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May Crop Comments

May 30, 2014

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  • 5/30 - Jackson County, Iowa: most, if not all the corn is planted. Still a day or two of bean planting left yet. Overall things are really good. Spotty heavy rain shower throughout the county. Some getting nothing, others getting an 1" in 15 minutes. Been a challenge to get silage made where the heavy rains have hit.

  • wet corn field cc 0530   baled hay cc 0530
    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 5/30 - Berrien County, Mich.: corn in but wasn't perfect planting conditions but usda guarantees 165 bushel so I guess it don't matter there's a lot of corn to be planted south of us. they been blessed with more rain good luck to all

  • 5/30 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: After three consecutive days of isolated showers, we ended up with less than half an inch and felt very lucky. A lot of places got little to none and it shows. How dry is our subsoil? Well, I saw a hundred acres of flooded creek bottom with water standing a foot deep in spots...the result of a shaft of rain came down, literally, by the bucket-full. Next morning, all the water was gone, not even a puddle. That confirms what I've seen of a tile I've been watching, it drains a large river bottom that was converted to a wetland under CREP. Since the beginning of May, that tile has slowed down to barely a trickle.

  • 5/30 - McLeod County, Minn.: Still waiting to plant a kernel of corn- hopefully tomorrow. Had another 1.5" of rain on Sunday, just when it was getting fit. 2-3" expected this weekend. Ground is just a sponge underneath. Some corn in and up on higher/ good tile ground, others, not so good. The gentleman from Willmar is correct. We pulled 40' poles at work and had frozen dirt attached to the bottom 2 feet. Hope for rain in the southern plains...


  • 5/29 - New York: Corn planting just started wettest coldest year in 30 yrs

  • 5/29 - Wilkin County, Minn.: field work continues to go at a full throttle pace. most activity is down to soybean planting/pre-emerge spraying. but, i talked to guys at local agronomy center and they are still treating spring wheat seed and also sending out chemical for first herbicide treatment for spring wheat. been many decades since they have seen that they say (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 5/29 - Iosco, Mich.: We started planting Saturday of memorial weekend. Planters are rolling and we have corn 41% planted 0% emerged, soybeans 0% planted but plan to start Friday. Sugar beets 0% planted.

  • farmland michigan
    --Iosco, Mich.

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  • 5/29 - Hillsdale, Mich.: Coming up fast and look great

  • 5/29 - Saginaw, Mich.: wet wet 10% done lot of farmers didn't get nitro on wheat in southern Saginaw and Shiawassee county (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/29 - Carroll/Ogel County, Ill.: Most of the corn has emerged with a great stand and beans are fighting to push through the dry crust. We had one substantial rain that kept us out of the fields in the middle of the month which gave us the crust. We are coming up on another month of below normal precipitation. Rains have been spotty and light. It has been great to see the absence of erosion but rain not the weather model is the money on the table. With out rain this great corn stand may be a detriment. Just like every other year, only the Lord knows. We have a history of catching a little rain out of the northern and southern fronts. I have been blessed in Northwest Illinois.

  • 5/29 - East Central Mo.: Most all corn planted and up. looks good. Beans almost done but spotty rains delaying certain areas. The old saying when it rains it pours? Some are getting 2" and half mile away 0! Wheat in this area looks best ever but it ain't in the truck yet!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 5/28 - Windham, Conn.: My grain corn was finished 5/25 and some has broke thru already. There are mod issues in the area making difficult to get into plant. Alot of silage corn is behind in planting.

  • 5/28 - Lyon County, Iowa: Corn and Beans are all planted in area, corn is 95% emerged and beans 75% emerged some stands are not perfect in corn on corn to cold too long and too much wind blowing stalks over the row we had lest than 2 inches of rain since march 1 and not a tile running anywhere so we will need timely rains all summer.

  • 5/28 - Douglas, Minn.: Done Planting corn 488 planned 20+ prevented plant 20 switched to beans. 50% emerged. High population on some fields. some of the best I have ever seen.

  • 5/28 - Dooly County, Ga.: 25 percent behind but mostly good many finished planting

  • 5/28 - Halfax County, N.C.: The weather condidtion change fast here, from being very wet to needing rain. Soil is getting hard and dry to continue to plant early soybeans. What a diffence that 2 weeks with no rain fall can do.


  • 5/27 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Corn damaged by frosts last week is growing out of it with much warmer temperatures this week.

  • frost damage corn cc 5 27
    --Lancaster County, Neb.

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  • 5/27 - South Central Neb.: The weatherman 7 days ago had rain in the forecast from 40 to 80 percent. As of tonite we got nothing. Went to graduation in Iowa. Nebtaskas corn crop sure doesn't look great and Iowa isn't much better. Brome grass here has headed out very short. Cattle going to grass but don't know for how long. Really don't believe our govt has a clue on how severe the drought is. Last but not least thank you for this forum. I truly believe that most people who comment are telling it the way it really is. Unlike all the B S we get from both the traders and the usda. That's all


  • 5/23 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: As of May 23, we need a rain...and badly. Some beans are just not going to make it up through what has become, in some fields, a very hard, sun-baked crust. The corn looks good, but again, it is dry. Let me add my voice to those who predict that there is no way to meet USDA yield expectations without timely rains for the next four months. 2012 and 2013 turned very dry as those summers progressed. Could this happen three years in a row? I don't see why not, because we're already heading in that direction around here.

  • 5/23 - Kandiyohi County,Minn.: Too wet to plant so we have been out tiling some fields. Thursday the 22nd of may we dug down 16 inches in some low ground and hit a layer of frost 10 inches thick. Couldn't believe it but there it was. I live 4 miles east of Willmar, Minn.


  • 5/22 - East Central Iowa: Planting resumed Thursday here in Jackson County, after the area receive from 1/2 to 2 inches of rain Tuesday evening. Some storms just to the north received 2 inch plus diameter hail. I would guess I won't be much left in 2 to 3 days. Quite a few guys are cutting rye and chopping and some hay is getting cut.

  • cutting rye cc 5 22   baling cc 5 22
    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 5/22 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: More rain and cool temps here. Ground is very wet. No beans in the ground at all. What little corn that is planted is just now coming up. Really need some warm and dry weather to get things moving again. Wheat looks pretty good. Most has headed out and some flowering occurring. Saw some sprayer planes fly over. Must be applying fungicide to wheat somewhere.

  • 5/22 - Buffalo County, Neb.: With planting done, it's time to start moving cows to grass. We have received less than 50% of "normal" rainfall to date, plus incessant wind, so how long they will stay there is in question if the drought pattern doesn't change soon. Center pivots are running to both water in fertilizer/chemicals and to prove enough moisture for proper germination...3rd straight year of this drought here.


  • 5/21 - North Central Ind.: last year too good to be true some times it just stinks to come back to reality another two month planting year wonder why a guy can remember more of these over the last 25 years than the normal ones. be safe out there

  • 5/21 - St. Criox County, Wis.: 3 inches of rain Monday the 19th will keep us out of the field most of the week till the weekend and possibly longer on heavy ground. Who would have thought back to back springs like this could happen. If rain comes in next week like the forecasts say PP acres will happen in area for second spring in a row. The only thing I can say is I would rather be way to wet then everything burnt up from drought! Watch for the next supply and demand report to shave the corn stocks again on old crop, 48 to 53 pound test weight corn gets chewed up pretty quick and that's what the majority of it was in the upper Midwest last year. It's heading the same way this fall too!

  • 5/21 - Livingston County, Ill.: Corn short yellow from cold wet weather even April 23 only 3 inches tall. Beans planted in the 80 to 90 degree weather week crack ground in 6 days only to be killed off the next week from cold and wet lasted seven days I'd bout 1/3 stand at best. Think the USDA is going it lucky again with their perfect yield estimates?

  • 5/21 - Dekalb County , Ind.: most corn planted here, but alot not up yet, very wet - cold soils here, replant ? some beans in , replant? drove into western part of Ohio, some corn up, alot of acres not planted yet, must be our year for late planting, record yields? will take excellent weather this summer, odds are against that

  • 5/21 - Southwest Mich.: I thought it was to cold to plant corn the first week of May, but we did it anyway. Corn came up in 9 days and then two days later we had 30 degree nights to put some frost on the grass and buildings. Corn seems to be doing fine, as the roots are reaching the nitrogen and they are turning yellow to green. Started beans and then 3" of rain stopped everything for a week. Need to spray corn but the wind is blowing to hard. The south of us got 2" hail this morning that completely covered the ground. The stress and challenges of farming never cease, but we keep on doing it anyway. Everyone be safe.

  • 5/21 - McLeod County, Minn.: Still waiting to plant corn, or should I say get in the field Worked 80 acres and then it rained 2". Drove to my sons baseball game last night an hour from home, not one field plated or even touched. Many neighbors can't get their manure pumped or hauled out. Wet is an understatement. I know, careful for what you wish for....

  • 5/21 - Champaign County , Ill.: Was side dressing corn today and it looked wonderful. Tonite got 3 to 4 inches of rain and some hail in about a two hour time. Water everywhere now. Things can change in a hurry. On the bright side it is still better than a drought.


  • 5/20 - Manitowoc County, Wis.: Nothing planted yet(5/20) we got .75 rain last night more forecast for today soil is saturated it rains every 3 days We are 10 miles off Lake Michigan and have a tough time getting corn to full maturity in a normal growing season Have 86 day corn in the bags might have to leave it there if we cant get it planted soon winter wheat looks good some yellowing in wet spots better than last years crop so far.

  • 5/20 - Stearns County, Minn.: No crops planted, way too wet. Got another 1.25" rain yesterday. Thinking about renting my cropland out to some idiot next year for $200/ac and I'll take my kids fishing more. NO GLOBAL WARMING IN MN. Al Gore needs to go.

  • 5/20 - Brown County, Wis.: 5/19-Clay-loam soil was finally dry enough the last 2 days to do some manure hhauling & got the fert. on wheat- no planting as of yet. Raining tonite- must need it or we wouldn't be getting it!!! LOL!!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/20 - South Central Minn.: One of the most challenging springs in recent memory. Way too cold & wet. Some corn has been in a month and not up. Not to worry though because the so-called experts are telling us were going to have record yields. Yes, the same ones that said sell all your beans way back because China is going to cancel beans and the price is going down. I've heard were going to have a "BURNDENSOME" supply of grain. That's the last thing we need to have is a burndensome supply of food. In fact I was in the grocery store the other day and the first thing that came to mind was what burndensome supply of food this store has. It's an insult to all farmers to tell us were producing too much when there's starving people all over the world? I'm offended at your ignorance to even make such a comment.

  • 5/20 - Redwood County, Minn.: Most corn is in. Few wet spots that are being mudded in now.


  • 5/19 - Dekalb County, Ill.: Over an inch of accumulated white stuff. Gotta love this global warming! Market is down across the board though so yeah snow the real bear is in the building.

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--Dekalb County, Ill.

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  • 5/19 - Jackson County, Iowa: Planters started rolling again Sunday. Had slight chance of rain for Monday afternoon through Wednesday, woke up this morning to 2/10 inch of rain. Hope to see you back at it this afternoon. I would guess 4-5 days of planting would wrap everything up. Some rye is starting to be cut for silage, would expect to see some hay getting cut the end of the week or this weekend(for dairy quality ). (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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--Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 5/19 - Northeast Neb.: 3 nites of frost were not good for the corn crop...seed dealer says tear it up and replant,,,lucky so much corn been in dry COLD soils....a lot of corn planted 3 weeks ago still not up....WE NEED lots of rain in this area....seams rain goes south of us or north...most corn planted in area but not up....beans going in but there in cold soil also...if they don’t grow till may 20 it didn’t do any good to plant april 23....looks like a late wet harvest again....good luck to all

  • 5/19 - North Central Oklahoma: Wheat heads 50% white (dead) to green!! Also off green heads are shutting down with no moisture in grain!! Should have Hayed it!! But have plenty of hay so rode this out and 7 seconds later no hope??? This is the better area with the most chance!!! Hopes for 15 to 25 now more realistic of 5 to 10 , with a test weight of?? 42 test in Texas I hear. This week should ripen the crop , temperatures of mid 90's to 100!!! Recent drop in prices are not realistic to conditions!!! Always an excuse ,, plenty of wheat in the world don't worry be happy!!! Well these conditions are the worst in history for this country!!! Wheat highs have hit 13$$ before with a lot better conditions!!! Chase out the long positions I think and hold down prices till ins. payment is decided end of June!!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/19 - Butler County, Neb.: All corn in Butler county Nebrasaka froze temps, were in the high 20's and low 30's 3 nights in a row. Corn that was up is brown and flat on the ground. Beans that were up are dead. 6 inches of rain in Two 3 inch blasts really helped allot too.

  • 5/19 - Shelby County, Iowa: Lot of sick looking corn in the area Frost three nights in in a row.

  • 5/19 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Greetings from Pottawattamie co., SW Iowa, no need to worry about an early September frost....it already got us. Corn that was 4-5 leaf stage froze to the ground. Beans that were emerged are spotty. Some places OK some places dead, seems the 24 degree temps we had on Thursday night killed all hopes for a good crop on the emerged fields. This is all after we got a 4-5" rain and the fields are all tore up terraces broke and rows washed out if we are starting like this good luck getting 165 bu./acre USDA. I would say there will be a lot of replanting going on if weather allows. Good luck to all & God Bless!(

  • 5/19 - Platte County, Neb.: 24 degrees Thursday night, 30 degrees last night. Corn planted day after Easter froze pretty hard. I think it will be alright but will have to wait a few days to know. Otherwise corn planting pretty much done and beans mostly done around here. A few beans were emerged, I suppose they will have to be replanted.

  • 5/19 - Buffalo County, Neb.: 5th straight morning of frost/freezing temps. Very uneven emergence on early planted corn. Even the cool season grasses are slowed. A warm up forecast to start today, temps may reach the 80's by Monday. Rain forecast for several days next week. Hopefully we will get some. Safe farming to all.

  • 5/19 - Southern Gage County, Neb.: A lot of sick looking corn after the freeze last night. black and limp hope it looks better in a couple of days. very short wheat, had some appraised at less than 4 bu/acre. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/19 - Lincoln County, Idaho: Weather here has been a bit coolish. parts of southern Idaho have had a little rain others none. Wind and frost have taken a toll on the sugarbeets some having to be replanted. Soil moisture has for the most part been good for corn planting.

  • 5/19 - Southwest Ark.: Corn somewhere between knee high to waist high. Cooler than normal for this area-46 Thursday morning. Soybeans 70% planted. It rains just about every 4-5 days. Good Luck To Everyone!!

  • 5/19 - Southwest Ind.: More rain and cool temps here. Ground is very wet. No beans in the ground at all. What little corn that is planted is just now coming up. Really need some warm and dry weather to get things moving again. Wheat looks pretty good. Most has headed out and some flowering occurring. Saw some sprayer planes fly over. Must be applying fungicide to wheat somewhere. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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--Southwest Ind.

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  • 5/19 - Licking County, Ohio: 10% planted corn 2 % planted beans

  • 5/19 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: Done with corn and sorry I planted half the beans. Cold, wet and very soggy. Won't get back into the field until May 23rd, if it stops raining.


  • 5/16 - LaPorte County, Ind.: We were doing well moving right along but rain and cold temps have corn and soybeans water logged in are heavy clay soil I think we will be doing a lot of replanting.

  • 5/16 - Ogle County, Ill.: Snow May 16th South of Rockford, IL Interstate 39 and scattered frost tonight May or November????

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--Ogle County, Ill.

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  • 5/16 - Dallas County, Iowa.: 32 degrees and frost on the windshield this morning. Ground cold and very wet. Corn planted 3/18 is 1-2 inches tall and yellow. More cold expected tomorrow and more cloudy, rainy weather in three days!

  • 5/16 - Jackson County, Iowa: Corn 90% done. Beans 30-40% done, my best guess. County received between 3/10 to almost 2" Monday afternoon. Some were able to get into the fields Wednesday afternoon while most could not. Started raining Thursday afternoon again.

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--Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 5/16 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: April planted corn starting to emerge. Fair amount of guys are done with corn and have a good start on beans. Might get to do it over again for some of the first planted beans which are starting to emerge. Got down to 35 Tuesday night and 34 last night. 4 inch soil temp is only 42 this morning. Maybe USDA will have to start a replant progress.


  • 5/15 - Huron County, Ohio: Finally able to work some fall plowed ground the beginning of this week(5/11). Just starting to dry good and we got dumped on with rain again last night. Most of the area has seen little corn planting(maybe 10 to 15%) and only heard of a few beans here and there. With last night's rain, more in the forecast, and much colder temperatures forecast, we are at the very least a week from getting back in fields.
  • 5/15 - Berrien County, Mich.: Everything is ahead in my area including soybean planting.

  • 5/15 - Manitoba Canada: Seeding way behind here in the southern part of the province. A lot of winter wheat going to be worked down. A lot of it didn't survive the cold winter temperatures and the thawing and freezing in spring. It's supposed to get way below freezing this night so it might finish the poor stand of winter wheat off. That would make it an easy call for crop insurance. Hope the spring seeded crops will be better. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/15 - Brown County, Minn.: We haven't been able to get in the fields for a week since we have got over 4 inches of rain over the past week. Our area has about 30 percent corn planted with some that have started soybeans. On our farm we started corn April 21st and that is just starting to emerge and is very yellow in color due to all the rain and cold temps(picture attached). We are fortunate to have all of our corn planted and have started soybeans. We will probably not be turning a wheel around here until next week, if it doesn't rain anymore.

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--Brown County, Minn.

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  • 5/15 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: Wa are 100% planted the first time. Some thin stands and crusting issues. Have had nice rains but corn just can't get going with cool temps. Need to decide soon on potential replant. Beans cracking the ground but slow as well.

  • 5/15 - Ward County, N.D.: On our second day of seeding spring wheat here. Very little seeded in our area. Will need a dry rest of May to get crop in. Going to be lots of P.P in ND this year, it's wet everywhere and still cold.

  • 5/15 - Southeast Ind.: Still holding at 95% done on corn and 50% on soybeans. We have received 1.25-3.0 inches the past few days. Most of crops are emerging with good stands. Wheat will head at beginning of next week.

  • 5/15 - Brule County, S.D.: Finished with corn on May 10th. Rain on May11 & 12. Windy every day rain or shine. Will probably start beans on Friday May16 if no more rain.Corn is about 2/3 done around here. Some beans have been planted.

  • 5/15 - Twinn Falls, Idaho: We farm 2200 a corn we are 80% planted. So is the rest of the state.


  • 5/14 - Shelby County, Iowa: 5/14/14 some corn up some spiking some not up and some frosted this morning.Beans still in the bag hoping to start tomorrow.

  • 5/14 - Lawrence, Penn.: No beans planted 10% of corn none emerged very wet this week won't get back in field until Friday if no more rain.

  • 5/14 - Clay County, S.D.: Everything is ahead in my area including soybean planting.

  • 5/14 - Lucas County, Iowa : As of 5/14 (and probably for the next week), zero planted! Just got corn ground worked and N applied when the rains started. 4 inches of rain in the last 10 days. Spotty rains forecast for next 10 days cloudy with temps in the low 40s' at night. Flat and bottom grounds have standing water on them, some erosion evident on sloped ground. Similar situation in surrounding counties.

  • 5/14 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Finished corn and beans on Saturday. Big chance of rain on Sun/Monday fizzled again-.25". We have been extremely windy and down right cold at times here. The pastures are starting to show the effects of the lack of rain and high winds. Wild oats is heading out already, and is only about 3-4" tall. First planted corn(23April) is just starting to emerge. Wheat is very short, maybe 6" tall. Simply too cold for it to grow much. Another interesting year. Good luck to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/14 - Wilkin County, Minn.: Planted 200 acres of wheat 3 weeks ago and no sign of field work for 3 or 4 days. Have to get sugar beets in before worrying about corn. switched corn seed I ordered to soybeans. Glad I'm out of the corn game after seeing planting progress in the corn belt.

  • 5/14 - Northumberland County, Penn.: Planting moving forward really good on our farm. Other farmers moving along good also. Had nice weather the past week now.

  • 5/14 - Grand Forks, N.D.: Nothing in the ground.

  • 5/14 - Macoupin County, Ill.: I am finished with both corn and beans, All my corn is emerged and my beans are cracking through as we speak. Wet weather is hanging around for the remainder of this week so that will be very good for my beans to make that final push toward emergence. Pretty much all the neighbors are finished with corn, but I am guessing about 30% of the beans are left to plant

  • 5/14 - Barron County, Wis.: Haven't even turned a wheel in the field other than getting stuck twice the past two weeks with the manure spreader. If the forecast holds true and no more rain, maybe just maybe we will be able to start on some lighter ground this weekend.

  • 5/14 - Wayne County, Neb.: Corn planted 4/23. Photo taken 5/12. Corn planting mostly wrapped up in this area, beans about half done. Daytime highs the next five days is only 60 degrees, and overnight lows 35 degrees, not real conducive to plant growth.

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--Wayne County, Neb.

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  • 5/13 - Western Wis.: 2013 all over again corn belt getting planted in good shape and Mn,ND and Wis struggling. Just hoping for a average crop at this point and that is fading with everyday were delayed. 4 inches of rain last 5 days and very cold this week couldn't wait to get 2013 behind us then it's twin 2014 showed up.

  • 5/13 - West Central Minn.: I am one of the few in this area to have 100% of corn planted. I was a bit surprised in my travels yesterday to find some of the best corn producing ground in Minnesota with little planted so far. It appears that LP is going to be very difficult to get this fall. We have had several inches of rain in the past few days and forties for temperature.

  • 5/13 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Rain on Mother's Day, nice to see moisture but 3-5 inches in a short time with wind, hail and tornado's. Blew out some new terraces and even took the tile out of a 6' trench, cut through the normal little ditches and took subsoil and residue along with it. No matter how hard we try you can not control mother natures fury. I would estimate 80% of the corn in and 30% of the beans but all over the board to farmers being done with both to barely started on corn

  • 5/13 - Morrison County, Minn.: Manure is hauled but no crops planted. Cold and wet. Hoping to get some corn in by end of the week and maybe switch over to soybeans before going back to "silage" corn. ARGH, what a horribly cold and wet spring. Pastures looking good, however.

  • 5/13 - Cass County, N.D.: We have not turned a wheel. Another 1.5 inch rain on saturated soils. At least 10 days of drying needed. One neighbor planted 320 acres three weeks ago. No one else go in. This will be the latest start in 35 years of farming even considering have 8 floods during those years.

  • 5/13 - Hendricks County, Ind.: Finished planting on Saturday afternoon. A few shower came through on Sunday but most didn't amount to much. Corn and beans planted 2 weeks ago needed that little shower. We could use a good soaker. It was a nice spring to get field work done in this area. Close to 100% corn planted and I would say at least 50% of the soybeans in the ground in our neck of the woods. Should start side-dressing NH3 in the next day or two if we don't get some of the scattered showers they have promised. Thank the Lord for His goodness. I can only plant He has to water, make the sunshine, and make things grow. Please be careful it is a busy stressful time.

  • 5/13 - McLeod County, Minn.: Haven't put one kernel in the ground. Some farmers have gotten a few acres in (10% maybe)- way too wet and cold. We have had over 5 inches of rain over the past 20 days. Rained last night again another 1.60", adding to the total. Lucky to get going by May 20th. Still being positive as we need moisture rather than a drought.

  • 5/13 - Faribault County, Minn.: Starting to look like last year. Very cold and wet. Not good weather for the little bit we did plant. There is a lot of corn left to plant, ground is saturated with a cool wet forecast.

  • 5/13 - Northeast N.D.: Raining here again this past night and morning and temperatures are still cold had evening low of 37 and has taken until lunch time to reach 40 degrees. Fore caste is for cool wet week and warm up by end of the week but still chances of rain going into next week. A little field work did happen on Friday and Saturday I think a few of neighbors got piece of wheat seeded before rains on Sunday. Last years PP fields are extremely wet and frost is still pushing moisture up keeping the ground wet. We need sunshine and warm temperatures but is getting serious here we are getting late here to plant a crop and ground conditions are far from ideal with this wet and cold weather. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/13 - Shelby County, Ohio: Planted all corn & soybeans in 4 days some of the best soil condition I seen in 20 years. Got 1.2 inches of rain last nite, just the rite amount.should all come up even now.be safe and hope all goes well for everybody.

  • 5/13 - Nobles County, Minn.: Awful Spring here weather wise. Corn is all planted and about half the beans. But, corn is very slow at developing just too cold! Corn has been in ground 17 days and not even thinking about coming up yet. Give it another two weeks. As for the beans, just got some I the ground. Then last night got a good pounding gully washer. We will have extreme crust problems in our area IF it ever warms up and dries out. Heat is what we really need. These weeks of 50 degree highs and low 30's for lows are getting old! But we should be used to it. Been a long time since we had a nice Spring and crops came up without problems.

  • 5/13 - Platte County, Neb.: Finished corn and beans Saturday. Most people done with corn and just a few days or beans left. Some pivots around here were running Saturday, I suppose mainly to water in herbicide and fertilizer, but got .75 inch of rain Sunday and Sunday night. South 50 miles got 4 to 5 inches of rain and north 50 miles got .15 of rain. Early planted corn 2-3 inches tall with good emergence.


  • 5/12 - Fillmore County, Minn.: We ourselves have 70% of the corn in here. Some farmers are less then half around the area. Cool and wet and raining again this morning. We are hanging on as far becoming to wet. NW of Rochester had areas of 4+-" of rain last night. We were lucky with only a half inch so far. More rain forecasted for the rest of the day. however. No soybeans in the ground here yet to my knowledge.

  • 5/12 - Weld County, Colo.: We endured 3 weeks of wind and heat and planted deep to try and find moisture. Started raining several days ago and this morning we have 3 inches of snow on the ground after 2" of rain. Tomorrow morning temps to drop to 24 degrees. Crazy Colorado!

  • 5/12 - St. Francois County, Mo.: Over 80% complete planting corn. Rained Friday and not looking promising for progress this week. Wet early then cool to finish the week. Corn planted last Sunday is up! Good shape moisture wise here. Pastures growing like crazy! Be safe out there.

  • 5/12 - Mercer County, Ill.: Started corn May 5 finished corn May 9 planted 1400 acres in five days. I held off in April glad we did as April corn planted around here is requiring a rotary hoe . Start on beans today.

-- Mercer County, Ill.

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  • 5/12 - Southwest Iowa: Finished planting corn on Saturday a lot of people started planting beans late last week. Early planted corn has emerged and stand counts look near perfect. Received .8 of an inch of rain Sunday morning and glad go see it. Good luck to all & be safe! we are truly blessed in SW Iowa!

  • 5/12 - Brown County, Minn.: its ugly here cold and wet rain for the whole week 12 thru17TH and highs 55 and lows 33

  • 5/12 - Wells, Ind.: Finished with corn, down to 70 acres of beans. Can't move Ditching Machine with tractor and planter so will be delayed for awhile. God is still God and God is still Good!

  • 5/12 - Williams County, Ohio: Finished corn on Thursday and beans on Friday. Need rain real bad very dry.

  • 5/12 - Lac Qui Parle Minn.: 50% corn planted. No soybeans. More rain in forcast and still cold here. Need the rain but would be nice to get crop planted.

  • 5/12 - Wilkin County, Minn.: Planted wheat for 13hrs april 22nd. nothing since. Don't have a lot of hope for planting this week. Sugar beets and wheat need to be in now. might cancel corn for this year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/12 - Morgan County, Ill.: Most all corn planted and up looks great,finished beans thursday the 8th some acres emerged looking good. total acerage on evergreen farms 3,150 crop acres.

  • 5/12 - Southwest Ind.: More rain today has halted field work once again. Lots of ground being worked and Anhydrous going on the past week. Some corn that got planted on April 26 has just emerged. Doesn’t look too good. Lots of drowned out spots and corn that didn’t emerge. It had 3" of cold rain on it which formed a thick hard crust on top. Wheat has been looking pretty good but not as good as last year with a lot of slight yellowing in a lot of areas. Lots of heading going around here in earlier planted wheat. Should be pollinating soon. It has been a late cold spring. Hope it dries out soon to get the rest of corn into the ground. Nobody around here has even thought about planting beans yet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 Corn Emerging 2014 cc 5 12  WHeat Heading 2014 cc 5 12
-- Southwest Ind.

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  • 5/12 - Swift County, Minn.: The latest drought monitor map still has us listed as being in a drought. Very little progress has been made in the area because of extreme rainfall and cold temps. If we are considered as a drought, I would sure hate to see what they consider as surplus moisture.

  • 5/12 - Douglas County, Minn.: 5-10 White frost on ground & roofs this am. about 2" plus rain in the last three days. Lows of 30's & highs of 50's this coming week. Not much planting going to happen then. Maybe 5% corn in ground, no beans, some still planting wheat. Starting to look like last season of end of May planting or prevented planting. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/12 - Southeast Ind.: Finishing an experimental variety, its a long way up to the top!!

 Manual labor 57 bag cc 5 12
--Southeast Ind.

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  • 5/12 - Wabash County, Ind.: Finished corn and beans May 7. Some of the best conditions in a long time.

  • 5/12 - Pepin County, Wis.: Finished all the irrigated sands and moved to our heavy ground. Got 1/2" rain and will be waiting awhile. Repeat of last year again. Good luck to all.

  • 5/12 - Stanton County, Neb.: Will finish planting corn today and move right into soybeans. Nothing emerged yet in this area. My first corn was planted 4/23, I hope it pops out this weekend. Keeping our fingers crossed for rain Sunday.

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--Stanton County, Neb.

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  • 5/9 - Wright County, Minn.: Nothing planted yet, 5" of rain last week and 2" yesterday. Last year all over again!

  • 5/9 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: checked the rain gauge this morning; 1.4 in. last night. It came as a combination of rain and snow, the ground was white this morning. We had 5 days of 40mph wind from last Friday till Tuesday, gusts to 70 mph. A lot of wheat on lighter ground is gone. The rest of the wheat has wind burned leaves. Lots of winter wind damage to bare fields over the winter. Chiseling in Jan. didn't help. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/9 - Cherry County, Neb. & Todd County, S.D.: 75% Corn planted 100% popcorn planted. Start soybeans next couple of days.

  • 5/9 - Nelson County, N.D.: Maybe 2% wheat planted. no soys , maybe 2 % corn planted. Normal is closer to 50 % or better , in my opinion. It is very wet very cool , with cold ground temps, a repeat of last year. Many farmers abandoning thoughts of planting corn. The whole state is very cold and wet. Very little planting has occurred. With the dry down south and the cool wet here, I would be looking for the market to start heating up. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  wet wheat flood cc5 9
--Nelson County, N.D.

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  • 5/9 - Northwest Wis.: The first corn was planted this week into cold soils. The sandy soils are being planted while the heavier soil types are no where near ready. Soil temps hit 50 degrees at 4 inches today for the first time in 2014 as our temps climbed into the 70's. .25 in of rain so far in the last 24 hrs has slowed activity for the day with more on the way. We have been strip tilling our ammonia and dry fert down on the most well drained fields.

tillage snow cc 5 9
--Northwest Wis.

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  • 5/9 - Columbia County, Wash.: Some of the best looking wheat with new varieties with seemingly unlimited potential at this point. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 5/8 - Watonwan County, Minn.: Finished corn Tuesday evening. Got herbicide sprayed over top on corn yesterday. Is raining this morning, text book timing! Somebody turn up the heat, please!

spraying cc 5 8
--Watonwan County, Minn.

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  • 5/8 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: Done with corn and 50% of beans in the ground tonight. Rain on the way. Some early planted corn is pretty slow coming out of the ground. Corn at least 80% done and soybeans 25%. Everybody be careful!

  • 5/8 - Waupaca County, Wis.: Very wet and cold, rains every couple days and not much progress.

  • 5/8 - Brown County, Kan.: Most of the corn is planted, a good portion can be rowed. Soybeans are going in at a rapid pace.

  • 5/8 - Ward County, N.D.: No field work of any kind has gone on. Fields still to wet from last fall and the rain will not stop this spring. Forecast calls for rain all week and below normal temps.

    wet field cc 5 8  wet field 2 cc 5 8
--Ward County, N.D.

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  • 5/7 - Knox County, Ill.: Planters running like crazy. Saw my first field of emerged corn on May 6th. Corn planted in cold, wet ground on April 26th is sprouted has sprouted, but it's going to take a rain or a rotary hoe to get it up through a hardening crust.

  • 5/7 - Stearns County, Minn.: Planted 100 acres of corn yesterday and hope to finish here today. My uncle is planting now and I am heading out to relieve him. Tile is definitely paying off this year. Hopefully start soybeans next week after the rains blow through.

  • 5/7 - Jackson County, Ill.: planting resumed on Monday. Everybody was running on Tuesday. I would guess 30 to 40% of the corn is the ground. A few guys have started beans. For the most part on conditions are good, not great . Good luck to all.

  Tillage cc 5 7 planter cc 5 7 planting cc 5 7
--Jackson County, Ill.

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  • 5/7 - Minn.: Wheat. Been in ground 3 wks not up. Corn in ground 3 wks not up not sprouted. Wet 4 inches of rain more coming. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/7 - Putnam County, Ohio: Everyone is out and hitting it hard! If the rain holds off we should be all done with corn by Friday.

  • 5/7 - Walsh County, N.D.: Light rain showers again today. Yesterday I took a drive across a couple sections in one of the big tractors just to see what the ground conditions really looked like. Soft and muddy! Last year we started seeding on May 17.....this year looks to be about the same. Praying for sunshine and warm temps.


  • 5/6 - Morrison County, Minn.: Some corn being planted on sandy soils. Farmers just trying to get manure applied before it rains again. 2"-3" of rain forecast for the rest of the week into early next week. Alot of silage corn will be planted again this year. Good thing for crop insurance and prevent-plant. The goood news is the alfalfa survived really well under the 4 feet of snow we had all winter. Expecting to get corn in the last 2 weeks of may and soybeans in early june.

  • 5/6 - Norman County, Minn.: Been a cold wet spring. managed to get a quarter of wheat planted April 22nd. We have had 4" of rain and cold since. Not sure how that quarter will fare. expect to replant the low areas or maybe the entire field. that is alway a tough call. corn is still in the bag waiting for better conditions.

  • 5/6 - Piatt County, Ill.: Corn 90 percent done Beans planting well underway Some done with soy also

  • 5/6 - Northeast Neb.: I know alot of guys are still kicking the dirt (mud in some places) and are worried if they will get all their crops in on time. But just remember that last year at this very same time we only had 11% of corn planted. After todays report we have 29%. Im not saying that this year will be better than last, but as a whole everything turned out just fine last year (for most). So dont worry fellas, mother nature and god always have their ways for making things come out in the end. Safe planting to all!

  • 5/6 - Mabton, Wash.: Corn plantning half done and asparagus harvest well underway with an early start and good conditions. Cooler than normal with rain and wind exspected this week.(5/1)Triticale harvest has started for the local dairies with silage to be planted soon after.

harvest crop comments  
--Mabton, Wash.

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  • 5/5 - Blaine County, Montana : Very limited spring crop progress, cold and wet. Zero acres seeded. Need three weeks to get crop in.

  • 5/5 - Reno County, Kan.: Wheat is all headed out and about 12 inches tall. I am west of Hutchinson Ks. At 3 oclock this afternoon my temp. gauge here at my house hit 104. 4 nights ago we had a low of 34. Forecast in the 90s till next Thursday. Should cook this wheat crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/5 - Central Neb.: Well we got started planting. Yesterday was the first day the soil temp was good. Hearing reports of the guys who started April 10th finding corn is rotten. We all knew it wouldn't be good. Find more humor in the usda report of where neb planting progress was last Monday. Would like to know how they came up with the figure. On the grain side the phone has rang steady for two weeks. Everybody is trying to buy corn. A really good friend told me buyers are finding out there isn't as much out there as they thought. Hang on boys the fireworks are a comming.

  • 5/5 - Northeast N.D.: Continues to be a cold wet spring here in NE North Dakota with still lots of frost still in the ground.We had Thursday and Friday this past week where temperatures were at least into the 50's but Saturday and today were again with temperatures in the 40's. Its already started to rain tonight and forecaste is for rain all week. Its starting to act like last year with a lot of crop didn't get planted. If We don't start to get some warm and dry weather soon the clock may run out again on this planting season. The ground just stays wet and little puddles in the field just stay same it has to be frost is still pushing moisture upward and now add in rain its recipe for disaster.

  • 5/5 - Adams County, Neb.: Corn planting should be complete this week. Soybeans are being planted now.


  • 5/2 - Tippecanoe County, Ind.: Very impressive progress on planting. Bet 70% of corn planted & corn has worked up very, very well. Only 0.48" of rain in two week & no big rain since mid-April. Things looking good, just need warmth and a rain to get the corn up. Probably 5% of soybeans planted in county.

  • 5/2 - Henry, Ohio: Some corn planted in county still very cool and damp. Lucky we did not receive all the rain forecasted for week Even if it does dry out next week no hurry to plant corn till heat shows up.

  • 5/2 - Knox County, Ill.: Farmers suffering from PTSD (Plant the seed, damn it!) already have 25% or more of the corn in the ground, but we're still waiting for things to warm up. Soil temps on bare, wet ground have been between 43 and 49 degrees for the last two days. Corn in the ground for two weeks has not emerged. Still no leaves on the burr oak trees and no mushrooms.

  • 5/2 - Jackson County, Iowa: Receive just over 2" of rain since Sunday afternoon. Have not seen the sun all week. Low temps in the upper 30's- low 40's, highs in the low 50's. It is supposed to warm up this week, hopefully it does. A lot of corn and beans are going to town in between the rain showers.

  • 5/2 - St. Croix County, Wis.: 2nd year in a row we will be planting late 4 in. of rain this week 0 percent planted in the area. Extended forecast dries out some but no heat highs upper 50s to low 60s with spotty showers. Hopefully this rainy cold spring isn't followed by the mother of all droughts like last year!

  • 5/2 - Allamakee County, Iowa: On sat april 26 I planted about 20 acres of corn, we've had rain almost every day since, and temps from 38 to about 43 degrees ever since then, maybe I should have left it in the bag.

  • 5/2 - Ransom County, N.D.: Still cold but now we are very wet as well. 3" of rain in the past week. Only a few hundred acres of corn planted thus far county wide. Wheat planted Good Friday has only a small sprout so far. Soil temps yesterday only got as high as 40. It looked so promising a few weeks ago, now it looks like lots of prevent plant if this weather doesn’t straighten out. Lots of talk about switching to earlier maturing corn hybrids. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/2 - Columbia, Wis.: Nothing planted in our area. Cold wet soils.


  • 5/1 - Southern Minn.: Hats off to the Buffets. Just need more to tell their story of how farming and agriculture has change over years. Again thank you! (See Howard W. Buffet's "Get to Know Your Farmer" video in April Crop Comments.)

  • 5/1 - Southern Minn.: No field work yet. Looks like a repeat of last year and will not be good! Frost is still not out in many fields and that will lead to late planting. Planter is in the shop and ready to go, but need to a test run to make sure the up dates will work properly.

  • 5/1 - Franklin County, Pa.: Wheat-poor to fair probably will not keep all of it. Plant corn instead. Ground cold & wet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 5/1 - Chisago County, Minn.: 3 inches of rain since 26 April on top of ground not dried from 15 inches of late April snow. Nothing planted.

  • 5/1 - Wayne County, Ohio: Have received 2.75" to 3+" of rain since Monday and still raining. Manure and burndown maybe a little tillage and a couple of fields of corn is about all that's done around here before the rains. Need to dry out and warm up and stay warm.

  • 5/1 - Northwest, Ill.: Very few planters have moved this year. We finished April with below normal rain and the subsoil moisture is still short. No storms,standing water or washing out of new waterways. We are thankful for the rain we have received. We will dry out quickly so as to plant but the cold soils will need some sun at this point in time. Privileged to seek the Lord's timing. Anticipating another great year.

  • 5/1 - Lancaster County, Neb.: I am from York County Nebraska where my 60 year old brother and father 90 years old farm 700 acres with no-till, 7 center pivots growing seed corn,commercial corn and soybeans. Wet weather has delayed planting but we have 30% corn in the ground. I am working on a $200,000 FFA soil project granted by Nebraska Environmental Trust. Funds purchased soil probes, soil testing kits, soil equipment and curriculum training for Ag Educators. Has been a great 3 years helping students to learn more about soil health.

  • 5/1 - Walsh county, N.D.: Cold, wet, and muddy! We haven't even had a chance at any field work. I don't think anything has been planted in the entire northeast quarter of the state. Local coop's fertilizer equip hasn't moved yet. It's going to be wild when we do get started.

  • 5/1 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Nothing moving here all week. Forecast still looks cool and wet. Will take 4-5 days of good sunny weather to get started. Some corn planted in counties west of us. Saw a couple fields planted in the western part of the county on Saturday. Would expect draws and low areas on these fields to rot out with saturated ground and a high of 37 degrees yesterday.

 

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