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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:

 

  • 12/19 - Southeast S.D.: It's all psychological, talk of big crop, lower prices, better try to get back to a gov't program to help us out! Farmers are some of the stupidest people I know! When will we figure this bulls**t out! Local elevator had about 400k of corn and 200k of beans on the ground---it's all picked up and priced and delivered to the south and east of here, into NW Iowa! I have said it before and will til I die, they need all we can raise, we just need to price it for ourselves, not let them do it for us!

 

  • 12/18 - East Central Iowa: After 6 days of fog and a 1/2" of rain, some tillage work is being done again. Window may be short lived, low around  15F tonight may put a stop to it in quick fashion.  I see 3 fields of corn left standing in my area. Basis has been pretty good overall for corn.
     
dirt_work  fall_tillage
--East Central Iowa
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  • 12/16 - Manitoba Canada: It seemed that in summer there was going to be such a large crop, larger than anything that was ever produced before. I'm wondering what the actual production was. With prices going up recently, it appears that we, as farmers, have been seriously misled by all the headlines. If this is the case, how can we really believe anything that our government or the media tells us. I guess it's back to taking a drive around  in the pickup and seeing for ourselves, just like the good old days. LOL
     

 

  • 12/12 - Pennsylvania: Today I was driving around finishing up Xmas shopping in Pa. Driving around I saw lots of beans in the field don't quite think USDA has the right count on soybeans lot still in field with snow we got today 2 inches  maybe they need to take a hard look at pa lots of beans 

 

  • 12/11 - Barren County, Ky.:South Central Kentucky Had Average yields this year. No Bin Buster. PS I don't know why farmers want to tell there yields,Let them guess the way we do on our price per bushel.
     
  • 12/11 - Swift County, Minn.: well the dust (rather snow) has settled on this 2014 crop.. still not seeing and movement of grain to the elevators some to ethanol plants  however. there are no piles of grain here in commercial storage quite the opposite  very little was hauled into town  capacity as some elevators seen at only 25 % full !  its a function of low prices and a crop that was far below what was advertised.  heard lots of acres in that 145-150 yield zone and soybeans 45-52 . the basis and flat prices are firming

 

  • 12/4 - Southwest Wis.: Been done with harvest for just under a month. Any tillage work ended a few days after with the ground firming up. Unfortunate since we have a lot of ground to be worked yet. Crops around here are above average 200+ corn. 60+ bushel beans.
     
  • 12/4 - Jackson County, Iowa:
     
    grain_cart sunset nt_harvest
    --Jackson County, Iowa
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    12/4 - Dallas County, Iowa: Silence is deafening on Crop Comments. Farmer's must be waiting to hear the elevators have "free storage". That always empties bins. Then the farmer trades his corn for a piece of paper. He gets a Price Later Contract and his grain goes to the end user. Then we wonder why prices aren't going up? If it was in your bin or on a Warehouse Receipt end users can't get it till you sell! You just fed the market are waiting for the BURP with free storage! Good deal Save a few pennies and lose a dollar!

    12/4 - Charlevoix County, Mich.: Break in the weather..cold stiffened up the wet ground to get across it to harvest the corn. Snow has melted and and can get into the "dry" ones. Ran the combine in corn that tested 37.5% moisture. Really? Only sixty more acres to go!

 

  • 12/3 - Washington County, Wis.: Corn is not all done yet Some guys are done some have not started Snow went away for now yield is Ok,not the 174 that everybody says, around 145. because we are not bless enough to even come close to buying a new combine repairs are a regular occurrence. Be lucky to be done by Christmas if it does not snow again. got a late start due to drying bin fire  and construction delays from our contractor but we are running now.
     
  • 12/3 - Union County, N.C.: Crops are in and very thankful for nice harvest weather when looking at the terrible conditions seen up north.  Now taking care of a little extra brush removal in needed areas.  Love these machines, they are fast and leave the cleared area in excellent condition.

    clearing_brush

    clearing_brush2

    --Union County, N.C.
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  • 12/3 - South East S.D.: Crude down, corn down, beans down, hearing of smaller to no piles of grain around the country? I think we can clearly see the experts who predicted a large crop better re figure their numbers! Gas is in the $2.59 range here but diesel is $3.89 go figure! Now instead of selling corn for $4.5 or more for a profit we have to figure out how to play the dumb game at ASCS! Good luck!

 

  • 12/2 - South Central Minn.: No piles of corn to be found anywhere in our area. Sibley Co is 100% right. Maybe someone out there could explain why with crude oil below $70/barrel and down over $7 on 11/28 why prices @ the pump are $3.85-$4.25/gal??? Looks like it doesn't matter what the price/barrel is the oil company's manipulate the price @ the pump anyway.

 

  • 12/1 - Windham County, Conn.: Finished corn harvest 11/21, moistures were all 19-25%, closer to the high side on most. Yield better than expected, test weight down. Harvest was behind by 4 weeks, would not dry. Still corn standing in many areas of New England and Eastern NY. Still trucking for custom harvestor, don't know when that will finish.
     

 

  • 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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    holly_jolly_bovine

    --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.

     
    snow_calf

    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: 

     
    harvest_iowa

    --East Central Iowa
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