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Sep 01, 2009

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  • 8/31 - Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: I'd love to see the rest of Chuck Miller's corn field if these ears are any indication. I spotted this display at the Illinois State Fair last week. Miller is from Quincy and the ears came from the current year.

    -- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

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  • 8/31 - Ramsey County, Northeast North Dakota: Wheat has low falling numbers due to sprouting. Corn needs at least until the end of October without frost which would be a miracle here. Beans have very few pods on and need a month to 45 days without frost also. Winter jobs anyone?
     
  • 8/31 - Mercer County, Ohio: Missed all the rain again today, only had 2.5 in since planting around May 20th. Probably too late to make any difference on corn, but still have hopes for beans. Corn is fired to ear with some of ears already dropped. Beans on sandy soils are showing severe stress. Good luck to all.

  • 8/31 - Rock County, Minnesota: Corn crop is now starting to dent. The one thing I see is the corn is pulling back on the ear we look like it is perfect here from the road but in the field it is a different story. No bumper crop just a good average crop now. Our total rainfall seems ok but received it in small showers of 3 to 4 tenths at a time the subsoil is depleted and if it was hot it would not be good. Beans should be ok as we did receive about an inch of rain last week some places. This is a strange year and usually these kind of years do not produce bumper crops.

  • 8/31 - East Central Nebraska: Crops are great out here. Plenty of rain. Beans should make 60 Bu., and they are starting to turn. Really showed up the last two days. Corn is dented and should go between 200-240 Bu Per. It must have been our turn. Gods Speed!

     
  • 8/31 - Henry and Putnam Counties, Ohio: Please send rain some locations have only saw 1 inch in the past six weeks.

  • 8/31 - Posey County, Indiana: Everything is about 3 weeks behind.  Beans are starting to fill pods in the area.  The area is getting a little dry so a good shower would be nice.  We have cool temperatures in the next few days which may slow growth but no real threat of frost at the moment.

  • 8/28 - Caldwell, Christian, Todd counties, Kentucky: After the worst start for crops that I have ever seen, we have had a good season with plentiful rains and I would expect a bumper crop of corn in about all parts of western Kentucky. It is far enough along that frost will not be a concern. I saw four John Deere 9770 combines in a field last Saturday that had already been shelled. It was really green, but corn in general is drying fast. Double crop soybeans have grown markedly in the past few weeks to make up for a slow start as well. The tobacco is being cut now and it looks very good.

     
  • 8/28 - Shelby County, Iowa: Good chance harvest will begin in October. We just got a four-inch rain yesterday.

     
  • 8/28 - Northwestern Kentucky: We started shelling corn today at 25%. It looks like the first field is going to make 150. Last year this field made 210. Another farmer started shelling about 4 miles from us and his corn is making 160. Not good. We had all the rain we needed all year.

  • 8/28 - Cedar County, Iowa: Rain, rain and more rain. I wish someone else had this mess. April 1, 2009 to Aug. 1, 2009 we’ve had 16.2 inches. From Aug. 1 to Aug. 27, 15.9 inches. Five of those over the last 3 days. I am so sick of it. I have lost one field of beans completely. They have turned completely brown from white mold in the last 10 days. They were chest-high and wonderful before this. A lot of sudden death also turning some beans brown. Corn looks excellent but we need no rain and a lot of heat. Frost a concern. We are 2 weeks behind in maturity. No one in this area has had any luck baling hay. Good luck everyone. We really need it to get this crop harvested.

  • 8/28 - Holdingford, Minnesota: Corn just starting to dent and soybeans are close to the R6 stage as top pods are starting to fill now.  Need continued sunshine and some heat to finish this crop off.  Hope to be chopping some corn for silage in 25 days, but we will need 25 warm days to get there.  Usually corn is all dented by now and even starting to get a little hard.

     
  • 8/28 - Benton County, Iowa: We are being told we have some of the best crops ever here. However we are seeing a lot of sudden death in beans and a lot of aphids being sprayed in last two weeks. Also the ears on the corn really drop off after you see the big long ears along the road. Just go in ten rows and see how the ear size and length drop off. Still hoping for a good crop but we may be a little disappointed. God harvesting to all, be save not in a hurry.

  • 8/28 - Bremer County, Iowa: Just like the gentlemen from Ill, we too plant group II or III soybeans.  Potential is there, but like a couple of days ago sudden death is showing up. Corn looks good too. I’d say soy will start at the end of Sept, early Oct, and corn will follow. The farming part is easy, it’s the marketing that’s hard.  CBOT and USDA seem to stack the deck against us.

  • 8/27 - Livingston County, Illinois: Just about everybody plants group 3 soybeans.  It doesn't take a math expert to figure out that that they will run out of time towards maturity before the first frost occurs in any region you pick.  I just wish CBOT would wake up and face reality.  I'm not selling anything ahead, for I might not have anything to sell postharvest.

  • 8/27 - Lebanon, Pennsylvania: We have had so much rain I do not check the gauge anymore.  First open week for any hay making in a long time.  Out checking soybeans noting a lot of downy mildew and plenty of white mold.  Podding this year looks tremendous I have counted pods and noted numerous fields with 4 beans in a pod.

    Checking some corn ears this week and it appears that the ears are not as long and there are not as many rows around.  Two things could be going on first a lot of growers have increased corn populations and with increased density smaller ears result. I remember a National Corn Contest entry that yielded 278bu/acre of dry corn and the ears were short and limited number of rows. Even though they were small there were 32000 of them in the field. Another issue is that with Corn the ear is determine at around  8-12 leaves (18 inches high) and we had some cold temperatures at that time.  In fact I got some ears from a grower at Ag Progress Days that had blunt ear syndrome or grenade ears.  Researchers are not sure why this occurs but they point to cool temperatures back in the early growth period and some hybrids are more susceptible than others.  Looking back at the temperatures we indeed had 40 degree temperatures in the middle of June!!  That corresponds with the ear determination timing.  All in all the pollination looks pretty good for corn.  Viewed some grayleaf spot and northern leaf spot only a few fields that were severe mainly due to hybrid choice.  I never like to guess on the yields I would rather wait until the combines roll and get a real idea of the crop.

    -- Del Voight, Penn State
    Crop Management Extension Group

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  • 8/27 - West Central Minnesota: We'll have well below average yields on both corn and soybeans in this area and that's IF we manage to get beyond our avg. first frost date of Sept. 16 at my location. We need both heat and time. We've been running some 14% -20% behind normal on Growing Degree Days (GDDs) all season. And this is on top of our droughty conditions. Our crops will never tolerate even an avg. frost date and especially not an earlier one.  Time marches on. Good luck to all.

     
  • 8/27 - Lancaster County, Lincoln, Nebraska: Very dry July and early August but I believe dry land corn will be 140 to 180 in this area which averages 140, better as you go East. The last 10 days we have received about 4 inches of rain with 2 inches coming today should finish out the beans nicely with projected yield 50-60 bus/acre good yield for this area. No aphid spraying. We will have no problem with early frost as corn is dropping its ears do to dry weather earlier. Harvest I would predict starting around the 25th of Sept. or a little earlier. My prediction on U.S crop, corn 12.8 to 13.0 billion bushels with beans close to USDA prediction.

     
  • 8/27 - Boone County, Kentucky: Tobacco harvest is underway with the crop in pretty good shape despite all of the rain we have had this year, up until the last 3 weeks, it has been dry. While spraying sucker control, we mixed Quadris in the tank for Blue Mold protection. Yields look to be better than last year’s 2400 lbs. per acre. Corn is starting to dent and looks like a great crop, using the crop yield tool from the ProFarmer tour, looks like yields will be around 180+/-. Soybeans are waist to chest high and full of pods, hopefully we will get some rain soon to fill them out. A lot can still happen to these crops, so we need to keep our fingers crossed. Be safe and good luck this fall.

  • 8/27 - Gray County, Kansas: Corn will be above average except where hailed earlier. Thousands of acres taken by the 4 or 5 hail storms. Beans recovered better but yield will be average or just a little below average, to much heat at the wrong time.

  • 8/27 - Lee County, Northwest Illinois: Corn looks great, at least 3 weeks behind normal though. There is a lot of the white mold showing up in the soybeans, which were looking good also.

     
  • 8/27 - South Central Indiana: I trust everyone is actually out walking their fields.  I have and the corn looks good from the road with big ears, but when you walk in them I have found a lot of ears that only pollinated about half of the ear.  When I asked my local agronomist he is blaming it on the cool temps. we had during pollination.  This hybrid is with a very prominent seed company also.  Needless to say I am a little upset as this will cause some yield loss.  Just don't know until harvest comes.

  • 8/26 - Northeast Arkansas: Corn harvest started this week, with early reports of 260 bu/ac. Early soybeans are starting to turn; harvest will probably start in 2 weeks. The cotton crop needs more heat.

     
  • 8/26 - Livingston County, Illinois: Checked my corn planted on May 30th and found good seed set, but kernels are small and white. This corn pollinated around the 10th of August. I have my doubts it will make it before frost. We will need a frost no earlier than the10th of October. Then it will be a long harvest of wet corn. Soybeans have quit flowering and have set pods. White mold is running rampant in 15 inch and drilled soybeans. Never had it before, that I know of. We have been blessed with rain all year, so to much of a good thing can be bad to.

     
  • 8/26 - Bremer County, Iowa: Aphid spraying and headline is about done on the soy side of things.  There are still some planes in the area spraying headline on the corn. In our general area we are looking very good in terms of health and yield potential.  However to the north and south, and east there are several areas of hail damaged crops.  Very difficult to determine what the yield loss will be. Keep the guys in Fayette County in your prayers.  Hail took out a lot of dairy guys near West Union, they don’t even have corn to salvage as silage. Beautiful crops one hour, and nothing the next.As for sudden death, yes there has been more and more of that showing up lately.  Nothing as far as growing conditions would seem to have set it off. The ones I have seen were even sprayed for aphids and headline too.

  • 8/26 - Gentry County, Northern Missouri: Crops around here are mostly below average.  Most soybeans are around knee-high with very few waist-high.  Some of the soybeans planted early are now being hammered by SDS.  If we get a September frost, stick a fork in it all and fork the government report, too. I know Missouri is not one of the "big boys" but it does not take much of a reduction to eliminate the projected surplus and I have seen enough of this state to know that both soybean and corn will be below average at best.

  • 8/26 - Buchanan County, Iowa: In the last week or so we are seeing some SDS in the beans. We have had 4.6 " for august but could use more heat. We had some hail damage July 25.  42 % damage in the worst.

     
  • 8/26 - Southeast Iowa: Lots of SDS showing up in the earliest planted beans. Corn looks like it has sucked all the nitrogen from the leaves in the past few weeks. August has been great weather, but could still use some heat, but only showing in the 70's in the 10 day forecast. Aphids haven't been a problem with the cool wet weather.

  • 8/25 - Crittenden County, Northeast Arkansas: Just had the County Extension Agent out at the Farm this morning looking at a little Frog Eye in the Soybeans. He said for the third/fourth week in August our growing degree units per day are 22 units on average. Saturday and Sunday only produced 11 units each day. Temp of 61 degrees was the low last night. My early planted Soybeans are still over 40 days from harvest, currently at R4 to R5. Late beans have not even bloomed yet!!

  • 8/25 – South Central Minnesota: Soybeans started dying over the weekend.  It looks like SDS but some are saying it is something new.  We've never had much sudden death before, so maybe it is another disease, doesn't really matter the result is the same, premature dead beans.  We will have our best corn ever if the crop can finish. Nights are cool again with low of 50 last couple days.  NWS 6-10 day calls for more cool weather.

  • 8/24 - Madison Parish, Louisiana: Corn Harvest is around 80% completed. Yields have been from 240 bu. on irrigated to 40 on non-irrigated. Cotton was blooming out the top July 10th. Now it is lapped the middle lush green and still growing. We have had 14 inches of rain since July 22. Not bad for a good corn harvest!

     
  • 8/24 - Lake County, East Central South Dakota: Crops here look excellent; however are about 2 weeks behind. Corn is beginning to dent, and with no early frost we are looking at are best crop ever.  Looks better then the 2004 crop that averaged 202 bpa.  Beans also look good, aphid spraying is pretty much wrapped up in the neighborhood, have had no stress in the growing season except for a cool spring.  Moisture has been plentiful. Took out 100 acres if spring wheat last week, averaged 68 bpa good test weight and protein.

     
  • 8/24 - Saunders County, Nebraska: Congratulations to the first year farmer in Minnesota. We need more of you to replace us oldsters. Hope the future works out for you. It has been a dry late summer here and the yields will be somewhat depressed for dry land crops, especially on the hilly and droughty soils. Hope everyone has a good safe harvest and the frost holds off for those of you who have crops behind schedule.

  • 8/24 - Northeast Arkansas: I've been follow the Midwest crop tour on twitter, and they say about the same as USDA, some pretty good crops out there. Crops here appear to be above average.

  • 8/24 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: Still very dry. We did get about 6 tenths with some wind damage but scratch the ground and its still dry under the top inch. The rains have been good north of rt. 36 and across interstate 70 but seems to avoid east of interstate 57. My corn has already started denting but hopefully this little bit will help the beans, although they where showing yellow areas early this week where they where planted in wet ground and where there was compaction. The ears I have pulled have been nosed back one to two inches and 14 rows around. Might catch a shower tomorrow. The corn crop will be good if you have a field that had no standing water or no hail or no wind damage and you got it planted by May 10th. I can't find one on my farms.

     
  • 8/24 - Eastern Oklahoma: After reading all the results from the crop tour through the I states I've changed my marketing plan. There were so many negative comments coming from up there it really sounded like a normal frost would wipe out any chance for normal yields. Our soybeans are looking great here with great soil moisture and the late corn that was replanted in May is going to be awesome.  All my early corn will be lucky to make 100 bu. We had so much water it rotted the roots off and the plant never recovered.

     
  • 8/24 - Spink County, South Dakota: I talked to one of the members of the crop tour and they do not count in zero fields. They just pick a spot in a pre-assigned field and are told to ignore blank spots. The truth will come out when the combines hit the field. It does not really matter how many acres you plant, but the number of acres you harvest is where you get the bushels you haul to town.In our area some of the planted fields are 10 percent to 30 percent gone because of drowned out spots. Where there is good corn there might be a record yield, but lots of later fields will only make it if frost holds off until mid or late October. With corn prices in the basement there will be a lot more corn going into the silage pile. USDA's harvested acres are way too high for the way it looks out here in the country. It would be pretty easy to knock off a couple million acres from their total.

     
  • 8/24 - Merlin, Ontario, Canada: Just sprayed for aphids, a beautiful soy crop this year with an excellent growing season (albeit a 5 to 10 degrees cooler than normal till now). But plenty of timely rains.  I usually scout daily, and noticed aphid populations a few hundred per plant Aug 15, and by the 17th they were well on they’re way to 1000 per plant.  The worst I have seen it.  I called the local elevator to have they’re crop scouts confirm and it was past threshold.  My dad who farms 5 minutes from me called his crop guy and he said he never heard of any aphid problem and didn’t bother to go over and look.  Shocking cause he sprays for a local elevator, not saying who.  I looked and they were 80 to 90% the amount of aphids as mine.   Hmmm, I hope my dad doesn’t lose bushels because of it.  I hate when people wait for the other guys to get started and then it’s too late.

  • 8/24 – Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: We have received 5.3"+ of rain from Sunday (8-16) to today Thursday (8-20).  Right in our area we look good, very good. We received close to 4" in July and are pushing 6" so far in August. Most of our corn and soybeans have not had much if any heat or moisture stress.  We're almost embarrassed to say much of anything to neighbors 3 to 4 miles away. We are still a week or so behind on maturity compared to our 5 year average.

  • 8/20 - Marshal County, Minn.: Well, for my first year of farming on my own, I think I am doing OK. The one field I am farming is soybeans. There are a few drowned-out spots. There was some reseeding done, the earlier seeded is at knee-high with the reseeded quickly catching up. Dad figures about 80% of the field will yield around 30 bu./acre, which is around average for the area, and the other 20% might be a salvageable 15-20 bu./acre. All things considered, no complaints from a 20-year-old first-year farmer.

     
  • 8/20 - Lafayette County, Wis.: (Top) Hail damage in western Lafayette County from July storms; (bottom) soybeans in the eastern part of the county that escaped the storms. If there is not an early frost, yields should be excellent.

-- Lafayette County, Wis.

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  • 8/19 - Eastern Van Wert County, northwest Ohio: Very dry here, less than 2" of rain since June 1. Our third very dry summer in a row. Some corn really starting to fire. Hopefully we can get some of the rain coming through tonight.

     
  • 8/19 - Faulk County, S.D.: Trying to get spring wheat harvested, but it rains every day or is just cloudy and cool. Have lost 3 lb. in test weight (same field) since we started harvest. Everyone is in the same boat and waiting for some sunny and warm weather.

     
  • 8/19 - Seneca County, northwest Ohio: We are dry mainly across northern Ohio. Perhaps two-tenths an inch of rain has fallen in the last weeks. Our corn has fired.

  • 8/18 - Western Iowa: Good comments from the elder statesman [see 8/17, Piatt County, Ill., below]. My question is, “What happened to the new plateau of prices?” Crops are incredible in western Iowa. Right with last year.

  • 8/18 - Holdingford, Minn.: Very nice corn and soybean crop setting up this year. I think the main concern now is definitely going to be getting enough GDUs to get the crop to maturity!

     
  • 8/18 - Logan County, Colo.: I plan on planting 100% kochia weeds.

     
  • 8/17 - Northeast Kansas: To the Montana producer: USDA says there is a near-record corn and soybean crop. I believe they are  correct. Watch the Midwest Crop tour on Twitter. They're saying the same thing.

     
  • 8/17 - Piatt County (east of Decatur), Ill.: Crops for the most part are looking good, although the late planting will be the telling story. Corn was planted May 24. Soybeans planted between June 4 and 15. Many other fields in the immediate area planted around this time frame or later (some first planting soybeans were seeded July 1). Anticipating harvest to be delayed until at least the end of September to accommodate the late planting dates, then probably both corn and beans will be ready at the same time. That might be interesting both for harvesting and delivery to the elevator.  

    Here is some encouragement for those watching the markets going down. Based on an amusing and unusual theory I have, the top of the market for 2009 is yet to be made! I have been farming for 37 years, and it seems to me every time I heard the phrases "downside risk is limited" and "beans going to $20" (in the old days the phrase was "beans in the teens"), that this was a signal the market top was almost in. If I had sold out my grain every time I heard these phrases, my banker's phone number would probably not be in speed-dial. I know this smells like "contrarian theory," but after over 3-1/2 decades of observing 100% of the experts convinced that the market is going one way, [I'm convinced] this is a signal that the top (or the bottom) is in. Has anyone else observed this? So far this year, I have not heard the phrase "downside risk is limited," which in a tongue-in-cheek way indicates to me that the marketing top for at least corn for 2009 has not yet been made. Take this for what it is worth.  :)

    Personal production estimates at this time: Soybean yields down 15% to 20%, corn yields down 10% to 15% due to late planting, although late-season rains, warm temps for the next 5-6 weeks and an average frost date (October 10 for us) would improve the estimates.  

    Hope everyone has a safe harvest. Be mindful when you need rest, and take breaks. A harvest that takes an extra 24 hours to complete will not make that much difference in the grand scheme of things, but getting an extra hour of sleep each night for 24 nights could make a huge difference. Take it from an older farmer -- "it ain't worth it" to give 110% if it costs you 150%. Yes, we want to complete the harvest as timely as we can, yet we also want to be here and healthy to enjoy the friuts of our labor. Take care of yourselves now and this fall.


  • 8/17 – Indiana: Dry is the word for the day. Last week was terrible, corn fired up, beans turning pale and not growing. Went flying last night, thought maybe I was the only one dry -- wow, I was wrong. USDA needs to get out of their office, they don't have a clue. But I'm afraid even most of us are going to get a surprise when we get beyond the edge of the fields.
     
  • 8/16 – North Central Montana: Cool but not wet summer has delayed wheat harvest by two weeks. Now over 2" of rain in last two weeks has reduced quality in standing grain and caused great anxiety for farmers with swathed grain. Cool showery weather predicted till Tuesday with very gradual warm-up later in the week. Would like to see farmers with good crops post them, as I use this blog to help with marketing decisions, but know farmers are reluctant to brag, especially when others are struggling.
     
  • 8/16 – Northwest Jackson County, Minn.: Received 2.1" rain overnight Saturday night. Zero puddles left in the yard! We will need a frost-free period until October to bring crops to maturity. Crops look good, but behind.  Sprayed aphids last week. Pops not huge, but enough to spray.
     
  • 8/16 – Platte County, Neb.: Crops are the best in many years. Corn starting to dent,and beans filling pods. We've had 6" of rain in last two weeks. Sorry to hear of all the other struggles. Sounds like what we went through last year. For all you folks to the East, rains are coming, and a late frost is imminent. Keep the faith.
     
  • 8/15 – East Central Missouri: We need a rain for the early planted soybeans and the replanted and late planted soybeans. Early planted soybeans are in pod fill and replanted and late planted soybeans are 12" to 18" in height. Last rain was on July 22. Bean yields will be 5 to 7 bu. per acre less than last year. Corn looks good, with ear husks starting to dry. The early planted corn looks to be about 10 days from black layer.
     
  • 8/14 – South Central Indiana: Beans were looking good, but unfortunately way too much rain in July (never thought I would say that). Now we are seeing a lot of SDS in soybeans already! This will definitely impact yields.
      
  • 8/14 - Iroquois County, Ill.: Getting very dry here and the corn is really starting to show some stress. Crop looked excellent until this dry spell hit. Talked to local banker and they are worried about some farmers who paid big cash rent and now the price has dropped below break-even in many cases. Many had said we wouldn't see corn under $5 and I said I have heard that story before. I would also like to know why the journalists that were writing last year how the farmer should pay more rent to the landlord are not now writing how the rent should go the other way. Many people need to understand economics, especially in agriculture, before they go giving an opinion.

  • 8/14 - East Central Illinois: Still hoping for some rain. Getting desperate with corn trying to fill ears and beans setting pods and blooming. Only 2 to 6 tenths since the middle of July and the crops are hurting. Corn is firing up in areas and beans are looking pale and rolling the leaves. Gov. reports just do not make sense.

  • 8/13 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor, introduces us to Steve Sprague, a farmer who tried growing sunflowers for the first time.

    -- Central Illinois

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  • 8/13 – Indiana: Corn crop just finished pollinating. Less than 3/4 in rain since July 1. No rain in sight and high temps losing yield every day now. Beans way behind, better be a late frost. But the USDA stills claims great crop and the drought monitor doesn't show any dry spots. Go figure.
     
  • 8/13 – Northeast Arkansas:  The farmer posting for Northeast Arkansas (8/12), you must be on that lighter sandy loam soil in Mississippi County to get those kind of yields you are predicting, 55 bu. Soybeans, 180 Corn, 180 Rice, etc!!  You won't get those yields in the adjacent counties of Crittenden, Cross, St. Francis, Craighead, Clay, or Poinsett. Rice isn't even heading yet!!!   Boll rot is going to tear up the Cotton, 1,200#'s???????  We have had over 18" of rain since July 11 and the water logged late beans are 8" tall!!!
     
  • 8/13 – East Central North Dakota: There are portions of a handful of counties in east-central ND that are extremely dry at this point.  The three agricultural weather stations nearest the areas we farm have only recorded between 1.68" and 2.90" of rainfall since May 15th.  We coasted through the first 60 days of dryness on plentiful soil moisture and cool temperatures, but things are now turning very ugly with temperatures in the 90's and still no rain.  The area that is most affected is probably between 5 and 10,000 square miles.

  • 8/12 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor, show an organic corn field in central Illinois that is way behind.

 

  • 8/12 – Cedar County, Nebraska: Corn is good, starting to see stress from lack of moisture; pollination is solid to the tip of ear, two good rains from an above average yield. Beans look good, also need moisture to have greet crop, spraying for aphids and beetles. Irrigators are going around and around. Best of luck to all and be safe!!!!
     
  • 8/12 – Clay County Minnesota (across the river from Fargo): What a year, there is a lot of corn still not tasseled around here and our average freeze date is in six weeks. Most of the beans are very short and a lot are just starting to flower. Wheat looks good but acres are way down because of the wet spring. Alfalfa crop is half of normal with the cold weather. Looking forward to this year being over.
     
  • 8/12 – Northeast Arkansas: $12 beans...$3 corn...4 to 1 ratio...hmmm...guess we should have planted more beans. Prediction on 2009 crop in our general area...corn 180...soybeans 55...cotton 1,200 lbs...rice 180.
     
  • 8/12 – Putnam County, Northwest Ohio: We need rain beans 25 to 30 corn may not be that good.
     
  • 8/12 – Brown County, Minnesota: Crops now beginning to deteriorate very quickly, 6 tenths of rain since July 1st starting to take its toll. What looked like a huge crop a month ago, now gone.  I would estimate the top 25% gone. Still hoping for 150 bu. corn and 40 bu. beans.   Will be worse if it don’t rain soon as temps are now climbing.
     

  • 8/11 - Iowa: Scouting weekly, I've noticed a rapid advance of white mold and SDS on many fields of soybeans.  Most of my soybeans were planted 1st week of May and were looking great until the R4 to R5 stage.  Seems that there is no "perfect" weather for Soybeans in Iowa.... (hot & dry = bugs and cool & wet = mold & SDS!!!!!)
     
  • 8/11 - Spink County, South Dakota: What a strange year. It is the 10th of August and hardly any one in our area has gotten a start on their spring wheat. Corn is late and some is still trying to tassel. I drove by one of my neighbor's late planted corn and it will be two weeks before that tassels. Corn over all looks good, but not many fields of soybeans look very good (lots of drowned out and stunted /off colored beans). I know it is early, but most of these soybean fields will only be 15 to 25 bushel unless some miracle occurs in-between now and harvest. The corn yield will be determined by when it freezes. Mid to the end of October we will have some good corn/ if it freezes in Early September it will be a total mess. I wish I was as confidant as the USDA. Of course I do not think the USDA has ever planted or harvested much corn.
     
  • 8/11 - Calhoun County, Iowa: Hail Sunday morning took a swath 5-10 miles wide from Wall Lake in western Iowa to Eldora in eastern Iowa. People are estimating 500,000-750,000 acres damaged. It isn't good for anyone. Seed fields around Eldora are gone.

  • 8/10 - South of Decatur, Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor, visits a farm south of Decatur, Ill., where she found the farmer baling hay.

     

    -- South of Decatur, Illinois

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    • 8/10 - Yuma County, Colorado: July was quite a month for Yuma County. Wheat harvest finished about as late as anyone can remember. The county yield was from 40-60bu/ac. Some fields made 80-90, at least that is what they reported. We have had regular rains which have helped on the irrigation for the corn and pinto beans. The corn looks excellent, the pintos are not us good due to the heavy rains with wind. The last two weeks of July, we had rain almost daily and some places had up to two inches in one storm during that period. There has been widespread hail damage this year. Some fields are totaled out, but at least half of the fields have some damage. Those fields untouched by hail look fantastic. Now, hope it doesn't get dry in August.
       
    • 8/10 - DeLand, Illinois: Crops in central IL look decent. I won't say great as the borders of fields has hidden the problem areas. Wet soils early have most certainly hurt everyone. The April planted corn looks the best and of course is the most advanced in my area. The later planted May corn is just finishing up pollinating. I expect a late fall harvest. There could be trouble if an early freeze hits. I remember green shriveled soybeans from the one in the middle 70's.
       
    • 8/10 - Bon Homme County, South Dakota: We’ve had hail and 4-5 inches rain in July. Crops are all over the board.
       
    • 8/10 - Kossuth County, Iowa: Corn is tall, soybeans are not. Aphids are small but numerous and very amorous.
       
    • 8/10 - South Central Ohio: Crops here look excellent had about 7.5 – 8.0 inches of rain in July and so far in August .7 inch. Corn all tasseled and soybeans all knee high and some waist high. If we keep getting rain in August could see record yields.

    • 8/10 - Lafayette County, Southwest Wisconsin: Pasture conditions in Lafayette County SW Wisconsin are excellent!

      -- Lafayette County, Southwest Wisconsin

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    • 8/7 – Southwest Wisconsin: Corn here is very good, maybe excellent. A lot of the corn isn’t tasseled yet, but has great color. Ours is all done pollinating. It might be the best I have ever had. South of us really bad. They had hail damage – 30,000 acres of corn and beans could be ruined. Beans are super nice, flowering and setting pods.
       
    • 8/7 – Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: We received 3.5" - 4.0" rain in July.  Other than being 8-10 days behind, we look very good. We rolled corn maybe three times and that was before tasseling. Soybeans had a tough start but have caught up and look good also. We'll need water in August to finish up their potential (whatever that is). Weekend forecast (if it really happens) will put some pressure on both corn and beans with temps on Sunday approaching 100.
       
    • 8/7 - Southern Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor, shows us some small soybeans in southern Illinois.

       

    • 8/6 – Lafayette County, Missouri: The crops here will be down 15% - 20% over 2008.
       
    • 8/6 – Buffalo County, Wisconsin: We’re doing 3rd crop hay can't even see the windrows. We have had a half of inch rain sense June 27, 2009. The corn on the lighter soil is in really bad shape, and the corn on heaver soil is hanging in there yet, but we really need rain bad. The milk prices are very bad at 10.10 a 100 # and not much feed to feed them with no rain, now that I'm buying corn silage for my cows, I think they eat more when your buying feed too. Hope everyone else is doing good, and be safe.
       
    • 8/6 - Texas:The wet got wetter and the dry got drier for the first week of August in Texas. Listen for more.


      Peanuts continued to do well, drought or no drought, as most of the crop is under irrigation in Texas, according to Dr. Todd Baughman, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agronomist.

      -- Texas AgriLife Extension Service

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    • 8/5 –Stearns County, Minnesota: Corn and Soybeans looks very nice with the exception that they are 2 weeks behind normal.  Sounds like some heat and humidity finally for the weekend.  I wish beef cattle prices would come back up!
       
    • 8/5 – South-Central Minnesota: Crops here look good but are behind about 15 to 20 days.  It is really starting to get dry also. I really noticed some hills starting to suffer while spraying beans for aphids yesterday.  So to sum it up, we need heat and rain here to finish our crop.  They are talking heat for the weekend, but not much rain.
       
    • 8/5 - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Finished with the sprayer last night. The last planned herbicide application on double crop soybeans. :~)  Moisture has been adequate, but not excessive the last 2 weeks and crops look good. June 20 to July 20 was basically rain free :~(. Late but good. The double crop corn after barley is just ready to tassel. All corn looked uneven while growing, but seems to be more even about 10 days after tassel. That's the view from on top of our 80' silos. Vegetative growth on the soybeans is good and early beans are blooming and starting to set some early pods. No chest high beans yet however.

      It would seem that the prospects are good for an average to above average harvest. I believe our stress from June 20 to July 20 had to loose some yield potential on the corn, especially the weaker and thinner soils. County average is 167 and that looks achievable for me. Average bean yield here is 47 bushels and that looks achievable as well if we have the moisture and heat to finish well. It does not look like it will be an early harvest. I personally am thankful to have a sealed silo available to me for the first time to get 35% of my corn out at 28 - 30% moisture.

      It is all in God's hands now. I believe I did about all I could have with the weather this year, so the rest is up to HIM!
       
    • 8/5 – North Central Wisconsin: Corn in our area is all over the board, some fields are 7 ft tall and tasseled, others are barely knee high. Rain has been very spotty, all of July we had 1.2 inches. Less than 2 miles down the road they had 3.2 inches. We need some heat also, very cool here which is why the crops look as good as they do. Soybeans look very good, but about 2 weeks behind normal. I walked in one field this afternoon that was waist high, most average knee high, but saw few flowers. First crop alfalfa was excellent, 2nd crop rather short due to lack of moisture. Oats is turning color quite nicely, rather short though. Barley looks very good, winter wheat is gold and probably ready to come off late next week. Have a safe harvest.
       
    • 8/5 – Benson County, Northeast North Dakota: Farmers here are just finishing up corn harvest 08 corn. Wheat is a month away. North of here some small grains haven't flowered yet so the big yield forecast by the experts may get trimmed down a little bit.  Cool weather is forecast for next 10 days so may not have many row crops to harvest here.
       
    • 8/5 - Lauderdale County, Tennessee: West Tenn. has been super wet and cooler than normal.  I hate to wish for less rain and more sun in July and August but that is what we need.  The corn, beans, and cotton are all behind and need some heat units to get caught up.  At this point we look really good,  just don’t look at the calendar!

    • 8/4 – Hamilton County, Nebraska: Crops and Pastures are in need of rain here.  The irrigation wells have been going full steam ahead for 5 weeks and it doesn't look as there will be any let up. This will make for an expensive year.   Any dry land crops -corn, beans, sorghum- are firing and won't hold out unless we have 1"+ rain the next few days.  South & West of here towards the Kansas border things are much drier with crops firing and burning up 2+ weeks already.  Pastures are getting quite short.   Cattlemen are either selling cows or bringing them home to feed hay which will put a strain on the winter hay supply.  I think this year could be something like 1995 -very late planting in some parts of the country, then extreme heat for a short part of the summer, then a normal to early frost.  That would come prior to Sept. 19th.
       
    • 8/4 – Lorain County, North Central Ohio: Crops look good considering we only have 1.9 inches of rain during the month of July. Some beans are now knee high most corn fields have tasseled. We need rain.
       
    • 8/4 – Northeast Pennsylvania: We too have all phases of corn maturity round these parts.  Some has tasseled a week ago some is only knee high.  Some fields are uniform in height throughout, but most are really sporadic in growth stages.  Looking at the fields in our immediate area it's hard to tell if some guy's planters weren't calibrated, maybe they used them for the first time or maybe they shouldn't have tried planting corn in the first place.
       
      On the positive side, our local feed mill is putting up another multi million bushel grain bin! They put one up last year too, which mean they either have high hopes for our sporadic harvest this fall, or they made more money off us last year and didn't know what to do with it.

      All in all, it's been another challenging year for us small square hay bail farmers.  We haven't had a stretch of rain free day's longer than 4 day's since April.  And that of course was before it was mature enough for 1st cutting.
       
    • 8/4 - Atchison County, Kansas: It was a late start this spring, fighting cold wet soils, but with a little patience we got most of the corn in the ground in good shape. We have had great growing conditions all summer long, in fact maybe a little too cool. We have received nearly 10 inches of rain just in the month of July with temperatures not getting above 90. Most of the corn in our area looks good with the exception of a few yellow spots just now showing up from nitrogen loss.  Final stand counts are a little down from what I would like to see, but are still acceptable. We plant our corn in twin rows and have increased our planting population about 4,000 plants per acre over our old 30 inch planter. We feel that by spacing out the plants we can increase our ear count and still maintain a healthy plant. This field of corn should produce a good yield if we continue to have good weather.

      -- Atchison County, Kansas

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    • 8/4 – Northeast Arkansas: Wet July...hope for a dry August.

       
    • 8/4 – Southern Manitoba: Late, late, late- crop 2-3 weeks later than normal. It will right up against the traditional first frost date for even the wheat and canola to make it, corn and soybeans look doubtful. This is in an area that is considered the banana belt of the Canadian prairies, need that southern heat.
       
    • 8/4 - Southwest Ohio: Crop looks good, we need heat. Trying to figure out how to harvest and move all this grain.

     

    • 8/4 – California: Looks like another bumper crop of rice in California. Although the cooler than normal year has pushed back harvest dates a little, most guys are gearing up for a early Sept. harvest start.
       
    • 8/4 – Shelby County, Iowa: Crops look very good here even with some green snap damage just over month ago. We will need some rain to keep things humming along and a near normal frost date to get to good bean harvest.
       
    • 8/4 - West Central Minnesota: I would disagree with the farmer from Holdingford. We are at about 3 inches of rain since our corn was planted. The crops in our area of the state are showing severe stress. The only saving grace has been the cool weather. I think if we get some moisture in August it will help tremendously. I am not looking for 200 bu. corn but with some August rain, we maybe able to salvage 150.

    • 8/3 – Holdingford, Minnesota: Corn yields in this area are going to be phenomenal this year, baring no hail or early frost.  The weatherman is starting to talk above normal temperature coming in this next 2 weeks (This is what we need).  Minnesota and Iowa are going to produce 200 + bushel corn this year.

       
    • 8/3 – Buchanan County, Iowa: Went for a drive Sunday through the area north of me that was hit with the big hail storm on 7/24. went through Fayette, Clayton and Delaware counties. Between Elgin and Wadena there are fields and fields of corn between work shoe high to waist high. It is absolutely destroyed. Fields in the counties are also destroyed because all the tassels are gone with nothing left to pollinate the corn. Talked to an elevator operator from the area. he says the estimate is 360,000 acres were damaged in Iowa alone and over 30,000 acres totally destroyed. Some of the farmers with cattle and dairy are tearing up some of the ground and planting sorghum to have something to chop this fall. a very bad deal for all those involved in the storm my prayers go out to everyone involved this disaster.
       
    • 8/3 - Nueces County, Texas: All of South Texas is in an epic drought. Those previous pictures are from somewhere else. We are a foot behind normal rainfall. We are chiseling it deep to get ready for hurricane season.

      -- Nueces County, Texas

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