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It was another wet week for the Upper Midwest, making us wonder how many more days it will be before producers are able to get back into fields and make active progress. Where do things stand in your neck of the woods? Send us your location and comments about fieldwork progress (and the lack thereof) by clicking here. Pictures are welcome. We will not publish names.
5/06/13 -- Southwest Ohio: We were able to get about 75% of our corn planted Thursday (5/2) through yesterday (5/5). The ground was in great shape with plenty of moisture. We have not planted any beans. So far today (5/6) we have had 3/4" of rain and it is still raining. We will be sitting a few days.
5/03/13 -- Central Nebraska, Custer County: Very little planting in our area. Finally have had some rains and snows. It had been extremely dry since last June. Still a lot of catching up to do on moisture. Snow just melted off yesterday. It has been below freezing at night several times this week. It will probably be May 7-10 before it dries out enough to be back in the field. It needs to warm up before anything will germinate, too. What an opposite from 2012!
5/03/13 -- Grundy County, Iowa (northeast): This field was planted earlier this week and now we're waiting on the snow to melt. 3 inches of snow and it's still falling this morning. School two hours delayed on May 3 because of winter weather.
5/02/13 -- Lyon County, Iowa (northwest): We had 6-8 inches of wet heavy snow and half inch of rain and western Lyon county got a inch of snow and a little rain. A very very small amount of people have planted corn. A lot of fertilizer was going on before the snow. Tonight it's going to get to 28 degrees out. In this picture, I am heading south out of Rock Rapids in Lyon county on highway 75.
5/02/13 -- SW Minnesota: We've had 8" snow in the last day or so. Our tenant plans to get going early next week with corn if the weekend is dry. That will take four to five days. Then he'll plant beans. He's not too concerned about cold soil moisture at this point. We've had close to inch of precip in the last week. Do you wait for soil to warm or get the seeds in the ground before the next rain? Drought scares to follow.
5/02/13 -- Palo Alto, Kossuth Counties, Iowa: Virtually nothing had been done in the fields before this past weekend (April 27), but activity began on Saturday and picked up by Monday. I applied my NH3, but no more. I did see a few planters running on Monday and Tuesday. I would still put corn planting progress in my immediate area at less than 5%, though. We received quite a bit of wet, heavy snow late yesterday and overnight that made a mess of roads and downed several tree limbs. Schools were closed today (Thursday), and many rural areas were without electricity for a least a few hours today (myself included). Best case scenario gets us back into the field by middle of next week, but that of course is dependent on the weather going forward.
5/01/13 -- West Tennessee: Nothing going on much in West Tennessee. It's very muddy now and 2-3 in. of rain expected tomorrow. Maybe be 10% planted county wide?
4/30/13 -- East Central Kansas: We planted 165 acres corn 3+ weeks ago, it has been cold and very damp, so it is not up yet. Small amount of rain but it just messed around with small showers day after day. They were welcome but not enough to soak down very deep. Our sub-soil is still very dry, and it did hardly nothing for livestock pond water. Many pastures have very limited water starting summer, in this area drought is still very serious even though we cannot plant between all of the small showers. It will not be long before we can plant again, just a few days, unless it rains.
4/30/13 -- Jackson County, Indiana: We are located near Seymour, one hour south of Indianapolis or one hour north of Louisville, KY along I65. The soils are too wet here to do field work of any kind. There may be a few acres planted on the high sand at Jonesville just north of here, but that would be very few. The clay soils are too wet and too cold; especially for no-til. For us, we will need several drying days with no additional precipitation before we can do anything.
Old-crop corn and soybeans are really in short supply in this area. We are five miles from the Rose Acre Farms bean meal plant, and they are paying 60 over May futures. RAF is one of the largest egg producers in the country. They share competition for the corn and soybeans with a large population of hogs. The breweries south of here use lot of non-GMO corn.
In summary: The area bins are empty and so are the fields!
4/29/13 -- East Central Colorado: Due to drought conditions and freeze damage the 2013 wheat crop is pretty well over. Because of cold soil temps corn planting hasn't really started yet.
4/29/13 -- West Central Minnesota: No wheels turning. A lot of equipment has yet to be pulled from winter storage. Some fields are full of water waiting for drainage ditches to open. Groves and treelines still have banks of snow. 70 degrees today, but, forcast is for rain, and 40 degree temps for the end of this week.
4/29/13 -- Madison County, Nebraska: A few farmers are in the field, cold soil temps (40's) blizzard one week ago.
4/29/13 -- Central Illinois: Have had close to eight inches of rain since early April when it all started. I have no corn planted. A few big boys planted in early April and probably gonna have to replant it. A little of it trying to come up but it's not pretty.
4/29/13 -- Northwest Louisiana: Soybeans just now emerging. Stand not perfect but what is up is looking good.
4/29/13 -- Shelby, Rush Counties, Indiana: It's wet. We won't be in the fields for another 6 to 7 days if conditions improve.
4/29/13 -- Grundy County, Iowa (eastern): With the forecast for rain and colder temps I would hope to be back in the fields by next Wed., May 8. Waiting for hog manure for 40% of acres going to corn (was supposed to be today). The other 60% is ready for pre spray. Still plan to stay with 50/50 rotation. Guess I'll go sweep the shop floor again... maybe wax a tractor (better yet, go for coffee).
4/28/13 -- Audubon County, west central Iowa: Due to the rain and cold, I hadn't turned a wheel until April 27 when I started applying burndown for soybeans. Not much to burn down yet, but you can't skip it either. Saw the first corn planters running today, April 28, with air temps near 80 and soil temps near 50. Looks like we're in for more rain tonight (60% chance), then every day for the rest of the week, with much colder temps. An older fellow told me once that when you pray for rain, just go down on ONE knee!