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August Crop Comments

Aug 20, 2014

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

 

  • 8/20 - Maui, Hawaii: Just did my pro farmer yield check. Came up with 306 on the virtual crop tour page.

  • 8/20 - Adams County, Neb.: the crop tour is dead on with nebraskas irrigated corn. its always high yielding, this year like every year its in the normal yield range

  • 8/20 - Jefferson County, Iowa: The other day you were saying how a viewer had so many stalks with double ears. We know just what he's talking about. Our fields here in SE Iowa (Jefferson County) are not only full of double ears, there are stalks that are trying for triplets! Of course they won't amount to much, but still.... There are a lot of them to be found, and the ones with two are good ears. Our area hasn't seen corn looking this good in seven or eight years. This year was the first year in about 7 years we finished planting before July 4. We haven't had LOTS of rain, but what we've had has come at the perfect times. Barring hail or an early frost, this should be a good harvest for us. Beans are looking fabulous, too.

  • iowa corn2   iowa corn
    --Jefferson County, Iowa

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  • 8/20 - Western Ill.: Drenching rain direly needed. Less than an inch since the 4th of July, in dribbles few and far between, just like 2013 and 2012. After worse than average planting conditions. The plants look healthy, but the pods and ears won't fill without soil moisture, which we don't have; which many in the I states don't have, as hit-and-miss as the rains have been. There is a whole lot more VARIABILITY out there due to the hit-and-miss rains since early July than those making estimates are accounting for. Rain on the other end of a county or state does absolutely nothing where it does not rain, to state the obvious. Those top-end yields are gone, likely at the rate of near 1 bushel per day recently. (200 * 3 + 120 * 2)/5 = 168. Not 185. Not 240. We shall soon enough true it up, and the market will have to do the same. Best to all out there as hay cuttings progress and harvest preparations are made. Another year of being blessed by this wonderful yet trying trade; another year that unrealistic bean counters (misnomer, as we actually count the beans and they instead grab guesses by others in their same line of work) in air conditioned offices surrounded by asphalt, catching Happy Hour at the karaoke bar, try to impact our families. I'll be checking back in on the markets...in December or later. When it's true. When it will be of any benefit to our family to even consider any additional sales. We don't bleed, sweat, cry and die to provide free labor. And a 15% carryover is a precarious scenario, to price crops below the cost of production. All it will take is a normal multi year drought. Recall what happened when Egypt stockpiled prior to the massive 7 year drought, and their neighbors did not? Let's not be the neighbors. There is not another "Midwest USA" that can step in to bail us out. Yet the markets will price under production with under a 2 month surplus... It will be a hard lesson learned, when it comes. "Just-in-time" food production is a mass die-off farce. Does one only keep enough fuel in the tank to make it from one fuel station to the next nearest station? Don't forget also that California grows 50% of what we consume, and they are in a terrible multi-year drought, with expectations for worsening. The lack of food from out West will increase demand for substitute foods. The way our markets price crops to essentially run out of them is suicidal, at best. Planned devastation, some might say. Extremely profitable for those at the helm, some others might say. I say it's time to keep optimistic and take a pass on watching the markets for at least a few months.

  • 8/20 - Southeast S.D.: I do know why NFO didn't,t work, it was just a thought! I know how farmers work, just the way the industry experts want us!with last rains crops are looking ok. Been walking some fields and checking ears, smaller than normal ears, 16x36 catching a lot of them, 27-28 pop. You can do the math. I have done it but by harvest it will shrink by 15% Beans look good, need more rain to finish. Pro farmer tour in SD yesterday but I don't know where, they never come to my area! Reports on text from FCS said mixed reports from 1st day! ??? Corn was down .05? Don't know what to say! Fixed grain markets just like 60 minutes report on stock market! Keep fightin'. Good luck!

  • 8/20 - Winneshiek County, Iowa: 12 inches of rain in June, less than an inch in July, less than an inch in August. Our Extension agronomists calculate we are 2 normal summer weeks behind in grain maturity. As of now we have the potential for a good but not great crop -- assuming regular rains resume and we don't have an early frost.

  • 8/20 - Ontario, Canada: Mother Nature gave us the opportunity for much better cash crop prices and if we were lucky to have a good crop we had very good farm cash flow.We are always one big crop away from much lower prices the past tells us this.All we need to do is take a percentage out of production and the problem will fix itself just like Mother Nature does,but be careful not to go too far and kill demand for our grain


 

  • 8/19 - Central Ind.: We have a good crop of corn and by no means a bin busting crop. No rain to talk about here in about six weeks so it took care of all those BIG BUSHELES all the experts and USDA were talking about. The jury is still out on the soybean crop the pod count is good but we will need rain to make bushels.

  • 8/19 - Ward County, N.D.: Winter wheat harvest is under way. VOM levels are high and elevators refusing to take the the crop. Yields down significantly due to head scab. Allot of cheat grass, green and yellow foxtail and foxtail barley due to the wet spring and cool weather, and thin plant stand. Allot of bare grassy spots. I think these grasses filling in the bare spots may have USDA satellite imagery showing a wheat yield in those areas. Combines here showing a lower than average yields. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/19 - Southwest Mich: It has been a very cold July and August this year. After scouting fields this past week, I found corn that was still pollinating. In a 130 acre field, pollination started on the lighter ground on July 11th, but did not finish until the second week of August on the heavy ground. There has been no heat stress on the crop, but it is hard for it to get going when the temp is 80F for the High during the day and 48F at night. On August 15th, we had record low of 41F degrees. I guess that explains why the beans are only knee high and the 30 inch rows will not close. The beans have to be at least 3 weeks behind. In fact I just saw this weekend a field of seed corn being detassled, that is at least 4 weeks behind the norm. We have not had ample rain fall for filling out the ears and pods, but on the flip side no stress with the lower temperatures and adequate sub moisture. The second ears look like they will be stuck in the stripper plates again this year. It will be interesting to see what the crop tour pulls out of there hat this year. Everyone have a safe harvest.

  • 8/19 - Southwest Ohio: To SE South Dakota comment . The NFO didn't work because it involves organization . How do you do that with independent business people ( farmers ) ? There's no way we all could stick together. Once seed & fert. Companies start cutting deals with the neighbor down the rd. It would fall apart overnight. Crops here look awful. Epic failure. There won't be a " next year" around here.

  • 8/19 - Clark County, Wis.: The last 4 Mondays we have received rain. Corn looks to be awesome on the hills that was planted in may. A couple miles either way and it gets bad to much rain in June. Third crop hay is going down and has flowered tonnage will be there when the sun shines and able to make it. beans finally got knee high last week the cool summer has really slowed the growth. They seem to have a fair amount pods we will see when the combine harvest them. GO PACK

  • 8/19 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Took another little trip through southern Gentry Co, MO. I'll admit it has been a year or so since I took that route but what was mostly CRP or pasture ground is now mostly in beans with some corn. Both look good from the road. I really didn't see much damage from the reported 6"+ rain they received last Friday/Saturday. Crop insurance agent made his 2nd trip out to check my crops. He's doing population counts and later he says I'll need to submit my records as to when and what I sprayed. Is anyone else having to do this? I'll add my comment on the lower prices this year. Anyone who has farmed very long knows that if the 3I states report a crop prices will be low. Along with all the added acres it was a train wreck waiting to happen. Absentee landlords are going to pull ground out of the CRP when the 10,000+ acre boys are going around offering $200/a cash rent. I wonder what will happen as I doubt if there is another massive enrollment in CRP because I don't think that the gvt can afford to implement another widespread acreage reduction program. Maybe some of these hills around here will get seeded down and back into hay and cattle production.


 

  • 8/18 - Nebraska: I thought this comments page was made for farmers to let everybody know how their crops were doing. Good or bad. Not for bashing other farmers if they have a good looking crop. I dont think pictures on this little comments page is going to make the price of crops on the Chicago Board of Trade go up or down. And oh yeah, crops look good here.

  • 8/18 - Southern Georgia: Great post by Illinois on 8/14! That is a dude that understands his farm and how it works! Ever in GA I have a beer waiting for you!

  • 8/18 - Olmsted County, Minn: Good news for drought stricken areas of MN/IA/WI & ND. I'm confident that widespread soaking rains are on the way for much of next week. Computer model data has been advertising this weather pattern shift & there appears to be a consensus with the various data out there. Upper Level winds winds turn W/SW & this will allow Gulf of Mexico moisture to flow north into the Upper Midwest.

  • 8/18 - Paraná, Brazil: The news we have here from US crop is that it will be a bin buster, and we will sell our soybean next year under U$9,00 a bushel. I have to say that under US$13,00 a bushel in Chicago, most areas in the north region of Brazil will not pay the bills.Reading this excellent website I see that the reality is different. Many areas in US are suffering a drought and the USDA will fill the bins with reports. Farmers are equal all over the word and have the same problems too. Manipulated figures to keep prices low. If we were financelly independent, we could refuse this prices we believe are wrong. But we must sell our crops to pay for the toys we bought. Nowadays, we only have the power to choose the day we will sell our crop.

  • 8/18 - Southeast S.D.: Just as I say drought we get a nice inch of rain! Still won't have a record crop but it sure will help finish! Does anyone on here remember the NFO! Oops that's a naughty word to the "industry" everything they stood for and fought against we are living! Why do we as farmers think we need to finance seed companies and fertilizer companies! Let's wait til April 15th to order our seed and fertilizer, maybe then we could price their product instead of the way it's happening now! Just a thought! Great comment 8/14 Illinois! Let's produce ourselves right out of business! I guess we do have it better this year than we did in '12, we were chopping 2 bu. corn silage, on Aug 15th! Yeah my aph on that farm is quite profitable at $3! Thanks and good luck!

  • 8/18 - Jackson County, Minn.: So what I'm gathering here is that we would be better off if we created a union, allocated production to limited bushels per producer, and incinerate any extra supply? Hmm... I'm pretty sure there are governments that would give you this opportunity... But I sure hope its never like that here.

  • 8/18 - Olive County, N.D.: Wheat harvest just about to start. 5 inches of rain in last 12 hours. According to USDA thinking, that should make for ideal harvest conditions and probably added 5-10 bushels to our yield. Corn in our area is gonna need a Christmas miracle. It looks good, but a long way to go. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/18 - Fillmore County, Minn.: From under water to no water again this year. It seems nearly impossible to receive any substantial rainfall in July /August any more. We made it to mid July this year with great moisture, so we were farther along this year than previous four years. Being positive, we still have potential for a nice crop, but should have had some rain ten days ago. Also, on the positive side, it has been cloudy and cool to help keep the crops free from high stress levels. We will see what this week brings for weather. I believe we are behind in heat units.

  • 8/18 - Northeast Iowa: Hello from northeast Iowa, here we go again.

  • bad corn
    --Northeast Iowa

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  • 8/18 - Tuscola County, Mich.: The American Farmer is the perfect example of a perfectly functioning competitive market...tromp the demand by over supplying a commodity as everyone snatches at the extra dollars until all are bleeding at the bottom. Improve the 20% of your acreage that could benefit from tile or cover crops by idling it for a year and the increase in price across the board will pay for it...don't have to strike guys just pace demand.

  • 8/18 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Beans an corn will be the best ever, the milo will be 125 plus, Grand river is flooding heavy rain in the night on Friday

  • 8/18 - Southeast N.D.: NO RAIN for 43 days USDA says there are 5.9 million acres of soybeans planted in North Dakota no chance to get anywhere the 32 bpa that usda says lucky to average 20bpa


 

  • 8/15 - Lucas County, Iowa: Corn planted late (mid May) due to heavy spring rains, silked first of August. Less than 1/2 inch of rain since the first of July. Now all I need is an average or early frost to drive the final nail in!

  • 8/15 - Western Wis.: We are in need of rain desperately .5 inches since July 15th a complete repeat of last year floods to flash drought started almost to the same day as last year.

  • 8/15 - Essex, Mo.: Amen to Illinois 8/14!!! A March,April,May strike will fix the problem, but a lot of folks will not join the cause.

  • 8/15 - South Central Minn.: The comment from Southwest Ind says they hope crop prices don't go any lower but your gonna take pictures of your crop and tell us your yield for the whole world to see???? I can't imagine they would go up if we keep showing everybody pictures like that for the whole world to see. The comments from Illinois and southeast SD are the best I've read in a long time. Hopefully farmers are starting to wake up and get it figured out. Unfortunately there's still going to be those out there that just don't get it. By the way after talking to our agronomist we can't afford a frost until after Oct 25. We'll need more than luck for that to happen.

  • 8/15 - Dallas County, Iowa: Comments from 8-14 Illinois and 8-13 Northeast Neb. are so true. You guys nailed it! A friend of mine has described farmers as being in "race to the bottom". There is a movement in farming today to see who can out tech, out spend, and out produce everyone else. The result is a market oversaturated with commodities priced lower than production costs. " A race to the bottom " in which we are all going to lose. You squishy feel gooders that get goose pimples when you tell the world how great your yields are going to be may want to do a little 4th grade math and see how little your bragging rights are worth. Nobody but you needs to know that you're the only one with 250 bu. corn and 75 bu. beans.

  • 8/15 - Manitoba: The winter wheat harvest is underway in Manitoba. The crop is turning out to be less than expected. The scab is ranging up to 30% on some fields and some of these fields have had 2 applications of fungicide. We don't know whether this crop will even be marketable. So far, there is only one variety that isn't showing any scab damage but it is only now becoming available for seeding this fall. Wish it had come a year earlier! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


 

  • 8/14 - Hamlin County, S.D.: We really couldn't have asked for a better growing season this year with the exception of the mild temps for corn. We've started getting low's in the 40's and corn has a long way to go, even the sweet corn was 3-4 weeks later this year. Has anyone thought of the possibility of an early frost? I would imagine that could have a market impact.

  • 8/14 - East Central Iowa: cutting 4th crop hay.not alot of fun. We need rain bad. Some hay is 2 ft. While some is 6" high on the lighter ground. We are lucky that temps are in the upper 70's to 80F and not upper 80's to low 90's. I know one thing's for sure, we are not adding to yields.

  • crop comments 814
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 8/14 - Yuma County, Colo.: Had some rains last week and dryland corn looks good, some outstanding fields. This has been a tough year, lots of storms with high winds, and hail damage throughout the County. The Irrigated corn is not as good as last year. Pinto's and Kidneys look fantastic. Wheat that was not hailed produced record yields. Pastures look awesome with happy cows. This part of Colorado looks very pastoral, especially after so many dry years. Come visit Colorado. We now sell weed. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/14 - Illinois: Let's do some calculations: 2012 corn crop came in at 122 bu and let's say average price was $7. That's gross $854/acre. At this point in time USDA is at approx 165 bu/acre and local market is $3, for a gross of $495/acre. That would be a net difference of NEGATIVE $359/acre. Now the moral here is the more bushels we make, the lower our gross income, yet we spend more money in corn seed, fertilizer, and rent to always try to make a higher yield which is the culprit to lowering prices substantially which gives us lower gross. If we as a nation spent less on fertilizer and planted less seed and tried to average 130 bu corn it would probably be $6.50. In essence we spend more money to make more bushels to make less money, SMART farmers I tell you. But my neighbor received rain and is making 200 bu so he is happy but I missed the rain and I'm making 125 bu. I can't cover my bills. Now I know you are thinking, we have insurance coverage but a farmer that may have missed the rain a few years and his aph drops to a level that doesn't cover his expense goes belly up. Maybe next year everybody averages 200 bu that way we can sell for $2.00/bu and gross $400/acre and maybe insurance guarantee is $2.50/bu that way if you have 200 bu aph at 80% coverage it's $400/acre, insurance won't cover your expense. And with this scenario many farmers have to make 150-200 bu just to pay the landlord. I'm no rocket scientist but numbers don't lie. So I say let's all shoot for 250 bu so we can sell for $1/bu, makes perfect sense to me. The sooner we self implode as corn farmers of this nation, the sooner the American public will go hungry and appreciate how much a farmer does to give this nation the luxury it has.

  • 8/14 - Southeast S.D.: Drought, that's what I'm seeing. Corn on light ground is done, just poor silage. Small ears on corn that still looks fair,but top 30% is gone. Soybeans are being sprayed but I don't know why they're white from mid morning on. Not that warm, just around 80 but no humidity so real hard on crops! Poorest looking 3rd crop alfalfa since '12 when we didn't get a 3rd cutting. Can't believe after 5-6 dollar corn we will be looking at possible LDP payments! All that BS instead of just selling for a profit, I don't understand what all you experts are trying to do, we just got rid off gov't payments and had most profitable years for all in ag business and now back to gov't BS? Good luck!

  • 8/14 - Southeast Ind.: Looking at crops and feeling Blessed! We received 1.0-1.8" of rain this past weekend and early in the week. Talked to many within 30 miles this week who desperately need rain, praying He sends some their way. Calculated GDD since May 1st and were surprised we were only 131 behind the 30 year average and 103 behind last year.

  • indiana beans   indiana corn
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 8/14 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: You all heard the USDA's report on the record corn crop in Minnesota . . .quite possibly the satellite imagery is mistaking my rain induced weeds for corn? This afternoon, while discing, the results of the copious amounts of rain we received in June were evident.

  • 8/14 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Corn is hanging in there but looking a little dry for having over an inch and a half last week. I think the beans need sunshine but they too look like they could use another rain. Been to Maryville, Sedalia and Parsons, KS the last 3 days. Crops look good around Maryville but not sure of the yield. Beans looked really good through Conception and Stanberry, dark green and tall. Toward Sedalia, what stood out is that corn in the Henrietta bottom looked like it was dying in places. Friend in Crawford Co, KS will start shelling corn next week. Burned up but still expecting a decent crop.

  • 8/14 - Rice County, Minn.: Still dry .6" total since the beginning of July. Fortunately we have not had much for heat but a cool & dry summer does not contribute to rapid crop maturity. While checking fields today I was surprised @ the slow rate of complete pollination within cornfields. Scouting soybeans for aphids reveals lower than anticipated pod counts although nice vegetive growth for what it is worth. Spraying last of my soybeans for bugs tomorrow. Strangely it feels like September weather here. We have not had any "dog days"of summer (hot & humid). Let's hope this is not a precursor to an early end to the growing season. Yes there is decent potential around here on the good soils, but we need moisture along with an extended growing season to contribute to the prophecy. Was fun to hear some of the dissatisfaction in traders & analysts, expecting the USDA to endorse their positions of even bigger crops on Tuesday, and then not follow through. There are some big expectations on the podium for this crop. In closing, I know football & farming are two different walks of life but I bet you recall the 2007 New England Patriots. Perfect season, lost the Super Bowl & are regarded as a failure. I hope we don't dissappoint ;-).

  • 8/14 - Southwest Ind.: Received an inch of rain last weekend which was greatly appreciated. Things were starting to get dry here with out having measurable rain for 3 weeks. All crops here look very good. Early beans are just starting to fill pods and double crop beans are ankle to knee high and are flowering. Corn is in early dent stage with very little disease or insect pressure. Kernel count on hill ground corn is checking in at 230 bu/ac. using 80,000 kernels/bu and low ground planted 3 weeks earlier is at 262 bu/ac. Hope crop prices don’t go any lower.

  • Early Beans   Double Crop Beans
    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 8/14 - Southwest Ind.: Corn is in early dent stage with very little disease or insect pressure. Kernel count on hill ground corn is checking in at 230 bu/ac. using 80,000 kernels/bu and low ground planted 3 weeks earlier is at 262 bu/ac. Hope crop prices don’t go any lower.

  • Corn 2   Corn 1
    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 8/13 - Freeborn County, Minn.: Just plain dry only 0.85 in. rain in last 7 wks.

  • 8/13 - Carroll County, Ill.: Last year our county had the highest yield per acre in the state of Illinois. This county has ranked near the top for several years. The crop customarily looks good this time of year but we have large cracks in the ground and we cooled off without a rain again. If something does not change soon, morning dew will have to finish this crop. It is the same going west into Iowa. The ground got hard packing rain early in the growing season. This year will put great dirt to the test so far this year in this part of an "I" state. Let the combine tell the story from the whole field. Talk is cheap. Lots of variables. Hoping to be surprised.

  • 8/13 - Nobles County, Minn.: Dry here. Have not had any substantial moisture for nearly 3 weeks. Went out and did a count on harvestable ears. Had major emergence problems, very uneven. Some corn came up 2-3 weeks later than the kernel next to it. We'll obviously those issues do not correct themselves. I planted 34,500 pop and now I am counting 18 to 22 good ears. Not good! Some of the issues were obviously variety related some of it planting April 26th. Either way no record crop here and shrinking by the day. Our corn crop is 7 to 10 days behind normal. Need a very late frost.

  • 8/13 - Northeast Neb.: All the farmers should go buy 30 percent of the corn they are going to raise this year on the board and then go disk 30 percent of there acres under if we would all do this we would make money on the board and the price would go up for the rest of are crop we would only have to do this one year and from then on they would make sure we would make a profit or they would be scared we would do it again we need to stop taking what price they give use and control our own destiny we could control the markets if we weren't so greedy and just worked together.

  • 8/13 - Walsh County, N.D.: Wheat crop looks really good, but wheat seeded June 12-17 needs a rain. Last rain here was over 4 weeks ago. Edible beans and soybeans are growing nicely now that the temp is aroung 80, but they could use a good rain right now. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/13 - Nemaha County, Kan.: Six ears on this kansas corn

  • corn stock
    --Nemaha County, Kan.

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  • 8/13 - Daviess County, Ky.: Dry land corn about average(130-150). Irrigated corn looks very strong crossing finish line(200-240). Soybeans could use a little more rain, but holding up nicely.


  • 8/12 - Carroll County, Ill.: Last year our county had the highest yield per acre in the state of Illinois. This county has ranked near the top for several years. The crop customarily looks good this time of year but we have large cracks in the ground and we cooled off without a rain again. If something does not change soon, morning dew will have to finish this crop. It is the same going west into Iowa. The ground got hard packing rain early in the growing season. This year will put great dirt to the test so far this year in this part of an "I" state. The sweet corn was good! Let the combine tell the story from the whole field. Talk is cheap. Lots of variables. Hoping to be surprised.

  • 8/12 - Buffalo County, Neb.: We received about 3" of much needed rain in the last week, the first decent rain since late June. Any dryland crops that were still hanging on will be helped, although it's too late for some of the corn. A lot of pastures had went dormant and turned brown. Hopefully this ill wake the grass back up too. Good luck to all.

  • 8/12 - Lyon County, Minn.: I also am from Lyon County, MN and have a very poor crop coming this fall. Replanted 116 acres of Soybeans so far this year in several spots. Was to late for insurance to pay for replant but wanted something in the holes to hold the weeds down. Corn in the low ground that usually goes 200+ is either drowned out or just tasseled 2 weeks ago and is 12-14 round max. Had some farms that the tile could keep up on that had a really nice looking corn crop coming, but have only had 8 tenths since fathers day. Have been farming for a short 30 years, and believe I will be collecting crop insurance on several farms from yield loss and revenue on the rest. Starting to worry that the 103 corn will not finish. Big question now is weather to spray bugs or add onto the revenue check. Next year is coming, and all we can do is try our best again then. Safe harvest to all!

  • 8/12 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Two ears on every stalk and three on some just like every year. At harvest there will be one average ear and a small ear on a few stalks that gets ground by the corn head. Too wet too cold early and too dry in July. Good crop for me but not as good as last year. My beans average too. Too early to tell if they will be good but number of pods is down as of today. Not sure if I am long or short the market but should be close at 150 corn sold and 40 beans.

  • 8/12 - Meeker County, Minn.: We received 1.5 to 2 inches rain over the weekend. We have finally broke the pattern of last year. Last year we had a wet late spring. Followed by a dry late summer. Last years crop was very sub par. Until this past weekend this year has been almost a carbon copy of last year. We still need lots of heat and a later than normal frost. This years crop is no bin buster. But it may get to average. We are very relieved to receive this rain.


  • 8/11 - Northeast S.D.: Just got a 4 inch rain this weekend after a week and a half dry spell. Corn and beans looking great. Some wheat still unharvested. Pastures are green and growing.

  • 8/11 - Cerro Gordo County, Iowa: Crops are suffering with the lack of rain. We had only 6 tenths for the month of July and none the first 11 days of August. This is the third year in a row that we have watched our crops burn up, after struggling to get it planted.

  • 8/11 - South Central N.D.: Best looking soybean crop ever, and remember ND has 6 mil acres of them!

  • 8/11 - St. Joseph, Ind.: all the so called experts are spending there time driving around ill. so according to them were all having a record crop. same ppl that were saying 22 dollar beans and 12 dollar corn are now on the yield band wagon.

  • 8/11 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: We received 6+ inches of rain this weekend, I would have gladly shared that with others if I could have. I don’t think we have to worry about low prices for long, because the flood to drought cycles seem to be getting more extreme every year.

  • 8/11 - Southeast S.D.: Three times as much rain in the first 9 days of Aug as we had in July! 9/10ths. Sure should help fill the 1 ear on my corn but they will be small and wet, unless the rest of Aug and Sept are good to us! Still a long way from "record" here! So much for $3 corn it's $2.94 now. Thank God I forward contracted some!beans are holding on and this rain will be beneficial even though my 30" rows aren't shaded completely! Thanks!

  • 8/11 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Total Rain fall since June 28th has been around 1 inch give or take, some areas more but not a lot. Cool summer has saved us with corn looking fairly good, some burned up in poor soils and compacted driveways, ears have dropped. Beans really need a good soaker but the dome over Lincoln won't allow any rain to drop. Further south and east of Lincoln saw good rains this weekend, 1.4 to 1.8 inches Harvest will be later then normal in this area.

  • 8/11 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: Got 2.5 inches of rain yesterday. hope that can finish the crop out.

  • 8/11 - Carroll Parish, La.: Some corn has been sampled. Moisture is still in the mid 20 percent range. Early group 4 soybeans are turning yellow(maturing) every day now. Combines will be wide open in the next 10 days. Gonna be a bin buster on the corn , as well for the soybeans. Cotton is blooming out of the top, and rice is heading.

  • 8/11 - Newaygo, Mich.: Crops looked very good 2 weeks ago, now we are 4 weeks with no measurable rainfall. Very dry corn fields on light ground, beans are really curling on most ground now. Jerry Gulke- your predictions across Iowa and Illinois about "not a bad field in sight" makes me think you never read the comments on here. You sound just like the USDA. The crop is getting smaller by the day and yet you refuse to believe it. People from Iowa and Illinois saying how badly they need rain. Twin ears do not fill without adequate moisture, so basically they mean nothing. Bottom line- USDA should reduce the crop sizes in the August 12 report!

  • 8/11 - Douglas County, Ill.: we got one inch of much needed rain the last couple of days. The fields of corn around here that are well drained and had the n spoon fed to them are going to be really good this year.The beans are hip high on the first of may plantings and seem to be setting a lot of pods. The jury is still out on the beans, but with a good finish they too could yield big. Looks to be a lot of beans produced even if we have a average crop in the us, given all the extra acres.


  • 8/8 - Jackson County, Iowa: we have now joined the "sure could use a rain " club. No rain here for 2 weeks. For some, no rain for close to a month. Have had numerous chances for rain and as the day approaches it fizzles out. Crops on shallower soils showing stress. No chances of rain the 7 day forecast.

  • 8/8 - Stearns County, Minn.: Definitely not a bumper crop here in central MN. Sure there is some corn that looks good but I also have about 20% that is moisture stressed and 30% that is just pollinating now so that won't be mature until mid-October. Soybeans are wilting by noon each day and the hilltops are burnt. Once again, too much rain early on and not enough in the second half of the growing season. I can't imagine global warming has anything to do with this as we are way behind on GDU's for the second straight year. The good news is the small grain crop is excellent and I never had so much straw!

  • 8/8 - La Porte, Ind.: Crops look average we had an inch of rain a few days ago it was a life saver for the high sandy soil spider mites starting to show up. White mold showing up in areas that had good rain fall. Check your fields. Don't put the sprayers away yet.

  • 8/8 - Southeast S.D.: We'll we got some rain, Aug 6th it rained all day, 3/10 of an inch! "Grain making rain" according to the "experts". Rain fell from the east and the ground in sweet corn patch didn't get wet on west side of stalks! Top end defiantly gone! 6/10 of an inch here since Father's Day! Silks just seem to stay the same, 2nd ear has been aborted! $3.03 for corn locally!

  • 8/8 - Wayne County, Neb.: Corn looks good driving by. This field took hail June 3rd, and a planted population of 25,500 was reduced to just over 17,000. This field was side dressed with 25 gallons of 32% about a month ago. Sidedressing will payoff as fields that had all the nitrogen applied right after the planter are looking yellow. We had a very dry July, but a very nice rain Tuesday night-Wednesday morning. Crop is behind, we will need heat units moving forward.

  • nebraska corn
    --Wayne County, Neb.

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  • 8/8 - Southeast Ind.: Was checking a plot and noticed a big difference in grey leaf resistance between hybrids. Will be interesting to see how yield turns out since plot will not be sprayed with fungicides. Double crop soybeans were looking good at 24 days a couple of weeks ago!

  • Double crop 24 days after planting   Competitive brand in plot is starting to get eaten up with Grey Leaf Spot
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 8/7 - Sargent County, S.D.: 1 inch of rain in July is all we have mustered. June was so wet, we received 4" in 45 minutes in one rain event and that caused lots of flooding and drown out. I’m sorry but I’ve been farming for 40 years and have never seen a 2nd ear contribute to my yield unless the corn stand was miserably low. Now maybe those corn hybrids down south are different than our northern hybrids, that very well may be the case. The soybeans here need moisture badly, by noon they appear very stressed. Wheat harvest has just started with some of the poorer soils being the first to go. Quality and yields look to be good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/7 - Knox County, Ill.: According to the USDA and as of August 3rd, over 3 million acres of corn has yet to silk in the four states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Total acres not yet silked in 12 'northern' states is 7.291 million acres. Temps remain below normal and GDDs are lagging behind normal virtually everywhere. Some of the beans around here were hurt by the dry weather and those double ears on the corn that looked amazing two weeks ago, now look a little better than average...with a lot of the second ears giving up. Looking ahead through late August, my prediction is that Pacific hurricane activity will push warm tropical air well north into the arctic. This will force cold arctic air masses southward and east of the Canadian Rockies. It's a race to the finish line, folks, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.


  • 8/6 - Manitoba: Our wheat and canola is looking pretty much average out here and corn is definitely in need of rain. Later canola is aborting flowers because of excessive heat and lack of moisture. Went for a long drive in North Dakota to see what the "Record Large" wheat crop looked like. I saw headed wheat that still had all the rows showing. Average at best, in my opinion, with some of the wheat still green as grass, especially in the Red River valley. According to the experts in the media, it seems that, either the crop is dead or it's "RECORD LARGE". What ever happened to an average crop? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/6 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Looks like the forecasted rain is not going to happen. Rest of the week has low percentage chances of a tenth to a quarter inch. We need some moisture to finish this crop. Rain shut off after June. Big cracks in the field and lawns are brown.

  • 8/6 - West Central Minn.: We drove to Farmfest today, and thought we would do a little different drive each way to see how crops were doing. We were quite surprised when we drove through the counties of Yellow Medicine, Lyon, and Redwood, that their fields had that big of drown out areas. Several fields must have lost 30 to 50 percent of the field. Some had tried to plant either soybeans, corn(which was little more than knee high), or some other cover crop in the drown out areas, and others just left it black. Now many of these same fields are very stressed on the higher ground from lack of moisture through July. I know my crops are going to be below average from all the rain in June, but my heart went out to these farmers. This has been a miserable production year for many in Minnesota.

  • 8/6 - Swift County, Minn.: The story goes the same as the last couple of years. Extreme amounts of rain in May and June and then it shuts off. Since June 27 I have received 6/10 of an inch rain. Top yields are being reduced daily. No rain in sight either. As far as this talk of 2 ears goes, I have never seen a corn crop with a meaningful second ear. The only way that happens is if your population is way too small.

  • 8/6 - Marshall County, Ind.: well two things it aint over till its over and an old farmer told me years ago that nobody will know your stupid if you don't open your mouth. guess he thought I was !! we just had the most profitable five years in grain farming history. I don't have a pile of cash laying around but that's how this has always been just glad I can do it another year. thank you Lord

  • 8/6 - Dickinson County, Iowa: Crops look pretty Good prices look crappy.at least I won't have to feel bad for taking government handouts this year.after all I made my own career choice so why should I rob future generations,so that I can spoil myself and live high on the hog.Poor Me no new truck,motorcycle,or house on the lake this year.

  • 8/6 - East Central Ohio: Just finished second spray on beans on sat. Lots of short beans in our area of the state. Lots of corn fields tasseling as of this week. In general everything seems to be at least a few weeks behind some more. We need heat and a late frost to finish decent. A lot of the crops were planted in June around here and most have at least some prevent plant acres. I should have done the same but farm with too much emotion sometimes and planted some beans really late. Oh well I'm just glad that USDA knows what's really going on with these crops.

  • 8/6 - Southeast S.D.: Sorry Lyon Co Mn. if I offended you! We still have received no rain, weatherman just showed radar and it shows rain at my place??? It's not raining! The experts can make the numbers whatever they need them to be, I just don't think we need to give them any help pricing "our" product! But it is what we have, God willing we will get through this dip in prices. Personally I would rather harvest a smaller crop with higher prices than what we will do this fall. My first and second ears need a lot of help at this point. Good luck!

  • 8/6 - Richland County, N.D.: Our weather has switched over to dry and too dry in the valley. Our short behind corn is now firing. The beans are still not knee high in many places. What crops look good are really good but the majority remains way behind and uneven. Some corn is just tasseling and silking even though only 4-5 feet tall. Wheat looks to be the best crop. Some barley coming off and yield reports are good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/6 - Clark County: Monday gave us another 3 inches of rain in 5 hours that's enough for bit. not sure how this might affect pollination 6.5 inches in ten days.

  • 8/6 - Marshall County, Kan.: Crops are almost toast as we have not had any rain for 3 weeks now. the three I states better have 300 bu corn to make up. Be safe.

  • 8/6 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa : Been 4 1/2 weeks since any rain. Thin spots on hills are turning yellow and dropping yield and test weight on corn. Beans showing stress in the P.M.

  • 8/6 - McHenry County, Ill.: A pic of the soybeans podding. This nice field is next to Dacy airport.

  • soybean field   soybeans podding
    --McHenry County, Ill.

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  • 8/6 - North Central Ind.: Past two weeks have been somewhat disappointing in the rain gage. We see nice "green" coming across from Illinois on the radar, only to fall apart a few miles to the west, or go north of south of us. Irrigation running 24/7. Corn and soybeans are hurting for sure. The saving grace has been temps. Planes all over the place putting on fungicides.


  • 8/5 - Warren County, Ill.: A typical summer weather pattern here. It's raining in the areas that don't necessarily need rain and not where it is needed. We are in the "need rain" area. It's been 3 weeks since meaningful rain. The top has come off for corn and the beans are in the critical pod fill stage.

  • 8/5 - Polk County, Iowa: Many corn stalks have a second ear, substantially larger than in years past. Looked like this would be the major reason for a record crop. But I just checked these second ears and found that every kernal on every one of the second ears had aborted the kernals. The lack of rain for the past month+ is showing it's effects.

  • 8/5 - Dallas County, Iowa: Sometimes we producers focus way too much on the agronomic end of growing a crop. Marketing gets mentioned, but doesn't get nearly enough attention. I think some farmers forget that the equation of our profit or loss in this business is (Bushels X Price) - Expenses = Net gain or loss. Something else we need to focus on now has to be the nastiest part of our business......the farm program. There seems to be very little comment about what we know so far when it comes to the program sign up. At first glance it appears to be the biggest morphodite, hodge podge, gobbilty gook,conglammoration, of bureaucratic BS that we have had to work with for quite a while. I don't think I like it much. How about the rest of you? Do we really have to sit back and have this crammed down our throats or any where else they want to cram it? A good friend of mine made a very good observation. He asked, "So whatever happened to that Freedom To Farm Act?" Does anyone else remember that? I heard an ISU "expert farm economist" on the radio a few days ago telling his version about analyzing the choices and how to select the best ones when we sign up the farm for 5 YEARS. Even though it was radio, I'm pretty sure I could actually hear his eyes spinning as he explained what he thought we should do. The more he talked the dumber I got.

  • 8/5 - Somerset, Pa.: Most look good around our area a lot not tasseled yet. Soybeans are starting pod nice and cool pollination but now we need some heat to finish these crops off, we lost a lot of nitrogen this year . We'll see same story every year frost were behind Yama yadda ya dad same old complaints we'll get what we get and there ain't nothing anybody gonna do about it.

  • 8/5 - Sauk County, Wis.: In the month of July we only received about a inch of rain. Now on Monday the 4th of August received 2.75 of rain in 5 hours. What a blessing. Crops were still doing ok but this may have put the icing on the cake. But you never know. Here is hoping that the frost stays away till around the 10th to the 15th of October.

  • 8/5 - Lyon County, Minn.: Just to defend my position a little, since I got raked over the coals. I said the crops looks good, and green to the bottom on my drive. I did not speculate on the yield other than my own crop. To which, when I walked into my fields for checks, I was finding an unusually high number of 2 ear corn plants, with some having 3. I don't know how proposterus that is. It has been ideal weather, though about 1 week behind, normal weather. Also, I did say that we needed August rain and a late frost to make it all come together. No where in my post did I saw we would have a bin buster. I said we would have a decent crop, and I stand behind that comment. I have been up to McLeod county, and much of the state. The crop is behind, and there are spots that are not good, but it isn't over yet. We have been getting really spotty rains lately, so that is going to really effect our final crop. So far this year, the good Lord has blessed me. It's not in the bin yet, and it might never make it there, but it is beyond my control at this point. I did what I could do to get it there.

  • 8/5 - Christian County, Ky.: We are burning up. Corn on hills is already totally brown, lower areas might benefit from rain but none is in sight. Ears are short and not filled out, grain is small. Double crop beans are up but not growing much. Wheat was fair, not as good as last year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 8/4 - Morrison County, Minn.: Corn looking okay, just behind on heat units. Majority pollinated the last 7 days or so. I got some that is just tasseling now and we haven't had a rain in 2 weeks so the lighter soils are starting to stress, especially the shallow rooted soybeans. Amazing how every year can go from too wet in spring to too dry later in summer. It better not freeze until October 15 or I'm effed.

  • 8/4 - Fresno County, Calif.: Almonds and processing tomatoes are being harvested, alfalfa seed starts next week, Pima cotton is being irrigated and sprayed

  • almond harvest   tomato harvest
    --Fresno County, Calif.

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  • 8/4 - Fillmore County, Minn.: No rain here since mid July. We had great moisture at that time. Just looked at accuweather and it looks like the current dry weather pattern is going to continue this week. We need rain this week in my opinion to have the opportunity for a great crop. The shallow areas are showing up. It also has been cool which has kept the crop free of stress, however, behind in degree units. Hope for the best but be ready to expect the worse, low yields with a low price.

  • 8/4 - Sibley County, Minn.: Me and the boys walked some beans this week for those pesky Roundup resistant weeds, getting dry even the heavy ground is starting to show stress. A certain website I use that tracks soil moisture rates it from 28% to 38% on my various fields..... Those are drought conditions guys, everyday the crop loses yield, need rain even after the wettest June since 1870 something. Coles County, Ill is not alone with lack of moisture.

  • 8/4 - Clark County, Wis.: well it was a great corn growing week most of the corn has tassel. With warmer weather and 3.5 inches of rain this week things change fast. But we did have a little hail and wind damage to one corn field. Still have along ways to go. soybeans r coming along good but are short.

  • 8/4 - West Central Wis.: I farmed for 50 years and never seen the seasons as they are now. I drove from Wisconsin to Texas the last weekend of July, covered a lot of farm country and yes the crops look very good but I don't believe outstanding, my thoughts are that the last 2 years of drought and terrible crop conditions make us believe this crop is outstanding I believe we are back to a more normal crop . We have convinced ourselves that it is a record breaker but here in Wisconsin we need rain and I noticed the same on my trip . This crop could shrink without rain the root system is to shallow. Let's see what happens.

  • 8/4 - Surry County, N.C.: Corn as high as an elephant's eye and then some. Picture made July 18.

  • corn North Carolina
    --Surry County, Ill.

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  • 8/4 - DeKalb County, Ill.: whats with all the doom and gloom about a big crop and low prices. we are all rich from the last five or so years anyway. Cattle prices are at record highs , time to share the wealth.

  • 8/4 - Coles County, Ill.: crops are going downhill with lack of meaningfull rain. corn is losing its color on larger areas of the fields and beans are getting that whiteish look during midday as it rolls its leaves. 1/10th of a inch friday did not help much and no rain in the forecast execept for a slight chance wed. or thurs. news media see a wet road and think everything is great.

  • 8/4 - Dallas County, Iowa: 2.2 inches of rain in the last 30 days. 2.0 inches came exactly one month ago on July 5. Average rainfall for the month is 4.3. Corn root structure is very shallow and yield damage will start to be significant any day now.

  • 8/4 - Fairbault County, Minn.: Sure would be nice to have some rain. Total for July was only about ¾ inch that came 2 or three tenths at a time. Beans are having a hard time "closing" the rows. Nights are very cool. Corn pollination was uneven due to flooding rains in early June. Can’t see most of the bad spots from the road anymore, so at least a guy feels better. I know my backyard is small, but I don’t see huge crops here, too wet early, now dry and cool when we need rain and heat. Hope I’m wrong, we’ll need the extra bushels to pay next year’s bills.

  • 8/4 - Richland County, Ill.: I'm not sure whats going on with my corn. Nearly all stalks have 2 silks and alot have 3 silks on the stalk with 2 silks coming out under the shucks on 2 sides of the ear. And yes those 2 have a small ear, size of my thumb forming. Pollination is still going on. We've had ample moisture, but no excess. Whats up?

  • 8/4 - Rockford, Ill.: soybeans on light ground losing color


  • 8/1 - Rice County, Minn.: I have had a total of 3/10" of rain since my last posting of a dry theme. Our lighter soils have really shown stress & irreversible damage due to the circumstances lately. Otherwise things look generally good from the windshield for a casual observation but the reminders of a late planting and ghosts of excessive moisture still lurk. In essence, we still need a very good finish. I have learned through the years that a steady average will beat a roller coaster ride in regard to weather and markets. We have not had either in quite some time and I do not forsee this changing as weather and politics become more unpredictable. The concerning part is how increasingly interconnected this all is.

  • 8/1 - East Central Iowa: I'm almost afraid to say things look pretty good here after a rough start. I realize it's not in th bin. Crops are not showing any stress yet . like a lot of you, we wouldn't turn it down (just about like every year). For some it's been almost 3 weeks since they had a good drink. Fungicide treatment may start around here by the end of the week. For those of you who can't respectfully disagree with another producer, or claim you can't understand why someone would let others know how good things are in there area, let me ask again....... why are you reading this blog, turning on your computer or listening to the markets on the radio? How do you market your crop, by looking out your window?

  • Round baler   Round bales
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 8/1 - Hardin County, Ohio: Things are looking good in NW Ohio. We have had plenty of moisture and just got 1.5 Inches when things started getting dry. Some corn got off to a bad start and fields are wavy with different maturities. Overall not bad. Beans are shorter than normal and some spotty from emergence and/or too much rain. I don't see a record year around here

  • Ohio corn
    --Hardin County, Ohio

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Jul 31, 2014

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  • 7/31 - McLeod County, Minn.:Lyon county, come up to McLeod County and take a look. not upset with your comments, but maybe overestimating the facts before the final score. We have a long way to go up here (many, many pp acres of corn and beans)- those that did get planted need rain and heat. There are good areas around here, but not what USDA thinks. If we don't get rain soon, many of the areas of lighter soil will be ruined. Don't want to rain on your parade, but a ways away from the bin. Looking for a rally, wait until December...

  • 7/31 - Johnson County, Iowa: Corn looks good but beans on lighter ground need rain soon also the beans are short.

  • 7/31 - Berrien County, Mich.: I read crop comments almost every day and every growing region has a crop issue due to weather and the usda keeps making the crop bigger and they will never correct it if it doesn't make 5 to 6 dollar corn will work for everybody we just need to raise 150 bu corn

  • 7/31 - South Central Minn.: Kudos to the comments from Southeast SD and Dallas Co, Iowa your comments are spot on. Why do you need to take a picture of your yield monitor and put it on a web site for the whole world to see? What do you think you accomplished by doing this? The comment from Lyon Co Mn is beyond comprehension. 3 ears?? How preposterous. Finally to the comment from Dobson N.C, glad your corn LOOKS nice but I'm pretty sure Iowa might produce just a little bit more corn than N.C. What's the average yield in N.C compared to Iowa? I have a hunch the market cares more about the yield in Iowa rather than N.C that's why their dirt is worth twice as much. The stupidity of some people to brag or boast about something they have to the whole world is beyond comprehension. There's a old saying "you can't fix stupid". How true it is.

  • 7/31 - Cheyenne County, Neb. Wheat harvest 80-90% done. One second hand yield report from Deuel County said yield on dryland wheat @ 98.2 bu. /acre. There were some very good yields around the area. Harvest stopped because of rain Monday evening. We hope to finish over the weekend. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 7/30 - Coles County, Ill.: east side of ill is dry. the rains forecasted the last few weeks fizzle out after they cross the mississippi river. corn is fireing up on the high ground and on the low areas where the stunted corn is from the standing water in june and have shallow roots and rock hard ground due to the standing water. soybeans are trying to put on pods but really need a good rain. cool weather is sustaining the crop but slowing development. corn ears are tipping back and the second ear is pollinated but drying up instead of filling out. still a average crop but weather is taking off the top end.

  • 7/30 - Southeast S.D.: We need rain bad, yes Lyon co Mn it is doom and gloom, are your 2 and 3 ears per stalk finished yet! In the bin? I don't think so. I've seen 2 ears on stalks before but never harvested them. When the experts at usda here talk like yours it's like dumping gas on a fire! Fayette co Tx congrats to you on good yield! I've seen good yields like that on my monitor, but will the whole field do that? If I stop real fast with my combine my monitor might jump up to 300+ but not my whole field! Hope it rains soon, no rain in forecast, but if usda and weather service need cheaper grains they'll change it to their favor!

  • 7/30 - Sauk County, Wis.: Cold no heat. Corn and Beans look good but have a long way to go. No significant rain just enough to keep you from combining wheat. No sun to dry the wheat. Sun comes out at 7:00 at night. Hope our first Frost is December 1 we are going to need that much time to ripen the crops. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/30 - Coles County , Ill.: It has been a long time since we have seen a rain over 1/2 inch. the last few weeks have seen a couple 2/10" rains and we are dry, dry ,dry. crops are showing the stress when they are trying to fill ears and develop pods.It's a bad time to be cold and dry.

  • 7/30 - Dallas County, Iowa: Sometimes I have to scratch my head and wonder about what I read on here. Lyon Co. MN. took an 80 mile road trip to Sioux Falls SD and says he has DOUBLE and TRIPLE eared corn and 15 to 20 beans per plant already, so this crop is going to be a biggun. Really? Go find that second ear come harvest time, it'll be a nubbin. There's no way to have any real idea about soybeans until the number of beans (not pods) per plant are harvestable. You must be a part of the PRO FARMER TOUR. You say the comments here are "doom and gloom" to get a price bounce. In my opinion, the trade over estimates the production so they can financially violate producers. Old sayings are usually very good advice. One that comes to mind is, "Buy the rumor and sell the fact". I think end users may want to consider this and start taking advantage of these basement bargain prices and start buying the rumor. Fact of the matter is, when it's all said and done with there have been some over zealous estimates about the size of the crops in the Midwest this year, excluding Lyon Co, MN....it's going to be a bin buster there! I will give that producer credit in his observation that there is still a lot that can change this crop's potential. Hells Bells we could have 17B. of corn and 5B. soybean crop with $1.63 corn and $4.17 soybeans. Worst part of it is some producers would look at the production numbers and say "aint we special".

  • 7/30 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: No rain since July 5, but crops look good. Beans will start to cut yields soon. Not looking at a bin buster here like last year.

  • 7/30 - Knox County, Ill.: As per the USDA, 8.8 million acres of corn have yet to silk as of July 27th in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Another 9 million acres have yet to silk in those 'northern' states of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Ohio and Indiana. That totals almost 18 million acres. On our farm, this is longest, most drawn-out pollination period I can remember. We started planting corn on May 3rd and finished on May 8th. We saw our first tassel on July 10th after accumulating 1,614 GDDs from 5-3. Between July 10 and July 28, we collected just 349 GDDs or roughly 81% of normal. The average hourly temperature for the same period was 69.5 degrees. NOAA forecasts below normal temps and below normal precip through mid-August.


  • 7/29 - Southwest Mich.: Corn started tasseling on July 11. A lack of precipitation has started some firing on corn planted on light soil. We still have good sub moisture, but we are running out of growing degrees days. We have had four mornings where the temperatures have been in the high fourties, this does not help the beans grow. They were to wet in June and the first of July, now it is to cold. They are flowering and some pods are developing, but the plants are only a little over knee high. I doubt that some of the 30 inch rows will reach closure before the beans reach term. It looks like an average crop in our area, the corn will be at the top end of yields (190-215 b/a) but the soybeans will probably be in the middle (35-40 b/a).

  • 7/29 - Fayette County, Texas: Yall guys up north might not be impressed, but my corn yields are turning out better than last 3 years added together!

  • yield monitor
    --Fayette County, Texas

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  • 7/29 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Crops still looking good here but a nice soaker would be great. I had expected corn to start rolling and maybe the beans to start turning over a little during the day but it hasn't happened yet. Made a trip to Atlantic IA today. Beans were smaller than I expected. Corn seems to be "thinner" than I expected. Crops looked good there but I've seen better. It'll be interesting to see what crop ratings do here if we don't get rain until 8/9.

  • 7/29 - Sibley County, Minn.: The corn on heavy ground looks "ok" but anything from a bin-buster. Lighter soils beginning to show stress right at the critical time of pollination a large portion of Central Minnesota corn crops are pollinating now and with no rain forecast expect 10 to 15 bushels off the averages. That puts our prospects at best an overall average crop with some strong spots mitigated away by the drowned out areas and the rest in the normal yield range. Beans are struggling given the lack of GDD's an early frost before October 1 will be devastating for both corn and beans. Others are correct in their thoughts given Central MN especially as there will be fields that do not black layer until the middle of October. Imagine the test weight on that when it goes thru the dryer and the cost! At best an average crop here and praying that we get rains in August and no frost until October 1 or later.....Good Luck if your crops aren't mature by then as some guys will still experience substantial yield losses if a killing frost occurs on October 1

  • 7/29 - Southeast S.D.: Back from the hills, nice and green across SD, grass not as tall and thick as other years. Saw nice bean and corn fields between Plankington and White River on the way out, not so good on the way back, tasseled corn and almost shaded beans, hailed out Sat. morning, pretty ugly, I feel for those guys! Conditions getting worse here, no rain, cracks in ground and no rain in sight! Aug 12th crop report should be depressing! I'm sure usda will still see only the record setting crop out here! Been talking with the banker some, scary! Good luck! With our recent "rally" $3.10 locally!

  • 7/29 - Berrien County, Mich.: 60 degrees today and maybe 72 tomorrow good crops right now but with out heat will be poor quality. A lot of corn not tasseling some 10 days away. USDA has record corn and soy crops wonder if we will see record actions with 50% less crop revenue

  • 7/29 - Dobson, N.C.: Here's a photo from Dobson, NC, made last weekend (July 18).Why anyone would pay $10K an acre in Iowa for land when you can buy land like this in NC for half that, and not freeze you backside all winter is beyond me.

  • corn North Carolina
    --Dobson, N.C.

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  • 7/29 - Richland County, N.D.: Cool and cloudy past several days, 10-20 % of corn starting to silk and tassle. Much is only 4-5 feet tall. Soybeans are ranging from waist to the majority under knee high and a lot of ugly fields in the valley plus I am noticing more large prevented plant fields as they get worked. Overall good conditions for a crop that is on time but we are 3 weeks behind schedule. Wheat is just starting to turn ranging to late pollinating in some areas. Wheat looks OK. According to GDD, 60% of the corn fields are looking at black layer near October 1. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/29 - Walsh County, N.D.: We are spraying the edible beans (2nd time) this week. The flower buds have formed, but no flowers yet. They are finally getting kind of bushy, but have a long way to go to make a crop. Praying for a really long, warm fall. Hard red spring wheat crop is excellent. Drove to Fargo over the weekend, stayed on secondary roads-took our time. Terriffic amount of water damaged corn, soybeans and sugarbeets thru the heart of the Red River Valley....but on the freeway at 75 mph crops don't look too bad. USDA must stay on the Interstate highways. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/29 - Lucas County, Iowa: Corn looks good and is just now pollinating. Very spotty and minimal rains this past 4 weeks with next poossibility of rain almost 2 weeks out. Will the poor corn root systems get to the needed inground moisture? Time will tell. Beans very short and thin.

  • 7/29 - Clark County, Wis.: a lot of uneven corn most of it has not tassel yet. we seem to be a week or two behind. are avg. frost date is sept. 20 last year we made it to oct. 19 that has to happen again. first and second crop alfalfa where great third crop looks good but could use a drink. went for a short drive around the county to look at the crops and figured out way we have so many cows here cash cropping doesn't work well here. crop not very pretty.

  • 7/29 - Lyon County, Minn.: Drove to Sioux Falls through the back roads to get a feel for this crop. Beans look to be in good shape. Corn while variable in size and stage is green nearly to the bottom except for sandy spots. I would estimate that we will have above average to great yields if we do not get an early frost. That will be the key. My own crops looks pretty good. I have 2 ears on most of the corn, with some having 3 ears. Beans are flowering, and already have 15 to 20 pods on. I think we are lying to ourselves if we don't think we will have a decent crop. Personally, I think we are doom and gloom on this board in hopes that we get some kind of bounce in price. I don't see it happening. From hear on out, it will be about August rain for soybeans and freeze dates that will affect the end potential.


  • 7/28 - Central Neb.: We watched on July 9 th as the worst hail storm of our lifetime hit. Our local coops ran the numbers and came up with a minimum of 40,000,000. Bushels of corn lost. Had to laugh when the boys from Cargil came up with 17.000.000 bushels. It will be fun to see what basis for fall harvest does. Lots of grain bins setting empty. As for marketing.not a lot of people did a very good job. But here's a little something you should know. If you think were gonna haul it to town and sell it for below cost of production you are wrong. Also if you get on the web nebraska farmers can store the whole crop on the farm. Last but not least we watched our dryland crops turn silver the drought is back. How about a real good freeze Labor Day weekend. It ain't over till the fat lady sings

  • 7/28 - Adams County, Neb.: irrigated corn looks good but don't think its the blow the top off record high yields . its turned dry, what dryland their is will take a big yield hit

  • 7/28 - Traverse County, Minn.: Pockets of corn look great with 200 potential. Plenty of corn was too wet early and will be lucky to make 140-150. Same story for the beans. No record crops here.

  • 7/28 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Beans are starting to pod and milo starting to head out we need a rain.

  • 7/28 - Wyandot County, Ohio: A lot of uneven corn and beans shorter than normal. About two weeks behind in maturity or so. A wet June has been followed by a dry July. Cool temps and good subsoil moisture has kept the crop going.

  • 7/28 - Madison County, Neb.: Last nights rain was spotty as they've all been this growing season. Anywhere from 5/100s to 2 inches. Chance again this weekend that will probably determine whether dry land is 200 or 120. Either way, irrigated corn looks excellent all across state that I've seen. Obvious drowned out areas on flat lands and bottoms. Beans are pretty thin, especially in Eastern NE but as history shows, we won't know their yield until the combine rolls. Basis continuously widening as we should expect(again history shows). Looking at last year, I'd still be selling my old crop as old crop basis is a 30 cent premium to new. All that shiny tin over the years will come to use this year. Good luck.

  • 7/28 - Knox County, Ill.: According to the USDA, 14,266,000 acres of corn have yet to silk as of July 20th in the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. NOAA projects below normal temps in these states going forward for the next three months. Looking at historical GDDs points toward the prospect that a significant portion of these acres may well not make black layer before an average frost date without a dramatic and prolonged heat event to push maturity along. Right now, all this talk about an enormous corn is just that...talk and wishful thinking by the USDA and the end users.


  • 7/25 - Jackson County, Iowa: finished third crop hay. Some guys have started combining oats . Fair week here in Jackson County. Daughter was getting fiberglass cow ready for parade. Currently receiving a nice shower. Been almost two weeks since any measurable rain. We weren't hurting, we won't turn down.

  • round hay   spraying cow CC 0725
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 7/25 - Southeast Ind.: While we had quit mowing yards, we got from .5-1.25" rain this week. It was needed. Going to be a good week to make 3rd cutting alfalfa. God Bless everyone!

  • 7/25 - North Central Mo.: no rain for 3 weeks. no subsoil moisture = crops going south in a hurry ? 4th year in a row for being dry . crops turning white color today and wasn't even hot. no rain in forcast next 15 days. insuarance again this year?

  • 7/25 - Grundy County, Mo.: Our big corn crop potential here is gone with a super dry July. Stopped mowing yards and all the grass in pasture and hay fields is not growing. We had great planting, perfect stands, and now will collect crop insurance for the 3rd straight summer because of drought. Beans still have a shot for some August rain.

  • 7/25 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Finally was able to harvest my irrigated wheat. The yield was decent, test weight about 58. The price isn't pretty though. We haven't had much rainfall this month, and the dry land crops are starting to show stress. Irrigation has really increased in the last week, and will continue non stop until we receive a decent rain, or until the crop matures- which ever occurs first. Good luck to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/25 - Madison County, Ohio: For the most part crops around west central oh look very good but are behind in maturity due to the cool and cloudy summer we are experiencing. There is probably at least a third of the corn crop in this area that still hasn't tasseled and probably about the same amount of beans that are only a foot tall. So while we look good we are still susceptible to a lot of weather and these crops are far from being made.

  • 7/25 - Minnehaha County, S.D.: Corn and beans are holding on here ok, some spots are done with no rain but maybe some silage! Will have to use crop ins. again! Funny how a positive number on the board makes me feel better! Corn is tasseling but sure is uneven, corn will be wet assuming the way it's tasseling and pollinating, slow! No moisture here but north 8 miles had .50-1.5 lucky suckers! Did tear an ear off and do kernel count, 16x38 the way I learned to do the math, might be 168 or so but it was the biggest ear there, I think that's how usda and pretend farmer do it.Good luck! Going on 4 day vacation to the Black Hills, maybe it will rain when I'm gone!


  • 7/24 - Richland County, N.D.: The first few fields of corn are just showing tassels. Others are weeks away from tasseling. Beans are about shin high to 6 inches. Moisture is fine and temperatures have been OK. Tasseling looks to be very uneven in some fields. No bug problems yet. Wheat is about 3 weeks away at earliest from harvest. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/24 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Perfect storm is hitting us once again. Floods in early June drowned out our heavy ground and now no rain in July is burning up our light ground. Our crops the past week have been looking better but we are going to be a far cry from a bumper crop. Usually this time of year arial sprayers are buzzing all hours of the day and this year it is rare to hear one in the distance. That alone tells you what kind of crop we have. With the price drop everyone is expecting an insurance check. No need to produce extra bushels

  • 7/24 - Cass County, Iowa: Need rain this week .. but its taken out of forecast. Beans/Corn may rollover -- w/o it yields are going down quick. Glad I didn't sell my crop last week when the TV Ag Pros said to....

  • 7/24 - Polk County, Iowa: No appreciable rain in three weeks. Ground starting to show cracks and lawns browning. Corn looks decent, but with many drowned out spots. With the very wet spring, will the minimal corn root structure survive the predicted dry forcast? Beans very uneven, the best are behind normal height for late July and showing pale leaf color, where they weren't drowned out. The temps and rainfall for next 2-3 weeks will determine whether or not we'll have an "average" crop yield.


  • 7/23 - Southeast Iowa: Corn looks great, beans are improving. Could use a rain, not much in the 10 day forecast though. Cooler weather should help.

  • 7/23 - Lawrence County, Ohio: After an extended dry period we're finally getting some much needed rain. Corn is looking excellent now. Good news for crop farmers is we will be chopping it for silage.

  • 7/23 - Monroe, Mich.: Most corn rolled today, no-till beans not above last years corn stalk's. Flash drought continues, half a crop on both at best. There are two Is' in Michigan does that count as an I state?

  • 7/23 - Berrien County, Mich.: corn progressing nicely could use a rain shower corn could break 200 bu on some farms needs to keep raining.

  • 7/23 - Faribault County, Minn.: Corn starting to tassel. Some fields uneven where water stood. Could really use a good rain now since it finally got hot. Only had a good half an inch so far in July. Won’t have to mow this week since the lawn is starting to brown up. No aphids in the beans yet, but it is a little early, most years we spray for aphids the first week of august.

  • 7/23 - Waupaca County, Wis.: Took a drive around our county, amazed at how bad things look. Our county ranges from heavy clay to black silt lomas to irrigated sand. The irrigated always looks good as it should. What amazed me was the heavier soils. If they were planted earlier and mudded in or producers waited and planted late, it really made no difference. Yellow, stunted or just plain short. I saw a lot waist high or shorter. Normally this type of ground can look as good as the irrigated. But with no rain for almost a month, it was wilting! A lot of silage corn this fall. Wonder if USDA will take notice?


  • 7/22 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Took a vacation with family left Lincoln headed east to Des Moines then up through Northeast Iowa over to Madison WI (Dells) up to Green Bay (go Pack but not Badgers)) home by way of Northern IL then I 80 west. Corn looks 175 or better all the way except from 40 miles east of Madison up to Green Bay. Beans look average about everywhere. Tremendous looking corn I thought in SW WI. You farmers in NE Iowa through Wisconsin sure know how to keep up your farmsteads with those pretty big red barns, very impressive. Back here in Southeast NE we could use a rain haven't really had anything since the first of July. Corn could be tremendous with a good soaker shortly beans are very uneven this year and to early to tell what will become of them. Wheat was around 60 bus/acre from what I heard. Feel sorry for the producers around Adair IA, that was one nasty hail storm. With what I saw for the 1800+ miles we drove, looks like the market is doing just what it should, hate to say that but basic economics of supply and demand are taking hold (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/22 - Sibley County, Minn.: Crops starting to look better with warm and dry weather. Still won't be much of a crop. Large drowned out spots, and crop is behind. Four years in a row of claiming crop insurance indemnity not fun. Good for those farmers in areas with big crops on the way, enjoy. Look forward to hearing your yield reports this fall. Sounds like they will be unbelievable. Low prices should correct a few areas of production costs.

  • 7/22 - St. Clair County, Mich.: Illinois farmer is correct as far as GDDs around here. Most corn went in 2 - 4 weeks late and we haven't had the heat to keep up with normal. Most corn is 2-3 weeks from tasseling, that should put us at maturity around Oct. 1 that is if we can get normal temps, which hasn't happened at all this year.

  • 7/22 - St. Clair County, Ill.: Record crop what a joke. I have not gotten a decent rain since Memorial Day (1"). Crops look good but are going down hill more every day.The cool weather has masked some of the damage.I suspect that the USDA and most local farmers will not admit to that. According to USDA everyone in the U.S. is going to have a bin busting crop all in the hopes of driving down the prices that we get for our crops.

  • 7/22 - Billings, Mont.: crops look good around here it quit raining a month ago , going to start combining barley next week looks good not a bin buster but good , corn is tasseling but short , got to dry before we got water on it , 95 degrees and 30 mile hr wind not good growing conditions ! have to agree with minnehaha sd farmer when should leave planters in shed next spring , but we are greedy and we would see our neighbor out there planting and we would too ! i have always said if we just planted half our acres one year what would those grain brokers do than ? they would just import it from south america and say was our crop and ding us the following year in price like they did last year !

  • 7/22 - Southeast Ind.: Crops look good, beans are starting to catch up even with cool temps last week. Yet we are plenty dry, some thunderstorms would be welcomed.

  • Double crop 10 days after planting IND
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 7/22 - Bon Homme County, S.D.: Corn is 10 feet tall and pollination nearly complete. At this point, it's the best looking crop since 2009.

  • SD corn
    --Bon Homme County, S.D.

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  • 7/21 - Searns County, Minn.: Corn beginning to tassel and soybeans are flowering nicely. What started out as a horrible looking crop is now looking better everyday with the heat and timely rains. Had a chance to drive through a big chunk of southern and southwest MN where it is actually "corn country". I would have to admit that the crops really look nice, with the exception of drown out spots. I did notice some prevent plant land, however. At least some land will pull a profit this year ;)

  • 7/21 - Southern Manitoba : Saw soybean crops in North Dakota and Minnesota during this last week. I'm just wondering what the crop potential is for soybeans that are 4 to 8 inches tall in the middle of July because there were a lot of them out there. There was also a lot of spring wheat with large yellow areas in the fields. In Manitoba, this usually means a large loss in yield. I guess that US wheat yield isn't affected by water damage according to crop condition reports. In 2013 there was an awful lot of wheat from Canada that went across the border to make up for a shortfall in US production. This won't be the same in 2014 because the Canadian crop isn't nearly what it was last year. It'll be interesting to see how government agencies will try to cover up the shortfall in their crop reports. The amount of crop damage, due to flooding, has been hugely understated in the Canadian prairies. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/21 - Mower County, Minn.: in response to the farmer from Knox County Ill and his question about Mn and gdu accumulation. I was very suprised to see my corn tassle over the weekend. I was expecting to wait another couple of weeks as we haven't been very warm this season and it has rained plenty. One thing that has been in our favor is that after the rain clouds let go it cleared up again and didn't remain cloudy for any amount of time.103 day corn planted May 20th is tasseling.Corn is very short compared to normal at this stage, I would guess twenty iches less tall than normal. So I went and found some average conditions in the field and pulled some baby ears to get kernel set counts. We are off 15% on total kernels this year and I would say we have a poorer stand than I have seen in many years. Root mass and plant health is fantastic so kernel set back at pollination and ear fill and kernel depth will be big factors.I see 85 percent of what we would normally have for a potential to make a crop as of now. I would assume a dry crop out of the field in mid October and am not concerned with a frost issue like I was previously.

  • 7/21 - Minnehaha County, S.D.: Watched Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong on their show Sat. morning, am I missing something, they are so positive and bubbly I just want to puke! Their weather forecast called for rain all over SD and east - didn't rain here at all! Makes me wonder who they work for! I have a brother-in-law who works for a rock quarry, his income has never went down in the last 20 years! When will us farmers figure it out! Leave the planters in the shed next spring and price our product! When will we wake up?

  • 7/21 - Rice County, Minn.: Crops look good, rain forecasts have not materialized in the last three weeks. Have not had to mow lawn in over 10 days. First tassels showing from our corn planted 5/7. Funny our neighbor said we were crazy to be planting that day due to ground temp. His corn is half as tall. Everyone was locked out of the fields for two weeks after to plant the majority of their corn around here. In response to Knox Co. ILL: You bring up a good point about the planting delays, GDD, & frost worries but it would have to actually happen to change anything. Rice Co. MN had a killing frost 9/15/2012. We were so far ahead of schedule due to the drought south of us that it did not matter. If it would have happened in 2013 it would have been a pure instant disaster. We may be better off in my county than 2013 but 2012 corn was all in by 4/21, beans 5/1 & we had perfect weather all summer. This market is the pure example of human nature. Like the person who loses the weight & quits smoking after the heart attack. Best regards and enjoy your freedom.

  • 7/21 - Southeast S.D.: Second cutting put up with no rain! Been just about 4 weeks with no rain! Top 20% is gone so I think with timely rains from here on out will be 140-150 bu on better ground and 100-110 on poorer soils! It has been overcast last couple days, maybe that will help out a little! Light spots are not white anymore just brown! I'm sure "pro farmer" won't see those spots though! $3.16 for corn local!

  • 7/21 - Sibley County, Minn.: Went on a 2000+ mile drive during the week following the 4th of July, I call it the "real" farmer tour, evidenced by an experienced farmer. That said the tour covered southern Wisconsin, Northern half of Iowa, East part of South Dakota and lower half of Minnesota, following is my predictions as the USDA is off as you would expect. Final corn acres will be approximately 82.5 Million down an additional .7 Million from the USDA report with a final yield of 162 which puts the crop at 13.365 Billion bushels. For soybeans I see quite a few more acres at 85.8 Million acres with a final yield of 42.7 putting final crop at about 3.7 Billion bushels. The crop will be smaller than predicted in both crops...... the fields in these areas I toured were between 2 to 4 weeks behind in maturity and top end yield has been lost and can not be recovered. There will be some good areas and fields throughout the U.S. BUT the real farmer tour of over 2000 miles doesn't see it in a prime producing area of the corn belt...... I can not put more than 55% of the crops I saw at good to excellent it will take a late fall to make a crop in much of this area

  • 7/21 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: To Knox County, IL: Just spent several hours with my agronomist looking at our own fields. Extreme variability in all the fields. Good fields are a rare exception. As far as the GDD's, my agronomist said that we are roughly 1 week behind, and since the crop was planted on average 2-4 weeks late, we easily lose another week of GDD's. (Considering the coolness of May on an average year). Lots of drowned out, massive amounts of prevent plant to our east. The majority of the counties in this state have been declared disaster areas, but yet USDA gives us a crop rating of around 65% - good to excellent. We will not have any idea on our crop size because our first freeze will determine the size of this crop. But I am getting the feeling the crop is so big to our south, across the US, that our conditions up here do not matter.

  • 7/21 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Crops looking good overall. We've been a week without rain now but it's been cool. Forecasts are for a week of hot weather and no rain. We'll see what these crops have now. It is still soft in some places in the corn fields. Hang in there guy from NE. Everyone should know that if the 3-I states have a crop, prices will plummet. Our local exchange manager told me that the company state-wide is preparing to put up a lot of on-the-ground storage in preparation for what is coming. That just doesn't happen in MO.

  • 7/21 - Knox County, Ill.: record yields possible, maybe moreso for corn than soybeans

  • 7/21 - Red River Valley, N.D.: Just flew over red river valley of north dakota and there is a lot of PP and the crop that is planted has Lots of drown out in them. The analysts all say that even if there is drown out the rest of crop makes up for it im not so sure about that! If you have a 100 acres at 200 bu and drown out a third the other two thirds have to do 300 bu an acre just to break even! A 25% loss of acres means the rest of the field has to do 250 bu an acre! IMHO that aint gonna happen!!!

  • 7/21 - Fayette County, Texas: Cut a milo sample @25% moisture. Start harvest on corn next week. Nice to make a decent crop once again. Might have to fill the gas tank on the grain truck more than once this year.

  • Texas crop
    --Fayette County, Texas

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  • 7/21 - Renville, Minn.: The crops look just offal. Some of the worst crop I have seen in the past 50 years. I have a word for this but I will not repeat it here.

  • 7/21 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Stopped raining long enough for the wheat to be dry for harvest. All the repeated rain hurt the test weight. But with how hard the winter was and how long the snow covered the ground into the spring, we're happy with the yield. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/21 - Buffalo County, Neb.: If you were fortunate enough to miss out on the hail, crops here look about as good as they can. Pollination is in progress on the corn, but things have slowed down due to very cool conditions. I have not cut my wheat yet as it just won't mature and dry down with temps only in the 70's during the day. Much warmer temps are in the forecast for the next week, so hopefully it will dry down so that I can get it cut. Some of the comments on this page are quite amusing. IMHO, Mower County, MN summed it up best; Ag is a cyclical business. If you didn't put some money in the bank during the last 5 years you made a mistake. If you tore up pasture and/or CRP and planted crops, you are part of the problem as to why crop prices are sinking. Some farmers love to stare prosperity in the face,.. and promptly hand that "prosperity" over to the equipment and building companies, or to landlords to rent land away from someone else so that they can brag about how many acres they farm. Some of us will never learn the lessons of the past, as thus we are doomed to repeat them. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/21 - Monroe County, Mich.: Corn planted first part of may is pollinating but it is getting very dry, 2.5" of rain since June 1. All crops on lighter soils will be done without rain next week. 30 miles nw of us many fields not planted or way behind.

  • 7/21 - Livingston County, Ill.: There is the potential here in central il for a corn crop yield of the likes we've never seen before. Even with all these bushels out there $3.00 corn isn't gonna cut it. These good folks that control our markets better wake up and realize who's feeding em. HEY USDA TELL US IN YOUR NEXT REPORT WHY THE AMERICAN FARMER HAS TO TAKE A FALL AGAIN.

  • 7/21 - East Central Iowa: Illinois farmer thinking our only hope for a price rebound is if we have trouble reaching maturity. Just guessing it will be 2 weeks before the planes are flying around here. 2nd pass beans is also wrapping up. Have noticed that a lot of the beans that had pre emergence applied are shorter than those who didn't. Everybody is entitled to their opinion......not sure why some on this blog can't gracefully disagree with another producer. Play nice!

  • cutting alfalfa   Illinois Hay   
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 7/21 - Henry County, Ohio: No rain in 3 weeks. Nice looking crop starting to go backwards a bit. Veggies need a shower ASAP. Plenty of time for a decent year yet as far as yields go.


  • 7/18 - Jackson County, Iowa: Crops look good and it's time for the livestock guys to see some black ink on cheap corn we are over due.
    Iowa corn
    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 7/18 - Knox County, Ill.: The corn around here does look good, but the accumulation of GDDs is more than a bit worrisome. It seems to me that the vast majority of corn planted in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan is at risk even with an average first frost date. Am I wrong? Looking for input from other producers as to their perspective.

  • 7/18 - Harrison County, Iowa: A lot of uneven corn pollination. Some NCLB showing up & some reluctant fungicide spraying is starting due to economics. Crop conditions are from one extreme to the other (early frost, severe hail, too much rain, to excellent conditions). Happy are the lucky & sad are the unlucky!

  • 7/18 - Mower County, Minn.: Poor crops , poor prices. fun to watch all the farmers correcting each other on crop comments. We didn't make the high price high yield years and we didn't make the low yield low price years. We all knew it could be this way. Farmers were great at living with starvation revenue levels,and spent money when they made some recently like they could not stand the prosperity.I haven't acquired a taste for green paint yet. It will be fun watching the adjustments happen again. I will be buying the fire sales or rather flood sales, freeze out sales and poor price sales. What was forgotten was that the tax tables werent moved up as they printed more money. We are in for an expensive depression in farm country for some time.


  • 7/17 - Southeast S.D.: Putting up second cutting of alfalfa, should be much better quality than first cutting, no rain in last 3 weeks and none in extended forcast! Michelle Rook said in 2012 we need 1/4"of rain per day to maintain the corn crop, we're not getting it! Beans will not canopy if we don't get some moisture soon! But our "experts"still think it will be a record! It better be at $3 I need 187bu to break even! Not gonna happen!

  • 7/17 - Dodge County, Neb.: Grain prices are dropping but i bet rent real estate taxes fertilizer seed and other inputs won't. Some of us in nebraska know reality save for the bad years pretty hard when expense soar!!!!

  • 7/17 - Fillmore County, Minn.: Last year SE MN & NE IA went through extremely wet spring and many acres were prevent plant. Many of these PP acres are very productive acres on a typical average growing year. People need to remember that these markets are so large and what happens in your area really does not matter in the grand scale or big picture nation wide and world wide. Last year was proof with hundreds of thousands of acres of PP, and the price started to slowly decline all summer. Weatherwise, it generally takes an entire growing belt drought like 2012 to move the markets, not a back 40 hail storm or PP acres in a regional area. This year our crops look great so far, just starting to see some silks and tassels. We need some heat and degree growing days to push things along. We might be slightly behind in this area.

  • 7/17 - Wayne County, N.Y.: Crops that were planted on time look great, within a few days of tassel on the corn and full flower on the beans. Anything planted late will struggle to reach maturity by an acceptable date. Overall, a lot of variability across Upstate New York-yes we have farmers in New York!

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    --Wayne County, N.Y.

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  • 7/17 - Waupaca County, Wis.: Big change in crop conditions in the last week. Sandy ground burning up. Heavy ground looks yellow and stunted from being planted too wet. No decent rain in over two weeks and none in sight. Unless you have irrigation, the crop is bad!

  • 7/17 - Bay County, Mich.: Crops look good in the area.Rain has been spotty with next to none to extreme in areas.Don't cry about the prices we farmers work hard to do a great job and then we get pentalized for it.People in town work to just get their job done and don't give any extra effort or goof off and they get a good wage. We are the stupid ones.The govt pats you on the back and then pees in your pocket for your hard work.Don't you want to be in oil instead? Any excuse for oil prices to go up and they do but very slow to go down.Farming is a cycle and now we are in the break even mode for another 8 years before we are allowed to make money again.Look at history it repeats itself.Good luck for the next years.

  • 7/17 - South Central Minn.: Went in to certify today and the person helping me said the amount of farmers coming in with prevent acres is off the charts. She didn't think it was as bad as it is. To confirm that my crop ins agent said that with just his clients alone in his area he had 40,000+ acres go pp. I'm sure the usda will show this in their future reports right? Oh wait I guess I "INTENDED" to plant something so look for more acres in future reports. By the way what is an "intended" acre and why does it matter? Shouldn't it matter what actually gets planted? I intended to win the mega millions but it didn't happen so am I a millionaire anyway? To the Nebraska comment, what you said is an insult to all farmers. Would you work for someone for free because you made some money the previous years? How much money goes back into the economy when the farmer makes money? Ask John Deere, Case IH, Ford, Dodge, GM, the guy who sells bins, sheds or whatever, if it matters if the farmer makes money. If you said that to any successful business person they would laugh in your face. I can't believe you as a farmer could say something so preposterous. If you want to farm and make just enough to survive or loose money, then have at it. Farmers should be the richest people on earth for what we provide. Everybody on earth needs food to survive so if the farmer doesn't provide it who will?

  • 7/17 - Blackwater, Mo.: Things are looking great.

  • Missouri Corn
    --Blackwater, Mo.

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  • 7/17 - Ohio: Thank you, Dallas County, I could not have said it better in regards to the nebraska non sense


  • 7/16 - Dallas County, Iowa: The July 15 "Nebraska" comment was a swing and a miss. Everybody knew that the extreme high prices were bogus and not sustainable. Of course they were manipulated! Manipulated by the specs, funds, the commodity brokers, and most of all by the USDA! You almost sound grateful for the over correction that is taking place. You stated that we had some good years and should have saved for the bad ONE? I got news for you. This is setting up to be a lot longer than one year. Suggesting that the trade is "reasonable" is like having somebody run a Stop sign and T-bone you at an intersection, then thanking the other driver for not going fast enough to kill you and just maiming you instead. "South Central Minn." comment is spot on right! Kudos to you!

  • 7/16 - Weston County, Wyo.: Went on vacation from 7-8 to 7-13 leaving from Northeastern WY traveling through middle of South Dakota and Northern and middle of Iowa and then back home. I thought the corn crop looked very good. There were some fields under water or not planted, but very low percentage overall. Some fields were behind other fields in maturity but maybe that is due to management practices or timeliness? Very enjoyable to see pride of ownership with fields and homesteads.

  • 7/16 - Southeast S.D.: Hey Nebraska, see the picture of hailed out corn in your state, the ones moving the grain prices don't care about hailed out or 76 % good to excellent! all they care about is making money, every year, not just the good ones! Let's all go back and read theFFA creed, 3rd paragraph, less emphasis on begging and more on marketing! USDA and our other experts have now put us back to begging, $5 or so corn and $13 beans are not being greedy just a reasonable profit and the funds and specs etc. would still be making a profit too! Crops here are still the same.

  • 7/16 - Renville, Minn.: The crops look just offal. Some of the worst crop I have seen in the past 50 years. I have a word for this but I will not repeat it here.

  • 7/16 - Grundy County, Iowa: Beans are the best looking ever. Corn is dark green and showing tassels.

  • 7/16 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Everybody seems to be forgetting 1993 when to much rain stopped the roots from going deep enough to catch up with the fertilizer that the ample moisture took down.

  • 7/16 - Stearns County, Minn.: Corn is chest high and soybeans are canopying and flowering very nicely. Very ccol conditions. This was the week our corn usually polinates and it would have pollinated very well with this weather. The next 2 weeks so much warmer and that is when pollination is going to start. I hope we have enough moisture then! Will be starting small grains by the end of the month. Nothing short of a bumper crop there if it doesn't lodge. Sold some fat black Angus for 1.53 /lb. Going fishing with the boy today. Things are good in God's country today.

  • 7/16 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Have heard people compare this year to 1994 and of the 40 years I have farmed that is the year I would say was perfect. This year is far from it. Just one example - in 94 my corn was fully tasseled by the 4th and as of today I only have a few tassels showing. Warmer in 94 too. So compare the two I'll take 94.

  • 7/16 - Southeast S.D.: Corn is at all stages here chest high to starting to tassel, some is back to knee high and white! Wet spots are still yellow and will not recover completely, that will be some record setting corn in those areas! Beans look good for most part.

  • 7/16 - Daniels County, Mont.: Crops in this area doing well, but do need a rain.With grain prices the way they are i am already planning next years crops.Considering lentils,mustard,peas,flax.if the rest of the world can raise wheat at a profit at these prices let them. We all will be lucky to break even.Wheat prices have to go up or inputs have to go down.Who do you think will give first because the farmers already have.Good luck to all of us and hope to see all of us still in business next year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 7/15 - Southwest Neb.: July 9-10 numerous severe storms with large hail and damaging winds caused significant crop damage in an area of south central and southwest Nebraska. The National Weather Service in Hastings reported hail from 1-1.75 inches, wind gusts up to 85 mph, and crop and property damage. Hail stripped plants and high winds leveled fields just as corn was nearing pollination.

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    --Southwest Neb.

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  • 7/15 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Going to spray for Northern leaf blight. Beans finished spraying through mud, Good prospects, but nothing outstanding.

  • 7/15 - South Central Minn.: Looks like raising record large crops isn't all what its cracked up to be. Prices tanking and appear to be heading lower. It might be fun harvesting a big crop but how much fun is it trying to sell it below the cost of production? If we as farmers don't wise up and cut back on production we'll be headed for the LDP day's. There's prices out there already approaching $3.00 and below $2.00. We might not be able to write into ag web and brag to the whole world and let everybody know how great are yields are like some like to do but at least we'll be able to pay the bills and make a decent living.

  • 7/15 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Wheat harvest started on earlier planted fields over the weekend. The crop looks good from the road, no yield reports yet. If the rain and hai1 stay away and we get some heat maybe we can be done in ten days. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/15 - Southeast Ind.: Got timely rains last nite. From .5-2.0 inches. We were in need of moisture, but then its county fair week and it always rains onthe fair!! Corn for fall '14 is $3.55 at Ohio River today.

  • 7/15 - Richland, N.D.: Our crops have finally started to take off. A big variance in the crops from chest high corn to less than knee-high and yellow. We have some beans that have been sitting nearly still at 3-4 inches high for weeks and are yellow. There are not many good looking bean fields unless they are on rolling ground. I would say that one third of the crop will be good, with the rest fair to poor in the Red River Valley. We were just too late and saturated. Good luck on 30% moisture corn in November again!

  • 7/15 - Nebraska: We should remember that the same people that have pushed our current corn price down are also the same people that had pushed our prices higher the past several years. We didn’t claim they were manipulating the market then. We have had some good years, maybe we should have saved for the poor one. This might be the repercussion of the high prices we had. Less demand and more production.


  • 7/14 - Southeast S.D.: Cool this morning but that will be good for crops since our "grain making rain" has stopped! Still yellow crops in low areas and white in light areas! Don't have anything else to add-oh yea thanks usda!

  • 7/14 - Southwest Ind.: Corn looks very good. Most has pollinated or is close to tassel in our area. Corn will do really well if these timely rains keep coming.

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    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 7/14 - Southwest Ind.: Wheat beans are anywhere from just planted last week to just within a day or two of popping above the wheat stubble. Some ground was even worked after wheat before the beans were drilled. Wheat did fairly well in this area. Anywhere from low to upper 80's was the average. Some wheat also had high levels of Vomitoxin due to the head scab. Early beans were considerably late this year but look good overall. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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    --Sothwest Ind.

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  • 7/14 - Franklin County, Ind.: well, yesterday I found an extra 10,000 bu of beans that I didn't know I had, showed the bank my piece of paper, but they won't let me use the paper for collateral lol

  • 7/14 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: Crops look good here. Lost some acres to drown outs. Finished spraying beans. Hope the hail and wind stays away.

  • 7/14 - Adams County, Neb.: its hard to find a bad looking field of corn or soybeans except the hail area its pretty muck a 100% loss , my heart bleds for those who were hailed

  • 7/14 - Rice County, Minn.: I want to know the actual percentage of producers who are left to certify with the FSA? I bet the number is way behind the curve with no incentive to come in yet. In fact I wonder how many consider not signing back up? Last I checked you can still get crop insurance, commodity loans, etc. In regards to my my experience certifying and crop reports: USDA never factors prevent plant or drown-out. If they rely on the info. from insurance this is scewed as well. A producer is going to claim it all planted regardless how much is gone. If from the seed companies: same effect. Government needs a safe, large crop impression. They do not make much tax revenue off farmers directly. Inderectly it is a different story. The commercials need to make a good profit, as well as the trickle down effect. Think about. Economics 101. Besides how many of us do it for the money? This is what we do.

  • 7/14 - Walsh County, N.D.: Travelled to Carrington yesterday (125 miles to the south west), in east central ND. I don't know where the increase in Spring wheat is coming from (USDA report). Looked like 70% went into soybeans. Our wheat and barley crops look excellent, but soybeans and edible beans need to do some fast growing to make it. Sunflowers and and canola also doing very well. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/14 - Gujrat, India: only 10% cotton sowing in sauratra.No rain in our district.all farmer sawing other crop when after rain.10% cotton sowing in very poor condition.

  • 7/14 - Spokane County, Wash.: We dry land farm mostly wheat in 17-18 inch rainfall zone. We were blessed w 2-3 inches of rain in June and crops look good despite having 10 days hot temps w another week of it still to come. Extremely frustrated w another price wrecking usda report. They call me all the time and I refuse to give them any info and even drag my feet on the census. It's simply governmental market manipulation and a giant waste of our money. Let informa and others do it and let a market be a market. I always felt entitled to direct payments because I feel the government constantly messes w the market and now those payments are gone and we still pay the price. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/14 - Southeast S.D.: Rained this morning, sidewalk almost got all wet! Grain making ran again. 2012 Michele Rook on WNAX sai we need 1/4 inch a day to maintain this crop, where is that talk now! The rain we had in June just caught us up for the year! We need some rain to maintain the "record crop". $3.32 for corn at local elev?

  • 7/14 - Dickinson County, Iowa: Floods in June really damaged the crops. Corn is very irregular and the poor beans look raggedy as heck. Obviously, this will not be a good year for harvest. Of course, the white-shoe boys in-charge of esitmating yields are "adjusting" their reports to benefit the buyers at our expense...again.


  • 7/11 - Custer County, Neb.: Crops looked good on our farm up until Monday evening. Then we got stripped up by hail. Some was pretty bad. Some not so bad. Then Wednesday night came, and we got hit again. Now we have corn about ready to shoot a tassel and the plant is severely damaged. Not a good combination. The soybeans are damaged as well, I think they may come out of it somewhat. It's tough to take. I know that I am not the only producer like this in my area. Some have it worse. In eastern Buffalo county and into Kearney county some fields were completely leveled. Naturally I plan for top crops every year. Hail has been the story in this area. The crops not affected look awesome. So, I will keep my head up and do my best with what I have left. For me, one thing that is working very well is my cow/calf pairs. Count your blessings, it can always be worse.

  • 7/11 - Southeast S.D.: Thank you Dallas Co. Ia post. Got a chance to go with my son golfing today! Rain but we didn't get wet, but I suppose our usda experts think a sprinkle with 85 derees and 20 mph sw winds are ideal conditions. The ground in my best fields has cracks and hard as a cement floor! Sure hope we get some "grain making rain" soon! Keep pushing prices down for phantom conditions, and like Nicollet Co. Mn comment, we will have to revert to crop ins checks! Thanks!

  • 7/11 - South Central Mich.: I have to agree with Dallas Co Iowa. I'm not sure why it's called the "Pro" farmer tour. What is a "pro" farmer and what qualify's as one. I know when they estimate the yield for MN they barely make it into the state except for the very southern part of it. That would be like me walking into my field about 2 rows and determining what the yield is. I hear everyday on the radio how great everything is so why the need for the tour? As far as those nincompoops (funds) their the one's who make the "market". We've all heard the term "money flow" so whatever the "funds" want it to do that's what it's going to do. It's a casino on steroids. By the way the corn in this area looks pathetic a nice hail storm would make it look a lot better and the beans are OK short and nothing to brag about.

  • 7/11 - Monroe County, Mich.: We are cutting wheat and making second cutting hay. Also crops are but need rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 7/10 - Minnehaha County, S.D.: Crops look good except for yellow areas (wet) and white areas (dry) I would like USDA or other experts to call me when they want an honest assessment of conditions!

  • 7/10 - Dallas County, Iowa: How is it possible to have so many nincompoops sitting behind their desks in their white shirts and neon ties dictating Corn and Soybean prices between their little golf games? I can tell from my own extensive Midwest travels and the comments here on AgWeb that this year's production is being grossly over estimated by some over zealous nitwits. Now we can look forward to the USDA and The Pro Farmer Tour throwing out some ill conceived numbers and pushing the price prospects further into the toilet. Being a long way from home really does not make you an "expert" Chip!

  • 7/10 - Southeast S.D.: Some great corn and some poooor corn, beans act like they were planted in June and just won't take off! Definitely, corn is not above average and beans sure don't look good at this time. Drove to Twin Cities through Wilmer, Mn looks like they lost 30-40% of there crop to water.

  • 7/10 - Nicollet County, Minn.: Crops are starting to come around with dry weather and some heat. We are way behind and hoping for a late frost. Hoping USDA will keep showing big numbers through October and the markets will continue to fall. Recipe for big insurance check. My fear will be to save cash the market will rally in October and then crash after that to save on indemnity checks.

  • 7/10 - Greene County, Iowa: Driving 50 miles north, east, and south of Jefferson I notice a very large area in all bean fields that are yellow. I am not an agronomist, but I believe these yellow areas will have a significant reduction in yield, if any yield at all. What do the Pros. have to say about these areas and are you seeing the yellowing in your area?


  • 7/9 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Just got home from a week in Ontario. Crops there looked good although maybe a little further behind than last year when we were there. We went from here to Champaign, IL, up to Chicago and across MI. We came back down through Detroit, Toledo, Fort Wayne, across 24, back down to Champaign and home. There were some trouble spots but from the road things looked very good overall. I have no way of knowing if there were extra acres planted or not but barring a disaster, I’ll have to go with USDA numbers.

  • 7/9 - Southeast S.D.: Crops here look good, if they are not yellow or white! Wet spots even where we tiled are short and yellow, and light spots are turning white with lack of moisture! 8-12 inches of rain in the area in 2 weeks in June now it has shut off! Rain makes grain? We had better have some in July, the month we need it to "make our crop"! Then we better hope August gives us some to make our bean crop! USDA and all our other experts make me sick! They should have someone play with their livelihood! Good luck making $3.00 corn work!

  • 7/9 - Yakima, Wash.: Overall the crops look really good. Corn is 10 ft tall and starting to tassel. 3 rd cutting alfalfa next week. The heat is on. 100 + for the next few days. Irrigation water is good due to a large Mt snow pack. No problems, No worries.

  • 7/9 - North Ky.: Crops here in Northern KY looked good through June, but when July rolled in crops here began to show the signs of stress. All the forecasts were for moisture, but none has made its way yet.

  • 7/9 - Porter County, Ind.: Drove from NW IN to Norwalk OH and back over the holiday weekend. From the toll road, only saw 1 field that had tassels. So many soybeans were "ankle-biter" height, looking more like double-crop..they weren't, as the wheat hadn't been harvested yet. Really uneven stands; would estimate that less than 5% was a decent green color throughout the field. Too much yellow, and some standing water & drowned out spots. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/9 - Southeast Wis.: Call me slow or what ever, It seems to be raining every 2 days impossible to get any hay made still some 1st crop to finish there will be no bumper crop of hay because we sure won't get an extra cutting this year corn still need to be sprayed the first time and soybean are very weedy and have not been sprayed yet making deep ruts when spraying not good,water standing in all the low spots big patches of corn and beans drown out Corn that is taller looks Ok with yellow spots scattered around shorter corn looks bad all yellow need additional nitrogen already broke the bank getting the crop in and now we are adding more to the cost with additional nitrogen. I think you might find the crop isn't what you think. Chicago thinks it can't be to wet I have news for them it does and it will affect the yeilds

  • 7/9 - Stearns County, Minn.: Corn is knee to waist high and is looking better. Soybeans don't look too bad except drowned out spots. Cool again today. Crop is growing slowly and farmers in this area are starting to worry about early frost. We will need until at least October 20 without a frost to get these crops to maturity I'm afraid. We need some heat and humidity and we need it soon! Good soil moisture. Still recovering from the weekend activities...

  • 7/9 - Berrien County, Mich.: crops are coming along nicely but are spots all over the county with yellow holes some even dead. hope we have a record crop because 3.80 corn doesn't go far on 4.50 inputs. i don't know how or why ceo's make millions every year they aren't really that smart because when things get tight they need a bailout and us farmers cut back and make it work

  • 7/9 - East Central Iowa: For the most part we have been rain free for last week. A lot of hay and oats is being cut down. As of right now, the weather sounds good until Friday. This should allow anybody that has first crop left to get done. Corn and beans are enjoying the dry weather at the moment. Expect to see some tassels in a week, unofficially. Other then hay there is really no field activity.

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    --East Central Iowa

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  • 7/8 - East Central Mo.: looks good around here so IL must be absolutely fabulous!

  • 7/8 - Halifax County, N.C.: The spring moisture has long gone. Part of the county got rain from Aurther last week the other half of county has been 4 weeks with no rain. We have had to stopped planting beans and wait on some rain.

  • 7/8 - Northeast Neb.: Corn field south of Snyder in northeast Nebraska is 6-foot tall by the Fourth of July.

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    --Northeast Neb.

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  • 7/8 - South Central Minn.: I remember last fall when the cattleman's association and the grocer's association petitioned the EPA about the RFS and how ethanol was causing high food and feed prices. They wanted something done about it. As we sit here today cattle are at record high prices, and the price of cereal and anything that uses corn or wheat have not come down at all and ethanol is about $1 cheaper than rbob gas. Maybe the ethanol coalition needs to go to the EPA now and petition them about the high beef prices and how much corn we have. We should be able to blend even higher rates of ethanol now. In the midst of rising food prices we supposedly have plenty of corn, wheat and beans around. Whose causing these high prices? Not the farmers. Can't blame ethanol and the grain prices. Last time I checked there was no pork or beef in a box of cereal or in a loaf of bread yet they haven't come down at all in the store. Maybe someone at agweb could go to these organizations and ask them why this is. The hypocrisy with both these organizations is off the charts. You can't make it up. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/8 - Waupaca County, Wis.: Crops look good. Big variation though. From ankle high to almost tassel. Most of it towards the earlier. With all the potential sun and heat units lost, how can yields be record? The math amazes me. Beans and Cotton up 11 and 9% respectively and Corn And Wheat down 4 and 1%. Where did the extra acres come from? Getting dry with no rain in over a week (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/8 - Southeast Ind.: Crops look good, but we are dry and it will take rain to bring up double crops beans in our area. Wheat turned out great, around 90 b/a. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 7/7 - Southwest Michigan: Corn is doing well on most of our acres, roughly 5-6 feet tall at this point. We have had 7 inches of rain in the last 10 days. We can't get into the field to spray soybeans on the heavy ground. Some of the beans and even the weeds are turning yellow with all of the moisture in the soil. We had good moisture during the past winter and even this spring, so the sub moisture reserves are full, with no place for the excess rain to absorb into. Hoping for 7-10 days of wind and sun to help dry the ground enough to support a sprayer.

  • 7/7 - Dickey County, ND: Who is reporting this info. If you look on this website under crop conditions, it says North Dakota has soybeans blooming and corn in silk stage. I find this hard to believe. Everybody in the country planted late. How is this possible and where does this info come from.

  • 7/7 - West Wisconsin: Hired a BTO to come in and make 1st crop haylage. They will be chopping today. Planted the last field of corn on July 1st, if I'm lucky enough, and pray enough, it may have tassels by our normal freeze date. About 1/2 of first crop not made in my area yet, though alot went down the last few days. Crappiest, yellowest corn I have ever seen for July 4th. Beans look to be the best thing growing by far. We need a very late fall or it will be a disaster for many!

  • 7/7 - Washington, Kan.: Our wheat was planted late and got help from a 1/2 inch rain, then 4". Large kernals......43 bpa. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/7 - Polk County, Iowa: Many acres of drown outs in N Central Iowa. Way too wet and too late to replant. Where the corn has not drowned out, it is shoulder high with some starting to tassel. Area bean fields are barely knee high and showing some yellowing stress from too much water.

  • 7/7 - Central Neb.: Crops here finally looking good. Early planted corn not as well. Four nights of freezing really messed it up. Soybeans loll horrible. It's just like they don't really wanna take off. And then there was the good ol usda report. Isn't it amazing how they can keep comming up with more and more acres. But they won't say how many acres have been lost due to urban development. And no one wants to tell us how many beans have been imported. Like Grandpa says it ain't in the bin yet!!


  • 7/3 - Western Wis.: 16 inches of rain/cold in June crops are suffering can't spray or side dress,sunshine and warm temps needed!

  • 7/3 - Giles Tenn.: Had localized flooding early June. Have had very spotty showers since. Set a good crop with good pollination. Corn firing up,deteriorating daily with temps in the 90s. Soybeans look good but starting to show stress. Wheat harvest behind ,but crop is very good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/3 - Northumberland County Pa.: Just had two thunderstorms come through this evening, didn't look what we got yet. Crops looking really great and with the hot humid weather we've been having is making stuff grow. This rain will help a lot also. Had to replant some corn acres count of chemical damage. The chemical company that we worked with made the program up and stuff was good with reps and they said yes everything will be okay for us. Now we have massive damage in spots and now reps won't stand behind it. Even though they gave us they okay and go ahead for everything.

  • 7/3 - Pierpont, Ohio: Most corn here is looking good--lots of little showers--a Lot of first cutting around here still not made. We had 4.5 inches rain last week and the ground is drying out fast.

  • 7/3 - Putnam County, Ohio: corn excellent shoulder high soybeans good early ones starting to bloom: wheat very good will harvest in a week: alfalfa excellent looks like best tonnage ever. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 7/2 - North Central Neb.: Crops around here are looking good. Corn and beans have made a huge jump here in the last couple of weeks. Drove from home all the way to Omaha this last weekend and saw alot of pretty tuff crops. But also saw alot of VERY GOOD crops as well. The only places where crops look bad around here are places where you shouldnt have been planting in the first place. Everybody have a good 4th!

  • 7/2 - Richland County, N.D.: Who the reporting for my county? He is NOT even close

  • 7/2 - Berrien County Minn.: 3.5 in of rain last night nice dark green corn laying flat from strong winds hope it will stand back up. I was always taught not to count chickens before they hatch not that way in Washington

  • 7/2 - Pittsylvania County, Va.: Praying the tropical depression comes far enough inland to give us some relief. A few a farmers have had a small shower, but we've had less than three tenths of an inch of rain in over three weeks and temperatures in the upper 80's to mid 90's every week. Corn is tasseling now and double crop beans are struggling to emerge. We desperately need a rainy 4th of July.

  • 7/2 - Pine County, Minn.: Most fields so saturated cannot get all fields planted. Some corn planted, even less beans planted. Now trying to cut hay between rain storms. All in all not a great spring nor beginning to summer for farmers in the area.

  • 7/2 - Walsh County, N.D.:Finished seeding on June 18. Crops look pretty good despite all the rain. But when I drove 160 miles south and east to Fargo, we realized how lucky our area has been.The heart of the Red River Valley is REALLY WET. Rainy days and high wind has put us way behind spraying. We all need some warm temps and sunshine.

  • 7/2 - DeKalb County Mo.:USDA is amazing. I finished planting beans June 29th & they have said planting is over. They must watch me. It was a muddy mess and a battle for me. It's not surprising to me that acreages are up. If there's not a cow in a field, it's in soybeans. I'm surprised the acreages are as low as they are. Some of these fields are now relocating to the drainage ditches alongside the roads as this thinner ground is washing away rapidly. I'm guilty too. I've planted beans on some pasture ground we had but that was to provide me more acreage to spread my hog lagoons.


  • 7/1 - Pennington County, Minn.: Crops started late but came up good. The rain and cool weather has hurt small grains and the row crops are small. We have had 15+ inches of rain. We are going to need heat and dry weather soon. The grain crops are predicated to be a half crop.

  • 7/1 - Jackson County, Iowa: 6" of rain last week. 4.5" so far this week. Once again areas around us received a lot more. Last night we had 2 rounds of severe weather. Some corn took it pretty hard. All rivers are at or above flood stage. Both corn and beans are showing stress in parts of the field because of excessive moisture. Still a fair amount of 1st crop hay to be made yet. After last night, the only thing standing are the weeds in the hay fields.

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    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 7/1 - Oliver County, N.D.: Too bad usda doesn't tell us what percentage of those acres are underwater. Did some driving around the state this weekend and found a lot of the same everywhere we drove, WATER. I agree, rain makes grain, but in excess it makes for prevent plant and flooded fields. Seen some really nice crop, but also more shaky looking stuff than I thought was out there. Need sun and warm temps!

  • 7/1 - Palo Alto County, Iowa : It's been about impossible to spray soybeans and even try to replant where we still have lakes that fill up every couple of days. We will give up with the idea of replants by next week. Lots of acres under water and the rest are under stress because of too much moisture. We don't have to have a drought to have a poor crop. Obviously these markets have forgot this. Wind rain and hail ruin a crop way faster than drought!

  • 7/1 - Northeast, Neb.: ...seems every time we get rain we get a storm...lots of hail,green snap, tornadoes, high winds..crop looks good then mother narural beats it down again... had hail and lots of green snap and blown over corn this last weekend and monday...beans keep getting hailed off wont have to worry bout growing to tall this year...don’t under stand were all the 75% good corn is at????????

  • 7/1 - South Central Minn.: Another scandolus report out of Washington. This time from the USDA. Mysteriously finding more corn & beans. Apparently the bean increase came from underestimating last years crop. That's odd because we were told in the January report what the final yield was. Since the USDA is so good at mysteriously finding things maybe they could get hired in finding the missing emails from the IRS.

  • 7/1 - Polk County, Iowa: Inch of rain per half hour combined with 70 mph winds equal a lot of building and crop damage. More forecast for later tonight. Rivers and creeks out of their banks for the second time in just the last week.

  • 7/1 - Tippah County, Miss.: Soybeans off to a great start for the most part. Some localized areas have been wetter than others this spring but on average things look good!

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    --Tippah County, Miss.

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  • 7/1 - Pottawattamir County, Iowa: Another 5 inches this week, with some hail and wind. 15+ inches of rain so far this month. Water everywhere.


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Jun 30, 2014

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  • 6/30 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Rain+sun-hail-flooding-latefreeze=grain. #lakeallisgone

  • 6/30 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Crops are doing good

  • 6/30 - Dodge, Neb.: 16 inches of rain in northern Dodge county and hail to go with that soybeans look worst i have seen since 1993 not looking good.


  • 6/27 - Dallas County, Iowa: 6 inches of rain in 4 hours for Eastern Polk and Western Dallas Counties Thursday afternoon. Another inch plus, over night with more rain predicted for the next three days. Flash flooding everywhere and trouble coming for those areas that don't drain quickly or well.

  • 6/27 - Adams County, Neb.: crops look great in the area maybe record high yields . lots of rain , far better than drought and declining aguifers

  • 6/27 - Whitley County, Ind.: some winter kill an stanting water kill rest looks good about 70 bu wheat (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/27 - Rooks County, Kan.: Got a couple of fields of thinner continuous wheat cut and just when we get into a field of summer fallow and much better wheat, we get over an inch of rain. Panorama picture from a continuous field (like how it stitches the reel together).

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    --Rooks County, Kan.

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  • 6/27 - Lucas County, Iowa: Wide variety of emergence in fields in this area due to the wet weather. Most farms are planted down here, but many acres planted later then expected.

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    --Lucas County, Iowa

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  • 6/27 - Lucas County, Iowa: We planted May 4th and corn is 5-6 feet tall and soybeans are knee high. Fields got sprayed yesterday. Our crops look great, but it varies greatly among the neighbors. A wide array of stands down here, I'm not sure you will see the record yields that USDA predicts.

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    --Lucas County, Iowa

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  • 6/26 - East Central Iowa: last week, Jackson County received anywhere from 3 to as much is 10 inches of rain. We have been dry for the most part here since Monday. We do have a chance of rain everyday through next Wednesday. I would guess there is still 20% of the first crop hay needs to be made yet. A fair amount got rained on last week and still laying there yet. For the most part, corn and beans are taking the wet weather in stride. There there are some yellow spots in the fields, which I think will be there till the end.

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    --East Central Iowa

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  • 6/26 - Union County, N.C.: Wheat was very good this year averaging 72 BPA with no fungus pressure, and a test weight in the 60+ lb. range. The harvest weather was excellent for wheat, but corn could use more rain at this time. Soybeans double-cropped behind wheat are showing as a good stand in 5 days. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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    --Union County, N.C.

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  • 6/26 - Union County, N.C.: Wheat was very good this year averaging 72 BPA with no fungus pressure, and a test weight in the 60+ lb. range. The harvest weather was excellent for wheat, but corn could use more rain at this time. Soybeans double-cropped behind wheat are showing as a good stand in 5 days.

  • 6/26 - Macon County, Ga.: Crops are off to a good start, but a long way to go! Most corn is tasseling and early beans have been sprayed twice that need it as they are about to lap on 36 in rows. First cutting of hay done and have fertilized for the second. Weather is about as good as we could have hoped!

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    --Macon County, Ga.

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  • 6/26 - Fillmore County, Neb.: Corn looked good in the area but now it caught some new leaf disease and whole fields are turning brown and falling over. It is affecting fields at a fast rate. All I can say is if you need corn you better be buying it right now!!!!! Crop will not be there.

  • 6/26 - Berrien County, Mich.: 3.5 to 4.0 inches of rain within 5 miles of us we had a nice stand of beans until yesterday now we have a nice 3 acre lake in one field probably be re planting if it dries out soon corn looks good here if we can finish side dressing soon never a dull moment being a farmer.

  • 6/26 - Chippewa County, Wis.: I would say 20 percent excellent 40 percent good and 40 percent not planted or poor


  • 6/25 - Madison County, Ohio: Overall crops in this area look good other than being so far behind in development. Most years we are a week or two from tasseling but this year half of the corn is waist high and the other half is any stage from waist high to a foot high. Beans are in the same boat anywhere from 3-10 inches. We have been dealing with saturated soils in our area of east central Madison county and things got worse last night. We received another 1.5" of rain. Where the low spots were hanging on they are now under water so we'll have to see if they survive the wetness. Need some more sun. Seems like we haven't seen it much in the last two weeks.

  • 6/25 - Dallas County, Iowa: Probably one of the most variable crops ever produced in the corn belt this year. Maybe one of the best looking crops at this time in my area. Travel any direction from here and things change fast. This would be a good year for the Pro Farmer Tour to do us all a favor and stay home. Please! Every year you guys come rolling through and jack up the speculators with some goofy, Hocus Pocus, Voo Doo numbers you pull out of a hat. Between the Pro Farmer Troops and the USDA Crop Reports, it's a wonder any of us survive all the hype they generate. If this sounds "critical" it's supposed to.

  • 6/25 - Huron County, Ohio: Update from Huron County Ohio. As of 10 pm on the 24th we have had another 2.5 inches of rain and it is still raining! Over 4 inches total in 24 hours. Crops are covered with water in all low areas and standing water everywhere else. No above average crops here this year. Doubtful if side dressing N can be finished now before corn too tall.

  • 6/25 - Jo Daviess County, Ill.: 9 Inches of rain last week. We have ruts and gullies in all the fields and strips. Very uneven looking corn and beans. Still have to make first crop of hay. Going to be a very long summer if this keeps up...

  • 6/25 - Brown County, Wis.: Very wet, planting isn't all finished. New seeding to go in yet and 35% of corn in areas


  • 6/24 - South Manitoba Canada : Well southern Manitoba has joined the ocean of wet in western Canada. Crops are now stressed due to excess moisture no matter where you go in Manitoba and this is pretty general across western Canada. Crops are generally late and lots of unseeded acres lots of drowned out and lots stressed due to excess moisture. No bumper crop in Manitoba this year.

  • 6/24 - Stearns County, Minn.: Fields finally starting to dry out. Corn pushing knee high, spread dry nitrogen right before last rain, corn getting dark green. Sprayed 200 acres soybeans yesterday. They are finally starting to come around. Non-tiled land doesn't look very good, however. Still too wet to cut my grass hay meadows. Should be bumper crop on my winter rye barring any severe storms.

  • 6/24 - Huron County, Ohio: Wet here in north part of the county. We had over 1.5 inches of rain today. On top of the 2 plus inches last week. Lot of beans not planted. Most of those will be prevented planting from what I am hearing. We didn't get last 55 ac done. Ground is just to saturated. Beans that are planted are coming slow. Some corn looks good but starting to show effects of wet weather in places. A lot of nitrogen not put on yet in the area. Not sure when or if it will be. We spent a day spreading urea over top of the corn so at least that got done. Wheat starting to change color a little. Long way to go. Recent storms have knocked a lot of wheat down. Great thing about Ohio "wait 10 minutes and the weather will change". Hopefully for the better. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/24 - Kossuth County, Iowa: Sorry 20% of our soybean acreage and a like amount of our corn acreage got unplanted in the recent rains and flooding. As they are for the most part too wet to replant yet we are going to be lucky to get them replanted by the 4th of July which is pretty close to the drop dead date for any hope of a harvestable crop from those acres. With an early frost this Fall they could just become a green manure crop. Most of our prairie pothole neighbors in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota are in the same boat.

  • 6/24 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Total of .60" in May and now up to 9.35" since the 1st of June. Lots of pivots down and hail in many areas. Otherwise crops are looking really good if you were lucky enough to escape the perils. Our corn and beans are about average for this time of year.

  • NE corn cc062414   soybeans neb cc062414
    --Buffalo County, Neb.

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  • 6/23 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Crops look good for all the rain we have had. Over 10 inches of rain in the last 16 days. Plenty of wind but little hail. Good crop prospects, but no record.

  • 6/23 - Lee County, Iowa: Heavy rain again today now the river coming up from rain up north hope are best crop in years in southeast iowa don't get totally ruined like 93 or 2008 wheat hay need dry weather. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/23 - Sibley County, Minn.: 14.7 in of rain from may 31 to june 19

  • 6/23 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Corn crop coming along nicely, as long as you have dodged the "white rain" Beans have been slow to get going but last weeks heat will finally get them jump started. We had to replant 15% of our beans do to hail. We now have full profile of moisture and a few timely rains from here on out and we will raise a good crop....but this is always the problem in eastern NE is those timely rains in July and August. Received a beautiful 1.25 to 1.55 on Friday night.

 

  • 6/23 - Lincoln County, S.D.: Eight day rainfall total 10 inches in 6 hours

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    --Lincoln County, S.D.

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  • 6/23 - Marion County, Ohio: corn and beans off to a good start. A lot of rain but not a washout. Wheat is several wks behind in harvest which will probably affect acreage back to double crop beans. Fields too wet to sidedress and spray.(Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/23 - Douglas County, Ill.: Everything is mostly planted in the county. Our corn was planted on 4/18 to 4/27 and conditions have ben ideal for early growth. The corn looks as good as I have ever seen for this time of year. Maybe we see the full potential of the seed corn genetics this year. Local elevator managers have been doing there own surveys of corn/bean acres. One says soybean acres up 8%, another one up 13%. This makes sense to me given the winter run up in new crop bean price.

  • 6/23 - West Central Minn.: Record crops on the way!

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    --West Central Minn.

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  • 6/23 - South Centarl Minn.: With all the rain,flooding & below normal temps, MN will not be adding to the so called burdensome supply so many of the experts said we are going to have. The insurance adjuster called and said it would be at least a few weeks to look at my hail damaged field due to all the claims in MN, Northern Iowa and Nebraska. That seems odd when the USDA said we have some of the highest crop ratings ever. They couldn't possibly be wrong again predicting record yields and coming up short like they have the last 5 yrs in a row could they? Never underestimate the USDA though, the way they can manipulate the numbers and mysteriously find or loose bushels never ceases to amaze me.

  • 6/23 - Henry County, Ohio: Things look great around here. Another nice inch of rain this week. Waiting for it to turn the other way though.


  • 6/20 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Acres and Acres under water. Hail and wind damage. Rivers and creeks flooded, gullies washed everywhere. A lot of damage has occurred across widespread areas of MN and Northern Iowa this week. Forecast is for heavy rain today, tomorrow and on through the weekend. I’m not worried though, just read another article on agweb this morning telling me I will have all time record yields do to perfect greenhouse conditions.

  • 6/20 - Central Neb.: After the last 2 weeks of storms in neb you can take a bunch off this big crop the usda is projecting. Add in all the problems in Iowa Illinois Minnesota and the Dakotas. It ain't there fellas. Don't sell. This market is gonna come back with a vengeance.

  • 6/20 - Monroe Mich.: We were dry, but got a 1.2 inches of rain on June 18 crops are doing excellent.

  • 6/20 - Brown County, Wis.: Finished planting beans on 6/9-got 1st crop haylage put up by 6/14.Rained 1 3/4" 6/16-6/17. Still enuff land not planted in eastern Brown & western Kewaunee Co. Hope to make dry hay by July 4th- crops here have a long way to go-no bumper year for us. Our thoughts go out to the people of Pilger,NE-we got nothing to complain about.

  • 6/20 - LeSueur County, Minn.: Minnesota...land of 10 million lakes!

  • 6/20 - Southeast Ind.: The next generation starting on a dryer/storage site that should be more cost effective than what we are presently using.

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    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 6/20 - Sibley County, Minn.: This is before the last big rain of 5+ inches, yes that is a 30 acre lake in a 65 acre field. This is a very common sight in the county and throughout southern Minnesota.

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    --Sibley County, Minn.

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  • 6/19 - Big Stone County, Minn.: Another couple inches overnight. Minnesota now land of 100,000 lakes. Corn and beans underwater and yellow. Weeds as tall as crop with no sprayer able to get in fields anytime soon. This will be the 7th month in a row with below normal temps. I can sleep at night because the "experts" say big crop is coming.

  • 6/19 - Dallas County, Iowa: All crops planted around here, but condition varies a lot in both beans and corn. Corn knee high but lots of height and color variation with in the same field. SB anywhere from 3 to 6 inches tall with many skips. Even with ideal weather from here on out, only an "average" yield expected - a long way from a "record" yield.


  • 6/18 - Harper County, Kan.: Very good moisture for the soybeans and corn.

  • 6/18 - Sanborn County, S.D.: Ten oclock June 16 all of our corn and bean acres north of Mitchell. SD were hit by hail. Corn was close to foot tall. All we have left is stalk. We have beans planted in James River Valley, hopefully that does not flood. Thankfully we had hail and crop insurance.

  • 6/18 - Winneshiek County, Iowa: In our part of the country we went through the wettest spring in 50 years in 2013. We had a record amount of prevent plant acres in our state. But when other parts of the country have good yields the market doesn't care if you didn't get your fields planted. For those of you with prevent plant acres this year, I know exactly how you feel. Unfortunately when it's all said and done we'll probably produce a record crop everywhere else and your acres won't matter. It sure happened to us last year!

  • 6/18 - Dickinson County, Kan.: We have gone from one extreme to the other here in our area. We were dry all winter and spring, and now that the wheat is ready to harvest, we are way too wet. Our corn looks good and the beans just need some drier weather, but there has been very little milo planted in this part of the state. We have had 8-10 inches of rain since the first of June, which is usually the prime time to plant milo. Almost nobody in this area has experience with prevented planting, but this could be the year. We certainly need a change in the weather pattern, but the forecast doesn't look good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 6/17 - Sibley County, Minn.: All the good to excellent corn must be elsewhere than in this county. Many fields still not touched due to wetness, corn small and yellow due to oversaturation. I expect some big surprises on actual acres planted and the actual yields we are a long way from being in the bin with this "huge" corn crop, odds are it wont be huge in Sibley County.....

  • 6/17 - South Central Minn.: Corn Flat to the ground after last nights storm. Streak of Hail on some to our west. Many Acres under water. Corn was already yellow and uneven. Predicting severe storms every day this week. We don’t get record crops in this part of the country when it rains like this.

  • 6/17 - Southeast, Ind.: Finally finished 4 acres of corn we had skipped to allow us to get back to pick up a fence row we had torn out, we skipped it on May 27th! Was still probably too wet to be out there. Corn looks good and beans should take off with warmer weather this week. Everyone is behind spraying, and if dry enough, there will be quite a few acres of beans planted this week in southern Indiana and Ohio.

  • 6/17 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: extremely wet, 5.5"rain the last 2days on top of saturated soils. Have had 21" rain since may 1st. more on the way

  • 6/17 - Palo Alto County, Iowa : Had over 10 inches of rain the past 2 weeks. Some storms with strong winds and hail. Tornados to the north and south of us tonight. If this is el nino then give us a drought! Just replanted a bunch of corn Friday to only have those acres plus more under water again. Rain isn't making grain around here. Bet the markets will be down again tomorrow.

  • 6/17 - Wells County, Ind.: The good Lord has blessed us with wonderful looking crops. Have received timely rains just need some heat to really help this crop along. Sounds like highs near ninety this week should help a lot. Thanks to each and every farmer out there helping to feed this world. May God bless you!

  • 6/17 - Jackson County, Iowa: 2nd crop hay.

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    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 6/17 - Dunn County, Wis.: Another 3" of rain in 2 hours overnight Saturday. That has been the 3rd 3" rain event in the last 4 weeks. Still some planting to do. massive amounts of erosion and gullies all over the area, no-till or not! Some 1st crop has been harvested. Went to the inlaws Saturday in central Minnesota. South of Cokato to Glencoe and Spencer, Hutchinson, about 3/4" of the ground not touched yet. Ponds and ponds of water with ducks floating by in almost every field as far as the eye can see. What a disaster! Father in law said the prevent plant on soybeans won't even cover the rent.


  • 6/16 - Jackson County, Iowa: The weather finally cooperated towards the end of last week to allow some dry to get made Friday and Saturday. Second pass corn spraying is about done along with first pass in the beans if there was no preemergence applied. The first picture is of the "ugly corn". It is looking a little better. Had three crop advisors from my seed company out to look at it last week to help figure out what did cause the extremely ugly corn. It was not because of the nh3 being applied to wet, shallow or deep. It was a combination of our cool wet weather and too much residue keeping the ground to a lot cooler and wetter than places where there was less residue. He also said this would have been the year to apply 30 to 50 units of liquid with first pass spray. Unofficially, I would say 50% of the corn looks good ,25% ok and 25% poor. Overall a lot of the beans look really good.

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    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 6/16 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: Feeling very fortunate here as the rains were much heavier to our north. Same field as previously posted, next day. 2.5-6+ inches in the last 36 hours.

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    --Kandiyohi County, Minn.

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  • 6/16 - Siblely Co. Minn.: just got more rain 2.5 inches last to day, that puts the last week at 3.8 inches and the last 4 weeks at 14 plus inches!!! corn small and yellow, beans coming slow, too much rain and not enough heat to get crops going good, chance of rain 6 days of next 10,tough to spray when this wet, big crop coming not hear! need heat and less rain to get average crop maybe.

  • 6/16 - Lac Qui Parle, Minn.: Raining again today and forecasting rain for all next week. We are done side dressing and have most spraying caught up on. Thank God we put down preplant spray.

  • 6/16 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: Went on a 250 mile crop inspection ride on June 14th, through Henry, Rock Island, Whiteside and Carrol counties in Illinois. Saw some good corn, but was also shocked by the yellow beans, short corn, drowned-out spots, fields in need of spraying and 'empty' holes where germination or seedling survival failed. Saw several freshly planted fields, as well. By the looks of it, they've had a tough spring up in that neck of the woods.

  • 6/16 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: The rain has just begun again, and the corn is going through its drowned out, ugly stage.

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    --Kandiyohi County, Minn.

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  • 6/16 - Sibley County, Minn.: Looks like a repeat of last year, too much rain, significant areas drowned out estimate it to be upwards of 10% of the overall crop land. Just replanted 20% of 2014 corn acres due to flooding...... May need to think about becoming a rice farmer in 2015

  • 6/16 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Roller coaster temps continue here. Several chances of rain that bring enough rain to make haying difficult, but does little to alleviate to drought. We are at about 60% of "normal" rainfall for the year. We have a "good" chance of rain tonight-I hope we get more than our usual .25! A lot of corn has reached "knee" high, and beans are mostly up and growing well. The cattle are out to pasture, and life is good. A Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there.


  • 6/13 - Carroll/Ogel/Whiside Counties, Ill.: We are across the river from East central Iowa. The rains have been very spotty and very from 2.5",1.25,0 within two miles. Beans planted on May 12 are sad compared to the ones planted on May 20 in the same field and same variety. Rain and cold was hard on the May 12 beans. Beans are yellow everywhere. Corn is good,bad and ugly also. This crop is totally unpredictable. Tiles are still dry even in the wet fields. I have seen the worst looking fields finish the best and be disappointed at the final yield of the best looking from this time of year. The Good Lord has humbled the best of us before. We might be in for a good laugh again this year when it is all said and done.

  • 6/13 - McLeod County, Minn.: Rain again. Just got 80 acres of beans in and it rains overnight- .60 and more in some places. That will hault any further planting for another week or more. Many acres took pp on corn and looking like the trend on beans too. Reading today's column by the market analysts. Huge corn crop expected. Funny how that works when you take o bushels/ acre out of production and possible turn them into bean acres, if they get planted. Any corn that got in is in desperate need of dry, hot weather and needs nitrogen. Good luck with that the way this year is going. 66 today and 20 mph winds- not even good haying weather...

  • 6/13 - East Central Mo.: tried every chemical to kill waterhemp. It even survived concrete! Guess we'll hit it again with another yard or two!

 

  • 6/13 - Somerset County, Pa.: Lots of rain here beans are to be desired and most of the corn looks great what was planted around May 20 th (between the showers) . Corn planted later has lots of stand issues no germination no corn. A lot of acres abandoned this year don't see 158 bu average yeild !!!!

  • sparse corn field cc0613   bean field cc0613
    --Somerset County, Pa.

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  • 6/13 - Southwest Ind.: Corn planted May 12 is mostly at V5-V6. Have had a lot of rain recently making it almost too wet for good crop growth. Beans look good just now getting 2"-3" tall.

  • Corn 2014   Corn at V6
    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 6/13 - Southwest Ind.: A lot of Winter Wheat this past week has turned golden. Harvest should only be a few weeks away if the rain holds off. Lots of head scab in wheat this year, knocked a good chunk off of the yield. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • Wheat 2014
    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 6/11 - Coles County, Ill.: cold and wet start then hot and dry then cool and soggy. corn was looking rough early then came out of it during the hot and dry couple weeks but now it is looking good above water but starting to yellow on the low areas in the fields. There is still unplanted fields around and fields need sprayed for weeds but we are flooded so all we can do is watch the rain pour down and wonder how much will have to be replanted.

  • 6/11 - Renville, Minn.: Crop mudded in and then heavy rain caused ponding and crop loss. very wet. not a pretty picture.

  • 6/11 - North Central Ind.: In regards to Iowa on 6/10 we had the same thing starting to happen in no till beans but they were roundup resistant marestail that were only 2-6 inches tall. Went in with roundup powermax and first rate to smoke the marestail. Round up cleared up the grasses and broadleafs.


  • 6/10 - West Carroll Parish, La.: Mostly all area corn is in the (roasting ear) stage. All corn has tassled, and is looking very good. Plants are not as tall as last year, due to a very cool,wet spring. Soybeans on beds are looking good,nearly knee high. Flat-planted soybeans are lagging behind and should lap during the next 2 weeks. Cotton is at 10 leaf and up stage. Rice is nearly a month behind, due to excessive rainfall in May. Corn will hit a home run this year.

  • 6/10 - Jennings County, Ind.: Can't seem to get a stretch of dry weather. Beans are yellow corn is starting to yellow. Lots of unplanted acres waiting for a window.

  • 6/10 - Lafayette County, Mo.: all planted, looking fair to good, moisture is good now with 2 in. rain on Saturday and more forecast for Mon, Tues. it is helping the crop and the weeds.

  • 6/10 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We got our beans in by May 20th and milo in May 30th, neighbors corn looks great, our beans really growing, as well as the milo, we sprayed 2/3 of our beans a 2cd time Friday

  • 6/10 - McLeod County, Minn.: Well, mother nature still not cooperating to get in the fields. Many areas of central MN are in the same boat- little or no corn in the ground, spotty at best if it is. Wet, wet, wet. Many areas just saw another 2-3" of rain over the weekend. Prevent plant for corn, beans just around the corner. Corn that did get planted in early May lacks nitrogen and weeds growing- can't even get in the fields to spray. What a year so far....

  • 6/10 - Iowa: I have a field of no till corn , I worked the headlands etc and planted May 14th. I didn't get a chance to get back into the field until Saturday June 7th. From road it looked good. But when I got over the hill I found rag weed from 6 inches to 24 inches. Some spots you could not even see the corn. I sprayed it yesterday with 2 quarts of halexgt I have soybeans adjoining this field to the east and so does the neighbor adjoining to the west have soybeans, everything else is corn. What should I come back in with again to knock these ragweeds down Thanks

  • 6/10 - Custer County, Neb.: We awoke to 2.1 inches in the rain gauge. It is still raining at this time. I think this is the most rain we have received in one event since October of 2012. This will help the grass and crops tremendously. Crops in this area look good. The no till looks uneven to me. The conventional looks better. The best looking corn to me is the strip tilled ground. Great stands and good color. Corn ranges in height from 2 leaf to ankle high. Soybeans are doing good also. The no till beans in heavy residue are just starting to turn the field green when you look across them. One thing is for sure, the corn is going to change amazingly fast now. Some will be knee high by middle of next week. In my conversations with fellow cattlemen, most have all the cows out to summer pasture. A lot of guys delayed turnout as long as possible in an effort to help the grass get established. We had late frosts that slowed development earlier, plus it was very dry and not much moisture in the ground. The recent rains have sure adjusted my thoughts on the potential for crops and cattle this summer. We are very blessed with the recent rains.

  • 6/10 - Berrien County, Mich.: .75 inch of rain this past weekend stop all field work again are ground is soaked I think a heavy dew will stop field work crops are not growing as good as they should be but are not bad. I think are soil is very wet and cold in the root zone still in the 50s at night. we will have good crops probably no bin busters.


  • 6/9 - Black Hawk County, Iowa : In regard to the "Ugly Corn" stage from the 2nd of June. That picture is a classic example of NH3 injury. It was not from applying it when soil too wet necessarily, it comes from NH3 being applied NOT DEEP ENOUGH and migrating up the slot and adversely affecting germination and emergence of the corn. The corn looks nitrogen deficient but it is from impaired rooting technically. if the roots regenerate you might be OK yet, if not??? What is your experience, I am guessing that this was a course soil field?

  • 6/9 - East Central Iowa: in response to a critic...........the NH3 was not applied when it was to wet and that field wasn’t planted to wet. a lot of fields around me have some issues(corn on corn mainly). I put on gas on other fields within the same day or two, but planted almost 2 weeks apart. they don’t resemble one another at all. how do you know what is going on in my area? unofficially I had 6-8" of rain on that field along with 2-2 1/2 weeks of 50-60F high temps and lows in the upper 30’s before it came out of the ground. the green corn is right over the NH3 zone and the yellow are not.the corn roots didn’t have to reach for mt. every year people swear they will never use NH3 again until later in the season when the dry and liquid run out of gas. I live in an area where side dressing is almost impossible. with our hills and contours, we would run over more corn than we would gain by side dressing. I’m not saying spreading some dry/liquid pre-plant wouldn’t be worth it, but normally the "ugly stage " isn’t as noticeable. around me, I would say we once again have "the good,the bad and the ugly"

  • 6/9 - Adams County, Wash.: Most corn in the area look very good right now. It has reached 85 degrees almost every day for the last 10 days. Thanks to irrigation, the crops are doing fine. Corn cultivation is underway.

  • 6/9 - Lafayette County, Wis.: It may be hard to believe but there are pockets in southwest Wisconsin, Northwest Illinois and Eastern Iowa that are still dry. Our water and creek levels are as low as they got in the drought of 2012. Tiles dry. Since April 10, we have had only 2.5 inches of rain. Got .4 and .33 last 2 weeks. Eastern part of the county had 1 to 3 inches of rain. Crops overall look good here, but no subsoil moisture for summer heat. Amazing how so many are too wet, yet there are still dry pockets from the last 2 seasons. Mothers day had a hard shower, crusted a lot of corn and beans, with one neighbor replanting soybeans today, due to a poor stand. Ground squirrels took out 8 pickup truck size pockets of corn, by going along corn rows and digging out seeds on growing corn. With all the no till, and perhaps less insecticide use, moles too are now a problem. Corn reprayed a second time, little weed pressure. Be safe.


  • 6/6 - Cuming County, Neb.: Hail and high winds have taken us from %100 good to excellent to %100 poor to gone. We have field 30 miles apart and everything got hit. I have heard that the hail tract was 30-40 miles wide and 200 miles long! Our 1500 acres is nearly wiped out.

  • 6/6 - Central Ill.: Corn all up and beautiful. No difference between rotational and continuous corn. The secret is 80 units of nitrogen applied 2 inches over and 2 inches down. Eliminates the ugly stage and corn is HAPPY all season unless we have a drought of course. It is more work but what are we working for???

  • 6/6 - Grant County, Wash.: The corn are growing nicely. The weather is finally warming up. The corn have really been puppin the last two week. First cutting hay is done in most areas.

  • Corn field cc060614
    --Grant County, Wash.

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  • 6/6 - Fillmore County, Minn.: Most of our corn at this point looks good. However, we do have some wet areas that have thin stands. It was another challenging spring in SE Minnesota as far as being to wet and cool and working in small weather windows. We have finally received some heat in the last couple of weeks. There were many corn fields that needed the crust broken for decent emergence. With that being said, it is far better than last year and I would say we still have potential for a very good crop if the rest of the year pans out. The late planted corn and beans in our area look great. The conditions were much better at during this planting period. We are currently spraying and cutting hay. The hay is the best we have had in 3 years.


  • 6/5 - Delaware County, Ohio: We have had about 9 inches of rain total since may 9th. first 700 acres of corn planted early may is spoty. We have 160 acres left to plant . Most of the area has 5% to plant yet but as of today are switching to beans. Beans are 60 to 70% planted, all the beans and mid may planted corn standesare very good.

  • 6/5 - Northeast Neb.: heavy rain wind and lots of hail....we were so dry before finilly got rain but a lot of crops gone...will have a lot of replant....some fields bare. pivots were upset... I think id rather been in the drough then have the mess we have now.. sure took the toll on crops....

  • 6/5 - Berrien County, Mich.: all our corn out of the ground looks good and stands are good some beans are up good start here sorry to read about everybody else's bad luck maybe price will help later when usda finds there isn't a perfect corn crop good luck to all

  • 6/5 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: The severe weather didn't materialize for us, but we did get 1.7 inches of slow rain which we desperately needed. Our no-till looks good. Regarding that "ugly" mottled, yellow-looking corn field. I'm seeing quite a bit of this. in some locales, maybe 30% of the fields have these symptoms to varying degrees. I've been trying to figure out what was causing it, because I've never seen it so widespread. It's everywhere you go.

  • 6/5 - Robeson County, N.C.: started wheat this week. yields in 60's with low test weight. no rain in three weeks. corn rolling up. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/5 - Richland County, Ill.: Finish plant May 23. Lots of white heads showing up in wheat last 2 days.(Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/5 - Cuming County, Neb.: Large area of eastern Nebraska was hit by strong winds and hail on the 3rd of June. Might not replant anything and take the crop insurance.


  • 6/4 - Perry County, Pa.: Finished corn on May 24, all now emerged. Finished beans on June 1, most emerged. Got new Great Plains drill this year, best bean emergence and stand ever, new planters are great!! Too many rain showers to make dry hay, will have to wait awhile. Grass hay short due to cold spring but I will not complain about rain, will need this summer!!

  • 6/4 - Dallas County, Iowa: News flash for the East Central IA guy that sent in a photo of his "ugly stage" corn. That aint normal and it aint going to grow through it. It may not be as noticeable later but yield potential has been lost because you put on your NH3 when it was TOO WET. There is an old saying that " a pound of nitrogen is a pound of nitrogen, no matter which form it is applied in ". That old saying is true as long as the application is done correctly. The corn in that photo is not getting full benefit from the N and it most likely has been injured. I suggest you look at how your soil conditions are instead of seeing if your neighbors are going to know if conditions are OK.

  • 6/4 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: We were 100% planted until 5+ inches of rain fell this afternoon and a wide spread hail storm surged through Pottawattamie county in Southwest Iowa looks like 100% of the beans will need to be replanted. Corn is cut off at the ground I don't know what I'll do with those acres... Well I guess you can't win them all. Good luck to the rest of you we're gonna need your bushels.

  • 6/4 - Morrison County, Minn.: Corn and Soybeans planted. Corn about 3" tall, soybeans just coming out of ground. We received over 3" of rain over the weekend. May have to replant a few spots. Need some heat to get this crop moving as we are a good 2 weeks behind normal. Will be cutting alfalfa during next dry spell, which might be a while.


  • 6/3 - Menominee County, Mich.: We are planting around the wet spots in some fields, but a lot of fields are too wet to plant at all. It rained yesterday and today, so it may not dry out enough to get any more corn planted by the 5th. I only have 40% of my corn planted, but all of my soybeans, since those fields were dry enough to plant. I managed to disk a field on Memorial Day, but it rained 15 min after I was done. There has been standing water in the field ever since.

  • 6/3 - Fairfield County, Ohio: 95% of the corn in and probably 90% of beans in. Most of the crop went in the last 10 days but is coming up really nicely!

  • 6/3 - Northumberland County, Pa.: Finished corn and soybeans yesterday. Suppose to get thunderstorms today, wouldn't hurt. But don't need a down poor. Other guys in the area are starting to wrap up planting also. Crops are off to a great start once again this year.Wheat pushed heads end of last week and now all fields are full heads. Have a safe summer everyone and good luck! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 6/2 - Stearns County, Minn.: Had almost 4" of rain over the weekend. Corn and soybeans are up but took somewhat of a beating. My hay strips and notill virtually eliminated soil erosion while my neighbor's fields are all washed out. Corn and soybeans don't work on hilly ground without conservation my friends. This heavy rain pretty much ended the planting here in 2014. Good luck folks.

  • 6/2 - East Central Iowa: Corn going through its ugly stage as I call it. So I'm finding N, some not.

  • ugly stage corn
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 6/2 - East Central Iowa: Got some rain over the weekend.

  • rain  storm clouds
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 6/2 - Cheyenne County, Colo.: On 5-30-14 got first real rain since Sept. 2013. One half an inch. Better than dust storms.

  • 6/2 - Christian County, Ill.: Corn all planted and at V4 stage with soybeans 90 % complete in area. Poor emergence from soybeans planted the May 5th through 10 week due to rain on the 12th. Taking 3 weeks to emerge.

  • 6/2 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Wheat started to head last weekend. The wheat that survived the cold and the wind looks pretty good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/2 - Venango, Pa.: My corn and oats are all planted I would say most farms in my area are 70% done.

 

 

 

 

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May 30, 2014

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  • 5/30 - Jackson County, Iowa: most, if not all the corn is planted. Still a day or two of bean planting left yet. Overall things are really good. Spotty heavy rain shower throughout the county. Some getting nothing, others getting an 1" in 15 minutes. Been a challenge to get silage made where the heavy rains have hit.

  • wet corn field cc 0530   baled hay cc 0530
    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 5/30 - Berrien County, Mich.: corn in but wasn't perfect planting conditions but usda guarantees 165 bushel so I guess it don't matter there's a lot of corn to be planted south of us. they been blessed with more rain good luck to all

  • 5/30 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: After three consecutive days of isolated showers, we ended up with less than half an inch and felt very lucky. A lot of places got little to none and it shows. How dry is our subsoil? Well, I saw a hundred acres of flooded creek bottom with water standing a foot deep in spots...the result of a shaft of rain came down, literally, by the bucket-full. Next morning, all the water was gone, not even a puddle. That confirms what I've seen of a tile I've been watching, it drains a large river bottom that was converted to a wetland under CREP. Since the beginning of May, that tile has slowed down to barely a trickle.

  • 5/30 - McLeod County, Minn.: Still waiting to plant a kernel of corn- hopefully tomorrow. Had another 1.5" of rain on Sunday, just when it was getting fit. 2-3" expected this weekend. Ground is just a sponge underneath. Some corn in and up on higher/ good tile ground, others, not so good. The gentleman from Willmar is correct. We pulled 40' poles at work and had frozen dirt attached to the bottom 2 feet. Hope for rain in the southern plains...


  • 5/29 - New York: Corn planting just started wettest coldest year in 30 yrs

  • 5/29 - Wilkin County, Minn.: field work continues to go at a full throttle pace. most activity is down to soybean planting/pre-emerge spraying. but, i talked to guys at local agronomy center and they are still treating spring wheat seed and also sending out chemical for first herbicide treatment for spring wheat. been many decades since they have seen that they say (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 5/29 - Iosco, Mich.: We started planting Saturday of memorial weekend. Planters are rolling and we have corn 41% planted 0% emerged, soybeans 0% planted but plan to start Friday. Sugar beets 0% planted.

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    --Iosco, Mich.

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  • 5/29 - Hillsdale, Mich.: Coming up fast and look great

  • 5/29 - Saginaw, Mich.: wet wet 10% done lot of farmers didn't get nitro on wheat in southern Saginaw and Shiawassee county (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/29 - Carroll/Ogel County, Ill.: Most of the corn has emerged with a great stand and beans are fighting to push through the dry crust. We had one substantial rain that kept us out of the fields in the middle of the month which gave us the crust. We are coming up on another month of below normal precipitation. Rains have been spotty and light. It has been great to see the absence of erosion but rain not the weather model is the money on the table. With out rain this great corn stand may be a detriment. Just like every other year, only the Lord knows. We have a history of catching a little rain out of the northern and southern fronts. I have been blessed in Northwest Illinois.

  • 5/29 - East Central Mo.: Most all corn planted and up. looks good. Beans almost done but spotty rains delaying certain areas. The old saying when it rains it pours? Some are getting 2" and half mile away 0! Wheat in this area looks best ever but it ain't in the truck yet!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 5/28 - Windham, Conn.: My grain corn was finished 5/25 and some has broke thru already. There are mod issues in the area making difficult to get into plant. Alot of silage corn is behind in planting.

  • 5/28 - Lyon County, Iowa: Corn and Beans are all planted in area, corn is 95% emerged and beans 75% emerged some stands are not perfect in corn on corn to cold too long and too much wind blowing stalks over the row we had lest than 2 inches of rain since march 1 and not a tile running anywhere so we will need timely rains all summer.

  • 5/28 - Douglas, Minn.: Done Planting corn 488 planned 20+ prevented plant 20 switched to beans. 50% emerged. High population on some fields. some of the best I have ever seen.

  • 5/28 - Dooly County, Ga.: 25 percent behind but mostly good many finished planting

  • 5/28 - Halfax County, N.C.: The weather condidtion change fast here, from being very wet to needing rain. Soil is getting hard and dry to continue to plant early soybeans. What a diffence that 2 weeks with no rain fall can do.


  • 5/27 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Corn damaged by frosts last week is growing out of it with much warmer temperatures this week.

  • frost damage corn cc 5 27
    --Lancaster County, Neb.

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  • 5/27 - South Central Neb.: The weatherman 7 days ago had rain in the forecast from 40 to 80 percent. As of tonite we got nothing. Went to graduation in Iowa. Nebtaskas corn crop sure doesn't look great and Iowa isn't much better. Brome grass here has headed out very short. Cattle going to grass but don't know for how long. Really don't believe our govt has a clue on how severe the drought is. Last but not least thank you for this forum. I truly believe that most people who comment are telling it the way it really is. Unlike all the B S we get from both the traders and the usda. That's all


  • 5/23 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: As of May 23, we need a rain...and badly. Some beans are just not going to make it up through what has become, in some fields, a very hard, sun-baked crust. The corn looks good, but again, it is dry. Let me add my voice to those who predict that there is no way to meet USDA yield expectations without timely rains for the next four months. 2012 and 2013 turned very dry as those summers progressed. Could this happen three years in a row? I don't see why not, because we're already heading in that direction around here.

  • 5/23 - Kandiyohi County,Minn.: Too wet to plant so we have been out tiling some fields. Thursday the 22nd of may we dug down 16 inches in some low ground and hit a layer of frost 10 inches thick. Couldn't believe it but there it was. I live 4 miles east of Willmar, Minn.


  • 5/22 - East Central Iowa: Planting resumed Thursday here in Jackson County, after the area receive from 1/2 to 2 inches of rain Tuesday evening. Some storms just to the north received 2 inch plus diameter hail. I would guess I won't be much left in 2 to 3 days. Quite a few guys are cutting rye and chopping and some hay is getting cut.

  • cutting rye cc 5 22   baling cc 5 22
    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 5/22 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: More rain and cool temps here. Ground is very wet. No beans in the ground at all. What little corn that is planted is just now coming up. Really need some warm and dry weather to get things moving again. Wheat looks pretty good. Most has headed out and some flowering occurring. Saw some sprayer planes fly over. Must be applying fungicide to wheat somewhere.

  • 5/22 - Buffalo County, Neb.: With planting done, it's time to start moving cows to grass. We have received less than 50% of "normal" rainfall to date, plus incessant wind, so how long they will stay there is in question if the drought pattern doesn't change soon. Center pivots are running to both water in fertilizer/chemicals and to prove enough moisture for proper germination...3rd straight year of this drought here.


  • 5/21 - North Central Ind.: last year too good to be true some times it just stinks to come back to reality another two month planting year wonder why a guy can remember more of these over the last 25 years than the normal ones. be safe out there

  • 5/21 - St. Criox County, Wis.: 3 inches of rain Monday the 19th will keep us out of the field most of the week till the weekend and possibly longer on heavy ground. Who would have thought back to back springs like this could happen. If rain comes in next week like the forecasts say PP acres will happen in area for second spring in a row. The only thing I can say is I would rather be way to wet then everything burnt up from drought! Watch for the next supply and demand report to shave the corn stocks again on old crop, 48 to 53 pound test weight corn gets chewed up pretty quick and that's what the majority of it was in the upper Midwest last year. It's heading the same way this fall too!

  • 5/21 - Livingston County, Ill.: Corn short yellow from cold wet weather even April 23 only 3 inches tall. Beans planted in the 80 to 90 degree weather week crack ground in 6 days only to be killed off the next week from cold and wet lasted seven days I'd bout 1/3 stand at best. Think the USDA is going it lucky again with their perfect yield estimates?

  • 5/21 - Dekalb County , Ind.: most corn planted here, but alot not up yet, very wet - cold soils here, replant ? some beans in , replant? drove into western part of Ohio, some corn up, alot of acres not planted yet, must be our year for late planting, record yields? will take excellent weather this summer, odds are against that

  • 5/21 - Southwest Mich.: I thought it was to cold to plant corn the first week of May, but we did it anyway. Corn came up in 9 days and then two days later we had 30 degree nights to put some frost on the grass and buildings. Corn seems to be doing fine, as the roots are reaching the nitrogen and they are turning yellow to green. Started beans and then 3" of rain stopped everything for a week. Need to spray corn but the wind is blowing to hard. The south of us got 2" hail this morning that completely covered the ground. The stress and challenges of farming never cease, but we keep on doing it anyway. Everyone be safe.

  • 5/21 - McLeod County, Minn.: Still waiting to plant corn, or should I say get in the field Worked 80 acres and then it rained 2". Drove to my sons baseball game last night an hour from home, not one field plated or even touched. Many neighbors can't get their manure pumped or hauled out. Wet is an understatement. I know, careful for what you wish for....

  • 5/21 - Champaign County , Ill.: Was side dressing corn today and it looked wonderful. Tonite got 3 to 4 inches of rain and some hail in about a two hour time. Water everywhere now. Things can change in a hurry. On the bright side it is still better than a drought.


  • 5/20 - Manitowoc County, Wis.: Nothing planted yet(5/20) we got .75 rain last night more forecast for today soil is saturated it rains every 3 days We are 10 miles off Lake Michigan and have a tough time getting corn to full maturity in a normal growing season Have 86 day corn in the bags might have to leave it there if we cant get it planted soon winter wheat looks good some yellowing in wet spots better than last years crop so far.

  • 5/20 - Stearns County, Minn.: No crops planted, way too wet. Got another 1.25" rain yesterday. Thinking about renting my cropland out to some idiot next year for $200/ac and I'll take my kids fishing more. NO GLOBAL WARMING IN MN. Al Gore needs to go.

  • 5/20 - Brown County, Wis.: 5/19-Clay-loam soil was finally dry enough the last 2 days to do some manure hhauling & got the fert. on wheat- no planting as of yet. Raining tonite- must need it or we wouldn't be getting it!!! LOL!!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/20 - South Central Minn.: One of the most challenging springs in recent memory. Way too cold & wet. Some corn has been in a month and not up. Not to worry though because the so-called experts are telling us were going to have record yields. Yes, the same ones that said sell all your beans way back because China is going to cancel beans and the price is going down. I've heard were going to have a "BURNDENSOME" supply of grain. That's the last thing we need to have is a burndensome supply of food. In fact I was in the grocery store the other day and the first thing that came to mind was what burndensome supply of food this store has. It's an insult to all farmers to tell us were producing too much when there's starving people all over the world? I'm offended at your ignorance to even make such a comment.

  • 5/20 - Redwood County, Minn.: Most corn is in. Few wet spots that are being mudded in now.


  • 5/19 - Dekalb County, Ill.: Over an inch of accumulated white stuff. Gotta love this global warming! Market is down across the board though so yeah snow the real bear is in the building.

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--Dekalb County, Ill.

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  • 5/19 - Jackson County, Iowa: Planters started rolling again Sunday. Had slight chance of rain for Monday afternoon through Wednesday, woke up this morning to 2/10 inch of rain. Hope to see you back at it this afternoon. I would guess 4-5 days of planting would wrap everything up. Some rye is starting to be cut for silage, would expect to see some hay getting cut the end of the week or this weekend(for dairy quality ). (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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--Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 5/19 - Northeast Neb.: 3 nites of frost were not good for the corn crop...seed dealer says tear it up and replant,,,lucky so much corn been in dry COLD soils....a lot of corn planted 3 weeks ago still not up....WE NEED lots of rain in this area....seams rain goes south of us or north...most corn planted in area but not up....beans going in but there in cold soil also...if they don’t grow till may 20 it didn’t do any good to plant april 23....looks like a late wet harvest again....good luck to all

  • 5/19 - North Central Oklahoma: Wheat heads 50% white (dead) to green!! Also off green heads are shutting down with no moisture in grain!! Should have Hayed it!! But have plenty of hay so rode this out and 7 seconds later no hope??? This is the better area with the most chance!!! Hopes for 15 to 25 now more realistic of 5 to 10 , with a test weight of?? 42 test in Texas I hear. This week should ripen the crop , temperatures of mid 90's to 100!!! Recent drop in prices are not realistic to conditions!!! Always an excuse ,, plenty of wheat in the world don't worry be happy!!! Well these conditions are the worst in history for this country!!! Wheat highs have hit 13$$ before with a lot better conditions!!! Chase out the long positions I think and hold down prices till ins. payment is decided end of June!!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/19 - Butler County, Neb.: All corn in Butler county Nebrasaka froze temps, were in the high 20's and low 30's 3 nights in a row. Corn that was up is brown and flat on the ground. Beans that were up are dead. 6 inches of rain in Two 3 inch blasts really helped allot too.

  • 5/19 - Shelby County, Iowa: Lot of sick looking corn in the area Frost three nights in in a row.

  • 5/19 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Greetings from Pottawattamie co., SW Iowa, no need to worry about an early September frost....it already got us. Corn that was 4-5 leaf stage froze to the ground. Beans that were emerged are spotty. Some places OK some places dead, seems the 24 degree temps we had on Thursday night killed all hopes for a good crop on the emerged fields. This is all after we got a 4-5" rain and the fields are all tore up terraces broke and rows washed out if we are starting like this good luck getting 165 bu./acre USDA. I would say there will be a lot of replanting going on if weather allows. Good luck to all & God Bless!(

  • 5/19 - Platte County, Neb.: 24 degrees Thursday night, 30 degrees last night. Corn planted day after Easter froze pretty hard. I think it will be alright but will have to wait a few days to know. Otherwise corn planting pretty much done and beans mostly done around here. A few beans were emerged, I suppose they will have to be replanted.

  • 5/19 - Buffalo County, Neb.: 5th straight morning of frost/freezing temps. Very uneven emergence on early planted corn. Even the cool season grasses are slowed. A warm up forecast to start today, temps may reach the 80's by Monday. Rain forecast for several days next week. Hopefully we will get some. Safe farming to all.

  • 5/19 - Southern Gage County, Neb.: A lot of sick looking corn after the freeze last night. black and limp hope it looks better in a couple of days. very short wheat, had some appraised at less than 4 bu/acre. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/19 - Lincoln County, Idaho: Weather here has been a bit coolish. parts of southern Idaho have had a little rain others none. Wind and frost have taken a toll on the sugarbeets some having to be replanted. Soil moisture has for the most part been good for corn planting.

  • 5/19 - Southwest Ark.: Corn somewhere between knee high to waist high. Cooler than normal for this area-46 Thursday morning. Soybeans 70% planted. It rains just about every 4-5 days. Good Luck To Everyone!!

  • 5/19 - Southwest Ind.: More rain and cool temps here. Ground is very wet. No beans in the ground at all. What little corn that is planted is just now coming up. Really need some warm and dry weather to get things moving again. Wheat looks pretty good. Most has headed out and some flowering occurring. Saw some sprayer planes fly over. Must be applying fungicide to wheat somewhere. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

Indiana wheat cc 5 19
--Southwest Ind.

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  • 5/19 - Licking County, Ohio: 10% planted corn 2 % planted beans

  • 5/19 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: Done with corn and sorry I planted half the beans. Cold, wet and very soggy. Won't get back into the field until May 23rd, if it stops raining.


  • 5/16 - LaPorte County, Ind.: We were doing well moving right along but rain and cold temps have corn and soybeans water logged in are heavy clay soil I think we will be doing a lot of replanting.

  • 5/16 - Ogle County, Ill.: Snow May 16th South of Rockford, IL Interstate 39 and scattered frost tonight May or November????

snow and frost in may cc 5 16
--Ogle County, Ill.

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  • 5/16 - Dallas County, Iowa.: 32 degrees and frost on the windshield this morning. Ground cold and very wet. Corn planted 3/18 is 1-2 inches tall and yellow. More cold expected tomorrow and more cloudy, rainy weather in three days!

  • 5/16 - Jackson County, Iowa: Corn 90% done. Beans 30-40% done, my best guess. County received between 3/10 to almost 2" Monday afternoon. Some were able to get into the fields Wednesday afternoon while most could not. Started raining Thursday afternoon again.

planting storm clouds cc 5 16  tillage and clouds cc 5 16  planting cc 5 16
--Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 5/16 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: April planted corn starting to emerge. Fair amount of guys are done with corn and have a good start on beans. Might get to do it over again for some of the first planted beans which are starting to emerge. Got down to 35 Tuesday night and 34 last night. 4 inch soil temp is only 42 this morning. Maybe USDA will have to start a replant progress.


  • 5/15 - Huron County, Ohio: Finally able to work some fall plowed ground the beginning of this week(5/11). Just starting to dry good and we got dumped on with rain again last night. Most of the area has seen little corn planting(maybe 10 to 15%) and only heard of a few beans here and there. With last night's rain, more in the forecast, and much colder temperatures forecast, we are at the very least a week from getting back in fields.
  • 5/15 - Berrien County, Mich.: Everything is ahead in my area including soybean planting.

  • 5/15 - Manitoba Canada: Seeding way behind here in the southern part of the province. A lot of winter wheat going to be worked down. A lot of it didn't survive the cold winter temperatures and the thawing and freezing in spring. It's supposed to get way below freezing this night so it might finish the poor stand of winter wheat off. That would make it an easy call for crop insurance. Hope the spring seeded crops will be better. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/15 - Brown County, Minn.: We haven't been able to get in the fields for a week since we have got over 4 inches of rain over the past week. Our area has about 30 percent corn planted with some that have started soybeans. On our farm we started corn April 21st and that is just starting to emerge and is very yellow in color due to all the rain and cold temps(picture attached). We are fortunate to have all of our corn planted and have started soybeans. We will probably not be turning a wheel around here until next week, if it doesn't rain anymore.

emerging corn cc 5 15
--Brown County, Minn.

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  • 5/15 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: Wa are 100% planted the first time. Some thin stands and crusting issues. Have had nice rains but corn just can't get going with cool temps. Need to decide soon on potential replant. Beans cracking the ground but slow as well.

  • 5/15 - Ward County, N.D.: On our second day of seeding spring wheat here. Very little seeded in our area. Will need a dry rest of May to get crop in. Going to be lots of P.P in ND this year, it's wet everywhere and still cold.

  • 5/15 - Southeast Ind.: Still holding at 95% done on corn and 50% on soybeans. We have received 1.25-3.0 inches the past few days. Most of crops are emerging with good stands. Wheat will head at beginning of next week.

  • 5/15 - Brule County, S.D.: Finished with corn on May 10th. Rain on May11 & 12. Windy every day rain or shine. Will probably start beans on Friday May16 if no more rain.Corn is about 2/3 done around here. Some beans have been planted.

  • 5/15 - Twinn Falls, Idaho: We farm 2200 a corn we are 80% planted. So is the rest of the state.


  • 5/14 - Shelby County, Iowa: 5/14/14 some corn up some spiking some not up and some frosted this morning.Beans still in the bag hoping to start tomorrow.

  • 5/14 - Lawrence, Penn.: No beans planted 10% of corn none emerged very wet this week won't get back in field until Friday if no more rain.

  • 5/14 - Clay County, S.D.: Everything is ahead in my area including soybean planting.

  • 5/14 - Lucas County, Iowa : As of 5/14 (and probably for the next week), zero planted! Just got corn ground worked and N applied when the rains started. 4 inches of rain in the last 10 days. Spotty rains forecast for next 10 days cloudy with temps in the low 40s' at night. Flat and bottom grounds have standing water on them, some erosion evident on sloped ground. Similar situation in surrounding counties.

  • 5/14 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Finished corn and beans on Saturday. Big chance of rain on Sun/Monday fizzled again-.25". We have been extremely windy and down right cold at times here. The pastures are starting to show the effects of the lack of rain and high winds. Wild oats is heading out already, and is only about 3-4" tall. First planted corn(23April) is just starting to emerge. Wheat is very short, maybe 6" tall. Simply too cold for it to grow much. Another interesting year. Good luck to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/14 - Wilkin County, Minn.: Planted 200 acres of wheat 3 weeks ago and no sign of field work for 3 or 4 days. Have to get sugar beets in before worrying about corn. switched corn seed I ordered to soybeans. Glad I'm out of the corn game after seeing planting progress in the corn belt.

  • 5/14 - Northumberland County, Penn.: Planting moving forward really good on our farm. Other farmers moving along good also. Had nice weather the past week now.

  • 5/14 - Grand Forks, N.D.: Nothing in the ground.

  • 5/14 - Macoupin County, Ill.: I am finished with both corn and beans, All my corn is emerged and my beans are cracking through as we speak. Wet weather is hanging around for the remainder of this week so that will be very good for my beans to make that final push toward emergence. Pretty much all the neighbors are finished with corn, but I am guessing about 30% of the beans are left to plant

  • 5/14 - Barron County, Wis.: Haven't even turned a wheel in the field other than getting stuck twice the past two weeks with the manure spreader. If the forecast holds true and no more rain, maybe just maybe we will be able to start on some lighter ground this weekend.

  • 5/14 - Wayne County, Neb.: Corn planted 4/23. Photo taken 5/12. Corn planting mostly wrapped up in this area, beans about half done. Daytime highs the next five days is only 60 degrees, and overnight lows 35 degrees, not real conducive to plant growth.

corn sprouts cc 5 14 
--Wayne County, Neb.

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  • 5/13 - Western Wis.: 2013 all over again corn belt getting planted in good shape and Mn,ND and Wis struggling. Just hoping for a average crop at this point and that is fading with everyday were delayed. 4 inches of rain last 5 days and very cold this week couldn't wait to get 2013 behind us then it's twin 2014 showed up.

  • 5/13 - West Central Minn.: I am one of the few in this area to have 100% of corn planted. I was a bit surprised in my travels yesterday to find some of the best corn producing ground in Minnesota with little planted so far. It appears that LP is going to be very difficult to get this fall. We have had several inches of rain in the past few days and forties for temperature.

  • 5/13 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Rain on Mother's Day, nice to see moisture but 3-5 inches in a short time with wind, hail and tornado's. Blew out some new terraces and even took the tile out of a 6' trench, cut through the normal little ditches and took subsoil and residue along with it. No matter how hard we try you can not control mother natures fury. I would estimate 80% of the corn in and 30% of the beans but all over the board to farmers being done with both to barely started on corn

  • 5/13 - Morrison County, Minn.: Manure is hauled but no crops planted. Cold and wet. Hoping to get some corn in by end of the week and maybe switch over to soybeans before going back to "silage" corn. ARGH, what a horribly cold and wet spring. Pastures looking good, however.

  • 5/13 - Cass County, N.D.: We have not turned a wheel. Another 1.5 inch rain on saturated soils. At least 10 days of drying needed. One neighbor planted 320 acres three weeks ago. No one else go in. This will be the latest start in 35 years of farming even considering have 8 floods during those years.

  • 5/13 - Hendricks County, Ind.: Finished planting on Saturday afternoon. A few shower came through on Sunday but most didn't amount to much. Corn and beans planted 2 weeks ago needed that little shower. We could use a good soaker. It was a nice spring to get field work done in this area. Close to 100% corn planted and I would say at least 50% of the soybeans in the ground in our neck of the woods. Should start side-dressing NH3 in the next day or two if we don't get some of the scattered showers they have promised. Thank the Lord for His goodness. I can only plant He has to water, make the sunshine, and make things grow. Please be careful it is a busy stressful time.

  • 5/13 - McLeod County, Minn.: Haven't put one kernel in the ground. Some farmers have gotten a few acres in (10% maybe)- way too wet and cold. We have had over 5 inches of rain over the past 20 days. Rained last night again another 1.60", adding to the total. Lucky to get going by May 20th. Still being positive as we need moisture rather than a drought.

  • 5/13 - Faribault County, Minn.: Starting to look like last year. Very cold and wet. Not good weather for the little bit we did plant. There is a lot of corn left to plant, ground is saturated with a cool wet forecast.

  • 5/13 - Northeast N.D.: Raining here again this past night and morning and temperatures are still cold had evening low of 37 and has taken until lunch time to reach 40 degrees. Fore caste is for cool wet week and warm up by end of the week but still chances of rain going into next week. A little field work did happen on Friday and Saturday I think a few of neighbors got piece of wheat seeded before rains on Sunday. Last years PP fields are extremely wet and frost is still pushing moisture up keeping the ground wet. We need sunshine and warm temperatures but is getting serious here we are getting late here to plant a crop and ground conditions are far from ideal with this wet and cold weather. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/13 - Shelby County, Ohio: Planted all corn & soybeans in 4 days some of the best soil condition I seen in 20 years. Got 1.2 inches of rain last nite, just the rite amount.should all come up even now.be safe and hope all goes well for everybody.

  • 5/13 - Nobles County, Minn.: Awful Spring here weather wise. Corn is all planted and about half the beans. But, corn is very slow at developing just too cold! Corn has been in ground 17 days and not even thinking about coming up yet. Give it another two weeks. As for the beans, just got some I the ground. Then last night got a good pounding gully washer. We will have extreme crust problems in our area IF it ever warms up and dries out. Heat is what we really need. These weeks of 50 degree highs and low 30's for lows are getting old! But we should be used to it. Been a long time since we had a nice Spring and crops came up without problems.

  • 5/13 - Platte County, Neb.: Finished corn and beans Saturday. Most people done with corn and just a few days or beans left. Some pivots around here were running Saturday, I suppose mainly to water in herbicide and fertilizer, but got .75 inch of rain Sunday and Sunday night. South 50 miles got 4 to 5 inches of rain and north 50 miles got .15 of rain. Early planted corn 2-3 inches tall with good emergence.


  • 5/12 - Fillmore County, Minn.: We ourselves have 70% of the corn in here. Some farmers are less then half around the area. Cool and wet and raining again this morning. We are hanging on as far becoming to wet. NW of Rochester had areas of 4+-" of rain last night. We were lucky with only a half inch so far. More rain forecasted for the rest of the day. however. No soybeans in the ground here yet to my knowledge.

  • 5/12 - Weld County, Colo.: We endured 3 weeks of wind and heat and planted deep to try and find moisture. Started raining several days ago and this morning we have 3 inches of snow on the ground after 2" of rain. Tomorrow morning temps to drop to 24 degrees. Crazy Colorado!

  • 5/12 - St. Francois County, Mo.: Over 80% complete planting corn. Rained Friday and not looking promising for progress this week. Wet early then cool to finish the week. Corn planted last Sunday is up! Good shape moisture wise here. Pastures growing like crazy! Be safe out there.

  • 5/12 - Mercer County, Ill.: Started corn May 5 finished corn May 9 planted 1400 acres in five days. I held off in April glad we did as April corn planted around here is requiring a rotary hoe . Start on beans today.

-- Mercer County, Ill.

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  • 5/12 - Southwest Iowa: Finished planting corn on Saturday a lot of people started planting beans late last week. Early planted corn has emerged and stand counts look near perfect. Received .8 of an inch of rain Sunday morning and glad go see it. Good luck to all & be safe! we are truly blessed in SW Iowa!

  • 5/12 - Brown County, Minn.: its ugly here cold and wet rain for the whole week 12 thru17TH and highs 55 and lows 33

  • 5/12 - Wells, Ind.: Finished with corn, down to 70 acres of beans. Can't move Ditching Machine with tractor and planter so will be delayed for awhile. God is still God and God is still Good!

  • 5/12 - Williams County, Ohio: Finished corn on Thursday and beans on Friday. Need rain real bad very dry.

  • 5/12 - Lac Qui Parle Minn.: 50% corn planted. No soybeans. More rain in forcast and still cold here. Need the rain but would be nice to get crop planted.

  • 5/12 - Wilkin County, Minn.: Planted wheat for 13hrs april 22nd. nothing since. Don't have a lot of hope for planting this week. Sugar beets and wheat need to be in now. might cancel corn for this year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/12 - Morgan County, Ill.: Most all corn planted and up looks great,finished beans thursday the 8th some acres emerged looking good. total acerage on evergreen farms 3,150 crop acres.

  • 5/12 - Southwest Ind.: More rain today has halted field work once again. Lots of ground being worked and Anhydrous going on the past week. Some corn that got planted on April 26 has just emerged. Doesn’t look too good. Lots of drowned out spots and corn that didn’t emerge. It had 3" of cold rain on it which formed a thick hard crust on top. Wheat has been looking pretty good but not as good as last year with a lot of slight yellowing in a lot of areas. Lots of heading going around here in earlier planted wheat. Should be pollinating soon. It has been a late cold spring. Hope it dries out soon to get the rest of corn into the ground. Nobody around here has even thought about planting beans yet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 Corn Emerging 2014 cc 5 12  WHeat Heading 2014 cc 5 12
-- Southwest Ind.

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  • 5/12 - Swift County, Minn.: The latest drought monitor map still has us listed as being in a drought. Very little progress has been made in the area because of extreme rainfall and cold temps. If we are considered as a drought, I would sure hate to see what they consider as surplus moisture.

  • 5/12 - Douglas County, Minn.: 5-10 White frost on ground & roofs this am. about 2" plus rain in the last three days. Lows of 30's & highs of 50's this coming week. Not much planting going to happen then. Maybe 5% corn in ground, no beans, some still planting wheat. Starting to look like last season of end of May planting or prevented planting. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/12 - Southeast Ind.: Finishing an experimental variety, its a long way up to the top!!

 Manual labor 57 bag cc 5 12
--Southeast Ind.

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  • 5/12 - Wabash County, Ind.: Finished corn and beans May 7. Some of the best conditions in a long time.

  • 5/12 - Pepin County, Wis.: Finished all the irrigated sands and moved to our heavy ground. Got 1/2" rain and will be waiting awhile. Repeat of last year again. Good luck to all.

  • 5/12 - Stanton County, Neb.: Will finish planting corn today and move right into soybeans. Nothing emerged yet in this area. My first corn was planted 4/23, I hope it pops out this weekend. Keeping our fingers crossed for rain Sunday.

planting cc 5 12
--Stanton County, Neb.

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  • 5/9 - Wright County, Minn.: Nothing planted yet, 5" of rain last week and 2" yesterday. Last year all over again!

  • 5/9 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: checked the rain gauge this morning; 1.4 in. last night. It came as a combination of rain and snow, the ground was white this morning. We had 5 days of 40mph wind from last Friday till Tuesday, gusts to 70 mph. A lot of wheat on lighter ground is gone. The rest of the wheat has wind burned leaves. Lots of winter wind damage to bare fields over the winter. Chiseling in Jan. didn't help. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/9 - Cherry County, Neb. & Todd County, S.D.: 75% Corn planted 100% popcorn planted. Start soybeans next couple of days.

  • 5/9 - Nelson County, N.D.: Maybe 2% wheat planted. no soys , maybe 2 % corn planted. Normal is closer to 50 % or better , in my opinion. It is very wet very cool , with cold ground temps, a repeat of last year. Many farmers abandoning thoughts of planting corn. The whole state is very cold and wet. Very little planting has occurred. With the dry down south and the cool wet here, I would be looking for the market to start heating up. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  wet wheat flood cc5 9
--Nelson County, N.D.

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  • 5/9 - Northwest Wis.: The first corn was planted this week into cold soils. The sandy soils are being planted while the heavier soil types are no where near ready. Soil temps hit 50 degrees at 4 inches today for the first time in 2014 as our temps climbed into the 70's. .25 in of rain so far in the last 24 hrs has slowed activity for the day with more on the way. We have been strip tilling our ammonia and dry fert down on the most well drained fields.

tillage snow cc 5 9
--Northwest Wis.

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  • 5/9 - Columbia County, Wash.: Some of the best looking wheat with new varieties with seemingly unlimited potential at this point. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 5/8 - Watonwan County, Minn.: Finished corn Tuesday evening. Got herbicide sprayed over top on corn yesterday. Is raining this morning, text book timing! Somebody turn up the heat, please!

spraying cc 5 8
--Watonwan County, Minn.

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  • 5/8 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: Done with corn and 50% of beans in the ground tonight. Rain on the way. Some early planted corn is pretty slow coming out of the ground. Corn at least 80% done and soybeans 25%. Everybody be careful!

  • 5/8 - Waupaca County, Wis.: Very wet and cold, rains every couple days and not much progress.

  • 5/8 - Brown County, Kan.: Most of the corn is planted, a good portion can be rowed. Soybeans are going in at a rapid pace.

  • 5/8 - Ward County, N.D.: No field work of any kind has gone on. Fields still to wet from last fall and the rain will not stop this spring. Forecast calls for rain all week and below normal temps.

    wet field cc 5 8  wet field 2 cc 5 8
--Ward County, N.D.

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  • 5/7 - Knox County, Ill.: Planters running like crazy. Saw my first field of emerged corn on May 6th. Corn planted in cold, wet ground on April 26th is sprouted has sprouted, but it's going to take a rain or a rotary hoe to get it up through a hardening crust.

  • 5/7 - Stearns County, Minn.: Planted 100 acres of corn yesterday and hope to finish here today. My uncle is planting now and I am heading out to relieve him. Tile is definitely paying off this year. Hopefully start soybeans next week after the rains blow through.

  • 5/7 - Jackson County, Ill.: planting resumed on Monday. Everybody was running on Tuesday. I would guess 30 to 40% of the corn is the ground. A few guys have started beans. For the most part on conditions are good, not great . Good luck to all.

  Tillage cc 5 7 planter cc 5 7 planting cc 5 7
--Jackson County, Ill.

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  • 5/7 - Minn.: Wheat. Been in ground 3 wks not up. Corn in ground 3 wks not up not sprouted. Wet 4 inches of rain more coming. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/7 - Putnam County, Ohio: Everyone is out and hitting it hard! If the rain holds off we should be all done with corn by Friday.

  • 5/7 - Walsh County, N.D.: Light rain showers again today. Yesterday I took a drive across a couple sections in one of the big tractors just to see what the ground conditions really looked like. Soft and muddy! Last year we started seeding on May 17.....this year looks to be about the same. Praying for sunshine and warm temps.


  • 5/6 - Morrison County, Minn.: Some corn being planted on sandy soils. Farmers just trying to get manure applied before it rains again. 2"-3" of rain forecast for the rest of the week into early next week. Alot of silage corn will be planted again this year. Good thing for crop insurance and prevent-plant. The goood news is the alfalfa survived really well under the 4 feet of snow we had all winter. Expecting to get corn in the last 2 weeks of may and soybeans in early june.

  • 5/6 - Norman County, Minn.: Been a cold wet spring. managed to get a quarter of wheat planted April 22nd. We have had 4" of rain and cold since. Not sure how that quarter will fare. expect to replant the low areas or maybe the entire field. that is alway a tough call. corn is still in the bag waiting for better conditions.

  • 5/6 - Piatt County, Ill.: Corn 90 percent done Beans planting well underway Some done with soy also

  • 5/6 - Northeast Neb.: I know alot of guys are still kicking the dirt (mud in some places) and are worried if they will get all their crops in on time. But just remember that last year at this very same time we only had 11% of corn planted. After todays report we have 29%. Im not saying that this year will be better than last, but as a whole everything turned out just fine last year (for most). So dont worry fellas, mother nature and god always have their ways for making things come out in the end. Safe planting to all!

  • 5/6 - Mabton, Wash.: Corn plantning half done and asparagus harvest well underway with an early start and good conditions. Cooler than normal with rain and wind exspected this week.(5/1)Triticale harvest has started for the local dairies with silage to be planted soon after.

harvest crop comments  
--Mabton, Wash.

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  • 5/5 - Blaine County, Montana : Very limited spring crop progress, cold and wet. Zero acres seeded. Need three weeks to get crop in.

  • 5/5 - Reno County, Kan.: Wheat is all headed out and about 12 inches tall. I am west of Hutchinson Ks. At 3 oclock this afternoon my temp. gauge here at my house hit 104. 4 nights ago we had a low of 34. Forecast in the 90s till next Thursday. Should cook this wheat crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/5 - Central Neb.: Well we got started planting. Yesterday was the first day the soil temp was good. Hearing reports of the guys who started April 10th finding corn is rotten. We all knew it wouldn't be good. Find more humor in the usda report of where neb planting progress was last Monday. Would like to know how they came up with the figure. On the grain side the phone has rang steady for two weeks. Everybody is trying to buy corn. A really good friend told me buyers are finding out there isn't as much out there as they thought. Hang on boys the fireworks are a comming.

  • 5/5 - Northeast N.D.: Continues to be a cold wet spring here in NE North Dakota with still lots of frost still in the ground.We had Thursday and Friday this past week where temperatures were at least into the 50's but Saturday and today were again with temperatures in the 40's. Its already started to rain tonight and forecaste is for rain all week. Its starting to act like last year with a lot of crop didn't get planted. If We don't start to get some warm and dry weather soon the clock may run out again on this planting season. The ground just stays wet and little puddles in the field just stay same it has to be frost is still pushing moisture upward and now add in rain its recipe for disaster.

  • 5/5 - Adams County, Neb.: Corn planting should be complete this week. Soybeans are being planted now.


  • 5/2 - Tippecanoe County, Ind.: Very impressive progress on planting. Bet 70% of corn planted & corn has worked up very, very well. Only 0.48" of rain in two week & no big rain since mid-April. Things looking good, just need warmth and a rain to get the corn up. Probably 5% of soybeans planted in county.

  • 5/2 - Henry, Ohio: Some corn planted in county still very cool and damp. Lucky we did not receive all the rain forecasted for week Even if it does dry out next week no hurry to plant corn till heat shows up.

  • 5/2 - Knox County, Ill.: Farmers suffering from PTSD (Plant the seed, damn it!) already have 25% or more of the corn in the ground, but we're still waiting for things to warm up. Soil temps on bare, wet ground have been between 43 and 49 degrees for the last two days. Corn in the ground for two weeks has not emerged. Still no leaves on the burr oak trees and no mushrooms.

  • 5/2 - Jackson County, Iowa: Receive just over 2" of rain since Sunday afternoon. Have not seen the sun all week. Low temps in the upper 30's- low 40's, highs in the low 50's. It is supposed to warm up this week, hopefully it does. A lot of corn and beans are going to town in between the rain showers.

  • 5/2 - St. Croix County, Wis.: 2nd year in a row we will be planting late 4 in. of rain this week 0 percent planted in the area. Extended forecast dries out some but no heat highs upper 50s to low 60s with spotty showers. Hopefully this rainy cold spring isn't followed by the mother of all droughts like last year!

  • 5/2 - Allamakee County, Iowa: On sat april 26 I planted about 20 acres of corn, we've had rain almost every day since, and temps from 38 to about 43 degrees ever since then, maybe I should have left it in the bag.

  • 5/2 - Ransom County, N.D.: Still cold but now we are very wet as well. 3" of rain in the past week. Only a few hundred acres of corn planted thus far county wide. Wheat planted Good Friday has only a small sprout so far. Soil temps yesterday only got as high as 40. It looked so promising a few weeks ago, now it looks like lots of prevent plant if this weather doesn’t straighten out. Lots of talk about switching to earlier maturing corn hybrids. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/2 - Columbia, Wis.: Nothing planted in our area. Cold wet soils.


  • 5/1 - Southern Minn.: Hats off to the Buffets. Just need more to tell their story of how farming and agriculture has change over years. Again thank you! (See Howard W. Buffet's "Get to Know Your Farmer" video in April Crop Comments.)

  • 5/1 - Southern Minn.: No field work yet. Looks like a repeat of last year and will not be good! Frost is still not out in many fields and that will lead to late planting. Planter is in the shop and ready to go, but need to a test run to make sure the up dates will work properly.

  • 5/1 - Franklin County, Pa.: Wheat-poor to fair probably will not keep all of it. Plant corn instead. Ground cold & wet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/1 - Chisago County, Minn.: 3 inches of rain since 26 April on top of ground not dried from 15 inches of late April snow. Nothing planted.

  • 5/1 - Wayne County, Ohio: Have received 2.75" to 3+" of rain since Monday and still raining. Manure and burndown maybe a little tillage and a couple of fields of corn is about all that's done around here before the rains. Need to dry out and warm up and stay warm.

  • 5/1 - Northwest, Ill.: Very few planters have moved this year. We finished April with below normal rain and the subsoil moisture is still short. No storms,standing water or washing out of new waterways. We are thankful for the rain we have received. We will dry out quickly so as to plant but the cold soils will need some sun at this point in time. Privileged to seek the Lord's timing. Anticipating another great year.

  • 5/1 - Lancaster County, Neb.: I am from York County Nebraska where my 60 year old brother and father 90 years old farm 700 acres with no-till, 7 center pivots growing seed corn,commercial corn and soybeans. Wet weather has delayed planting but we have 30% corn in the ground. I am working on a $200,000 FFA soil project granted by Nebraska Environmental Trust. Funds purchased soil probes, soil testing kits, soil equipment and curriculum training for Ag Educators. Has been a great 3 years helping students to learn more about soil health.

  • 5/1 - Walsh county, N.D.: Cold, wet, and muddy! We haven't even had a chance at any field work. I don't think anything has been planted in the entire northeast quarter of the state. Local coop's fertilizer equip hasn't moved yet. It's going to be wild when we do get started.

  • 5/1 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Nothing moving here all week. Forecast still looks cool and wet. Will take 4-5 days of good sunny weather to get started. Some corn planted in counties west of us. Saw a couple fields planted in the western part of the county on Saturday. Would expect draws and low areas on these fields to rot out with saturated ground and a high of 37 degrees yesterday.

 

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Apr 30, 2014

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  • 4/30 - Lucas County, Iowa : As of 4/30, not much in the ground. Checked soil temp this morning and digital thermometer at 2" read 41 degrees! 6 inches of cold rain over the last 10 days will require a lot of warm, sunny and windy days to dry the soil so it can be worked. Just the opposite of the long range weather forecasts! We had a disaster last year and this year is following the same path.

  • 4/30 - Towner County, N.D.: After weekend storm there is more water than after the snow melt. With the wet cold soil and the forecast planting by the 10th of May is all we can hope for.

  • 4/30 - Box Butte County, Neb.: Sugar beets are all planted. Haven't started planting corn yet, though 40 miles south has seen a lot of corn planting activity. Last 2 days have been cold and rainy/snowy.... And very, very windy.

  • 4/30 - Wells County, N.D.: Received 1.75 inches of unwelcome rain on April 27th and 28th. Follow that with 45 degree highs and we will sit another 10 days! No field work even started here yet. Corn acres will drop dramatically if we can't plant by the 10th of May.

  • 4/30 - Audubon County, Iowa: A lot of corn in the ground in this area. Being conservative 40 to 45%. Some beans in ground as well.Needed the rain we have a small tiling business and not much subsoil moisture.

  • 4/30 - Towner County, N.D.: Weekend storm put more water in our ditches and fields than after the snow melted. With cold soil, the recent rain and the forecast will be 10 days before we are in field.

  • 4/30 - Knox County, Ind.: Upland planted bottomland not planted about 50% of county planted up to april 27.

  • 4/30 - Wood County, Wis.: Farmers in central WI are starting to feel like it is going to be a repeat of 2013 and all that PP. A cold wet spring, manure storage reaching capacities, and nothing in the ground yet. The one bright spot, winter wheat and alfalfa appear to be in better shape than last year. 10 days without moisture and we will be rolling. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/30 - Red Wing, Minn.: WET. No planting or tillage. Soil very cold.

  • 4/30 - Lyon County, Iowa: Most farmers in northwest corner of Iowa are 50% done plus as of the 26th of April with corn.

  • 4/30 - Fayette County, Ill.: Planted corn 4-19-14, just now coming up. Cut worms and birds are working on the corn, plus 3in rain. I get whats left.

  • 4/30 - Anderson County, Kan.: I have 100% of my corn planted. Plan to start planting soybeans next week.

  • 4/30 - Oliver County, N.D.: 2014 starting to look like a repeat of last year. very cold and wet start. Just started seeding spring wheat and got blasted with yet another round of late april snow. most guys just getting going while others have not turned a wheel..just too cold and wet. already some good stuck stories at the local coffee spots. need sun!!!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/30 - San Diego, Calif.: A drought disaster out here in CA. Many farmers in central valley have water cutbacks of 90%, so fields will not be planted. Expect to pay more for a lot of produce. In the corn belt, it looks like another late planted crop. If weather turns unpredictable (which it almost always does) expect to see big rally. Don't sell corn, beans, wheat. Buy them & hope the crops come in. Ukraine mess could add to prices. South American crop situation bad because of heat & drought in much of Brazil & Argentina. Think we could easily have a 10-20% rally in grains over next month or two. God luck all!

  • 4/30 - Winneshiek County, Iowa: No ground worked except a few spots. Very little oats seeded yet! Soaking wet and cold! It will be 17 -20 may before any corn gets planted....

  • 4/30 - Pepin County, Wis.: It's Tuesday morning and have had 3" of rain and now it's snowing. No corn planted in our area and very little manure spread( road bands still on). Hard to even look out the window or at the weather on TV. Good luck to all.


  • 4/29 - Buffett Farms, Neb.: We take pride in what we do because we do everything with a conservation mindset. At times I feel that society has lost touch with our agricultural heritage and also the great work that American farmers are doing all over the country. I think it is important to know where we come from and where our food comes from.

  
-- Buffett Farms, Neb.

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  • 4/29 - Pondera County, Mont.: After the last snow fields are drying in some areas. With the new JD disc drill my neighbor has been seeding most of this week. Soil temps are still pretty cold. New storm coming in tonight and we will again be delayed planting our spring wheat and barley.

  • 4/29 - Hendricks County, Ind.: Corn planting a little over half done as of Sunday the 27th. Got 2 small fields of soybeans planted Sunday afternoon. The ground was working up nice. We got about 3/4 inch of rain on Monday the 28th. Thankfully we didn't get any storms like they have had in the South. Grateful for the Lord's goodness to us. Those affected by the storms are in our thoughts and prayers. Please be safe.

  • 4/29 - Orleans County, N.Y.: No crops planted anywhere near here ground cold and wet usually half planted by now

  • 4/29 - Charlevoix, Mich.: Finally got in fields to finish 2013 corn harvest. Only made it about 500 bushels before the field got too wet. Don't need anymore rain or snow. Has been very cold. No tillage work yet.

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-- Charlevoix, Mich.

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  • 4/29 - Southeast Ind.: My planting partner this weekend was on alert.... did get tot plant 2 1/2 days and ground was working great.

  Carter making sure rows are straight IND
-- Southeast Ind.

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  • 4/29 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Cold, windy, and rainy here today. Not a lot of moisture, about .25, but with the damp, cool forecast for the week planters will be stopped. I no-till, and it has been a difficult go this Spring. The ground under the trash is extremely wet, making it almost impossible to properly close the seed furrow. Hopefully next week will be warmer and dryer. Good luck.

  • 4/29 - Sauk County, Wis.: Not much is planted around here, or spring tilled for that matter. It's been cool and we've had over 9 inches of rain in the last 2 weeks, with more in the forecast. Soil temp is still cool. I hope to have a chance to get corn in by May 10th?? It should be a good 1st crop of hay with all this moisture.

  • 4/29 - Roosevelt County, Mont.: 900 acres seeded of 2,100 really wet now .50 of rain and 4 inches of snow last night and this morning

  • 4/29 - West Central, Kan.: We had 60mph gusts yesterday and more of that today. The wheat is done for. Had 4" of rain last September and almost nothing since. Concerned that won't be able to get spring crops germinated, let alone survive and produce. Now we know how they felt in the dirty 30s. I am a no-till farmer, but we still have to grow something to produce residue. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/29 - Wells County, Ind.: Have all the anhydrous applied now just waiting on better conditions to plant. Raining now and calling for rain all week. Very chilly glad corn is still in bag in shop. God is good all the time!

  • 4/29 - Winnebago County, Iowa: 0%

  • 4/29 - Meeker County, Minn.: The ground here has been too wet (and too cold) to start planting here and it doesn't look any better for quite some time yet.

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    -- Meeker County, Minn.

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  • 4/28 - Wallace County, Kan.: 50-60 mph wind all afternoon led to this site...supposed to blow just as hard the next few days....have had very little spring or winter moisture, feel blessed to have caught good rain at the end of the summer/early fall to get a good stand of wheat up to at least hold the ground on those acres. The dry land wheat is going backwards fast in Western Kansas Dust Bowl Part 2....My grandma use to tell me about dust bowl living in the 30s...now I don't have to wonder what it was like to see dust storms like she talked about...(Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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    -- Wallace County, Kan.

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  • 4/28 - Reno County, Kan.: I new it was bad but not this bad. Got first measureable rain of the spring last night. One quarter of an inch. Must have put the wheat in survival mode because its shooting a head today and its only 10 to 12 inches tall. Much of it is a blue color. I am 55 years old and have never seen this. The dirt from western Ks. and NW. Ks. blew in here today and supposed to blow this hard for the next 4 days. A landlord of mine that has ground in SW. Ks. said he has one of his farmers ripping pasture ground that has never been farmed to stop it from blowing away. HOUSTON WE GOT A PROBLEM. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/28 - McLeod County, Minn.: It's been a bit of a rough start to the year. After a long cold winter, we now have a cold wet spring. The marketing experts told me to sell my beans because of the big crop SA would have and China would be canceling a bunch of beans. Since then beans have gone up $3.00. Now one of these so called experts said I had a margin call and needed to send more money? Maybe another one of the experts out there could write in and tell me what I should do. I thought with a so called expert helping me my hedging account would be going up not down.

  • 4/28 - Pitt County, N.C.: I think most all of the corn is planted that is going to be planted .

  • 4/28 - Giles County, Tenn.: 80% planted corn ,20% planted soybeans, has been good so far ,corn emerging in 8 days, stand good. Beans in ground 2 days. Forecast 1-5" rain,tornados,flash floods,but warm....

  • 4/28 - Ingham County, Mich.: We started planting corn April 25. Some neighbors are really going at it. Even some beans in. One week ago I thought it would be well into May before we would start. Wheat looks fair. Heard some guys going to rip theirs up because its so bad. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/28 - Jackson County, Iowa: started corn last Thursday, got rained out.Thursday afternoon(1/2"). A quit a few guys started planting saturday. Spoty rain showers on Sunday morning kept guys out of the field until late morning. Storms rolled in again Sundaynight. Sounds like a very rainy week.

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-- Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 4/28 - Central Mich.: Nobody has done anything in fields yet. Very cold here in central Michigan and to topsoil is somewhat dry but underneath the top layer it is wet. Predictions of up to 2 inches of rain this week. So scratch this coming weak for field work.


  • 4/25 - Hancock County, Ohio: Cool and drying but more rain and cool in the forcast.

  • 4/25 - Hamilton County, Neb.: rain Wednesday night, planters back in the shed.

  • 4/25 - Brown County, Wis.: Made it to the upper 50's today, seems like we are finishing up our 6th month of winter,tomorrow & next week back to the 40's. Wheat & alfalfa just starting to green up-leaves afraid to come out on trees LOL! Hope to be planting something by May 10. ' (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/25 - East Central Mo.: we have been blessed with a perfect spring in this area....finally! Corn went in the best we ever had. Everyone is cautious as Mo weather is known for extremes....can go from really good to really bad over night. But we are giving thx right now.

  • 4/25 - Stearns County, Minn.: Where is the global warming when you need it?? 5 of the last 6 springs now have been colder and wetter than average. Yet liberals still believe in global warming. Ask a farmer to get a correct answer!

  • 4/25 - Clark County, Wis.: We got what a lot of people want rain but we could use 2wks of dry weather. The winter was cold long and a lot of snow. Alfalfa and winter rye looks great so far thanks to the snow cover.No progress in the fields maybe a little manure hauling on the high spots. All we can hope for is some good weather soon. At least the milk price is good just keep driving on.


  • 4/24 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Looks like no corn planting in April again this year. We normally like to start around the 24th. Can count the days near 60 degrees on one hand so far. Next 7 to 10 days looks cool and wet.

  • 4/24 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Looks like its gonna be another late planting season. Was out and fixed a couple tile holes today and had trouble driving across the field with the backhoe. Had to go around north facing slopes- they had no bottom, frost coming out. Driving by from the road I thought it would have been better. Forecast shows rain for Sunday followed by a couple of warm days then more rain and a cooling trend with highs in the 50s for next weekend, not near enough warm dry weather to get us in shape. We would normally like to start planting the week of the 21st.

  • 4/23 - Clay County, Neb.: Finally got a little rain until today. It's been so long since we've seen rain I forgot how to use the windshield wipers. Corn planting moving rapidly.

  • 4/23 - Berks County, Pa.: Thursday, April 23, we will get the planter rolling still a little cold but got to start sometime have the faith feels good to get at it let the good times roll.

  planting 2014
-- Berks County, Pa.

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  • 4/23 - Seneca, Kan.: A lot of corn has went in the ground the last two weeks. We finished planting 1900 acres of corn on Tuesday afternoon switched the planter over to beans and planted 160 acres Tuesday evening. Hopefully we get a nice rain and all the corn emergence is good.


  • 4/22 - West Central Minn.: Spring wheat, sugar beets and corn planting in full swing. Rain to likely shut us down Wednesday. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/22 - Yuma County,Colo.: Well, This year we have decent subsoil moisture. Planters are out of the shop and in the field. Planting conditions very good. Wheat looks very good and pastures should be excellent this spring. The winter snows were a blessing, will need regular moisture to keep lingering drought away. LIFE IS GOOD...(Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 4/21 - Platte County, Neb.: Big rain chances were a bust, was hoping for a rain to balance the fields out from being muddy along the fencelines and waterways after the snow last weekend. Will try to start planting Tuesday if conditions will work. Been really dry here since Oct 13 need rain but just seems they forcast rain days ahead and the closer it gets the farther away it is.

  • 4/21 - Hancock County, Ill.: 20% of counties corn is in and 2% of the beans are probably in.

  • 4/21 - Isanti County, Minn.: Had 25"" of Snow 16-17 April. Lakes still all frozen.

  • 4/21 - Douglas County, Kan.: I do not think that the freeze lasted long enough to hurt the wheat it dropped to 23* but it was almost sunrise at that time. Little corn planted but not much. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/21 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: More anhydrous and chems going on, but few have dared to plant corn. The soil is just too cold. We won't plant until the leaves on a burr oak tree are the size of a squirrel's ear...and right now, there's only the smallest bud. It's going to be another week for us.

  • 4/21 - Saginaw County, Mich.: 450 acres of sugar beets in the state then we got 2 inches of snow now waiting for warmer and dryer.

  • 4/21 - Clay County, Mo.: 4500 acres corn planted by tomorrow night in West Central Mo. What a difference a year makes, last year it was 400.

  • 4/21 - Southeast Iowa: NH3 being applied to some dryer fields. Worked some ground today but too heavy, although hope to seed it to alfalfa tomorrow. Soil temp at 7am of 48 degrees this morning, but with forcast it will rise quickly. Will see corn planted by middle of week if miss Monday's rain.

  • 4/21 - Jackson County, Iowa: Last Wednesday - Saturday there was a lot of field work done. NH3 , fertilizer and some preemergence spraying. Then we received 4-5" of rain Saturday night thru Sunday night. May be able to get back into fields today(Friday ). There will be some planters running to the south today . Some of those guys only received 1-2".

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-- Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 4/21 - Meeker County, Minn.: We got 14 inches of snow yesterday. There is still ice in most of the lakes. It looks like 2011 and 2013 all over again. Both years had below average corn crops. With $2.00 plus propane and the problems we had last year with getting it already considering earlier corn varieties. Unless this weather turns soon there will be more soybeans planted here and north.

  • 4/21 - Northeast North Dakota: Still very chilly here in upper North Dakota ground is froze and what little water that is left from snow melt is frozen in little ponds. People are trying to get ready but machinery still has snow in it and still froze to ground. We had a low of 16 last night and projected low of 24 tonight. Weather forecast shows warming but with increased chances of rain/snow. Rural water is still having problems of frozen water lines we have frost depths of over 8 feet. It going to take some nice warm weather to get ground ready up here. My guess were still two weeks at best from major field work is done here.


  • 4/17 - Southern Morrison County, Minn.: 10" of snow yesterday. Going to be 2 weeks before we get back in the fields barring anymore more precipitation. Late springs=poor yields. 2011 was the exception, however so maybe it will be another year like that.

  • 4/17 - Wilkin County, Minn.: We missed the snow that everyone around us got. (Case County ND just on Wilkins northwest boarder) Monday and Tuesday morning we spread fertilizer on frozen ground. No more field activity until next week.

  • 4/17 - Custer County, Neb.: We received snow and a little rain on Sundays blizzard. It was a tough day for the cows and baby calves. I am working through the stress that it put on the younger calves now. Have to keep a good eye on them. I would say the crop progress in this area is behind normal. Not a lot of preparation done yet. However, we have about 60% of our strip tilling done. No corn in the ground (it is still early for that here). I am planning on seeding alfalfa tomorrow. My goal is to start planting corn on Monday.

  • 4/17 - Brown County, Wis.: 1 3/4" rain last weekend followed by 33" snow on Monday. 25 this a.m. Spring is just not happening this year-finishing up our 6th month of winter. Will be doing a lot of praying-the only hope we have left! LOL!

  • 4/17 - Meeker County, Minn.: At least a foot a snow on the ground and it is still snowing! Another 2-4 inches are in the forecast. I had hoped to plant corn in 2 weeks but I think that is now out of the picture. Still have frost in the ground also.

  • 4/17 - East Central Mo.: Drove west on I-70 to Columbia, MO saw a 300 acre field planted. My neighbor planted 40 acres in Montgomery Co. Heard of St. Charles, MO bottoms being planted. all got snow and freezing temps. Still have a blanket on my seed in the shed!

  • 4/17 - Pondera County, Mont.: 4 inches of fresh wet snow here. Winter wheat is just starting to break dormancy. Spring Moisture has been pretty good so far. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 4/16 - Cass County, N.D.: No planting here yet.....10° this morning!!!!! Hoping to start seeding wheat in the next 10 days to 2 weeks. Soil temps need to warm up dramatically before any corn can be planted! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/16 - Madison County, Ohio: No field activity in the area. Still standing water in some fields. One inch of snow overnight into this morning. Low of 25 tonight.

  • 4/16 - Tama County, Iowa: I have 61 acres corn planted as of 4-12-14. 5% of my crop.

  • 4/16 - Tippecanoe County, Ind.: Soils are cold & wet, but ponding in fields is gone with less rain recently. Had nice surge in soil temperatures this weekend, but snow today & 30s, knocking it back. Absolutely zero fieldwork done here. Drier pattern after late this week may bring out some anhydrous applicators we hope.

  • 4/16 - Union County, Ohio: Very cold and snowy here this morning. It will be a while before field work as it was very wet before today.

  • 4/16 - Bay County, Mich.: Ditches opened up and water on fields went down then 2-3" rain this weekend and standing water again in fields. 25 degrees and the ground is covered with snow again this morning. IF it warms up soon we should be in the fields by the end of the month. Wheat fields have alot of dead areas due to winter kill and standing water. Not many fields look like they have potential for 100 bu/ac this year. Some wheat fields were top dressed this last week but all the rain didn't do it any good. Lots of ice on the Saginaw Bay will keep our temps cold if wind is coming of it. Will be an interesting year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 4/15 - Berrien County, Mich.: 4-15 tax day 28 deg. this morning 1 in. snow it will be may 1 before we start any planting, maybe later. friday we saw a few spreader trucks moving but that has been it, idle again.

  • 4/15 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Close to a foot of heavy wet snow on Sunday-a blizzard with white out conditions for several hours. While I would have preferred rain, we desperately needed the moisture. The conditions made for a real long day calving, but the cattle should have grass to eat for awhile now. You learn to look for the good in every situation in our occupation. Safe planting to all.

  • 4/15 - Lowndes County, Miss.: April 14 and still wet and more rain coming. Virtually no field work done. Don't know if we will be able to plant corn this year or not.

  • 4/15 - Lancaster County, Neb.: First nice moisture in a long time 1-2 inches in area yesterday. Snow and cold and windy this morning with 25 predicted tonight 27 last night. Some planters rolling late last week will see how that corn turns out. Experience from 2 years ago is corn does not like to soak up cold moisture. Still way below on moisture with subsoil moisture very short, no tiles running this year. All fertilizer on and some pre-emerge. We planted 7 acres of corn Thursday just to check out planter and see how it does...?

  • 4/14 - Polk County, Iowa: It's April 14 and there is an inch of snow on the ground with 32 degrees and high winds. First meaningful rain yesterday amounted to a badly needed 2 inches. Many neighbors got started on pulling anhydrous and spreading fertilizer as the ground was dry ad working well. One field of corn planted. All of the frost is gone now, but the creeks were barely flowing and none of my tile lines had even a dribble. The rain and snow will help that, but there is a long way to go. Low temps predicted to be 25 tonight and then well below average for the rest of the week. Probably close to May 1 before seed should go into the ground.

  • 4/14 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Looking at the 7 day forecast makes us wonder if it is March or April? Some rock picking and spraying started the last couple of days but very limited. Gonna be awhile before corn goes in around here. Snowing and 28 degrees at the moment.

  • 4/14 - Reno County, Kan.: Im just west of Hutchinson Ks. Some wheat fields getting blue spots from drought. Some hills and hillsides getting a yellow green tint to them probably from cold winter or wheat mites or both. Our weekend 80% chance of rain was all from Wichita to the east as seems the norm now days. Ive never seen a year that from field to field there was such difference in yield potential. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/14 - Yellow Medicine County, Minn.: Need rain badly!!

  • 4/14 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: On April 11, rode from Elmwood (25 miles west of Peoria)to Atkisson (up near I-80 and 30 miles east of the Quad Cities)and back though Galva (SE Henry County)...about 200 miles in total. Some anhydrous and chemicals being applied, but no great flurry of activity noted. Not one planter running and no planted fields were found. It's dry...


  • 4/11 - Catawba, N.C.: First corn planters rolling in the county this week but moving slow. We will start planting corn around the 20th of april. Hope everyone has a safe spring.

  • 4/11 - Henry County, Ohio: Very wet and cold. Nothing will be planted here till first part of May if then.

  • 4/11 - Northwest Ill.: Tiles are not running. Driest subsoil I have seen in decades. Last year we had above normal precipitation in April and late June which got us through less than 1/2 the normal precipitation the other months. Anhydrous went on yesterday even though we still have some frost in the ground in places. This winter's snow melted ran off the frozen ground. The Lord knew we would have an average of 70 bushel beans and 215 bushel corn last year and he knows what this years yield will be also. That is good enough for me. Every year is different and we all enjoy what we do.

  • 4/11 - Halifax, N.C.: Hear lot of burn down completed. Most have fix tobacco land. Then we received 2 more inch of rain Monday. After having better than 22 in. since october of 2013. Should be getting back in the field today.

  • 4/11 - Jackson County, Iowa: Field activity is ramping up. A lot of fertilizer being applied. Some preemergence herbicide getting started. A lot of gas going on. Sounds like areas around us are still a little too wet.

anhydrous crop comments   anhydrous field crop comments
-- Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 4/10 - Morehouse Parish, La.: Corn planting has been slow, cold, and very wet. We received 6.5 in. of rain Sunday and a lot of corn went under water. I think that we are down by 25% on corn planted acres.

  • 4/10 - Ward County, N.D.: Winter kill in this area is severe! I have never seen such a large complete loss due to winter kill before. Winter kill is around 100% damage in all fields in this area. Stubble cover and maturity of the plants did not make a difference. It is 60 degrees and no sign of anything greening up. There is no sign of life in the crown of the plants. The fields smell like silage or rotting plants just driving past them on the road. The polar vortex this winter was just to much on it. Below normal temps are forecast for all of April and May. This will make for planting delays for spring seeded crops. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

winter kill 
-- Ward County, N.D.

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  • 4/9 - Giles County, Tenn.: 100 acres planted, soil temp 59, good moisture, look for emergence in 7 to 10 days.

  • 4/9 - Buter County, Neb.: Well, it's been cold and Very Very Dry winter. I didn't even have to use the snowblower this year. No rain just few drops of rain or a 1/4 inch of snow with each system. I seen a guy running his pivot on some hay ground today. Never seen that before at this time of year. Want to start planting about the 20th but not sure if we should plant into the dry soil or wait for rain?


  • 4/8 - Wilkin County, Minn.: Fields drying out nicely. Once drainage ditches open fieldwork will start soon after. Could see wheat and sugar beets going in next week on fields without tree lines. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/8 - East Central Iowa: Very limited activity started Monday. was able to work some ground that is going to be seeded down to alfalfa. Would not want to do much more, just fit enough to get ready for seeding. Did hear of some guys starting nh3.It would have been really nice to get that inch of rain last week to draw all the frost out of the ground.

tillage east central iowa crop comments  tillage east central iowa crop comments1
   
-- East Central Iowa

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  • 4/7 - Buffalo County, Neb.: We finally received some much needed rain over the last 24hrs...about .35 or so, and the temps are forecast to warm up by the middle part of the week. My wheat has finally started to green up. There are some thin spots, but it looks good over all. We are still plagued by gusty winds about every other day, so more rain is desired. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/7 - McLeod County,Minn. : After watching AgDay on 4/07/14, the analysis was talking about high frequency trading and there was no worries about trading. It's ok that someone else can see a report micro seconds before anyone else does and apparently that's fair to everyone else who's trading? I wonder if it would be fair to everyone who bought a mega millions lottery ticket but because I have a hft computer I could see the numbers right before anyone else and win the lottery? After all everybody was able to buy a ticket right? By the way did the computers that trade this stuff come right out of the box knowing how to trade the stock market or the grains or whatever you want, or did someone program the computers and tell it what to do? This is supposedly a fair playing field right? How is it different than someone who takes an illegal drug in sports like hgh or whatever to gain an advantage on someone else? While this may be legal to do, I'm glad to see this corruption and manipulation is finally being exposed.


  • 4/4 - Southeast Ind.: Wheat finally greening up and it looks good for the most part. Had 4" of rain the past 3 days and everything is saturated. Looks a lot like a later than normal planting season in this area as we'd like to start on corn around April 15th. Soil temp is only 44 degrees, so not in any hurry. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/4 - Richland County, Ill.: 1st 3 mo. of 2014,5.30". 1st 3 1/2 days of Apr. 4.68". It'll be last half Apr. before tillage begins. Wheat is green, but behind in growth. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/4 - Dallas County, Iowa: Supposed to have 1" plus rain in the past 3 days. Received less than one tenth. Soils very dry and we need those spring rains to start greening up the grass. Frost is pretty much out, except in north facing sheltered areas. 28 degrees this morning with 28 forecast for tomorrow as well. No field work being done as yet, but hoping to pull anhydrous late next week.

  • 4/4 - Pike County, Mo.: April 2 & 3, 5 in. rain, thats enough.

  • 4/4 - Southeast Minn.: 26 degrees and 4-5" fresh snow this morning.


  • 4/3 - East Central Iowa: Nothing happening around here yet. Still have a little snow in some ditches. Here of some water lines that have not thawed out yet. We were supposed to get between an 1 - 1 1/2" of rain this past 3 days, only received a couple tenths. Anybody doing dirt works says it's pretty dry once you get down couple feet. There is a lot of corn and beans heading to town, beings there is no field work. May see some field activity Monday, weather pending.

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    grain trucks
    -- East Central Iowa

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  • 4/3 - McPherson County Kan.: Winterkill and drought taking a major toll on the winter wheat here. Much more dead wheat than I've ever seen. Some wheat looking good but needing some moisture. Overall crop condition is Poor to Fair. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/3 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: Brutal winter. Nothing happening here. Soils just started to dry out and a one inch rain came through. Looking at the forecast, we won't start making any real progress toward putting in a crop until mid-April...and that's being optimistic.

  • 4/3 - Seward County Neb.: Snow in the forecast for this evening. Total total precip for the calendar year 0.82". Cold/Dry winter. Soil temp 39 degrees at 4 inches, 38 degrees at 12 inches, 39 degrees at 24 inches. Anhydrous is on and ponds are drying up. Migratory birds kept flying north because of no water to roost in. Weeds hardly growing. Off to a great start here!!!

 

  • 4/2 - Berrien County, Mich.: Walked a farm on 4/1 that shouldn't have able to. I was amazed at how dry it was, forcast is for a lot of rain-2.5 inches. Maybe it will drive the frost out.

  • 4/2 - Lamar, Colo.: Another day in paradise .... ferocious wind/dirt storms continue ... 2012, 2013, 2014 in S/E Colorado. -- Without any significant rain, over a period of YEARS, the dirt is like "brown flour", any amount of wind (5 mph - 75 mph) causes DIRT STORMS throughout the region. While our elected officials can't make it rain, there are a number of measures (State & National) that could be taken to ease the extreme DROUGHT - DUST BOWL stress on agriculture producers in S/E COLORADO:
    Waive USDA/NRCS mandates, requiring farmers to disc CRP acres (destroying ground cover & loosening more dirt to blow) Waive costly CO State registration fees for farm vehicles, that have remained parked (for years) USDA/FSA agencies quit working against farmers and denying eligible disaster benefits to drought stricken producers

     
  • 01 Grass Land blowing April 25 2013   07 2013 02 09 County Rd DD closed by Dirt Drifts
    -- Lamar, Colo.

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  • 4/2 - Southwest Okla.: I farm southwest of Enid, Oklahoma, 45 miles!!! Have wheat and canola !! Canola is holding up better than wheat... Had 2.5 inches rain late November 2013 and then nothing until 3 weeks ago had .05 tenths!! Chance for storms today 2nd of April ... Wheat curling real bad in this heat and turning blue. Satellite view shows small green area here and a few county's south to red river, rest of the state still shows brown!!! Western Kansas, western Oklahoma, western and central Texas brown by satellite map???? Wheat futures down 70 cents???? Taking out long positions!!! Robbery at its best. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/1 - Norman County, Minn.: Blizzard here yesterday. Got about 6" of new snow. 20 degree high today. no planting here for awhile.

  • 4/1 - Fillmore, Minn.: Long cold winter has dominated this year. Still some snow on north facing bluffs and in the wind blown areas. We hit 60 yesterday and back to 25 this morining with strong winds. Looking at accuweather this morning, it looks cold for the next two weeks, with highs in the 40's. Last year we seeded oats/alfalfa the 29th of April and started planting corn on the the 8th of May. Latest ever for us. Hoping not to set a new late planting record this year.

 

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