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August Crop Comments

Aug 31, 2011

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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:

  • 8/31 - McDonough County, Ill.: Largest and only rainfall for all of August occurred 8/30/11: 2/10". Need I say more?

  • 8/31 - Fayette, Iowa: Crops look good in northeast Iowa. I expect 150-170 yields. Would have been more, but the heat in July affected pollination and stressed the corn, even though we had enough moisture.

  • 8/31 - Platte, Neb.: Soybeans will be excellent if we can get the tangled mess through the combine. 5" of rain in August. Corn will be about the same as last year. Seed corn really pollinated poorly, but the company assures us that we will make the yield goals. There'll be lots of rounds available for seed next year!

  • 8/31 - Clarke County, Iowa: Early planted corn (triple stack NK) -- 200 lb. anhydrous with Enserve. Day temps mid-90s and high 70s at night -- during third week July pollination. Soil moisture was adequate. Nevertheless, the corn is pathetic. 3" lost at tips and also damage at butts. Some ears with only 14 rows, 15-16 is typical, no 18's. Local ag expert says to expect only 130 bu. on typical 180 yielding ground. So, yields down 25%-30% from normal. Other counties in same shape. I'd guess state of Iowa's yield will be high 140s - low 150s. Sad state of affairs. Most everyone planted same week, and hit with heat during pollination period. Between the green snap, Missouri River flooding, hail and blowdowns, and pests...Iowa won't have the usual bin-buster crop yields!


  • 8/31 - Beaufort County, N.C.: Crop took a beating from Irene. Corn that was worth harvesting is flat and flooded, cotton is flat and the beans were stripped. All the tobacco east of I95 is a complete loss. We had no power since Friday night. A lot of damage here!
    hurricane irene

    -- Beaufort County, N.C.

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  • 8/31 - Tazewell County, Ill.: Corn varies from field to field. Nothing to brag about here in central Illinois. My corn averaged 195 bu. last year, 210 bu. the year before, this year I am hoping for 150 at best. Corn maturing fast, and we should see some combines rolling in one to two weeks. Hearing good yields on seed corn, but all of that is under irrigation. Bean plants loaded with pods, but need rain bad to fill those out. Still green as grass, so a nice shower within the next week or so would be perfect. Haven’t observed disease or insect stress on corn or beans.

  • 8/31 - Van Buren County, Iowa: 2011 was the fourth year in a row that we started out with too much rain. We finished planting beans on July 1 and the last of them have had less than 1" of rain. Corn is rated anywhere from 1-5 and has done all it's going to do. Beans looked really good until the last 10 days. I'd rate them 1-6. Some late rain may still help some of them. Some of them were starting to turn yellow/brown late last week.

  • 8/30 - Stearns County, Minn.: Crops look excellent. I am sure glad we spent the money on tiling the entire farm last year. All the low spots that would have been drowned out are looking pretty good considering how much rain we had. RAIN MAKES GRAIN and there is a lot of grain out there in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and Iowa is finally getting rain today, so there may be a big crop out there yet!

  • 8/30 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: First 150 acres of canola went 1,860 #/acre into the elevator.  First 200 acres of wheat looks to be around 50 bu./acre. Harvest is slow getting going, after the initial 350 acres we are caught up combing for a couple days. A very small percentage of the crop in our neighborhood has come off. We hope September is as good weather as August has been. Six weeks ago we had a $2.00 premium for 15% protein wheat and a $2.00 discount for 13% protein, today the premium is zero and the discount is very small. I'd like to know the select group of grain buyers who manipulate these markets.  Marketing wheat makes corn and soybeans look too easy. It's no mystery why wheat acres have decreased. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 8/30 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Beans are starting to mature. Since Thursday started noticing it, today really noticed it. A couple of neighbors have been spraying for soybean pod worm, so far none has shown up in ours. I really think I will have a very good crop if nothing happens!


  • 8/30 - Halifax County, N.C.: Tobacco after Irene winds. Wind as high as 70 mph with 6" of rainfall. Cotton crop has been flattened in the surrounded counties. The rest of harvest will be a tough one.
    NC Tobacco

    -- Halifax County, N.C.

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  • 8/30 - Clark County, Wis.: Corn looks like 155 bu./acre. Beans should be 45 bu./acre or over, all looks good.

  • 8/30 - East central Iowa: Weather has been very cooperative since last Tuesday’s rain. I think a lot of choppers will start running this week. Corn is averaging about 19 ton/acre for what we have chopped so far. I think most of the corn is 1/2 - 3/4 milkline. It is supposed to get into the upper 80's a couple days this week which should help bring it along (hope that means less dryer gas).
    Iowa Grain Loading

    -- East cetnral Iowa

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  • 8/30 - Pickaway County, Ohio: In June, crops looked bad. Now it looks like we’ll have record soybean crop. Corn not so good.

  • 8/29 - Southwest Nebraska: Irrigated corn is about finished here. Hoping for 230 bu. Depends on pollination. Irrigated beans are the best ever, 4 to 6 foot tall and lots of pods. Dryland is suffering from the hot dry south Kansas wind as well as the dryland beans. Dryland yields will probably max out at 90 bu. on corn and without rain the beans will be a disaster. Drilled post holes moisture down to 5 foot. Less than 2 inches of rain since the 4th of July. Wheat planting will be a waste of time if it doesn’t rain. Also, hay market is going nuts here. Tons and tons of hay heading south for big $$$$. I heard a guy sold CRP hay for $175 standing in the field to hay and send south. Makes you wonder what might happen if the drought migrates north or we have a hard winter. Guess I am going to sell my calves off the cow, go on a much needed vacation and let someone else figure out how to pencil in a profit feeding cattle. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 8/29 - Castro County, Texas: Severe drought and relentless heat has destroyed 70% of corn acres. Normal yields in this area are 200-275 bu/acre. Most corn is total loss (less than 100 bu. per acre) and is being cut for silage or hay or plowed under. No dryland cotton survived and very little irrigated will produce a bale per acre. 

  • 8/29 - Western Wallace County, Kan.: It's tooo DRY here. We've maybe had half the 18" average rainfall in the last 12 months. The milo was planted on last year's sunflower field. The sunflowers were planted into last year's wheat stubble. All no-till. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  
    Kansas Sunflowers
    Kansas Sorghum

    -- Western Wallace County, Kan.

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  • 8/29 - Logan/Menard counties, Illinois: Bill takes you back to the corn field to show how the ears have pollinated and filled out. The yield will not be there this fall because of the heat and drought. Video courtesy of


  • 8/29 - Phelps County, Neb.: Had quite a bit of damage from wind and hail. What hasn't been hit looks to be pretty good. Irrigation is slowing down. Yields looking to be 80 to 250 bu. irrigated corn and 20 to 75 bu. irrigated beans. It all depends on the damage. 

  • 8/26 - Marathon, Wis.: Corn looks good from road. Ear maturity is uneven with a tip back on 25% of cobs. Need rain and four weeks of good weather to finish out. Beans look healthy, need rain or we will lose the small pods just setting. Haven't seen an aphid all season.

  • 8/26 - Bellevue, Iowa: This young farmer has two silos finished and one to go. We started filling 10x250 ft. bag. Gumbo bottom corn did 14 ton/acre (approx.). mt. around 65%.

  • 8/26 - DeWitt County, Ill.: 200 bu. soil will yield 140 due to dry weather in July. McLean County will also see reduced yields. I've missed Sept. yield predictions by less than 5 bu. over the last six years.

  • 8/26 - Willamette Valley, Ore.: Farm Journal's Pam Smith -- Nick Bowers finished harvesting annual ryegrass yesterday and started on clover. Rain in Oregon's Willamette Valley has slowed harvest this year. Growers depend on natural drying, and unusual rainfall patterns have stretched the harvest season. Listen in as Bowers describes the growing season.


  • 8/26 - Franklin, Ind.: Likely average for that area S/SW of Indy airport State Rd 37 area, river bottoms sandy soils. No rain again last night, corn fired to ear and soybeans dying and aborting pods in our area. Stalk quality very poor. We have received less than 0.6" since July 5. Local appraisers estimating 100-130 avg. for the county. Irrigated seed corn will not be harvested due to very poor pollination.


  • 8/26 - Washington: Mike Miller discusses the wheat harvest for this year. He explains that he has a good yield this year, which he thinks may be due to the spraying of the crops. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.



  • 8/26 - Mt. Hope, Ala. (northwest corner of Alabama): Harvest is under way, with yields all over the board. One field went 77 bu. while two miles away another yielded 184. An early June dry hot spell really hurt March planted corn while April planted fields got cooler and wetter conditions and seem to be holding up well.
  • 8/26 - Iowa: I-29 & I-680 of Iowa with water receding. Logistics and transportation problems (not to mention the surrounding farms). Incapacitation estimated until September of 2012. 
    Iowa flooding
    Iowa flooding 6
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    -- Iowa

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  • 8/26 - Newport, Ark.: Farm Journal's Pam Smith -- Flooding may have hampered production for Malcom Haigwood this season, but the Newport, Ark., grower is still battling. Some corn is nearing harvest and he's hoping for a good cotton crop to save the season. Listen in as he describes the crop.


  • 8/26 - Barron, Wis.: Corn a record crop? Sold extra second and third crop hay.

  • 8/25 - Huntington County, Ind.: Last night we received 0.6" of rain, which brings our total since June 20 to about 2.75".  I can walk out into corn fields and look across the field in a lot of places because the corn is so short. Yield checks are all over the place. High ground is very poor and low ground is about average (160-170). Our soybeans are trying to set pods and fill them, but there just isn’t any moisture there. Last night’s rain will help for a couple of days, but the 10-day forecast is dry. 


  • 8/25 - East Central Iowa: Back to filling silo after 2" of rain.


  • 8/25 - Cooper, Mo.: Well, a few combines started in the past two days. What looks like at least 130-150 bu. corn is only mounting up to 90 bpa with very low tw 50 is the best I've heard. Corn is running about 16% where it burned up.


  • 8/25 - Washington, Ill.: Not looking good, maybe 85 bu.

8 25 Washington Ill

  • 8/25 - Mercer County. Ill.:  Tested 6 of 11 corn numbers in my test plot so far: 102-134 bu./acre. Poor pollination, total rain in July and August stands at 0.45" in three events. It's amazing the plants are still alive.


  • 8/25 - South Central Kansas: Summer of 2011 has been a disaster. No rain and extreme heat. Dryland corn put up for high nitrate silage, irrigated corn yields are under 100 bu./acre, soybeans not much better. No quality feed for cattle. 2012 can't get here soon enough, if we are able to survive.


  • 8/25 - Rusk County, Wis.: Corn crop is the best in years! It is really tall and ears are filling out. We have had an abundance of rain all spring and summer. We also had plenty of hot weather and humidity, so soybeans look great as well. Hay has been hard to make with rain about every three or four days, but it is growing well; either being chopped or round baled for the most part.


  • 8/25 - Northwest corner of Alabama: Harvest is under way with yields all over the board. One field went 77 bu., while two miles away another yielded 184. An early June dry hot spell really hurt March planted corn, while April planted fields got cooler and wetter conditions and seem to be holding up well.


  • 8/24 - Nobles County, Minn.: Got 1.5" of rain on the night of the 22nd that should help fill out the soybeans. Only catch is that the 70 mph+ winds that came with it turned 200-bu. corn into a huge mangled-up mess. Don't know what to do with it now.


  • 8/24 - Barron County, Wis.: Corn looks good, ears completely filled to the ends, should be above average yields.


  • 8/24 - East Central Iowa: Recieved 1.5" to 2" of rain Tuesday morning (first rain in two weeks). Should help the beans and maybe the corn a little bit. Some of the corn is starting to  turn (most is 1/4 to 1/2 milk line). Hearing of Goss's wilt showing up in a couple of fields. Beans are looking excellent, with no major insect problems or sudden death yet. I hope some of you other guys can catch a break to at least stop the bleeding.


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  • 8/23 - Central Kansas: Just finished harvesting 1,200 acres of dryland corn that averaged 8 bu./acre. Many fields of soybeans are abandoned with no seed fill at this time. Not enough rain to plant wheat and no rain in sight. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  


  • 8/23 - North Central Kansas: We have been blessed by God with abundant rainfall here. This corn was DeKalb 111-day variety planted deliberately on June 9.


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  • 8/23 - Effingham County, Ill.: We did yield checks of 145 to 230 bu. for the corn. Short season corn did the worst (103 day). Soybeans look good, 4' tall and got a 1/2" rainfall over the weekend. But that was the first rain in three weeks. Aug. 2, we got 4" of rain. 

    Yield guesses of 50 bu./acre. Double crop beans look good! Don’t know what the yield will be like, but they could make hay! 3' high and look very good! First crop of sweet corn was great!  Planted May 10. Second crop, tipped back 2". Planted June 2. Third crop, maybe 1 total inch of grain, mowed it down. June 15.

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  • 8/23 - East Central Iowa: Started chopping corn in Bellevue, gumbo is only 6'-7' tall (wet early, dry late). Adjuster came up with 120 bu./acre (2"-3" tipback on ears). Creek bottom 10'-12' tall with some flood damage in spots, 140 bu./acre. It was somewhat expected, but not as good as hoped. Some pockets in fields were more messed up than I was expecting. It is starting to look like the rest of the fall may end up being the same (so much for being the garden spot!).

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Green Chopping

  • 8/23 - Chickasaw County, Iowa: On July 15 we caught a couple of 2" rains that really helped get us through pollination. Crop was looking excellent with 200 bu. average a real possibility. Since that time, we have only caught a couple of 0.2" to 0.4" rains. The corn is really hurting. We are no longer the garden spot. Areas are showing extreme tipback and on lighter ground leaves are firing up to 3/4 of the plant. Attached is a photo of some of our ear samples. Thought 180 would catch the majority of the corn crop, but now am hoping for 165 bu. if we get some rain. 40% chance of rain tomorrow, but not holding out much hope.


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  • 8/23 - Warren County, Ill.: We have no moisture, not here. Not a measurable rain since middle of June, bought new lawn mower, not needed now! Corn on corn might get 125 bu., beans may be over in next week.


  • 8/23 - Beadle County, S.D.: Corn for the most part looks real good. Beans are coming around also. First corn I planted on May 2 is about 6' tall. We ended up with about 15% in prevent plant, which was about half as much as last year. We planted 100% of our corn but only planted 40% of our beans. I would say for this area that is about par for everyone. Our GDD is about on target for average. Should be combining winter wheat in 10-14 days, and that looks real good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  


  • 8/22 - Blue Earth County, Minn.: We have not had any rain since July 15. It all seems to go just south into Iowa. Corn is cannibalizing the stalk to keep going. The beans have aborted the new growth on the top and are showing a lot of stress.


  • 8/22 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Planting dates from left to right are June 22, June 5 and May 10. The beans in the rows with the hay in the background was planted June 22 after we took the clover hay off. We recieved 3" of rain this week.

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  • 8/22 - Louisa County, Iowa: You guys living north of I-80 must be living right. Go 15 miles north and they have had multiple rains to rescue them from this brutal summer heat and drought. Since late June we had 2.1" of rain b/w July 21-24, then 0.2" on Aug. 7, then 0.1" just last week. Corn gave up and beans soon to follow. Glad I didn't sell too much ahead, like last year. At least we'll be done combining early enough to watch half of the college football season!


  • 8/22 - Sauk County, Wis.: We estimate our yield will drop by 25% from last year's yield. The spring was wet and cold. Next, we had no rain and extremely high temps. We've recently had a couple of good showers, but it may not be soon enough. We still need more rain. Not sure it will help now.


  • 8/22 - Maryville, Mo.: We have very little left. Hail and wind pretty much destroyed corn and beans. Corn shredded and broke over below ear. Beans have very few pods if any and are broke over also. A lot of houses have windows broken and about all have siding gone. Several sheds and bins are gone. It's been a long day around here.


  • 8/22 - Wayne County, Ohio: Wheat harvest 2011. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  



  • 8/22 - Turner, S.D.: Going to be lots of knublins here with an awful lot of tipback and small diameter ears. We've had two 1/2" rains since July 10.


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  • 8/22 - East Central Iowa: Plans are to start chopping corn silage Monday (for dairy cows). It is true sometimes that you can never make a farmer happy. We could use some rain to finish off the beans and maybe help the corn,but it would be nice to chop corn with the fields in real good shape and not have to bore through the mud. The one field I chop is a gumbo bottom, and it will get like a sponge if it rains.


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  • 8/22 - McDonough County, Ill.: Rain! You can see it, you can smell it, but you don't feel it. Early August rain several times just north, lately several to the west of the Mississippi. Omaha, Kansas City and St. Louis, Chicago, Philly and New York, too much! Since June here 2.1", and that occurred last week of July. Will be light and shallow fill on hot pollination and tip-back on corn. May 26 beans with pods, but not filled. Replanted July 1st week, beans 18" tall. Won't beat Mr. Frosty, if early forget it! Ditto to McLeod, Minn., 8/17 -- sums it up well!



  • 8/19 - Northeast North Dakota: Harvest got under way with the swathing of canola, wheat and today we will swath some peas. The moderate and timely rains have given us a nice, not huge crop, from what I saw from the windrower. Heavy rain right after planting did drown some spots. Many in the area are just getting started with spraying glysophate on their wheat. The cover crop cocktail of lentil, turnip and radish is growing nicely on the prevented plant acres. Weather forecast sounds great. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  


  • 8/19 - Southwest Iowa: Pretty much out of corn production game this year. Many, many acres flat on the ground. Still, will probably finish out, but will be very tough to get into combine. We'll know more in a couple days. I have not seen a huge area, but have recieved calls from a big area. We were so close.


  • 8/19 - Iowa: Pictures of what the hail did to corn fields near Sioux City, Iowa. I heard of hail over 4" in parts of Nebraska.


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  • 8/19 - Shelby County, Iowa: Corn crop looked good, short of last year due to heat. Soybeans were looking very good. I've been having good rains so far this month, great for beans. Then 20 minutes of hail up to golf ball size. Sliding door broken on the house, steel dented on sheds, windows broken out at the neighbors. What a year!


  • 8/19 - Nebraska: Best crop ever raised. Dryland corn shoud yield 180 bu./acre, irrigated 275-300 bu./acre.


  • 8/18 - Johnson County, Ind.: Yields will be down across the board. Crop insurance adjustor is saying most irrigated seed corn will not be harvested due to very poor pollination. Sandy/clay grounds are cooked and done. Beans are showing large silver patches in the afternoon due to moisture stress. Ear tip-back and poor pollination are normal. Beans will be BB size IF we can get a rain. Some areas have had less than 0.5" since July 1.
  • 8/18 - Daniels County, Mont.: The man from McLeod County, Minn., is absolutely correct. These bad numbers will translate into years of disaster for poor and war-torn countries. Lentils have suffered under rains every three days. Hail has been prominent in many areas, and now, cool weather. We need heat. Sorry if that’s insulting, but Canadian regions really do need it. Local 14 pro HRS is $8.64 (8-17-11) 10 cents 1/4 point pro., down and 5 1/4 point up (what a fair shake!)

  • 8/18 - Hampshire County, Mass.: What a year!!! Wet spring (started planting corn on May 10, finished last field June 22). July was dry. Dry ground corn looked awesome thru June, dried up in July. Heavy ground planted in June is right on with the current rain we're getting. My current fear is that this year is all or nothing (wet then, dry now, watch it turn wet again). All in all, corn 70% good, 160-190 bpa, and 30% fair, 80-110 bpa.

  • 8/18 - Red Hook, N.Y.: I am a small organic gardener. I planted Golden Bantam corn in the beginning of June. It looks good, should harvest soon. Very small plot, easy to water myself. However, we have had sufficient rainfall and the local farmers are doing well with their corn. Tomatoes, squash, cucumbers all doing great.
  • 8/18 - Jefferson County, N.Y.: Photo is of corn planted May 9, pollinated during the hot dry spell of late July. I just picked a spot and pulled four ears in a row.
    New York Corn Sample

    -- Jefferson County, N.Y.

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  • 8/18 - Washington County, Ore.: Everything is two to three weeks late this year, the cool damp spring and summer. We still haven't hit 90 degrees yet. Corn is just starting to pollinate, wheat yields were decent, about 100 to 130 bu./acre. Grass seed yields off by 1/4 to 1/3 or more. Not a bad year in the Willamette Valley, but nothing spectacular. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 8/18 - Vernon, Mo.: No rain after third week May. Replant 0. Early plant 10 to 30.

  • 8/18 - Peoria County, Ill.:
    IL corn sample

    -- Peoria County, Ill.

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  • 8/17 - McLeod County, Minn.: So let me get this straight. We have a nine-point decline in excellent corn over last year, according to the USDA. That translates into a 39% drop. There is record-breaking drought that has spread from Texas all the way into Kansas and Missouri and fried everything in its path. There were unprecedented planting delays in parts of Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and through the Ohio River Valley. Large parts of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina have gone several weeks without a meaningful rain. High winds and hail have destroyed more corn this year than in recent memory. We also lost several hundred thousand acres to floods and broken levees along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. To top it all off, we had one of the hottest pollination periods EVER! Let’s face it, this crop is terrible!

    If you take USDA’s numbers from this week and plug them into last year's final yield, you get something around 138 bu./acre. From what I am seeing and hearing from friends across the country, that sounds about right. If not, there must be a hell of a lot of 300-bu. corn in Nebraska and Wisconsin. I guess we will find out in about a week when the Pro Farmer Crop Tour gets out to estimate the crop. We all know they can get within 12 bu. of the real number… maybe.

  • 8/17 - Nobles County, Minn.: Corn and soybeans look pretty good considering the heat we had in July.  Most corn pollinated in weather in the mid to upper 90s. Fortunate we had plenty of moisture to minimize damage. Still figured it took 20 to 30 bu. off the top end. Most corn should still make 180 to 210 bu. per acre. Goss’s wilt has really been showing up last week, not sure what effect it will have this late in the season being this is our first experience with the disease. Bean yields are still to be determined. If we can get a good rain in the next week and fill out the top cluster of pods, I think we could add another 5 to 10 bu. Otherwise, bean yields look to be average, low to mid 50s.        
    MN Crop Comment
    MN Crop Comment 2

    -- Nobles County, Minn.

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  • 8/17 - Clinton County, Ind.: We are very similar to the Carroll County, Iowa, photos. We got 2" of rain July 2, then nothing til July 29. We also had 39 90-degree-plus days in a row. Estimated yield averages in the area 94-154 bpa, area average is 130-134 bpa... It looks good from the road, but when you get out and do counts, it’s a different story. We are 70% dent as of today.

  • 8/17 - East Central Iowa: Found my old Wyffels yield calculator (from the late '80s early '90s). All you guys talking about being disappointed with potential yields when going into the fields got the best of me. Picture #1 (middle photo) was planted May 4, 35,000 population, 110-day maturity, manure history, corn on bean stubble. Average ear size of 17x27x32,000 final stand, average yield of 165 bu/acre. Picture #2 (bottom photo) was a different field, planted May 7 with same history as #1, ear size of 15.5x36x31, final stand, average yield of 185 bu./acre. I guess we will see how close the old calculator is. I know the crop is not in the bin, but I do feel we are in the garden spot and I do feel fortunate after seeing some of you other guys' pictures and reports. There is still time for disappointment (an estimate is just that -- an estimate!).
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    Iowa Crop Comment 1
    Iowa Crop Comment

    -- East Central Iowa

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  • 8/17 - Texas: With little to no grazing and hay, should livestock producers continue to try to buy feed, move cattle to another state or just sell out? "It would be much less expensive to just get out and come back later," said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist. "And that’s the message that we’re trying to convey."

    Many livestock producers have already tried to cut feeding costs by extensively culling their herds, but have held onto enough cows to rebuild their herds if the drought passes, he said.
    hay bailer fire

    Desperate for hay, the owner of this baler and tractor was trying to harvest a parched field of grass on a neighbor's property in East Texas. A spark from the baler ignited hay inside, and the resulting fire spread to more than 100 acres. No houses burned, but the operator lost both machines plus his pickup truck, which was parked nearby, according to witnesses. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

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  • 8/17 - Bottineau County, N.D.: Finally got the sprayer and all the other equipment out after 18 days. It rained 3" right after getting stuck. There was no crop put in this year, needless to say. 


  • 8/16 - North Central Oklahoma: Baling the last of the corn this week. Yield last year 97 bu., this year 0. Milo and soybeans same story. Too many days with temps over 100 degrees (several over 110). Wheat yields were in the teens. 2 inches of rain over the weekend and the grass is starting to show some green again, I think I'll slow down on feeding the cows. Looks more and more like cow-calf country to me. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  
  • 8/16 - Irwin, Ga.: I know Southeast doesn't count for much. Just for info. Finished corn harvest today, worst dryland in my 40 years of farming, 0 to 14 bu. Irrigated average 150. Cotton 50 percent poor (weak stands). I don't know where USDA is getting numbers from!

  • 8/16 - Antelope, Neb.: 9% wind damage, otherwise corn is filled to tip -- 220+. Dryland got hurt with heat 95+, yield average 60, normal yield -- irrigated 212, dryland 97.

  • 8/16 - Hampshire County, Mass.: What a year!!! Wet spring (started planting corn on 5/10, finished last field 6/22). July was dry. Dry ground corn looked awesome thru June, dried up in July. Heavy ground planted in June is right on with the current rain we're getting. My current fear is that this year is all or nothing (wet then, dry now, watch it turn wet again). All in all, corn 70% good, 160-190 bpa, and 30% fair, 80-110 bpa.

  • 8/16 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: We have had about average rains for our area and spaced out fairly well. We had 4 inches in April, 5 in May, 6.25 in June, 3.5 in July and 0.5 a couple days ago as we froze some sweet corn! Crops look pretty good here except for the corn that was blown over about a month ago. Lots of goosenecking but less than 5% greensnap. The corn reel is ready! Beans look excellent with no aphids yet. I'd rate the corn a 7 because of the wind, and the soybeans a 9+. Another nice rain should seal the deal.
  • 8/16 - Carroll County, Iowa: Tremendous tip back, 20%-30% decreased yield. Have to wonder what the USDA is thinking by not decreasing the crop condition significantly!
    Carroll County IA
    Carroll County IA 2

    -- Carroll County, Iowa

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  • 8/16 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Over or under government report on corn and beans? I pick under. Just too many average fields. I have been Sioux City to Omaha and saw many acres under water or too wet. Omaha to Iowa City, saw late planted and dry. Sioux City to Fort Dodge to Webster City to Waterloo and saw a lot of corn like mine. 150 corn and 40 beans, great crop for me but not for those acres. Also been in Sioux, Lyon, and Osceola counties and saw corn and beans I would not trade my fields for. That almost never happens. My wife went from Sioux City to Dallas and she said our corn was better than most. That does not happen often either. Whether my corn is better or not, she says it is not as good. Don't know whether to believe her or not.

  • 8/16 - Southeast Iowa: Cool, wet spring followed by little rain since June 25th. Have had four 0.2 rains since then. Cracks are 2 inches wide in the fields. Second year in a row for a 50% corn crop, but for opposite reasons: too much water in 2010, not enough in 2011. Beans were 55 bu. last year with bad sudden death, will be 25-30 bu. this year if it doesn’t rain soon. Sold 40% of my expected bean crop, now I hope to have enough to cover the contracts.

  • 8/16 - St. Martin Parish, La.: This Week in Louisiana Agriculture's Avery Davidson visits St. Martin Parish to see how this year's rice harvest is going for Louisiana growers.


  • 8/15 - South central North Dakota: Winter wheat and barley harvest done. Yields average with fungicide, 20% less without. Canola swathed. With no rain, spring wheat harvest to start today. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  
  • 8/15 - Brown County, S.D.: Corn and beans look nice in the James River Valley in northeast South Dakota, we won't have the yield on corn like we have had previous years due to the wind damage in early July. Looks like 10%-35% broke off, hard to tell til you get into fields but it's there. Had 9 tenths rain today. Beans will be very good around here! Could be the best we've seen if we can catch another rain or two. All in all could be a good year in this part of the country.
  • 8/15 - Northern Coles County, Ill.: Keep missing the rains, stuck at 4 tenths since the first week of July. My corn is dying and soybeans are still holding, very few pods and not filling them. Some of the beans are chest high but will be lucky to make 15 to 20 bushels unless we get a good rain soon, but there is nothing promising in the near future. Drove around and most of the central Illinois area looks about as bad with a few green spots here and there. I would say USDA is really overestimating this crop.
  • 8/15 -Highland County, southwest Ohio: It's the middle of August and soybeans are just setting pods. Looks to be 40 bushels with some fields better but an early frost and all bets are off. Corn counts coming in 200 bu. in one field and 100 across the road planted a few days later. It's all over the board and could be as good as last year when we had 90 days with little rain. 2 inches last week saved us so far, never had that last year.
    Southwest Ohio

    -- Highland County, southwest Ohio

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  • 8/15 - McLeod County, Minn.: I finally had time to venture into some cornfields today. I was not surprised by what I found based on the comments coming in from around the country. After planting in the mud and having torrential rains about once a week, the crop was starting to come around, and then the heat hit. Most of the corn in our area pollinated in the mid to lower 90s for an air temp, but we didn’t get the cool nights to let the plants recover. Once you get into the field, the ears are tipped back and the cobs have plenty of aborted kernels. It looks good from the road, but once you get in the field there is a lot of greensnap too. Final stand counts are nothing to brag about either, with all the acres that were mudded in around here. With all the drought, wind, hail, and flooding going on this year, I don’t see how it's even possible to break 145 bu. on corn. Beans are average at best. Lots of plant, but not a lot of pods. I am hearing reports from guys that had spring wheat of 30-40bu./acre. That is very poor for this area. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's   

  • 8/15 - Daniels County, Mont.: Wheat stem rust turned bumper crop into average crop. North central Montana winter wheat yield 40-50 bu./acre (last year 70 bu./acre) with 80 bu. straw. 7-12-11 price $6.37. In northeast Montana, yellow peas 20-30 bu./acre (30-40 is norm). We just started lentils, looks very good. Durum 10 days off (heat visibly hurt it). Earliest HRS two weeks away, majority is month away, will be difficult to avoid frost. Northeast Montana and northwest North Dakota had 20% HRS sowed after June 5 crop insurance deadline. Still, these crops look good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 8/15 - Caldwell County, Mo.: These beans were planted May 10th. Not on the bottom -- my wife wouldn't get out in the beans to take my picture, it's the hill ground. They estimated out very nice...
    MO August Beans
    MO August Beans 2

    -- Caldwell County, Mo.

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  • 8/15 - Richland County, Wis.: Corn looks great from the road. Looking closer only brings disappointment. We will be lucky to average 70 bu. Soybeans look good and with recent rain may still pan out.

  • 8/15 - Trempealeau, Wis.: Well, here in west central Wisconsin we were lucky to get timely rains. But the hot nights were too much for the corn crop. I did a walk today and as others have said, it looks good from the outside, but go in 30 rows! Most 12 to 14 round and 28 to 30 kernels long! The tip 1-1/2" no kernels? Tip back on every cob I checked. What a loss.

  • 8/15 -East central Iowa: Weather has been a lot better here. Temperatures finally cooled off the last seven days (upper 70s-low 80s), hopefully that will extend the fill period. Last year we lost approximately 10% of our yield because of hot days and warmer than normal nights, which cut short the fill period…most corn is in the dent stage right now. I think the choppers will be running in 10-14 days if this weather holds. Picture is of corn planted 6-15-2011 after hauling a lot of manure on it for four weeks.
    Iowa Corn
    John Deere Combine Clinic

    My son in class at John Deere dealers combine clinic. Hope he paid attention!

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 8/15 - Cass, N.D.: The wheat yields around here are between 20 and 40 bushels. Last year the yields were 60 bushels and up. We have had more than our share of rain this summer. Soybeans should be around 25-30 bushels. There are fields that will be zero and some that will be 50 bushels. The corn is the same way, zero to 200 bushels with 135 bushel average. That's if we don't get an early freeze. This year there is more prevented plant than I have ever seen. The worst crops around here since the drought of 1988. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  


  • 8/15 - Stearns County, Minn.: Crops here in central MN look perfect. Finishing up small grain today test weight wasn’t the best, not a lot of straw but what do you do. As far as aphids we haven’t had to spray only in the 25 to 30 range. Corn and beans here look picture perfect here for know. 
  • 8/15 - Marion, Ohio: Corn looks fairly good considering late plantings and the way this spring started. Hopefully 170-200 bpa. Beans look the best they ever have. Won’t be surprised if some fields hit high 70's. We’ve been so very fortunate to have timely rains all year. Crops really fall off 15 miles to the west, north and south.

  • 8/15 - Beaufort County, N.C.: Started harvesting corn this past week, very disappointing. A lot of yield monitors are running with the moisture higher than the yield! Anywhere from 10 bushels to 80. This is on ground that usually is 170 to 220. We planted soybeans 3 times until Aug. 5 and still don't have a stand. Cotton will be doing good to make a bale an acre. Everyone here just want this year to go away!


  • 8/15 - Washington: Mike Miller shows off a double rainbow on his wheat farm in Washington State. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.


  • 8/15 - Reno County, Kan.: Finally got one and a half inches of rain in the last week and I thought my group four beans might come back and be able to fill my contract. I went to check them yesterday and they are breaking off right at ground level. Fifteen percent already laid over flat and more dropping over daily. Got to be from drought because the dry land corn that guys didn’t chop is falling down laying flat. 90 percent of it is down. As I said in a post a couple weeks ago, group three beans are toast. We will need much more rain to get wheat going but should get the volunteer started. Start planting wheat Sept. 25th, on a normal year. Haven’t put any fertilizer down yet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 8/15 - Wayne County, Ind.: Early corn looks hurt bad, later corn looks decent. Talked to some growers and they say early corn 70-100 bu. and later corn maybe 140. Defiantly not the 180-200 we have had the last couple of years.
    Indiana Corn Crop 1
    Indiana Corn Crop 2
    Indiana Corn Crop 3
    Indiana Corn Crop 4
    Indiana Corn Crop 5
    Indiana Corn Crop 6

    -- Wayne County, Ind.

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  • 8/12 - DeKalb, Mo.: I suspect we've lost yield to the heat. Won't know till the combines roll. Corn varies plant to plant. I'm not sure about USDA's yield estimate for beans. I'd hate to guess how many thousands of acres have been added in this area just his year. Surprisingly a lot of those acres, pasture and CRP, are some of the best looking in the area.

  • 8/12 - Faribault County, Minn.: Looks like we missed the rain last night. Really needed some to finish the beans. Corn is tipped back and very shallow kernels, a lot of 14 row cobs, although ear counts are high
  • 8/12 - Grand Forks County, N.D.: The early wheat crop is very disappointing, 80 bushel straw and 45 bushel spring wheat. I hear its worse in other parts of the state. Soybeans look pretty good, but 30 bushels will probably be the average. Our corn looks good but we need an average frost of Sept. 22 for out to make it fully and we planted in early may...lots of corn planted May 20th-25th. The edibles need an Oct. 1 frost to make it to. Reading all the comments, it seems everyone in the U.S. is having a challenging year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 8/12 - Hutchison County, Texas: We got an inch of rain overnight! SO thankful.
    Texas 8 12 11

    -- Hutchison County, Texas

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  • 8/12 - Central Illinois: Central Illinois is struggling under a drought that has already had an impact on corn yield potential. Some fields like this one located west of Decatur, Ill., are beginning to dry down. Pioneer area agronomist Mike Hellmer says corn yields will be variable and soybeans are beginning to shed pods in areas that have gone without moisture. Disease problems like Goss's wilt are also showing up in the region. Listen in as he assesses the current situation.

  • 8/12 - Benton County, Iowa: Corn in this are looks to be in the 150 to 170 range with areas around 100, and my estimate might be high due to the fact that we are already denting and the kernels are small. Everything is tipped back quite a bit with everything from 18 to 12 round.  We are normally 200+ easy in this area.  Everything was flat July 11 in a big area no one has any storage from the winds so less crop might be a blessing for lines at what we do have left of our elevators, one Vinton elevator alone lost close to 1.6 million bushel capacity from the storm. 
  • 8/12 - Belgium, Eernegem: Dewulf Kwatro harvesting potatoes on the field next to my house. New Holland T7040 with Dezeure trailer brings the potatoes to the lorry of Decancq. At the end of the movie you can see the narrow road the machine needs to clear to get away from the field.

  • 8/12 - Wabash, Ind.: Finally had nerve enough to walk the corn. Averaged 196 last 3 years. Looks like 130 to 140 will catch most of it this year. Pollination was decent but most ears 14 to 16 rows. Beans are loaded with potential (blooms) but a long way to go.

  • 8/12 - East central Iowa: I would agree with a lot of the comments made yesterday about the condition of the crop and that Mother Nature is truly the boss. I think we are still looking at decent corn crop (150-180 bu.), but I could be wrong. We had 2 wind events which caused some damage in some fields. Corn looks good from the road (I'm sure we will be in for a lot of surprises). Beans look excellent, probably the best I have ever seen (little or no aphids to be found yet). But as we all know, it's how we finish. We cut the 4th crop on Wednesday, trying to stay on schedule to get a 5th crop before Sept. 10th (Fall is fast approaching.) Tonnage will be down, but I'm going for quality to blend in with some hay with less than ideal quality. Hearing of some guys getting insurance money for greensnap damage and some for isolated hail damage.
    Iowa Hay Cutting

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 8/11 - Henry, Ill.: Very disappointed walking fields, the heat took it's toll during pollination. Too many ears 12 to 14 around with 2inches of bare cob tip even in irrigated fields.

  • 8/11 - East central Illinois: Corn on our light ground will make 70, corn on our good ground will make 160. I'm not sure where the average will shake out. Our beans will make 20 without rain soon.

  • 8/11 - Cooper County, Mo.: 75 mph winds blew the already hurt corn down along with hail. Hopefully the last 2-3 inches of rain in the past week will help push the beans further along. Learned one thing this year, Mother Nature won’t let you get greedy!
  • 8/11 - Sioux County, Iowa: Always thought I had a great crop out in my field till I walked in to the field passed the end rows. Talk about shock. I couldn't believe what I saw. 2-3 stalks out of 10 where broken off due to green snap in a wind about a month ago. Sometimes 3-4 stalks in a row are gone. Talk about living in denial. I have had farmers around the area ask me if I had any wind damage to my corn from the wind that came through, and I always said no because It looked good from every angle outside the field. Corn did pollinate well. That’s a good thing. Looking at least a 20-30 bu./acre loss. This wind covered a large portion of NW Iowa.

  • 8/11 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: This area has been lucky to get small amounts of rain ranging from .4 up to 1.25 last weekend.......spaced out just right for the past 6 weeks.  Our crop look very nice, but we are finding scab in a lot of fields.  The fungicide spraying is appearing to have paid off.  The untreated fields have a lot more scab infection than those that were sprayed.  The wheat is filling nicely, and with temps this week staying under 80F, we should get a good kernel set. Canola flowering period is over, and it too is filling the pods.  Harvest is still at least two weeks off.  But as all farmers know, the crop isn't ours' until it's in the bin. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's   

  • 8/11 - Morgan, Ind.: Walked wildly varied corn yesterday. Estimate field yields to be 170 on good soil, to 50 (I hope) on light soil. Estimate overall yield to be 30% lower than average. Worst drought damage since 88, easily. I hope the good areas can make up the difference.

  • 8/10 - Mille Lacs County, Minn.: Beans looking good considering the ones that were drowned out and having 22" of rain since the 1st of April. Beans are between R-3 and R-5 and should finish good with a forecast of very little rain for the next two weeks. Haven't seen this much water for 25 years. Good luck to all.

  • 8/10 - Jasper County, Ind.: After a season of just about every weather extreme you can imagine, corn crop looks fairly good, I said looks. It doesn’t take long to discover something went terribly wrong during our growing season, flood, drought heat a combination of all 3 possibly, whatever the culprit the end result is the same, substantially less than last year!
  • 8/10 - Clark, S.D.: Wheat harvest is very disappointing, the heat took its toll. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 8/10 - Adams County, Iowa: Worst corn I've seen in last decade. Short ears, with 30% kernel dropout from heat and lack of rain for last 4 weeks. Beans in bad shape for lack of rain and bean leaf beetle infestation.

  • 8/10 - Montgomery County, Kan.: Corn is burnt up. Neighbors started picking. Running 4 to 25 bu. Beans are trying to hold on.

  • 8/10 - Northern Coles County, Ill.: We went from having the best crop started in a long time to being close to having a disaster. We got 3 tenths of a inch of rain in july and so far none in august.

  • 8/10 - Jackson County, Ind.: Random ears from an 85 acre field.
    IN corn

    -- Jackson County, Ind.

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  • 8/10 - Little Falls, Minn.: Best crop ever here, and we are on marginal rock ground. However, manure and excellent Monsanto genetics saved us. We also have been getting about 1 inch of rain every Saturday Morning it seems. Heat was oppressive but it cooled off in time for pollination.
  • 8/9 - Southwest Missouri: Jeanne Bernick, Top Producer Editor -- Drought reports this summer have focused on Texas and southern states, but the corn crop has been affected by drought as far north as Missouri. Listen to Southwest Missouri retired farmer Eugene Bryan talk about the dire situation in his neck of the woods.


  • 8/10 - Coles County, Ill.: Corn planted around first of May looks good from the road but past the end rows, it is a different story with small ears and tipped back 20%. We are fortunate to have had some rains but the heat has taken its toll.
  • 8/10 - Jefferson County, N.Y.: Crops were on the verge of disaster status with less than 2" of rain since July 1. But today we received over 2" in a 7 hour period. New life was given to a struggling crop.

  • 8/10 - Hamilton County, Iowa: Driving by the vegetative growth for corn and soybeans look excellent. Corn was planted on 5/7 and the beans on 5/8 and 5/9. The corn is in the dough stage and tipped back about an inch off the tip and standing population of 30K. Corn Yield check at 180-185bu/ac. Soybeans are 4' tall but the nodes are pretty wide. A guesstimate is 50bu/ac. We need 1-2" of rain. We had a wet April and May and feel fortunate that we planted the corn and beans when we did.

  • 8/10 - Texas: The contribution of the very strong La Niña pattern of mid-2010 to the worst drought in Texas history, continues to be felt throughout the state, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel reports.
    Disking 0008 HR

    A farmer disks corn stubble in the Texas Blacklands. Most corn in the area either failed or had extremely low yields, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

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  • 8/10 - Sac County, Iowa: We need rain. I was looking at best corn crop ever July 4th. Had 2 agronomist tell me 260 bu/acre. 1 month later, will be lucky to get half of that. The hot nights were a killer
  • 8/10 - Montgomery County, Pa.: Corn has had some pollination stress due to hot weather and little rain. Although the corn planted a little later missed the big stress during pollination, some missing kernels though. Could have been better, but could have been a lot worse. I've never seen 4 ears on one stalk! We'll see if they all make.
    PA corn

    -- Montgomery County, Pa.

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  • 8/10 - Jefferson County, Ill.: All the bottom ground has drowned out all rest is in fair to poor condition.  

  • 8/9 - Nicollet County, Minn.: Just got done spraying for aphids on the beans. They are looking pretty good but need rain bad. Corn seems to have been hurt by the heat and lack of rain and the ears are not filled out. No bumper crop this year.

  • 8/9 - Southern Kearney County and northern Franklin County, Neb.: Corn and beans look above average, if you dodged the hail. Some fields have been destroyed!  Heavily irrigated area.  It was extremely hot for to weeks in July.  Irrigated corn and beans have a lot of yield potential, and the dryland looks good also.  By reading the other reports around the country I feel very fortunate.
  • 8/9 - Plymouth County, Iowa: My corn planted 4-28 is denting and filled completely. Corn planted after 5-2 is denting and ears are small, tipped back and missing kernels. Think I might have some 200 bu. corn and also some 100 bu.. I believe it was too hot during pollination. I think that is going to be a common theme in the later planted corn and in corn on corn ground. Beans are setting pods but too early to guess yield. As of today they look like 50 bu. beans but need 1-2 in. of rain to get there. We had a 2in. rain 7-2,1 in.7-28,and .5in 8-6. Plenty of rain in Apr, May and June. 

  • 8/9 - Trempealeau County, Wis.: Well I’ve been yield checking a lot of fields lately.  There is a lot of my corn is currently checking well over 200 bu.  A lot of the ears are 18-20 around and 35-38 long with a current population of 37,500.  Weed control is excellent, the outside 6 rows or so needed another shot but the corn grew too fast to get back in with all the rain we received but the weeds aren’t to bad and the corn doesn’t seem to notice them.  The earlier hybrids 95-98 day seem to have more aborted kernels with the high heat we had when they tasseled but the later 102-105 day corn doesn’t seem to be affected much at all, we have been lucky with plenty of moisture this year again.  Soybeans maybe another story, they look good from the edges but heading in they are waist to chest tall and have a lot of blossoms with average amount of pods towards the bottom, hopefully these new flowers won’t be aborted like a lot of the earlier flowers were.  The next cutting of hay is coming very well, although the problem is now we haven’t had good dry hay weather so there is a lot of silage but not much baled hay.    
    WI soybeans

    -- Trempealeau County, Wis.

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  • 8/9 - Southern Jasper County, Ind.: Have lost 3-5% from too wet early, then 5% from dryness, now a unknown due to kernel length-corn is denting 70% -am guessing yield will be par with last year, maybe 5% less-no way the big USDA yield prediction.

  • 8/9 - Jackson County, Iowa: Crop dusting planes were flying around all over here for the last couple of days. Some guys are doing all their corn and beans, some all their corn, some 1/2 their corn and some are doing nothing. Like a lot of things, we'll know what should have been done once the dust settles. Everything looks good crop wise, with a few exceptions. Rained on Monday (1/4" -1"). Some corn is just starting to dent. In the video you’ll see trucks waiting to reload planes in Monticello, Iowa. I think there were 3 different coop's at airport.

  • 8/9 - Pepin County, Wis.: Crops look very good so far. Could use a rain within a week or so on the lighter soil.

  • 8/9 - Caldwell County, Mo.: The rains yesterday went south of us, we are getting sprinkles, we need a soaking rain to get us through this, later planted beans need more rain for sure, pods are setting and still blooming.
  • 8/9 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: All that I can say is don't judge a book by its cover. The corn fields look great from the road, however it’s a different story when you walk in there and pull ears. Major tip back in places. We are seeing a difference in planting dates and corn maturity. The earlier planted corn didn't abort as many kernels. 50-60 bu./acre taken off the top end on our farms so far.

  • 8/8 - Benton County, Ind.: 1.5 inches in July, 0 inches of rain in August. Poor corn and beans.
  • 8/8 - Southwest Grant County, N.D.: Last rained yesterday. Haven't hardly seen the sun this spring in SW ND. Thought we had a bumper crop here, just to find that great stand of HRSW had so must rain & humidity that it couldn't pollinate. Son says there are only 6 or so kernels at the bottom of the head. Devastating development.  Looks ripe to go. Quick check of neighbors shows that they are seeing the same thing in northern Grant County here. Flax filled great... Oats reported not filled either.

  • 8/8 - Miami County, Ind.: After hearing Mr. Gulke comment about being surprised after going out into the field and looking at his corn I decided to take a look myself. I walked out maybe 200 feet into the field and was very disappointed in what I saw. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t have 100 bushel yield swings in that field depending on the spot. Only time will tell. Beans are small in most fields. We did get a few small rains in the last week and now have a small amount of moisture in the ground.

  • 8/8 - Shelby County, Iowa: Corn crop looks good, but looks to be 30-40 but. Less than last year on continuous corn. Ear counts and size just is not there. We have not ever been short of moisture so guess heat was the problem.

  • 8/8 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: We have had about average rains for our area and spaced out fairly well. We had 4 inches in April, 5 in May, 6.25 in June, 3.5 in July and .5 a couple days ago as we froze some sweet corn! Crops look pretty good here except for the corn that was blown over about a month ago. Lots of goosenecking but less than 5% green snap. The corn reel is ready! Beans look excellent with no aphids yet. I'd rate the corn a 7 because of the wind and the soybeans a 9+. Another nice rain should seal the deal.
  • 8/8 - Brown County, Mich.: Dry and hot, conditions ideal for an outbreak of insects in 2011. Take a look at pod and leaf feeding. Video courtesy of eagerjeffrey's YouTube channel.

  • 8/8 - Jasper County, Ind.: Ears are 5 to 6.5 inches in the heaver soils and have more tip back. Count was 29.2-5in-18.6 rows. In sandy soils had more blank stalks. Count 27.7-5.3-18 in well drained loam. 30.0-6.3-16.5, 20 in. rain May and June, 3 weeks hot and dry July. Planting dates were May 10 thru 16.
    Indiana Corn Sample

    -- Jasper County, Ind.

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  • 8/8 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator: Our dryland crops are looking stressed from the heat and lack of moisture, especially the dryland corn that I have seen. Wheat harvest is progressing in the area with reports of average to above average yields, good test weight, and low protein. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 8/8 - Southern Whitley County, Ind.: From May 6 to June 22, we’ve received 11.5''. From June 22 to Aug. 2, we’ve received 0.12'' rain. Disaster! Need I say more?

  • 8/8 - Louisiana: Michael Danna tells us how the state's sugarcane crop is making a comeback. Video courtesy of This Week in Louisiana Agriculture.

  • 8/8 - Keith, Arthur, and Perkins counties, Neb.: Doug Anderson, Extension Educator: Rainfed are in need of rain as we have missed out on the last few storms. If we can get a couple inches soon, it looks pretty good for the crops. Sporadic hail has caused some crop and yield loss. Grasshoppers are causing some damage n crop acres, but pastures are still looking good. Generally, things are starting to look dry. It's still not critical, but a rain would be nice. 

  • 8/8 - Coles County, Ill.: In the north half of Coles County with only about a half inch of rain since the first of July and high heat, the corn crop is badly hurt. Ears are denting and only filled half way on the ears and the kernels are small and shallow. I drove to Decatur and you see the drought stricken corn all the way across rt. 36 and 133. I feel I have lost close to half of the yield I could have had if we were lucky enough to catch a rain. Soybeans are surviving but not putting on many blooms while waiting on a rain. They are dying on the hill tops and light spots.
    IL corn

    -- Coles County, Ill.

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  • 8/8 - Gage County, Neb.: Paul Hay, Extension Educator: Dryland corn in much of southeast Nebraska has been hurt and will be hurt more without rains in the next few days. A field near Clatonia may make 50-60 bu/ac with rain this week. The matching field made 140 bu/ac last year. I think we may be close to a 100 bu/ac average this year at this point versus a 130+ average last year. Soybeans are hanging in, but dropping lower leaves and aborting some smaller pods. Milo fields stalled at heading. Rains have been very streaky so lots of haves and have nots.

  • 8/8 - Northeast North Dakota: Last week’s wheat tour estimated the Spring Wheat crop for potential production came up with fairly optimistic yield goal and may have been fairly accurate. I think if they went this week they would be lowering the estimate because wheat scab is showing up and is spreading through  the crop. I checked a field yesterday of mine and scab is showing up and look like its spreading in the field. The wheat if its infected even in one kernel seems to be moving through whole head this year but with the hot humid conditions and light showers I guess would perfect breeding ground for scab development. The field I was looking at had fungicide applied to it also and still fairly high percentage of scab in the field. I talked to one local agronomists and he said fields not sprayed are showing significant damage and yield loss already. The tour looked at fields this year that were later this year than normal  and what they saw and projected maybe overstated because changing conditions in the fields.  Also ND had large rains again and amount of wheat lost to drown out could be increasing again. It appears to me this Wheat crop is getting smaller not larger everyday. The canola crop up here looks to have good potential if disease doesn't start developing in it in with these hot and humid conditions.  Soybeans look good but have long way to go nice tall soybeans but flowering and podding seem to behind the height of the beans.  All the crops are still behind but heat has pushed them some and we may see harvest a little sooner than first anticipated if we continue with this warm pattern. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's    

  • 8/5 - Plymouth County, Iowa: NW Plymouth County has been without rain for 24 days. Light spots are really hurt rest is hanging in there but going backwards.
  • 8/5 - Southwestern Pennsylvania: Beans are really coming on after the rains we received last week. Got 5 inches over a 7 day period with 2.5 inches the most at any one time. These beans are R-3 and average 42 inches tall. No insect issues at this point except for a Japanese Beetle here and there. Overall I would say our corn and beans both are 9 out of 10.
    Penn Soybeans

    -- Southwestern Pennsylvania

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  • 8/5 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: Scouted 1500 acres of corn today from one end of the county to the other.  The southwestern and central parts of the county have only had about .5 to 1.0 inches of rain in the past 6 weeks and the northern part about 1.8 inches. I found that some hybrids are handling the stress much better than others. I only found one number that didn’t pollinate properly. Some are tipping back while others appear to be doing quite well considering the heat and lack of moisture. Corn seems to be filling too quickly, with shallow kernel depth.  If it would cool off and start raining I estimate we have lost 25 to 30 bushels. I have 300 acres left to scout tomorrow, but I don’t expect to find anything much different. Beans seem to be hanging in there for now, with some spidermites showing up.

  • 8/5 - Lebanon, Ind.: Finally got 6/10" of rain putting us at 1" since July 3. Corn looks decent for the amount of rain but it’s starting to fire and the clay knobs are burning up fast. We could use about another 2" before harvest.


  • 7/27 Washington: Mike Miller discusses summer harvest season in Washington State.


  • 8/5 - Cedar County, Neb.: Corn pollinated in 95-100 degree heat. Almost every ear we checked had 20-30 kernels aborted not counting near the tip. Haven’t had a measureable rain since the first of July.  Sand spots are firing, but for the most part the corn looks average, beans are holding on and waiting for some August rains.

  • 8/5 - Waitsburg, Wash.: Harvest is running a little late in eastern Washington for wheat farmers. But, the yields are worth the wait. Dan Bickelhaupt, a farmer near Waitsburg, Wash., says his area will see record yields this year due to abundant rains all spring.

    This field yielded 113 bu./acre. The dryland field was planted with soft white winter wheat, Stephens/Tubbs 50/50 mix. Bickelhaupt says crops in southeast Washington were plagued with stripe rust. "This field had three applications of fungicide to combat the rust," he says. Normally stripe rust isn’t a problem, but due to wet springs it has made a comeback in the last two years. Yields for winter wheat on fallow ground have also been impressive, coming in at the 120 to 135 bu./ac. range. "Quality looks excellent."

    In this video, you can watch Bickelhaupt, assisted by his daughters Anne and Jill, harvest their soft white winter wheat field. Video courtesy of wsugirlcoug’s YouTube channel. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 8/5 - Freeborn, Minn.: Crops look good within a small radius of us (10 miles). Lots of rain and drowned out spots. The crops that are standing look good. Could use a rain now. Nothing for a couple weeks.
  • 8/5 - Belgium, Eernegem: I got the chance to have a ride with a TX66 harvesting wheat. It was a beautiful evening. In another video, you can see us swap between two fields without removing the header. Quite exciting! Video courtesy of MattijsDeSmedt’s YouTube channel. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 8/5 - Nemaha, Neb.: No rain for three weeks heat damage on corn.

  • 8/4 - Reno, Kan.: Most dryland crops in western Reno county are gone with some Milo and soybeans still living. We had our first rain since June 8th last night 65/100ths

  • 8/4 - Prairie County, Ark.: We are watering our beans but it's so hot the beans are dropping a lot of blooms.

  • 8/4 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: We've struggled through a late wet spring and early summer to make a decent crop and things were looking pretty good til the last 2 to 3 weeks of real hot humid weather with no rain. Losing hope for our corn crop as pollination has been a struggle with the high temps. Still have a chance to make decent beans where their not drowned out if we can just get a good rain.

  • 8/4 - Southwest Ohio: I'm standing on a gravel ridge (about 3 acres). This area has been curled up tight like a pineapple for 18 days. The rest of the field is 8' tall and fully tasseled. This is the first time I have ever had corn just quit on me. Hopefully we can at least save a little on combine costs since there will be nothing here. The rest of the field is also dry and firing almost up to the ear. We need an inch of rain a week for the next three weeks to get anything out of this.?
    Ohio drought corn

    -- Southwest Ohio

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  • 8/4 - Martin, Tenn.: See winter wheat harvested and double crop soybeans planted in west Tennessee.. Video courtesy of fjchester's YouTube channel. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 8/4 - New York: We've had 0.3 inches of rain since June 22 with temperatures ranging from the 80s to over 100°F. We hear about better rains all around us but even those who got an inch or two more are not much better off. We all have brown lawns and not enough forage. Pastures are bare and cattle are on winter feed. Crops got planted very late because this spring was excessively cold and wet. When it finally stopped raining it just stopped completely. If we average it out, we have normal weather so far this year. The problem is the rain all came during April and May and the heat all came in June and July.

  • 8/4 - West Texas: These pictures was taken in Palo Duro Canyon, last week, July 7th at the ranch by a cowboy looking for strays.  For you folks that are not educated on rattle snakes, this generally only happens in the spring when they come out of the den and the weather is warm enough for them to sun.  The cowboy thinks the drought and heat is so bad in West Texas that they are not going far from the den and returning daily.
    Texas Drought
    Texas Drought   Snakes

    -- West Texas

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  • 8/4 - Sac County, Iowa: Checked a field of corn this morning-the corn is tipped back an inch and a half. We've had 1.2 inches of rain since the last of June. We're in real need of rain with all this heat. The planes are busy spraying for aphids.

  • 8/4 - Roberts, S.D.: Started cutting HRS Wheat today. THE BUSHELS PER ACRE AREN'T THERE, PLUS LOW TEST WEIGHT AND NOT MANY ACRES PLANTED AND A LOT OF THOSE WHERE DROWNED OUT WITH TO MUCH WATER. So , Go believe the USDA, who never get out of their offices/chairs, except to get a cup of coffee and manipulate the figures---acres..... (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 8/4 - East central Indiana: Well guy's I went out and checked my corn this afternoon , not good !!!!!!! Checked it out in two different spots and found that it figured out to 10 percent , and a kernel count on what looked like a good ear and figured out to 10 percent did NOT pollinate on it. These photos and comments were posted in the AgWeb Discussion Boards. Continue reading: Long Silks???
    Indiana Corn
    Indiana Corn 2

    -- East central Indiana

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  • 8/4 - Mansfield, Ohio: Farmer Bill Bayliss says crops in his area are a month behind. At Soybean College, held Aug. 1 to 2 in Coldwater, Mich., Bayliss shared that he's received two nice rains in the past two weeks. Heading home from Soybean College, Bayliss says the event helped him think of ways to fine-tune his management while digging into details. Later this month, Bayliss will head out on the ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour for his tenth year. "That event is much different than driving 60 or 70 mph down the road," he says.

  • 8/4 - Reading, Mich.: Crops are looking pretty good considering. We had later planting than usual for us.  We started around the end of May and finished on the 9th of June. Things are looking pretty good. We were a little dry in this area until a couple of weeks ago. We’ve had some timely moisture recently, so I’m optimistic about how everything is going to turn out.  Overall, I would give both the corn and beans a 7 or 8. I’m happy.
  • 8/4 - Farina, Ill.: We grow corn and beans mainly, and a little wheat sometimes.  We’re in south central Illinois.  It was wet early on.  We started planting the second week of April.  Then we got rained out.  We didn’t get the rest of corn done until mid-May. Soybeans got planted over roughly a month, started the first week of June and went through early July.  We have a very wide range of crop quality.  I’d say most of our crops are in the 7 to 8 range.  We’ve got some rain that farmers in other areas haven’t received, so we’ve been pretty lucky. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 8/4 - Andover, Ohio: We got kind of a normal start but then got shut down for a month.  We got going the last week of April and went through the first week of May.  A lot of planting got done at that time, but then we got a month of rain and ended up replanting a lot of ground and also started planting some fields then that hadn’t yet been planted.  At this time, I would say the fields we planted in June were a good 10 days behind what we planted in May.  Our crops look good.  Corn looks good to excellent. I’d attribute that to heat units and some timely rains. Corn is coming on really good right now. Beans are fair in some areas and excellent in others.  I would say my crops are a 7 or 8.
  • 8/4 - Red Creek, New York: I live up toward Syracuse, N.Y. The soybeans look amazingly well.  The corn is up and down in quality.  The weather didn’t help us out any. We got started fairly early in May then sat for 10 days and then we had drown outs.  This was the first year I ever had to replant.  I do my beans after my corn with my corn planter.  Our beans got a nice stand and have never have had a bad day, like Kip Cullers says.  This year is what I’d call a popcorn-peanut thing—what you lose on the popcorn you hopefully make up with the peanut.  I’d rate our beans an 8 and our corn a 7.

  • 8/4 - Decatur, Ind.: We’re farming south of Ft. Wayne.  We got 200 acres of corn in early but it was another three weeks or so before we got in and got the rest of the crop finished.  That early crop looks kind of bad and we don’t have high hopes for the yields, maybe a 100 bushel an acre. I was encouraged last week when we checked corn pollination, though.  It was much better than we’d anticipated. With the exception of that early corn, I’d give our corn crop a 7.5.

  • 8/4 - Astoria, Ill.: It was pretty good planting. We started April 2.  We got a little shower here and there and were done by May 10 with both corn and beans.  We farm mostly corn.  The middle of April we got a bunch of rain and had to replant 250 acres and our bottom ground, too.  It still looks kind of rough but everything else looks good.  We farm in five different counties.  We have irrigated sand and we’ve got some dark black soils and timber soils. I’d say 85 to 90 percent of our crops look good.  I’d give us an 8 on both corn and beans.

  • 8/3 - Racine, Wis.: Japanese Beetles are really going after the newly planted apple trees. In some of the neighbors’ beans it looks like nematodes are a serious problem. Large somewhat circular patches are yellowing up.


  • 8/3 - Northern Stearns County, Minn.: Corn and soybeans looking really good considering all the rain and storms. Cutting winter rye on my sand ground today. Looks pretty good. Very tall so should have excellent straw production. Corn about done pollinating and soybeans probably need to be sprayed for aphids by weeks end. Having a beer right now and reporting from WEFEST.
  • 8/3 - East central Iowa: HOT AND HUMID was the phrase of the day about Tuesday’s (and all of the last week) weather! I have an update about the 100 hd. of cattle that were swept away last Wednesday night (flash flooding),last I heard all but 14-21 head were found. The last of the oats was finally finished (thank god I didn't have any).they were standing perfect up til 2 weeks ago, than were blown down flat. I cut 2nd crop new seeding Monday and Tuesday, and silage baled it all on Tuesday. Planes will be flying fungicide in 1-3 days. Ears from field that suffered some damage from 2 wind storms, some greensnap, some poor pollination and some did not get an ear.
    Iowa Crop Comment 8 3 11
    Iowa Crop Comment
    wind damaged corn

    Ears from field that suffered some damage from two wind storms, some greensnap,some poor pollination and some did not get an ear.

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 8/3 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Our immediate area has been blessed with rains of about .8 inches, spaced about 1 week apart all thru July.  Crops look very nice....but with all the severe weather in much of North Dakota, we are praying we can get this crop in the bin without any bad storms/hail. Many rivers around the state are flooding, with levels seen only during spring runoff in most years, thousands of acres have been drown out, roads washed out, crop disease, etc. We put fungicide on everything.  With about 25% of the farm in PP, we have been busy working fallow, and now seeding cover crop 'cocktails' on those fields.  Harvest won't begin until the last week in August.  The grain traders must have figured out the crop isn't as big as USDA has estimated.

  • 8/3 - Logan/Menard counties, Illinois: Bill is looking at the pollination of a field of corn in this crop update. The tip of the ear isn't pollinated due to hot weather and lack of rain. Shows the difference between a good yield and a great yield. Video courtesy of

  • 8/3 - Dickinson County, Kan.: Early planted corn made late planted will struggle. 20 miles south of us already chopping corn. Soybeans holding on but starting to show a lot of stress and leaves turning silver to pale now. 30 plus days of over 100 deg days and pm temps in the mid 80's. Southern and south western Kansas have nothing to look forward to this fall.

  • 8/3 - McNairy County, Tenn.: We need cooler weather and rain in August. If we get rain quick crops could be fair
  • 8/3 - Warren County, Ill.: Had a bad wind 7-29-11 left flattened areas in 2 fields. Didn’t break stalk just laid over bad. Lost a lot of yield I’m sure. A lot of good corn here and area's of not so good mixed in.

  • 8/3 - Richmond, Ind.: Some crops are really suffering from the long hot - dry spell.  Others have been lucky and have gotten a few small showers that have kept the crop growing.  Regardless the need for water is here now that most of the corn is starting kernel fill.

    There will be many surprises this year.  Around the edges of the fields crops look good for those who got rain but the intense heat took a toll on inside the fields.


  • 8/3 - Adair, Iowa: We need rain bad.

  • 8/2 - Louisiana: LSU AgCenter Correspondent Tobie Blanchard tells us about the updates that researchers presented of studies on corn, cotton and soybeans at a field day in northeast Louisiana. Video courtesy of This Week in Louisiana Agriculture.

  • 8/3 - Texas: More than 99 percent of the state was in one level of drought or another by the last week of July, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. More than 90 percent of the state was in an extreme drought; 75 percent in an exceptional drought, according to the monitor. Daytime high temperatures continued to challenge or beat historical records in many parts of the state. Throughout the state, with the exception of small pockets where there has been rain, producers continued to struggle with dropping irrigation well and stock-water tank levels, desiccated pastures and hay shortages, according to reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
  • 8/3 - Polk and Story Counties, Iowa: Our corn crop is not looking very good. Between the wind damage and the continuous high heat since July 14, we are seeing very uneven pollination. That's hard to recover from! We are also seeing some Goss's Wilt in a few fields for the first time ever. I am expecting a poorer corn crop than last year! Beans on the other hand look good, as long as we can catch some timely August rains.

  • 8/2 - Putnam, Ohio: We are extremely dry and need rain ASAP. Corn is rolling up, soybeans are doing better than any of the other crops, the hay needs rain or we're not going to get another cutting. Alfalfa with it's deep root system is fairing the best. They are calling for 50% chance of rain tonight but, the last two times we had 50% chance, which was last week, we got 0 rain.


  • 8/2 - Peoria County, Ill.: Had a bad wind Friday 7-29-2011.Some corn fields are flat. Could see my 3 year old grandson standing in them. Been told flat corn fields for 20-30 miles. Makes a farmer sick to see.
  • 8/2 - Platte, Neb.: A couple more timely rains would really finish off a very nice corn and soybean crop. Pollination seems to be ok but am seeing a little tipping back of some ears. There were a couple of windstorms earlier that either greensnapped or root lodged some of the corn that no doubt took away some of the yield potential but on average it is looking like an above average crop. Haven't seen any soybean aphids yet. Rootworm pressure is severe in some areas. Starting to see some Goss's wilt in one number of corn and it looks like it could progress pretty fast.

  • 8/2 - Meade, Kan.: August 1st. Still no measurable rain except for isolated areas. Alot of irrigated circles are being abandoned and pollination is not too good in some areas. There is some good corn but not like last year. Local elevator took a bit over 8 million bushels last year, they are thinking it will be half that this year. we are 6 to 8 weeks from planting wheat and have no moisture to sprout it. Large numbers of beef cows are at the sale barns every week because the grass is burnt up. There is one sale barn that averages 500 to 700 head of momma cows a week since May! The forecast is 100+ degree weather for next 10 days. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 8/2 - New Washington, Ohio: Too much rain early in the season caused lengthy planting delays for Karl, Randy and Scott Hiler of New Washington, Ohio.  The father-son team says corn and soybean crops have finally rallied in their area, however, and look good despite their rough start. The three men give their outlook for this cropping season in the following video, and also share their expectations for the first ever Farm Journal Soybean College.

  • 8/2 - Custer County, Okla.: Wheat this summer was very poor. Any dryland milo burned up, cotton crop in process of burning up. Doubt even half the cotton will even pay to harvest. Many areas have had less than 5 inches rainfall for the entire year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 8/2 - Brookfield, Mo.: My beans are waist high and my corn is about two weeks from dent.
  • 8/2 - Dewitt, Ark.: It's really dry, but we are all irrigated so it’s really the heat that bothers us. Our crops look pretty good, but we've got really heavy bowl weavel pressure.

  • 8/2 - Eaton Rapids, Mich.: Got 6 1/2 inches of rain last week, so we look good now but I don't want to get excited.

  • 8/2 - Wakonda, S.D.: Our corn crop is below average. We are 40% drowned out.

  • 8/2 - Darke County, Ohio: The fat lady is about to sing, turn out the lights the party is over. We haven't had a decent rain since the last of May. A tenth here 2 tenths there. The corn and beans must have a 1" or 2" of rain this week or start striking up the band. Corn pollination has had heat stress for 3 weeks and there is no relief in sight. The closest to this in history was 1983 drought. Beans are knee high and starting to wilt in areas. Hold on it's going to be a heck of a ride.

  • 8/2 - Quincy, Mich.: Corn receives the lion’s share of Leon Knirk’s attention on the 2,000-acre farm he and wife, Jennifer, own and operate near Quincy in south central Michigan.  Knirk says the soils in his area make it a challenge to reach the type of yields he ultimately wants to achieve. "We farm a lot of dirt and rock most guys probably wouldn’t want to farm," says Knirk, with a wry chuckle. In the following video, Knirk provides an overview of how his soybean and corn crops are performing this season as well as what he expects to learn during the 2011 Farm Journal Soybean College.


  • 8/2 - Hancock County, Ohio: It's hot and dry. Shortest beans I've see in many years. Corn firing and drying up. This heat and lack of rain has messed up a potentially good year.

  • 8/2 - Madison, Ill.: No rain since 7-3-11. Corn has pollinated through all the heat. Checked some fields and found several missed kernels on the cob. Need rain for fill. Soybeans are losing flowers, but rain soon would help.

  • 8/2 - Poneto, Ind.: We had a bad dry spell but we got a rain and it really shaped up. The corn got planted late, but we are starting to tassel now.

  • 8/2 - Parnel, Iowa: Beans look good, my corn looks pretty good too but I'm not sure about polination. Most of the state pollinated during the heat. There are too many days until harvest to know for sure.


  • 8/2 - Mexico: We just finished our first crop soybean harvest and we planted the fall crop July 31.
  • 8/2 - New York: We had a late start, but we got them in the ground the end of May. My corn looks decent but my beans look tremendous.

  • 8/1 - Putnam, west central Indiana: Another hot dry week with very little chance of light showers. Indy set new all time low for July rainfall along with the 2nd hottest July on record. Central IN is hurting on corn and beans. Each new hot day (95 today) takes more of a toll on these crops.

  • 8/1 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We got 2 inches of rain the 30th, we needed it.....later planted beans where struggling now they seem to taken off, Beans I planted My 10th are full of pods now and still are blooming, I planted some beans after I took the clover hay off June 22cd they are 16 inches tall now and are blooming the rain really helped them. 

  • 8/1 - Northern Livingston County, Ill.: Corn planted May 12 looked good 3 weeks ago started pollination couple days before extreme heat and dry spell. We had 2.7 inches rain last week but too late for this crop it is gone. Walked out in field another spot no ears at all worst crop ever seen in 36 years thank god for federal crop insurance.
    Illinois corn ears

    -- Northern Livingston County, Ill.

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  • 8/1 - Connersville, Ind.: I was camping near Connersville Indiana (40 miles east of Indianapolis). Extremely dry with spider mite damage showing up in beans and extreme rolling in corn fields with firing evident in most fields. Things are getting serious. 

  • 8/1 - Coles County, Ill.: Still very dry in Coles County. Corn on light soils dying and most of the corn getting that yellow tint. We had a little teaser shower of 2 tenths last night but you could not tell from looking at the soil a few minutes later it was still bone dry. Probably lost a third of the corn crop so far due to drought. Every time it rains in Chicago the corn markets drop.
    Illinois Soybeans
    Illinois Soybeans 2

    -- Coles County, Ill.

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  • 8/1 - Pipestone, Minn.: Had 2.25 of rain this week. Crop has been catching up with the heat and moisture. Some corn looking real good, then across the road so so. Beans appear to be doing good, lots of flowers and just starting to pod. Aphids are worse everyday we started to spray yesterday.

  • 8/1 - Sullivan, Ind.: Crops in this area are widely varied. The corn is good except on the sandy soils where the heat has impacted it. The soybeans look good but about 20% of the crop still has a long way to go.
  • 8/1 - Jackson County, Iowa: I received 8" of rain here from Friday 22 thru Thursday the 28. Areas to the north of me had between 15"-20" during the same period from 3 different storms. One farm a friend and I rent had less damage to the beans than I was expecting (thankfully). Only 3-5 acres appears to have been flattened/flooded when it could have been 30 acres. The road was a mess and around 200 foot of fence was washed away. The Maquoketa River flooded some corn up to the tassels on Friday and was back in it's banks on Sunday. Beans and corn look real good, except for some corn that was messed up by 2 wind storms. Some seed dealers/agronomists are telling me to spray 2/3 of my corn with fungicide this week because it sounds like the hot and humid weather is supposed to stick around. Last year some guys saw a good yield response when corn was sprayed when silks were turning brown. I didn't spray fungicide last year because corn showed no signs of infection at brown silk, but the following couple of weeks were hot and humid and then disease set in. Did one yield check and came up with 180 bu./acre (one of my best farms). Don't know why, because we don't know how it will finish. I guess I wanted to feel like I worked for the government when they throw numbers out there!
    Iowa Crop Comment
    Iowa   Flash Flooding

    Flash flooding – 4-5 foot of water went thru this building.

    -- Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 8/1 - Wallace County, Kan.: Bloom is off the rose due to hail, otherwise could have been a tremendous year. Now it will just be an average year with some timely rains in August.

  • 8/1 - Lebanon, Ind.: Summer 2011 video from Herr farms.


  • 8/1 - Jacks County, N.C.: We live in the mountains of North Carolina. Rainfall has been avg. coming when corn has started to stress. I planted in early to mid May, corn is tall and ears starting to fill good. If weather holds we may be blessed with a bumper crop. I would like to say I have read most of your crop comments and at some point through the years we have been where a lot of folks are now and I know how it feels. We feel for you too.

  • 8/1 - Hancock & Wyandot counties, Ohio: Corn isn't shoulder high yet. Looks like another 1-2 weeks till tassel, if it ever rains. Beans about 10-12" tall where they had enough moisture to trigger emergence. Old-timers say they've never seen it like this.


  • 8/1 - Northeastern Montana Phillips County: Winter wheat harvest to start next week. Over 14 inches of rainfall since May 1st. Yields will be above average, but disease has taken its toll. Early seeded spring grain looks to be above average where hail hasn't hit. Most of our area was seeded in late May or June, these fields will need more rainfall and cooler temperatures to obtain average yields. Hay and grass production looks good where fields were not killed from spring flooding. Grasshoppers are starting to become a problem. These are pictures spring wheat taken July 26th from the same farm seeded the last week of April. Note the flying grasshopper. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
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    -- Phillips County, Montana

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  • 8/1 - Decatur, Kan.: Corn crop getting very dry, losing bu. every day we don't get rain


  • 8/1 - Adams and Taylor, La.: Spotty areas of showers corn looks so so, beans doing nothing and weedy.
  • 8/1 - Cottonwood, Minn.: Corn and soybeans north of us way to wet early. We planted the corn first week of May. 90 % looks very good the other 10% is there but behind because wet feet.

  • 8/1 - DeWitt/McLean Counties Ill.: Don't remember having such excellent potential reduced by heat. Corn for the most part hasn't shown stress but the past 2 weeks of heat have shaved at least 1/3 off the yield. No seed company has the genetics to withstand 2 weeks of hot weather during pollination.

  • 8/1 - Logan County Ill.: I did a yield check yesterday, corn planted on April 10th had excellent pollination. Corn planted on May 12th had horrible pollination the heat really took a toll, Short ears with skipped kernels and not as many rows around! It indicated 40 to 50 bushel less yield an acre. Early planted pollinated in low 80s highs during the day, low 60s at night. Later planted got hit with mid to high 90s daytime low 70s at night.


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