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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
  • 9/27/2016 Monroe County, MI: In South east Michigan we started shelling corn 17 out of the field and around 200 beans we tried a few days later and tested 11.9 and 63. So far surprising


  • 9/26/2016 Lenawee County, MI: Lenawee, county. Looks like crops will be way above avg. Some ear rot showing up. Some early corn has been harvested running 200 +. My corn is was still 28 % last week so will run soybean first. If I don't average 70 on soybean will be disappointed.

  • 9/22/2016 Jackson County, IA: Took a road trip to Odebolt Iowa to pick up this poly flighted auger. Seen about a dozen combines in the fields on the 550 miles round trip. Expected to see more. Would say next week will be a big week, if we can miss some rains. Checked a field of corn that is in your black there yet planted April 24th.



  • 9/21/2016 Linn County, IA: This crew has been fighting rain drops the last couple of days. No prec. here yet this morning but heavy rain and hail nearby - Trying to beat the rain today. Expecting a very good crop.



  • 9/20/2016 Tippecanoe County, IN: We're in to our second week of soybean harvest here in NW Indiana and the yields are excellent for the most part. I think the later soybeans could be the best this year, given the heavier rains later in the month. We're not suffering from overly wet conditions like our friends to the west. We're also picking up some great yields in Illinois as well. The corn situation is a bit different, with yields running consistently 10-30 bushels below our 2014 records (last year was bad in this area). We're also hearing the same out of Illinois. This week looks to be perfect weather wise, so a bunch of soybeans will be taken off. The basis is breaking quickly.

  • 9/20/2016 Henry County, OH: Four inches of rain on 9-17 will finish the late beans off. Some corn and soybeans off. Hearing 40 bu/ac on beans and 100 bu/ac on corn. Later maturing will be much better.

  • 9/19/2016 Cavalier County, ND: wet,wet and more wet! Lots of crop to harvest here in ne nd! still spring wheat and canola plus lots of beans that are getting close but once again 1"-2" rain this morning is getting very frustrating! quality of crops is going south very quickly now. Were $1.00 discounts with vomitoxin in the wheat taking it down below $4.00 and some below $3.00! Heard of some large farms of 20,000 acres already quiting. Some have reseeded 3 times with expensive seed like potatoe,sugarbeets and edible beans and each time massive rains of 5-10 inches of rain plus hail has demolished what crop emerged! Will have to say that in my 45 years of farming ive never experienced such an excessive amount of rain over such a long period of time especially when there was no precip for 6 weeks this spring with lots of fields blowing dirt! Crop insurance will not be enough this year!

  • 9/19/2016 Faribault County, MN: Another 3.5 inches of rain last night. Went 6 days without rain, longest stretch in quite some time. We have had way too much moisture the second half of the growing season. A lot of the corn is looking dead. I checked a field yesterday and some ears had a thin layer of mold on the butt end. It was black layered and about 30%. Mud stuck to shoes in low areas and this was before the rain. Lots of sudden death in the beans. Some beans would probably be ready in a week but most at least 2 weeks out. It will take that long to dry out most areas. I’m sure we will be combining around side hills and standing water this year.

  • 9/19/2016 Saint Croix County, WI: Either you can't buy a rain in July and August most years! Then there is this year great growing season now it won't stop raining it rains even when there is none in the forecast. Going to be one of those harvest it looks like mud and wet not sure what all the is rain is doing to the quality of this crop but we are about to find out. Would still rather have to wet then a drought but it could ease up for a bit wettest August and September in years!

  • 9/16/2016 Jackson County, IA: East Central Iowa, corn silage harvest is ongoing. People are trying to get the last crop of hay up between the the rain showers and downpours. Just guessing, harvest is two to three weeks away. There will be some isolated activity before then.


  • 9/16/2016 Allegan County, MI: Southwest Michigan isn't the best but isn't the worst. Corn is for the most part 1/2 to black layered. Silage chopping is just about in full swing. Most corn yield wise looks to be fair, there will be some rough stuff though. Soybeans really turned around after the late rains. Every field has a spot or more of SDS. Beans that leaned and fell before pod formation don't have many pods on them. And starting to see white mold come out of those spots now.

  • 9/15/2016 Montgomery County, MO: Some corn being shelled. Fungicide treated corn testing 20%. non treated 17%. Yields 170-200. Beans getting close but very uneven with green patches yet. Fields very wet with constant showers and some heavy rain and more in forecast. Corn sprouting on ears that haven't dropped down. praying for dry weather.

  • 9/14/2016 Mclennan County, TX: Finally struck gold this year. Even with crazy weather this year, this dryland field looks to have 3 bale cotton on it.


  • 9/14/2016 Mclennan County, TX: Just stopped long enough for Alessandria, Victoria and Morgan Holy to strike a pose while Gramps strips 3 bale cotton.



  • 9/14/2016 Posey County, IN: Our crop isn't what everyone is predicting We are off 15 percent from the past two years poor stalk and grain quality, we haven't got into later planted yet , I think it's hurt more.

  • 9/13/2016 Meeker County, MN: Dear Putnam County In. Cock-a-doodle-do! You just can't stop crowing can you! I wonder where you got the 175 number if not from the USDA (coincidence, I think not). But anyway, some facts you may be interested in. A neighbor spoke with a field man from one of the canning factories, and he said that the sweet corn is only yielding 5 to 6 ton an acre. The sweet corn fields vary greatly, not table top even. Last year the sweet corn went 9 to 10 tons per acre. This is usually a good indicator of what the field corn crop will be like. Maybe a sub 170 bu./ac corn crop? What will you do if this happens? There is still a lot of the marketing year left for the 2016 crop. I have been farming for 33 years and have seen a lot stranger things happen. I guess you are the "kid" in this discussion.

  • 9/13/2016 Cheyenne County, NE: Wheat planting really got rolling this week. Many farmers are wondering why they are planting a crop that is going to have a negative impact on their balance sheet. Some SF acres will probably be left open so that an alternative spring crop can be planted next year. The rumor out there is that these low prices are going to hang around until the 2018 crop year.

  • 9/12/2016 Morrison County, MN: Corn Silage harvest is now in full swing. Some corn is getting close to maturity and probably getting too dry to chop. Soybean harvest about 1-2 weeks away. Excellent yield potential still looks likely in Morrison County, MN. 180-200 bushel corn and 55-65 bushel soybeans and we have marginal soils here.

  • 9/11/2016 Macoupin County, IL: Dear, Putnam county In. You sound like a self loathing person to me! With your look at me attitude I sold my crops at this price. If your such a mentor as you say you are pull your head out of your ass and stick to farming. I read the crop comments about once a week to see what's going around the corn belt and since you have been posting comments this summer all you have done is tried to one up someone with your comments!

  • 9/11/2016 Gray County, KS: The corn we have harvested so far this year is 20 bushel per acre less than last year per field...not as good as I estimated in my earlier post....I have heard yields in Kansas are averaging 25 bushel less than last year...anxious to see what USDA projects for yield in their report on Sept. 12. I'm not buying the 175 bushel national average!

  • 9/9/2016 Mclennan County, TX: Day 3 coming to a close. Hoping the rain holds off this weekend. Looking at 3/4 bale cotton.


  • 9/9/2016 Morrison County, MN: Corn and soybeans both look excellent with yields as good or better than last years record yields.

  • 9/8/2016 Sampson County, NC: 6.4 inches of rain from Hermine. The storm started on Thursday and blew through by Saturday morning. power was out from Friday 8pm till Saturday 8am. No visible standing water by Saturday afternoon. Corn harvest is well underway with some picking for a month. Some of the feed mills starting to close for a few days to grind inventory to make room for incoming loads of corn. Lower price mills have more room and able to stay open. A large crop but far from a record. We are a corn deficit area and local corn will be gone in two months, and then the shipped in corn will do us the other 9 months. Saw a field of group 4 beans starting to turn. most beans are still filling and gourd green. Could be an above average bean crop hard to say because of our intense weather variability, and stress put on the plants. Good luck to all out there .

  • 9/8/2016 Cayuga County, NY: Here in upstate New York we're in a drought only worse drought in country is California but USDA has New York at 140 for corn yield!!! Apparently USDA doesn't look at drought monitor. To many fringe states to the I states that won't be anywhere near what USDA says therefore no way we hit 175 nationally. I doubt we hit pro farmers 170 I'm gonna say 164-167. New York maybe 90-120 not 140 like USDA says!!

  • 9/8/2016 Freeborn County, MN: crops look good at best. Too much water this growing season. A very large amount of SDS in this part of MN. Hearing reports from truckers hauling sweet corn that yields: tons per acre are dropping fast. Lots of tip back on the corn and the kernels are shallow on the field corn.

  • 9/7/2016 Monroe County, MI: Here in southern Michigan we were getting some shots of rain when we didn't need it, beans are turning unevenly. We pulled some ears off the corn that didn't handle the dry weather well and tested between 21 and 26. In two weeks will start shelling. The corn kernel size looks almost like popcorn in spots others will touch, yield wise not the best but not the worst.

  • 9/7/2016 Putnam County, IN: Dear meeker county. no, I'm not a government man and I never said I believed the 175 bpa estimate. my guess is 171.5, now that we have that out of the way let's talk about your marketing comment. I haven't missed anything and don't jump on any price, my marketing plan is rock solid. For this year's crop I currently have 38 corn contracts and 19 bean contracts all of which are priced within 10 to 18 cents of this years high. I'm glad you sold some 5, 6, and 7 dollar corn 10 years ago. In 2012 I sold waxy corn for 8.83 to 9.09, #2 corn for 6.90 to 7.77, beans for 13.83 to 17.56, and wheat for 8.80 to 9.25. Yes, I understand not everyone will raise 175 bpa corn this year, it's that way every year, that's why its called an average. I may have 230 bpa corn and a farmer in a dryer less productive area may raise 140 bpa corn, but like I said its always that way and always will be. I've mentored several "kids" new in farming thru the years, and I always tell them if you can't make money growing corn, plant something else, it's not rocket science !

  • 9/6/2016 Mclennan County, TX: Another evening ending with rain. 30min left to finish defoliating cotton and rain shows up to the north.


  • 9/6/2016 Winneshiek County, IA: Lots of sudden death in the soybeans in our area - more than I have ever seen. Just finished August with 12.25 inches of rain. I have a field of corn with 10% of the plants already dead with ears hanging down. Kernels never black layered - stalk rot killed the plant first, and this is a field that was alfalfa for 3 years. We'll have a good crop here, but I think the top 5-10% has been trimmed by way too much rain. 30 inches since June 1, three times normal.

  • 9/6/2016 Clay County, MN: Corn ear size/weight is above average this year, but stand counts were hurt by a May freeze event. All our corn is past half milk line with some just about black layered, but the majority of fields have some degree of stalk rot, anthracnose, or NCLB in them which is going hurt test weight significantly. Probably an average crop at best out there. We even have a field that may have Goss wilt. I have never seen it here, but a sample has been sent to the lab. We had 3x average rainfall in July and about double average for August. Just too wet and humid. At least it's not cool.

  • 9/6/2016 Jackson County, IA: Corn silage Harvest is in full swing. We've had a pretty good stretch of weather , lot of guys are trying to finish up with the last crop of hay. There may be an odd field in our area of corn that is black layered, otherwise most of it is 2/3 milk line. Soybeans are just starting to turn.



  • 9/6/2016 Yamhill County, OR: Our pinot noir grape harvest started last week with mild temps. and a few showers. Most of the vineyards in the Willamette Valley are just getting started with harvest. We will harvest Chardonnay later this week and Riesling the end of Sept. or early October.



  • 9/6/2016 Meeker County, MN: to the gentleman in putnam county IN. Sounds like you are a government man when you swallow the USDA number for corn at 175bu/acre. Fact is, not everyone is going to get that this year. You have also neglected to talk about the effect of basis to price. But the real thing you have missed is a marketing plan. You must be one that jumps quickly on a price instead of one recommended by most financial and market advisers that sell in increments and percentages at various times during the year. You remind me of the people that sold 3 years crop at $3.60/bushel 10 years ago when I was hauling in corn at $5.00, $6.00 and $7.00/bushel. You can crow better than the prize rooster at the fair!

  • 9/5/2016 Caldwell County, MO: Hope to start shelling corn Sept 12, some have tried it already, beans are turning yellow in places..New elaavator going up in our area wish they could buy our crop this year, 2 million in storage and 110 railcars, hope it lets us get a better price!

  • 9/2/2016 Clay County, IL: Fair

  • 9/2/2016 Gray County, KS: Some of the corn in this area had pollination problems...seems to be certain varieties...those fields could be down 20-30% from last year. Lots of concerns pertaining to tip backed corn in this area. The corn is extremely tall in this area, as most of it is irrigated. Dryland corn was great all summer, but finished out with little rain at the end. Overall, I think the corn in this area will be close to last year....much less than we thought in July...corn didn't finish well. Dryland milo in this area is real good, however sugarcane aphids are showing up. Lots of spraying going on.

  • 9/2/2016 Henry County, IL: Received 12.15" of rain in August, 20.3" since July 1st, and 25.8" since June 1st. Most corn in the area looks terrific, but fields that were not sprayed with fungicide are rapidly turning. Beans have looked good much of the summer but I have never seen so much sudden death in this area before. Some fields are really being devastated.

  • 9/1/2016 Dekalb County, MO: We're still looking pretty good. Other parts of the area are getting 3-5" and we'll get an inch. Just what the doctor ordered. Went to Boone yesterday. Watched the corn shelling. 1 guy loading wagons said they were shelling 90-day corn, 27% moisture, making 170-200 bpa. Lots of tip backed corn on the ground. Also talked to a company sales rep from eastern IA. He said he was finding lots of tip-back in the center of the fields. What that means in the long run is debatable. Just observations.

  • 9/1/2016 Yellowstone County, MT: Crops here just getting finishing touches of irrigation water , sugar beets look good ,corn looks good but has tip back problems even with flood irrigation was just too hot , grain harvest been wrapped up for 3 weeks or so , good crop not a great crop , then again was too hot when irrigated , all made malt , but they are super picky this year if over just a touch on protein rejected , kinda bad deal when they need the grain they take all kinds of junk but if dont need it reject good quality stuff , then buy from you at feed price and do what ? Blend with good stuff and make huge profits , dont think they dont do that ! Just another example all the money is made when leaves from , only profession in country where we buy everything retail and sell below wholesale ! What will you give me for it ! We are dumb and should not plant half our ground next year , do half work , half expense and probally gross same amount of dollars we are getting off all our ground , but like that would happen !

  • 9/1/2016 Jackson County, IA: Corn silage Harvest is off to a slow start because of soft field conditions and moisture still a little too high in the corn . Most producers would like to try and get the last crop of hay up here in the next week to 10 days. Hopefully the weather straightens out so field conditions will straighten out for both corn chopping and haymaking .



  • 9/1/2016 Sibley County, MN: Early planted corn is sprouting on the cob. Luckily it is my neighbors field next to ours. Some mold issues too. It's just not good too much rain here in August 7-8"


  • 9/1/2016 Dekalb County, MO: Ear on the ground from FPS yesterday.


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