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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
Just got back from Louisville Kentucky driving north to north central Indiana. Here are a few pictures from the Columbus Indiana area. As you can see these fields have either just been planted or replanted. I saw corn an inch tall. Some crops look really good, some fair to poor. The farther north you go the better they look. Yields will be all over the board this year.
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I found dry conditions in North Carolina's Coastal Plains this week. That's not surprising in this region that is "always four days away from needing a rain." The big surprise was to see how problematic Palmer Amaranth has become. The vicious weed is now resistant to glyphosate and North Carolina State University weed scientist Alan York says getting ahead of the weed early in the season is the only real way to battle it. Some cotton and soybean growers experiencing escapes are so desperate to keep it from choking out the crop that they are hiring crews to pull the weeds by hand.
-- Pamela Henderson Smith,
Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor
Ponding is mostly gone and fields have reached replant conditions. Tiny soybeans were just breaking the soil crust yesterday in this Piatt County field where the farmer decided it was too late to replant corn. Instead of traditional squares and blocks, the crops in this area are emerging like a crazy quilt as farmers try to salvage what they can from the late season..
This is an Iowa cornfield. The water is almost gone but still to wet to do any planting. Picture taken almost two weeks ago and still water in the fields
- North Central Iowa
The photos show an elevator employee checking an elevator in LaGrange, MO, by boat. Although the elevator is surrounded by water, he told me it had sustained no damage yet, because it was protected by sandbag/plastic barriers, as of June 20.
-- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor
A farm family near West Quincy, Mo. walks across a railroad trestle, to check one of their fields. The levee around that field has held, so far.
In Kentucky, the wheat combines were rolling and double-crop beans are going in.
-- Charlene Finck, Farm Journal Editor
This is what most of the wheat in the NW half of Rooks County Kansas looks like after hail. I'm a crop adjuster and this is all I have seen for 2 weeks. The fields are mostly zero with no cuttable heads, but some fields are appraising up to 0.2 B/A.
-- Stockton, Kansas
Here are a few pictures of the devastation of the Iowa River around Oakville, IA, levees breached and left 35,000 Acres (a conservative estimation) of bottom ground under water.
-- Southeast Iowa Louisa/Des Moines Counties
Although fields all along our route were wet, we saw no actual flooding until we crossed the Missouri River on 136 at Brownville, Neb.
This is usually very productive land. 8 inches of rain this past week.
-- Michael Berg, Blanchardville, Wisconsin
When the bottom got full and the river was still flowing in. Barricades put up on one road weren't of much use by Monday morning
-- Rhonda Musgrave of Oblong, IL
This isn't flood damage, just highly saturated soil. Flooding occurred within three quarters of a mile from there, but this is just typical of the topography for Central and North Central Iowa. The fields are flat with very black soil and they hold water forever.
-- Greg Vincent, Top Producer Editor
We finished planting corn on May 20, partly because of rain delays and partly because I was installing new technology on our planter. Also, I planted about 1 mph slower than in the past, to minimize singulation and spacing errors, based on information from my Precision Planting 20/20 SeedSense monitor. I would have preferred to have finished by May 1, but I’m really happy with our stand, considering everything we went through. I think we still have the potential for a very good corn crop, depending how the rest of the season goes. We finished planting soybeans today.
--Greg Ruestman, Wenona, Ill.
Photos were taken on Tuesday, during a plane ride from Cedar Falls to Jefferson, Iowa.
-- Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Editor/Publisher
And behold…, a new found crop!!!
-- Bill and Shauna Wilkins of Troy, Ohio
This the mile-long bridge at Saylorville Lake about 20 miles north of downtown Des Moines. The level tonight is 890.21 feet and record flood stage is 892.3 set in 1993. The flood gates are wide open now, and this is where the water came from that flooded Des Moines today. The level is expected to top out on Sunday around 891 feet above sea level. The water in this picture is less than 10 feet from the bottom of the bridge. The bottom photo is a common site in Iowa. (Photos taken June 11)
Fields may be too wet in other parts of the Corn Belt, but in west central Minnesota, the corn crop is looking good to crop consultants Scott Thaden (left) and Jared Anez of Anez Consulting out of Willmar, MN. This field south of Alexandria MN is about 10 days behind normal, but showing good growth. “All we need now is the heat,” says Jared.
-- Jeanne Bernick, Farm Journal & Top Producer Crops & Issues Editor
6/11 - Johnson County, Indiana: Gully erosion.
Gully erosion near the Blue River. Pictures taken on 6/11/08.
Doug Jeter needs a boat to visit his 150 acres of wheat near the Yazoo River. He holds a wheat head that grew on one of the higher spots in his flooded wheat field in Warren County on April 8, 2008.
(Photo by Linda Breazeale/Mississippi State University Ag Communications)
Plenty of rain has caused flooded fields in Northwest Missouri. This area is about 5 miles down river from a dam, but there is nowhere for the water to go. We had 2 inches in one hour the other day
-- Greg Vincent, Top Producer Editor
Here are a few more photos of the floods that have swamped farmland in central Illinois. This standing water was the result of many inches of rain the state has seen since last week.
-- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor
Here’s a shot I took last week showing geese enjoying a puddle in an unplanted field in Central Illinois.