Sep 21, 2014
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  • 9/19 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: This area ended up with varying degrees of frost damage. Our crop which was behind a week to ten days, was cabbage green in color the night of 9.12.14, and now the majority of it is damaged. My agronomist, he thinks producers are going to be in for an ugly surprise. We needed a later than average first frost date and ended up with an earlier than average frost date, by about 2.5 weeks. Listening to some of the marketing analysts discussing the frost damage can be quite comical.

  • fall corn   fall beans
    --Kandiyohi County, Minn.

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  • 9/19 - South Central Iowa: Corn to the 1/2 milk line, beans very green. Frost was light and short, did little damage in this area.

  • 9/19 - West Central Wis.: Crops looked much better than the last 2 which were busts. Frost will trim beans by 5-10 bushel and we will lose some test weight on the corn.

  • 9/19 - Pennington County, Minn.: Frost on September 15th is really starting to show up on the soybeans as the last couple of days the soybeans are really dropping the leaves and drying up. Some varieties of soybeans were hurt by the frost more than others. The drought this summer has also created a lot of 2 bean pods as provided in the picture.

  • drought beans
    --Pennington County, Minn.

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  • 9/19 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Frost damage is really starting to appear after 2 freezes since Saturday.. Corn that was 90% green and half milk line is now mostly white and a lot of soybeans turning black. Our less than average crop keeps getting smaller instead of bigger. Looks like it's going to be a long wet harvest

  • 9/19 - Knox County, Ill.: I can't take credit for the Buy December/Don't Plant idea, but an old farmer told me about that 30 years ago. Back in 1985, the idea seemed too complex to execute, but in 2014, the internet has changed all that. Now, we can effectively communicate and organize our efforts. We have access to the same the same tools and expertise as our adversaries. Most importantly, we control production and don't think for one second that they don't understand that key advantage we have over them. Knowing that, they still don't respect us and for several reasons: even though we do have the power to influence prices, they believe we are too lazy, too stupid or too independent to figure it out. That's our fault. What we need is some help... someone to open the gate just a that us work horses can see what's beyond the corral they've built. Hello, Willie?


  • 9/18 - Hettinger County, N.D.: We are usually done with the small grains about third week of august, but farmers just into the thick of the wheat now, quality problems after ten inches of rain in august, beans and corn bit the dust last week with 4 nights in a row of frost, harvesters getting stuck in the mud by the dozens every day, old timers have never seen anything like it before. mostly low protein in the wheat, so getting around 3 bucks a bushel, you do the math. have a good fall. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 9/18 - Steele County, Minn.: frost took 25% of bean yields and and corn is not even half milk line frost lot worse the first thought

  • 9/18 - Renville County, Minn.: We mudded the entire crop into the ground. We had two much rain in June Lots of dround-out spots. The summer was very cool only 2 days at 90 . Now we had frost this week. And you are saying no insurance. Balderdash. What a crock. I might add that my county is one of the largest producers in the country. Also Minnesota is the fourth largest crop producer in the country.

  • 9/18 - McLeod County, Minn.: Looks like Indiana and Illinois are carry the country with those 270 yields and 60-80 yields. Wow, unreal. Frost hit many areas around our area too. Some areas really bad. Like the comments from the gentleman from California on water and holding on to your grain. Wish you luck on getting some rains soon. Read about China more, pretty interesting. That will come into play...

  • 9/18 - Western Kan.: Knox, Ill. has it right, I'm sick of being at the governments mercy. Why not set a farmer buy date of oct. 15, if every farmer reading this would post it to Facebook, and send some e-mails, it would get around to 90% of farmers in no time. So what if it fails, what's another $2,000 dollars lost in comparison to what we are gonna lose selling our corn for $2.50? Some might even buy more than one contract. We gonna sit around and say what if? I say if ifs and buts were candies and nuts...we would all have a merry Christmas!!

  • 9/18 - Dallas County, Iowa: Production agriculture is in a furious race to the bottom. The vehicle taking this industry on this insane journey is the CBOT. It's being fueled by the traders and speculators insatiable appetite for unearned wealth. Most likely, the corn and soybean production will be high in 2014 and we will end up with an increased number of carryover bushels. No USDA number cruncher, no market analyst, no farmer, and not even the Pro Farmer Tour, can precisely estimate the exact size of this year's production. We also cannot anticipate world usage or predict what kind of political nonsense will effect foreign trade. But that doesn't stop bottom feeding gamblers from running to a broker and going long or short on the board so they can suck up some profit if the market moves up or down. Go to casino if you want to gamble! I've been told that we need these people to make the commodity prices move. Maybe at one time that was true. 35 years ago if the market varied more than 20 % over the course of a year it was a lot. Now it moves 20 % in a month. It's annoying to me that somehow we have given credibility to the opinion of market analysts who are also brokers. Their main concern is to promote contract sales so they can skim off commissions. It's great for them if you position yourself with a contract they sold you. When you throw this much speculation into the equation of supply and demand, all you get is pandemonium and volatility. BTW Corn looks good here and soybeans look like hell. Go long on soybeans and short on corn. Happy margin calls.

  • 9/18 - Adair County, Iowa: Have had more rain this year than in 1993. 4.5in April 5in May 10in June 1.5in July 15in Aug 3.5in so far in Sept. Corn looks good except the wet spots some stalk quality issues from all the moisture. Beans look great and are heavily podded. Corn was all planted in April and is all black layered. Beans are just starting to turn. Might be a lot of filling wagons on the road this fall.

  • 9/18 - Richland County, N.D.: Crop continues to very slowly mature. I drove across the central part of ND yesterday. Crops really vary from looking good to poor. Lots of short corn and beans - beans turning to sticks only about 1 foot tall. There are still some trying to combine very wet wheat fields. We have issues of poor crop, poor price, transportation of grain out of the elevator due to oil being transported by rail instead of crops. I think I like the idea of buying on the stock exchange. Everyone can afford $2,000. I think you should all call your lenders, machinery programs, fertilizer and seed plants, and anyone else depending on you - There won't be any further payments due to the budget shortfall. We need more than just us on the ban wagon -this might get their attention. My rent contract is up for this year on some land - the landowner asked me what I was thinking for the next contract. I gave him a farm budget spreadsheet without rent cost based on 2014 expense- that said I was going to make a -$71 and acre and he was going to make $0. I asked what he thought he would pay? He didn't know what to say! And he has always been a fair person and it is not his fault how expense catches up with profit. The companies will lower prices and manage in 2015 to leave you just enough to keep you going so they profit. Just imagine what everyone's made off you in the last 4 years and you spent it - We didn't save it by the looks of our yards. Trips, lake homes, houses in Arizona - how will you pay for them now. Your new shop and grain storage, dryer - how will you afford the cost of operation and maintenance? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 9/17 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Why are we planting wheat when local cash prices for 2015 July wheat look to be heading for a level under $5.00 per bushel? Wheat plated on crop share rented ground is going to go backward at least $50.00 per acre. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 9/17 - Moultrie County, Ill.: Harvesting for 3 days, corn running 270 and beans 70.

  • 9/17 - East central Iowa: The weather here has finally straightened out after two weeks of rain every couple days. Silage harvesters have been having fun trying to find places to go that may have missed a shot of rain to keep the choppers rolling. Everybody is about a week to 10 days behind schedule on making the last crop of hay. A lot has been cut the last 3 days. Sounds like we have a chance of rain Saturday. Have not heard of any combines rolling in Jackson County. Beans appear to me to be a week to 10 days away . There may be some high moisture corn getting started within a week. Northern leaf blight rolled into a lot of fields with a vengeance last week, but with most of corn being over half milk line minimal yield loss is expected.

  •  silage (3)  bales
    --East central Iowa

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  • 9/17 - Morrison County, Minn.: Corn is almost 1/2 milk line so we will be chopping corn for silage this weekend. Soybeans are turning yellow but are still a few weeks behind. Very little frost damage here. Did some corn yield estimates and came up with approximately 190 bushel per acre.

  • 9/17 - Nobles County, Minn.: Crops were basically smoked last Saturday morning by frost. Yet all marketing companies/gurus say frost damage was minimal? Are you kidding me? Why don't you guys leavE your cushy office chairs and get out of town and look at this mess? Are you guys all,"short " the market? By the comments on this website I was not the only one to see significAnt damage and it looks wide spread. I am in the camp of Knox Co, Illinois. Wouldn't be nice to get the upper hand on these traders/ experts and not allow them to just run the market with one sided info.

  • 9/17 - Southeast S.D.: Frost was worse than first thought, out in corn field 3-4ft down from top leaves are done! Thought 4 days ago it was to wet, now it's almost to dry! I agree Knox Co Ill. but as soon as 280,000 do the right thing the next greedy 280,000 would sell us out for 25 or 50 cents and defeat the whole purpose! I've got my $2000 ready! Crop adjuster was here to check my corn where chopping. 102.7 bu, it's lighter soil but he went to better part of field and said 150 so will be tough to cash flow that field, even with crop ins.! Good luck and be safe!

  • 9/17 - Southeast Minn.: Why do a survey on frost? Saturday{September 13} temp was 27 at 6:30 AM. Low ground is done both corn and soybeans. Upper ground did get hit but the flag leaf on the ear shoot does still have some green tissue so maybe the plants will come close to finishing out the season but I expect to have lower test weight and less yield. Had great potentials but was cut short by mother nature.

  • 9/17 - South Central Minn.: Beans hurt by the frost big time and corn not much better. Adjuster said significant damage was done. I thought that the experts said there wasn't much though? Maybe its just our imagination. The beans aren't really turning brown or black were just imagining it. Great comment from Knox Co Ill, I'm in. OPEC supposedly came out today and said they were cutting production and crude immediately goes up $2/barrel? I thought we had big supplies? Maybe we as farmers could learn a little from what OPEC did today.

  • 9/17 - San Diego, Calif.: Looks like you farmers in the upper Midwest might get another wave of flooding rain from remains of Odile, possibly followed by more cold at end of September. Bought some CORN & JJG call options just in case of harvest problems. The speculators in Chi-town have driven the bean, wheat & corn prices to bargain levels! China will probably be back in the markets--big harvest failure there from dry conditions in north China. Don't sell your grains yet farmers--hold out for a harvest rally. Out here in San Diego County, the rain from the Baja Hurricanes keeps missing us--goes to Arizona. The citrus & avocado fields are dry & the purchased water is driving farmers out of business--NEED RAIN!! How about if we run a big pipe from the Great Lakes? You won't miss the water--you have too much already. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 9/17 - Western, Ill;: According to the article published 9/13/14 in the Des Moines Register, titled "Record Low Temps Sweep Across Iowa," it was 38 degrees in Lamoni, IA (South Central state line), 36 degrees in Ottumwa, IA (SE 1/4), and 31 degrees in Mason City, IA (North Central). These temperatures would have been taken 5 to 6 feet above ground level, where meteorologists commonly place thermometers. Subtracting 3 to 5 degrees from those recorded, for what it would have been closer to the ground, then one can formulate that frost may have occurred throughout much of Iowa, particularly in the Northern 1/2 and Western 1/2, and in other locales at least in the lower lying areas, directly below the Low pressure, where there was little or now wind, etc. The NWS in Des Moines issued a Frost Advisory for the morning of 9/13, stating that temperatures would drop to 32 to 35 degrees between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. Again, these temperatures are taken 5 to 6 feet in the air, so that temperatures may be 3 to 5 degrees colder closer to the ground, near the pods and ears. It is possible that temperatures would have dropped into the high 20's in areas of Iowa where the pods and ears are. It will be interesting to hear from some farmers in Iowa of what they are seeing now from later planted crops.

  • 9/17 - Western Ill.: 36 degrees is bad news. As Webster Co., IA posted on 9/16, the thermometers at weather stations are placed 5 to 6 feet above the ground (just web search it--it's the truth). That's why we see frost on crops when the weather man said it "only" got down to 36 degrees. When it's 36 degrees at 5 to 6 feet, it can get down to 32 or below a few feet below that where the pods and ears are. Can AgWeb create a map with an article please of where it has hit 36 degrees F or lower in the last week? That would show us the extent of areas that got nipped. Perhaps a line (like an isobar) for each 2-degree increment lower would most precisely show how much damage actually occurred in how big of an area.

  • 9/17 - Dane, Wis.: In field hand yield check showed 130 to 140 bushels per acre

  • 9/17 - Berrien County, Mich.: Are late planted corn dented.Becks hybrids agronomist told me it will need 30 days for black layer need a lot of heat was 47 degrees this morning some beans starting to turn color long way from harvest

  • 9/17 - Lafayette, Ind.: We're just seeing a few soybeans being harvested in our area. Yields are outstanding so far (60-80). Barring harvesting problems, this will be a new record for the area. Corn harvest is barely underway with record yields basically a given. We've been picking up huge yields in southern Indiana thus far. Indiana will likely meet or beat the USDA's lofty projections. Sorry to hear about the frost to the north and west.

  • 9/17 - Marion County, Mo.: How can the crop ratings remain so good? Several million acres frost or freeze damage, several million acres SDS, and several million acres under water from recient heavy rains. Yet the crop ratings remain virtually unchanged!

  • 9/17 - Pottawattamie Coounty, Iowa: Frost here on 9/14. Turned sweet potatoes black. Nipped some crops, but not enough to do any damage.

  • 9/17 - Mower County, Minn.: Crops got hit again with a frost this morning. I looked at the acerage report and the excuses from the government. How many times through the years when in an election year the grain prices just couldn't seem to rally no matter what until after the election. Facts won't be produced because of some glitch at FSA. Hmmm. They have no program to administer, no information on it or anything relevant this year and they haven't gotten the acerage math done yet. What have they been doing sitting around sharpening pencils. Just another organized supply of misinformation to suppress the market? your guess as good as mine but it's starting to smell around here. Anyways I am sure some positions are being established by those with the information.


  • 9/16 - Watonwan County, Minn.: rain last week was VERY spotty, we had 4" 15 miles away they had 1.75" then it froze. frost did no good here. beans are droping leaves and corn is toast about 2-3 feet down. yeild here is going to be alot lower then they think.

  • 9/16 - Southeast S.D.: Great comments everyone from 9/15 To bad it does us no good to complain! Our so called experts don't see these comments. I replied to a market text from central farmers coop with some negativity and in response he asked if I would like to be removed from the text! Seems to me he didn't like the truth! My dekalb agronomist says those black beans didn't get hurt by frost, really! Then he was telling me about some 220bu corn and 80bu beans reported from down south somewhere, I looked at him and told him, sounds like a crop failure to me, why he said, I said you experts want 300bu corn and 100bu beans, he walked away! Keep fighting guys!will start cutting corn silage Wednesday 9/17 about 7-10 days later than normal!

  • 9/16 - Webster County, Iowa: I looked on the web where weather stations prefer the height of their temperature gauges and it said 5 ft. above ground. I know the beans are good but 5ft.? I think all their worried about is global warming not so much if a farmer had a freeze at ground temp. Since the low spots get a harder freeze maybe it was a little colder down lower. Guess the government could have two gauges one up top one below. They took away our direct payments that was a low blow. So why their on the low side I thought they might stick a thermometer there. I know where else they could stick it.

  • 9/16 - Traverse County, Minn.: frost damaged beans and some corn here....worse the further south and east u go
frost on beans
--Traverse County, Minn.

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  • 9/16 - Western Wis.: Saturday morning sept 13 was the end of growing season for a large portion of the area.Driving around on monday showed alot of soybeans that were green friday all brown and dead.Last year we got away with a very late plant this spring this year not so much.

  • 9/16 - Walsh County, N.D.: Temps dropped to 25 around this area on Thurs, Sept.11. Big time loss for all our soybeans and edible beans, maybe the sunflowers, and might have hurt some late seeded wheat. Lots of long faces around here with the freeze and falling prices. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 9/16 - Knox County, Ill.: The tool for raising grain prices already exists. What's missing a here's my suggestion. First, pick any specific day that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is open. Second, announce that on that day, farmers are going to BUY 280,000 Dec15 corn contracts... representing 1.4 billion bushels. Each individual 5,000 bushel contract can be purchased for less than 40 cents/bu. or roughly, $2,000 in margin money. (Isn't it nice that some hedge fund gambler can magically create a 'paper' bushel of corn for less than 40 cents? Just saying...) Third, we announce that we're not planting these bushels in the spring of 2015...and to make our point, we're not even going to order the seed or the fertilizer for those 1.4 billion 'paper' bushels. Suffice to say, any collective move like this by producers would cause an immediate upward shock to prices. Trust me, 'THEY' understand that in a collective action such as described, WE can control production and therefore, WE can strongly influence prices. 'They' will then be forced to do the only thing they can do to regain control of 'their' market and ultimately, how much we choose to produce...raise prices. Of, course, there's more to it than space allows for here, but you get the idea. All we need is 280,000 corn growers to throw $2,000 into one collective effort and we could own these guys.

  • 9/16 - East Central Mo.: took a drive from Montgomery Co, Mo to Springfield IL over the weekend. Stayed pretty much off I-72 to see the fields.Pike, Morgan Scott, Sangamon counties. Lot of corn shelled in Mississippi bottom. Sporadic corn being shelled in MO/Il. Corn does look to be 200+,,big ears on 35000 pop! Lot of SDS in soybeans. Wasn't impressed w/beans as w/corn. Bean harvest will start next week. Fields range from almost ready to dark green yet. Note: 2 brand new JD s670's w/new grain carts and tractors sitting idle next to Springfield city limit,,,,too muddy....big ruts!!!


  • 9/15 - Southeast S.D.: 32 degrees at 11 pm Friday night, 5:30 Saturday morning, 25 degrees, 7 am looked like it snowed here. I'm sure the experts will say it did no damage but it did. Beans lost top 25% of leaves and it nipped the top corn leaves. Should speed up silage harvest. Opened field Friday and it was still 70-75%

  • 9/15 - Weld County, Colo.: We were to have light frost September 12, but temps dropped to 30 for 5 hours and froze the top half of the corn. There is a frozen crop smell in the air, and if you didn't have your garden covered, it was toasted. The growing season in Northern Colorado came to an abrupt halt.

  • 9/15 - Ransom County, N.D.: Frost over the weekend was variable with some areas getting cold enough to cause damage to beans and corn. We are still 166 GDD (growing degree days) behind the 5 year average for corn. since Sept 9th we have only picked up 30 gdd’s. We’ll use this week to assess the frost damage and prepare for bean harvest. Some winter wheat is being planted but with prices in the $4.00 range there isn’t a lot of seeding going on. Seed distributors are only cleaning up the seed once the order comes in. Spring wheat harvest wrapped up but most went in the bin because elevators went to cash only to save space for beans and corn. Quality issues in the wheat resulted in discounts up to $2.00/bushel. Let’s all plan to set aside 10-15% next year, it may work, why plant it if we can’t make a profit?

  • 9/15 - Wisconsin: Crops are average at best some really good looking crops and alot showing deficencies,the combine will tell the truth. A Question what does anyone guess the revenue payment might end up at??

  • 9/15 - Platte County, Neb.: Hard frost in areas..driving threw country can smell the frozen crop..some beans just turning most where green before frost..temps where 37 at 11pm and 32 in morning was cold too long crop is hurt!

  • platte county beans   frost beans
    --Platte County, Neb.

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  • 9/15 - South Central Neb.: Well from the looks and smell I'd say the frost here did a real good number on the soybeans. The corn didn't fair much better, nothing was far enough along. It's been a tough 2 weeks rain & more rain fields look horrible. Now after frost all my bean leaves are turning brown and it smells like silage. The valley really took it badly, and my agronomist said this is gonna be way worse than anybody is gonna admit. Low test weight corn & beans he said that the crops weren't far enough along to take what has happened. Ethanol plants have cut back on production cause they can't find the corn. You think the slide down has been bad wait till this one gets combined. Sure I see the post from Indian and Illinois 230 300 bu per acre. But set down and look at what's been lost. To raise 14 billion it's gotta be darn solid in the whole country. On a happy note Cargil ain't got no corn. Damn I'm really crying. Learn how to hate corporate america they don't care about nobody here just themselves

  • 9/15 - Northern Mo.: I drove across northern Missouri Friday the 12th of September. Saw what I would estimate to be several million acres of corn and beans that were either under water or had been under water. Recient heavy rains of up to a foot had fallen in the area. Feel sorry for those farmers as they had such a good crop and now many of those acres are totally ruined!

  • 9/15 - Sibley County, Minn.: Frost on September 12, hard enough to hurt beans by 5 to 10 bushels, those beans that were late planted in drowned out spots will be lucky to produce 10 to 15 bushels in total. Frost was not hard enough to impact corn as that is on its way to maturity, expect black layer about September 30 to October 1st. Can't wait for 2015 this year has not been good.......

  • 9/15 - Northeast Neb.: don’t know why mother nature doent like us...we had a freeze in may,hail when corn was ft tall,hail when corn was 3 ft tall then had more hail last top it off froze on sept 13 . low lyng beans look of the hills are sure the bottoms will lose a lot....kind of surprised beans were not up the limit on sunday nite...maybe im just looking in my own back yard..seams it froze 3 of the last four yeas on this week...guys chopping corn say they don’t think the big corn yields are much rain,storms,and to cold..this last week only been in the 50s...will be lucky to ever get this crop ripe....local bids for corn are 2.76 corn and 8.90 beans...if you haul 25% corn to them, take 1.5 shrink 4 to 5 cents drying charge wont be much left..looks like a lot of RED ink this year.good luck to all..think the fun in this harvest is gone....

  • 9/15 - Nobles County, Minn.: Frost smoked our beans here in SW Minnesota on Saturday morning. Corn froze down about two to three foot from the top. Of course traders in Chicago will pay no attention to this. We needed 2 to 3 weeks until reaching maturity on both crops. Will be interesting to see how much yield we took off the top end. The USDA' s corn estimate for Minnesota is comical to most of us that live in Minnesota. They waaaay over shot our yields. Even before the frost.

  • 9/15 - Red Willow County, Neb.: Had a very good crop of irrigated beans that needed two more weeks. They are all black today! The frost ended the growing season here, now we'll wait for the crops to dry; slowly!

  • 9/15 - Southern Minn.: Frost Saturday morning. I showed 30° at 6:15 am. I don't know how big of a area this covers but driving around the county Sunday it looks like it is county wide. It has done damage to the beans entire fields are turning that pale green color you see after a frost. Corn shows it also but don't think it got to the ears corn fields hold the heat better then a bean field.

  • 9/15 - Dawson County, Kan.: Killing frost sept 13th. There goes the bean yeild. Corn about half milk line going to be a long dry down.

  • 9/15 - Rice County, Minn. It froze pretty good here Friday evening. We were not the coldest area by far.

  • 9/15 - O'Brien County, Iowa: Got up at 4:30 this morning to run to Des Moines to pick up a new radiator for my combine. Had to scrap ice off the windshield, had a pretty good layer of ice on the whole vehicle. Beans were green yesterday, when I got home didn't see much green....... they were the color of TOAST. Low ground is the worst. I'll bet this is good for the yield! More grain in the next report!!!!!

  • 9/15 - Polk County, Iowa: Ice on windshield at 5 am Saturday morning.

  • 9/15 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Just scraped off ice off windshield of my pickup and grabbed a frozen and crunchy leaf from a bean plant temp says 29 this is not good we're not even turning yet in most fields. Talked to farmer from so. Mn he said his wipers were frozen down to windshield 2014 growing is officially over!

  • 9/15 - Caldwell County, Mo.: It was 31 in the shoal creek bottom Saturday

  • 9/15 - Manitoba: It doesn't matter how bad crop conditions get, the prices will continue to go down if we, as farmers, continue to sell into these dropping markets. This 2014 crop was going to be a "Bin Buster" no matter what the crop conditions were or are out there. I think that there is an underlying agenda to keep crops from going into the bins. An old grain buyer once told me that the grain bin was the grain buyers biggest enemy and that nothing got grain into the elevator like falling prices. Once binned, crop comes out much harder. In my opinion, this whole market is a house of cards. It was evident in April/May when the price rose so quickly when the Ukraine conflict arose. The supply is so precarious that even a slight disruption would send the market flying. My father used to tell me that if you tell a lie for long enough it becomes the truth. We, as farmers have been subject to psychological warfare at it's finest. The media has told us that we were raising a bumper crop before the seed was even out of the bag. Now the media is telling us that some rain in Kansas, in September, is going to assure them of a huge crop of winter wheat out there for next year. ARE THEY SERIOUS? It's time to overcome our fears and put the grain in the bins and let the buyers come to us. Maybe we need to put on our "Big Boy Underwear" and say that we won't sell for less than the cost of production. We have the control but we just don't exercise it. Shame on us!!

  • 9/15 - Buffalo County, Neb.: A lot of frost here this morning. All vehicles sitting outside and the ground are white. Time will tell if there is any damage. Beans are turning color, most corn is at 3/4 milk line. However, I have a field that I planted late(July 1) to an extremely short season corn that is just in the milk stage. It is for silage, but I was curious to see if it would make it. Have a safe harvest.

  • 9/15 - DeKalb Counthy, Mo.: Could lose a bean crop tonight due to the cold, guess I'll see. I can't really complain yet. Many acres under water in the immediate area. Some has been under before but this will be the finish for those guys. Went west again today. Not as much corn knocked out as I thought would be. As a matter of fact it actually looked greener. Maybe the effect of all the rain lately. Seed salesman was out yesterday. If my yields are 80% of what he's predicted it'll be the best corn crop of my life. Ears do look better than I thought they would. Beans also look a lot better in the last couple of weeks.

  • 9/15 - South Dakota: to texas and Minnesota, I agree we should make our own destiny. the problem is we are all not in the same boat. some farmers feed all there corn to livestock and need to buy corn. you will never get them to destroy part of their crop.It is bs the way they control our markets but unless we find some way to unite we cant stop it. If we could figure out a way where we all would unite life would be grand. However I don't feel for the big guy who raised the cash rent and took acres away from the little guy. just saying!

  • 9/15 - Swift County, Minn.: frost is imminent for a large chunk of the Midwest a well known and respected analytical firm says 160mil bu of soybeans will be lost and 500 mil bu of corn .... I suspect the rest will be light test weight and wet. some winter wheat and most of the spring wheat from n. Dakota all the way north through Canada is sitting wet or covered in snow and could be deemed non milling quality. all this and the markets continue sliding south.. yields are not made in the fields any longer .we have virtual yields created on a computer...strange times indeed


  • 9/12 - Lincoln County, Minn.: Hoping the temps stay up to avoid this SD white stuff:

    --Lincoln County, Minn.

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  • 9/12 - Southern Manitoba: record lows were set across western Canada this morning bring the growing season to a screeching halt in many locations and damaging many late seeded crops. Despite all the negative news regarding wheat good quality wheat is hard to find across western Canada and the vast majority is still out in the field deteriorating quickly. If you are looking for poor quality wheat you might be in luck but if you have to have quality you had better open up the check book and start looking. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 9/12 - Winnebago County, Ill.: Beans are turning slowly.Rain just wwont go away. Really dont see much SSDS or White mold, which really is a surprise. Trying to bale last crop of hay..very frustrating.If you have revenue option on your insurance you will be ok this year, next year it wont matter.Rents are at 300 to 475..Landlords will not budge, they know there will be one more guy that will try it for a year. This will be the longest harvest ever in Northern Ill. Maybe Indian summer will last for two months!!! Be Safe and have faith

  • 9/12 - Southeastern Minn.: We have been cold since Wednesday 9/10. 50's for daytime & low 40's evening. Noticed corn leaf rolling almost like drought stricken & black tinge to the bean leaves and broadleaf trees. These plants were in nice shape & deep green before the instant cold dropped in. Supposed to flirt with the high 30's tonight then frost advisories tomorrow evening. Thinking the fast arriving & sustained cold has done cell damage to these plants already. Any thoughts from anyone else on this?

  • 9/12 - Billings, Mont.: cold and wet , too wett almost , freeze coming tonight and the corn isnt made here yet ,looks like low test weights or may just silage it all instead at least i can run it threw a animal and get manure than give it away !futures just keep going down and down on everything makes you just sick that we have no controll over our prices or our expenses which never go down as fast as our crop prices do but they sure go up faster than our crops do also ! big buisness can make huge profits and bonuses to there head guys and people have no problem with it but if a farmer does omg! look how the economy is going to slow down in the midwest with these low crop prices ! think i better sell my john deere stock soon !

  • 9/12 - North Central Ind.: Had our crop scout out this week ,called the corn 243 ave and beans 75 , been farming 40 years , best we have had, nothing going here boys as far as higher prices , stay safe .JD ..

  • 9/12 - Caldwell County, Mo.: There is lots of acres under water here in North Mo, 36 is down to 1 lane, SDS beans are dropping leaves not much there, If big oil would have a problem on this scale gas would be through the roof, with talk of a early frost and the problems with the crop, cant believe its not jumping up!

  • 9/12 - Southeast S.D.: By the way, was in elevator this morning, manager asked if I wanted to bring in some more corn, why I asked, we're about empty, he said! Hauling it 2 hours away into Iowa! They're just playing with us and we keep letting them!

  • 9/12 - Southeast S.D.: $2.67 locally for corn, $8.96 for beans??? What to say? 216 bu corn and I break even! 45 bu beans to break even! This sure is fun! Oh yea 36 degrees forcast in Sioux Falls, I'm 25 north and live in a valley, won't be good, hopefully doesn't stay cold for long, corn is about 1/2 milk lined and beans about 1/3 turned not losing leaves yet. LDP's and crop ins claimes! Yippee!


  • 9/11 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Some early planted wheat has emerged. Wheat planting continues as we approach the optimum planting date. A lot of millet is being swathed. Few combines are rolling. Corn is looking good, still maturing. Temp this morning 42 deg. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 9/11 - Northeast Neb.: Tell me about the record crop when half of it is under snow a month from now.... Sept 11 corn here looks like end of July . We have made little progress in the last two weeks cloudy and cool (cold!) everyday. 2 weeks or more from black layer on corn if and I mean if it warms up! The warm up here is supposed to be 70 degree days and 50 nights...... Whoop whoop!! Should have 25 moisture corn in mid November ......

  • 9/11 - Knox County, Ill.: 4.5 inches of rain on 9-9 and temps in the 50s on 9-11 isn't making this crop any larger. On 9-8, I found one field where a truckload of corn was taken out and then the combine was parked...way too wet would be my guess. None of the beans around here will be ready till October. Lots of corn has already been dead for over two weeks now and yet, we have just barely accumulated 2,500 GDUs since May 1. I know for a fact that many of these dead corn fields were planted after May 1 and many had developed drooping ears with less than 2,350 GDUs accumulated. Around here, we plant varieties that mature at 2,700 GDUs or more. So repeat after me...not all surprises in the fields this fall will be happy ones.

  • 9/11 - Webster, Iowa: My dreams came true corn made 310 bu. acre. I guess I have to quit farming. I told my brother I'd like to hit 300 bu. before I Quit. Then I woke up. I know the small spec. is short corn, but 12670 acres in Kansas harvested by one guy, and nobody else reporting. I don't think that many acres was reported all year last year in Kansas. Does Kansas have that much corn? 4170 acres in Nebraska already , one guy , busy guy. 1450 acres in Michigan? heck here in the middle of Iowa my 101 day corn just blacked layered. To get that done they have to be harvesting for two weeks. Maybe their harvesting corn from last year. Maybe we all need to wake up and realize these yield surveys are taken with a grain of salt. Because every farmer has a different directive. Too bad we just can't tell the truth. Then us farmers really might know whats out there. Because the big guy has spent enough money he already knows. By the way it does look like my best crop. We were lucky counties besides us had to much rain. Still 2 weeks from harvesting corn or beans.

  • 9/11 - Minn.: Everybody go out and destroy 10% of your corn. Instead of $3.00 corn we will have $7.00 corn and income would be almost double. Instead of losing $2 a bushel. Why work for nothing. We all need to work together like OPEC. We have the power. Everyone would make money. Let neighbor police neighbor to make sure they do it too.

  • 9/11 - Texas: In response to Beadle County, SD we totally agree with you! We've already told our seed salesman we aren't going to buy their seed until the price per bag comes way down. Also contacted the fertilizer dealer and told him he was 40% too high. As a nation of farmers we need to induce a crop shortage, why wait for a weather related disaster to do it for us. We have the ability to cut back fertilizer rates and planting rates, but every farmer must cooperate in order for all to benefit. We had a little bit above average crop this year for this area and we will be scrapping to make profit. Our 10 yr average at $3 corn does not cover our crop input expenses only for next years crop.

  • 9/11 - Noble County, Okla.: the corn is making record highs and beans are kinda burnt but the recent showers are helping

  • 9/11 - Floyd County, Iowa: Just finished chopping silage. Corn is 62.5 bu/acre, last year 98 bu/acre, 2012 7 bu/acre. We sure could use a break in this area. 3rd cutting of alfalfa got chopped as well due to the rainy and dewy weather not giving us a window to get it done.

  • 9/11 - Mount Horeb, Wis.: corn and beans look good, don't want to guess on yield. some light areas on poorer ground from all the rain in june. but still should be a good crop.


  • 9/10 - San Diego, Calif.: More rain & chill for upper Midwest. Will not help the corn & beans. Concerned about the mold/mildew reports in beans. Any more news? Also, regarding demand, read that north China is in record drought & grain harvest may be imperiled. Also big monsoon flooding in India. Don't sell your grains yet boys & girls--could see a harvest rally! Been pushed too far down. Could bounce like a cork when China & India come in to buy or harvest problems due to cold & wet develop here. Two billion Chinese & Indians have to eat after all.Here in San Diego County some monsoon rains, but the drought continues with a vengence. Good we import most of our water. Better get some serious rain this winter or we avocado/citrus growers will all dry up & blow away like tumbleweeds!

  • 9/10 - Beadle County, S.D.: Corn & Beans are average.Beans will not be as good as 2013.I told seed salemen that I was not going to buy seed for 2015 until I can lock in $4 corn and $11 beans.Think what the markets would do if we all did that.Will be a lot of silage cut by the livestock farmers this year, some cutting 100% of corn crop.I will have bin room for 1/2 of corn crop than the rest may have to stay in field if wet and elevators are full + not paying anything, but than I will have time to harvest it next year anyway if I don't buy seed.Have a good one.

  • 9/10 - Richland County, N.D.: The wheat harvest made fast progress though it was not easy - over a month behind. Wheat came off wet and had farmers scrambling to find drying room at elevators. We still have most of last years corn and soybeans in the local elevators - they have not been able to move it. They are very concerned about wet beans and corn this fall. They will not be able to help out the harvest. There are piles of corn at many of our elevators yet. Some varieties of beans and corn started to die this weekend. Harvest of beans is about 3 weeks away for these fields. Corn maturity really varies - but everyone is worried drying will be costly. There isn't any room for it on $2.80 corn. However, should the crop make it, farmers seem to think it will be pretty good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 9/10 - Ray County, Mo.: Corn harvest has started in our area but only on the sand bottoms and some early maturing varieties. The bottoms are coming in with yield reports being similar to last season and the hills are above average for the first time in years. It looks like it will be a very slow start, even the early maturities are still testing 18-20%. We have some 110day that is still hand testing 26% and plenty of wet cool weather in the forecast. The soybeans on the other hand have done nothing but get worse covered up in SDS and stem disease. Its is apparent we will see a 15-30% yield reduction in our area and it is not just our county. This is a very serious yield hit and it is wide spread, producers should keep in mind that this obviously not being recognized by the trade or USDA.


  • 9/9 - Rush County, Ind.: I agree with you Coles CO,ILL. The local Bunge Processing Plant here has been calling local producers since May looking for beans and corn. Planting in the month of May local truckers were loading corn off the barges at the ohio river and trucking it back to east central Indiana. Nothing makes since. Crops here look as well as 2013. Lot of SDS has shown up in last 3 weeks. Be SAFE!

  • 9/9 - Ripley County, Ind.: Our corn and soybeans have and still do look really,really good. Rain and Sun have come at just right intervals. Best crops that I have seen on this farm in all my career. Thank God for everything.

  • 9/9 - Polk County, Iowa: Drove from Des Moines, Ia to Albert Lea, Minn over the weekend. Rare field of Corn or soybeans showing and signs of maturing. Most just as green as in Mid July. Maturity appears to be 4-5 weeks out for most.

  • 9/9 - Southwest Mich.: No stress to the corn crop this year, but only 2.5" of rain in August took the top of the corn yields down to just above average. Field checks put it in the 170-180 bpa, which means it is probably lower than that. The ears are starting to hang down which will be great for drying this year, hopefully a lower LP bill. Soybeans starting to reach maturity. The 30" rows never closed on most fields in this area, mainly due to the cold July. Most plants are only 36-40" at the highest, but they are podded to the top. The last two weeks we have received 2" of rain, it should help to fill out the top pods. Expect mid 40's to low 50's on yield. Below average compared to the last 5 years. Have a safe harvest everyone.

  • 9/9 - Swift County, Minn.: I am amazed at the numerous comments of SDS in soybeans across the grain belt! and in many cases severe and wide spread, but yet hardly a mention of this on ag media outlets....hmmmm...





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