August 2008 Crop Comments
Aug 29, 2008
What are your yield expectations?
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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
- 8/29 - Southeast Nebraska: Like many places we need rain also. Received only .9 inches since July 18 one rain of 1/2 inch and two .2 inch rains. Early corn will be pretty good with above average yields. Haven't looked at the later corn in the area but would say it will take a hit with the late season dryness that has occurred. Beans are hurting and need a rain badly. Aphids have been a problem and some fields have been sprayed. Beans could still make average crop if a real good rain fell quickly but forecast are very bleak for that to happen.
- 8/29 - Northeast North Dakota: We are grinding thru harvest, with 3 rain stops the past 8 days. Nothing major, .6 inches, then a couple bothersome showers that stopped us for a day. Barley continues to yield in the 90's to over 100 bu. By far the best ever. Haven't started the wheat yet, but some who have are VERY happy. Canola is also very good, with many fields over a ton per acre. We just paid for NH3 that will put on in Oct. and Nov. $1100/ ton. P2O5 prices quoted at $1125 if paid cash by mid Sept. We really need a big crop just to keep up with the inputs. Who said inflation is under control?
- 8/29 - Northeast Nebraska: Missed our rain last night, got a whole .10. Dryland corn fired up to ears turning brown and dropping ears…only rain had was .50 in last 5 weeks. Beans are in need of rain bad...a lot of fields just turning yellow…won’t be any thing to harvest. Sure wish could have all that rain back in June now.
- 8/29 - Miami County, West Central Ohio: Finished corn silage Tue. Moisture at 65%. Fields extremely variable-some places plants all brown but milkline was only 10% down on kernel, while other places plants all green with 50% milkline. Decent yields varied from 23 to 27 ton. Over three weeks now with no rain.
- 8/29 - Larue County, Kentucky: The corn will be ready to shell in a week with probably a yield varying from 80 to 130 bu per acre depending on when it was planted the beans if they do not get rain in the next week will do good to make 25 bu/acre.
- 8/29 - Northeast Iowa: Corn maturity is well behind normal (2-3 weeks). Subnormal temperatures are making that situation worse. Stand and kernel counts are running apx 13% below average the past 4 years. Taken from the same areas of the same fields year after year. Expecting more 145 bu corn than 190 in the area. During the past week there has been strong evidence of the corn crop just giving up—especially in areas where a large portion of the N was lost. Oh well, 145 bu of cornflakes per acre is still better than 0 bu per acre—even if hauling it to town cost $125/acre to get them to dry it from 25% to 13%.
- 8/29 - Henry County, Ohio: 13 inches of rain fell in ten days prior to the 4th of July. 4 tenths since.
- 8/29 - Harlan, Iowa: Prayers answered in NW half of Shelby County, Iowa, with 1 – 2 inches of rain. Hope it spreads and everybody gets a good crop to work with.
- 8/28 - Northeast Oklahoma: I took a trip to Iowa last week through Missouri. I like to take back roads to see crops. Lots of beans that were late but looked good to me. But the corn was all over the chart. I saw 200 bu corn down to 50 bu a lot in the same section. My wife even commented on how sorry the corn was on the average. For a woman from Oklahoma to say that it must be pretty bad. Our corn will not dry down, wet spots are still green. Beans are looking better by the day. Just put on my first quilt application today on my earliest beans. That’s how far behind we are.
- 8/28 - Between North Central and Northeast Iowa: Very dry the last 6 weeks except for a three, half inch shots including last night's storm. Corn planted May 5th through 11th, in my estimation closer to three weeks behind 5 year average, it has good color yet but the kernels very shallow and the later corn tipped back more, the temps been ranging upper 40's to low 70's, they are not helping much Beans have not made any progress in the last 2 weeks, lots of flat pods, and the lighter spots or compacted areas they have really shrunk. The hay and pastures (which I found out yesterday has to be insured with the corn and beans on federal crop) are really hurting. Here we need rain and warm weather. Got a price for N.P.K. to plant corn followed by beans $283 per acre.
- 8/28 - Fairmont, Minnesota: Got our biggest rain in 5 weeks yesterday. It was less than 1/4 inch. Both soybean and corn crops conditions are declining quickly. Most ears of corn have kernels missing from poor pollination, have a pull back at the end of the ear and have very shallow kernels. We have had much denitrofication and now stalk rot has become present in the majority of fields. It is likely we will raise about a 80 percent of normal crop this year. Crops are at least 2.5 weeks behind. We need a very late frost date!
- 8/28 - Miami County, West Central Ohio: Finished corn silage Tue. Moisture at 65%. Fields extremely variable-some places plants all brown but milkline was only 10% down on kernal, while other places plants all green with 50% milkline. Decent yields varied from 23 to 27 ton. Over three weeks now with no rain.
- 8/28 - Miami County, North Central Indiana: 15 miles north, northeast of Kokomo. Well, we got a big rain about three weeks ago. I thought that might carry us through. I don't think that will happen now. Bean yields are probably getting trimmed everyday. I saw beans wilting in low 80 degree temps today. Maybe that Hurricane will blow up here in a few days and dump a couple of inches to finish us off.
- 8/28 - Northwest Ohio: We are in desperate need of rain, with only 4 tenths of an inch in the past 7 weeks. The corn crop will probably be in the 100-120 bu range. The soybeans on the other hand need rain in the next 10 days or it will be to late to help them. If it doesn't rain yields will probably be 50% of a normal yield, which would put us around 25-30 bu. per acre. It's frustrating looking at crop tours saying we have an average bean and corn crop. Pod count in soybean fields may be misleading as many pods have no beans, and the ones that do the beans will be small. And from what I've read its not just in Northwest Ohio, but across much of the corn belt.
- 8/28 - Stearns County, Minnesota: Our crops need rain and heat units.
- 8/27 - Mclean, Livingston counties, Illinois: Very dry! Only .3 rain in august. Beans are turning prematurely and the double crop beans are actually dying. Corn is fired all the way up and ears hanging down. We are getting ready to put this one away and look forward to sky high inputs for 2009. Corn is looking to be a little below average and beans are really suffering-they will be well below average. Neighbors are beginning to wonder what happened to elite germplasm seed that could take the stress?
- 8/27 - Southwest Ontario: What a year, to put it into short sentence, this is a record year for the books and I hope I'll never see it again! June was the wettest month on record, July was next to the driest month on record, and Aug will be going down as the driest month on record. The crops? I need not have to expand upon it, you know the story........... :-(
- 8/27 - South Central Minnesota: Very dry, corn and beans have really shut down in the last week. Lots of beans are drying up on the lighter soil or leaves turning over. Since the crops are 2-3 weeks behind we need rain and warm weather to finish them off. Started corn harvest last year Sept. 12 last year and neighbors did some beans on the 9th. Be lucky to do any in Sept. this year.
- 8/26 - Southeast Michigan: Looks like a lot of us are sittin' in the same boat. The boat just can't find any water. Six inches of rain overnight in early July and a couple .2" rains since. Wheat on the ground from the hail hasn't even sprouted yet. Corn is firing above the ear, probably run it, without needing a dryer, before the beans. Looks decent in spite of that. Beans are a disaster. Barely over 18" tall in many fields, low pod count, and shriveled up all day. Aphids or spider mites showing up in a few spots. Unless Fay decides to vacation in the Great Lakes, no real rain in the forecast. To spray or not to spray...Washed the truck tonight just to watch the wipers work.
- 8/26 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We had a very light shower this past week but no measurable precipitation since early August. Our temperatures are below normal for the month with limited moisture. I keep looking at the corn and remembering last year when I started harvesting at the end of August. This year is going to be quite the opposite. If the combine rolls at the end of September I will be grateful. As each passing day goes by, I just don't see this crop making it to maturity throughout the Corn Belt. If we see an early frost, we all know this is going to be a disaster. The beans are setting pods but the pod counts are below average. The recurring theme is we need rain and quite a few more weeks of summer.
- 8/26 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Our unusually cool weather for August continues. Surely this will wind up being one of the coolest on record for us. I think we have had 3 days over 90 for the month. Most years we are lucky to have 3 days UNDER 90. Moisture continues to be ample and our crop looks good, except it is about a month behind. Having walked quite a few fields the past week I think the May planted corn will be decent, probably 150-180. Its so hard to predict because those fields have so much variability in them. Much of that corn will be back layered in another week or so. The June corn looks exceptional, but is way behind. It is in or just past the roasting ear stage. Kernel counts are very good, but I think depth will be shallow which will cut into its potential. If we can catch another decent rain in the next week or two (none is forecast) I think this June corn could yield as much or more than the early corn. That said an early frost would be devastating. Given the late spring I never would have thought I'd be talking 150 bushel corn at harvest, but with some luck I think that is very attainable.
Beans have finally grown and look very good. My 2 observations are that there are a high percentage of 3 or 4 bean pods and a low amount of 2 or less bean pods. While that is impressive, I am a bit disappointed by the total pod load on plants. With most still flowering we will see that increase, but a bit disappointing so far. I think first crop beans have the potential to be 50 with double crops looking as good as I recall in recent years and with another rain could easily run 40 plus. As with the late planted corn the crop is behind and with a high percentage of the bean crop still flowering they will be very susceptible to frost well into the early part of October.
- 8/26 - Northern Louisiana: Pictures of double-cropped corn in Northeast Louisiana. Planted during the first week of August. The first crop was a RR/YGCB harvest in the last few days of July. The new crop is a LL corn. The yellow in the middles is volunteer corn killed by Ignite.
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- 8/25 - DeKalb/Daviess Counties, Missouri: We had .4 over 2 rains last Thurs/Fri. I'm going to start staying home. Went to a field day last week north of Marshall, MO. It was in a second bottom and their stuff looked GREAT!!! We got lost and wandered around in that area a bit before we found the place and the part of the river bottom we saw was very poor. Guessing flooding or standing water really hurt that corn. Beans looked OK. General drive along the road in that area showed some stress but overall looked good. Did see some areas that weren't planted or wiped out due to floods. The closer to home we got the worse it looked. Went to Doniphan Co, KS on Sat and they had had 2 inches of rain on Friday. They're expecting a big crop. Talked to some guys from Brown Co KS there and they were expecting good crops or maybe better. They hadn't had rain for awhile but had hit the rest of the year. I won't even make a guess as to what ends up being our yield here. Beans need rain bad. I'd say corn is just cruising into harvest.
- 8/25 - Winnebago County, North Central Iowa: Looked at some corn over the weekend. Hard to find any dented kernals. Was very surprised to see how far the corn is tipped back when you get in the field. Grain length on a lot of ears less than 6" with 1.5"-2" of barron cob at the tip. This doesn''t show from road. The ears on the field edges with less competitioon are filled to the tip. On the plus side, ear counts are high, but the fields are so variable any yield will just be a guess. The beans look excellent, very tall and lush some over waist high. When you start counting pods, however, what a dissapointment. Most plants have a hard time making the low twentys, 20-21 pods per plant the most common. This worked out to 3'x3' counts of 840 to 860 in solid seeded fields. Sprayed for aphids and none have returned. We missed the rains last week and desperately need some to finish filling these beans. 40 degree nites are not helping either.
- 8/25 - East Central Illinois: We are in east central illinois. The corn in our area will make 105 to 190. The beans are podded fair but they are in need of a rain or the seed in the pods will be small and shrunk up. The yeilds are impossible to estimate.
- 8/25 - East Central Illinois: Crops are in bad need of rain. it has been in the forecast the last couple weeks but it does not happen. beans are in a critical stage trying to set pods and fill pods but the bean leaves roll up mid morning and stay that way all day. double crop beans are at a stand still, looks like a waste of time and money. corn is dieing off on the higher & lighter ground but still green on the low ground. waterhemp came up late after last spraying and is growing like trees in the bare spots in the corn fields, the problem of farming ground down stream of a farmer that does not live nearby . some sds starting to show up in the beans.
- 8/25 - Huntington County, Indiana: We really need some rain for the soybeans. It has been 3 weeks since we've has any rain on our farms. The soybean's had good pod set after rains during early August. Unfortunately, it has been dry since then. No chance of rain until the end of the week. The crop potential drops daily without rain. The corn crop is very uneven. The April planted corn looks well above average. The corn planted May 4th - 6th have very uneven ear size. The replant corn, planted in late May, is under stress. It is trying to grain fill under very dry conditions. I looked at a field on Thursday that a neighbor spotted in; I found ears still at the blister stage.
- 8/25 - West Central Ohio: No rain for several weeks. If those of you on the crop tour were back in Ohio today (Aug 24) you would not believe how things have deteriorated in just 6 days.
- 8/25 - Shelby County, Iowa: I took a road trip in four counties Sunday. It is burning up, to bad had good crop coming on, it just will not rain.
- 8/25 - Northeast Indiana: Less than 8/10th of moisture in the last four weeks. The hot dry weather really took its toll this week. I saw one field of corn being combined on Wednesday the 20th, where the plants were brown all the way to the top. It now looks as if we will not have any of the rains that were forecasted for this weekend.
- 8/25 - Roseau County, Northwest Minnesota: It is supposed to be 40 above tonight. Agronomists are saying there is no way the corn will make it this year and there is a lot of corn up here. Running out of heat units. The beans have a chance but are still late. Spring wheat crop is 35 - 40 bushels/a with 10 - 11 protein ($1.50/bushel discount).
- 8/25 - From Jefferson County in SE Iowa:I would say that the farm tour doesn’t much surprise us. Our corn has some gigantic holes and has been getting yellower and yellower over the last week to ten days. The only good thing I can say about the corn is that we have at least had timely rains – once it finally quit raining so we could plant. In recent weeks we have traveled to NW Iowa, across Iowa and Nebraska on I-80, and over to north central Illinois. The best corn we saw was in Illinois. The worst was in Nebraska (at least looking from the road). As for beans, our last field was planted around July 10 or 12. Beans around here are uneven and weedy. Farmers around here are now spraying for aphids. The crop duster we hired was having to clean his windshield every time he landed to reload because the aphids were so thick on his windshield and wings. The taller beans are setting pods, the shorter ones are blossoming out. There are pockets of exceptionally nice-looking beans, but for the most part, they look like they are about a month behind….which, of course, they are! We have had about an inch and a quarter of rain over the last three days…We need a long summer and a late fall.
- 8/25 - Northwest Wisconsin: There is nothing short of a miracle that will get our corn to maturity this year. We have just begun to get local sweet corn to eat. Field corn is just starting to turn from white blisters to a faint yellow in 80 plus percent of fields. There are a few fields still yet to silk.....lots of corn silage this year...what a late y ear. We also are very dry.....many fields firing and rolled up during the day. Soybean aphids are prevalent throughout the area.
- 8/25 - East Central Illinois: Wow! I've been in my fields all week looking @ corn and finding. Tipped back as far as 3", nitrogen washout even where water didn't stand just soaked the soil, Population from 25K to 30K where 32500 was planted. I was hoping for an average of 155 and preparing myself for less. Glad to know things are better than I thought!!
- 8/22 - Southeast Iowa: Where are they getting these numbers from? The crop tour must not have come in my neck of the woods (SE Iowa). Even on the best dirt the ears are short and only 16 around. Tons of yellow spots that I know from last year can really bring an average down quick. Cold weather will not help test weights either. I won't be selling til it all in the bin.
- 8/22 - Shelley Idaho: 240 acres, hard white wheat, 105 bpa, 14% protein.
- 8/22 - South-Central Indiana: We are extremely dry here. Haven't had to mow the yard for a couple weeks. Looks like beans are not going to fill out good, just like last year. Corn that was not replanted looks great, replanted corn just didn't get enough moisture, and is struggling. Maybe we'll get lucky and get some moisture out of Hurricane Fay. If not, God will provide us with all we need to get by another year. Hope you have a great harvest.
- 8/22 - Greenville, Illinois: To date, I have some of the best corn I have grown in years, and the beans are coming on strong too. Despite being an extremely late crop, stands are excellent, here, and rainfall has been perfect. We are relatively disease free to date. My corn is planted in 20 inch rows with standing population counts of 35,000 to 37,000. The ears are well pollinated with 16 to 20 rows around and about 42 to 44 kernels in length. I have not done any pod counts on the beans. Crops seem consistently good throughout Southern IL. Just keep the GDU’s coming and hold off the frost until October 4th, our normal frost date.
- 8/21 - Northeast Kansas: We did a yield check of our corn fields today with an area agronomist. We found the yields to average between 120-125 bpa. We have a ten year average of 148 bpa on these fields. I guess I am surprised there is any corn at all because we have received less than one inch of rain in July and .04 in August. The rains have just missed us by anywhere from 40 or 50 miles to just a few miles all summer. We planted about 2-3 weeks late due to too much rain in March, April, May, and June. We were spared the searing heat for the most part and that is why we will have anything at all. The soybeans may be another story as they will have had to go thought their reproductive stage with around an inch of rain in July and August combined. They are turning white in the afternoons on the hill ground and some bottom land. The better ground (creek bottom land) could still make 30-35 bpa, but on the hills we could be grubbing out 20 bpa if it doesn't start raining very soon.
- 8/21 - Spencer, Iowa: It is dry here. This area is 68% of normal rainfall and the light soil areas are suffering and spreading every day, looks pretty good considering the amount of moisture but hasn't been overly hot.
- 8/21 - Cuming County, Northeast Nebraska: Still haven't had a rain over .5" since early June. Dryland is firing up till the ear.
- 8/21 - Northern Louisiana: The corn harvest begins with less than anticipated corn yields. The very heavy spring rains and the extreme heat have cut yields. The fertilizer was leached during very wet weather. The early hope was for good yields however, this is not the going to be the case. Yields are running on good ground 125 bu. per acre and less.
- 8/21 - Around Lafayette, Indiana: Report from Pam Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: Stomping through cornfields in north and west of Lafayette, Indiana, I found quite a bit of silk clipping on corn late last week.
Rootworm beetles and Japanese beetles seemed to be doing their fair share of dining.
So I was pleasantly surprised to pull back the ear and discover good kernel set..
Photos by Pam Smith,
Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor
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- 8/21 - Southern Michigan: Crops looked good in July, but we have only had .6” of rain in the last 4 weeks. The corn ears are fully pollinated but they have not filled out and are starting to dent. The beans are shutting down and aborting 4 bean pods. The crop went from looking excellent and took a nose dive and is headed to average or below. Everyone have a safe harvest.
- 8/21 - Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: First field of peas ran 45b/a. Barley swathing is going full speed. Some of the first barley came off this weekend with yields in the 70 to 80 b/a area. Local elevator manager told me the quality was "pretty good".
- 8/21 - North Central Indiana: We have not received a decent rain since July 19. A third of our corn will be 0 to 40 bu. The balance will be 70 to 150 I hope. Beans could be a bust with no rain in August. I believe northern Ohio and Michigan's crops are hurting bad as well??? Looking at a bummer of a harvest. It is no fun harvesting a drought-riddled crop..
- 8/21 - Wheatbelt, Western Australia: 5-8 inches for the month of July. No rain for August so far and nothing on the forecast. Hot sunny days and we have the flag leaf emerging. If the next two weeks are dry as forecast Australia’s wheat crop will struggle to make the 24mmt forecast. Could easily slip below 20mmt. Western Australia is the largest grain producing state in Australia.
- 8/21 - Southeast Ohio: Just as dry as last year, only plus is that it has not been near as hot as 07. Since Mother's Day we have only had 2.2 inches of rain. We have been feeding hay for 3 weeks and our pasture is completely gone.
- 8/19 - Southwestern Illinois, St. Clair County: We have had below average temperatures almost the entire month of August. I can't believe I am going to say this but we could use an inch of rain and some of that normal August heat to move this crop along. Approximately 80 percent of the corn in this area was planted in the month of June and we need some summer weather to keep us from giving the LP man the keys to the house. I have some corn that was planted on Memorial Day Weekend that looks around 170 bpa. I have noticed quite a bit of leaf rust in the corn due to the cool and wet mornings we are having. I hope to have an estimate on the June planted corn in the next ten days or so. We have been growing 190 bpa corn in this area the past few years. Using that metric, our corn production will be down 10-25 percent depending on how the rest of the growing season plays out. The USDA says 155 bpa is the magic number. I can only laugh because any clown can make an estimate. I had originally said 145 bpa would be the maximum, but I now believe it is going to be closer to 147 bpa. The USDA may have to swallow that nonsense if we get an early frost in the Midwest this year. God forbid that happens, but as wacky as this year has been anything can and will happen. The beans have grown quite a bit but the weed control has been extremely difficult. An average crop this year will be huge blessing based on all of the hurdles that have been sent our way. I am seriously considering planting 100 percent beans next year.
- 8/19 - Northeast Indiana: Very dry. Our light ground corn is fired up to the ear. The heavy ground looks better but is hurting. No rain in the 10 day forecast. I think it is time to go on vacation and forget the crops.
- 8/19 - Northern Alabama, Madison County: I wrote a comment in May or early June about how great the corn was looking down here in north Al., Madison County. This year the farmers here had good winter wheat and the second crop soybeans are looking very good (waist high and making pods). The acres left to cotton are also looking very good. Wish I had a farm here instead of Ky. (Not Really). Farm Manager called this morning and asked "Where do we lock in a corn contract?" I said "around $5.50 will give us a profit and something for your kids to grow on"! Last year was $3.24. We did not have the high costs of input last year. So we will do about the same! Old farmers and old airmen never die, they just 'smell' that way!!!! Don Freeman (Meridianville,Al.).
- 8/19 - Northwest Ohio: Very dry shallow roots. 2 tenths of inch rain since 4th of July. Corn yield might make 110, beans 30-35.
- 8/15 - Southwest Kansas: DRY, DRY, DRY here in SW Kansas. We are waiting on moisture so we can put on anyhydrous ammonia for the upcoming wheat crop and are 2 weeks behind.
- 8/15 - DeKalb/Daviess, Missouri: We could sure use a couple inches of rain. Last rain here was .55 over 2 days July 28 & 29. We had a very hot spell in there but it was also very humid so that helped a little. Foggy mornings are helping beans. Saw some corn rolling 2 days ago. If it heats back up, things could start to deteriorate rapidly. Finished corn June 20 although mostly done by the 11th. Beans were planted July 3-7. Looking at a short harvest this year and hoping that it's not a total disaster..
- 8/15 - Northwest Iowa, Lyon County: Originally sprayed for aphids on July 22 and they moved back in and had to spray again yesterday. Had done everything they say for good management (inoculants, fert, fungicide, insecticide, timely planting, great stand) and now-NO RAIN! Only 6 tenths in two showers in the last month(and none in forecast). Can see high spots burning up more every day now.
- 8/15 - Lee County, Illinois: The last two weeks I have flown from Northern Illinois as far south as Marion Ill. I have also been to Brainerd MN, Northern and Central MI. & Southern WI. I don't believe the yields in the crop reports are there. Sure they appear so from the road, but from above, there are too many holes, and the nitrogen loss and skips where farmers ran out going through the field are worse and more widespread than I think I've ever seen, and I've been flying over alot of these areas for 37 years.
- 8/15 - Southwest Kansas, Kearny County: DRY DRY DRY! We have parts of our farm that has had only 3 inches of precipitation since last August. Other areas are only a few inches more. Dryland corn was done here over a month ago. Dryland milo for the most part is a bust also. Most milo fields will not even head out. We have no subsoil or topsoil moisture. We've had chances of rain for over a week. We've received anywhere from nothing to 0.80". Most is closer to the nothing. Next years wheat crop is going to be a disaster if we do not start receiving some moisture soon. We're a little over a month away from drilling wheat. Pastures and CRP grass look worse than if it were winter here. I'm wondering if the CRP grass will come back. The only thing that saved us from blowing away last year was the CRP grass and now the government is going to do away with it. Everybody wants the almighty dollar. So grass will be broke out, prices will plummet and the inputs will stay where they are at. It happened in the 70's and as stupid as we all are, will let history repeat itself again. Hope everybody has a safe harvest and send any extra rain our way if you can spare any!
- 8/15 - Central Illinois: Corn and soybeans all look great from the road, but when you look at the fields from say the top of a grain bin or from a tractor cab, you can still see the waves. Spraying corn with headline has been going on the last couple of week. Some are spraying beans for aphids. I was just out in Central Ill, and much of the same, good crops, and bad crops. I don’t buy the USDA’s yield predictions at all.
- 8/15 - South-Central Minnesota: Corn crop started out looking very uneven. Looks great from the road now. But inside the field, the ear development is all over the place. Some are well advanced and some are just in the early milk stage. Our first frost date is October 6 but in the last half dozen years, it has been coming 2-3 weeks early--i.e. September 15, or just one month from now. Yikes!!
- 8/15 - Northeast Iowa, Fayette County: We will not see 250 bushel corn or 70+ beans, and if anything, hay tonnage is short. April Fool's or not, don't believe everything somebody writes down. The proof will come this fall. I believe this forum was meant to share information, not blow a lot of smoke.
- 8/14 - Yuma County, Colorado: Corn looks as good as it has ever looked. Shut off the pivotals last Thursday. We have had 7 inches of rain in August. This came in 4 separate storms. The eastern half of the county had some hail. The pinto beans and sugar beets are also looking exceptional. We had 4 days of 100 degrees + the first 4 days of August, that was not good, but thank God tempartures are in the 70's-80's now. Hope the rains keep coming, saves on irrigation cost. Crop maturity is on a normal schedule or slightly ahead for this time of year.
- 8/14 - Shelby County, Iowa: Hot and dry. 1.5 inches in July. Corn will get push fast if does not rain soon. Beans are sprayed for aphids and need shower to wash off the aphid dew. LOL
- 8/14 - North-Central Texas: Spotted showers, but mostly very dry. Cotton, milo and alfalfa are all in major stress.
- 8/14 - Central Minnesota: The corn is late. It is in early silking. It can't get ripe on time. If frost comes early as it is predicted, we will have soft corn in Dec. Of no value other than silage.
- 8/14 - West Central Illinois: I agree with what I'm reading about the plane rides. You also need to walk way out in the fields. Hard to believe, but corn is nosing back a good inch or two, and it doesn't matter whose corn either - DK 785, Pioneer, Burrus all doing it. We are losing yield.
- 8/14 - Central Minnesota, Benton County: I checked most of my corn today and if the 70-day rule from silking to maturity holds true, it had better not freeze until the 2nd week in October. But in MN, the average first light frost is around the 15th of September. If we get an early frost my corn will have to say in the field until spring unless corn is at $8.00. With the cost of propane it won't pay to dry it.
- 8/14 - Central Minnesota: Corn just entering the milk stage right now and the soybeans are pushing pods but very little that are even filling yet. We need some warm temperatures and periodic showers to get a crop. If an early frost, we will be screwed.
- 8/14 - East Central Illinois: The report was surprising. It was as if they forgot about all the flooded and drowned out acres that never got replanted or was planted late with beans. Everywhere I been around Illinois has 4 to 40 acre holes scattered in the corn and the bean fields and large areas of stunted corn and beans. Many can not be seen from the roads, but surely USDA checks the satellite views. But I wonder if they can tell 10 inch beans from 46 inch beans or 3 foot corn from 8 foot corn. Compaction and loss of nitrogen was and still is a big problem with this crop. The cool September like weather is not good for pod fill. It feels like harvest weather. we need some rain and heat with sunshine for the crop to fill and in many cases to put on pods. An early frost will destroy much of the bean crop as late as it is. I just find it hard to believe the good areas can make up this much bad.
- 8/14 - Northeast Iowa: Here in Northeast Iowa, things really looking good. We are looking at some 250 bushel corn for sure. The soybeans will be over 70 bushels per acre at least and the maturity is about caught up to normal pace. I have never seen so much tonage per acre from hay cuttings as this year. We may see 40% more hay than average.
- 8/13 - Northeast Iowa, Fayette County: A nice string of days for the cattle but no so much for the crops. We need a lot of summer yet to catch up. I will never understand the USDA. They report on ideal weather conditions to erase completely all the flood damage and and even build near record yields and then more talk of ideal weather to mature the crop. That's all fine if it doesn't freeze until Thanksgiving. 102 day corn planted May 6 in full milk stage and 2.4 and 2.5 beans drilled around May 20 doing okay. First time I ever applied Roundup, insectacide and fungicide in one trip. We'll see.
- 8/13 - Northwest Ohio: Have not had sizeable rain since 7/8. Things are dry. Have not mowed lawn for 4 weeks. We did have .3 of rain over 3 days, could use rain and soon.
- 8/13 - West Lafayette, Indiana: At the Purdue Agronomy Farm in West Lafayette Indiana, crops are looking good. Come out and see them.
Purdue Agronomy Farm in West Lafayette Indiana
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- 8/12 - Argentina: I write from Argentina. I work in a company whose principal activity is planting, trading and to export. The actual situation at international prices joined with the risks inherent in Argentina threaten local production. Falling production in general because of a setback area and a lesser use technology. The prices of grains in absolute form is not bad, but our costs have risen by 100% making it more difficult to encourage the production.
More burdensome for Argentina is the situation within the South American context because besides cost has increased, credit has declined. Being farming very sensitive to the supply of credit. The most significant impact occurs in soils with low phosphorus content, taking into account tha fertilizers rose by 300 to 400%, which in turn matches with Brazilian farms which are geographically more distant from the port so the impact is still more negative.
To give magnitude of the problem raised the following scenario margins is posed. In Argentina the net price of soybeans is U$ 180 to 220 (at harvest) and in Brazil 300 to $ 350. Costs without the use of fertilizers vary between U$ 200 and 360, if we add to this the cost of adding 100 kgs. of phosphate, costs would increase by U$ 150.
Our conclusion is that if our relative prices dont change harvest not only won`t increase it will decrease and will have more volatility because they are more sensitive to the goodwill of nature because they are less protected by technology due to increased cost. The productivity in the South America have an average trend of about 2800 kgs, but with a significant diversion of + / -1800 kgs, we assume that the production areas where conditions are less favourable, not only the area of production will decrease but also productivity will do so. With these costs local farmers will have to produce at least 2300 kg. to begin to obtain profitability. A year before this situation ocurred with the reaping of 1000 Kgs.
Argentina and Brazil believed a month ago in an increase of the soybean area by 4% , from then until now prices are reversing that trend, there is still time that this may improve or worsen, but this is the situation today.
- 8/12 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: It feels more like early September instead of the middle of August. We survived two days of 95 degree weather last week with heat indicies around 110. It is barely 80 degrees here today and the crops are lush along with the yards. I am cutting my grass twice a week in the middle of August. I guess the bizarre weather for this year will continue. We need some August heat to help move the crop along. I am starting to get a little bit nervous about an early frost which would be an absolute disaster for this section of the cornbelt. Approximately 80 percent of the corn was planted in the month of June and we are expecting 150 to 160 IF the weather continues to cooperate. THAT IS A HUGE IF!!! The beans are growing like crazy after getting off to an abysmal start. Weed control has been an issue with multiple passes being made on some fields.
- 8/12 - Cedar County, Iowa: Well the crop is not here like last year. Everybody needs to tour there fields in Iowa by a plane ride. Not from the road! Yellow spots from lack of nitrogen. drowned out large spots in every field. One heck of a lot of late planted crops. Not to mention the prevented planted acres the goverment has not reported yet.YES THERE WERE A LOT OF ACRES absolutely not planted.What is a 152 bushel yield without the acres planted? We are about 2 weeks behind in the crop stages. The cadiedids started to sing last week.6 weeks to frost the old timers say. Guess what, that is the 10th of September. Can we make a crop by then? I have 1 field of corn & 2 fields of beans that WON'T. We have a lot of time for a lot of things to happen to effect these markets. I hope the goverment and Chicago think about these things. Fertilizer in our area is more than doubled from last year. Did anyone else watch Letterman friday night with Donald Trump? The most exspensive house he ever sold in realastate was in palm beach florida in the last month for 100 million dollars to guess who! The fertilizer king in Canada.Talk about price gouging on all of our inputs. People, we are in a catch 22 . Be prepared for a rude awakening.We had better continue these high corn prices or we are going to be broke or looking for a lot of assistants.O well, we can break the banks again. HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT YEAR!
- 8/12 - West-central Illinois: Overall, things don't look bad. Took a plane up and went looking at fields, its a little different story. A lot of uneven corn still with all the wet spots, but I think yields will be ok. Have started to see sudden death in beans. So much for the early planting theory. Beans aren't as clean as they once were either.
- 8/12 - Northeast Oklahoma: Finally got a break in the heat this week. Corn is still way behind last year. It will be September before I shell any. I’d say 25 to 35 bu below last year. Beans look good but way behind. I’ve seen a lot of yellow stunted corn that will be lucky to make 60 bu. The USDA must be short a lot of corn contracts or they haven’t seen what I’ve seen.
- 8/11 - Central Minnesota: DRY...DRY...DRY !!!! The nearly 2 inches we had 3 weeks ago is all but gone, except the lowest ground. Sprayed aphids last week, they had just exploded in populations mid last week. Corn and beans wilted during the day with some firing over the hills. One good soaking rain would really help these crops finish off. Everything behind 3 weeks as corn is in the blister stage only.
- 8/11 - Extreme Southeast South Dakota: Were about one day away from getting back in the field today and we got about 75 points of rain in about fifteen minutes along with some hail. Needless to say this will keep us out until next week now. A lot of water standing in the fields now. Wheat is starting to look good now but no corn is up yet. Some did get planted about 2 and a half weeks ago and it still is not up yet. Ground is still wet and still very cold. Would guess that ground temp is around 50. Maybe 10-15 percent of corn planted if that much and no more will get done in the next 3-4 days. I imagine that people will start having to go around water next week if we get no more rain. Still rain in the forecast about every three days.
- 8/11 - Clarke County, South Central Iowa: Corn will be down about 15% in our area from to much water. There were too many yellow areas that never greened up, the results of course will some very small ears in the yellow spots. Soybeans? There is a lot of June planted beans in our area and to the south.
- 8/11 - Latah County, Idaho: Our inter wheat harvest is 30% complete with yields very disappointing with yields on our farm 70% of last year's. With the stories floating around the coffee shops dealerships, and elevators we should be thankful. Reports within a 60 mile radius have yields 25 to 50% of normal. Acres usually producing 90 to 100 bushel wheat is coming in at 25 bushel. One farmer reported that the stand was average but nothing was in the head. Early season heat and frost are being pegged as the culprit. USDA needs to change their white wheat production estimates drastically. Keep safe.
- 8/11 - Southeast Nebraska: I will stay with my normal corn/bean rotation, 800 corn and 600 soybeans. 07 was just the opposite.
- 8/11 - Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Here are pictures of tobacco and corn that were destroyed by a hail storm on Sunday afternoon, 2 1/2 " of rain in half an hour along with hail and wind destroyed these crops in a five mile area between Strasburg and Quarryville.
Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennslvania
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- 8/11 - Strasburg, 8/11 - Lawrence County, Northwest Alabama: I have cut 230 acres out of 3500 this week. The average so far is 86.5 bushels per acre. We had a very good start this year but June for the most part was extremely dry and hot, only hit-and-miss relief. Getting some rains now maybe we should plant later and catch the August rains which defy the average. Hope things get better, but not to optimistic.8/8 - Western Minnesota: If Dec. 07 corn stays at this level thru Feb., it will be a no brainer to plant more corn on troubled ground that can grow beans. The crop insurance favors corn by 150-200 bucks an acre and as dry as it has been in our area, I will definitely load up on corn acres.
- 8/8 - Southern Cherokee County, Iowa: I don’t ever remember seeing so many airplanes & ground sprayers going after the soybean aphids as this year. There definitely is a bumper crop of the little pest. I wouldn’t be surprised if every soybean field gets sprayed in this area. If things keep growing the way they are I firmly believe this could be our best corn & soybean crops ever. I just keep crossing my fingers Mother Nature doesn’t do something to prove me wrong.
- 8/8 - Northeast Nebraska: No rain over .20" here since early June. Corn is lighting up and beans are turning gray.
- 8/8 - Northeast North Dakota: The very cool months of May and June are showing up now in late turning barley and pea fields. On a 'normal' year we would be harvesting both these crops, but after a good crop tour this evening, we are about 10 days away from anything being ready. Dry beans are really growing now (about time) with pods just beginning to form. We like to see sunflowers in full bloom by August 1, but we are finding just a few blossoms showing up. We have had several .5 inch showers the past 2 weeks, soil moisture is plentiful, and temps are up to around 80 now, so hopefully the crops can mature in time to beat the frost that can come any time after mid Sept. Yields on all crops look to be terrific. Wheat, peas, canola and barley could be the best ever.......but this crop is not ours yet. Corn looks like it might have a chance, but we are only 30 miles south of the border.....not exactly in the heart of corn country. We might be buying cows and fencing in the corn field this fall!!!
- 8/8 - Rice County Minnesota: Crops look great we are month behind. Corn looks great but will it dry enough this fall. I'm thinking it may not make it to maturity. Corn is all tasseled by Aug. 1. But we can Expect frost after Sept. 15 it will not make it. Driers will be busy this fall sucking up high priced LP gas. Soybeans look good but behind by 2 weeks. It has been a challenged this year. Local coop wants us to book fertilizer for next year now it is hard to start new expenses for next year now. When you do not know the end result from this year?
- 8/7 - Shelby County, Iowa: Aphids, lots of them. Corn looks good but could use a rain.
- 8/7 - Lake/Dyer Counties, Tennessee: We have been very dry since late May. This week brought 100 degree days. Lots of crop stress here. A lot of soybeans never got a stand. Several acres won't ever see a combine this fall. The crops along the Mississippi River area here are late and in bad shape. If we don't get rain this system, our better crops are going to nose dive.
- 8/7 - Across Missouri: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: Riding I just returned from a trip across Missouri. I can't believe how green everything is for August. My destination was a field day in Southwestern Missouri on Kip Cullers farm--home of the record breaking soybean yields for the past two years. Like most of the rest of the Midwest, Kip had some trouble getting his crop in the field this year. He's had 50 inches of rain so far during this growing season and the rain clouds were forming up again last night. Most of the beans I saw were planted May 1. They were deep green and held as many pods as I've seen on a soybean plant. Kip likes to reach down and pull out plants to show the heavy pod load and how the plants just keep giving. The pods seemed stuck and he swears they'll hold and go ahead and make. Digging down through the thick leaf canopy, it was hard to find a yellow leaf and fungicides seemed to be doing their job. Time will tell on late season diseases, but the plants sure look healthy right now. There was evidence of some Japanese beetle feeding despite insecticide treatments. Just down the road from Kip's center pivots, non irrigated corn was firing up in the triple digit heat and I saw silage being chopped. The rolling hillsides were polka dotted with big round hay bales and other farmers were mowing another cutting. It was nearly midnight when I hit central Illinois, but lightning filled the sky like the 4th of July--reflecting off water filled ditch banks. The gauge at home (Decatur, IL) reads just shy of one inch this morning.
A couple thousand farmers made their way to Southwestern Missouri this week to observe test plots and learn how grower Kip Cullers is pushing soybean and corn yields to new levels.
Beans on Kip Cullers farms are loaded with pods despite a later start this planting season.
Photos by Pam Hendersom Smith,
Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor
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- 8/6 - Northern Indiana: Rain was a bust here. Some how got missed and our crops will be hurt more if the weather man is right and no rain falls for another week. A little jealous of our Fulton County neighbor...our quarter inch will have to last till the next one comes along???
- 8/6 - Southwest Illinois, St. Clair and Madison Counties: Another 1.5 to 2" of rain last night. Some small hail in pockets but no damage that I've heard. Some areas are reporting some tangled corn, but no rush on corn head reels just yet. We were already pretty moist so much of this event rain off. With cooler temps for the next 10 days in the mid 80's or less we are in great shape. After what was considered by most to be a disastrous start to the spring has turned into 9 weeks of nearly perfect weather. Before you get too excited, remember 80% or more of the corn in this area was planted June 5 through June 15 and the beans went in the last two weeks of June. So most corn is just polinating and beans are flowering. I do think we may have the chance at an average corn crop and with another late August rain we could see above average beans yields.
- 8/6 - Northeast, North-central Nebraska: Warm and dry. No rain for 3 weeks...corn holding on but sure losing top end every day. Beans still short. Alot of them only knee high. Unless get rain and perfect weather rest of aug beans will be a bust. Sure can't see why corn, beans took the big price drop they did. No big yields here.
- 8/6 - Walworth County, Wisconsin: The good stands of corn look fair to good but almost every field has a sizable bad spot in it that going to be 0-40 bu yield. The beans are shorter than last year and like the corn needs a lot of good weather and time. The crop tour people need to really walk fields well. I have a field that was planted on 5-4 that is 101 day corn that is still pollinating. The same is true for many others. Ear size is the same to smaller than last year. Good luck to all and pray for a late frost.
- 8/5 - Southeast Michigan: Here in S.E. Mich we are hurting from dry hot weather right at pollination. Corn was looking very good up till now. We really need some rain in the next couple of days. Some beans look ok, but many fields are spotty because of too much rain earlier. And I am pretty sure we are showing a lot of roundup resistant lambsquarter. Some bean fields have been sprayed three times with a full rate and still have lambsquarter showing above the beans.
- 8/5 - North Central Indiana Miami/Fulton Counties: Rain at last!! I do remember thinking that we'd be looking for a rain this summer as we were "mudding in" the corn and soybeans this spring. I'm sure we have been hurt by dry and hot weather here but last night's and today's rains here in north central Indiana really will help. My wife and watched last evenings light show between keeping up with Mike Hoffman's coverage of the hug storm coming into our area from Chicago. Corn on the high ground is fired two to three leaves from the bottom. High ground soybeans were rolling over leaves by late morning. We receive 2"+ last night and then some more this morning (8-5-08). This will help keep us going for a while. Over all things look good.
- 8/5 - West-Central Indiana, Montgomery County: Most of the comments I read appear too optimisitc for what I am seeing as I drive around western IN and eastern IL. Yes, the crops look good from the road now that the stunted and drowned out spots are hidden, but I think when the crop scouting begins they'll find smaller crops than they appear..
From what I am seeing, the cool wet spring has the April planted corn down a pair of kernel rows. Therefore, yield will be down approx. 12%. Additionally, the ears a shorter so maybe another 5-10%. Start adding in the drowned out, stunted, nitrogen deficient stands due to excess early moisture and I can see where some of those excellent looking crops will come up 20-25% short of what they look like from the road. Even these early fields are still a couple weeks behind where they should be in maturity. The early to mid June plantings are too early to even guess at this point. They may set a good ear, but will it mature and have any test weight.
Soybeans are just beginning to look good, but when you look at the calendar and see early August instead of mid-June, you have to question. There are a lot of late planted first crop beans at 12-18" tall just really hitting canopy when they should be waist high with full bloom and setting pods. Spotted in holes are not really that far behind and double crop coming in third. It appears to me many farmers were planting soybeans low-input trying to get something to sell. 10-15 bu/A at $12-$14 will pay to combine the same as 20-30 at $5 but we still need a lot of good weather and late frost to even get that. I see too many acres that at this point will be lucky to produce 35 bu/A.
I look forward to the crop tour results, when I feel the numbers will surprise those think we are in for excellent crops. Lucky one will hit a boom, most will do OK, but some may really be hurting this fall.
- 8/4 - Northeast Iowa: Our crops look excellent too. We have been trucking and things look really good everywhere. No dry areas anywhere, even the grass is still green.
- 8/1 - Winnsboro, Louisana: Corn harvest is underway. Early reports are 10-15% under last year's. Irrigated soybeans will be harvested in a couple of weeks. Dryland beans, especially wheat beans, and cotton are cook.
- 8/1 - Rock County, Minnesota: Looking very well in our part of the world. Had nice rains the last few weeks and we are enjoying one of the best looking crops in my 27 years of farming. I would assume we could see a lot of record yields this year if no bad weather comes. Not in the bin but looking good. Have had plenty of those bad years and now it is our turn hopefully. Aphids are here but nothing new just have to spray them like always.
- 8/1 - Southeast Hanson County, South Dakota: Crops look good although with the cool spring are behind a couple of weeks. Silking is just beginning and we hope for a long fall without an early frost so the corn will mature. Just received 62 hundreds rain yesterday. Winter wheat harvest got delayed because of wet weather but is in full swing now. Wheat is yielding very good. Got two good cuts of alfalfa and more to come with the rains we are being blessed with. Pastures are looking very good.
- 8/1 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Rainfall the past 24 hours ranging from 3/4 inch to around 2": For once we got the most rain in an area we needed it. We are really soaked up nice and actually some low lying bean fields are showing some water stress in a few spots. The May planted corn is approaching the roasting ear stage and while it looks good from the road it is up and down through the field. The June planted corn will pollinate over the next 10 days. This corn actually looks very good. Unfortunately it still needs a couple good rains and we are turning the calendar to August tomorrow. Timely rain and August are two words that are rarely used in the same sentence, unless timely rains is preceded by the words "lack of". I still have hope that the May corn is average or maybe a bit above. I think our June corn has a shot to be average or close to it if we can get another good rain before the middle of August. Beans still have a ways to go. August will be the decider and we are at least entering the month with plenty of moisture. As with corn, we will need a couple good August rains to make beans. Double crops are a mixed bag. For every good looking field there are two bad ones. To summarize, if August is hot and dry with limited rain I think corn will be 10-30% below average and beans 25-50% below average. If we get average rainfall and temps I think we may have average crops.
- 8/1 - Hidalgo County, Texas: Cotton fields damaged/destroyed by Hurricane Dolly.
Photos by LeeRoy Rock, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
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