about "dumb farmers."
- 9/27 - Northeast Indiana: Have cut quite a few beans and yields have been better than expected. Some corn in the area has started to be shelled with good results so far. As for McLeod MN. If you want to share your yields share them if you don't, don't. This is a forum for farmers to share actual information not the make believe USDA info. It is a tool to let us all know what is going on across the country. I don't care how many acres anyone is farming or how much money they make but yield info is pertinent to me.
- 9/27 - Livingston County, Ill.: A few neighbors started corn. Yields from 100 to 120. One neighbor said his field made 150. Testing 18 to 23.
- 9/27 - East central Iowa: I really like this blog because I can look around the U.S. (or world) to see what other guys/gals are doing, thinking or getting. Some of you only want to hear the good, while others only want to hear the bad. I want to hear both and everything in-between. We are in the information age and this isn’t the only place out here to get information, but it is a real good one. The traders make corn and beans go up and down with or without this blog. Last year our corn was not good while the beans surprised us. This year it is looking like the opposite. If you are the lucky one to have a good crop...then great, if you are one of the farmers who don’t, I wish you the best of luck next year. I never take it as people are bragging or complaining, just stating the facts as it pertains to their area. What I’m trying to say is I will keep reading everyone’s post. Thanks AGWEB for this great website.
- 9/26 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Neighbor started cutting beans, corn is from 80-100, next week there will be lots of guys running beans.
- 9/26 - East Central Iowa: There is an odd combine running here and there. High moisture corn and some beans. Word on the street, 160-195 bu/acre. Bean yields in eastern half of Iowa from 8 to 60 bu./acre. Most activity will probably not start till next week. Al ot of hay getting made this past week. We airflowed rye in one field with fertilizer and tillage radishes in another one yesterday.
- 9/25 - Stearns County, Minn.: After walking the fields this weekend I have a feeling yields are going to be better than I first thought. Late rains have helped increase kernel size in corn which should lead to good test weight. Soybeans added some beans too. No harvest until at least next week at the earliest.
- 9/25 - Southwest Indiana: Combines are rolling this week. Most early planted corn is around 20% moisture, yielding wonderfully. Even the worst of fields are averaging over 200 bu/ac. Some really good fields have spots yielding in the low 300’s. Is not uncommon to see 260, 290, 300 and 320 on the yield monitor. Lowest number I’ve seen is 150 going around the outside. Timely rains and cool growing season really made this corn crop the best ever. Last year, hill ground made 16-20 bu/ac. This year, spots even on hills are making 250 and 260 bu/ac. What a difference rain can have on a crop. Double crop beans are also doing very well. Should make 40-45 bu/ac.
- 9/25 - McLeod County, Minn.: I've never understood why some farmers think they need to write in and let everybody know how good of a yield they're getting. Why not tell everybody what you're paying for rent, how much land you're running or how much money you made? It's nobody's business what you or I get for a yield so why tell everyone? No wonder they call us the dumb farmer. We all know that the weather makes or breaks a crop so if you're a farmer that's going to have a good crop, count your blessings. There's a lot that won't have a very good crop or even one at all. By the way, I'm thinking my corn should easily make between 400-450 bpa and beans should make between 200-225 bpa. Not as good as I thought but not that bad considering we went about 2 months with only 1 inch of rain and record heat during the month of August. To the comment from Fillmore Co., Neb., on 9/20, it's the best one I've read in a long time.
- 9/24 - Houston County, Minn.: Somehow we have managed to pull out a decent looking bean crop. The corn will be good over good ground and poor over heavy clay. Our hay crop was very short and the pastures have been brown for 2 months. All in all we were lucky. To the farmer in Sibley County Minn. who was also lucky.....we are few and far between. Just count your blessings and be thankful that there is a sight where we can communicate the truth of the situation. It is bad out there.
- 9/24 - Northeast South Dakota: We started corn. The yields are not going to be as good as we thought we are going to have some very light corn this year. So far all has been around 49 to 50 pounds. Moisture of the corn is around 23 to 25 percent
- 9/24 - Traverse County, Minn.: We have harvested 600 acres of beans so we are about 40% done. Yields continue to be disappointing, 5-30% below average. Doesn't look to be any improvement in site.
- 9/24 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Ran through the first beans on sand this weekend. Ended up with 15.3 bpa across the scale. Lots of bb's and little flakes didn’t amount to much. Most beans on heavier soil are still mostly green and should hopefully be in the 30 bushel range (average for us is 50-60).
- 9/23 - Northeast Indiana: I started beans last night, didn't run that much, but just like I thought: low 30's, short on pods. There were lots of 1 to 2 beans in a pod. I heard of one yield of 50bu/acre, was a 2.5 variety. It was planted very early, probably on the best ground around here or he got a shower no one else got.
- 9/23 - St. Croix County, Wis.: Started soybeans at my dad’s farm today - not good. We’re running about 25 bushels.
- 9/23 - Winneshiek County, Iowa: Year count came back over 36,400. You can do the math. A 103 day Dekalb Smart Staxx RIB hybrid. Planted May 16, 2013. Neighbors (later planting dates) are going to have a good crop or a big problem, that will just depend on when it freezes. Did get some ear counts of 20*40 in the same field. Looking forward to combining this fall.
- 9/23 - Livingston County, Ill.: Just a reminder: If you didn't get enough grain sold ahead, and you are going to need income, go to your FSA office and seal your corn and beans. This gives you some income, and you retain ownership of it for nine months. Maybe by then we will hear some truth. I will seal every bushel. Other than the last 3 years, I’ve sealed them for 30 years. Worked well for me.
- 9/23 - Queen Anne's County, Md.: Started shelling corn on 9/18. Moisture running 16-17. Dryland yield average 195 bu/ac. Areas hitting 250-280 bu /ac. Season was exceedingly wet till mid-August. 35+" rain June through mid Aug. Ran pivots only to fertigate this year Expect our farm's best corn yield ever, as long as we don't get any hurricanes during harvest.
- 9/23 - Pepin, Wis.: Combined 500 acres out of 1200 and so far about 15 bushel average. But we have a big crop don't we USDA.
- 9/20 - Sargent County, Southeast North Dakota: Early soybean yields are disappointing which isn’t really a surprise -- low 20’s to upper teens. Corn is breaking down quickly, we will be harvesting earlier than we like to minimize losses. Sibley county Minnesota is right there are a lot of negative reports on here. I never shared my 2012 crop yields which revealed an excellent soybean crop and average corn yield because I was happy with that. The big soybean crop in 2012 was a big surprise but not this year, pod counts are very low with lots of aborted and flat pods, that’s the reality.
- 9/20 - East central Iowa: Temps were in the mid 80’s yesterday and caused 2 rounds of storms to roll through eastern Iowa in the afternoon causing some down corn. Not heard of any major damage, but have not been out after the 2nd round went through last night. We have now received over 3" since Sunday. Rain is welcomed, as it should help some corn that wasn’t black layered yet and some of the beans, as well as rebuilding subsoil moisture. Now that we know it can rain here, I just hope we can get the crop out before more corn goes down. Combines may be out early next week around here doing some beans and maybe a little high moisture corn. On a side note...I didn’t take it as people whining about USDA or PRO FARMER. I took it as they can’t believe that they don’t seem to see the same things most guys are seeing out their own back door.
- 9/20 - Morgan County, Ala.: We have great crops this year!!!!
- 9/20 - Dallas County, Iowa: 7 tenths of rain here in early July, 3 tenths on August 3rd. Since September 1st, I have had 4.8" and twice there have been 70+ mph winds that came with the rains. Very hard on corn stands. I can accept what The Good Lord sends me, with a smile. What really irritates me is when the USDA and The Pro Farmer won't acknowledge that we are going to end up producing about 12.9 B. Bu. of corn and 2.9 B. Bu of Soybeans this year. I travel extensively throughout the Midwest and I see it. Like it or not......that's the size of the crop.
- 9/20 - Fillmore County, Minn.: We had 30 plus/minus inches of moisture through the months of April, May & June. We were also lucky enough to have 13 inches of snow on May 2nd. I, myself, was able to start planting on May 8th and finished corn on May 25th, with some PP acres left. I think May 8th was the earliest date anyone could have started around here. Beans were all planted in June. We finished on June 20th. We ran out of moisture at the end of July and into August and now September. We have received a little rain in the past 3 weeks, but could use more. The shallow areas in fields almost look worse than last year. With all this being stated, however, crops on the good heavy soil still look to be healthy and productive. The crop is behind and will be very inconsistent in yield. Make sure the drying equipment in dialed in ready to go. I will report back when the combine starts. Have a safe harvest everyone!
- 9/20 - Polk County, central Iowa: 80+ MPH winds with 2" of driving rains on 9/19 have made quite a mess of stressed corn that already had weak stalks and miserable root structure.
- 9/20 - Fillmore County, Neb.: Corn will make 400 and beans will be close to 200. Best crop ever. The USDA said NE had to make up for all of the other poor crops to get the average they want.
- 9/20 - Pipestone County, Minn.: Had nine tenths this morning along with some wind. Some fields are kind of ugly and some are standing real good yet. This is the first rain in close to six weeks. Corn that hasn't run out of water is at half milkline. Should start combining beans in a week to 10 days.
- 9/19 - Madison County, Ohio: I combined 114 acres of beans for a friend whose combine broke down. The best beans I've ever seen, 67 bu acre over the scale. My home farm 10 miles away we will be lucky to average 40-45 bu. Amazing what a difference a couple of timely rains make. We haven't gotten any rain since the first week of august. I'm sure that it will start raining now that everything is done!
- 9/19 - Olmsted County, Minn.: We will be having an above average corn crop here, beans are going to be all over the board. We may never see $7-$8 corn again, but we all had lots of opportunity to sell in the $5.50 to $6.00 range. Same goes for beans too.
- 9/19 - Catawba, N.C.: Best corn I’ve ever had. Picked 15 acre and averaged 233bu/ac at the scales. Last year county average 120bu/ac. Full season beans should make over 60bu/ac, most peoples double crop beans will make less than 20bu/ac.
- 9/19 - Adams County, Neb.: Irrigated corn in this area will be good to fabulous. Beans I’m guessing average - 50 to 70. Dryland crops all over the board from very little to fair.
- 9/19 - East central Iowa: Gotta love Mother Nature…we were in one of the garden spots all summer until mid-august. That’s when the heat hit while only getting .6" on the 22nd of August (I realize that was more than most). That was until this past Sunday (Aug. 15th) and yesterday. Since then, we have received 2.5" . Mother Nature is still the boss when it comes to getting good yields. We here along the Mississippi River have been hearing of corn coming up river to Iowa to get to new crop. The last picture is of corn being unloaded from a barge to a semi in Dubuque, Iowa.
- 9/19 - Western Nebraska: Kudos to Sibley county Minn. You said what I have been wanting to say on here for weeks. You just put it in nicer way than I could. Our crops are mostly irrigated here and look good. The pastures are another story. The whiners always make more noise than the braggers.
- 9/19 - Dallas County, Iowa: Neighbor just finished 120A of beans. 26 bu per acre average. This is the first to come out in our area. Most are starting to turn while approx 40% of the SB fields are still very green and 3+ weeks away from turning.
- 9/19 - Ohio: Good luck to all farmers. We make the country what it is and government don't. Just give out more free things to people that don't help.
- 9/18 - St Croix County, Wis.: Everything is burnt up here. Have about 250 acres of soybeans combined. Average over the 250 acres is 18 bpa. Corn is averaging 60 bpa at 19 percent moisture Count our losses this year and hope for better next year. Have a safe harvest.
- 9/18 - Sampson County, N.C.: The best corn on record here -- 200 bushel corn. I am hearing some over 240-260 bushel, and hardly none under 150-180 bushel. Early beans are good. The double crop beans are a disaster, most are only a foot tall and will not make a crop
- 9/18 - Northeast Kansas: We just shelled our first 150 acres of corn @ 23% moisture and hauled the dried down bushels to town. Yield came in at 137 bpa. Was hoping for more but considering it was snowed on 3 times and didn’t come up for 6 weeks due to cold and pollinated at just the wrong time (heat and dry) , I guess it is not too bad. It is going to be the latest corn harvest in years around here as most corn is still 2-3 weeks from moisture levels under 20%.I pity the end users who thought they would get their hands on cheap corn by the first of September like normal. It may be Halloween before most of it comes out.
- 9/18 - Sibley County, Minn.: It would be refreshing to hear from the growers who are having a good crop year. Enough about the USDA and Pro Farmer. If things are not going in your favor, work on changing the things you can control on your own farm. Our crop will be 165-195 corn, 40-50 beans. About average.
- 9/18 - Lucas County, south central Iowa: Combined 80 acres of corn. Test weight 50 lbs, yield 126 @ 28% moisture. Bean pods hard and dry but still green and are either completely flat or with BB size beans. Half inch rain today will do nothing for improving the crop. Neighbors wearing out their discs, cleaning up the weedy PP acres.
- 9/18 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: At least 5 in. of rain in town last week. Terraces are full of water. Only 10% of millet in the windrow. Ground must be dry on top to lay more of the crop down. This could be a fall that makes the dryer bins hum. What wheat that was planted before the rain is coming up. Wheat planting will proceed at rapid pace when things dry out. We now have the best fall moisture that we have had in years. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 9/17 - Franklin County, Ind.: Beans looking good, until you look close. The have 1 and 2 bean pods and are little. I heard of some corn east of here having 51 test weight, but now it's got that extra ear count.
- 9/17 - Huron County, Mich.: Our crops are drying up pre-maturely. Frost expected tonight, we will soon know how well our crop matured!! I can't believe how the USDA gets there numbers! I've followed the comments for a few years now. And as a rule, your comments have been right on. My question is...how can the recent crop progress report show your crop [Iowa-Illinois] as 80 plus fair to excellent!!! Really!!! Oh, by the way, the USDA won't use the FSA numbers for preventative plant until October. They are trying to play out the suckers! Dear fellow farmers don't sell!!!!!! Make them come to us, we do have the power. God bless you all and have a safe harvest.
- 9/17 - Central Minnesota: Had about 1 inch of rain over the weekend. Obviously it came way too late to help the crops. 2 inches in 2 months with record heat does not bode well with the so called big yields the USDA says were going to have. Although in this last report the USDA increased the corn yield while they've been telling us for weeks now that the ratings have been going down? Talk about fuzzy math. This report (like most) goes to show how corrupt, manipulative, and embarrassing the USDA has become. But what do you expect out of Washington now days?
- 9/17 - Codington, S. D.: I’m starting to get trigger happy with the S670 key switch just to see what some people call it the [lie detectors]have to say on b.p.a. in corn fields. FSA pp acres on corn Tuesday is one thing [but]here in the prairie pot hole non tiled region lots of drowned out corn [not] reported as pp!! Now this becomes lost acres reported to crop insurance example we have one field 122 acres that est16 acres gone. zero bpa.as it goes liars figure but mine don’t. That=s 13.11% this is why Iowa and Minnesota looks like it does from the planes view. fsa+fcic=lot less shelling but hey in our area, shelled acres well anything south of 185bpa would be as big of a letdown as the Minnesota Vikings. Go Packers go…lol
- 9/17 - Monroe County, Wis.: We had white frost Saturday morning in Sparta, high of 50 today. Corn on the I-90-94 is burn up 80-100 bu. April 15, my own ear counts. 30 kennels long and very short kennels, beans are getting bale for a hay crop.
- 9/17 - Branch County, Mich.: Saturday morning was a surprise. Woke up to 34 degrees outside and frost on everything. We finally got some rain to help fill out the soybean pods, but I doubt they will continue to fill at this point. It was 32 degrees in mid-Michigan and in the twenties in the U.P.
- 9/16 - South central Nebraska: Now it rains, 3-5" past week. All dry land gone. Beans 0-2 bu. Corn has been dead long time. Last year 50+ beans and same on corn. Looks like a wet fall. Maybe help next year if still farming.
- 9/16 - Brown County, Minn.: We chopped 200 acres of corn. Insurance adjusted it 117 bushels per acre. The crop is not out there like USDA thinks.
- 9/16 - Madison County, Neb.: Seed corn harvest is going strong with very good yields, about 10%-25% above expected. Dryland corn will be above APH and Irrigated corn at or above APH yields. Soybeans look good for the most part but seems pod counts are low. We got early August rains that most didn't get.
- 9/16 - Southern Kandiyohi County, Minn.: Received .90 tenths of an inch here over the weekend. Largest rainfall since early August. Visited with a friend who was harvesting soybeans on 9/13, south of me, on lighter ground, field averaged 15 bushels/acre. Another operator harvesting corn to the south of us reported 26% moisture and 50-51# test weight, but would not indicate the yield. I'm having a hard time judging our own crop, since last year I severely underestimated the size of our corn and soybean crops. Last year we did have excellent test weights. Would it be possible for ProFarmer to report the results of a harvested field of corn or beans compared to their yield estimations on the crop tour?
- 9/16 - Henry County, Mo.: Sure is a sad country we live in led by the USDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- 9/16 - Ripley County, Ind.: The crops on our farm look real good. Some of the neighbors planted late and some took prevent plant.My wife dug potatoes and there is plenty moisture in the ground. Corn is filled out real good and beans are filled all of the way to the top.
- 9/16 - Dallas County, Iowa: The forecast 1" rains for Central Iowa barely spotted the dust on windshields. Early planted corn and soybean fields drying down very quickly but show great unevenness due to extremely variable plant development. Late planted fields very green (except where dead on light soils) and are weeks away from approaching maturity. Many unplanted acres have been fall tilled, waiting for rains that never happen. Last 4-6 weeks have been much more drier and hotter than those same weeks in last years drought according to weather records.
- 9/16 - Webster, Iowa: Why say what your yield is? Because it might be the only truth U.S. farmers have. NASS can't even lie good. On Sept. 3rd NASS said the corn crop was 14% excellent, 42% good, 28% fair, 11% poor and 5% poor. Compared to August 5th 18% excellent, 46% good, 25% fair, 8% poor and 3 very poor. On a scale of 500 with excellent worth 5 pts. each 4 good 3 fair, etc. On this scale system we scored around the first of august 368, around 1st of Sept 349 that's a 19 point break or a 5.2% loss. that does not figure a 1bu. gain but 8 bu. loss to 146 bu. nationwide. If you don't like my scale. Take the excellent & good category 64 to 56% and that's a 12.5% deterioration. Now that's gall to think you can say whatever you want without losing his job. It’s hard to market crop with the truth let alone lies. Either the condition of the crop should of went up or the yield down. If someone doesn't look in to this, then whole system is something that rhymes with NASS.
- 9/16 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: This must be the extra ears of corn USDA found.
- 9/16 - Western Walsh county, northeast North Dakota: Mr. New York, N.Y.: I, for one, really appreciate hearing from you. Thanks for your input and insight into our world of (trying) to market commodities into what has always felt like an uneven playing field. Please stay involved. Our wheat, barley and canola yields are very good. Soybeans are a sorry looking crop. I counted pods on a few plants yesterday, and came up with an average of less than 18/plant...and some of them had only 1 bean. Bring out the disk or the combine?? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 9/16 - Douglas County, Minn.: We have received enough rain to keep most of the crop alive on our farm. The hill tops and light sandy areas where hit hard a lot of the corn on the hills shut down early corn shriveled up. Yields will be ok no bin buster on corn. We had some rain a week ago which is helping the corn in the low areas and the beans. Our crops need up to three weeks to make maturity. Was up to Fargo, N.D., most of the corn and bean fields where shut down and drying up because a lack of rain. Most of the sandy light areas in Douglas County and the surrounding area shot
- 9/16 - San Diego, Calif.: Latest crop report proves that USDA is either blind to actual conditions, or a tool of the shorts. Corn is a disaster, and beans are a disaster over much of the Corn Belt. When the truth emerges, the shorties will have booked their profits. If cold weather arrives early, even the shorts may not be able to hold back the surge of crop prices. The late-planted crop that hasn't already been damaged or killed by the drought is vulnerable. If you have corn or beans to sell, wait a month or two.
- 9/16 - Steuben County, N.Y.: I have been growing corn for 30 years and am retired now and only grow an acre for my pet chickens. My corn looked great until I started to pick today. I have never seen such variability, so many aborted kernels. I am only getting a half a crop. I also have solar power and noted that they produced 30% less in June, July, and August vs May due to abnormal cloud cover and cold. I suspect the lack of solar energy and heat is the culprit for the failure of my corn crop. I just went long corn via the ETF CORN because I do not believe there is half what they think out there.
- 9/16 - Central Illinois: In late July, the Midwest lawns were crunchy, cracked, and yellowing, similar as in 2012, having little to zero moisture since late June. In mid to late August, again with little to ZERO moisture, the corn fields were firing, and even yellow husks were seen. These fields were planted in late May and early June, only 75 days prior. Having higher corn populations means that the individual plants compete with each other for needed moisture and nutrients, ALL THE MORE. Being saturated at planting, the roots were no doubt shallow and parched. Those making estimates think that higher populations were a good thing this season--a season where the plants were certainly competing with each other. We shall see. Soybean fields were variable, with some only knee high in late August, while others were chest-high but with tiny beans inside the pods. This is one of the driest July-September periods on record for the corn/soybean belt, after the crop only got planted one month prior, in often less than ideal soil conditions (very saturated/flooded/record rains). And yet those making estimates that impact the market seem to feel confident in these high yield estimates? One positive to note--the more these estimates drive the price down, the more up-side "zing" when they find out they were wrong. Though, volatility is only good for speculators, not for those who produce, process, and eat food. You know, the ones who actually do the work, and who rely on the food. The ones that those making estimates should be doing their best for, and to be honest with. Safe harvest out there! And may we (somehow) be pleasantly surprised by outcomes (somehow) justifying these estimates...
- 9/13 - Northeast Missouri: Heard the government say the beans will make over 40 bu.! There sure are a lot of those "40 bu." beans in Iowa, west Illinois, north Missouri! No wonder investors are paying $13,000/acre for this ground. It's magic soil! Doesn't need rain at all!
- 9/13 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: This is the last straw! The latest USDA crop report somehow finds 1,000 more ears per acre in September than what was reported in August? Does this mean that all those highly trained crop scouts don't know how to count? Really? We have a field planted on April 29, about as good as you're going to get this year. In mid-July, that field showed a potential yield of 235 bu/ac. Then the drought hit. Portions of that field were dead by mid-August, 500 ggds short of full maturity. Checked the yield potential yesterday (not in the dead zone) in the same field location I checked in mid-July. I came up with a current potential of just 198 bu/ac...and somehow, I still had the same ear count. I'm wondering...why didn't my corn add 1,000 ears/ac? What really has me perplexed is the fact that almost all of the May planted corn around here was dead and done by late August...again, hundreds of ggds short of maturity. The technical literature says that yield reductions will occur if corn is under drought stress during reproduction or if it dies prematurely....which it has. My yield checks bear this out. Adding 1,000 ears/acre to the September report completely destroys any credibility USDA might have once had and there is good reason to believe that the USDA numbers and predictions are completely bogus.
* Latest and wettest planting season in memory = reduced potential yields.
* Highest amount of prevent planting in memory = reduced planting and harvest acres
* Flash drought across 40 million acres of corn during critical reproductive period = reduced yield.
Indeed, other than a cool period during July and early August that took pressure off the moisture starved crop, there is nothing about this crop year that points to the kind of yields USDA is projecting. I hear there is a guy named Vilsack, he's from Iowa and he's Secretary of Agriculture. He needs to find out just how the people at NASS found another 1,000 ears/acre that they "somehow" overlooked in August...then he should come back to Iowa and explain to his neighbors how something like that can happen.
I'll repeat my opinion...the drought alone has reduced potential corn production by over 1 BILLION bushels since mid-July...and the losses continue to mount with every passing day. And as for the USDA national soybean harvest projection...that's just a fantasy...won't reach 40 bu/ac...too little rain, too much heat, too much damage and not enough time before the frost arrives.
- 9/13 - Webster County, Iowa: You would like to talk about crops, but us farmers like to talk what's bothering us. We don't like to be treated stupid, meaning the condition reports dropped all last month but yield was one bu. better. When I went to school I think it worked different. Must be that new math. Corn like last year, beans 40% less. My guess?
- 9/13 - Houston County, Minn.: Drove from the far S.E. corner of the state to just south of Minneapolis. Approx.150 miles. Saw nothing but disaster. On sandy soils the corn is completely dried down and the foot-tall beans are dead and dropping their used-to-be green leaves. Where there is irrigation, the crops still look terrible. That was a puzzler. Not a green pasture anywhere. In fact the only green to be seen is the leaves on trees and they are starting to show the stress. Had to laugh as I was driving and the radio announcer gave the latest USDA report. Wall Street is heavily invested in this being a bumper corn crop. Reality doesn't enter in. At least not until China buys up all of this cheap corn and we find ourselves short. Don't sell your corn guys. DON'T sell. Make them squirm.
- 9/13 - Randolph County, Mo.: Corn is dented, expecting low yields for lack of rain. Beans suffered from drought also. I'm expecting 75 bushel corn and 20 bushel beans.
- 9/13 - East central Iowa: I wonder if USDA is picking all the good fields (as few as there may be), and drive by the fields that don’t look so hot when they come up with their average for Iowa. If half of what I read and hear is true, there isn’t going to be alot of corn that is going to be over 162 bu./acre. so how can the state average be that high? Once again, it sounds like a good chance on Sunday for rain ( 1/2-3/4"). It will still help some of the corn and beans around here if it does make it. Corn chopping is still going wide open and would finish within a week depending on weather.
- 9/13 - Southwest Michigan: We received about .6" rain when the cold front went through on Wednesday. This was the first significant rain in over 3 weeks. Should help with soybean pod fill. Problem is they are forecasting a frost for Saturday morning. I wonder if the USDA also counts all of the silage that gets chopped and all of the seed corn as part of the big picture? As I posted in August, we will store our corn, we're not giving it away for $4.25. The mill can give me a call when it hits the $6.00 + mark again. I can manage with 250,000 bushels stored until next August if needed. It will be interesting to see if the mill has a big corn pile on the ground come November.
- 9/13 - Dallas County, Iowa: The corn and soybean production numbers are bogus and the last crop report stinks of "manipulation". More realistically corn will be between 12.5 to 13.0 billion and soybeans in the 2.8 billion range. Shame on you USDA! I also think it's time for Chip Flory to publish a revision of the untimely over estimation that was made by the Pro Farmer Fiasco. Cowboy up Chip and admit this crop isn't anywhere near what you guys guessed it to be.
- 9/13 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: I read the article about high ear counts. Last year I used crop estimate formulas, and corn should make 180 bu. Made 106 across the scale. Kernel size makes a difference.
- 9/13 - Martin County, Minn.: Went to Fargo, N.D. 600 mile trip, saw beans ready to combine about 12 in. tall. I have farmed 35 years in Minnesota. Won't average 30 bu. beans. Corn better than I thought, looks like an average crop if frost stays away till October. Everbody have safe harvest.
- 9/12 - Western Michigan: Dry...little rain and crops dying prematurely from stress. Where not stressed, still have a lot of green to go and need more time and NO FROST. USDA report today...LIES.
- 9/12 - Plymouth County, Iowa: I got 2 inches of rain first half of August, just like you dream of in a perfect year. But my beans did not respond to the moisture. I don't know why. I don't think it helped add 1 bu. About 25% of the pods are 3's with one or 2 beans in them. They are small and pod count is low. Really thought 60 was in the cards but I don't think they will make 40. #bummer
- 9/12 - Billings, Mont.: These reports that the government puts out anymore is just fiction! They just pull numbers out of the sky!! I have irrigated corn and the hot dry weather we had, I could hardly keep up with the water for it to maintain my yield, but the USDA says with hot weather that corn yield went up a bushel? It's almost comical what they report. How they can even say it with a straight face!!! I am done with it all. They can report what they want. We can't do anything about it! Us farmers just raise a major commodity, then say what will ya give me for it. All the money is made on paper and when it leaves the farm anyways, this free market system is a joke!
- 9/12 - Livingston County, Ill.: I bet you farmers from Iowa were relieved when USDA told you your corn will average 162!!! Considering they used 100% of your intended acres, I guess that means you guys have a lot of 300-bu. corn up there!!! You must have had the same 2 high-ranking officials from USDA that stopped by my operation last week.
- 9/12 - Henry County, Ill.: 36-day stretch without measurable rainfall at Moline ended on 9/11 with 0.09" shower at Quad-City Airport. Had maybe 0.01 in my gauge at home. For such a little bit of rain we might as well have gone for the 45-day record.
- 9/12 - East Central Iowa: No rain since Aug. 22. We have had numerous chances, but nothing materializes. You keep getting your hopes up, thinking that a shot of rain would stop the bleeding. Last cutting of hay was short and guys are feeding hay because pastures are done. Heard of some early beans to the south that made 35 bu. They think that they may be their best ones. Corn appraisals are in the 140-195 bu. range in my area, according to my adjuster. I think that there will be combines running just to the south of me this weekend in beans and some high mt. corn may also get done. A lot of corn around here is still 1/2 to 3/4 milk line even though the stalks are dying.
- 9/11 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: After the wettest May ever, we have had less than an inch of rain in the last 10 weeks and that came in about 5 different rains. Not sure what to expect. The corn will be all over the board and the beans are short on pods. Look to try some corn next week. Everybody stay safe this fall.
- 9/11 - Robeson County, N.C.: Finished corn yesterday with a 140 average over 280 acres. Beans are suffering from no rain and 90 degree heat not to mention a 1/4 planted later part of July.
- 9/11 - Western New York: My crops look really good. We had been getting the timely rains to keep moving things along. Got some frost last week in some areas. Farmers are now starting to chop corn, it will be an interesting fall if we get snow early.
- 9/11 - Southeast North Dakota: We live in the heart of the Red River Valley near Wahpeton. We received about 1 ½ inches of rain last weekend but it is far too late to help anything around here. The beans are not even knee high and their leaves are dropping. They really look poor now and you can tell they dropped their leaves due to running out of moisture not because the crop was finished. The pods are two bean and not filled to the top. The corn will be good on about 25% of the acres here but most corn was planted late and will be around insurance levels or worse. It is really bad west of us in central North Dakota.
- 9/11 - Southwest Franklin County, Neb.: Cut dryland beans yesterday, 70 acres averaged 8.8 bu.
- 9/11 - Western Dickey County, N.D.: Had 1.6 in. of rain last weekend, too late for corn but should help the beans fill. Corn should make 30 to 60 beans 10 to 20. Wheat made 30 to 35; would've made 50 to 60 but had some hail damage. I also believe the government and speculators are manipulating the markets. Think there should be an investigation but you would have crooks investigating crooks. I don't trust any of the government agencies. Thought the government was suppose to be for the people but seems to be for politicians, speculators, and government employees to line their pockets. May God be with everyone. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 9/11 - Boone County, Iowa: Its pretty easy to sum up the corn and beans around here.....terrible! I think it would be easy for the USDA to figure out yields just ask all of us!
- 9/11 - Buffalo County, Neb.: A half inch of rain overnight. Hope to end irrigation this weekend. Non irrigated crops threw the towel in several weeks ago. Had 4 dryland fields appraised for silage. Yields ranged from 15-40 bushels per acre. Irrigated crops look pretty good all things considered. Earliest corn about black layer, and beans are starting to turn. I anticipate the start of harvest is about 2 weeks away. I have cattle, and pasture conditions are deteriorating rapidly. There was also an epidemic of pink eye in this area,..I have never had this happen before. The number of flies approaches biblical proportions, certainly a large factor. Safe harvest to all.
- 9/10 - East Carroll Parish, La.: Parish wide, 75% soybeans harvested. Red and Green mechanics are tripping over one another, trying to keep these machines eating soybeans. $300,000 combines breaking down more often than the 5-year-olds. LOL. Hopper bottoms are staying busy. Some cotton fields are looking like snow banks. Overall summary, we dodged the drought and the high temps until crops were made this year. The best corn and soybean yields, period. Finally.
- 9/10 - Rock County, Wis.: Only 3" of rain here since June 26. Corn has gone from green to dead in a week. Soybeans yields will be less than 2012. Watered crops look good. USDA yields are a joke. 97 degrees here today.
- 9/10 - Franklin County, Ind.: The crops are drying up fast, a rain in the next few days might help the beans corn but not the corn. Had a lady ask me yesterday why do you poor farmers like working all the time my reply, I love what I do, everyone likes to eat and THEN GOD MADE A FARMER.
- 9/10 - Taylor County, Iowa: 2" of rain since June 1, beans have pods, will be bb sized, 15 bushel, corn pollinated good, kernels size of popcorn when dry, 50-75 bushel average, first cutting alfalfa hay 3.5 big, bales to acre, second cutting 1/2 bale to acre, pastures shot 1 month ago, feeding hay since then, 2" wide cracks in ground, 2 years of drought, crop insurance companies be ready to write checks again.
- 9/10 - Polk County, Iowa: This past week finished off the crops. Both corn and bean fields very uneven with large portions so dry as to be ready for the combine and other portions still green but dead from the extreme heat and lack of rains. Rains forecast for mid-week have dissappered. But any rains we might have received are too late to help the current crops but are desperately needed to replenish the water table, lest we start next year behind the 8 ball!
- 9/10 - Central Wisconsin: I am a crop insurance adjuster. Did 2 silage appraisals today. The corn will make less than 40 bushels per acre. North of here the crop will be better if it doesn't freeze until mid October. Soybeans look to be less than 25 bushels per acre. Less than 1.5 of rain in this area since July 1st. Northern Wisconsin has fared better with the rain.
- 9/10 - Carrol County, Md.: A beautiful growing season, going downhill fast.
- 9/10 - Livingston County, Ill.: We have not mowed our lawn in 11 weeks. The cracks are wide enough now I could stuff my wife's i-Pad in them, but I have too much fun sending in comments. Around here, it's gotten to the point that a rain probably wouldn't help the beans very much. They have been dying for 2-3 weeks now. There will be many fields of corn well under 100 bu. And central Illinois farmland is excellent land.
- 9/10 - Watonwan County, Minn.: VERY DRY. We had 1.27 inches of rain in July and 2.15 in August. So in 2 months we have had less than 3.5 inches of rain. Yields will be down.
- 9/10 - Henry County, Ohio: Hate to see years like this. Crops just couldn't make it to the finish line with the lack of moisture as everything is drying of prematurely.
- 9/10 - Southwest Michigan: Corn has started to dry down and a few of the soybean fields are starting to reach maturity. Rain has been spotty in the last 4 weeks and the temps have been hot. Pod fill on a lot of the soybeans have been aborted or the pods are flat and did not fill. A lot of seed corn is starting to get picked. Temps are supposed to drop into the thirties in the next couple of days, frost date may be four weeks early this year.
- 9/10 - Buffalo County, Neb.: This post is to New York, N.Y., who is a trader. You finally now decide that something isn't quite right on the board. Heck us farmers have known the whole thing is corrupt. For the last two months we have all watched our crops go downhill. And none of the federal weather agencies said squat about the severity of how really bad it is. I really pity the farmers involved with Pro Farmer. If all they can come up with is that it's pretty dicey out there then say there yield is + or minus 1 % and throw out something on the 150 bushel range they need help.
- 9/10 - Plymouth County, Iowa: We have people harvesting corn and beans and people talking about getting rain to fill pods. Quite a year. 95 degrees here today and looks like they took rain out that was predicted. Was hoping for a rain just to see if the pods that have fallen would jump back onto the stem.
- 9/10 - Cumin County, Neb.: Hey New York, N.Y., thanks for your honesty!!! The sad fact is to all of us out here in the Midwest that live this life everyday see that the government and the speculators have been manipulating the market for over two years now. If it's the flooded acres that never got reported or the chopped acres that zeroed out that never got reported it doesn't make any difference if there is enough money to move the market. This year the prevent plant and chopped acres that will make less then 50 bu. an acre will be swept to the side. USDA will do whatever it takes to keep the yield average up. Just another example of what's wrong with our country right now. Next thing you know our wonderful leader will probably want to stop exports to China because of Syria, nothing surprises me anymore! Oh ya the crops here look ok, we have been blessed here of late. Good luck everyone.
- 9/10 - Pepin County, Wis.: Well it's September, it's hot, it's dry, and the pivots still have not shut off! Corn is good under water. Heavy soils are ok but kernel size will be small. Beans who knows? They needed rain 3 weeks ago!
- 9/10 - Lyon County, Minn.: Corn and soybean yeilds will be affected by the last month of dry weather. According to the markets they will have to change the saying to "No rain makes grain."
- 9/9 - Auglaize County, Ohio: I ran 15 acres of 102 day corn over the weekend. Moisture ran from 21 on the higher ground to 28 down in the black ground. The yield over the 15 acres was 215 to 218. Nice corn! I have 60 acres total of the 102 day corn and I will continue to shell today.
- 9/9 - Dallas County, Iowa: Record September temps of 100 degrees and no significant rainfall since June - on top of delayed planting, sums it all up.
- 9/9 - Southern Kandikyohi County, Minn.: In the history of agriculture in North America, has the opportunity ever presented itself for the grain farmer to do himself a favor? Thanks to the super human effort of planting muddy fields into June, and even July, we have now found ourselves hoping for a drought large enough to get us above break even costs of production. When each individual farmer does what he thinks is best for himself, it usually leads to a negative margin for the masses. We received .10 of an inch of rain on August 30th. Corn harvest on lighter soils could begin in a couple of weeks. What's even more laughable, the Corn Belt hasn't received any appreciable rain in the last two months, but supposedly corn yield predictions have stayed virtually unchanged.
- 9/9 - Otter Tail County, Minn.: Only .5 inches of rain in the last 50 days, and August was hot. On Sept. 8, we received 5 inches of rain (3 weeks to late). Will help pastures and alfalfa come out of dormancy. Dry land beans aren't worth combining and the corn was chopped 10 days ago. Looking forward to 2014.
- 9/9 - McIntosh County, N.D.: It didn't rain for two months. September 8 we received 1.11 inches. The rains are too late to save the corn and soybean crops. Probably the poorest crops since 1988 (we didn't have soybeans back then). We're talking 10 bu. beans and 30 to 40 bu. corn.
- 9/9 - Pott County, Iowa: Group 3 beans starting to turn. Planted May 20. Ran out of moisture. FC estimates on chopped corn range from 160's down to low 60's on fields in area.
- 9/9 - Dodge and Columbia counties, Wis.: I do contract growing for a major company and have been out inspecting soybean fields the past two weeks. We are in a world of hurt in our area as we haven't had measurable rain in at least a month. The early group 1's are senescing and seed size will be small. If we get rain, I don't think it will help them. Later maturing varieties are still green but pod fill will be pitiful. We got rain last year in August that really helped fill the top nodes but I'm not seeing that this year. I would suspect a big part of southern Wisconsin will see 30 to 35 bu. at best. The corn I've walked through will be ok but no bin buster. You can really see soil type differences right now. Much of the corn will be dead shortly with low test weights as most is just at half milk line. I guess we should be thankful for what we will have and I hope all of you have a safe harvest.
- 9/9 - Trempealeau County, Wis.: Had 2 droughts this year. Had 27+ inches of rain in May till third week of June (not including the May snow). Did not rain for exactly 4 weeks with very hot conditions. Corn was behind, so the tassel had not come out on the dryland corn. Then had week of decent rains, followed by a couple of weeks to just get by. Looked like we might end up with a decent crop, only teased us, no rain for 5 weeks. The lighter soils are history, with heavier soils to follow. This late season drought is more like an end of July early August drought due to the late maturing crops. Not to mention how it is devastating the soybean crop. Irrigated looks decent, somewhat behind, due to the other extreme we had, 3 weeks of much below temps in the middle of the growing season. Drier this year than last year and last year was supposed to be an epic drought. Always next year.
- 9/9 - Appanoose County, Iowa: Lots of corn being chopped this week. Word is that checks are 50 to 75 bu. Yep they were right. It's going to be a bin buster out there. Long lines at the elevator again this fall.
- 9/9 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Corn field chopped and estimated yield of 63 bu. for insurance. Second year corn.
- 9/9 - Sargent County, N.D.: Still no rain and plenty of heat. Corn crop has suffered a modest drop of 30% since august 1st if test weight stay in the 52-53 lb/bu range. Huge areas of bean fields are dead with very few beans on them. Bean yields will be 50% of what we had august 1st and could actually go lower with all the hot temps in the forecast. What a flash drought, I can’t ever remember one this severe.
- 9/9 - Central Indiana: Two thumbs up to the farmer in Livingston County, Ill. We have lost many bushels of corn and beans here also due the lack of rain in the last five weeks. Made a trip six weeks ago to Iowa City and thought that the Midwest crops were looking great. Just made that same trip again this weekend and could not believe our eyes how the crops had went downhill. Just can't believe how USDA can rate the crop so high in the good to excellent range. I would rate the beans 10% good to excellent and the corn 30% good to excellent. This crop has went down hill fast and hard and USDA has misjudged this crop big time! I have planted and harvested 30 corn and bean crops in my lifetime so far and I can identify good crops from bad so I guess when the combines start rolling we will see these prices change and they wont be going down I would bet the farm on that! Good luck with harvest and please be safe to every one.
- 9/9 - Mernard County, Ill.: Demonstrating the drought's effect on soybean plants in Mernard County, Ill., by Bill Graff. Video courtesy of FARMnWIFE's YouTube channel.
- 9/9 - Linn County, Iowa: Mediocre corn at best and below average beans for our area. What if we are setting up for another dust bowl? This spring we had abundant moisture to replenish our moisture if that doesn't happen next spring we may be up a creek with no paddle and on our way to a 2012 repeat.
- 9/9 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We have lost on a average 5 pods per soybean plant, they just up and dried up. Heard about a guy to the west he has no pods on his beans.
- 9/9 - New York, N.Y.: I am a trader for a hedge fund and not a farmer, but I can confidently tell you that, the predatory trading in corn futures by some shortsellers looks like the cause of the woes of the farmers. If you look at CFTC data non-commercials (speculators) have amassed a massive short position and continue to "defend" their position at technical levels such as the 50-day moving average we bumped against in Asia hours after the forecasted rain did not materialize this past Labor Day weekend and China announced they will increasing their corn imports massively. Yet, corn that was up 2%+ in Asia hours and was down 2%+ in no time as soon as Chicago trading came in. From a traders eyes, I can tell you that there seems to be some manipulation to the downside in prices given the aggressive nature of paper volumes and the timing and speed they are carried out at certain important inflection points in the price action. I think this is something the CFTC should be looking into in my personal opinion. The news and weather progression and the funky-looking price action make absolutely no sense and smell very funny.
- 9/9 - East central Iowa: Livingston County, keep the cartoons coming! Sometimes laughter is the best medicine. I wish one farmer from every county in the Corn Belt would post what they think their yields may be for their county. Then I think we would have a better idea of what may be out there.
- 9/9 - Daniels County, Mont.: On 9-3-13, drove west from Minot, N.D, on Highway 50 to the Montana border. Thousands and thousands of acres are grass green and will never make it before the frost. Cattlemen, get ready for some cheap feed because it won't be good for anything else.
- 9/5 - Huron County, Mich.: Good early rains and heat set us up for some big yields. But the rains stopped in early august and white mold took over the soybean crop. Corn should be good, soys average. Navy beans junk!!! Maybe the min-dak area can take care of Bush's baked beans.
- 9/5 - Shelby County, Iowa: Beans done starting to turn. Still hope for 40 bu. combine will tell the story. Corn could use rain and no 90 degree temps to finish out.
- 9/5 - East central Iowa: After reading all the comments on this blog and seeing the markets go the other way, can I ask... What’s going on? Who will be right when the dust settles? In Jackson County there are going to be two different outcomes when it comes to yield. Those who had 1"-3" in august "could" be looking at 150-240 bu./acre (depending on test weight and soil type) while those who didn’t get a drop "could" be looking at 125-175 bu./acre. As we all know, this is my best unofficial guess, just like Pro Farmer and USDA. As we all know it’s about supply and demand. How much demand has been lost and how much yield has disappeared the last 6-8 weeks? Was able to tour Lock and Dam 12 in Bellevue, Iowa last night to see how our river system works, I thought it was pretty cool to walk to the Illinois side and back into Iowa. Videos courtesy of ScottHinch’s YouTube channel.
- 9/5 - Livingston County, Ill.: I was standing in my corn field today feeling very down about how horrible it looked. Then I was pleasantly surprised by a visit from two high ranking USDA officials. They said I have nothing to worry about. They informed me that my corn will be way better than it appears, despite the face we've had only a couple inches of rain in the past 2 1/2 months. I said, "Guys, we have just experienced the driest August on record in the Midwest." They said, "Don't worry, you will have a Bin Buster here and across the whole Midwest." I said, "Thanks for the reassurance. You've restored my confidence!!" (Just Funning!)
- 9/5 - Texas: From the Gulf Coast to Dallas, cotton harvesting. or preparations for it, were going "fast and furious," according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. "There’s going to be a lot of cotton coming out of these fields in a fairly compressed period compared to most years," said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension statewide cotton specialist, College Station. In the Upper Gulf Coast, the cotton harvest actually started a couple of weeks ago, but was delayed by rain. However, now the harvesting has actively resumed, Morgan said.
Cotton harvesting has begun is some areas of the Blacklands, and will speed up the second week of September, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)
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- 9/4 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: No rain for over a month. Beans that looked great a month ago are looking pretty rough. In western Peoria county, Illinois, some fields already have brown, harvest-colored beans...from small patches to many acres in size. Our beans have many pods that have been flat for a month and now they, too, are running out of moisture and beginning to collapse.
Half of the corn around here had dead husks a week ago, by Sept 4, that figure is closer to 90%...only the June planted corn "looks" good, but those field were pollinating and setting ears during August...enough said. Our corn that I planted on April 29 has had only 2,476 ggds as of 9-3, but there are lighter spots in the field that have been toast for 3 weeks.
Corn planted on May 10 has had only 2,334 ggds and it's done. Corn planted on May 20 has had only 2,184 ggds and it's done. Losses on the corn is somewhere between 12% and 27%...an average loss of around 35 bu/acre seems a fair guess...and this happening in corn that was on track to make 200+ bu/acre just a month ago.
Across just 30 million corn acres affected by drought, losses on corn already exceed 1 billion bushels. Beans losses cannot yet be predicted with any reasonable degree of certainty, but yields are moving downward by the day and another dry week will absolutely accelerate the rate of loss. The animals are putting on hair like winter is coming tomorrow and the crop reports are seven days old...no wonder they seem out of touch.
- 9/4 - Tama County, Iowa: Some of the shortest beans I’ve ever had. Lucky to yield 30 to 35 when last year we averaged over 60.
- 9/4 - Knox County, Ill.: No rain since July 28. Corn good but lost 10% of potential or more. Beans just dying in spots. Few pods and flat. Hoping they make 30? No rain in 10 day forecast.
- 9/4 - Macoupin County, Ill.: While walking the fields today I was hoping to see more corn. We haven't had any rain here since July 22nd. That was only a .25". Our yields are going to be worse than last year. Prices are going to have to go up to make up for this crop.
- 9/4 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Corn and beans on light ground are done. A month too early and from the start, a month or more late. Worst scenario that could have happened but it did with our wet spring and late planting. Should have taken prevent plant on everything the way things look. Looking for 15 to 20 bu beans and 80 to 120 corn if we’re lucky. Last year we had a good start then dried up and ended up with 55 to 75bu beans and 160 to 230 bu corn with the exception of our sand ground. Our early frost is coming as an early burn. Hope crop insurance can handle another big payout year.
- 9/4 - East Carroll Parish, La.: All corn has been harvested. Pioneer, Terral and DeKalb varieties hit big! Soybeans are being cut rapidly now. Twin-row soybeans are punching upward of 85 bushels. Single row easily in 60 bushel range. Some cotton should be defoliated in the next 7 days. As far as the corn went, very low aflatoxin reported.
- 9/4 - St. Joseph, Ind.: Our crops are good with the corn being good to very good. The beans could have yielded around 60 plus but the rain never came so now 40 will be a good average. Looks to be an early harvest because the corn will kill itself to save the ear. What a difference an inch of rain would have made. Maybe next year?
- 9/4 - Northeast Missouri: Soybeans look like 20 bu yield, maybe. double crop beans 0. corn 120. NO rain since Aug 10. NO rain in forecast. 2012 and 2013 RIP.
- 9/4 - Coles County, Ill.: Our early corn and soybeans will be average to above average yields. Our late corn and soybeans will be average to poor. I don't know a single farmer selling grain at these prices. I don't know where the CBOT volume is coming from, but it isn't farmers. The funds helped us last year and are killing us this year.
- 9/4 - DeKalb County, northeast Indiana: Crops burning up, no rain since first of July. We’ll probably have 20 to 40 bu beans. Corn lost a lot of nitrogen from June floods. Some ears 1/2 filled out, small kernels, yield? Let’s see, pull 3 ears estimate : 171bu/acre opps, wrong again.
- 9/4 - East central Iowa: Cutting 4th crop alfalfa. These pictures are from the same field. You can see the difference in soil types means big difference in yield.
- 9/4 - McLeod County, Minn.: Trying to figure out what's burning up faster, the crops in the Midwest or the wild fires out west?
- 9/4 - Audubon County, Iowa: Last week fried the crops on poor ground. Cattle feeders have started chopping corn. Have hear reports of baling soybeans in Crawford County. NASS yields are not what they predict!
- 9/4 - West central Indiana: Crops are maturing fast. Not much rain since early July. We did get anywhere from a tenth to a third of an inch in two separate rain this last weekend. Corn on the lighter soils drying up fast. Ears starting to hang down. Test weight will suffer I'm sure. I think we will have a pretty good crop but not a bin buster. The ears we have checked don't seem to have as many rows of kernels as I thought they would. Hoping for 175 but thought we had a chance for 200 before the 12th driest August on record. Late Group II and early Group III will be ready to cut in 2 to 3 weeks. They look pretty good but I can never tell on soybeans. Hoping to average 50 bu. per acre but I know the late Group III beans have been shedding pods for the last 2 weeks. Last year with the drought Hendricks County average for corn was 58.3 and soybeans were around 27. Thank the Lord for the rain when we did get it. He always knows best even when I don't understand His plan.
- 9/3 - Henry County, Ill.: Rainfall for April-June-22.00", July-2.55", August-1.25". No measurable rain since Aug. 5. Local forecaster says that he sees little in the way of chances in the next two weeks. Have seen quite a bit of tip-back in corn the last ten days. Some late planted corn not even denting yet. Soybean pods flat as a board. I know some parts of Iowa and W. Central Illinois received no rainfall in August.
- 9/3 - Richland County, N.D.: Everything gave up this past week. The beans will be 25 bu. per acre at best with many fields much less. The corn has some good fields but 60% of them will be at crop insurance level and less. It still has not rained - beans are turning to sticks and the corn is fired up to the ears - if it has any. Very uncharacteristic for us. One inch rain in the last three weeks would have made a lot of difference for us.
- 9/3 - Shelby County, Ohio: 8 tenths of an inch in last 30 days and lots of late heat has been devastating on the corn and bean, what once had the makings of a bumper crop is now dead at the end of August with lots of fields hanging immature ears and going backwards every day. Don't assume that just because ears look good from the road that the crop is made. A lot of doubles are aborted and the first ear is tipped back to 30 kernels with very little depth. Test weight will be affected this year. Have a safe harvest season!
- 9/3 - Jackson County, Iowa: Corn silage harvest has begun. 2 weeks ago we thought we wouldn’t be chopping until the 15th-20th of Sept. because of the cool July weather and planting delays. Since then the excessive heat along with minimal rainfall has rapidly sped up maturity. As we all know, that’s not good. A month ago everyone was talking about booking LP and trying to figure out how to get the crop dry, now everyone is wondering how much of the crop has been lost the past few weeks. A lot of guys are running out of pasture and now feeding hay just like last year. As far as the bean crop goes, I haven’t walked into many, and I figured there was not sense of looking at something that has the potential of shrinking with every passing day with no rain in sight. Videos courtesy of ScottHinch’s YouTube channel.
- 9/3 - Marshall County, Iowa: We haven't had any rain for over a month. Corn is drying up and ears are very skinny.
- 9/3 - Pipestone County, Minn.: Spring wheat went 55 with 12.4-13.2 protein and 60-61 test weight. It was planted about five weeks later than last year but yielded about the same. Corn looks great and beans look good but starting to get dry. No rain in the last three weeks. Last week’s heat brought us a long ways, 99 day corn planted May 18 is just starting to dent. Early beans are just starting to turn. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 9/3 - Northeast Indiana: No rain since about an inch 2 weeks ago, and parts of my yard are starting to turn brown, so that's when I know we're dry. Corn will probably turn out better than average, but the beans have me nervous. Lots of pods, but I predict BB sized beans due to lack of moisture. We've had timely rains up until mid-August. Go outside of NE Indiana, and lots of areas of the state have not had measurable rain for over a month.
- 9/3 - Southwest Indiana: Corn is drying down this week. Very hot compared to the rest of the year. Should have 180-200 bu/ac on corn. Got the right weather and plenty of moisture when it needed it. Haven't had measurable rain here for close to 4 weeks. High temps are burning up yards and crops on light soils. Early beans looking great. Double crop beans are waist high and still flowering. Finding caterpillars feeding on upper leaves. Doesn't look like substantial damage yet but keeping a close eye on it. Pods are mainly 3 and 4 bean and flat. Caught a combined 1.25" of rain over the weekend. Really needed it. Only bad part was the wind that came with it. Some beans were lodged but not down too bad. Mainly just a few patches where plants leaned over into the other plants behind it. They should be able to recover nicely. Pictures: April 30 planted corn and double crop soybeans planted July 6.
- 9/3 - Campbell County, Va.: Best bean and corn crop in ten years sorry to hear you are having a bad year.
- 9/3 - Williams County, Ohio: Last year’s drought had 6.7 inches rain in July and Aug. This year same time frame 3.7 inches of rain, not even showing up on the drought monitor. Last week’s heat and no moisture making things dry up fast.
- 9/3 - St. Joseph, Ind.: Our crops are good with the corn being good to very good. The beans could have yielded around 60 plus but the rain never came so now 40 will be a good average. Looks to be an early harvest because the corn will kill itself to save the ear. What a difference an inch of rain would have made. Maybe next year?
- 9/3 - Wisconsin: My father always said: Never count your bushels until in the bin. God rest his soul.
- 9/3 - Shelby County, Ind.: The last week really cut our bean yields. We see a lot of beans with SDS. Hot and dry has caused damage that will not be corrected. We did receive 1" of rain last nigh,t but may be too late. Holding on.
- 9/3 - Marshall County, Iowa: Ears of corn are small and leaves turning brown. Beans look better than corn.
- 9/3 - Ward County, N.D.: We got a bad late season Hail storm here. Wheat yields got reduced another 40%, Canola got totaled. Wheat crop was 80% less due to unplanted acres. Then yield on planted acres was reduced 50% of normal due to flooding. Now reduce that another 40% from hail takes total wheat production to 6% of normal for this area. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 9/3 - Calumet County, Wis.: All crops look fantastic up here!
- 9/3 - South central Iowa: Checked a 120A field planted 6/1. An average of 20 ears from 5 areas of a field showed the following average: ears originally 34 kernels long, now tipped back to 22 viable kernels. Average 14.2 rows around. Kernels small, just entering dough stage but also showing some sign of denting. Ground has 1-2 inch wide cracks in most parts of the field. No rain in 10 day forecast.
- 9/3 - Barron, Wis.: Our crops are looking pretty pathetic. Corn on sand is toast...chopping now....yields are about 50%- 60% of last year on the better ground. Soybeans are burning up fast and some are dropping leaves but haven’t got a pod on ‘em anyway. The good beans might make 20-25 bu.
- 9/3 - Iowa: Bad week for crops in Iowa. Have gone 10 weeks with 1/2 inch of rain. The heat this week is taking its toll. Corn is about finished and beans may not fill what pods are there. Getting machinery ready for what is left. There’s a storm coming but I don’t think its rain this time.
- 9/3 - Clay County, Ind.: Had great potential. Almost 13 inches of rain in June and no significant rain since early July. Early corn still looks to be average to above average. Loosing test weight by the day. Late corn??? May planted beans podded good and filling pods. May have 70 bushel fodder and 30 bushel beans. Late beans and double crops are going to be lucky to be worth harvesting. Desperately need a rain to finish things off.
- 9/3 - Eau Claire, Wis.: I’ve been running the truck from Fargo to Penn for the last three weeks. I can’t get over how much this big crop has gone downhill. There will be beans not worth putting the combine in the field for. There are places in Minnesota/Wisconsin that look like it’s the end of November
- 9/3 - Dallas County, Iowa: April planted corn in the dough stage and starting to dent. 104 degree temp today with no chance of rain in the 10 day forecast. Mid June planted SB with only 2-3 pods per node and 0-2 beans per pod. Huge areas of beans dying off in the past two days.
- 9/3 - Polk County, Iowa: Current (8/30, 4:30pm) weather conditions in Des Moines: Clear sky, West wind at W-8 mph and 102 degrees. Trees dropping leaves and anything green is wilting. Too late for rains to help anything but future ground moisture.
- 9/3 - Lee County, Ill.: Monday the 26th flew from Rochelle, Il. to Danville, Il. to Sikeston, Mo and back. Crops both Corn and soys look pretty bad. Wednesday the 28th flew from Rochelle, Il. to Minocqua, Wi. to Chicago and back. Again crops look bad. Ground all over looks like a soil map. Shortage of nitrogen and moisture very evident. No way is this going to be a record crop. Have been flying for 46 years. Can't beat an aerial view for a true assessment of crops.
- 9/3 - Newaygo, Mich.: Crops vary greatly depending on soil type. Very dry since middle of July, so crops on heavy ground or irrigated look best. Managed one rain last weekend that helped save the beans a little, otherwise yields are not impressive. Wish the speculator traders and some on AgWeb would read the comments on here to get the TRUTH. Pro-Farmer fiasco was 3 weeks too early! Need to take another look.
- 9/3 - Union County, Pa.: We feel so blessed after reading the comments from the west, but our soils are not the depth of those in the west. We depend on rain on a much more continual basis. This year we have been on the edge all year, but have gotten just enough to make a better than average crop of both corn and beans. I have been checking yields and none have been under 200, most in the 230-240 range. New hybrids have and amazing ability to stand our difficult growing conditions. First planted is just about black layer.