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- 7/13 - Northeast Indiana: Some are still trying to plant beans. First year ever that I have some prevented planting. A lot of beans went in the last week of June, first week of July. Now we can't buy a rain and not much in the forecast. Even the good corn is firing now, no nitrogen left to finish this crop. With shallow roots, it won't take long to become real ugly.
- 7/13 - York Springs, Pa.: Our crop (beans and corn) are about shot...we have not had any rain since mid-June. Corn is 2' tall, shooting tassel. We are hoping that the Midwest has plenty!
- 7/13 - Fayette County, Ill.: Finally got finished planting beans for the first time this year in the river bottom on Monday, the 5th of July. No replanting this year for me. Every time I got ready to plant, it rained and stayed too wet. Others replanted some. Lots of drowned out or very poor crops in some areas of central Illinois and some good-looking crops in well drained areas.
- 7/13 - Southern Ontario: We have also had crop stress due to lots of rain. However, my corn looks very good. The field is uneven in height, but is evenly green and healthy. The field will tassel by zones, unevenly across the field, but even within the zones. I expect solid yield potential.
- 7/13 - Ririe, Idaho: Brigham Cook: The wheat in Idaho is progressing. The irrigated crops are completely headed out and looking about average. The dry farm crops are still looking good, though as is always the case in July, a rain would be very beneficial as the areas in the weakest soil are starting to show stress due to lack of water. The progression of the crops is a little behind normal this year. I expect to start harvesting around the 10th-15th of August instead of the 8th. So far, this has been a pretty good growing season, with above-average rainfall early on, but has turned off warm and dry lately. With no further rains, I expect to have an average harvest with dry farm yields between 30 and 35 bu. per acre and irrigated between 100-115 bu. of dark northern spring wheat and 120-140 bu. of hard red winter wheat. Visit www.VoicesAcrossthePlains.com to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/13 - South Haven, Kan.: Tim Turek: Combines are cleaned up and some are in the shed. About half of the wheat ground has been disked. Hot dry weather and crabgrass growth was making the fields dry and hard, but we received a 4" rain and have been out of the field for several days. This rain was right on time for our row crops that we have planted. Our next wheat project will begin Monday, cleaning seed wheat. I have Robert Henry of Grain Conditioning Inc. coming from Colorado for this work. It will probably take five or six long days to accomplish this task. Samples will be sent to Kansas Crop Improvement after cleaning for testing and final certification. Varieties that my brother and I will have for sale are Jackpot, Art, Tam 203, Everest, Fuller and Endurance. Visit www.VoicesAcrossthePlains.com to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/12 - South central Iowa: Our crops are the worst I have seen in all of my travels across the Midwest over this last month. I have been through Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska. Our corn is uneven and as yellow as you can imagine. Some of it has tassels...and 4 rows over it might not be knee high. It is the worst corn we have ever grown and we have been completely helpless as it rains and rains. It is pretty much a lost cause at this point. We had to take preventative planting on half of our bean acres as it didn't dry up enough to even get into the field in time to make an economic go of it! The one bright spot is that the beans that we did get in are actually looking pretty good! It's just been one of those years in our neck of the woods...North Central Iowa corn looked fantastic...then they got hit with massive rains...now they have dead mud holes all over the place. I would say beans about everywhere I have been look to be in pretty good shape!
- 7/12 - Northeast Colorado: Wheat harvest is finally getting underway in NE Colorado. Early yield reports are in the 40’s and 50’s for bu./ac. Haven’t heard any protein contents yet. It is about a week later than normal getting started. Sounds like the weather should be good for the next week so a lot of acres will get harvested. Areas further south in Colorado are also going with some yield reports as high as the 70’s. Overall there should be a lot of bushels out of Colorado this year. I hope everyone has a safe harvest. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/12 - Lebanon Indiana: Summer at Herr Farms. 70 acres of harvesting, not very much compared to past years.
- 7/12 - Renville County, Minnesota: Crop was planted very early and emergence was good. Early frost in May set back. Crop did recover and looks very good at this time. I completed a trip to the east coast last week and the Corn looks good but the Beans not good at all.
- 7/12 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson: Applying fungicide to wheat to take care of scab. Visit www.VoicesAcrossthePlains.com to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/9 - Coles County, east central Illinois: I walked out into my corn fields to check for gray leaf spots and found something worse: In a field that has looked good, was planted in good conditions on soybean stubble, had 210 lb. NH3 fall applied, was beautiful when I did post spraying, now when you walk in the field about 20' you find stalks that are dead from the ear down. With all the constant rains, the corn never put down much roots and is not picking up the nitrogen. This is not just in low spots, I am finding it on hills also. It does not look like a bumper crop to me!
- 7/9 - Perkins County, northwest South Dakota, and Adams County, southwest North Dakota (small wheat farmer with planted acres @1,000): Our "early planted spring wheat" (snow still on the ground in late April and early May) looks OK. We completed planting in Perkins County prior to May 15. We completed two quarters in Adams County by month's end. We were unable to plant two other quarters, so the same will be chem fallowed ground. On average, we have all spring planted on or before April 30. My memory is that we have not planted this late since the last part of the 1970s when I started farming.
The "late planted spring wheat" will need miracle weather to mature for harvest. We have no grain drying system, so a wet fall would make harvest difficult. The hot, dry weather prior to July 4 with high winds was hard on our crop since we had excellent moisture going into planting, but we could use some slow, soaking rains. I have no expectations that the spring wheat we planted in Adams County will yield anywhere close to the average county yield.
My neighbor's winter wheat in Perkins County looks excellent. I would guess that it could yield between 40 to 50 bu. per acre. I believe that a spring wheat yield might be 20 to 25 bu. per acre if we get some more rain and some average temperatures.
- 7/8 - Shelby County, Tenn.: National Weather Service, Memphis: It's official, Memphis/mid-South area, June was the second hottest and fifth driest ever!
- 7/8 - McDonough County, Ill.: The grand experiment of 2010 is under way and two-leaf stage as of 7/6. Planted that last 80 acres of corn 6/29. Neighbors must think I have lost my mind or will lose my ---! But hey, with Mother Nature's attitude last two years, you got to have a sense of humor or go crazy. I'm sure some think I have achieved that goal already! I figure if it frosts before Oct. 15, my choice was soft doughy corn or green BBs. As I stated two weeks ago, many thousands of acres of prime farmland will be lucky to get nubbins on that yellow stunted plant. With this two-week period without soaking rain, those plants look much better now that what roots they might have have finally gotten some oxygen, but the damage has been done. And no amount of urea dropped from a plane is going to save it! Quite a few beans planted this week here, including my last 150. Some replanting soybeans where corn drowned out weeks ago. Heard of one large farmer in the area doing 500 acres like that. So you might say precipitation has been more than adequate since began planting corn April 21. Rain totals: April 3"; May 9.2"; June 10.58"; July 6, 1"; another farm where finished bean planting 7/2, 2" in half an hour. She is bound and determined to tramp on the tristate area again with more forecast next four of five days. There are many areas of tristates that are much worse than I. Would like the huge crop forecasting experts to get out of their air-conditioned offices and take a closer look at many areas of USA drowned or in drought, from what I have read on the AgWeb site.
- 7/7 - Bucks County, Pa. (sweet corn crop): Very dry, having to pump water to keep crop looking and growing good. Temps 100° plus, pond is 4' below normal. Working to 11 p.m. keeping sprinklers and pumps running, and there is a real fear of fire due to dry woodlands and grass. With that said, crop looks great. Hope the pond don't dry up!
- 7/7 - Clay County, Minn. (across the river from Fargo): What a difference a year makes. Last year, what corn didn't drown out was ankle high on the Fourth of July. This year, it is above waist high and the best corn and bean crop I have ever seen. Rains have been near perfect. A lot of farmers hold their breath everytime a thunderstorm rolls through, waiting for Mother Nature to screw this crop up with hail. It's a long time untill harvest, so we all have our fingers crossed, especially after last year's total disaster.
- 7/7 - Fayette County, northeast Iowa: Wet, wet, wet -- that's the story for this part of the country. I had 5.1" since July 4 and weatherman talking maybe 2" more tonight and tomorrow. We have had over 15" of rain in the last month. On a positive note, we didn't mud anything in when planting, we had perfect weather for that. Corn on corn suffering denitrafication the worst, but bean ground showing some yellow, stunted corn too. Beans are also stunted somewhat from all the rain. Sounds like everyone has their own challenges this year -- good luck!
- 7/7 - Southeastern Virginia, just north of North Carolina state line (peanut, cotton and grain area): We are burning up! For the last 45 days had 1.2" of rain, and the most came at 2/10" in about 30 minutes. 110-day corn planted on April 5 is burnt up two-thirds of the plant and 119-day corn is about 5' tall, starting to tassel. 99° temp today and tomorrow, with the best possible rain forecasted for Saturday or Sunday. We are in trouble, hearing about spider mites in cotton and peanuts. Sure, they are also in soybeans, but are small and wilting by midday. Wheat crop was the worst yield in the last 25 years, but quality held up.
- 7/7 - Sussex County, Del.: Very dry here, temp over 100°. Corn crop burning up, soybeans standing still, not growing at all. Feeding cattle winter hay already. Pasture is gone, one cutting of hay, there won't be another.
- 7/7 - Trempealeau County, Wis.: Last week was the first week since mid-May that we did not see any rain. Corn looks great for the most part, except a couple lower fields that always have drainage issues. We were some of the lucky few to get all the corn and beans planted in late April and have everything up before it got wet and cold on us in early May. Overall, corn and beans are probably the best we have had, and the hay is looking very good as well. Lucked out again with first crop and got it out in a break in the rains, now waiting to cut new seeding alfalfa and barley; it’s starting to get pretty mature for silage and second crop should have been cut a couple days ago. I think we lucked out trying out anhydrous for the first time this spring; we haven’t lost much N compared to a lot of the neighbors. Hopefully things will continue to work out; we can’t afford a poor harvest with milk prices where they are.
- 7/6 - Henry County, northwest Ohio: Couldn’t be happier with my crops. Finished sidedressing corn today. A nice even green knee high field. Also the field beside it looks very nice with a perfect stand of soybeans about three inches tall. What more could a farmer want on the fifth of June. Wait I also finished wheat yesterday so it can't be June 5 it is July 5 what was I thinking. Time will tell how things turnout this fall. Hope for a nice warm September and October with (some) rain thrown in or it will be a repeat of last fall.
- 7/6 - Berks County, Pa.: Have not had rain in over a month, 90 degree + temps. Corn is curled and firing badly, beans have spider mites. No rain in forecast for the next ten days.
- 7/6 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Corn and beans look mostly above average for this time of year. Some unevenness of corn from the wet spring. A lot of tassels will be showing up the latter part of the week. Irrigation season about two weeks later than normal thanks to all the rain this spring. Keep the faith!!
- 7/6 - Middlesex County, northeast Massachusetts: Since March, which was the wettest month ever in Massachusetts we've had less than three inches of rain in all of April, May and June. . June was very dry. Every day the weather man says 40% chance of rain tomorrow but little or no rain has fallen. Some spotty showers have helped in some areas, while most are very dry. The ten day forecast shows very hot and dry. Hay fields are showing signs of drought, averaging yield are 80% of most years. Without rain soon, second cutting will be very poor.
- 7/6 - Brown County, S.D.: Does going a week with out rain qualify as a drought? We have been getting 2.5-4 inch total rains per week for a while now but went the last week without a rain. The corn and beans look alright and the rest looks like it should have been prevent plant. We are only about 25% planted which is about equal to the whole NE part of the state. On the up side, the ducks that are here are gonna be a bin buster this fall and we have fish on the home quarter.
- 7/6 - Nueces County, South Texas: Hurricane Alex dumped 7-12" of rain on most of South Texas. The soil is fully saturated and it looks like we could get some more tropical type rain late next week. The sorghum crop is still standing but who knows for how long? Lots of reports of seeds sprouting in the head further West. Looks like we might have to mud out this one.
- 7/6 - East central Kansas: The comments made by the Northeast Kansas farmer would be a simple "Ditto" for here also. Corn does not look good for the most part. Some is tasseling out @ 4-5' heights & rolled up like a yucca plant from water & heat stress. The soybeans do look good for the most part though. Many have been replanted & they are coming up. They can handle drought stress well @ this stage, but it will have to eventually rain to make good beans. There is a little promise of rain this weekend. I think a lot of the corn is hurt, but not so far that a good rain would really still yet help it a lot.
- 7/6 - Central Pennsylvania: Dry, dry, and dry. Only an inch of rain for the month of June, if that. Corn is curled up, and looks terrible. Only corn that looks good is on ground that holds moisture the best. If it doesn't rain soon, well... we won't need the chopper to come around to process our corn silage for our dairy cows, there won't be a kernel to process, and not much stalk to chop either.
- 7/6 - Panhandle of Texas: We are receiving rain now and are wet. The cotton and corn looks good. We still have wheat in the field and the yields are good. The dumb farmer I am, listened to the so called marketing experts on this site that wheat would go down, so I panicked and sold some wheat last week and this week wheat is up $.40/bu. Where do we get good advice?
- 7/6 - Carroll County, Md.: Send us your excess moisture boys. We are burning up!
- 7/6 - Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky.: Corn looks as good as I have ever seen in Christian County. The hot and very humid days have given way to cooler and drier air with pretty good breezes in the past week or so. It will get very dry very quickly, has been several days since there has been any rain in the area. Corn along KY Hwy 80 to Mayfield, KY still looks good but some spots on the hills are beginning to twist. Wheat was good by most accounts, some 75 to 80 bushels. No-till beans are up and looking good in many places. It does seem like the tobacco isn't very far along as compared to normal.
- 7/2 - Northeast Kansas: I am putting the planter in the shed this year for good, I hope. I just finished planting beans today. Well, not finished, but the rest won't get planted this year as there is standing water on it. We hoped to be finished planting beans around here by no later than June 1 and it is now July 1 and planters are still running. It has been a year for the record books in a bad way. Starting around the 1st of May, we had heavy rains every three or four days until about a week ago, and the crops that were mudded in and compacted severely are already showing signs of that stress. Our corn on corn looks pretty bad where we had to mud in NH3 and come back and plant in the compacted mud. Those corn fields are already hurting as the leaves are rolled up like pencils and we haven't had any heat yet. I hazard to think what a day or two of 95-100 degrees would do without a rain to soften the soil. I thought last year was the most miserably wet spring I had seen in my 37 years of planting, but this year takes the cake.
- 7/2 - Northwest Iowa: Received 7"-8" in rain last week. It was wet before that. Many acres under water, beans and corn both look yellow.
- 7/1 - Prairie County, Ark.: Received 1/2 inch rain June 29. First rain since May 25. Cooled 10 degrees, 15 on heat index. Still need some rain to replenish soil moisture. Some soybeans are being planted where showers occurred Tuesday. Other fields were planted, then being irrigated with furrows to attempt emergence. Talk about last-straw efforts!
- 7/1 - Putnam County, Ohio: Starting to spray beans for the last time. Harvesting wheat that is 48 to 54 lb. test weight, anywhere from 71 cents bu. dock to over $2.00 dock. The good wheat is making 60 and the poorer stuf is in the 40s.
- 7/1 - 60 miles straight north of Indianapolis: Where do I begin? If you got planted early and got all your N on, then your corn looks OK. Not great,but OK. Corn height is all over the place in most fields. Some corn didn't get planted until early June. Some beans were just planted yesterday. A real mixed bag. No way we see a bumper corn crop.
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