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A Year of Crop Comments

December 24, 2013
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
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Enjoy this trip back through the last 12 months, provided by reports from across the country to AgWeb’s Crop Comments.

It’s that time of year when it’s fun to look back and reminisce about the previous 12 months. The calendar will soon turn to 2014. Before it does, let’s remember the ups and downs of the 2013 growing season.

Read the following AgWeb Crop Comments from this year.

January

1/21 - Union County, Ore.: First time we have reached a temperature above freezing in 10 days. Winter wheat is frost burnt down to bare ground. Not looking good. Summary: Dry and cold.

1/2 - Northeast Oklahoma: The wheat looks great. We have had just enough rain to keep it going. The ponds are lower now than in September.

February

2/21 - Dublin, Ga.: Middle Georgia is very wet. We have had around 10 inches of rain in the last 10 days. The water is draining well and should be drying up over the next couple of weeks.

2/15 - Sevier County, Tenn.: We are primarily a forage producing county. What started out as a dry fall has turned into a wet winter, with over 12 inches of rain in January alone. Not complaining though, especially with the way the folks in the Corn Belt have suffered.

March

3/19 - McLennan County, Texas: Finished planting corn the 5th of March. Corn is coming up some is already at 3 leaves; wheat looks good and will be heading in a couple of weeks. Milo planting is starting with good moisture we got 2 inches of rain last week. Starting to spray for weeds and will sidedress after that so far so good.

3/7 - Charlotte County, Fla.: Wild hogs are destroying crops. They captured 10 in one night. Now we have to start all over.

April

4/11 - Horry County, S.C.: Most farmers in the area will start transplanting tobacco this week with a few braving the cold nights of last and starting. With warm weather and good soil conditions, everybody has to pull together to get the crop out. Hoping for some light rain the end of the week to get the crop off to a good start. Most will try to have all the tobacco out within the next 2 weeks.

4/1 - Lawrence County, Ark.: It is wet and cold, and there’s not much rice or corn planted yet. Will be middle of next week at best and more rain predicted this weekend. Corn acres are reducing along with prices fast! Happy Easter!

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