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4/30 - Shelby County, Ohio: Had several great drying days last week, 80+ degrees and 20-30 mph winds dried fields out in a hurry. Planted the first corn & beans of the season on Monday April 27th, just enough to get everything set and ready to roll, then 1/2 inch rain on Tuesday and heavy rain predicted for tomorrow. Guess we will wait a little longer. Hopefully, we'll get going again next week. Good luck to everyone and stay safe!
4/30 - South Central Nebraska: Corn planting is complete, received an inch of much needed rain. When field work resumes, beans will go into perfect conditions, life doesn’t get any better.
4/30 - Gratiot County, Central Michigan: Very, very wet. We received 4+ inches of rain Saturday and Sunday. Most of the ditches were running full. Many county drains were bubbling up. We still have water standing over top of catch basins. Looks like the middle of next week before anyone will be able to be back into the fields.
4/30 - Southern Kidder County, North Dakota: Soil temp 38 today, Sunday 3 inches of snow, roads still out have to drive 6 miles farther to town, some fields can't get to because roads and section lines washed out, raining now, to much more and a guy could lose his sense of humor. Before I forget I found the two creep feeders I was looking for out in a corn field I grazed last fall after combining it, the water went down just far enough so the top 12 inches could stick out, guess who won the deepest slough contest. Not that funny!!
4/30 - Delaware County, Indiana: Just dumped 1.4” of rain out of the gauge this morning, and is still raining. Some corn got planted Monday, but most planters were parked waiting for dryer conditions. Hopefully next week will give us a dry forecast.
4/30 - Northeast Iowa, Butler County: Finished planting corn last week with excellent soil conditions, and a lot of corn has been planted in this part of the state. However, we are now stopped with 4 to 5” of rain over the weekend.
4/29 - Scott County, Iowa: Wet, wet, wet. Mud holes everywhere. Here we are again, a year later, trying to decide whether to plant into wet soils or hope it will stop raining soon. Very little seed in the ground anywhere around here.
4/29 - Southeast Missouri, Mississippi County: Lots of corn went in the ground over the weekend, finally WAS starting to dry out. Got 1.8" last night with good (or bad?) chances of rain all week. We were on the verge of wet anyway and this would shut us down for a week alone much less any more precip. I still have almost half my corn to plant but figure with this wet week most of the low ground will now be switched back to beans, hate it but just can't keep planting corn all year and I really don't like to mess with grain sorghum!
4/29 - Nelson County, Northeast North Dakota: Two+ inches of heavy wet snow Sunday evening. More rain in forecast. Fields were saturated last fall. If we're lucky, we'll be in the fields by May 11. With rain, could be significantly later. Our no till soil temps are around 38 degrees now. Much sunshine needed.
4/29 - Bates County, West Central Missouri: Received over 5 inches the past 2 days. Several planters finally got in field for about 2 days before rain. It will be May 5th without any additional rain which is 5+ weeks later than normal.
4/28 - Carroll County, Northwest Illinois: We are 37% done with corn. We have been out of the fields since Saturday night, will be at least Weds afternoon before anyone turns a wheel. Most guys are probably 10% done. To the east, Dekalb area south, hardly 1-3% of corn is planted.
4/28 - Jasper, Northwest Indiana: Wet and late. This is the worst start in 20 yrs. Nothing yet.
-- Del Voight, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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4/28 - Lancaster County Nebraska, near Lincoln: Finished corn Saturday in the mist, soil temp 67, then received .65 rain over the weekend with cooler temps, soil temp now 52. Also put in 150 acres of beans last Thursday and Friday will see if these early planted beans turn out that the University of Nebraska has been promoting, calling for rain off and on for next 6-7 days. I would estimate 50-75% of corn in and 0-2% of the beans. I deal planting conditions for corn and some is poking through that was planted August 15th .
4/28 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Lots of field activity the past 36 hours. A bit of corn planted, but very limited to a few small well drained fields. I would put NH3 application at 70% and corn planting at 1%. A few fields of wheat getting sprayed, but that is mostly over. Rain all over the radar headed our way so this is another short lived window.
4/27 - Lee County, Illinois: Was just starting to get fit last Thursday. Got .07 Thursday night. Started raining again Saturday and is still raining. Forecast shows no rain for Wednesday but it is to be the only dry day for the next week. Usually like to have the corn planted by the 10th of May. The way things look we'll be lucky to start by then. A lot of fall work yet to do around here. Oh well, the folks at the Board already know there will be a bumper crop.
4/27 - DeKalb County, Missouri: Went to St Joe this afternoon. Some planters going, some field work, some fields planted. We had 1/2 inch of rain yesterday. I think if not for that we might have tried something somewhere. I have no fertilizer on yet. Not too worried after last year but with some forecasts calling for 4 dry days in the next 15 it could get bad again.
4/27 - Knox County, Illinois: We were just dry enough that planting was going to start today but we got another 6/10 inch of rain yesterday evening. That has been the pattern. Just when it gets dry enought we get rain. Beautiful here today but need it do dry out some and rain is expected in here Saturday and beyond.
4/27 - McIntosh, North Dakota: Snow and rain today thru next week Thursday. We can’t get into the fields because fields are too wet and ground temps are still very cold. Some customers are not picking up the spring wheat seed we sold them. If the seed is still in the bins, it should be easy to assume it is not planted and looks like they will not plant spring wheat. Maybe more corn, beans or sunflowers????? It is getting late for spring wheat planting, May will be here next week.
4/24 - Seward County, Nebraska: Near ideal conditions here. Some producers finished with corn and now onto beans. Soil conditions very good, subsoil moisture good. Only negative very dry for the first 4 months of the year. Supposed to rain this weekend.
4/24 - Wright, Humbolt counties, Iowa: Many producers are finished or finishing up planting corn. Best planting conditions we have had in years. Some beans are being planted. Hard to resist.
4/24 - Hancock County, Northwest Ohio: Not a wheel has turned in our area yet. Tiles are still running strong, and it is forecasted to rain again this Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. I took my 4-wheeler out last evening, and cut major tracks in a field tiled every 40 feet. It will be the middle of next week before anything is started around here, IF WE DON'T GET THE PREDICTED RAIN EARLY NEXT WEEK. Hopefully we'll have the sense to stay in the barn until it dries out completely.
4/23 - Otoe County, Nebraska: Planting corn, the ground is dry for the first half inch then muddy underneath. Not perfect planting conditions at all. Monday the soil temp. was only 42...
Macoupin County, Illinois: One farmer I talked to said he expected to start on Friday this week. It’s been wet. He applied NH3 last month and said the ground was working.
Clay and Platte Counties, Missouri: Tractors are rolling. One farmer in Platte County was planting 25 acres near his house, but said it was a little wet. He expected to be rolling heavy today.
Warren County, Iowa: One farmer says the deep frost this year is really helping him out. The soil is working like a dream. At the end of today, he expected to be 50% finished with corn. “Can you believe that?” he asked.
4/23 - Northeast Madison County, Alabama: Most of the Cotton land went to Corn in 2007-08 and went to Wheat last fall. It looks good. 30 % of the dirt is waiting for good planting conditions for corn and We have been Wet and Cold. Half of my crop land ( In S. Ky.) is in good wheat and the balance is waiting for good planting conditions for corn (Maybe- But not at $165.00/bu seed corn and the current prices for fertilizer.) Thinking about just 'Shutting down' for a couple of years. Maybe take that Alaska Cruise with my wife of 46 years.
4/23 - Northeast North Dakota: No field work done in this corner of the state, and none will be done for at least 10 days, if we do not get any rain. Frost still coming out, many culverts still filled with ice from rain storm last November 6; lots of water still ponded in fields and road ditches. Final cropping plans are still a wild guess for many farmers.
4/22 - Northwest Jackson County, Minnesota:Planters are slow to start. Soil is working up very nice. Ground is still somewhat cold. I would expect more corn planting by Thursday and Friday with mid-80's. Rains for the weekend and next week. Less than .5" of moisture for the month of April, so far!!
4/22 - Washington County, Nebraska: Some corn plant last week on the river bottoms. Lots of planters running today in the hills (including ours). Will start beans before the weekend. The moisture has gone around us since the first of the year. Snow north and rain south.
4/22 - West Central Missouri: Very wet and cool here, reminding me too much of last spring, when I bought 800 acres of seed corn, got about 600 acres fertilized, and planted 135 acres (on two separate days in late may and early June, both just ahead of 2-3 inch rains). The rest of 2000 acres was planted to beans starting in late June. I plan to plant about 1000 acres of corn this year to get rotation back on track, but it isn't looking good. With water standing in swales, chisel valleys, and last fall's combine tracks, it will be another week before we can start if it stays dry. This is about five weeks later than our target start date.
4/22 - Logan and Menard Counties, Illinois: 3.6 inches of rain since April 1. Very wet March also. No corn for another week, no oats and alfalfa sowed, pastures growing very slowly because of cold weather, supposed to be warmer - not. Still feeding hay. Light rain this morning and cold. Hopefully warm up, no rain for a week and then maybe some corn. Mud everywhere rock needs to be hauled corn that is sold still needs to be hauled, county roads closed to truck traffic until this week because of road postings. Manure and mud that still needs to be hauled. Two winters in a row, not fun at all. Early weeds starting and winter annuals growing.
4/21 - Southwest Ontario: Last Sunday, things were just about a go for nitrogen applications on wheat, I'm one of the lucky ones my retailer says, the only one that got it on a week ago thanks to my sandy soils. However, the rains continue unabated, another 2.5 inches that past two days which should set all back at least another week. Warm weather approaching for the weekend but Monday through Wednesday next has rain in the forecast. Weather hopefully will break early May. CBOT needs to take stalk of these wet and cool mid west conditions rather than playing the strong dollar hurting exports scenario. Soon that will change. Seems a carbon copy of last year only hoping that we don't go into the frying pan from the freezer with no summer rains again! :-\
4/21 - McDonough County; Western Illinois: Had 3" of rain over the weekend very little corn planted, I haven't anything dry enough before the rain now we got water running everywhere, it'll be a the first of May if we don't get anymore rain before then, just looked at the forecast and won't you know more rain this weekend. The board of trade thinks because we were late last year and had a good crop the same while repeat, but we had perfect growing conditions last year and that never happens 2 years in a row.
4/21 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: It is still very wet here after the rain events of the past four days. We are on pace to have a later start than last year which I never thought would be possible. The weatherman is calling for warmer temperatures later in the week but it will take a week to dry things out before any wheels can be turned in this area. I am surprised by the negative price action in corn but I have been wrong on corn for quite sometime now. I guess all of the traders are assuming another perfect summer and no early frost. We already have two distinct weather events setting up in the Midwest. It is too dry way to the north and the rest of us are just too wet. I guess that's why I farm and I am not a trader.
4/21 - Yuma County, Colorado: It rained all weekend, Southern half of the county received between 2.5-3 inches of rain during those three days. Fields are very wet and lagoons have water in them. Most of fieldwork is done, but little corn is in the ground. Wheat looks very good, excellent sub-moisture, should be a good harvest. It has been very cold and any corn in the ground would struggle at this point. If warm weather returns this week, beets will be planted and by the weeks end corn planters should be rolling.
4/21 - Mississippi County, Southeast Missouri: Lots of planting was happening here then rain stopped it all. Just about to hit it hard again and got 1.25" yesterday. Probably will hold us out for another 3 or 4 days. Corn planted 3 weeks ago tomorrow struggling to spike with all the cool wet weather! Way behind here, like to be done planting by the 15th and only have about a third planted now, guess I'll hope for the 15th of May to be done with corn planting this year! Wheat looking good here for the first time in 3 years.
4/21 - Des Moines County, Southeast Iowa: A lot of earlier washout, terrace fixing, and tile work still being done last week. Some field work Thursday and Friday with some corn in the area in on Sat. Rain Saturday night and Sunday, 1.75" total.
4/21 - Peoria County, Illinois: I live in northern Peoria County and have not been able to go to the field at all. I need to fill ditches that eroded from the earlier rains. I still have fertilizer and anhydrous to be applied. Just starting to dry out this past Sat., but we had another 2.7 inches of rain this weekend. I feel it be a week to 10 days again before I can start. The ground is saturated...
4/20 - Northeast Indiana: Almost got the water out of low spots and here comes more rain and filled them up again. Another 36 hours of rain before it quits this time. Won’t be anything planted here till at least the first of the month with out anymore rain. I hate to complain about rain but it seems like one extreme leads to another.
4/20 - East Central Illinois: It’s still raining and no planting or field work in central IL. It is 45 degrees this morning and chance of frost Monday night. Clouds and drizzle & rain all day Sunday. Water is still standing in the field from the last 5 or so rain events about ever three to four days apart. The ground is saturated deep and field tiles running full. The price of corn should be exploding with all this rain and cold weather because when it does stop raining it will take a while to dry out to plant. It will be put in late and probably in mud, which will really hurt yields. It’s hard to get excited about planting corn when the prices are below the cost of production. Auntie up people or go hungry.
4/20 - Mercer County, Ohio: I would say it will be a week before planting if we don't get any more rain. We finally had some warmer weather this weekend. Need a good week of this weather to dry the ground out for planting. The weather men calling for rain the next three days this week. If that hits us it will be two week set back at least.
4/20 - Clay County, Iowa: Some corn has gone in, mostly on the sandy soils. Checked a couple of fields yesterday, still a little too wet under that bean residue to suit me. Spoke with a tiler yesterday afternoon, he's still running into a fair amount of frost in last year's bean fields.
Has anyone heard anything about that SURE program? Every expert I have spoken with has different answers. Our FSA director has heard that the first payout for that program would be 2012 for 2008 year? I put a call into my congressman Steve Kagen, who so happens to sit on the agricultural committee, however, his office has not a clue!! Strange how these programs are designed to help the farmer, but the farmer is suppose to jump thru hoops but nobody knows exactly what hoops the farmer is suppose to jump thru!! So when 2012 does get here the FSA will say sorry, you don't qualify because you failed to jump that hoop when you were suppose to be hurdling that hoop that we didn't make clear.
4/20 - Tippecanoe County, Indiana: I don't know where the corn planting is supposedly going on but unless they are flying it on there is nothing in Iowa , Illinois or Indiana even dry enough to walk on let alone plant. More bad information from the boys trying to steal your crops!!
4/20 - Buchanan County, Iowa: Corn Planters started here Wednesday, April 15.
Git 'r done! Have a safe season, Folks.
4/17 - Charles Mix County, South Central South Dakota: We are a solid 2 weeks late, maybe more. We have cold soil temps, wet and miserable. No field work done in area at all!
4/17 - Sully County, South Dakota: Wheat seeding has started in our area the last couple days. Conditions are wet and planting around water holes. Its hit-and-miss fields. We are 2 weeks late on starting. It will be one of them years we put the small grain drills away and hookup the corn planters. The winds blowing will help dry things out. We need more warmth and wind. But it’s South Dakota, we always have wind. Its raining today so stopped all field work and suppose to rain for the next 3 days. Looks like no wheels will turn till first part of next week.
4/16 - Monroe County, New York: We are at normal rainfall for April. Wind is blowing every day for the last week. We’ll be planting processing peas tomorrow, which is about a week earlier for us this year. On the cool side with temps at 55-60.
4/16 - Yakima County, Washington: Soil temp 53. Had snow and hail yesterday but will be in the 70s by Saturday. Asparagus cutting is starting. Corn planting has started and will be in full swing Monday. Canals are filling up and the trees are blooming. Spring in the northwest is a little late but that’s not a bad thing.
4/15 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: We are really saturated! If we get a 1/10" we have water standing in any chisel valley or low spot in the field. Tile ditches are running full and don't seem to be slowing down. We are at least 7 to 10 days away from any kind of field work and that would be with some sun, warmer temps and a 10-15 MPH wind blowing most of the time. I'm sure we'll get the corn and beans planted it just might not be in April.
4/15 - Peoria County, Central Illinois: Nothing done in this area, when we do get going it will take a lot of time to fill ditches as the erosion from all the rains is terrible! More rain coming this weekend just as the soil starts to get dried up a little. Let’s stay positive and hope it dries up soon!!!
4/15 - Faribault County, Southern Minnesota: Some N and dry fertilizer being applied. Soil temp in high 40's. Reports of frost in some soil depths. Some reports of corn being planted, very spotty at this time. Soil in good condition.
4/15 - Nelson County, North Dakota: Nearly the entire state is flooding as a result of saturated ground before last fall's freeze up and a heavy snow pack from last winter. Warmer weather is moving that snow into the rivers and pushing the rivers out of their banks from one end of the state to another.
4/15 - Andrew County, Missouri: Soils are cold and saturated. I'd say it will take a week of warmer, dry weather to start planting but rain is in the forecast.
4/15 - Mercer County, Pennsylvania: We are ready to start grazing ryegrass fields. Still 2 to 3 three weeks from normal corn and bean planting, some ground plowed early March. Manure spreaders are moving again this week.
4/14 - Southern Custer County, Nebraska: Wheat is looking good in our area...just waiting for some warm temps. Most guys in this area are starting to wind down on spring calving. We are about 85% done. Very little field work is done in our area. Normal start to planting in this area is around April 25. If the weather straightens out that will get done. It will definitely be a mad rush to get the crops planted. Very little fall work is done around here traditionally, so the lack of that is not an issue. I am planning on planting about 1/3 soybeans and 2/3 corn. I think the corn/soy mix is not going to change much from normal this year.
4/14 - Northeast Nebraska: Planted some early maturity sweet corn today on a sandy site for picking late June. Soil temp 46 degrees. Temps looking favorable on the two week forecast, rain predicted later in the week. We look to be about a week away from serious corn planting in this area.
4/14 - Nez Perce County, Idaho: Finished planting small grains today and hope to have legumes planted by the end of this week. There is average moisture for the first time in many years and warmer weather is on the horizon which should get the Spring crops up and out of the ground in a hurry. It looks like snow is falling in some of the upper elevations here as I write this. Fall small grains look very good with lots of water in the profile to help them get through any warm periods that always seem to come along in late April and early May.
4/14 - Southwest of Enid, Oklahoma 45 miles: Well wheat heads popping out real fast after this nice 1-inch rain and they are as white as the background of this post!!! (WHITE). I think here lower tillers cannot help much because crop was too far along. Freeze done us in I think???? Whets it like south and southwest, or anywhere in HRW country?!?!?! Will by some calls I think maybe, 20 contracts or so. Got to make some money somehow!!!!! Will call and price them and let u know how much they are. Might tell the hidden truth? I think they are still trying to by out the 2008 crop as cheap as they can!!! GOOD LUCK ALL.
4/14 - Northeast Indiana: More rain today, water was still standing in low ground before this. More rain in the forecast next 10 days. Nothing done in this area. Looks like late planting. Some are talking about switching to all beans. One more rain and I think their will be a lot of switching.
4/14 - Central Indiana: Delayed planting, cut backs on fertilizer, leaves only a few hot dry spots to create a short crop.
4/13 - North Central Oklahoma: Looks like there is some serious damage to heading wheat from the freeze. Lots of grey looking heads emerging. Rainfall will help some, but 20 degrees at full boot may have been too much. Nice rain though.
4/13 - Northwest Iowa: There has been allot of NH3 going on and manure, lots of these fields are going to be compacted the way it looks, the nurse tanks and manure tanks are leaving tracks and bringing mud out on the roads. The Fertilizer prices still have not come down any around here. We are going back to 50-50 rotation because of high fertilizer cost & corn prices being to low. Wet forecast for the next two weeks makes it look like not much corn going be planted until May unless your mudding it in. Plant in the mud & your crop will be a Dud.
4/13 - East Central Illinois: We didn't get rid of the standing water and got another 7 tenths, so it will late if we even get to plant at all in April. Rain in the forecast for the next couple days and for the end at the week. Temps are too cold anyway.
4/13 - Codington County, South Dakota: Planted 100 acres of spring wheat yesterday and didn't go around anything. The rest of the fields are to wet yet but maybe Monday we can go again. Went golfing in the afternoon!!!
4/13 - North Dakota: The soil is still to cool and damp to start farming. These pictures were in the 4/8 Grand Forks Herald. The flood crest is expected next week and the water won't completely recede for two to three weeks. After that the Red River Valley can think about farming.!
-- Photos from the 4/8 Grand Forks Herald
4/13 - Edgar County Illinois, East Central Illinois: Wet and getting wetter about the time it starts drying we get another 1/2 inch to an inch. Fair amount of NH3 left to go on now, nothing a week of dry won't cure. Stubble and stalks that were unworked are greening up nicely in 2 weeks they will be a mat of color which will seal in the moisture very nicely. New tools are showing up on farms in the last couple of weeks. All in all when the dry weather comes the 3rd week of April things should start to happen overnight. Looks like another average start for the year.
4/13 - Steele County, Southern Minnesota: Compared to other posts we are very dry. Small grains are going in excellent seedbeds. Anhydrous is being applied, coffee shop talk of corn planting starting next week. Very few farm drainage tiles are running.
4/13 - Manitowoc, Wisconsin (East Central): Drier than average conditions. Temperatures below average. Very little precipitation in forecast for next ten days. We will start planting peas this weekend. Need to finish some fall tillage as we finished carrot harvest at freeze up. Will start removing straw from ten acres of strawberries on Monday. Crop mix for year 300 acres vegetables (140 process and 160 fresh), 140 wheat, 220 corn, and 40 beans. Normally 100 beans, 100 wheat, and 200 corn.
4/9 - Wisconsin: Not even done with maple syrup. Patience boys.
4/9 - Southeast Iowa: Planting is nill in southeast Iowa – cold and wet soil. Just a few oats may have been mudded in. I hope it is warmer and drier next week.
4/9 - South Central, North Dakota: Still a lot of snow here and still very cold. No way will we be in the field by end of April. Some farmers talking about starting with corn planting and then going to small grains after the corn is planted. Hope the winter wheat is making it?
4/9 - Daniels County, Montana: We still have snow on the ground and freezing temps every night. It will be 10 to 15 days till we are in the field.
4/8 - Lee County, Illinois: I have heard of some cash rents in this area of $200 to $475 per acre. Must have sharper pencils than I have.
4/8 - Putnam County, Illinois: We are very wet and cold and have had snow two weeks in a row the first one 6" and the second 3". The March rains have given us good subsoil moisture. We have a lot of field work to do and still about 1/3 of our anhydrous to apply. It is good to have the equipment available to get the job done in years like this. 27 years ago we started with an 706 and 12' disk and 4 row wide planter. Many say they long for the old days as for me I like these days. We will plant 60/40 corn/bean rotation again this year. My main custom customers are planting either all corn or a 60/40 also. We pray all will have a blessed Easter weekend and a safe planting season.
-- South Central North Dakota
4/7 - Lancaster County, Nebraska: We are the county just west of Cass (see comments below) This morning temp 19.4 degrees and soil temp yesterday according to University site 39 degrees I hope those guys in Cass county are planting a cold tolerant Hybrid. Mix will be the same around here between corn and soybeans all NH3 put on with a very dry March but still very good subsoil conditions due to last fall rains. Is dry on top and blowing dust a problem have had a lot of days with very strong winds. No significant warm up in the future so don't know when we will start planting corn, have only had 1 day that spraying would have been ideal. Usually we see a few guys planting by the 10th not this year. A little wheat in the area looks ok but very short on growth. Grass is barely greening up in the yard.
4/7 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: Cool and wet remains the trend here just outside of St. Louis. Our high temperature today was forty degrees with snow showers off and on all day. Our normal planting date is around the 15th of April for corn, but I will believe the earliest a planter will roll around here is sometime after the 25th. The only work I've done around here was blade work and tiling. A few guys were able to put down NH3 early in March when it appeared we were going to have a very early spring. (Mother Nature decided otherwise on the early spring.) The next seven days has us around sixty degrees with rain predicted on four of those days. Many of us have quite a bit of work to do because very little fertilizer was spread for obvious reasons. If we get a break in the weather, we could see fieldwork starting late next week. It seems like a repeat of last year. A late start, cool temperatures, and rain just about every other day. No global warming around here!!!.
-- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor
4/6 - Woodbury County, Northwest Iowa: Still no anhydrous ammonia started in this area yet....local co-op wasn't even open this past Saturday. Now with snow and below normal temperatures forecast for the remainder of the week doubt little if any field work will be done. Last year at this time there were a few farmers with a lot of corn acres beginning to plant their corn. Very little fertilizer was applied last fall in this area which is going to also delay planting after the fertilizer has been applied to this year’s crops.
4/6 - North/Central Texas: Wheat prospects in north central Texas are 15-20 bu. on the good fields. The poor fields are so thin and short that they will not pick-up in the baler. Too dry for too long. Enough moisture now for Rust/Septoria to be a problem. Not worth fungicide. Was not worth $300/ton fertilizer. Keeping the job at Wal-Mart, if I can.
4/6 - East Central Illinois: Cold and wet here in Coles County. 1/2 inch a few days ago followed by a inch a day ago and more on the way they say. Looks like possibly 10 days or more if it warms up and no rain before any field work by me.
4/6 - South Central North Dakota: Field work will be very late, May 1 with substantial prevent plant. I took this picture about 7:15 this evening. This is a field.
4/3 - North Central Iowa: No sign of fieldwork here. Some places I'm sure still have frost. Winter storm watch for the weekend. Hopefully the weather will improve after Easter. We need several nice days to apply NH3 before we start planting. Normally get a few days in the first half of April, looks like we won't be that lucky this year.
4/2 - Southeast Montana: Not going to be in the field anytime soon, two snow storms in the last two weeks, have a good 12" of snow in the field, going to be at least 3 weeks with nice weather before we think of turning a wheel. Might start to get too late for field peas. Lots of guys talking bout planting corn, think I’ll stick with wheat and safflower.
4/2 - Piatt County, Central Illinois: Cool and wet. Given the forecast, I doubt if we see any field work for at least two weeks. Staying with the 50/50 rotation for this year, mainly because I signed the 2009 corn fertilizer contract last summer and had to apply it or start paying storage charges too. Not signing any more contracts with the suppliers. Will take it as it comes. Cropping choices for 2010 will be more flexible. The following is a cash rent idea / concept for the Kansas land owner. We also cash rent some land in another county. Half the cash rent is due in the spring, the other half is due after harvest. For the spring check, we are charging $25 less per acre than what we could charge. The fall rent check is not set yet, and will be based on the price of corn and soybeans at the elevator at harvest (not the Chicago Board of Trade price). If the prices are above a threshold, then the rent will be bumped up. If the prices are below our threshold then the cash rent will remain at the lower level. Although not in our agreement, I would be willing to lower the cash rent even more if yields tanked this fall for some reason. For all landlords out there who may read this. Your tenant has compassion, understanding, patience, and love for your land. If you do not already do so, then a good suggestion would be to treat your tenant the same way. And for all the tenants out there, remember to treat yourself and family the same way too. Focus on all the good that is in your life, and the things you wish were different, will not seem so big. Take care of yourselves. Have a safe year.
4/2 - Chickasaw County, Northeast Iowa: Safe from frost?? My crops should be OK if we have a normal frost date . . . . . corn & beans are looking great considering the later planting, but . . . . . last corn planted May 15th didn't start to tassle until the last week of July into the first week of Aug. Add 60 days to safe from frost = Oct. 1 I know there was more corn that went in the ground after I was done. . . . . . . . .
The weather is light rain, maybe more to come. This is still March, time to let the warm rain get the frost out, and green things up. Despite the snow blizzards & tornadoes, this may end up being a 'normal' spring. It would be nice to see a dry early spring. I have a good feeling about the crop potential this year.
3/31 - Northeast Arkansas: Most farmers in this area are on crop rent. 1/4 rent is common in cotton and rice, 1/3 on soybeans and wheat. Corn which is new to our area goes somewhere in between.
4/1 - Pottawatomie County, Kansas: I am a land owner that wants to know all about land rents, if the owner should ask for a different rent every year and how I would approach the renter, etc.
4/1 - Grand Forks, N.D.: Another Picture from the Grand Forks Herald of a grain truck on the interstate highway in today's 4/1 Herald. A semi-truck and trailer drive north on Interstate 29 north of Grand Forks, N.D., through floodwater and ice slabs as the flooding Red River moves north.
-- Herald photo by Eric Hylden.
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