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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
  • 7/26/2016 Richland County, ND: It has been hot. Have had some rain but still very dry crops are holding their own.


  • 7/25/2016 Watonwan County, MN: Hail damage. No 60 bu beans this year. All of mine got hit.


  • 7/25/2016 Clinton County, MO: corn looks real good beans are getting there weeds are our real problem along with erosion we have good moisture for now.

  • 7/25/2016 Rolette County, ND: NE ND the water just doesnt stop! What began as a nice crop is quickly becoming totally waterlogged. Had 10-20% drown out from previous wet spell in june but now with everyday rains of .5-1" for the past two weeks and high wind too the crop is lodging and getting eaten up by disease.

  • 7/25/2016 Darke County, OH: All you with such great crops should be so thankful We here in Ohio do not get rain and our crops are all drying up. Beans very short. A total disaster in the making

  • 7/25/2016 Jefferson County, NE: Last rain .60 inch on July 10. Last 3 days have been 98-101, corn leaves just starting to fire on the dry land. High electrical demands for air conditioning have cut hours of electricity use for irrigation similar to 2012. Need better prices than present to break even on irrigated acres. Time will tell.

  • 7/25/2016 Jackson County, IA: Here in east central Iowa I would say corn is nearing 100% tassel. Just went through a few days of 95-110 heat index. Rains every 3-4 days. been lucky to have missed several rounds severe weather. Been very hard to make any hay. Overall things still look good to excellent all over



  • 7/25/2016 Cayuga County, NY: Here in upstate NY were in moderate drought & need rain!! If Bill Kirk from weather trends 360 is correct 2011 was like this year & then a 5-6 day heat wave 3rd week of July hurt pollination & the great looking corn didn't finish so great (146 national yield) so it ain't in the bin yet & yes I agree with a previous post SHUT THE HELL UP about how great your crop looks!!! I'd rather sell 150 bushels corn at $6 than 170 bushels corn at $3-$3.50 wouldn't you!!!!

  • 7/25/2016 Putnam County, IN: Livingston county , IL, i'm glad to hear someone else say they are tired of planting corn. for the life of me I don't understand why people keep planting more corn when the pencil obviously says you should not, then the same guys complain because they lose money selling corn for $3. last year I planted 90% beans, 5% wheat, and 5% corn. corn made over 200 and beans averaged 67. made a ton more money on beans and had 70% less grain to haul, not to mention my harvest was over 3 weeks before everybody else. beans handle drought much better than corn and can still make money in a dry year, and corn just won't. i'm 75% beans this year and will be 100% next year minus a few wheat acres.

  • 7/25/2016 Dallas County, IA: The Pro Farmer Tour folks are most likely giddy as a bunch of school girls and filled with anticipation. Soon they'll be in the spotlight and give their "professional opinion" to the speculators, foreign markets, and end users exactly how many bushels will be harvested, based on collected hocus pocus data. If you listen closely, you can already hear the markets falling. Oh and btw, if anybody is still holding "Free Price Later" bushels from 2015 production anticipating a rally............oops! You know your out there. Probably more paper bushels on "free price later" than Chip could estimate. Maybe it will work better next year.

  • 7/24/2016 Caldwell County, MO: Corn is very good, its past the sweat corn stage, beans are really blooming, some guys having trouble with waterhemp, most part beans are as good as the 2014 crop.

  • 7/22/2016 Putnam County, IN: Crops here are progressing very nicely. Picked up 3 inches of rain last Sunday and Monday morning with another great chance of rain tomorrow. Double crop beans look as good as they ever have for only being in the ground 3 weeks. It's been hard to make hay but I will gladly make that trade off for the tremendous corn and bean crop we have in the making. All the late corn is now tasselling and early beans are more than waist high. Going to be a huge crop if we only catch one or two good rains in August !

  • 7/22/2016 Walsh County, ND: Worst crops I've seen in 20 years. Have had 20 inches of rain the last 2 months. Soybeans on the hills are now turning yellow. Edible beans are completely gone. Some wheat looked ok until a hail storm came through and wiped a lot out. Lot of auction sales will be coming next spring.

  • 7/22/2016 Tippecanoe County, IN: The crops in northwest Indiana are looking very, very good. Things were a little too dry across the northern tier of counties, but the conditions around Lafayette are close to perfect. We got the second half of our corn in a couple of weeks later than ideal, but that might be the only thing keeping this crop from knocking out some 2014 records. The early planted black dirt could establish a new record, assuming August weather doesn't knock us back. I've also seen a good portion of the Illinois and Iowa crops and they're as good as the condition ratings have been showing.

  • 7/22/2016 Deaf Smith County, TX: Crops look good had good rain earlier. I have a question. Does the elevators in the corn belt have much of 2016 crop still in storage?

  • 7/21/2016 Cuming County, NE: Lots of rain here recorded 20 inches from June18 to july18. Crops beat up here flood out my worst crop since 2012 coming lots of dry areas west and south in nebraska.

  • 7/21/2016 Allen County, IN: Yep, just keep thinking record crop with 100 degree heat

  • 7/21/2016 Livingston County, IL: For the first time in 40 years, I will not be applying any fall nitrogen. I am going to leave my options open until spring. If, at that time, the price of corn is below the cost of production, I will not be planting any corn. Three back-to-back years of nonprofitable corn prices is enough. We will be planting all beans on our 5700 acres. Even if the price of beans is somewhat low, you cannot lose as much money on beans.

  • 7/21/2016 Brown County, MN: Poor emergence, Frost damage, hailed on, flooded out and replanted multiple times...for those of you getting a record crop...good for you!! For me 2016 ...good riddance!!!

  • 7/20/2016 Lincoln County, MN: Have been through a good area of SW, WC, Central Mn. and listened to state experiment station personnel. This states crops are not 82% good to excellent. Too many drown out areas, areas affected by late frost (mid-May) and areas that had a dry June. Pineapple corn on the 4th of July with cool temps is not good. Rains of late have been good but many have brought wind and hail (bad). Rain amounts have been locally high 2 - 7" but unless you have table top flat ground maybe get the benefit of 1 - 1 1/2" of that. The rest is in pot holes and ditches. Need slow soakers not hard and fast on this hot and hard ground to do more good. Also have not had much dew this year, another reason it dried out so fast in June after a wet May. The next 60 days are just as important as the previous 60, it's not in the bin yet.

  • 7/20/2016 Dekalb County, IL: I just want to give a shout out to all the dumba**es tell they have best crop ever. I'm not telling you to lie but just shut up if you want good prices.

  • 7/19/2016 Saint Charles County, MO: Drove St. Louis to KC. Wow! Incredible crops! Can't imagine what the I states have. Truth be told, the corn belt as a whole will be a bin buster! 2014 had lots of 200 bu/a. Shave off some for heat and stressed areas we're still looking at above trend line yields. Buy the PUTs !

  • 7/19/2016 Bottineau County, ND: too dry now flooding!! started seeding mid april with great conditions but quickly dried out with spotty emergence and no rain for 5 weeks til may 21. since then precipitation hasnt stopped. altho now we have grain headed out and in boot stage in same field which isnt a big deal but there was 10% drown out as well. then it really started raining since last tuesday we have had 5+ inches plus huge 70mph winds with lodged grain and canola thats flat! lots of disease going to show up even with fungicide! Been farming for 45 years and have seen this before but it hurts each and every time! Am getting older and more tired every year but mother nature is as strong as ever! maybe stronger!

  • 7/19/2016 Eaton County, MI: Got our first measurable rain last night since June 3 rd. We got 3/10 inch. Was welcome but more needed.

  • 7/19/2016 Shelby County, OH: Need rain very bad. Some fields Haven't had a good soaking since March. Beans maybe a foot talk at Best. Some corn looks dead.

  • 7/19/2016 Henry County, OH: Two inches of rain June 23 was a lifesaver. Now it's time for another lifesaver. If not corn will be tasseling waist high and also some beans have not canopied in 7 1/2 rows yet with very thin stands.

  • 7/19/2016 Jackson County, IA: Here in East Central Iowa ,things look about as good as they possibly can. Hopefully this heat wave doesn't cause any major problems with pollination.



  • 7/18/2016 Morrison County, MN: Crops in our area look pretty good. Have had over 5" of rain in the last week but the ground was so dry most of the water has soaked in nicely. Could use a little heat (but not too much). Crops are maybe a bit behind. Earlier corn just starting to pollinate while the later corn is a week away. I like to have pollination done but July 20 but this year will be a bit later. A lot of cooler nights so far this year but sounds like we will catch up on GDD's this week. Plenty o' moisture for pollination. Small grain harvest will begin this week as well. Yields will be less than last year, but last year's yields were ridiculously great.

  • 7/16/2016 Chickasaw County, IA: Crop looks perfect. Corn will be very good. Beans look just as good. Only problem not enough sold.

  • 7/15/2016 Watonwan County, MN: Wednesday morning. Not what I wanted to see.....


  • 7/14/2016 Minnehaha County, SD: Hot and dry in forecast, should be double digits up like fourweeks ago when they lied about the forecast then! Just stealing with a pencil! Like now hauling corn, 15.2% moisture and get docked 3 bu.? Did I get paid for 60# corn, I don't think so, legal stealing! Oh yeah everything here is great! So called expert at a meeting last week said the crop is made all across the US and will be a record! Bet he doesn't get docked if he's wrong, oh he's a pro so he's never wrong!??

  • 7/14/2016 Ogle County, IL: Irrigators starting to run in N. Ilinois. Update on Daily Caller story about USGS from congressional testimony. Yet a USGS official apparently said “Tell me what you want and I will get it for you. What we do is like magic,” according to the IG’s notes. Good thing we deal with the USDA.

  • 7/14/2016 Coles County, IL: It is still dry in Central Illinois. We had 3 tenths of rain with 60+ mile an hour winds. The areas to the north that caught the rain last week got good rains again. The areas that needed it missed out again. Soybeans on lighter soils are turnning a little yellow in areas. The huge price drops in corn and soybeans need to be investigated, something criminal has to be going on - this is not supply and demand.

  • 7/13/2016 Pierce County, ND: It's a tale of 2 worlds in ND...those getting rain (way to much) and those choking on dust. There will be high bushels and poor quality as well as low bushels and high quality...with little in between.

  • 7/13/2016 Dodge County, MN: The crops here look as good as they have in many years. We've got just the right amount of rain so far.

  • 7/11/2016 Dane County, WI: Tobacco 30 inch tall. Corn and beans never looked better for the first week in July. Rain have been timely and soil moisture is rated high.


  • 7/11/2016 Coles County, IL: With only 1 and one half inches in all of June, and 1 and one half inches on the Fourth of July weekend, we are back to rolling leaves and a hurting crop. My apple trees and my peach trees are losing leaves and curling up from the hot dry weather. We need rain!!!

  • 7/10/2016 Franklin County, IN: Why is there corn being imported from Brazil when we already have a surplus? If I KNEW WHAT COMPANY WAS BUYING CORN from Brazil, I would patronize them like I do walmart, I DON'T

  • 7/8/2016 Winneshiek County, IA: Tassels starting to show on July 7, 2016


  • 7/8/2016 Steuben County, NY: After a dry May, we have had 1.52 inches of rain since June first and none in July. It has been hot, then cold, then hot. The dew points have been very low and some mornings we have been in the high 40's. The sunshine and wind has desiccated everything and more and more corn is dying. First cutting hay was heavy but of lower quality. There looks to be very little second cutting. Creeks are dry and some wells are also going dry. A parking lot where people were stuck in the mud last year caught fire Saturday. No one here remembers a year so dry so early.

  • 7/8/2016 Callaway County, MO: We had a tornado go through our cornfield for a bout a half mile and this is what it looks like about 60 to 80 foot wide

    http://bit.do/Tornado-Damage-Video

  • 7/7/2016 Putnam County, IN: Finished up wheat harvest 10 days ago. 78 bpa all on poor ground. Double crop beans planted right before 2.5 inches of rain over 8 days. Great straw quality this year. Corn and beans are doing great, we have had 4.5 inches of rain in the last 30 days and they were all slow soakers. Beans planted in mid April look great and are setting pods. April corn started to tassel this week and the May corn looks just as good and should tassel in 10 to 12 days. All in all we have a chance at a tremendous crop here in west central Indiana if we keep getting a inch of rain every week.

  • 7/7/2016 Wilkin County, MN: West central MN DRY.DRY,DRY biggest rain in May/June .59 of a inch. Total of 2.38 inches last 70 days lots, of .10-.20 tenth pissers that don't do a thing, lawns look like mid August, brown and crunchy.

  • 7/6/2016 Palo Alto County, IA: Missed the rain again. First corn trying to tassel and hasn't had rain for 3 weeks. Light spots are toast

  • 7/6/2016 Lorain County, OH: This reminds of 1988 (kind of). Rains have been hit and miss around here with some receiving up to 3/4" and a half mile away receive a tenth. We have had 7 days above 90* so far this year and our normal is 5 and it's just early July. We're I'm at we received 1 1/2" of rain since mid May so we're a few inches behind but for the most part the crops are ok but we will need rain soon or they will start showing stress.

  • 7/5/2016 Minnehaha County, SD: Things look ok here, but earliest I've seen stressed spots and irrigation running! Thanks to the national weather service for playing the lying game, (showing rain where it's not raining). I think that's called manipulation, and that should be illegal! But like our government, the more crooked you are the more money you can make! 80 cent drop in 10 marketing days! That's 20%, and that's just in the corn market! If that was in the stock market there would be an investigation! Good luck!

  • 7/5/2016 Madison County, OH: We are extremely dry here. We have had 8 tenths here in the last 5 weeks and have been very hot as well. Corn has been rolling hard for the past 2 weeks. There is a large area of dryness from west of Columbus to well past Springfield and probably about 40 miles north to south. Need substantial rain soon.

  • 7/5/2016 Wapello County, IA: This photo was taken on June 18th in SE Iowa near Ottumwa. The corn has continued to stretch and grow despite the lack of rainfall. On the really hot days the leaves are curling to conserve moisture. Hoping we get some rain soon.


  • 7/5/2016 Yellowstone County, MT: I see the good old usda is up to its worthless reports again , why does anybody even tell them a thing or anybody that asks how crop is progressing , there not asking to help you out ! Million more corn acres , more soybean , more wheat , more hay , up here nobody hardly planted any wheat switched to lentils , iam I missing something where is all this ectra farm land coming from ? Up here there is less and less crop ground and more and more grass and hay going in than anything , wake up farmers dont tell the gov anything , need to take America back again., not give it away to traders and big companies !

  • 7/5/2016 Rock County, WI: Early this week going from WI through MN to Bismarck ND and I saw way over a dozen loads of big bales of straw going east. It would amount to a lot of product. Where was it going and for what use?

  • 7/5/2016 Union County, IA: Dry as a bone, corn is curling.. The USDA is blind & the forecasts are a joke, just because there's green on the radar doesn't mean it is hitting the ground. Going in to pollination, not looking good.

  • 7/5/2016 Mcdonough County, IL: Rain all weekend, grand total .45 inch, mostly none as you leave the county north. Pollination is in full swing for most. clouds and low heat saving us for now. Late beans stagnating with spotty stand. Reduced till doing better. promising more chances for rain next 3 days. Lets hope those promises become actual soaking rain. Our price discovery system seems more than a little inadequate as well! If it rains somewhere on the continent, the market screams " Beneficial rain" for all!

  • 7/5/2016 Coles County, IL: we had an inch and a half of much needed rain over the holiday weekend, it helped but it did not break the drought. 6 inches down the ground is still hard and dry. it did close some of the smaller cracks in the ground. hot dry weather is still in the forecast with a ridge to build and hot weather is coming.

  • 7/5/2016 Ogle County, IL: Crops here look good, had just enough rain but are in need of another. Read an interesting article at the Daily Caller this weekend. It seems the U.S. Geological Survey lab in Co. has been manipulating data for 18 years. Good thing we don't have to worry about that with the USDA.

  • 7/4/2016 Meade County, KS: Cut a lot of bushels wheat in the area. Been 7 plus inches of rain this week! A little wheat left to cut. A negative 1.05 basis at the elevator! Yee Haw . Done planting wheat at these prices.

  • 7/1/2016 Mcleod County, MN: Don't worry guys if your crops haven't had rain in a while or if you've way too much rain and have lots of drowned out spots like me the USDA said our crop is even better than last year. It must be our imagination that things don't look so great. Yes this is the same USDA that said we have more corn & beans on hand even though we've exported more corn & beans than they said we would, ethanol usage is higher than what they said & there's more livestock on feed. Now the only explanation from the "experts" is that last year's crop was bigger than we though? I thought the January report was supposed to tell us what our final yield was and now 6 months later they find more grain? This takes market manipulation to new heights.

  • 6/30/2016 Lincoln County, MN: Haven't had rain for two weeks and are running 5 inches behind the 5 year average. Crops are still holding on but rolling a bit on the hills. Beans still have a ways to go before they canopy, so are drying up quick. Not good going into July and no rain in the forecast.


  • 6/30/2016 Pottawattamie County, IA: Missed the rain this week, so end the month with .8 of an inch of rain. Good thing we started with plenty of subsoil moisture. Nest couple of weeks will tell yield as most of the crop will tassel , except for replant. Beans are all sprayed and waiting for some rain. Everyone celebrate a safe and glorious 4th.

  • 6/30/2016 Montgomery County, MO: Heavy rain predicted for this weekend of the 4th! we'll see...... corn hurt but beans are tough, they appear ok. Speaking of beans.... EPA wants to regulate atrazine more. Why don't they out law RR beans instead. First year we planted all Liberty beans and no waterhemp! almost forgot what is was like looking at a clean soybean field. Hope all have safe enjoyable and wet 4th.

  • 6/30/2016 Otter Tail County, MN: Rains have been passing by, even when the radar shows it covering you nothing hardly hits the ground. Dry land is taking a hit and hot weather coming again this weekend will take care of some dry land. Irrigated fields look great.

  • 6/30/2016 Marion County, MO: It's 9:30 PM the last day of June and our main farm in west central Marion County was just missed by another shower. The last 20 days of May had very little rain and it had no (0) rainfall for the whole month of June. I'd say that qualifies it as a full fledged drought in spite of what the experts say. Corn short and tasseled out might make half a crop if it rains soon. Beans holding on pretty well so far but need rain also.

  • 6/29/2016 Hancock County, IL: No rain, hot air, damage in the works! Do you idiots in Chicago see this!

  • 6/29/2016 Marshall County, MN: Up here in the northern red river valley of mn nd we have been getting hammered on with rain since planted too late to try reseed? A good early variety?

  • 6/29/2016 Cheyenne County, NE: Rained last night .63 at the airport. Wheat is rapidly turning. Yields on dryland will probably be in the 35 bu. range. Harvest will start about 7-15. The wheat price at the elevator this morning $3.05 . If KCHRW goes to $3.30 we are looking at 2.50 cash. Can anyone spell broke?

  • 6/29/2016 Meeker County, MN: Corn looks average at best. Too much hail and too much rain. Stared to irrigated , shallow roots. Too much rain too no rain.

  • 6/28/2016 Fillmore County, MN: Crops look pretty good in SE MN. Went through 3 day cold rain at end of April and then a May 15th hard freeze that turned the mid April planted corn harvest brown. Most bounced back. Some fields have less stands, approximately 28-29k according to local agronomists. If I had to repick a starting date, I would have started on or around April 24th. There are some gaps and uneven corn with yellow spots around the county with the early planted, because of weather stress. Some Corn is approaching 5' tall at end of June, which is typical for our area. Close to 9" of rain in June. I hope it doesn't stop raining now with July and August approaching. Does not look like a lot of rain in the forecast, so we'll see. It depends on heat also. Some beans are getting close to closing the rows.

  • 6/28/2016 Coles County, IL: Corn is starting to tassel but is only shoulder high and less and rolling up from the drought. We did get 2 tenths last Sunday but it was bone dry after couple hours of sunshine. The grass in my yard is dry and crunchy, even the weeds are turning yellow and rolling up in my yard and roadsides.

  • 6/28/2016 Nobles County, MN: Here in SW Minnesota there is extreme variability in both our corn and soybean. There are a LOT of very ugly fields. Big areas of drown out spots and also huge yellow spots in corn fields where the soils stayed too wet too long. Many corn fields may vary from 6 inch tall yellow corn to 3 foot tall corn. Absolutely no trend line yields here. Wondering how the USDA can come up with their current good to excellent rating. They are waaaay off base here and also I'm thinking NW Iowa. Sure wish the guys coming up with the ratings would drive through our area. They would be shocked!

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