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March Crop Comments

Mar 31, 2010
How's the Weather in Your Parts? Are You Running Out of On-Farm Storage? What Are Your Plans for 2010? When Will You Get into the Field This Spring?

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  • 3/31 - Canyon County, Treasure Valley, southwest Idaho: Our wheat came through the winter well with virtually no winter kill.  It will need irrigated probably within a couple weeks, unless we get more rain.  We started planting onions on Monday, after some of the neighbors had started last week.  It went really well, though soil was a bit dry and needed the light rain we got today.  We should finish by the end of the week, and possibly start on sugar beets next week.  Hope everyone is remembering to have a safe start to the crop season!

    -- Canyon County, Treasure Valley, southwest Idaho
     

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  • 3/31 - Livingston/LaSalle Co. Ill.: Just got in from scouting wheat fields with Pioneer agronomist.  Stand counts were from zero to good, nothing excellent.  Most averaged in the 8-10 plants per foot (7.5"row), in the better spots.  The wheat has not started to tiller as yet, but should start this week if the heat forecast does arrive.  Neither of us feel that the wheat would yield up to the insurance guarantee.  Looks like most of my wheat will be torn up and planted to corn.  I do have some small field that will remain as wheat.  Neighbors wheat looks a lot better.  It was seeded 10 days earlier.  My wheat was put in on the insurance date, as the beans were just combined the day before at 16.2%.

  • 3/31 - Texas: There likely will be a lot of fallow fields in the North and Central Texas regions this year, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports. "We are very, very, very wet still at this time," said Rick Maxwell, AgriLife Extension agent in Collin County, northeast of Dallas. "Because of this wet weather we've got very little of our corn in."

    Most corn growers in the Panhandle strip-till, a conservation method where only a narrow strip that is to be seeded is tilled and fertilized, said Dr. Brent Bean, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. (U.S. Department of Agriculture–Natural Resource Conservation Service photo)
     

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  • 3/30 - Vernon, Texas: We finished putting on N and herbicides yesterday. Wheat is looking fair to good. It is growing like crazy with the warm weather we have been having. It is supposed to get in the 90's with high winds the next couple of days, so ET is going to go through the roof. Some of the bigger wheat will be needing another rain soon. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/30 - Thumb of Michigan: It has just started greening up, nitrogen is being applied. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 3/29 - Modesto, Calif.: Good weather the last two weeks has finally allowed us to get our first corn planting of the season and our first cutting of alfalfa. Our alfalfa cutting was limited due to the fact the weather is changing next week, forecasters predict rain and cold weather all next week. Our corn planting has also been limited due to available fields, we have just began taking the first winter wheat crop off and started planting silage corn for our triple crop season.


    -- Modesto, Calif.
     

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  • 3/29 - Jefferson County, Wis. (South Central): Fieldwork has begun. Sowed oats/alfalfa last few days and top dressed wheat which along with alfalfa looks to have overwintered perfect. Warm dry weather forecast will get farmers chiseling what didn't get tilled last fall this week.  Not the earliest we've ever sowed oats but close to it. We have done a lot of work that normally gets done in mid April already on the dairy. Fun to be ahead of schedule for once.

     
  • 3/29 - Blanchester, Ohio: I tried to make the decision whether to topdress my wheat and other fields or not this week. The crop insurance agent said sure claim, then I will come tomorrow, then no claim.  It is that iffy.  He is a good guy and I don't blame him one bit.

    I scouted the fields many times and couldn't make a decision so I called him.  By the counts it will make zero to 80 bu. per acre, sounds like a speedometer.

    No wonder farmers don't like to plant wheat in these parts of the country!

    I have some herbicide issues from non GMO soybeans but it was planted deep enough, sprouted, came out of the ground and heaved out in this last thaw.  The herbicide did kill some plants; I am not sure how many.

    This looks like another wet cool year as some predicted. I hope your crops and mine do better than this. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     

    -- Blanchester, Ohio
     

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  • 3/29 - North-central Illinois: We finished ripping the field we out manure on this winter so we tried knocking down some ground. It worked so well that we kept going. Looks like there is no rain till Saturday so we should get alot done. If these conditions keep up we should be strip-till by the middle of this week. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms)


     
  • 3/29 - West-Central Indiana: A little NH3 applied on sand last Friday and Saturday, 1/2 inch rain on Monday and 3/4 yesterday, (fields look like it was twice that amount).  Reliable source in Christian County, Ill. said two fields were planted in corn on Wednesday.
     
  • 3/29 - Hyde County, N.C.: Started planting corn 3/25/2010. Soil conditions are excellent and temps mostly 60-70. Started 4/8/2009 last year, which was a little late.

     
  • 3/29 - Wilbur, Wash.: As I get ready for spring work I am scouting the wheat and fallow fields several times a week, so major change doesn't seem to be taking place.  The soil tests are showing moisture levels representing an average crop in this area.  That changes 30 miles south of us though, as it was dryer there this winter.  There has been some nitrogen topdressing taking place as well.  As the old leaves sluff off and the wheat starts to tiller, the "green up" starts!
     
    Seedings of red spring wheat are starting up too.  I will wait till the middle of April to seed my soft white though.  For now I will be watching for broadleaf weeds to show up and ready the sprayer for cheat grass spraying. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 3/26 - Daviess County, Ky.: Starting to top tobacco in Daviess County KY. Should be cutting in about three to four weeks. Looks good other than the spots where heavy rain set it back this spring.

  • 3/25 - Phelps County, Neb.: Fields are drying out nicely and getting early field work under way. If it stays like this, planting should be on schedule.

  • 3/24 - Custer County, S.D.: We have been digging fields for a week now and started planting spring wheat today. It’s wet but we are mudding through it.

  • 3/24 - Grand Forks County, N.D.: Red and the Turtle rivers are up and out of their banks.  Roads under water.  Looks a lot like last year only a little earlier and maybe not quite as high..

  • 3/24 - Texas: More moisture came to the state in the form of rain or snow or both. The added moisture was bad for those wanting to plant spring crops but good for wheat, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

    “It’s hurt us a little bit from a topdressing standpoint, for some producers not being able to get their fertilizer out as they would have liked,” said Dr. Todd Baughman, AgriLife Extension agronomist based in Vernon. “But as a whole we’re still in pretty good shape – from a wheat standpoint – and definitely look 100 percent better than we did last year.”

    As wheat begins to go through the jointing stage, most producers should have pulled cattle off winter wheat grazing. At the jointing stage, this wheat plant has left the vegetative stage, where it was primarily growing leaves, and has entered the reproductive stage. A tiny wheat head has likely already formed at the topmost joint of this wheat plant. (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Dr. Lloyd Nelson)
     

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  • 3/23 -Fulton/Miami counties, north central Indiana: Nice weather the week of March 14th.  Lots of wrenching going on in and outside of farm shops.  Soils still too wet to support machinery unless on very sandy ground.  All the snow is gone.  There is a lot of fall tillage that did not get done.  Even a few acres of 2009 corn and soybeans in the field, if you want to look for it.

     
  • 3/23 - McPherson, Kan.: I was able to get my wheat herbicide on last week.  It was still a bit tacky in spots, but good enough.  Most of the acres in the area have been covered now.We had 4" of snow forecast for the weekend, but ended up with 1" and only .08" of moisture, so not too wet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 3/23 - Trempealeau County, Wis.: Was in the field starting Saturday, after hauling some of the last pen pack from the winter.  Put the chisel on and went to the fields.  Flats and lower fields are still to wet to be worked, no standing water just don’t want to destroy soil structure.  Sloped fields worked up very well and stalks from the fall all had broken down fairly well.  Hoping to finish chisel plowing in a day or two and start putting anhydrous on at the end of the week.  All in all we are about 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule since we have not seen any of the rain that southern WI and IA had during the weekend.  Hope this spring goes well, we sure need it.

  • 3/22 - Moniteau County, Mo.: Sara Schafer, AgWeb Business & Crops Online Editor: This is spring?!?! The first day of spring brought an unexpected snowstorm to central Missouri. Even though some areas received a few inches, most of the snow has melted away. The snow has added to the already-saturated soils of the area.

    -- Moniteau County, Mo.
     

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  • 3/22 - East Central Illinois: Another cold wet start to the planting season. Fields are soggy and with all the trash on top it will stay that way for a long time. The soil is so cold and wet nothing much is growing. Had hoped for a dry spell to get nh3 on, but that’s not the case.

  • 3/22 - California's Central Valley: Hay season has begun in the California's Central Valley. The weather is finally cooperating and we are finishing our Weevil spray and have begun to cut our first fields for hay. We are starting to prepare our corn ground for planting but with the wet, cold weather in the last few weeks we have been delayed. We are awaiting the ground temp to be in planting range. We should have our first corn planted in the next 10-14 days. We local dairy's feed stockpiles shrinking; sales have began to pick on last years corn silage.


    Corn Silage for Dairy Delivery


    Weevil Damage to the Alfalfa

    Weevil Spraying

    Alfalfa Cutting

    -- California's Central Valley
     

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  • 3/19 - Harrison County, Iowa:Cut trees out of the fence row today and thought it was dry enough to carry them out on the south hillside. Wasn’t to bad till the sun went down then it immediately go t so muddy I barely got the skid loader out to the road! The sap in the trees is just starting to run.

  • 3/18 - Franklin County, Wash.: Dryland, early seeded wheat (August-September seeding) is off to a good start. Our moisture has been close to average for this winter. There has been very little winter kill caused by the December freeze.  Winds have been at a minimum and temperatures have been warmer than usual. Have had some frosty mornings Crop is about two weeks ahead of average.

  • 3/17 - Shelby County, Iowa: It is so wet the muskrats are looking for high ground. Wish I had pictures. Let the sun shine.

  • 3/17 - Texas: Warmer weather and sunshine dried out fields in parts of the state, allowing farmers back into fields, according to reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. However, some parts of the state received more moisture, which continued to be a mixed blessing. Corn planting was spotty in some areas, particularly central Texas, and farmers were unable to take full advantage of the added moisture to pastures and wheat because they couldn't get into the fields to fertilize. But the moisture, where there were warmer conditions, greened up pastures and relieved the strain on stressed hay supplies..

    Vince Saladino, Texas AgriLife Research assistant, plants corn in the Brazos river bottom at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service/AgriLife Research Farm using a GPS-guided system. (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Blair Fannin)
     

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  • 3/16 - West Kansas: Wheat lost its snow cover about 2 weeks ago and now is beginning to green up.  Farmers are having to wait some time to top dress nitrogen due to wet ground.  Ground is unusually wet so I would expect row crops in area to get a great start into the vegetative stage before needing rain for grain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/16 - Blanchester, Ohio: The snow finally melted and it is so wet now you can hardly walk fields. The SRWW is not as good as I had hoped.  Stands are around 16 tillers per foot of row in our common 7.5 inch rows to about 26 tillers on the better stands.

    No top dress has been applied because of this winters weather.I know that crop insurance has been called for adjustment already in some cases so it really has a while to go before we know much of anything.

    The markets are not encouraging anyone to kill or abandon wheat acres here, what few there are or switch to another crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 3/16 - North-central Illinois: Testing out the hyd. drive I threw together on the aircart. I kept the ratcheting drives because I thought that the drive may need to be geared down, that does not seem to be the case. Before this fall I will take it all apart and build a new drive system from one end to the other so we can vary two products at the same time. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms)



     
  • 3/16 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: 2"s plus rain over the weekend. Fields are completely saturated and ponded, tiles running full. Still have about 50% of NH3 left to apply and right now, conditions are much worse than they were last spring at this time. I didn't think that could be possible. We did not finish harvest until Feb 3rd, and several neighbors just finished up two weeks ago. A tough start to 2010.

  • 3/15 - Nueces County, south Texas: Cold and wet winter. We delayed planting because soil temp stayed cold and it was way too wet. Now we need to fertilize and plant at the same time. Lots of reports of stuck sprayers/ field cultivators/ planters. We are blowing and going on the dry fields.

    -- Nueces County, south Texas
     

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  • 3/15 - Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Our two weeks of nonstop heavy fog lifted yesterday morning.  For the first time in those two weeks I could see further than just a quarter mile.  I was amazed to find so much snow gone....almost half of the ground is showing again.  The creeks and streams are running.  Lots of water is headed east to the Red River.  The flood crest has been moved up to March 19-20.  Field work might start about April 24 on our farm.

     
  • 3/15 - Lincoln County, S.D.: Corn field picture taken March 6, 2009.  Snow covered corn is being pulled down with the snow melt.  4 per cent of the corn standing or late harvest in the area.  Some was harvested in January and February were possible.  Grain moisture is 15 to 30% with some mold.  North of I-90, conditions get worse fast with much more snow and corn in the fields. Some corn is now standing in water with the snow blocking water runoff.  Snow cover staying in the standing corn but open fields are melting fast with flooding starting on the Vermillion and James Rivers.

    -- Lincoln County, S.D.

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  • 3/15 - Haxtun, Colo.: My area of Northeast Colorado received very good moisture over the last week.  On our farm we had 1.5” of rain with some snow on top of that.  The top of the ground is still muddy several days later.  The frost has come out of the ground and the wheat is beginning to green up.  I would guess that we will see a lot of top dressing activities going on as soon as it gets dry enough to go.  Everyone stay safe this spring. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/15 - McPherson, Kan.: We have had light spring rains this week.  My biggest day was .57" with a weekly total of .83" but there has been at least a trace for 6 days in a row. The wheat is greening up nicely here.  Even my late planted which hasn't tillered very much looks good.  I know better than to expect bumper yields from it though.A neighbor from further north in the county noticed my postings harassed me slightly for my comments.  There are yellow fields in the area (nitrogen deficiency?) and the spots that normally flood out are gone.  Between the persistent snow cover and rain, the area is way behind normal for winter herbicide applications and fertilizer top-dressing.  I put all my fertilizer on pre-plant in the fall, but have yet to get any herbicide sprayed. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 3/12 - Sibley County, Minn.: We still have snow but can see some black now, has been raining for three days. Know it is thunder and hard rain. Not much frost in soil.

  • 3/12 - Oconto, Neb.: Conditions here are absolutely saturated.  The frost has not completely went out yet in spots...so with all of this rain, it is getting sloppy.  We are about 15% done calving, so we are gearing up to be having lots of babies in the next two weeks.  Hopefully, the sun will come out this weekend and start to dry things up and remove any frost that is left.  Feedlot cattle are extremely muddy, I am sure gains are slowing up.  Everyone is in the getting prepared stage for spring crop work.  Some years there is some field work done by now.  Not this year.  With good warm weather, we are still at least two weeks away.  More likely three weeks.  Good luck to all with your efforts this spring.  Stay safe and give your neighbor a friendly wave...he just might need it.

  • 3/11 - Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky.: Lots of farmers have been running hard to get anhydrous on, including nights.  The ground is dry and we have not had much rain for three weeks or so.  The grass in lawns and pastures hasn't greened up much, and the wheat that was planted last fall seems to be behind schedule and isn't very green either.  Several planters are hooked up and outside the sheds being prepared.  When one farmer starts, they all will.  Hope we don't have another late hard freeze like 2007.

  • 3/10 - Texas: Extraordinary cool and wet weather continued to bog down all field work and delay corn planting in most of the state, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service statewide agronomist. "February weather was somewhat amazing," says Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension specialist and associate department head of the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department.

    Field preparations continued in the Brazos River bottoms near College Station. Extremely wet conditions have put field work and corn planting far behind the optimal date in the eastern half of the state. (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Blair Fannin)
     

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  • 3/10 - Grand Forks County, N.D.: Sure is nice to see some of this snow melting even if they are talking about a good chance of a flooding. In the 30s here today and rain.  We are getting equipment ready, hoping to get in on time.

  • 3/10 - Colorado County, Texas: Last year this time, blackland poured through your fingers like beach sand.  This year, leaving places in fields that are too wet to drive on.  Seed being placed is very good moisture.  Looks a lot better than it did last year.  Putting corn seed at 1-1/4 depth.  Last year had planter set at max.  Pastures starting to green out with clover.  After last year' s drought, cattle are coming out of the winter on the lean side.

  • 3/9 - Charles Mix County, S.D.: We have been scouting wheat fields 1,200 acres, we normally have 2,500 too wet so we have what we have, but it looks like winterkill will take half or more!  36 and wet and muddy and we lost a lot of the wheat stand. Still some corn to harvest in this county and it is only 60% there. We have had better times!

  • 3/8 - Southwest Nebraska: No photos here, drying out pretty good, low spots still a swamp and they say rain is coming. Warm days finally with rain, and rain-snow mix. What are your ideas on the upcoming crop report? I think steady, same.

  • 3/5 - Pocahontas County, Iowa: Too much snow has taken down a lot of machine sheds and livestock barns. As of today, there is way too much snow to even think of hauling manure in the fields. Still a lot of snow on the south sides of roofs.

    -- Pocahontas County, Iowa
     

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  • 3/5 - St. Clair/Madison counties, southwest Illinois: We’ve had kind of the winter we needed.  Stretches of real cold and wet, which should help break up some of the surface compaction we created last year.  It’s not a 100% cure, but it is about what we needed.  If we could get two weeks of dry weather so we could get in and level off some of the ruts, it would be even better.  Not a huge amount of fall tillage done, so we need a week of field work in March to catch up.  We have been 10 days without any precip, but we still would need close to another week to think about anything resembling field work.  Without rain, we might be able to put some pre-emerge down by Tuesday or so. Crop plans vary, the only constant is that there is virtually no wheat planted.  Some who have switched acres from corn to beans in the past are set up for more corn.  Continuous corn will probably be minimal as not many cornstalks were worked last fall and it would take a very good spring to make that happen given the amount of corn fields with ruts still showing.  If I had to guess, our area will wind up with 55% corn, 2% wheat and 43% beans for 2010.

  • 3/5 - Modesto, Calif.: Trees have been in bloom for 10 days and 7 of the 10 have been rain. Limited bee flight will cut into pollinated blooms and will cut into production. With land values running between $20,000-$30,000 per acre for farmland in the Central Valley with good water, the limited pollination will be an issue for California almond farmers. Also looks like we are going to have a delayed corn planting season and delayed alfalfa weevil spraying due to the wet weather systems continuing to hit the Central Valley. The ground is too wet and air spraying is impossible because of the close proximity of bee colonies out for almond pollination.

    -- Modesto, Calif.
     

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  • 3/5 - Northwest, Iowa: Hauling nice dry corn to the elevator for delivery in March 14 to 14.5 moisture but the test weights are running 51.8 to 53.2, real light for that moisture.

  • 3/4 - McPherson, Kan.: What does a Kansas wheat farmer do in early March?  Meetings :)  I have been hobnobbing with elected officials to make sure they remember farming is important to the state and the nation.  Also gone to meetings to learn the latest about pest control, market risk management, carbon, etc.  After so many hours of people and computer, I think I will be productive today.  It is forecast in the 50s and sunny, so I will go repack grease into wheel bearings. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 3/3 - Southwest Ohio: Wheat looks a little iffy because it was planted late, but I think it will be OK.  The price is depressing compared to what it was.  The snow should melt by weekend so we can get a better handle on it, but tillers are a little short and the crop is ugly, as it often is at this time. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


     
  • 3/3 - Texas: The considerably wetter-than-normal winter continued to be a double-edged sword for much of the state's agricultural producers, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.  In many areas, the plentiful moisture was greening up winter pastures and, by raising soil moisture reserves, was improving the outlook for spring planting. But hanging over many farmers' heads was the specter of delayed planting, particularly that of corn, according to reports from AgrLife Extension county agents across the state.

Wet weather continues to delay fertilization and other field operations in much of Texas. (Natural Resources Conservation Service photo by Lynn Betts)
 

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  • 3/2 - Livingston/LaSalle counties, Ill.: Winter is still hanging on.  Received 6-8 inches of wet snow last week.  Put a real nice blanket on the wheat and alfalfa fields.  Wish we could have had one similar all winter long, but wasn't the case.  This week is bringing a slow melting of the snow.  Very little frost in the ground, only in the bare spots.  Any field with much crop residue has no frost.  Most of the corn fields had no tillage done last fall.  There will have to be some tillage to level out the ruts and auger wagon paths, but probably not much else.

    Still too early to evaluate wheat fields.  Too wet to get out on them to see anything.  Windshield inspections are cautiously optimistic.   Some fields have water running across them in low spots.  Soils are still very saturated.  Forecast is for temps in the 40s by the weekend. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/2 - Adams County, Wash.: We grow soft white and club wheat with a touch of hard red winter. The crops look very good at this time despite a 50-plus mph wind on Oct. 4, 2009, that closed an interstate.

    We have had unseasonably warm weather after last year's record snowfall (123 inches).  We had 55-plus degrees today and have had a few nights in February without freezing.  Moisture is adequate and many are getting out and into the fields. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 3/2 - Southeast North Dakota: We are west of the Red River Valley.  Land rents are still reasonable and fair.  A land real estate broker offered me a quarter of CRP land located right along a road we travel to get from field to field for $1,250/ acre, with three years remaining on the CRP contract at $50/yr.  There is no way that can work raising wheat, barley or canola.  When will this land madness stop?  If history repeats, land prices will fall about 40% to 50% from these levels.  Remember the 1980s?  Values are high now because those with cash can't get a decent return, and those that are borrowing are paying a relatively low rate.  But interest rates can and will go up in response to the federal financial situation.  Even I (a Norwegian) can figure out what will happen to land prices when that occurs. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 3/1 - Rector, Ark.: There's been a few farms selling here in Clay County in Northeast Arkansas this year, and they have been record values.  Precision leveled irrigated farms have been bringing $4,000/acre and up.  Good dryland has been around $3,000, ten years ago $2,000 would have bought a good irrigated farm that could make 2.5 bale cotton.  We bought some land for our farm this year we were already farming, and it was almost $3,000 for dryland.

  • 3/1 - Southeast North Dakota: My neighbor feeds out a number of hogs and has been unable to find any 56 lb. corn.  He wonders where all the 2008 crop went, seems there is no decent corn available anywhere.  Weather has settled down recently but we've got from 10-30 inches of snow cover across the fields, 8-10 feet deep in the shelterbelts.  Below that there's 20-30 inches of frozen soil.  Looks very similar to 2009.  Main roads are OK but secondary roads are impassable.  No progress has been made on the corn still in the field.  Still, a recent land sale netted almost $3,000/tillable acre and it was purchased by a farmer.  Seems like there are at least a couple optimists left.

     
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