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  • 11/26 - Jackson County, Iowa: 1.5"-2" rain on Sunday followed by 2" of snow on Monday, has put  harvest on hold. According  to the forecast it could be the beginning of next week before we are able to try to finish harvest. Most are done, everyone else has 1 to 5 days left. Processor is grinding corn like mad. One pile I drive by is only a third full.
     
    Truck_line_grain_elevator snow_on_corn
    --Jackson County, Iowa
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  • 11/25 - Sibley County, Minn.: Worst year since 1988, the bins have been measured and both corn and soybeans will result in a big insurance claim. Thank goodness we have insurance but I'm pretty sure most farmers aren't in it for the insurance....... I for one am glad 2014 is over maybe 2015 will be better.
     
  • 11/25 - Westmoreland County, Pa.: bean yield was good test wt 59. just did 5000 bu of corn @ 20% cant wait any longer yields seem to be good with some spots  that  were wet there is nothing.   
     
  • 11/25 - East Central Mo.: #53 must have been scratching her neck on a nearby cedar tree and wound up with a pretty new Christmas wreath around her neck. She seemed happy with her new Holiday bling and as far as I know she is the most popular gal in the herd. “Deck the cows with boughs of cedar”.
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    --East Central Mo.
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  • 11/25 - Newaygo, Mich.: 8 to 24 inches of snow last week, now 1.5 inches of rain, and back to snow tonight. No harvesting happening anytime soon. Hundreds of acres of corn standing and probably hundreds of acres of beans. Way to muddy and wet now. Most of the fall has been muddy with all the rain. As the days go by it looks like we will harvest come spring.
     
  • 11/25 - Walsh County, N.D.: Finished up harvest for the year with sunflowers on Nov. 11.  We had a late start (May 15) last spring, and seeded till June 18.  A  frost on Sept 11 really hit us hard.  Collected some crop insur. on the soybeans, edible beans and sunflowers.  Some fields of ebibles graded down to samle grade....ouch! Our income/expense spreadsheet isn't looking too good for next year.  Most farmers around North Dakota are taking a hard look at their cropping options (up to 12 crop possibilities).

 

  • 11/24 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: Looking for feedback from the Great Lakes Area and up into Canada.  I've heard that there are many acres of standing corn, covered in snow.  How serious and widespread is this?

    11/24 - Attica, N.Y.: I just wanted to share a few pictures that show how much snow we received last week during our great lake effect snowstorm. We are located in Attica,NY, which is about 45 minutes East of Buffalo. I don't have an exact amount of how much snow we got, but as you can see it was a lot.  Luckily we didn't have any damage to the barns with the snow load. All the calves made it through the storm just fine.  It was a little challenging to get the milk to them though!
    lds 170-190.

     
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    snow_calves

    --Attica, N.Y.
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  • 11/24 - Madison County, Ohio: We wrapped up harvest last week before the snow moved in. Bean yields were in the lower 60s and corn went from 190-205. We were disappointed with the corn, thought maybe it would go from 210-225, but we found more drowned out spots than we thought we had. Last year at the elevator there were 2-4 hr lines but this year we were pretty much in and out. Makes me wonder where the record yields were in our area.
     
  • 11/24 - Canyon County, Idaho: Last week's record early snow fall and cold caught us with none of our 2015 potato fields bedded up for winter.  We had been waiting for the fumigation to finish working, and the storm hit before the waiting period was over.  So this week we discovered that the cold had kept any of the snow from melting and insulated the soil against the below zero temperatures, allowing us to start bedding -- IN THE SNOW.  I'll admit I've never done anything like this before, and it would have been impossible without GPS.  Thank you, Trimble! Hoping everyone is staying warm and safe.  Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

     
    snow_bedding

    --East Central Iowa
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  • 11/24 - Dallas County, Iowa: Went to an informational meeting about the Farm Program. The multiple choices & options to select from means there will be a lot of winners and losers. The winners will be in Washington and the losers will be out here in the cheap seats. Picking the best option is like choosing the right slot on a roulette wheel. It will be much better to be LUCKY than GOOD. When debating the health care bill, Nancy Pelosi said let's pass it and see what's in it. They did it again! Supply/Demand vs Income/Costs.
     
  • 11/24 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Will get done today, been a deal trying to get dumped at the elevator. Best crop I ever grew  in my 32 yrs of farming. We did get some lime put on one farm and some terraces maintaince done.

 

  • 11/21 - Lucas County, Iowa: Finished corn today. 174 bu/a dry (average at best).  Came out at 19% 55 lbs test weight, several varieties of 112 and 114 day triple stack. Not terrible, but certainly not the bumper crop everyone was expecting.  At these prices and yields I will be cutting back next years corn acres for sure.  Banker will make certain I do!
  • 11/21 - Ingham County, Mich.: We finished our corn crop this week in a snow blizzard. One of the best we've had. Soybeans were average, to much white mold. 4 inches of snow on the ground now. still lots of corn left in the  area. Giving Thanks for a great year and looking forward to to a turkey dinner next week.
     
  • 11/21 - Southeast S.D.: Crops were avg. here, some above some below, now the hard work begins, marketing it at the right price (probably not going to happen this year) and talking the banker just right! Turned in my yields, no claim on beans, 2 bu to high, corn was right at $50 an acre, half as much as it could have been in early Oct. but that wasn't to be! Flew over my area thought I saw some corn fields left to harvest south and east of here? Any comments on that? Thanks! Pray for some help with these prices!

  • 11/20 - Manitoba Canada: I have a Question regarding optional origin sales.  The total for the week listed on the USDA web site is that for one week or is that the total for the year to date?
     
  • 11/20 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: 200bu. corn av. on my farm. Sidedressed most of the nit. late.  50 bu. over av. for this area near the SD. border. Beans did 45 bu. Got nipped by Sept.13 frost.

 

  • 11/17 - East Central Iowa: Received 3" of snow Saturday evening. The last 10-15% of harvest is going to be a challenge.  Mt. Is still 18-21% as a rule. Yields 170-190.

     
    Snowy_harvest  snowing_combine

    --East Central Iowa
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  • 11/17 - East Central Iowa: 

     
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    --East Central Iowa
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  • 11/13 - Wilson County Kan.: Finally finished up with bean harvest for the year. Overall average was right at 38bu/ac for 1380 acres total.  About 800 were full season with the rest being after wheat beans.  Drought hurt the full season beans a little but not as bad as we thought. The later beans averaged about 5bu/ac better than the earliest ones we planted. Stored around 35,000bu and sold the rest for an average price of about $9.20/bu. Finished with drilling wheat for next year today. Put in just over 1400 acres so I'm hoping for a good wheat year in 2015. Not planting any corn again next year. Just cant make it work with prices so low and seed price so high.  
     
  • 11/13 - Pennington County, Minn.: The big soybean yield hype by the traders or should I say the Spin Doctors, have been influencing everyone including farmers that this is a record soybean crop and it is getting even larger.  Sure, it will be a good crop, but I don't think that the crop is as large as the Spin Doctors want us to believe.  I have traveled and seen the poor bean fields and talked with many farmers in Northwest Minnesota and across northern North Dakota and the yields are at least 25 to 50% less than average.  Sure there is an occasional 40 plus bushel per acre soybean field but most are 15-25 bushels per acre.  That means just in the area stated, there will be at least 50-100 million bushels less of soybeans this year.  That alone is about 2% of the total projected soybean harvest. Then you add the poor or disappointing yields in other parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and other states as commented here on AgWeb Comments, I think the Spin Doctors are wrong.  Even in the good areas where Jerry Gulke farms, he said, “Our average is about 50 bushels an acre. I think we’ll beat our average, but the market hype had us believing we’ve got 70-bushel beans out here.  Well, we maybe had the pods and stalks, but when we started looking at the beans, there was some disease. Frost came and did more damage than we thought.”   Many farmers echo these same conditions and thoughts.  In our area you can add too much rain in the spring to early summer causing late planting and drown out spots in the field, then too dry the first two weeks of August when the pods were filling, aphids, not enough growing degree days, and the frost to significantly reduce our yields.  This time of year, besides hearing from the traders, you also hear on the radio from seed reps and dealers reporting the great yields.  They are in the business to sell seed and they want you to buy their seed.  If you talk to them individually, they admit that even though there was an occasional good field, most of the yields were disappointing and say that yields were even down into the teens.  Sure, every year their will be above average yields in parts of the U.S. and those are the ones you are going to hear about as farmers are more willing and excited to report an above average yield than admit it was an average or below average yield.  Truth be told, when the final soybean numbers come in, they will be less than the Spin Doctors have been reporting.  The question is, will they admit it or spin us in another direction?

    Many fields in NW Minnesota and northern North Dakota looked like this or had big areas in the field that looked like this:

    soybean_minn

    --Pennington County, Minn.
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  • 11/12 - Union County, N.C.: Dryland soybeans double-cropped behind wheat received good rain when most needed. Beans are averaging in the 50's; which is very good for late planting in our area.  I have been continuous 100% no-till for 30 years and this is a must practice for our lower organic soils.   Every acre has been completely weed and grass free.  I sprayed Gromoxone and Envive as my burn-down combination, I then came back at 25 days with Roundup PowerMax and Prefix.  When beans reached R-2 I sprayed Roundup PowerMax to cleanup a very small amount of Johnson grass, I also added Stratego YTL and AC-97 into the tank mix.      

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    --Union County, N.C.
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