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-- East central Iowa.
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-- Seymour, Ind.
-- Texas Panhandle
It is nice to have a break from the unrelenting overbearing high temperatures. Most of the corn is harvested and yields are all over the place -– from 0 bu./acre to a small section in a lower creek bed grossing 100 bu./acre. Biggest issue is aflotixin –- seems there is no consistency with the sampling and dockings are taking huge tolls on loads.
-- Caldwell County, Mo.
-- Gordon County, Ga.
-- Knox County, Ill.
View from 60 feet up. We finished last silo on Saturday.
-- Bellevue, Iowa
Ryegrass could be a less high-stakes gamble than other winter forages this year as it can be planted later and disked in. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)
-- Barron County, Wis.
-- East central Iowa
-- Northern Coles County, Ill.
This year started with a bang again and we were off to a flyer on the Eyre Peninsula, the rest of the state was either too wet or too dry. There were two schools of thought this year, some farmers went in early and those crops are looking good. Then there's the farmers who went in late looking for a good weed kill, and those crops will need a big finish to get over the line. Of late, the rains have stopped, since early August was the last decent rain event. There was good subsoil moisture for crops to call upon this season, which they would've sucked on a fair chunk of that by now, makes you wonder what is left?
All in all, we at worst on the E.P. should be looking at an average year. I notice ABARE, our version of USDA, has pegged our wheat crop at 26 mmt, some private analysts have it currently pegged at 24-25 mmt. I go with the later. Our spring can be severe and we are already experiencing warm windy days. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
Lack of water and lack of hay and grazing continued to force Texas livestock owners to sell out herds statewide. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)
-- Marathon County, Wis.
-- Yellowstone County, Mont.
Row-watered cotton was doing better than some center-pivot irrigated cotton in some areas of the Southern High Plains. Most cotton in the Southern High Plains is subsurface drip or center-pivot irrigated, according to Dr. Mark Kelley, Texas AgriLife Extension Service cotton specialist, Lubbock. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Mark Kelley)
-- Howard County, Iowa
-- Arthur, Ill.
-- Montgomery County, Mo.
-- Beaufort County, N.C.