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October 2008 Crop Comments

Oct 31, 2008

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  • 10/31 - Terry County, West Texas: Finally started peanut harvest this week. This is about 3 weeks later than normal.  Vines have started to deteriorate and won't last long.  Heavy fog this morning. Looks like a late night of harvesting. Have a safe harvest and Halloween.  The markets seem to be a little spooky this morning. 
  • 10/31 - Northeast North Dakota: Soys yields were far below averages, around 20 bpa.  I expect corn to be below averages also.  Corn harvest has been attempted, too wet. 

  • 10/30 - Southwest Wisconsin: Bean harvest in the area coming to a close, lower yields than last year, but better than anticipated.  A lot is running about 50 bpa., with the farther north into Iowa County you go the lower the yield – about  40 bpa.  Corn still in progress, a lot is still too wet, but guys have to go to stay ahead of the snow. Some downer yields there too, you can go from a 60 bpa in a dry nobe to 210 in the same field.  But most is averaging about 180 bpa which is about 20 bpa off of last year.  With the increased fertilizer prices guys are spreading manure farther away from their facilities.  Heard the other day one guy was driving 5 miles one way with a box spreader.  Everyone have a safe harvest and pray that we see relief soon. 

  • 10/30 - West Central Minnesota: We've been done w/ beans for 4 weeks. They yielded poorly due to 10.1" rain during growing season. They yielded 17% less than ‘07 and 25% less than '06. Corn yields also down severely (15-20% less) due to drought and cool growing season and the windstorm we had Sun. Oct. 27 took away another 7% according to yield monitor comparisons on several passes previous to wind vs. passes after the wind. More wind and/or rain or snow would make things worse. Corn also very slow to dry down. Good luck to all. Be safe.
  • 10/30 - Sedgwick County, Kansas: Today is the first day in several weeks that we have been able to get back in fields.  Had some wheat planted earlier and it made it.  However, we planted some on the 20th and 21st of October, and will have to replant all of that.  The area that is not planted is a big chunk of South Central Kansas and details several counties.  It seems like wherever you go in this area, there is a lot of wheat that needs to be planted in a short time. 

  • 10/30 - Lebanon, Pennsylvania: Corn yields keep surprising growers across Pa.  This last week the State recorded yields from 210-340bpa of corn. Moistures remain just above 15.5.  Local markets today right at $4.00/bu.  Most wheat and barley is planted with some late cover crop rye just going in before the rains. Double crop soybeans are doing well one contest yield in Lancaster of soybeans planted after barley harvest yielded 70bpa. This further supports University findings of the wide window to plant beans in.
  • 10/30 - Western Pottawattamie, Iowa: We still have 550 acres of high moisture corn to combine.  We are drying and moving corn into storage thus making the harvest slow.   Soybean yields were disappointing…too dry in August. 

  • 10/30 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: Well, soybeans are cleaned up in the area. I would say after talking with everyone soybean yields were down an average of 5-10 bushels. Aphids were a huge problem & airplanes were 1 1/2 weeks to 2 weeks out spraying this summer so the lower yields in soybeans make sense. Had a little 19 acre field by the cattle lot that didn't get sprayed for aphids and it made 35 bushel, Sprayed stuff ranged from 50-60 bushel and 55 was a good to average yield. Yields were off though considering we usually get 60 bushel and in a good year can obtain around 70 bushel on fields. Corn was doing fairly well, with many yields being 200 or higher on soybean ground and around 180-200 on the corn on corn. I've attached a picture of a corn on corn field where we had the 60 mile and hour + wind this weekend. Since nitrogen and inputs are high looking at getting away from the corn on corn. Heck $4.20 is my ruff break even for raising corn on bean ground, If corn doesn't locally get back to around $5.00 I think my 60-40 corn-bean split will be going to 60-40 bean-corn. Plus I hate combining all this down corn from being corn on corn. Got about 520 acres left of this down stuff, losing about 60 bushel due to it being down and a lot of corn was left since we couldn't combine the last week due to 4 inches of rain.

    -- Sioux County, Northwest Iowa

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  • 10/30 - Clinton County, Ohio: Soybean harvest is complete except for double crop beans. Our yields were variable with some well below average and some about average. Our corn harvest is on a normal pace. Yields are in the range of 125 to 200 depending on location and rainfall. These are well below last years yield. I hope everyone has a safe harvest. 

  • 10/29 - Freeborn County, Minnesota: Corn harvest is progressing well...beans 98% complete. We’ve had 180 bpa corn despite 40 mph wind, with gusts to 60, on last Sunday. 

  • 10/29 - Clay County, Iowa: I would guess that all the soybeans are harvested in this area with most honest farmers (not the coffee shop kind) saying that yields are down around 5 to 8 bushels from last year. I would estimate that most went in the mid 50s...We had a very good growing season as we avoided the extremely heavy rains that they received in Eastern Iowa...Maybe the very dry August is what cut our yields....Corn on the other hand is very good. Many say that it is the best crop that they have ever harvested with averages running around 210 bpa and 19 % on the good ground. Even the poorer land is yielding 20 bpa over what is normally expected....I imagine that there are even higher yields out there, but many are afraid to say for fear that it will get back to the of luck with the rest of harvest and be safe! 

  • 10/29 - Sumner County, Kansas: Wettest year in history.  Over 52 inches so far.  Around 50% of wheat not planted.  FCI deadline Nov 5, finial planting date Nov 25. Some acres will not be planted now & go spring crops.  Some planted wheat will be replanted due to army worms & heavy rain soon after planting.  Ground still too wet to plant.  Milo harvest about over.  Still a lot of beans and cotton to be harvested yet. 

  • 10/28 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We picked up an inch of rain on Thursday which kept us out of the field until Sunday.  We were able to get right back into the beans with the sunshine and the very strong winds.  I would put bean harvest at 70 percent complete with yields being very good.  I had one bad field of beans so far that ran in the middle 40s.  The rest of the beans have been running right around 60 bpa.  I know what variety I won't be planting again.  Corn harvest is moving at a snail's pace.  Most of the corn here was planted in June and the moisture content is 25% or higher.  I know of some farmers who haven't shelled a single acre so far.  The grain dryers won't keep up so many guys are shutting down early in the day.  Our Memorial Day Weekend corn ran 200bpa "dry."  We haven't picked any of the June planted corn because LP is killing us along with the increased rates in storage and the continual drop of the corn basis for October.  Our local COOP is killing us around here with all of their prebooked input costs.  Zero fertilizer being moved here and I hope the trend continues.  Good luck to everyone in the Central Plains and I hope harvest gets better real soon.
  • 10/28 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We picked up an inch of rain on Thursday that put us out of the fields for a couple of days.  Sunday we started hitting the beans again with hopes of finishing them up this week.  I hit my first bad field of beans this fall with the monitor showing around 45bpa.  The field looked so good until "Ike" hit it along with some SDS and my 60bpa average for this season went out the window.  I have finished up my Memorial Day Weekend corn with the dry average just shy of 200bpa.  I would put the overall harvest here at 35 percent complete with some farmers still waiting for the corn to dry down.  I know of some farmers who have not shelled one acre of corn.  We are awaiting a hard freeze in the next day or so which will be welcome on some of my beans with a few stubborn green stems.  I have not seen a great deal of wheat sown after all of the chatter back in August of huge wheat acres in this area  I am looking for a big rebound in commodities by the end of the week.  I am sending my best wishes to the folks in the Central Plains who are having a very tough go of it.  Please be safe.

  • 10/28 - Freeborn County, Minnesota: 60 mph wind on Sunday did a number on some hybrids. 200 bpa mo 22 average... less bpa on the down did seem to help standability. 

  • 10/28 - Henry County, Northwest Ohio: Finished harvesting 337 acres of corn and soybeans (about equally divided), last Thursday night around 9:30 PM.  Just ahead of rain on Friday.  Beans ran 2700 bu less than last year.  Corn was down 5100 bu below last year.  Guess we averaged 33 bu of beans and 160 of corn. Am told at the elevator, that is about county average.  Moisture of beans ran 10 or 11 %, corn 15.7 to 18 %.  Had 3.57 in of rain in July, .3 in the whole month of August.  Then 5 inches over the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th of September.  All too late to recoup those lost bushels.  And to add insult to injury, prices way down from when we started harvest.  Right now, me and the wife would appreciate a plain cotton parachute (let alone a gold one) or some kind of bail out.  Maybe just some lower fertilizer, seed and fuel prices?? 
  • 10/28 - Washington, Iowa: After three days of rain last week, farmers are combining soybeans again. Most farmers are finishing soybeans and trying to find corn dry enough to harvest without spending a fortune on LP gas. Those who sprayed a fungicide on corn last summer are finding the treated corn from 3 to 7% higher in moisture than the same variety without fungicide. In the corn we have harvested, there doesn’t seem to be much yield increase from the fungicide treatments—only higher drying expenses. Corn yields are all over the place.   In one pass through the field the monitor might go from 20 bushels per acre in a wet spot to 220 bushels over a tile line. Most of the corn that we have done is running between 160 and 195 bushels and testing about 20-22% moisture.

  • 10/28 - Douglas County, Washington: We are very dry.  Not much rain during growing season and no rain in sight.  Wheat seeding is done. Dry ridges will have to be reseeded.

  • 10/28 - Macoupin County, Illinois: Beans out 45 to 55 bu per acre started planting them June 15th in wet ground so was very pleased. Corn we started planting June8th lots of down corn two big winds 1st one 80 mile strait wind then Ike came with 7 inches of water and more strong wind. The corn that went down then tipped over roots  and all so it is laying totally flat on the ground. Oh well, I rented my 1st ground in 1939 so I’ve seen these problems before but I always survived and will again. 

  • 10/28 - Northwest Ohio: Where we not only had a very wet spring--we had summer drought and soybeans are yielding around 30 bpa and corn 100 to 120 bpa. 

  • 10/28 - Central Illinois: Report from Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Not all of central Illinois got pounded over the weekend. I found combines all over Macoupin and Greene Counties on Sunday--although the area has had plenty of rain this fall. The winds were ferocious and everyone was hustling as they could feel winter coming. The grain trucks were having trouble keeping up with the combine on this farm. Yields were running between 200 and 250, depending on soil type of drainage conditions.

    I found combines all over Macoupin and Greene Counties on Sunday--although the area has had plenty of rain this fall.

    -- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

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  • 10/28 - Clinton, Madison, St. Clair, Washington and Bond Counties, Illinois:We are seeing 50 to 60 bu acre beans and 190 to 200 bu to acre corn at our 7 Elevators. 

  • 10/28 -  Eastern Oklahoma: Well, my soybean harvest just got shortened. The freeze killed everything last night. Lots if green bean fields out there. it got down to 31 last night … supposed to be 27 tonight.  I guess it saved me some p and k costs for next spring.

  • 10/27 - Howard County, Iowa: I started corn on Friday, the field I wanted to combine was at 24 -25 % moisture, went to a different variety and found corn at 21- 22 %. I had all the corn in early but too cool of a summer and fall. Yield seems to be good but it’s so wet it’s hard to tell. The forecast is for cool weather, it won’t dry down much with temps in the 40-50’s. It’s going to be an expensive harvest.

  • 10/27 - Along I-70, between Columbia, Missouri and Indianapolis, Indiana: Report from Sara Muri, AgWeb Crops Online Editor: On at trip to Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention, I was so surprised to see so many fields un-sheared by combines. I would say around half of the fields along I-70 had been harvested. With the consistent rain during our trip, not a single combine was running Friday or Saturday. On our way out on Friday, we saw several corn fields in central Illinois that had been tousled by the wind. Heading back on Saturday, we noticed the farmers with the wind-damaged fields had come in and harvested the downed corn.

    Several corn fields are still standing in central Illinois, such as this field near Pierron, Ill.

    -- Sara Muri, AgWeb Crops Online Editor

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  • 10/27 - Northeast Nebraska: Mother Nature hasn’t been good to us…last week we had 3 in rain. Then today (Sunday) we had 50+ mile wind...anything that had stalk root looks bad. Any where from 10% to 50% broke over. Cows are going to get fat this fall. They talk bout million dollar rains, I think this was a million dollar loss. There’s about 15 to 20% beans left, very little corn started yet...still wet 21% going to be a long fall. 

  • 10/27 - Southeast North Dakota: Today was a difficult day to be a farmer. Strong NW winds blew hard all day, gusts in the 50 mph range. The corn was standing perfectly on Saturday, now it's lodged severely. Some fields have 75% of the corn broke over 10-12 inches above the ground. Moisture continues to be in the mid 20's. There has been only minimal harvest progress. In a normal year I'd be finishing up harvest, to this point I have only taken samples. 
  • 10/27 - Northwest Ohio: Finished beans averaged around 34 bu/acre. No rain for 2 months. Corn a little better 115 - 175 most around 125-130, should be 150--180. Thank goodness for good weather not that much fun this year. Hope crop insurance comes through.

  • 10/27 - East Central Nebraska: Harvest 60% complete in our area corn 10% at best.  Be careful guys.

  • 10/27 - Murray County, Minnesota: Corn getting blown over today with the high winds, gusts over 60 mph. Soybeans are all out.  Some farmers are going all out with corn harvest while others are waiting for it to dry down in the field.  Moisture running from 17 to 25% on average.  Yields running from 150 to 200 bushels depending on what side of the county you are on. Had over 2 inches of rain a few days ago.  Soybeans were a disappointing 35 to 45 bushels on the west side of the county. Higher on the east. 

  • 10/27 - Howard County, Indiana: Starting to shell again Sat afternoon, testing 19%, corn continues to come in with great yields, last field completed ran 245 bu/acre. 

  • 10/27 - Jones County, Iowa:Finished soybeans last week. 1,100 acres averaged 39 bu/ac. Very disappointing, even the acres not drowned out were less than expected. Start corn this week and I hope it does as good as it looks.

  • 10/27 - North Central Wisconsin:Finished beans yesterday, yields 23-40 bu., depending on the field. Lowland had frost on August 24, high ground didn't freeze till Sept 18. What a difference 3 weeks growing season can make. Corn in our area mostly went for silage, what is still out is in the 30% moisture range, so it will be awhile till any is combined around here. Very dry, since late July have only had 3 inches of rain. We are having drizzle and snow flurries right now, good day to be on the computer. Have a safe harvest! 

  • 10/27 -  Wright County, Iowa: With the slowdown in harvest it looks like it will at least help with storage problems. Right now harvest is barely keeping up with local demand of the Ethanol plant and feed usage. Should have at least a months worth of corn usage that will not have to go on ground. Corn running 20% + at best. Tested replants at 36%. Normally can bin corn right out of field by now. Everything has to go through dryer which REALLY slows things up. Earlier rains slowed us up a little but now have accumulated enough that things are really wet. With a little sunshine hope to be back in field Monday.

  • 10/24 - Melrose, Minnesota: Corn still testing at 25-30% moisture, way too much rain this fall, raining more now.  Soybeans are done and yielded about 40 bushel per acre, though had a variety in a test plot going 56 bushel/acre. WOW!  I will be planting a lot more of that next year: Gold Country Hybrids 2509RR.  Hopefully start on some corn before deer hunting opener Nov. 8th. 
  • 10/24 - North Central Indiana Fulton/Miami Counties: It's raining here today and the forecast is for more over the weekend. We will be wrenching and getting caught up on other maintenance to get ready for the final battle with the corn and soybeans. We will also take some time to spend with family (especially the spousal unit) and find out what's going on in the rest of the world. Many around here just finished up with soybeans this past week and made great strides in the corn. So far beans are running from 39 to 55 BPA Corn in the mid 160 to
    over 200 BPA.

  • 10/24 - Sibley County, Minnesota: Soybeans averaged 49.6 bpa, sprayed for aphids, looked like they might have been better than that, but small seed size hurt. Corn harvest just getting a good start before this weeks rains, did an 80, moisture was 20-21%, yield was 197 dry across the scale.
  • 10/24 - Hastings, Nebraska: Three inches of rain this week. Harvest is at a halt. For the month, 6 to 8 inches of rain. Corn harvest lagging way behind, but yields are fantastic. Best ever.

  • 10/24 - Northern Kentucky: Tobacco all cut and in the barn with some starting to strip in the last week or two. Soybeans all but done with yields anywhere from 15-50 bushels. Corn in coming out with yield all over the board, some due to Hurricane Ike blowing corn down. No corn reels in this area, but a lot of repairs and new snouts being purchased. I have seen some baling of the downed corn to feed to cattle, or turning cattle into the fields. Fertilizer prices have some wondering why we do this!!!!

  • 10/24 - Terry County, Texas: The Perfect Storm,what could you call this year. Haven't harvested any peanuts, cotton, milo. Above average rainfall for october has kept us out of the fields. An early freeze on a late cotton crop has added insult to injury. Yields will be down 10 to 15 percent along with lower grades. Peanuts must be dug in the next two weeks as vines begin to deteriate. Milo will need to be harvested as soon as possible, before to many cold fronts begin to blow it over. High inputs costs are associated with each of these crops. The markets continues to fall daily. Just hope that all firms that these crops are contracted with don't jump ship. weeew! What a year. Hope the eye of the storm comes over quickly so we can stablize the ship. Put on your life jacket and have a safe one.

  • 10/23 - Central Nebraska: Harvest is at a standstill.  The last three days we have had 3.07 inches of precipitation (rain & 2 inches snow). Bringing our precip total to 7.12" for October.  Some areas to our south have had over 9 inches.  Still have 60 acres of beans to go.  Haven't started corn.  In 2007 we finished with harvest on Nov 4.  In 2006 we finished Oct 31.
  • 10/23 - Mclean County, Illinois: Almost done with beans here, yields have been about average 50-55 bpa however the last field was infested heavily with sudden death and will average much less. Corn has been running 180-200 bpa with moisture in the low 20's.
  • 10/23 - Franklin County, Nebraska: Harvest has come to a halt here again - we've been in the field 4 days out of the last 20 days and it will be at least Monday before we're at it again.  received about 8.90 inches of rain since October 1. Beans are almost done in the area but very little corn is picked and most is 18 to 25 percent. Water is running and standing everywhere. Yields look to be above average for soybeans and undetermined on corn as of yet but the dryland looks real good.
  • 10/23 - Berks County, Southeast Pennsylvania: Just finished soybean harvest. Yields were 57-68 bpa.  My normal average is 60.  Did some corn, yields are going 180-200, the lowest being 158, highest at 219.  Moisture is now running 18 %.  Have had a nice stretch of good weather for harvesting.  Have a safe harvest, everyone. 

  • 10/23 - Stearns County Minnesota: Raining lightly right now in Stearns County. Beans are getting done .Yields from 40 t0 50 bushels. Most in the lower range. Corn is between 27 and 32 moisture and very little taken out. Rain has not been excessive and ground conditions are good now yet. Dry most of the summer but corn yields will be good, 125 to 160.
  • 10/23 - Shelby County, Iowa: Crops are very good. Just had three inches rain with more on the way. Harvest will slow to slow crawl for A FEW DAYS.
  • 10/23 - Tippecanoe County, West Central Indiana: 500 acres of corn averaged spot-on 200 bu/acre.  Down from 215 last year and 226 in 06, but not bad considering it's low ground that had some water damage. 
  • 10/23 - Dickey County, Southeastern North Dakota: We are finishing up a very disappointing soybean crop. What looked like 45 bushel beans have yielded slightly over 30 bushel (4000 acres spread over the whole county, so it did not matter where you were at), throw on the 7 inches of rain that we have had in October and in makes for a very long harvest. We had a wet September to begin with so the corn harvest will last well into November. The early corn yields are very good running from 160 to 180 bpa, but the corn is very wet 28% to 31%!  I hope the snow stays away!
  • 10/23 - Smith County, Kansas: Rain here again today, from 2.60 inches to 6 inches on our farms. This is the 9th day of October that we have had rain. Totals for the month are between 8.5 to 11 inches depending on which farm. Most beans are harvested with good yields for area 40 - 60 bu. acre on dryland. Some early corn has been harvested also with excellent yields. Most corn is 20 + on the moisture. We cut a small field Monday before rains set in again, some of the corn was already starting to sprout on the cob. Been one miserable year here with mother nature fighting us all the way this year. Wettest year since we've been farming (1976). 42 inches rainfall for an area that averages 25 inches annually. 

  • 10/23 - Pierce County, Nebraska: We have just finished our beans with an average of 35-40 bpa.  With heavy rain today, and snow in central Nebraska, it will be several days before we are back in the fields. Stalk rot and mold are concerns.  Without 2-3 weeks of dry, warm weather much of the corn will have to be dried before being binned.  Some fields, with late varieties, still show some green. A hard freeze would help.  Our local Ethanol plant is hurting for corn to maintain production.
  • 10/23 - Cottonwood County, Southwest Minnesota: Finished corn yesterday, yields varied greatly.  The poorest farm averaged 158 across the scales and the best was 208.  Overall the average was 186 BPA.
  • 10/23 - Lincoln Lancaster County Nebraska: Beans done with a 51.5 and 54 bu/a on farm about average.  Reports show a 5-10 bu/a increase if sprayed for aphids. I would say 50-60% of beans out. Corn planted in late April is running 180-200 bu/a at 14.5-16.5%,  5 year avg. is 140, corn will rival 2004 yields which we thought we'd never see again. Woke up to 2.5 inches in the rain gauge this morning and still raining predict another 1-2 inches today, creeks running high and terraces full, going to be a long fall with only about 25% of corn out so far. 

  • 10/22 - LaMoure County, Southeastern North Dakota: We are getting some fall rains and it is interrupting the soybean harvest. Soybean yields are about average. Corn crop is still around 27 moisture. We have not gotten a hard killing frost here.
  • 10/22 - South Central Iowa: It was a mad scramble across the countryside in our area last night.  We finished up the end of our disappointing bean harvest with a sick 26 bpa average.  Glad to have them out of the field so we don't have to drive by and look at the miserable little suckers anymore!  Time for us to change over to corn and wait for this monsoon to dry up.  Corn looks to actually be one of our better crops in years...totally opposite of the beans. 

  • 10/22 - Adams County, Iowa: We are 1/2 done with soybeans. First field on lighter soils went out at 48 bpa. Was pleased with the yield because of the lack of rain in August. Have not run any corn yet but the moisture on the corn is running around 22%.
  • 10/22 - Butler County, Iowa: Have completed the first 80 acres of corn with moisture running around 22% and yields with more variability than expected. In a field where the corn looked about the same from the road, yields varied from 90 bpa on the lighter soil to 210 bpa on the heavier end which is quite similar to what we saw in soybeans. The dry August apparently had a similar effect on corn that it had on soybeans. Although triple stack hybrids and Quilt this year,  I don’t think the corn will show any yield advantage.
  • 10/22 - Codington County, Northeast South Dakota: Just finished beans yesterday they will end up right at 40 bu. per acre which is a good average yield for us. They looked like upper 40 to 50 bu. all year we hoped.  Hearing a lot of reports of only 25-35. Did do two custom customers one only 25 the other 37 in Deuel County.  Started on hi-moisture corn last night and today which we feed to livestock was hoping the moisture would be about 30 percent average but was 31-37 and it is raining now.  The dry yield was 164 bu. so far on my last planted field on CRP breaking I think that most of the rest of my corn will yield much better although I do have some stalk rot out there to be concerned about. Good luck to all. 

  • 10/21 - Eastern Oklahoma: We lost a lot of nitrogen this summer. The corn looked a lot better than it turned out. I’ve heard many say the same thing that yields vary all through the field according to soil type. The beans in this area still need two weeks or more. There are lots that still haven’t turned one leaf yet. The beans look really good, I’m sure they will be above average yields. That is if the frost holds off. My corn yields were down 40 to 50 bu from last year. I need some of those varieties they plant up north that they can plant a month late, mud them in, get flooded for a month, then too dry for two months and still cut 225 bu corn. 

  • 10/21 - West Central Illinois, Greene County: Harvest nearing finish?  Some are just getting a good start.  This weekend there were a lot of beans cut.  First good time that farmers have been able to harvest beans.  Some corn is harvested, but most are waiting for it to dry down in the field.  We started beans Saturday testing 13.8 and Sunday the beans tested 12.8.  Today was partly cloudy, but the beans cut good.  First field made 50 bu. which is good considering they were planted June 14th.  The 08 planting season was a challenge!  Many field were planted under less than ideal conditions.  After they were planted it was too muddy to spray and as a result it took a full rate of Roundup to control the weeds.  These are the easiest cutting beans I have ever harvested.  No weeds or green stems to slow you down.  Rain is in the forecast Tuesday night, so it will probably be back to corn to wait for beans to dry down again.  Most farmers are getting decent yields for the year that we have endured.  Race will be on to be done by Thanksgiving this year.
  • 10/21 - DeKalb County, Northern Illinois: Gave up on soybeans. 2 good days left. Tired of fighting tough stems and the weather doesn’t sound very promising for the rest of the week. Going to open up corn fields and check moisture levels and stalk quality. That will give us a week to drag our feet and still keep busy waiting for moisture levels to come down. Hope to let mother nature take $50.00 off out drying costs.
  • 10/21 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: Harvest continues to move along at a very slow pace.  We finally got into some of the beans with yields running at 60 bpa.  The corn is running anywhere from 190-215bpa "dry."  This corn was planted Memorial Day Weekend and constitutes about 15 percent of the county.  The June planted corn has yet to be picked due to the high moisture content and most farmers electing to wait for the corn to dry down further.  We had over fourty inches of rain since March 1, 2008, and we never went longer than two weeks without rain the entire growing season.  We have a great crop in this area and it is going to take until December to get it all in.  Our double crop beans could make 50bpa.  Please be safe. 

  • 10/21 - Wright County, Minnesota: No one has started corn yet, with the exception of silage. Our corn is still over 30%. Soybeans are well under way with yields all over the place.
  • 10/21 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Bean harvest is in full swing.  Yields for the most part seem to be in the 50's with a few 60's reported here and there.  I think 30-40% of the first crop beans are cut.  Some wheat is going in but rains have slowed that a bit, especially to our east.  Some still in corn but I suspect at most 10-15% is harvested.  Yields on the May corn are mostly just under or just above the 200 mark.  A few venturing into the June planted but moistures are in the 23-33% range, so most are sticking to beans.  A few June planted yields look like that corn will be 20 bu less or maybe more than the May corn depending on how down it is.  Probably too early to tell on it yet.
  • 10/21 - Fillmore County, Minnesota: Finished beans last week.  They averaged 58.5 bushels to the acre.  Started Corn on Saturday, the Agrigold seed corn dealer did a yield check.  It is going about 205 dry bushels to the acre at about 22% moisture.  It is hard to complain about anything with those yields. 

  • 10/20 - North Central Iowa: We took a drive yesterday and were surprised how many beans we saw still in fields and very little corn has been harvested. In regards to comments about$400 rent ... it is being offered in the neighborhood and makes it hard to decide to rent to someone else for less than half that amount. However, we feel it is important to give the smaller farmer a chance and we want someone who takes pride in the land and how he farms it ... maintaining it's fertility, instead of just taking from it reducing fertility for future users. 

  • 10/20 - Northwest Ohio: Beans and corn yields were down dramatically. Beans yielded anywhere from 15 to 50 bushels per acre, most were in the low 30's,only good thing is the moisture was low so no drying charges. Corn yields are not much better-anywhere from 100 to 165 bushels per acre, it also is very dry, anywhere from 12 to 16%. With prices the way they are it's going to be very difficult to raise the corn crop with the high price of inputs.
  • 10/20 - Northern Illinois: Not too many soybeans left in the area. The yields are a little disappointing. Corn harvest underway. Moisture in upper 20s.

    -- Northern Illinois

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  • 10/20 - Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: Our area has received about 11 inches rain in the past 7 weeks.  Small grain, canola, and pea harvest was difficult, but we got done.  The dry bean harvest is nearly impossible.  Some were able to get a good percentage of their beans off before the last 5 inches came, but many of us did not.  Now the ground is really soaked up, standing water in every low spot and drainage ditches are full.  This northern tier of North Dakota does not dry up very quickly in late October ... Yields on the dry beans look to be very good, if we could only get some acres behind us.  The sunflowers look to be a very good crop, also, but they need a hard frost to get them to dry down.  I traveled to western ND this week, and did not see any harvested sunflower fields.  Seems like the entire state is about 10 days behind average harvest dates ... and that means we could very well be fighting a snow drift to finish up.  As for getting into the fields to get on the high priced fertilizer we had to pay for in August ... will require a near miracle. 

  • 10/17 - Howard, Cass County Indiana: Beans 60 -70 bu acre, 1/2 done on corn running avg. is 225 bu/acre much better than we expected.  
  • 10/17 - Southwest Ohio: We finished first crop soybeans this week, waiting for corn to dry down.  Wheat and barley is coming up.  Second crop soybeans may be ready before the corn.  Soybean yields higher than I expected, better than 40 bushels, don't see how with the little bit of rain we had this summer and some nearly mudded in.  Corn looks to be promising what isn't blown down.  Flat fields pretty well harvested around here, lots of corn to go yet though, most of it, just getting a start.  Several soybeans left also but looks like way over half done.  Another interesting year.  Retailer can't sell fertilizer so they got into the lime business which has been fairly strong with the dry fall.  

  • 10/17 - North Central Iowa: Corn in our area is wet: 20 to 35 plus. In regard to the previous posting about 400 dollar rent---we work off farm jobs, and got termination notice the last day of August on the 400 acres of crop share we had.  Land owner said they wanted to renew in the spring but at cash rent. At that late a date was hard to get some more land rented and were quite disappointed, but now looking back 60 days ago, I think they did us a favor. Second item--- remember reading a farm publication article, and the just of it was that all they needed was to make 10 dollars per acre, so rent more acres for more 10 dollar bills. One particular land owner turned them down and said that was not right and gave it to a much lower bid because he needed   to be around after the crash. That land owner will be rewarded some day!! 

  • 10/17 - Dubuque County Iowa: Most Soybeans are done. I had 2 yield checks 61 and 65 Bu. on good ground. Most of my beans were on poorer ground and across the farm average was 39 Bu. Per acre, 18 Bu. less than last year. No corn harvested yet, I pulled a few ears and they were at 30%.
  • 10/17 - Lebanon, Pennsylvania: Corn and soybeans are coming off with record yields.  Beans for the Soybean Contest are running in the high 60’s with the highest at 86 reported over certified scales and moisture devices. Double crop beans are shaping up based on pods. Double crop soybeans should yield well after a great crop of wheat and barley this spring.  Corn was a surprise with the lowest yields on heavier soils in the 206 bu/acre with the highest NCGA harvest at 278 bu/acre.  Early harvest is important with some hybrids losing stalk strength and forcing some growers to replace yield with paying for moisture costs.  Wheat and barley as well as cover crops being planted this week.  If only the markets would have held out through harvest.  

    -- Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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  • 10/17 - Northwest North Dakota: Harvested 120 acres of durum yesterday, got 300 bu, or about 2.5 bu/A.  Drought & hail are a tough combination.  Without the hail, probably would have had about a 25 bu/A crop.  

  • 10/17 - North Central Iowa: Most beans have been combined, but very little corn is out...too wet. People are very nervous about current prices for crops and wondering how to pencil it out with high inputs. Greediness of big farmers trying to get everyone else's ground is making it almost impossible for the smaller farmer to keep going. How can anyone compete when you have someone going down the road offering $400 rent regardless of soil type/condition?? What is going to happen?? 

  • 10/17 - Seneca County, Northwest Ohio: Just finished soybeans with very disappointing results. Only averaged 27 bushel per acre over 600 acres. I don’t believe corn will have very good results either. Hope others have better yields. Stay safe out there.

  • 10/17 - Brown County, Nebraska: Trying to do wet corn. We're having hard time finding anything under 30%. Yield so far are above average.

  • 10/17 - Decatur County, Indiana: All beans are finished except for the double crops.  Yields ranged from 30 – 60 bpa.  Corn is in full swing in our parts.  We were combining 15 – 16% corn most of the week before the big front came through last night.  We should be able to get a good wrap on every thing in the upcoming week or two.  Good luck to everyone in this market. 

  • 10/16 - Southern Minnesota: Finished beans last week -- very disappointed. Beans looked like 70 bpa, but went into the low 40's, no rain so many pods sitting empty. Will start corn this weekend. Nobody is taking corn yet, too wet. Heavy frost this a.m. will help kill any green stalks out their. It will get the corn rolling. We are 3 weeks behind than normal. Have a safe fall be safe.

  • 10/16 - South Central Iowa: We have run about half of our beans.  All of our bean crop was pelted with hail 3 times while they were flowering and setting pods depending on if they were early group 3's or late.  They looked miserable and seemed destined for Federal Crop for sure...we were guessing 25 bpa.  The first half of them is running around 30-32.  So a little better than we thought but not great that’s for sure.  Beans are just funny like that aren't they?!  We have not done any corn…a few guys around us are roaring away in corn fields for a few hours until the dryer fills up and the auger wagon, combine, and every truck they own sit filled in the field until the next day....I guess when you have more acres than you can really handle you just do what you have to do to get it out of the field.  We picked a few ears and tested the corn at 19% still on 113 day corn.  It will be the first week of Nov. before we hit the corn fields.  I am starting to see some corn laying over in some fields around us...probably due to lack of nitrogen with all the rain we had over the summer.

  • 10/16 - Greeley County, Nebraska: Dryland beans averaged 36bpa, above 5 year average.  Irrigated so far at 55 bpa, which is about average.  Still have 200 acres to go.  Since the first of October the area has had from 4-5 inches of rain.  Haven't started corn the moisture is still in the 20's. 

  • 10/16 - Southeast Wisconsin: Bean yields very bad -- 15 to 35 bu., about 25 avg. on 800 acres, have heard corn is wet 25 to 30%.

  • 10/16 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: Yields are disappointing. Beans where good only on the high light soils and poor on the good black lower ground. Corn is good on the high ground and really really bad on the low ground even where water did not stand. It is as bad as 40 bu./a. If you are one of the farmers who are bragging how good the crops are, you must farm on hill sides.

  • 10/16 - Iowa County, Iowa: Across the elevator scale field averages on soybeans planted May 15 thru 17 ranged from 56 to 60. Those averages are 10 bushels lower than last year.

  • 10/16 - Jackson County, Michigan: Just finished up with beans, averaged about 30bu/ac on 350 acres.  All of southeastern Michigan is hurting from no August rains, 25-30bu is the norm this year.  Crop insurance will pay huge with low prices to boot. Corn crop should be spotty, but good overall. 

  • 10/15 - Olmsted County, Minnesota: With 30 acres left to combine, my average is going to be 54-55 bushels over 300 acres. Off about 5 bushel from average. I've heard of corn 18% to 40% moisture.
  • 10/15 - Nobles County, Southwest Minnesota: Soybean yields were disappointing, lots of low 40's about 10 bu lower than normal, dry August, cool early September cut yields. Vistive beans were a real disappointment, 5 to 10 bu less. Corn coming out yield monitor running from 160 to 220 BPA, average 180, about 20 bu higher than normal. Kernel counts showed 200 plus but test weights are in the low 50's dragging the yield down. Moisture is running from 18% to 24% most at 20%. That was a surprise since I thought it would be in the mid twenties or higher. Still the dryer is way slower than what we can combine. We can combine 2000 BU per hour but the dryer does 1/3rd that. We have been spoiled the last few years with 15 to 16% corn. Land rents shot up, 250$ is the going rate. Landlords don't care if seed corn is 100$ an acre and fertilizer is 200$ an acre. Looks like about 700$ an acre to grow corn next year. Need about $4.50 corn to break even.

  • 10/15 - Northeast Nebraska: We are half done with beans...seams like it rains every other day. We planted beans in the mud, and will harvest in the mud. Beans very poor. Dryland is in the 25 to 30 range, irrigated less then 5 yr average. Started on some corn, but is still wet. 102 day corn still 20%. Heard of 110 day corn still 26...don’t know what we’re going to do with this wet corn. Lots of stalk rot. It will not stand till its dry. Very few elevators take anything over 18%, no dryers...looks like a long season yet.  Good luck to all.
  • 10/15 - Poweshiek County, Central Iowa: Rain coming as I type, so will probably be shut down for a couple days. With two days to go, soybeans are running at around 50 for some Vistive beans up to about 63bu on our best farm. Nice rains in August, just a little too much in June! There has been little corn combined yet. The lowest moisture I have heard was 18% with most in the low to mid 20's and beyond. We had some good flat ground that had way too much water yield around 155. The well drained and sloping ground was running over 225. Variability will probably be the name of the game for us with the corn this year. Be careful out there!!!
  • 10/15 - Buchanan County, Iowa: Finished beans with a 55/bpa avg. We used headline. Just started corn, moisture is 24-26%, yield looks to be good.
  • 10/15 - Delaware County, Iowa: Finished beans on Saturday. One farm averaged 58 bpa on lighter soil and the other farm averaged 65 bpa on black dirt. The beans were planted over Mother's Day weekend right before a big rain hit us. We are very pleased with the yields.  Holding off on starting corn harvest hoping the moisture will go down. 

  • 10/14 - Holdingford, Minnesota: Took some high moisture corn off yesterday evening at 26% moisture.  Yields were pleasantly surprising.  In fact, one variety was yielding about 175 bushel/acre, after converting to 15% moisture, the others in the 165 range.
  • 10/14 - Lancaster County, Lincoln Nebraska: Finished Beans Saturday with one farm average of 54 bus/acre and the other at a little over 50bus/acre, around our 5 year average and very good for the amount of moisture we received in August. Aphids did hurt yields in low lying areas around creeks and trees. Started some corn Sunday with good yields around 180 and above very good for this area with average yields around 140 bus/acre. Neighbor pick one field average 201 bus/acre good farmer with good ground. Corn coming out between 15% to 16.5% moisture. Rained Sunday night through Monday early afternoon to put a hold on harvest for a while, calling for 70% chance today.
  • 10/14 - South Central Minnesota: Bean harvest done 37-48 Bu. Looked like 50bu.  No rain in August or September, so it could be worse. Corn is 155-200, a nice surprise. 19-24% manageable, thought it maybe 28-30% lots of LP to burn. Raining today many weeks till done.
  • 10/14 - Woodbury County, Iowa: Finished beans Oct. 11. Vistive 39-45 bu. Regular beans 50- 63 bu. All sprayed for Aphids. Corn Oct. 12 185 bu. at 16.7%, 104 DAY CORN, CORN YIELDS VERY GOOD. BEANS POOR.

  • 10/14 - Calumet County, Wisconsin: Harvested beans with an average yield in low 30's. Never seen chest high beans look so good and yield so bad! Corn looks good we will see if that turns out.
  • 10/14 - Lee County, Southwest Virginia: Really dry, practically no second cut hay. Corn got rain when needed and is running about 120-130 bpa.  Fall calves down in the 70, cows 42-52. Water is low, I’ve got streams dry that have never been dry!
  • 10/14 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Harvest is moving along, but pretty slow.  Most have been into the May corn and found very good yields. I have heard dry yields of 180 to 230. Most of the corn sprayed with fungicide seems to be in the 200's and those without seem to be running at or under 200.  Keep in mind that May plantings total about 15% of the areas production.  The June corn is at or near black layer. Many have either switched to or are starting with beans.  Not tons of acres harvested but most yields seem to be in the 50-60 bushel range. Wheat is planted on some acres, but the rush is on to get it in. With only 5-10% of harvest complete it seems that all the intended acres may not get planted.
  • 10/14 - Jackson County, Minnesota: Finished up with the beans on 10/4. Considering the lack of rainfall and aphid pressure in August, we feel blessed to have gotten an average yield of 47bu/A. Somewhat off of our normal average of 50-55bu/A. Just started on the corn, running from 18-22% moisture. Taking a hit on the propane. No idea about yields thus far. 

  • 10/12 - Central Wisconsin: We got almost all the beans done only avg. 40 bu. not a good year for beans. This week we'll be hitting the Hi moisture corn for feed it's in the mid 20's on moisture.
  • 10/12 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: Harvest continues to move along slowly due to the high moisture content of the corn.  The corn is running between 20-22% moisture and my grain dryer won't keep up.  Beans have been coming off this past week with yields in the upper 50's to lower 60's.  The corn has been very good so far with "dry" yields running between 185-195 bpa.
  • 10/12 - Eastern North Dakota: 40 bu. beans under 8 inches of water in mid-October = 0 bu.
  • 10/12 - Lake County, West Tennessee: Surprisingly good full season beans 40-60BU.  Double crop beans very poor 0-15 bu.  Dryland corn 90-140.

  • 10/11 - Buchanan County, Iowa: I custom harvest in and around the county. I've done 1000 acres of beans so far with yields from 10 to 65 bushels. one farmer had 400 acres do 50.4 over the scale. I did 140 acres yesterday that went 26.5. The last ones were Vistive beans, they just aren't yielding very good again this year.
  • 10/11 - Northwest Indiana: Best so far is 220+. Worst is 190+. Great crop here.

  • 10/10 - Platte County, Nebraska: Paid to irrigate soybeans, dryland was 35 and irrigated was 55 to 60. Corn is still over 20% moisture, last year was nearly finished by this time. Need many more days of 80 degrees and stiff south breeze. I think I will take the money I normally spend on fert. and put it in the stock market, have a better chance of profit there.
  • 10/10 - Southern Iowa: Harvested over 100 acres of soybeans. All the fields looked excellent and nearly identical, but the beans themselves weren't very large. Yields were 40-48 bushels depending on fields. Overall have averaged 46 bu. About average for this area, but were hoping for 55 bu. Not much corn out around here, but a few guys are planning on starting early next week.

  • 10/10 - Cass County, Iowa: We were very wet at planting time so planting was delayed but were dry in July and August. Our bean yields are 40-45 bu. on poorer ground last year yield was 58 bu. and on good ground this year the yield is 50-55 bu. and last year comparable ground was 61-65 bu. So our yields are down 13-18 bu. on poorer ground and down 10-13 bu. on the better ground.  On soybeans taken to elevator and weighed (NO YIELD MONITOR YIELDS HERE).
  • 10/10 - Jefferson County, Indiana: Have run about 600 acres of corn so far. Yields averaging about 135 - 145.  Moisture average at 17.  No beans yet but have high hopes as they look pretty good.
  • 10/10 - Labette, Kansas: Things look to be going pretty well this harvest.  Beans are doing great and corn is all over the place due to early planting and then delays during spring rains in our area.  I would say we are going to see 120bu dryland around our farm.  I'm just glad I wasn't too greedy like some people and marketed my crops as I saw fit with all the high prices we have seen.  Marketed out as far as I could go for upcoming years using various strategies.  Let the inputs keep going down with commodity prices cause I'm locked in for a good time to come if we continue this uncertain time.  Today is the day where risk management is King and sleeping is easier.  All good things must come down at some point....
  • 10/10 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: Soybeans: from 39 to 55.  Late group II's out doing early group III's at this point. So far the earlier they were planted in the season the better they seem to be.  We have some mid group III's yet to run.  Later beans still have some leaves and green stems and some green pods.  Slow going!  Need a frost to finish them off. Moisture content running from 9% to 14%. Corn:  We raise Waxy and White, both non GMO corn.  Yield checks with weigh buggy on the Waxy is running in the 160's to 175. Moisture 22% to 23%.  We've not run any of the White yet.  It looks really good?  We'd sold the whole thing for 140 bu.  Should be getting moisture down with the warm days coming up. Lots of SRW put in in our area in the past week.  Received 1.5" of rain late Tuesday early Wednesday.  With warm temps and that kind of moisture we should see the wheat (and shattered soybeans) in a couple of days. Be careful out there!

  • 10/9 - Lee county, Illinois: The bean yields in Lee county are down like the price, wish the yields would have gone with the cash rent fertilizer and seed price. Guess I will plant all beans and let the fat cat fertilizer and seed company sit on there big pile of fertilizer.
  • 10/9 - Northwest Ohio: Worst bean harvest in 20 year. Good stands, most top pods aborted or not filled. 25-35 yield may avg. 32. All were planted no-till in April or early May. Hope crop ins comes through. Corn harvest may be a little better 110 --125 so far. Down bad in some spots. 80 % was triple stack.
  • 10/9 - Black Hawk, Iowa: A 140 acre field I plant half corn and half beans. This grain all goes across the scale in town. Got 62 bushel beans last year, this year 55 bushel.
  • 10/9 - Dane County, Wisconsin: Combines were rolling in soy beans at the end of last week with variable yields (20–65+ bpa) the some light rain on 10-5 and an inch on 10-7 has halted harvest.  High moisture corn has been coming off for two weeks now & again, variable yields (120-180 bpa).  I think this is how the harvest season is going to go for much of this area, some good yields mixed with some poor yields.  We might be just below avg. yield numbers.  Safe harvest everyone!!

    -- Soybean harvest North of Madison, WI (10-4-08)

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  • 10/8 - South Central Minnesota: Had about an inch of rain here. Most since end of July.  Finished beans before rain except for replants.  I would guess beans are 75-80% done around here. Yields were variable- high 30s to low 50s with an average of 43. Going to wait on fertilizer to see if it pays to grow much corn next year or not.  Looks like next year might be a year to limit your losses instead of maximize profits.
  • 10/8 - Livingston County, Illinois: The bean plant keeps getting shorter as it matures.  So does the yield.  Some of my fields were pretty good at 50 bu. , but I had many more fields at 30 bu per acre.  The overall yields were very disappointing.  What I have is going in the bin, and No sales are planed until 2009.  I have no plans to plant anything next year until the prices show me a direction.  If they think tanked prices, and ultra high input costs will equal farming as usual,   THINK AGAIN.  I don't farm for the fun of it.  No net profit, no grain produced.  If you want grain,  then show me the prices.
  • 10/8 - South Central Kansas: I finished harvesting corn week before last. We had the best crop ever with a 121 dryland, upland average. The 115 day corn took three weeks longer to get ready than the 111 day corn. No elevator will take corn around here unless it's 17 or under. We averaged 115 bpa last year, which was the best ever up until then, and I was surprised our corn was better this year since we had too much rain. We had 23 inches from May 1 to June 31. Some of the flatter, less well drained soils in Sumner County have a lot of drowned out spots and the yields are disappointing I've heard. Wheat drilling is underway here, some held off to let the ground cool down and we had a nice rain Sunday night and last night. No reason for me to start yet as there are insects and volunteer issues.
  • 10/8 - Rock County, Nebraska: Just starting irrigated high moisture corn. 29% moisture 200 bpa.

    -- Rock County, Nebraska

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  • 10/8 - Cherokee, Iowa: In Cherokee IA the corn is at 27% to 35% moist. The beans are running from 42bu to 62bu.

  • 10/8 - Calhoun County, Iowa: Rained last night. 1.75 inches so we are out of the bean fields for a while. Yields have been in the upper 50’s/lower 60’s in some fields not hit by too much rain and hail. Fields affected by rain/hail are in the upper 20’s/lower 30’s. Our fields were sprayed for aphids and a fungicide was applied in early August. The beans were no-tilled into corn stubble with a (10 inch) drill. Best beans we have raised in our heavy soils. The corn crop is still too wet. It will take a freeze to dry things out. Corn over all looks like the 2004 crop around this area. Areas to the east and south of us have had a very tough year with too much rain/wind/hail. Lots of corn crop damage.
  • 10/8 - Cottonwood County, Southwest Minnesota: We just started corn harvest over the weekend.  There sure is a vast disparity in yields.  The first corn planted on May 1 yielded 178 bu.  We harvested our test plot with yields ranging from 148 to 207, the plot was planted on May 16th.  The moisture ranged from 14.3 to 19.1.
  • 10/8 - Ney, Ohio: Just wanted to show you one of poorest bean harvest we have seen since the 70's.It rained all around us but we got 2 tens of an inch of rain from the 5th of July until September 13. Had a good stand of beans, about 30 inches of height, very little bug or fungus problems. The beans just dried up.  A lot of pods never filled out at all. A lot of 1 and 2 beans per pod. The picture shows the pods never filled out.

    -- Ney Ohio

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  • 10/7 - Lancaster County Nebraska: We have harvested about 2/3 of our beans with a yield of just over 50 bus/acre about our 5 year average. I did not spray for aphids or a fungicide. I can see some aphid damage around trees and low areas around creek bottoms, also shows up on yield monitor. Overall happy with yield considering how dry August was. No corn out yet still wet probably 18-22% we are use to being 15-17% by this point. Sure have knocked the grains lately, wonder if food prices will go down since everyone was blaming higher food cost on high grain prices,. my guess is they won't!

  • 10/7 - Barren County, Kentucky: We have almost finished with corn. Worst year I’ve ever had, 100-110 bp/acre. We are lucky to have that. Beans look good. We run our beans last so not sure of there yield. Many more years like this one and they will put me in an straight jacket. Rain, drought, field fires, wind, cash flow, I fell like I’ve been in war. They tell me it's gonna get worse.

  • 10/7 - Central Illinois: Here's a few pics from this last weekend, corn harvest in Central Illinois going strong. This is from one field, had 3 combines running.

    -- Central Illinois

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  • 10/7 - Northwest Minnesota: Had 27 above last Tuesday night. The immature corn smells like silage now. Combined 5,000 acres of beans so far. Lot of product going thru the combine and not much in the tank. Looks like 45 bu beans and they are averaging 25. Hope the prices continue to tank in October to raise our RA insurance level!
  • 10/7 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: I started picking corn slowly last week.  The corn planted on Memorial Day Weekend was being picked at 22%.  The yield monitor was anywhere from 90-310 bpa.  The "dry" yield was averaging between 185-190 bpa.  The grain dryer is moving the corn along slowly and the corn in the field doesn't want to dry.  I haven't picked any of my fields that are flat on the ground courtesy of "Ike."  I have no idea what those fields are going to yield.  I saw the first soybeans being combined today but I did not hear of any yields.  We are expecting rain on Tuesday and Wednesday with some strong storms possible.  I am going to lay out my best advice to everyone concerning input costs and commodity prices.  I would venture to say most of us have already paid out our fertilizer costs for 2009.  If you have not booked anydrous, DO NOT DO IT NOW.  I would look for anhydrous in the $675-$700 range later this fall and into next spring.  Diesel fuel will fall to just under $3.00 a gallon as demand from China has evaporated with the Olympics coming to an end.  China has not imported one gallon of gasoline in the past sixty days which in turn will lead to prices at the pump falling to $2.60 a gallon.  Our seed prices for next year are up and we cannot do anything about that.  Your best bet to get cheaper chemical prices is to wait until the end of this year or until next spring.  LP gas will be down to $1.60 a gallon so if you need to contract some for 2009 wait for this price level.  Grain prices are in the toilet for now, but in the next three weeks YOU WILL SEE A  SHARP TURNAROUND!!!  We have worldwide famine and biofuels are the future of this nation especially with Obama becoming president.  The fundamentals for agriculture are strong and this rough patch will be behind us in the not so distant future.  If you forward contracted grain before the beginning of September you hit a "grand slam."  My belief is we will see commodity prices somewhere around the 2007 highs when everything shakes out.  Do not panic and hold your grain until the prices rebound.  I would look for corn in the $4.75 neighborhood and beans in the $10.50 neighborhood before I would make any sales.  Be extremely patient when pricing your inputs for 2009.  Call once a week getting prices on everything including diesel fuel, chemicals, LP, anhydrous, and gasoline.  I forgot to mention that fertilizers costs will be down sharply next year.  Do not lose sight of the bigger picture.  Everyone must still eat and everyone must still drive their vehicles.

  • 10/6 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: Finished with 400 acres beans on the 4th. They averaged 45 bu. and for the year we had am feeling pretty good. Only had 1/2 forward contracted though and like everyone else in my situation am feeling kinda nervous. My fertility is in real good shape...been building it for 25 years and while it's a sin to think about not putting any on for a year I believe there is no other option. In fact if by spring input costs haven't come down I will go a year only using nitrogen. The farmer from Illinois is right, just don't buy it until it comes down to at least last year levels. Some corn coming out at about 22 to 30. Haven't heard any yields but it's going to depend on when nitrogen was applied, last fall or this spring. Have a safe fall.
  • 10/6 - Yellow Medicine County, Southwest Minnesota: Finished soybeans with yields in mid 30's with best in low 40's.  We missed the hail but had it all around us.  Three miles south, less than 10 bushels/acre.   A couple miles west looked like 15-20.  Friends over by Hanley Falls had a wipe-out with less than 10 average.  They have to hit the corn to try to keep it from dropping.  Corn is 22 to 26%. (Read further comments in Sound Off.)

  • 10/6 - Eastern Union County, Iowa: Started beans planted in mid May. Yield monitor running 40 to 72 avg. 53, looked like 35-40. Already had first seed salesman here, He wanted to know what it would take to do business, told him 60/75 dollars for conventional corn, said he would be back when he got that rate card. Who knows what I'll plant next year, 6 months of winter left till then. Just wish everybody would tell them the same thing. Markets down hard again this morning. Wonder who will blink first. Have always bought late and got good product.
  • 10/6 - Iroquois County, Illinois: What a time for agriculture!  I started farming in the late 70’s and have experienced many ups and downs in farming, but none will surpass this time.  Our crops are average (55 bushel soybeans and 185 bushel corn) so we will be able to make some money this year.  With that said, my cash flows are very bleak for 2009; therefore, I would suggest that farmers simply band together and tell their suppliers that we will not pay these exuberant prices period.  If you want my business, you must reduce your price or I will go somewhere else.  Why are we taking this?  Let us stand up for what is right and demand lower input prices. I am thankful, but becoming an extremely frustrated farmer!!!
  • 10/6 - Kosciusko County, North Central Indiana: The end of the growing season came Saturday morning (10/4).  With this frost the double cropped beans are done before making beans.  Will look to make them into hay. Started soybean harvest (9/27), group 3.0 beans are yielding 17- 40 bu/ac in this area.  Most in the 25- 30 bu/ac range, normal county avg. is 50 bu/ac.  As in other areas, they looked better all season until the rain shut off in August and September rains were too late.  We all hope corn turns out better, current moisture is 23-28% (hand shelling) on early varieties.

  • 10/6 - Winona County, Southeast Minnesota: 65% complete with beans.  Yield monitor going anywhere from 20’s to 58.  Averaging around 45 bu/a.  I very little corn is being taken out for high moisture corn for cattle operations.  Corn on corn yields on great ground with lots of manure and managed well is around 25-35% and about 190 bu/a.  Have a save fall!
  • 10/6 - Jackson County, Minnesota: About two thirds of the way through soybean harvest. Have harvested on various soil types and locations across the county. Yields on all our farms coming in at least five bushels per acre less than 10 year average for crop insurance. Thought beans would have been better from the way they looked. sprayed fungicide and twice for aphids.

  • 10/6 - Buffalo County, Wisconsin: Soybeans looked like 40bu./acre, yielding 15/bu. And, very small seeds.

  • 10/6 - West Central Minnesota: Very disappointing bean yields 25 to 35. Corn 35% moisture small ears not a good year.
  • 10/6 - Buffalo County, Nebraska: Finished 80 acre field of soybeans Thursday and was hoping for 60bu. average and made 64.5bu. Other neighbors are reporting disappointing yields of around 55-60bu. These are on irrigated land.

  • 10/6 - Renville County, Minnesota: The disappointment of low soybean yields has now moved into the corn.  July 31st storm caused greensnap from 5% to 25% and along with shallow kernels from this years drought - only saw 12" of rain this summer - the end result has been corn yielding 125 bu/A.  It will be interesting to start hearing corn yields from just north and west of here where the storm on July 31st caused greensnap at 25% to 90%.  That area covers several counties in western MN and into SD.  Hopefully the corn starts getting better soon.

  • 10/6 - Cass County Illinois: Started on early group 3 Beans this week 5 fields done running 50 to 60 testing 13 with a lot of green beans. Much better yields than the last two years. Not much corn done yet still running in the twenties but yields appear to be better than last year all over 200. Not many willing to dry wet corn will have to just wait. Thanksgiving may be wishful thinking!

  • 10/6 - West Central Missouri: Corn in yielding pretty good 165-180 range. One field did almost 200bpa, bottom ground. It is very slow going though, the corn will not dry down. Moisture is still around 20-23%. Have a long way to go still....

  • 10/3 - McIntosh County, South Central North Dakota: Just finished some soybeans. SB looked better than last year all summer long, but yields are coming in lower. Last year beans did about 40 to 52 bushels per acre. This year we are looking at 15 to 35 bushels per acre. I think all US farmers need to get long on the commodity markets and then we will announce a US farmers strike next year. We will not plant one acre in the US. Then we will see who is in charge; the farmers or Corporate America. They can keep their over- priced inputs like fertilizer, seed, chemicals and fuel. The US farmers will make more money on the futures market then they ever did farming.

  • 10/3 - Wayne County Nebraska: We have started combining beans ranging from 35 to 42 bushels to the acre the government better find more ending stocks because we are 15 to 18 bushels less than last year per acre.
  • 10/3 - Sibley County, Minnesota: Just finished first field of soybeans nice looking crop but still yield is barely in the 35bpa area. Very disappointing when we usually get close to 50bpa.

  • 10/2 - Butler County, Northeast Iowa: Have completed combining soybeans on three farms and seeing a lot of variation, 37 bpa, 44 bpa and 53 bpa although all of the beans looked good and about the same from the road. With the dry August,  it made for small beans on any soils that were lighter. Overall yield is about 10 bu less than expected.

  • 10/2 - Wright County, Iowa: Should finish beans tomorrow. All 2.1's. Yields are better than expected,44 to 55 bpa. Considering the weather 45 overall avg. would have been acceptable. The Good Lord always takes care of us. Be safe out there.

  • 10/2 - South Central Minnesota: Bean harvest starting to pick up here. We have taken several fields. Yields range from high 30s to high 40s, with an average of about 42. Not putting any fertilizer down right now with corn prices sliding daily.  Don't know how much corn I will plant next year. Have some rented ground  to negotiate a price on yet,  might think about letting it go if  prices continue to slide. At my age the risk just doesn't pay.
  • 10/2 - North Iowa: Beans are quite variable here in North Iowa upper thirties to upper fifties. Its about 10-15 percent below 5 yr avg. The beans we sprayed with Quadris were 5-7 bu better. A little corn has been taken out and all I can say its wet wet wet.

  • 10/2 - Southeast Livingston County, Illinois: About half way through combining soybeans, with yields running 45-50 bushels per acre. Had a total of 3 tenths of an inch of rain in August. That came in three rains. Haven't started corn.

  • 10/2 - Sioux County, Iowa: Just got done harvesting an 80 acre field with Vistive and non-Vistive soybeans. The Vistive soybeans went at 61 bushels per acre while the non-Vistive soybeans went for 66 bushels per acre. The total field averaged 65.25 bushels per acre.

  • 10/2 - Roberts County, Northeast South Dakota: DISAPPOINTING YIELDS!!! What looked like 45/50 bu/A turned into mid 20's to 30's.  Hot windy days over Labor Day weekend took its toil.  They just shut down and did not fill the upper pods--lot of small beans or no beans at all.  We need a frost/freeze to get the corn to dry down.

  • 10/1 - North Central South Dakota: Bean harvest just getting underway here.  Fairly disappointing in the early going. Chest-high beans in an area that is happy to get knee-high beans.  Hopes of 50+ are giving way to realities of 25-30.  Lots of bb’s and blanks.  Lots of questions at the coffee table as to what happened.

  • 10/1 - East Central Kansas: Harvesting a corn crop of a lifetime in this area of East central Ks., If we could just get it to give up & dry down. Corn harvest usually nearly done by this date is probably less than half done this year. A few earlier maturity beans being cut.  Yields are good, but beans are small. A lot of later planted & DC beans need more frost free days to finish.

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  • 10/2 - Butler County, Northeast Iowa: Have completed combining soybeans on three farms and seeing a lot of variation, 37 bpa, 44 bpa and 53 bpa although all of the beans looked good and about the same from the road. With the dry August,  it made for small beans on any soils that were lighter. Overall yield is about 10 bu less than expected.

  • 10/2 - Wright County, Iowa: Should finish beans tomorrow. All 2.1's. Yields are better than expected,44 to 55 bpa. Considering the weather 45 overall avg. would have been acceptable. The Good Lord always takes care of us. Be safe out there.

  • 10/2 - South Central Minnesota: Bean harvest starting to pick up here. We have taken several fields. Yields range from high 30s to high 40s, with an average of about 42. Not putting any fertilizer down right now with corn prices sliding daily.  Don't know how much corn I will plant next year. Have some rented ground  to negotiate a price on yet,  might think about letting it go if  prices continue to slide. At my age the risk just doesn't pay.
  • 10/2 - North Iowa: Beans are quite variable here in North Iowa upper thirties to upper fifties. Its about 10-15 percent below 5 yr avg. The beans we sprayed with Quadris were 5-7 bu better. A little corn has been taken out and all I can say its wet wet wet.

  • 10/2 - Southeast Livingston County, Illinois: About half way through combining soybeans, with yields running 45-50 bushels per acre. Had a total of 3 tenths of an inch of rain in August. That came in three rains. Haven't started corn.

  • 10/2 - Sioux County, Iowa: Just got done harvesting an 80 acre field with Vistive and non-Vistive soybeans. The Vistive soybeans went at 61 bushels per acre while the non-Vistive soybeans went for 66 bushels per acre. The total field averaged 65.25 bushels per acre.

  • 10/2 - Roberts County, Northeast South Dakota: DISAPPOINTING YIELDS!!! What looked like 45/50 bu/A turned into mid 20's to 30's.  Hot windy days over Labor Day weekend took its toil.  They just shut down and did not fill the upper pods--lot of small beans or no beans at all.  We need a frost/freeze to get the corn to dry down.

  • 10/1 - North Central South Dakota: Bean harvest just getting underway here.  Fairly disappointing in the early going. Chest-high beans in an area that is happy to get knee-high beans.  Hopes of 50+ are giving way to realities of 25-30.  Lots of bb’s and blanks.  Lots of questions at the coffee table as to what happened.

  • 10/1 - East Central Kansas: Harvesting a corn crop of a lifetime in this area of East central Ks., If we could just get it to give up & dry down. Corn harvest usually nearly done by this date is probably less than half done this year. A few earlier maturity beans being cut.  Yields are good, but beans are small. A lot of later planted & DC beans need more frost free days to finish.

  • 9/30 - Dickey County, Southeast North Dakota: We combined 550 acres over the weekend.  First 300 acres, right at 40 bpa.  We were pretty happy with that yield, it is some higher ground that tends to dry out.  Next 150 acres only made 30 bpa, the fields are only 1 ½ miles apart. Next 100 acres ran 45 bpa.  Overall, we are pretty satisfied so far.  Typically if we get over 40 we are happy and if we get under 40 we are disappointed.

  • 9/30 - Huntington County, Northern Indiana: We have combined about 200 acres of beans and 1-33 acres made 50 bpa.  Rest are doing 35 +/-.  Amazing we could do this well with no rain last half of July and all of August.  Hope for a safe harvest.

  • 9/30 - Cottonwood County, Southwest Minnesota: Finished combining soybeans on Monday, yields ran in a wide range.  One farm averaged 44, another ran 34 and another ran 48.  Quite disappointing considering how they looked in the field... very small bean size.
  • 9/30 - Lyon County, Iowa: I just did (Sept. 27) 10.2 acres of corn on corn, 102 day, planted May 1. Moisture was 26%. Yield adjusted to 15% moisture was 185.19 bpa. Early beans yielding 35-45 bpa.

  • 9/30 - Poweshiek County, Central Iowa: We combined about a third of our soybeans last week. 2.1's to 2.5's running from 55 to 63bu\acre. I have heard other beans at the 40 bu. level. Very little corn harvested in our area yet. Just started finding black layer the last few days. We were fortunate this year. We had more rain than we needed and lost some nitrogen, but we missed most of the real heavy rains and the erosion and ponding you can find not too many miles away. The 1.5in of rain last night will slow progress for a few days. Put a "downpayment" on some dry fertilizer this morning. Double what we paid a year ago. Seed corn for next year starts at over $300\bag. Whew! Takes my breath away. Have a safe harvest!

  • 9/30 - Northern Indiana: Harvested 300 acres of beans with yields from the teens to the low 40s with a average of 35. Corn so far 120 to 160...not the 160 to 200 we are used to. Isolated rains up here made for a variable crop mile to mile. Be safe.

  • 9/30 - Marshall County, Kansas: About half the beans still look like this.

    Marshall County, Kansas

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  • 9/29 - Far Western Kentucky: After severe drought in '07 the crops this year won't be much better. Corn crop will average about 90 bu./ac. Early soybeans are around 20. Doesn't look like the double-cropped beans will do much better. Thinking about taking a trip to see what a productive soybean field looks like at harvest. Haven't seen one in nearly 3 yrs. Any suggestions as to where to go?
  • 9/29 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: It was a beautiful week with temperatures in the low to mid 80's and NO RAIN.  A few of the early varieties of beans are turning quickly and should be ready in about ten days.  I saw one person picking corn so far but I did not hear what the moisture or yield was.  We are still looking at two more weeks before corn harvest gets into full swing here.  If we could have three more weeks like this past one, we could save an arm and a leg on LP.  We are setting up for a cool down this week with a cold front making its way through the area on Monday night.  Many farmers are going to put in quite a few acres of wheat this fall and I am having trouble understanding their logic.  The wheat price is low, fertilizer costs are through the roof, and to stop the combine with a harvest this late is absurd.  It is just my opinion.  I still contemplating 100 percent beans next year.  I am hoping harvest will be done by the beginning of December.  If we get any fall tillage done around here, it will be like winning the lottery.

  • 9/29 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: We got started with some corn on Friday the 26th.  Estimate the corn 170BPA. Switched to soybeans on Saturday.  They are in the mid 50's. Beans rather small but plants podded well.  Still green stems and some leaves on.  Cut around the replants.  Not a bad start.

  • 9/29 - Allen County, Lima, Ohio: Just started Soybeans and talked with neighbors, yield seems to be 28 to 35 bushels per acre.  Rain was absent August first until mid September. A little relief of approx. 7 tenths of an inch and none since. Crop insurance will be collected in this area in 2008.

  • 9/29 - Johnson County, Iowa: Just finished a field of beans that went 45 bushels to the acre.  Too many short beans from standing in water.  A lot of washouts to fill in.
  • 9/29 - Southwest Cass County, Indiana: Finished 265 acres of beans, 60 acres of  2.7 maturity averaged 60 bu/a. Balance at 3.4 maturity, averaged 62 bu/a. Both varieties had lots of green stems and some leaves still on. Moisture ranged from 10.0-12.4.  Combine are running overtime in this area.  

  • 9/29 - Simcoe, Ontario, Canada: Edible bean harvest better than 40% complete - yields ranging from 1600-3000lbs/ac. Soybean harvest beginning - yields at coffee shop talk mid 40's to mid 60's. Corn needed that heat last week, and gonna need some long sunny warm days to black layer for most part. Livestock growers will likely try some in few weeks time - est. of yield 140bpa - 200bpa.

  • 9/29 - Lac Qui Parle County Minnesota: Got our first semi load of beans to the elevator. Only took 225 acres to get it. Heavy hail damage, yielding 3-4 bu per ac.

  • 9/29 - Livingston County, North Central Illinois: Bean yields are going to be short of est.  Waiting for fields to dry out to combine.  Still some standing water in some fields.  Bean yields can be found from 30 to 40 bu per acre.  They are also showing some moisture damage. Elevators are docking for bad seed as FM. Beans close to the ground are showing damage to seed.  Input cost for corn will drive me to plant all beans for 2009.  Suppliers can keep all the corn input products and sell them to the foreigners for all I care.  I'm not getting screwed over by inflated prices.  No $6.00 corn, no production from me.

  • 9/29 - Central Illinois: Report from Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Soybean harvest has finally started in central Illinois. I found farmers harvesting south of Assumption, Ill. yesterday. Soybeans were averaging 69 bushel in this field. The same farmer said he has some wheat beans that will probably make 45 if frost doesn't get them. I can't believe how much the crop has changed in the past week. However, there are still plenty of green fields around.

    Central Illinois

    Photo by Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

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  • 9/26 - Northeast North Dakota: We have had a crop and a half so far this year.  Barley on 1500 acres averaged near 90 bu., wheat averaged in the high 70's, canola over 2000 lbs/ac.  But this area also has had over 6 inches of rain since Aug. 22. The last 3" came early this week, so the ground is really soaked up now. All field work is at a standstill, and in this northern slice of ND, we do not dry out very fast this time of year. Dry bean and soybean harvest will be very slow going on the wet soils, water standing in the drainage ditches, have to be very careful where we park trucks, etc. The dry beans that have been combined are  yielding very good, I'm hearing from 1800 to 3000 lbs/ac. No frost yet.....the sunflowers are finishing and the corn may actually make it!! In the Red River Valley, just 20 miles east of me, the sugar beet and potato harvests are in full swing-or where until the last blast of rain. We are hoping it gets dry enough so we can get on the $1100 NH3 and $1150 phosphates that we had to pay in full for over a month ago.  Last Sept. NH3 was $485/ton.  

  • 9/26 - South-Central Minnesota: Did our first field of beans yesterday. Didn't expect much, with no rain since the first of August, but worse than I thought @ 39 bu. Last two years we've been 55-62 range so I guess we we were due for a smaller crop. Our last low yielding bean crop was in '03.

  • 9/26 - O'Brien County, Iowa: Started beans 9/24. 13% moisture 55+ bu/acre. Other beans are a week away yet. Found one field of corn black layered.

  • 9/26 - Buchanan County, Iowa: First field of early variety beans went 41 bushels per acre. Planted just before Memorial Day when most of the soybeans in my area went in the ground. Field was sprayed for aphids. This was a very good farm and quite capable of 60 bu beans, but it was just too wet May through July. The beans were very short and I actually was very surprised to get this yield.

  • 9/26 - Southeast North Dakota: Soybean harvest had been progressing nicely ,recent rains will slow us up a bit. Yields have been dissappointing. Most farmers are reporting 25-30 bu/ac. The beans looked better than that. Our rainfall from June 16th to Sept. 1st was  less than 2 inches with the biggest rain being .31" . Just too dry for the beans. Corn harvest is 2 weeks off.

  • 9/25 - Northwest Ohio: Bean yields 30-35 bu. per acre. We had best start ever until July 10. Then we had 1.5 inches on Sept 5…toooooooo long with out rain. Hope crop insurance comes through.
  • 9/25 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: Combine still in the shed...ready for the "Shake Down Cruise" but still in the shed.  Hand shelling corn this past weekend put corn in the low 30's. Some say we are losing 0.5-1.0% moisture/day on the corn. 2.7 soybeans may run later this week. They were pretty "punky" and very green stems.  We'll cut around the replants.  Several combines running today in both corn and soybeans up and down US-24 between Logansport and Peru, Indiana.  

  • 9/25 - Madison County, Nebraska: One guy starting some early planted corn moisture was running around 22% beans will start by end of weak not expecting bumper crop been dry until recently.
  • 9/25 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: More rain fell in a few isolated areas dropping as much as one inch on Sunday morning.  We are still very wet from the rains of Ike a week ago.  Some corn harvest occurring in the river bottoms where corn was planted mostly in May.  All I have heard are that yields are decent but the moisture is still in the low 20's for the most part.  A couple in the area have nibbled at a field or two, but nothing widespread.  We hand shelled some of the early May corn we kept and it is still in the low 20's, but looks like it should be dryer.  We didn't save much so we are in no hurry.  The late may corn is still in the low 30's and that is 109 day corn.  The June corn is moving at a snails pace.  I hope we can get it under 30%, but I'm not so sure.  A few early varieties of beans may get cut by the end of next week, but for the most part bean harvest will be 2-3 weeks off for most.  Double crops look to be the best we've ever had, provided we can hold the frost off.  Our first crop beans need a couple weeks frost free and the double crops need at least 3 weeks of no frost or they will be damaged to some extent.  This time last year we were putting the wraps on corn harvest.  At the rate things are going I don't see us ending harvest until the end of November if we are lucky. 

  • 9/24 - Wabash County, Indiana: Just finished 240 A of 3.1 & 3.6 beans - yield 40.5.  These beans were planted April 27th and looked as good as any I ever had until mid July.  Had 1.3 inches of rain since July 2.  This ground usually yields in the mid 60's.
  • 9/24 - Platte County, Nebraska: Started soybean harvest. Great yields. Dry land running 55 bu., irrigated running 73 bu. We were surprised. A neighbor cut silage last week, and had a yield checked, it came in at 250 bu. plus. Crops turning fast now. I wish everybody a good harvest.

  • 9/23 - O’Brien County, Iowa: Soybean harvest is just underway with a few fields of early beans combined. Yields have been better than we thought at low 60’s. Harvest will get into full swing next week and then we will have a better handle on yields.

  • 9/23 - Sunflower County, Mississippi Delta: Most folks you talk to say this has been one of the toughest years anybody has experienced. A lot of damage to all crops due to rains and wind from Gustav and Ike. Conditions early in the crop year weren't much better either. Not much corn in our area but what was planted has pretty much been harvested. Our yields are about our average (150 bu.) but way down from last year's huge crop. A lot of rice has been blown down and are experiencing slow progress and losses also. It looks like as more acres are cut that yields are not there in the rice. Early beans had a lot of damage and it's been tough getting them delivered to public elevators mainly due to moisture levels. They just don't seem to want to dry down. Heard one guy say if he didn't have grain bins, he wouldn't have anything done. A lot of people are sitting up waiting and that's not normal for us. Some tremendous yields on 4.8 and 4.9 varieties so far but it has been offset by the terrible conditions for the earlier ones. Not hearing much talk about wheat plantings. Probably the only wheat to be planted will be on acres that people booked the crop early this year at much lower prices. Not a good situation there either. Duck season can't get here fast enough.
  • 9/23 - Bremer County, Iowa: Soybean harvest has just begun, and yields are from 15 on poor ground to mid 30’s on good ground. This area is a custom to 50-60 bu beans. Corn harvest has not taken off; some early reports from silage chopping, puts yields btw 80 and 130. This area is a custom to 180-250 bu yields. This might calm some folks down, who like paying 400+ acre rents.

  • 9/23 - Renville County, Minnesota: Soybean harvest has just started around the area.  So far yield reports on early soybeans have been very disappointing. Yields range from 32-38 bu/a. Even came across some early corn being harvested.  Also on the low side, 130 bu/a.

  • 9/23 - Central Missouri: Report from Margy Fischer, Farm Journal Machinery Editor: Harvest speeds up from snail pace. Over the Labor Day weekend I talked with a farmer who was frustrated about being kept out of the combine cab. Rains and delayed crop maturity had put his harvest to a halt. This east central Missouri farmer was accustomed to being more than half way done with harvest by the holiday weekend.

    However, September has put many Missouri farmers back in the field combining corn.

    The once frustrated farmer has been able to climb up in the combine and is at a good pace to get harvest done within a reasonable time frame. And this past weekend I heard from a farmer near Sweet Springs, Mo., who had started harvest on Tuesday. He and his son are optimistic despite the variability in their corn crop. Yields wavered from as low as 120 bu. to 250 bu. per acre. He reports that the good areas are good, but those areas that were wet early in the season are showing up on the yield monitor.

  • 9/22 - Adams County, Nebraska: Soybean harvest is started corn should start in 10 days. It’s a bountiful year here. About time after several years of heat and drought.

  • 9/22 - Northeast North Dakota: Looked at all of our corn, 3,000 acres, on Sept 19, about our normal frost date. Most of the corn was not fully dented, we need 2-3 more weeks frost free.  Forecast looks good for at least 10 days. Will have bushels but will be wet and probably lower test weight. Talked to our corn buyer and he is looking for corn in 2 weeks, told him it will be 6 weeks, not real happy. Started pinto bean harvest, average to a little below average. Soybeans will start in about a week, look good.

  • 9/22 - Everson, Washington: We empathize with all of you who have suffered crop losses from Hurricane Ike and from flooding damage earlier this year. We live in the Pacific Northwest and went through having hundreds of acres of silage corn blown flat to the ground last year. By the ingenuity of some local machinery mechanics we chopped the field one direction only and was able to salvage the whole 250 acres of the downed corn. I don't understand the shelling corn process, but I do know about silage corn. I also know that you have a value of $1000/acre value of your corn and I strongly suggest that you need to put your best efforts out to salvage your crop. The crop is much too valuable to consider it a loss. We spent several hours trying to figure out how to chop the corn--and we used an old Fox corn head & adapted it to slide under the corn to pick up the stalks. It worked!! We had the pros out in the field scratching their heads to see what we were doing.  So, persevere!!

    P.S. Kemper Heads do not work for downed corn!!!

    Percy Hoekema, Everson WA

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  • 9/22 - West Missouri: So far we have picked about 350 acres. Yields are in the 160-185 range. Moisture is still a little high at 21%, so the dryer is still running. Irrigated corn is still a week or two away. Hopefully we will see some 200+ yields.
  • 9/22 - Mississippi: Cotton Losses Excessive rains from recent hurricanes have damaged Mississippi’s cotton crop, leading to boll rot, hardlock and seeds sprouting in the bolls.

    Cotton Losses

    Photo by Will McCarty/MSU Extension Service

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  • 9/22 - Washington County, Eastern Nebraska: Started high moisture corn harvest on Monday. This is two weeks later than the last three years. Yields are above average on the dryland fields that are out at his time. Corn still mostly 30 to 32 percent moisture. No irrigated out yet but look very good. Soybeans about a week away.

  • 9/22 - Porter County, Indiana: Finally went down through the farm Wednesday evening.  Glad I didn’t go sooner, as I would have been crying for sure. Only saw the devastation from the perimeter, as I was driving people back and forth for fuel or another vehicle.  Hope it doesn’t rain for at least another couple of weeks…  The water is down at least 2 FEET today. (Sorry about the photo quality, it was getting dark and my digital camera is showing its age under these lighting conditions.)

New drainage dug since Sunday – north side

Spot where water is flowing from the field at the top of the photo didn’t exist before Sunday; opposite side (south) of ditch from above photo.

Source of water for top photo.

“White Water Rapids” flowing OUT of our corn field – this used to be a ditch bank that you drove across, only the ditch on the left was there before Sunday, and the water is typically 12 feet below the bridge in the background.

This flows into the photo above…  Handle bar from the 4-wheeler Dwight & I were on—he pulled a bit too close to the edge for me!  The dirt used to be part of the ditch bank you would drive on to get to the road on the west side of the field—now there’s just an outlet to the Reeves Ditch, flowing into the photo directly above.

There are others far worse off than we are; the Kankakee River is about 4 miles south of us, and has only gone done an inch or two, as the water keeps coming from the north and east.  Ditch banks blown out all over the place.  Worrying about the beans more than the corn right now. 

Porter County, Indiana

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  • 9/22 - Central Indiana: Cut 2 fields of early beans (2.5 and 3.1). The 2.5s made 67 bu/ac and the 3.1s made 65 bu/ac. I sure hope the later beans get better. Thank God for all you have. Have a safe harvest.

  • 9/18 - West Texas: Peanuts and Milo are looking great.  The Cotton is a different story.  Need six weeks of good warm open weather to make the cotton crop work.  Had 7 inches of rain on 9/11 in a one day event.  The below average temps. don't help either.  If we have an early frost we will produce a lot of junk cotton. With the cheap price of cotton there will be a lot of  pain.  Inputs for cotton just out of line with the price of cotton.  Will plant more milo and peanuts next year.  If this trend continues we will lose our cotton infrastructure.  In this global market, probably will not get it back.  Will start harvesting peanuts and milo in about 3 weeks.  Have a safe harvest season.

  • 9/18 - Western Illinois: Report from Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: It is still a wasteland along parts of the Mississippi. Heavy rains over the weekend added insult to injury. I saw these grain bins on the Illinois side of the river just east of Burlington, Iowa yesterday.

Illinois, just east of Burlington, Iowa

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  • 9/18 - West Central Minnesota: Walked my corn fields and found all the corn planted prior to May 5th was in the dough stage.  It is all 100 and 102 day maturity. Was surprised to see it that far along.  Kernel counts averaged 36 x 16 with 34,000 ears per acre.  My math would put yield between 195 and 217.
  • 9/18 - Ingham County, South Central Michigan: Just like many farmers, July 20th  beans and corn never looked better. Six weeks of little rain took a toll on them. Then we got 11 inches of rain in less than 2 weeks. Some of our beans are under water. Talked to a farmer this week who ran some beans before all the rain - 35 bpa, well below average.  Corn still looks to be an average yield with beans below average. When all looks bad I just read our churches meditation for the day  and it reminds me that Heaven is our home.  Have a safe harvest and God bless.

  • 9/17 - South Central North Dakota: Small grains in our area were very good, leaves on beans and sunflowers dropping and look to have above average potential. Corn is another story, there is a lot of livestock in the area but not enough to consume the silage that will be available even if frost comes late in 10 days. Seeding winter wheat, must be optimistic wheat is off $1.50/bu. in last month and starter fert. is $29/acre.

  • 9/17 - Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky: Corn harvest is likely 50% or more complete with fair to good yields depending on rainfall, which was widely variable all season.  Weather has been dry in past few weeks, my lawn is crunchy dry.  Some full-season beans nearby look pretty good and seem to have several pods that are filling out except on the ridges, but some never seemed to cover the middles even on 15” rows.  Most beans are turning now and it is too late for rain.  Hard winds on Sunday blew over some corn, but there was no measurable rain.

  • 9/16 - Southwestern Illinois, St. Clair County: Well, 24 hours have passed since Ike punished us severely. The wind decimated quite a few cornfields in the area and the stress level is pushing the panic level. We can still achieve armageddon with a frost next week since the beans are still totally green. Yee Hah!!!  I know we scratched and clawed our way to get this crop in the ground but this was adding insult to injury. We would have been better off if the wind had taken every stalk of corn to the ground. The crop insurance would have put us ahead. We will start shelling the corn that is flat on the ground when it gets to 30 moisture. I hope the LP man doesn't have call block because he is on speed dial as of yesterday. All I can say is, "What a mess."  I can't wait for 2009 to start and can only hope we don't ring in the New Year with the combine still running here. (Although, if we start drinking now it might ease the pain of a tough harvest ahead.) Last year at this time, we were almost done with the entire corn harvest. What a difference a year makes!!! 

  • 9/16 - West Central Ohio: Ike blew through Sunday afternoon knocking out power for 6-8 hours. Lots of corn blown down in our area.

  • 9/16 - Central Minnesota: Nice day today and yesterday. Just trying to get these damn crops to maturity before it freezes. Starting to chop corn by Thursday for sure before it gets too ripe. Half milk line as of today so I need to get it done before it is too late. Soybeans turning yellow quickly and leaves dropping. Should be combining them by October 5-10th. A lot better year than last year (severe drought) around this area.


  • 9/15 - Northern Shelby County, Ohio: This is what my corn looks like after the wind storm 9/14/08. I am located  6 miles South of Wapakoneta, Ohio. The other pictures were taken 7/04/08 and 7/23/08. It has been dry the last part of July and August and some rain .6 inches of rain last week.

Photos by Alvin Berning, Wapakoneta, Ohio

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  • 9/15 - Auglaize County, West Central Ohio: Lost some corn yield in yesterdays wind.  No rain, just 60+ MPH wind.  Saw some corn that was pretty much flattened by the 5 hours of intense winds on Sunday.  Some fields stood better than others.  Trying to decide if we should wait for the beans to be ready or start shelling down corn at 30% moisture and give the firstborn to the LP man.
  • 9/15 - Grand Ledge, Michigan: We received 6.9 inches of rain this past weekend. Flooding of fields and roadways. Flood warnings are posted for central Michigan.
  • 9/15 - Northeast Illinois: I keep hearing that this latest rain will help the beans.  It will not help the beans or corn.  We have driven all over northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and into the middle of northern Iowa and all the beans are yellow and dropping leaves or brown and completely defoliated.  These rains came too late to help all the beans and corn.  Now with the weekend rains, we received 9 plus inches in a 2 day time frame, and all that it has done is drown spots that were replanted in the fields.  Now the fields are lakes. Have a safe harvest.
  • 9/15 - Fulton County, Indiana: Received 5.75" this weekend from remnants of Ike. Not sure how much it will benefit the crops at this point, but ground was getting dry. It will definitely give the pastures an extra boost.
  • 9/15 - Southwest Illinois St. Clair/Madison Counties: Rain and wind was on the menu today thanks to Ike.  After a disastrous start to the Spring and most corn going in June, we had had virtually a perfect 2nd half going, until today.  My gauge only showed 2”, but given all the roads under water I’d say we had more.  Who knows for sure but what we had came in about a 1-2 hour window and a steady surge of NW winds running in the 50-60mph range.  Beans are flat, lots of corn is flat and in general the mood in our area has gone from cautiously optimistic to depressed.  All we’d need is a frost next week to really stick a fork in us. 

    Now we are still going to have crops to harvest.  The corn will still be OK but it will be a very slow tedious process (get your reels if you don’t have one).  I do think given how wide an area this hit I think this may cost the county yield as much as 10 bushel or more.  Some don’t look just too bad while others are completely flat.  Beans aren’t hurt to the extent corn is, but I do think the severe lodging will impact yields a bit and again may slow harvest.  As far as maturity goes, the May corn that was kept (not much) is still in the mid 30’s.  The June corn is dented but the milk line isn’t half way on most of it.  I’ve seen one field of beans that has some yellowing, the rest are grass green.

  • 9/15 - RAIN RAIN RAIN RAIN! 6.5” in the last 24 hours and 10.5” for the month of September. Corn planted on April 21st will more then likely be ready in 10 days - 2 weeks. Soybeans planted early May ready for harvest before October 1.
  • 9/15 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: IT IS AN UTTER MESS HERE!!!  Ike reared his ugly head and hammered us.  We received around two inches of rain, but the excessive wind damage will be the story of this storm.  We had sixty to eighty mile an hour sustained winds for around 45 minutes to an hour which leveled some of the corn.  Certain "brands" of corn stood better than others after touring the area and looking at the widespread damage.  We now have some beanfields that are taller than the corn.  My best guess is we lost fifteen to twenty percent of our corn yield after this storm.  We looked at the root structure a few days ago and it was hard to find any corn with roots of over five inches.  We now have SDS showing up in the beans and those were planted towards the end of June.  The harvest will be late and difficult, we will use lots of LP, and gasoline is $4.49 at the pump.  To the gentlemen who was wanting Ike in Indiana, I hope you did not get what we did.  2008 will go down in the record books as the toughest year ever in this area.  I am quite sure there won't be enough reels available for the corn harvest.  I hope everyone fared better than us.
  • 9/15 - Central Maryland: Well we started out the first 2 weeks of September with more rain that June, July and August combined! There will be a tremendous fall hay crop to be made. Corn looks good most areas. Corn silage harvest is winding down and there may be a combine or 2 getting ready to roll into the early planted and short season corn. Double crop beans also look to be very good as well. Overall it looks as if the season will end up close to average if we get it in the barns and bins. There are certainly a lot of concerns over commodity prices and inputs. Have a safe bountiful harvest!
  • 9/15 - Mississippi County, Missouri: Ike was a rude visitor! Only got a trace of rainfall but winds that took down a 100 year old barn on the farm, also lost a machine shed that blew into our shivers bin and did major damage! What I can't believe is that there are no pivots turned over, makes no sense. I only have 160 acres that I picked at 21% trying to protect from a little wind damage and looks like that will be all of the fun picking this year, the 1000 acres left in the field is at least 50% down and in places flat as a pancake! Mother Nature just couldn't let us have this crop we fought so hard to make could she...
  • 9/15 - Crops bout ready to go but  12+ inches rain for the week and its still raining this is not good.
  • 9/15 - Lee County, Illinois: As of Noon today we have had 6 1/2" of Rain. This isn't even from IKE yet. Corn and beans are just starting to change color, and now all this rain could make for an ugly fall. We already have some flat fields from an Aug. 4th wind, now we are going to have more disease problems in corn and beans before crops are ready for harvest. Some weather reports say we could get as much as another 6 inches from IKE! Currently we are at 1992 GDU's since 5/15/08 when most corn was finally planted and the 11 year average for today is 2260 GDU's 268 GDU behind average. In 2 weeks, the projected total is only 2163 so in 2 more weeks we will still be 100 GDU behind today on average so this means we are over 2 weeks behind and this doesn't even include all the rain into the equation.  Grain quality  for storage could be another issue if the wet weather continues. Can't wait for 2008 to be over.
  • 9/15 - We have had forty plus inches of rain this spring, then turned fairly dry.  Corn planted May 5th, started out yellow, then looked pretty decent except for wet spots.  Picked a couple ears two weeks ago and was very surprised.  Even tall green stalks had ears only eight inches long and last two to three inches had no kernels.  Stalks have been turning yellow ever since.  Appears putting on nitrogen early last fall was a big mistake.
  • 9/15 - Weakley County, West Tennessee: After shelling 25 acres, corn has not made over 100 bushels.  Corn yields from the county agent's office go from 10 bu. to 125 bu.  No rain since June to speak of.  Beans are dropping leaves and drying too soon.  Dry, Dry, Dry.  

  • 9/12 - Northern Oklahoma: Wet wet wet. Corn is way ready still won’t dry-down. The forecast calls for Ike to give us a lot more. This is the latest start for corn shelling I’ve ever had. Beans are still growing and blooming. Has anyone else noticed what’s wrong with the combine in the picture of the soybean checkoff on the front page?
  • 9/12 - Sold 1 farm of corn to local dairy lots of stalks 12-14 feet high. Most of the ears were 4-5 inches long, sure a long way from 155 bu/acre. Should have sold more to them.
  • 9/12 - Central Illinois: We started corn harvest Sept.10.The corn is 100 day planted on Apr. 16 and is testing 21%. The dry yield has been around 220 bu./acre. I am pleased with this considering the wet spring and dry august. We had 2 inches of rain on Sept. 11, so harvest was stopped. We are supposed to get more Sunday from the hurricane.
  • 9/12 - Wheat sown into good subsoil moisture May for November Harvest.  Dry July & August saw some crops feed off or scrapped NSW.  South NSW & Victoria desperate for rain as well as South Western Australia.  Qld and Nth NSW will harvest average crops.  Very little of Eastern Australia is exported in an average year so W.A. is the state to watch for amount of wheat exported from Australia as they export about 90% of crop. Our farm has had 2 falls of .8” over the past 2 weeks and looks like another .8” this weekend which will set us up for an above average yield as the wheat is flowering.  Input costs are through the roof and this is the 7th year of drought for some farms to the south & west of us so they will go under as they will not harvest anything this year.
  • 9/12 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: The remains of Gustav brought us 2.50-3.00 inches of rain.  The rain was extremely beneficial to the beans and the pod counts have gone up quite a bit.  I was thinking that 50 bpa was going to be a stretch two weeks ago, but now I think 60 bpa may be possible.  The big "IF" is going to be frost.  Our crops are still as green as an evergreen and the maturity rate has slowed down with all of the cool, wet, and cloudy days.  It is starting to get that feel of this past spring.  The weatherman is forecasting several inches of rain here in the next five days.  We are going to get some rain from a tropical system in the Pacific and then Ike is going to rear his ugly head.  We do not need any of this rain.  I cannot believe the number of people putting wheat in this fall and quite a bit of it around here.  I did the math and I do not see the reward in doing so.  However, I am still considering planting ALL BEANS in 2009.  I hardly believe there will be any crops combined early enough to sow wheat in this area.  I spoke with a farmer who planted some corn on May 1 and he said the moisture is still at 31 percent.  After talking to the agronomist this past week, he believes the corn won't be ready until the second week of October due to the late planting season.  The LP man will be working around the clock in this area.  The corn looks anywhere from 150-180 bpa, but we are starting to sustain damage from mold, the worms, and the birds feeding on the worms.  Some of the corn is now tipped back due to the birds feeding on the worms.  I am starting to get nervous about harvest with so many factors tipping the scales in a negative fashion.  This has been the biggest roller coaster ride in my 40 plus years of farming.  Where is the global warming when we really need it?  By the time harvest ends around here, I will be cooking my Thanksgiving turkey!!!  

  • 9/11 - Whiteville, Louisiana: The LSU AgCenter estimates that Louisiana rice farmers suffered a loss of $29 million, 7.6 percent of the crop’s estimated value, and the losses of soybeans total $60.8 million, almost 15 percent of the crop’s value. Sugarcane also took a beating, and LSU AgCenter estimates peg the total statewide loss at $72.5 million of the $583 million crop value.

Farmer Jeffrey Sylvester looks over flooded rice fields in Avoyelles Parish.

Mature rice in the water at the Sylvester farm in Avoyelles Parish.

Bernard Laviolette Jr. of Coteau Holmes shows damage to his cane crop.

Photos by Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

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  • 9/11 - Bremer County, Iowa: Corn silage chopping has been going on for about a week. Corn is slowly coming on, but rains have slowed any drying. Soybeans are starting to turn, but I’d say combines won’t roll till Oct 1st. Crop hay is hard to do, need at least a 4 day window in order to bale. All in all I think were ready for a good year, considering what we have been thru. I’d say beans will do 40, and corn will be 150-180.
  • 9/11 - It is raining here this morning, first we have had in 2 months. Beans are turning so I think its to late. Corn has suffered all year, lack of nitrogen, compaction and dround out. We will never see the estimates until next year.
  • 9/11 - Holdingford, Minnesota: Corn nearing the 1/2 milk line.  Will start chopping early next week.  This is about 10 days behind normal.  The soybeans and turning yellow but are still 3-5 weeks away from combining unless this cool wet weather turns around.  Estimating corn to run about 140 bushel/acre which is average for us.  Soybeans probably 35 bushel per acre, about 10 bushel less than average for us.  Seeded 50 acres of winter wheat last weekend.

  • 9/10 - Ogle County, Illinois: Crops look very good here. We had a great wheat harvest this year, chopping started this week. Good rain event last Thursday, wide-spread half to a inch. We need two weeks frost-free weather but we had 38 Wednesday a.m.
  • 9/10 - The 400 acres of irrigated corn (Northern Alabama) that I had been watching was totally harvested by the time we returned from Ky. 8-31. I am certain that it did 200+, really well managed and Lucky. They got it out before the trailing winds from these 3 Hurricanes in the gulf. On Sep 3rd I saw some equivalent corn (non Irrigated and a little later) 3 miles away that had some serious "Blow Down". We are getting a lot of Wind from the southeast.

    My Southern Kentucky corn (Non-irrigated & with Poultry litter) will surprise me if it does 120 Bu/ac.

    Nine miles away on my Mom's Home Farm (Plano, Kentucky, Leased for $165/acre), I walked out about dark on 8-30 to pull a few ears to check what he had and wondered about all of the weeds growing between  the rows. Pulled up a couple and realized he had knee-high soybeans in the middle of the 24"rows. (Good white corn, probably 170/acre). I had my son check that out when they started harvest and he called me and said "Big Equipment - Going very Slow" on 9-3. I said "How does the land look?" He said “Pale Green!”

    I am not sure how this will work out in southern Kentucky, but I do know that someone is trying.   I will try to let you know the results!  (Beans under corn, You gotta be kidding me.)
  • 9/10 - Southeast North Dakota: Have frost Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Edges of bean fields have damaged top foot. Way too green yet.

  • 9/10 - Canada to Northern Missouri  I-35 to the Mississippi River: Very rude awakenings are out there when the combines start to run—a large portion of the corn crop has shut down prematurely and will likely result in light test weights and very small kernels--- 16 kernels around the cob and I can put my thumb and middle finger together around the ear.   Wide variations in ear and kernel counts down the row, and between fields.  The counts are running apx 14-15% below the previous 4 year averages (of the counts not actual yields)—if we end up more in the 110,000 kernels per bu instead of a more normal 90,000 the past 4 years--- you just chopped a HUGE yield off of the USDA estimates. Hybrids seem to be making a big big difference this year.   Rough guess would put the Northeastern quarter of Iowa more in the 155-165 bu range rather than a more normal 180 bu average.  The southern quarter of Iowa and NW Missouri might be hard pressed to make 110 bu per acre. Look for Iowa to come in somewhere in the 150-155 average yield on planted acres.

    More barren stocks than normal— no matter where you go in the above area (worse in south central Iowa and NE Missouri).  Some evidence of pollination problems (aborted kernels on ear tips) which surprised me.  Some fields that look really good from the road—16 around and 27 long is a very common number--- that takes a tremendous number of ears per acre to get decent yields—not excellent yields. 

    I hire a crop scout that has confirmed my suspicions as well--- he reminded me that “what I was doing was not taking the drowned out spots in the fields into consideration.”  

    Lets talk about drying expense---  we are likely to look at something close to $.75- $1/bu on dry corn yield to haul the corn to the elevator and dry it down this year. This assumes that we can get some dry-down in the field--- but weather like this typically doesn’t allow for much reduction in moisture even if we get to black layer prior to frost.
  • 9/10 - Furnas County, South Central/Southwest Nebraska: Unlike most comments I've been reading the last month or so we have been receiving good rains since early August and in some areas most of the summer. Dryland corn will be 25% very good, 50% good and 25% very poor depending on when and how much it rained. The irrigated corn looks good but I'm concerned about kernel depth on all of it. We had a lot of cool cloudy days in August and again so far this month and I'm afraid the needed photosynthesis for great yields did not occur.

    Beans look good. Dryland pivot corners look as good as the irrigated portion of the field. They are a little short in height and a week behind.

    Our main concern is the milo. If it matures we will have above average yields but we are still in pollination to early grain fill as of this week. We're close to two weeks behind normal. With highs only in the low 70's at best and lows in the 50's we are only accumulating about 10-12 growing degree units per day. We figure we need 40 frost free days to make maturity. Average frost date is Oct. 10th. Last year was late October. Two years ago was September 17th. I'm not betting on it making it. Just been so cool all summer. The milo outcome will determine whether this year will be just OK or great.

  • 9/9 - West-Central Minnesota: Fields are quite variable here. Pod counts are disappointing, I believe the soybeans will yield near normal. The cornfields are so variable with parts of the field dried up and other parts green and still filling out the ears that I would have to guess near normal yields on corn also. Probably no bumper crops, but no disaster either. Last night the temp was 36 degrees.
  • 9/9 - Waseca Minnesota: We had frost last night. Froze the beans in low areas. Beans will be small. Corn will make it but will cost a ton of money do dry test weight I think will be low, corn was not in the black layer yet!
  • 9/9 - Hard frost in the low ground last night.  Looks bad.  Normal first frost date is October 6.
  • 9/9 - Pontiac, Illinois: Because of Blunt ear syndrome, my corn yields will vary between 100, and 160 bu. I never saw anything like it. If prices don't improve, and inputs decline,  I will plant NO corn next year. I will be all wheat, and beans. I PROMISE!!!!!
  • 9/9 - Dry August has taken some of the yield away from our crop.  We have been getting bits and pieces of rain but nothing of any real measurement … mainly small fronts moving through with limited rain fall events.  Corn is at early dent to dent stage.  Talk of corn silage going up sometime this week or next.  Looking like last crop of hay will be finished up this week.  Early varity beans … 1.5 … are starting to turn.  Several fields are green, yellow and brown.  Aphids came on later that normal in the summer.  Some bean fields never were sprayed and others were spayed twice … location, location, location = lots of scouting!  I look for corn to be 165-195bu./a and beans to be 45-55bu./a.  Looks like a lot of propane burned to dry down corn.  Looking like corn will be mature Oct. 1 to 10 and beans mature Sept.28 to Oct. 4 or so on the earliest planted beans in the area.  Have a safe harvest and remember to try and keep positive attitudes!
  • 9/9 - Southeast North Dakota: Had to scrape frost off the windshield at 7:30 this morning. Most of the corn here is dented but the soybeans need another week or two before we freeze off. Only received 2 inches of rain in the past 12 weeks so there a number of acres that suffered moderate drought stress. Yields will be widely variable, it's impossible to put an accurate number on what the final yields may be. The wheat crop resulted in my second best yielding crop ever, but that wasn't a surprise, the wheat looked great all year.

  • 9/9 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Pretty general 2-3" rain event Wed-Fri of last week.  Only a few areas in extreme southern St. Clair county reporting 1-2".  Very beneficial to all crops.  Most of our corn is June planted and is starting to or will dent in the next week or so.  This rain won't add kernels but should keep some depth and add test weight.  Most beans are done flowering but still in the critical stage of pod fill so this rain could have easily saved(or added depending how you look at it) 5 plus bushels per acre.  Double crop beans are as tall as first crops in most cases.

    I think yields will be decent given how and when we planted this crop.  About 20% of the corn crop went in the ground in May.  It is mostly 2-3 weeks from harvest.  Most of it endured heavy rains after planting but has not really ever been short of moisture.  Low areas will have thinned or poorly developed stands and in general has probably suffered from Nitrogen loss.  Kernel size looks to be pretty good.  Most of the seed guys are doing their checks and finding samples ranging from 100 to 200 with a lot of 150-180.  With the non-uniformity in these fields estimating how big those low areas is a difficult job.  The June corn actually has higher kernel counts but I think will have smaller seed size and lighter test weight.  I think most of the later corn will be in the 140-170 range.  Again I think this corn is very difficult to project as kernel counts are very good and if you can use a 90,000 kernel bushel instead of 100,000 it makes a huge difference.  In the end our corn crop should be in the neighborhood of our 5 year average, but much better than what we expected with such a late planting date.  I recall numerous folks saying the second week of June if they could just get the crop in and get 120 bushels per acre they would be content. 

    Beans seem to have good potential, though the heavy rains caused some pretty severe lodging in some fields.  I am not a good estimator of bean yields but I will be disappointed if our beans aren't 50 plus.  With beans and corn we will be very susceptible to an early frost.  No bean fields are showing signs of turning and we will need that first frost to hold off until at least the middle of October.  Anything in September would be disastrous, especially for the beans.

  • 9/9 - DeKalb/Daviess Counties, Missouri: Raining here again this morning. Who knows if it'll help much but it sure isn't hurting. We had 2 in during July and a few showers until Aug 28 when we had 1.6 in. We've had almost 3 in so far in September. I've been to Topeka and Manhattan KS in the last week and crops are variable, field by field. Some look really good and others are yellow. Beans have a pretty good color but heights vary. Some are turning. I don't know whether that is due to the hot, dry weather or if they're maturing.  

  • 9/8 - South Central Minnesota/Northern Iowa Border: Still no measurable rain here. Cold today with a high of 52. The corn is mostly dented but the milk line is slow to move.  The crop is maturing slowly with only a few beans starting to lighten up a bit.  A lot of corn on corn here and yield checks show 10 to 15 bu less on these fields.  Lots of variable fields with damage from ponding water makes it hard to put your finger on yields.  One thing for sure the corn will be wet, which means a slower harvest and a large LP bill if we have the bushels.  
  • 9/8 - This area was very wet this spring, but most of the county was planted.  Last beans that I know of were planted July 17th.  They are growing and are almost 12 inches tall. The late planted corn (June 6th) looks good at this time.  The corn planted in May is starting to turn the shucks on the outside of the fields.  Harvest will not start until last week of Sept. first week of Oct.  Corn yields will average 135-170. The ears are tipped back like you would expect to see in a dry year 1 inch.  Beans are so far behind I hesitate to guess what they will do.  The pod numbers are not there, but are beginning to fill.  If frost holds off...beans will do OK.  The beans are not as tall as normal, but we continue to get rain.  Our area has only gone 2 weeks without rain all summer.  Have mowed grass every week since May 1st.  (I am not complaining!)  The hurricane gave us 2.5 inches, enough to finish out the corn.
  • 9/8 - Central Michigan: We were in the drought last year.  The ones that are dry I can feel your pain -  Always remember -  Next year is another year.  We look great first time ever.

  • 9/8 - Corn in this area for the most part is frost free, soybean need another 2 weeks, both corn and soybeans are fantastic can't tell irrigated from dryland. It’s been a great year.
  • 9/8 - Bond County, Illinois: Crops look really good here just late.  We are hoping for 175-200 bu/acre.  Weather will play a big role in the late development of this crop.  Just wanted to say hi to my Uncle Tom up in Keokuk, Iowa....Everyone have a safe harvest...
  • 9/8 - Received .4” rain last night. First rain since the .4” on Aug. 10.  Corn and soybean yields here will be well below average.  Cool early, too much rain in June/flooding, then dry.  Corn under water that survived has been yellow all season, ears are short, some not pollinated, and some stalks barren - maybe 20 BPA.  Good number of pods: however, August was too dry and the beans are going to be BB size.  A bit below forage crop.  Too much rain or not enough rain doesn’t make a crop!! Want to forget this year.  Hope your crops are better.
  • 9/8 - East Central Illinois: Finally had rain, 2.10 inches last night, too late for the majority of the crops because they are already turning yellow but should help the replanted beans in the flooded out ponds.

  • 9/8 - Southeast Iowa Had 2.5 inches on Sept. 3 and 4. A slow, perfect rain and we really needed it. The rain should put bushels on the beans. Several planes still spraying for aphids this week. Corn will range from 100-200 bushels, some in the same section, but most will prob. average 140-165. Inputs and land are going up and comm. prices are coming down.
  • 9/8 - Rock County, Janesville, Wisconsin: We got 1.90 inches of rain all day Thursday, what a blessing. It was dry, half inch cracks in the ground. Our last big rain came Aug. 17 -- half inch the late planted corn looks great no denting yet and filled to the end.(planted it may 24- 114 day) some are silo filling around 65 % moisture. Should get a 4th crop now.

  • 9/5 - Huntington County, Indiana: The big rain event on Thursday missed us completely.  We got enough to wet the pavement, but not enough to register in the rain gauge.  Since August 1, I have received .35" and the last 3 weeks of July were not much better.  The corn is firing 2/3 of the way up the stalk and the beans are dying on the high ground, turning on the average ground and green in the low ground in the same field.  I am very worried about the beans.  I would guess that there will be few 40 bushel fields around us.  I have a 12 variety corn plot and did the Pro Farmer yield formula in it and it went from 150 to 215, but that is in a good section of one of my best fields.  I will be surprised if I average 150 over all the fields.
  • 9/5 - East Central Indiana: It appears we are just about safe from frost damage. Most crops will be dead by any frost date due to lack of rain. I traveled through NE Indiana yesterday and it was just as bad if not worse. Talked to some that said Ohio is worse. All that green and yellow on DTN radar for the last 14 hours has added up to .16.  
  • 9/5 - We started picking some wet corn Monday. Moisture was between 21% and 25%, planted late first week of April, dryland. Average yields around 150 bpa. The rain helped some late planted corn and beans. Overall corn looks good, some yellow spots in the fields where N was lost. The rain is just holding us up now. Irrigated corn looks really good.
  • 9/5 - Central Arkansas: Rainfall totals the last 3 days range from 6 to 11 inches. No where for the water to go. Many rivers expected to reach or slightly exceed flood stage within the next week. Very little crop harvested to date, maybe 10% of the corn where it is normally in the 60% range. Flooding delayed planting this year and now flooding will take out some of what was planted. Been a tough year down “south.”

  • 9/5 - The corn crop is wilting and dying in the field. We need rain badly although it is probably too late for this years crop. It is drier here than the drought monitor shows.
  • 9/5 - Jasper County, Missouri (Southwest Corner): Corn harvest underway.  Looks like yield could range from 145-200 plus on dryland corn.  Most corn was way late.  Early crop looks excellent.  Beans have a ways to go but have had optimal growing conditions. Sunflowers excellent too.  I think we've had at least 55 in of rain this year but know how you guys feel were it isn't raining.  Everything burnt up 2 years ago.  Amway gotta look forward to higher inputs and lower prices.

  • 9/4 - Montgomery County, West Central Indiana: We cut 25 acres of 2.3 maturity beans yesterday. They yielded 57 bpa and came off at 11.8 percent moisture. The field was all lighter type soils...very pleased with the yield.
  • 9/4 - South Central, Iowa: We have been getting a slow, light, rain over the last 24 hours.  It might add up to a half inch if it keeps up for a few more hours.  We have been pretty dry over the month of August...but we haven't been totally dry.  Beans were shot after the big hail storms pounded them at the end of July.  They will probably be right on the border of Federal Crop collection.  The corn was shredded by hail in the same storms...we lost yield but it is really hard to tell how much.  Some of the corn was in pollination and it didn't fill all the way to the top...but most of it had pollinated and those ears actually have hail damage spots on the ear when you peel it back.  Otherwise we are well into denting and it is reaching maturity for us.  My guess is around 20 bpa on beans and 130-140 on corn.  Not a total disaster for us but once again...another "what we almost had" type of year!  Well...time to start getting equipment ready!  
  • 9/4 - Looked at some corn yesterday and the milk line was about half way down the kernel.  Some beans are just starting to turn.  We did not have much rain in August but had 5 inches of rain in July so we were sitting pretty good.  I thought I would not start corn until Oct. 10 but it may be Oct. 1.  Corn will be good where it had sufficient N, have no idea about beans.
  • 9/4 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: Like everyone else, a good rain would really help. I saw the NOAA Drought Monitor yesterday and while we're not burnt up, we're no where near "favorably moist " either. I think the whole USDA and National Weather Service systems are manipulated by incompetents. I have some 102 day corn, planted May 6 that has the milkline half way down and could be chopped. Soybeans are feeling the dry weather more than the corn with a lot of yellow leaves showing up prematurely. Gustav is supposed to soak the southeastern part of the state but fizzle out this far north. I don't know if the alfalfa guys will get a 4th crop or not. We are supposed to have highs in the low 60's and lows in the 40's by next Monday, I wonder if the National Weather Service will consider snow to be beneficial moisture for developing summer crops??

  • 9/3 - Stearns County, Minnesota: Corn is in the denting stage and soybeans turning yellow.  However, with the cool forecast the next 15 days, wondering if these crops are going to make maturity.  Hopefully chopping corn silage by the 20th.

  • 9/3 - Waupaca County, Wisconsin: Crops look horrible, corn fired to the top and soybeans withered. Expecting 3-5 bu. an acre beans and 20-25 bu. corn.

Waupaca County, Wisconsin

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  • 9/3 - Northern Pottawatomie County, Kansas: We took 72 samples from 18 dry land corn fields last week.  They averaged 132 bu/a, ranging from 104 to 166 bu/a.  Harvest should start in about 2 weeks.
  • 9/3 - Northwest Iowa/Southeast South Dakota: What was the potential of an excellent crop has faded dramatically in August. No rain, bean fields showing stress, including yellow and brown areas, corn firing to the ear.
  • 9/3 - South Central Minnesota: Weekend was hot and windy.  Really took a toll on beans.  The hills and sandy pockets are gone now, with the leaves turning yellow or falling off. Corn has really dried up too, it varies from almost dead and crispy in some areas to grass green a few hundred feet further down the row.  Some rain predicted today but its going to be too late for some of this crop.  
  • 9/3 - Corn maturity is well behind normal (2-3 weeks). Subnormal temperatures are making that situation worse. Stand and kernel counts are running apx 13% below average the past 4 years. Taken from the same areas of the same fields year after year. Expecting more 145 bu corn than 190 in the area.  During the past week there has been strong evidence of the corn crop just giving up—especially in areas where a large portion of the N was lost.   O well 145 bu of cornflakes per acre is still better than 0 bu per acre—even if hauling it to town cost $125/acre to get them to dry it from 25% to 13%.
  • 9/3 - Henry County, Ohio: 13 inches of rain fell in ten days prior to the 4th of July.  4 tenths since.

  • 9/2 - Northeast Indiana: Burned rain since mid July with 90 degrees lately. Worst year out of the last 20. Have a safe harvest.

  • 9/2 - Lafayette County, Southwest Wisconsin: Its amazing the difference in precipitation totals this summer. In our county alone, from the Northwest corner to the Southeast corner...there is good moisture south of this line and severe shortages north of this line. We have 450 acres that has had .6 in the past 7 weeks. What looked to be a great crop is now appearing to be 60% of that.  If you just travel 5-15 miles, corn looks like it could make 185 plus and beans 50 plus.  The past 5 days over Labor Day, I traveled from central Wisconsin back to Lafayette County.  Entire corn fields in this dry area turned brown in just 3 days.  Beans yellowed and turned brown on the light spots as well. I think the beans are pretty well determined by yield but a rain Tuesday night will at least stop the bleeding and keep the balance of the corn plants alive.  For areas that have good moisture, the weekend was the opposite, helping start the denting of the crop. In most of those areas, the corn is just starting the dent stage and while good, needs heat to finish.  A car trip thru northern Illinois, showed a nice looking crop from the road.  

  • 9/2 - Southern Minnesota: Crops look good from the road! But did some crop checks this weekend was very disappointed. Corn on high ground lost its N in all the rain very yellow poor stance 2" of the ear is not filled out. Low ground will be my best crop but, as of now corn will average 145 acre this year. Beans look good but there are fewer pods than years past, I'm thinking beans will average 42 bushel this year. We need a very late frost or we will have very low test weight corn and bb's for beans.

  • 9/2 - Warren County Iowa: Very wet early, but rain shut off in August.  Stalks drying very fast.  Corn yield 100 to 140.  Soybeans not podded heavy.   Corn and beans both need rain bad now.  
  • 9/2 - DeKalb County, Northeast Indiana: Dry is an understatement.  We have had no rain at our farm since July 12th.  The corn is too far gone for rain to help at this point a lot of the corn is fired all the way up and the ears are dropping.  Many farms are working chopping corn silage.  Most all fields of beans are changing on the hills and some fields are changing throughout.  We have a field of beans that will probably run in the next 2 weeks which is 2 to 3 weeks ahead of what we would have expected.  The beans in the pods are just bee bees.  We are in for an interesting fall around here as most of you are.  Things in this area were doing very well up until mid July.  Good luck everyone.
  • 9/2 - Northeast Indiana: If you’re going to get a month without rain, you don't want it to be August. Lost a lot of yield the last week and a half. 90's again and no rain. A little in the forecast later in the week, better get it or we can write off these beans. Corn not much better shape. Going to be a lot of surprises this fall, not good ones.

  • 9/2 - Wells County, Indiana: Wilted beans in Wells County Indiana. Corn is turning very rapidly now. I cant help but thing there will be some yield loss from the heat and dryness. Here are some beans suffering from extreme dryness. I would assume yield loss is getting greater everyday. Later maturing beans may get help from rains yet. Time will tell.

Wilted beans in Wells County Indiana

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  • 9/2 - Northeast Indiana: The grass is dead. The hay is dead. The corn is dead. The beans are dying. The heavy soils have a little life left but not much. We will probably be shelling corn in 2 weeks. For all you folks worrying about crop maturity remember dry weather really speeds it up. I don't want to try and predict yields but beans with yellow leaves and flat pods can't be good.
  • 9/2 - Northwest Oklahoma Panhandle: Most of the dryland wheat earlier this year was released as a disaster, milo is being released too now.  The corn (irrigated only) will make from 130 to 220 bu/acre and the expenses this year will kill us.  Areas just now had its first rainfall (2weeks ago) since august of last year!   Fuel bills of irrigation running $8000 to $13000. per month on 125 acre circle.  Figure 4-5 months of watering 6 months in some cases and see how well that figures out.  Not interested in growing corn at these prices next year.  Will loose money this year due to the added expenses.  $1200/ ton anhydrous, seed cost is increasing 15-25%, Phosphorus is over $1.55 a unit(lb) we have had increased pressure of insects this year too.  I don’t know what the speculators at the Chicago board of trade are thinking ,but the expenses are not coming down  regardless of the decrease in prices of oil on the board. ,If they want to eat they had better get the prices in line with the expenses.  It will soon be out that the risk is not worth reward of growing the crop.  Their will be no Phosphorus put on the wheat ground at these prices and people are already cutting back on Anhydrous due to pricing.  Problem is…expenses begin early for next years crop.
  • 9/2 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We have been just above 90 degrees the past few days.  We picked up another light shower this past week but it hardly put a dent in the rain guage.  We need rain and the weatherman says Gustav will provide it to us Wednesday through Friday.  I noticed crop stress for the first time this growing season in the past three or four days.  The corn is rolling up on the lighter soils and the beans are starting to wilt on all of the soils.  Our Memorial Day corn still looks to be around 170 bpa and the June planted corn needs this rain badly to get it over 150 bpa.  The beans are disappointing in my opinion.  I keep looking and the pods counts are below average which leads me to believe that 50 bpa will be a good number.  I looked at a few of the neighbor's fields and their beans looked just like mine.  Our beans have been averaging just over 60 bpa the past five years.  Harvest looks to be at least 25 days away.  Thinking back to last year, I was done by that time.  Needless to say, I will not sow any wheat with a harvest this late.  We are just lucky to have a crop the way this spring got started.
  • 9/2 - East Central Illinois: Still no rain. Beans dying on light soils and high ground. corn is fired up above the ear. This August only had around a half inch of rain. This dry spell took off the top third of the soybean crop and probably killed any chance of the double crop beans putting on any pods.  
  • 9/2 - Northwest Ohio: Still no rain .2 tenths since July 4th. Most corn drying up fast 75 % of ears have dropped. With the good drying weather won't need much LP to dry corn. Soybeans starting to turn yellow must rain soon pods flat. Beans have good size flat pods or no pods.
  • 9/2 - Southern Kentucky: The field was planted on July 3 after winter wheat harvest.  High commodity prices allow farmers to consider alternatives and from the picture it appears that sunflower might be an excellent alternative as a double crop after winter wheat in that region of the US.

Photo by Brain Caldbeck, Owensboro, Kentucky

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  • 9/2 - Fulton/Miami counties, North Central Indiana: Most everything looks good from the road. What soybeans we've walked or sprayed in the past week look good except we need some moisture to put beans in the pods. Some SDS in the soybeans and few weeds popping through the canopy. Corn is made (or not). What we have been out in looks very good with very little if any "tip-back". Dented is half way up the ear. Put another week or so under out belt and we should be safe from frost. Everyone have a safe harvest.

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