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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
Tara Haybens and Pearl Millet in the same field we had the winter peas and oats in. I hate to guess what this is going to make, I really don't know.
7/24 - Fayette County, Pennsylvania: Had 1.6 inches of rain in the last 5 days before that we were dry for 3 weeks. Still only half of normal rainfall for July, temperatures are cool. April planted corn (105 day) tasseled June 28th looks nice and green ears are filling out. Beans are really dark green and have begun to set pods and flowers.
-- Nueces County, Texas
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7/23 - Butler, Nebraska: Still no rain of any amount. We have had only a 1/2 inch all July. Here is a picture of one of my fields. I must be the unlucky one again.
7/22 - West Central Kansas: Whew, hail missed again.
-- West Central Kansas
7/21 - Nueces County, Texas: Half way through harvest. It is going well. No line at the elevator. 1500 to 3500lbs/ac, can't get too excited about it. We are ripping it deep and calling it a year.
7/20 - Williams County, Ohio: Corn starting to look better. Good color and knee high to head high beans. Some just coming up too 8 inches tall .50 at night 70 during day. Very slow growth. Hope for Thanksgiving frost. Very wet start then flash floods when it does rain. Did have good wheat crop. Still lost money very high inputs last fall just a little price gouging.
7/20 - Jennings County, Southeast Indiana: Very few fields look good here. None look excellent. Late planting, frequent rain and cool weather has really taken a toll. Most beans are very small and slow growing. Corn is very ragged 6 inches to over your head. Nitrogen took the yellow out but that's about it.
7/20 - Northeast North Dakota: The crops continue to lag behind here and late seeded crop which is majority of it will need long fall to make a crop. We continue to receive execess moisture although it has been spotty last two weeks but we have caught significant rainfall of 2 to 3 inches of rain in that period. I toured significant portion of NE and red river valley and wheat crop looks mostly average but soybean crop lags way behind and begining to look doubtful if they will make much of a crop this year. Also the PP acres i think are going to be much larger that first projected for ND. WE need something to change this weather pattern or i am afraid we will be getting a early frost. I hate to say it but probably need hurricane to shake up this jet stream.
7/17 - Central Missouri to Central Illinois: Margy Fischer, Farm Journal Machinery Editor: Driving to Corn College, I saw a variety of crop conditions. Some corn looked right on track as tassels popped toward the sky. Other fields had a range between knee high corn and corn tasseling. And still other fields looked overall sluggish at just over knee high.
For soybeans, there was great variety as well. Some baby beans seemed to have emerged only a week or two ago. Other fields had canopies about to close.
-- Margy Fischer, Farm Journal Machinery Editor
7/17 - Cass County, Nebraska: Corn grown by Ryan Meisinger in Southeast Nebraska in Cass County.
-- Cass County, Nebraska
7/16 - Pender, Northeast Nebraska: Crops are off to a great start. Wet spots are less than one tenth of one percent. I rotate corn and beans. This year is about 60% beans and 40% corn. We have had severe storms all directions from us but we have been very fortunate so far. Good luck.
7/15 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor, is seeing weeds turning yellow in central Illinois, and a rare wheat harvest.
-- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor
7/15 - Chambers County, Texas: Much of Texas remained hot and dry, but the southern areas are the hardest hit. This may look like a dried out pond but it's actually a field, said Tyler Fitzgerald, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Chambers County.
-- Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo
by Tyler Fitzgerald
7/15 - West Central Fayette County, Iowa: As the outlaw Josey Wales said, The Lord, he gives and the Lord, he takes away. I am 50 years old, have lived here all my life and I have never seen crop damage like from last Thursday. Soybean fields look like freshly harvested hay fields and some beautiful corn fields are just... gone. I know it won't make much difference in USDA's grand scheme, but to these farmers it's terrible. The hail was so bad it took fiberglass fenders off dually pickups so I don't know how crops were supposed to survive.
7/14 - Bremer County, Iowa: Crops were looking great in our area. Timely rains were setting us up for a bumper crop. Storm last Thursday hailed the beans down to stems, and pulverized the corn. Some corn was head high, and has been reduced to stubble. We will find out how good insurance really is very soon. Might as well bolt the corn reel on now, what a mess.
7/13 - DeKalb County, Missouri: The last farmer in America is done planting today. I feel like a prizefighter who just went 15 rounds. Got corn in June 27 and today the beans. I couldn't look at a piece of equipment without it breaking down. Thought I was going to go all day without a mud hole but 2a from being done I slugged a row and had to dig it out. Corn looks good.....for mid-May. At least we didn't have here what they had on the other end of the county a couple mornings ago. Microburst that blew 8" limbs off trees and over 3 in of rain in just minutes. One fellow said 75% of the corn crop was knocked down on his farm with the wind. Got to spray some beans tomorrow and then hit the morning glory and cockleburs. I need summer till November.
-- Southeast of Lubbock, TX
7/13 - Richland County, Illinois: We finished planting Jul.3rd. Still some 1st and dc left when it rained Jul.8th. Most all corn planted Memorial Day weekend was replanted Jun.6, 7, 8th. So we don't need an early frost.
7/13 - Henry County, Illinois: Corn is starting to tassel. 4.5" of rain since 7/4. I don't think I've ever seen more variability in corn. Anywhere from tassel to barely 2 ft high. Lots of yellow drowned out spots that won't make anything. Lots of uneven fields. The best looking fields are the early planted on well drained soils. Some of the worst looking fields are those where corn on corn was no-tilled into corn stalks. And, we are in one of the better areas. It is worse as you go east and south. I would not look for any record yields in IL. Beans look pretty good for the most part although many fields were planted late.
7/10 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: Wow corn & beans are looking great here. Looks like a lot of the fields have the potential to do well over 200 bushel to to acre. Thinking I might have a field to beat my personal best field average of 254 last year. We are a little behind on growing degree days, but we've been getting some good moisture. Even with the reduction in GDU's the reduced to non-existent water stress is going to produce BIG YIELDS. It's already July 10th, and we've had about an inch of rain every other day. I think we could make it to harvest and get good yields even if it quit raining now. Went over into South Dakota, looks like those guys are going to get some good crops also. Had a hailstorm in town today where I live golf ball size hail all the way to grapefruit size, did a number on some crops but most came straight down so the damage wasn't so bad. Can't say the same for the pickup though. Calling for rain every day for the next week, if we can keep the hail away from the crops it is going to be a bin buster. Now if the stuff was only worth something. I'm thinking markets are done, even if corn acres are reduced the overall increase in yields we are going to see this year will offset reduction acres. Let's hope the ethanol mandate gets past to chew up all this excess corn we will be seeing.
7/9 - Weld County, Colorado: Record rainfall in north central Colorado. Dry land winter wheat crops look to be the best in many years. Now getting hot, dry weather, should be harvesting in a couple of weeks.
7/8 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: See the diversity of crops in central Illinois.
7/8 - Texas: Livestock producers like sorghum-sudan and other warm season annual forages because they tolerate hot, dry conditions, according to Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist. But under drought conditions, the forages may accumulate levels of nitrates in their tissues that are toxic to cattle.
-- Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo
7/8 - Ida County, Northwest Iowa: Been receiving some good rains lately; still catching up from a major shortage the beginning of summer. Beans are all sizes in our area - from just out of the ground to knee high; some were set back with an early hail. Corn has gained a lot since the rains started coming and looks pretty good, but there again we had a wide range in planting dates due to weather variability across the county and getting fertilizers applied.
7/7 - Jefferson County, New York: You can find corn waist high, but you have to look for it. Corn is very uneven, a lot of acres only 6-8 inches high. A fair amount of first cut hay is still standing. Two weeks of almost daily rain. We need some sun and HEAT.
7/7 - Winnebago, Worth and Mitchell counties, Iowa: I traveled through Winnebago, Worth and Mitchell counties in Iowa today. The rain has been scarce here and a very beautiful crop is now showing stress from lack of moisture. I saw some fields starting to roll its leaves by 8:00 am, and most fields with leaves pointing up, even saw one bean field showing stress on a hill, we have been missing most rains, more in the forecast, hope we get some soon.
7/7 - Poweshiek County, Central Iowa: Everything looking good here. Had another 1.2 in. of rain on the 4th. Just perfect for upcoming corn tasseling this next few days. We have a few yellow spots on some wet hill sides but otherwise, things look great. We followed US 63 to Rolla, MO last week and saw a few planters running in southern Iowa and northern MO, and they were still going around some wet spots! My crop scout said he saw a couple aphids in a field of beans today. Here we go again!
7/7 - Southern Iowa: Corn is looking very good! We have tassels in the first corn we planted. Beans are coming along nicely but will probably need to have a shot of round up here soon. We are hoping that everything stays on track like it has to this point and we may have one of our better years in a long time!
7/6 - Northeast South Dakota: Almost all corn will be knee high some 4 foot and looking great. Few fields with poor stands. Spring wheat looks perfect. Soybeans mostly behind, planted in wet ground with lots of trash resulting in poor stands.
7/6 - Woodford County, Illinois: Yes it will be (knee-high by the 4th of July). Planted corn May 29th. That corn is now waist high. Making good progress so far. But there is corn around us that will be ankle high then. Crop conditions are very different from farm to farm. Have seen shoulder height corn and knee high fields that started to roll up during last weeks heat. Dark green uniform to every height and pale green in the same field within a mile of each other. Price here has dropped to 3.17 fall from 4.30 just a few weeks ago. Yep it sure looks like a bumper crop. :~) Not!
7/2 - Rice County, Minnesota: Our corn crop is the best looking crop we have had at this point in the growing season. Our first planted (4/18) is shoulder high. The soybeans are slightly above average. If they were planted in good moisture, they are close to filling in the rows. The alfalfa crop also has been very satisfying, two large tonnage crops harvested by 6/26.
7/1 - Franklin Parish, Louisiana: Dryland crops are for the most part, done. Irrigated crops are hanging in there, with the extreme heat being the only thing to be concerned with. Some corn will be harvested within 2 weeks.
-- Dryland Corn in Franklin Parish, Louisiana