The following commentary does not necessarily reflect the views of AgWeb or Farm Journal Media. The opinions expressed below are the author's own.
Read the latest crop reports from the fields across America! Also, submit your own comments.
How's the weather in your parts? How do your crops look?
Use this link to send us your comments about the crops in your local area. Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity. (Please keep your comments crop-related.)
Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
-- St. James, Minn.
(Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)
A steer grazes winter ryegrass grown in East Texas last year. Short hay stocks are likely to make establishing winter pastures critical this year, but agricultural producers will need rain to successfully establish stands, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Vanessa Corriher.)
-- Odin, Minn.
I do have the corn after beans result and got just over 18,000 net bu., 57 test weight, 16.6 avg. moisture. I hope the replant helps it make 180 avg. Also about 10 ac of drowned out corn on the 110 tillable acres. For the first year on new farms, you find the trouble areas.
This is no-till of course but we ripped one field and it made more corn, more than enough to pay for the cost of it.
-- Southwest Ohio
A lot of guys are going to be surprised by the yield once they get into the field. We planted one hybrid that is going to out yield all the others by quite a bit. Most of everything else has tip back. The nights were just too hot. Our biggest concern right now is that the husks on the cobs have opened up, but they aren’t tipped down and they are collecting a lot of water. We have noticed quite a bit of mold and sprouting on some of the cobs.
Beans in the area have really turned in the last 10 days. I saw one farm taking some early beans. Other than that everyone is getting ready to go.
From what I am seeing there is no way Minnesota will make what USDA is saying for a bean yield. There was just to many disease issues with the beans in this area. I could be wrong. Our plants got really tall, but there was too much space between pods for a top-end yield around here. We have had better.
Most guys are done taking corn silage, some are debating taking a fifth cutting of alfalfa, and most are ready to start high moisture corn and earlage. We are hearing about guys being offered over $300 per acre to rent land next year. And inevitably fertilizer prices are on the rise along with the corn prices. We booked and prepaid all N for next year at $500, but since Aug. 1, it has gone closer to $600. And finally, it has been a banner year for the state bird, the mosquito. There have been so many of them in the last month that a guy can barely stand to be outside once the sun starts to disappear. Frost please hurry up and take care of the things!
Cotton status varied widely across the state. In some areas, bolls were just beginning to open. In Southwest Texas, the harvest was finished, with about 20 percent of the crop remaining in field-stored modules. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photos by Dr. Todd Baughman.)
Beans welcome the 1" to 2" of rain the past day, which should really help fill out pods. I think most in our area will see at least average beans and I think a fair number will be very good. A few very early beans are starting to turn, but most are still grass green, so bean harvest is at least another three weeks away for most. I look for first crop bean yields to run in the 40-60 bu. range, again kind of depending on August rainfall being the difference between 40s and 50s.
Lots of guys are planning to sow a fair acreage of wheat with the early fall and attractive price. However, short wheat seed supplies may keep large acreages from being planted.
Send an e-mail to Crop Comments
August Crop Comments
Crop Comments Archive