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Striped rust and scab are reducing yields, combined with poor nitrogen management, variety selection and low seeding rates, and poor field preparation and drill calibration. There will be a lot of mediocre, crappy wheat, but not here. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
-- Northern Sampson County, N.C.
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-- Evansville, Ind.
-- Caddo Parish, La.
I'm seeing many soybean plants with cotyledons being pushed down in an effort to push the stem up, snapping off the cotyledons. It's surprising how many of these stems emerged with plumules visible. I feel quite a bit of replanting is occurring that may not be necessary. On-farm research in this area has shown that farmers can leave a stand of 90K with only 1 bu./acre yield loss. One cooperator last year planted 65K with less than 2 bu./acre yield loss compared to 120K. Given our dry conditions and point in the season, I've been recommending leaving dryland stands of 60K and irrigated stands of 90K. It's taken two rounds of 0.5" to get beans through the crust in irrigated fields at this point. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
-- Summit County, Ohio
5/18 - O’Brien County, Iowa: Beans are being finished up this week, beans we planted last Friday are up. The corn is 4" tall and looking good with the warm weather to help it out. Just finished up first crop of alfalfa, yield was down due to the frost we had in mid-April. It took the top 2"-3" off, but quality is excellent.
-- East central Iowa
-- Caldwell County, Mo.
-- East central Iowa
-- Sampson County, N.C.
Both cotton and electric-generating windmills sprout in Willacy County in early May. Good rains in South Texas have made cotton growers optimistic, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service state cotton specialist. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Gaylon Morgan)
5/10 - Hagerstown, Ind.: We have been done with corn since April 20 (650 acres) and are half done with soybeans and can't seem to get a break from the rain to get finished. On a side note, the subsoil moisture is dry 6' deep and we need the rain regularly.
5/9 - Billings, Mont.: Corn planting is done, we need rain in the worst way. Some of corn planted spouted and now laying dry, some will come but we need rain soon. Already started irrigating grains, this is the earliest I have ever started water in my 30 years of farming. It looks ugly around here!
Weed pressure continued to be a problem in many pastures. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Logan Lair)
-- Northwest Iowa
5/8 - Sanborn County, S.D.: We were done planting corn by May 3 with some corn coming up, now 5" of rain on May 4 and 5. We have lousy 15% due to low areas. Also may have lost land in James River Valley for fourth year in a row.
5/7 - Faribault County, Minn.: Looks like we should have planted corn before the crop insurance date. We started on 4/12 and that corn is up and the stand is good. Should have gone a couple of days sooner and we would be done now. Instead we have almost a fourth left to plant and the ground is saturated with ponds everywhere. Forecast this week is cool with showers. Three to four weeks ago everyone thought planting would be a cakewalk, now it’s turned into kind of a mess.
-- Caldwell County, Mo.
-- Sunray, Texas
5/3 - Yoakum, Texas: This last week in Yoakum County, planters are rolling and have picked up the pace as the week has continued. Farmers are working to put in this year's peanut crop, which is approximately 30% planted for Yoakum County at this time. There has been little precipitation and soil conditions remain dry, with temperatures around 70°. Ambient temps have been in the 90s while cooling off to the 60s at night. During the afternoon, high winds continue to persist. As far as this year's cotton crop, most are waiting for a good planting rain. Pasture conditions remain to be poor.