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August Crop Comments

Aug 31, 2010

How's the weather in your parts? How do your crops look?

Use this link to send us your comments about the crops in your local area. Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity. (Please keep your comments crop-related.)

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying


  • 8/31 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Hay field on fire in Lancaster County, Pa 8/30/2010. That says it all. No rain and you can’t even bale non-rained-on hay as it burns in the field before you can bale it.
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    -- Lancaster County, Pa.

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  • 8/31 - Pettis County Mo.: We started combining yesterday, yields are disappointing but not a disaster. Corn that we thought should make 140-150 coming in at 110-125. Too many blanks and skips in the population and the test weight is lower than expected. The moisture is coming in from 13-17% from the field. At least we won't have to dry any and just use air.

  • 8/30 - Sanilac County, Mich.: First full day of lifting sugar beets. Started at Dave and Paul Bank's Farm. Got our allocation lifted. Only had a few minor problems for the day. Jeff picked up a piece of stray scrap iron with the front tire of his truck!


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  • 8/30 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson: New equipment makes monitoring the bin temperatures remotely a pretty simple job. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's



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  • 8/30 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson: Harvesting Brennan wheat for seed. Worst yield was down to 32 and the best was close to triple digits. We're pleased with how the crop turned out. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's



  • 8/27 - Summit County, Ohio: The rain showed up last weekend, just over an inch, and the late planted corn really began to fill out. It had been close to four weeks that we had a decent rain here in my part of northeast Ohio. The beans are coming along and the pods are filling out nicely, not as nice as last year, but nice for this sandy type of soils.  I believe I will be into corn in early September, tested some the other day and it was 28%-30%. This was corn that is 99 day and was planted on April 30. All in all, I feel pretty good about the crops this year, but it all comes down to what the final yield plays out. 

  • 8/26 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Crop insurance adjusters have determined the grain yield in some fields to be harvested for silage at 25 – 80 bushels per acre. 5 year county average is 165.8 bushels per acre. Believed to be pollination issues.
  • 8/26 - Daviess County, Ky.: Tobacco harvest is in full swing in Daviess County, KY.  Has been very dry here but most of the tobacco is still holding its own.  Here we are hanging tobacco on outside curing structures.
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-- Daviess County, Ky.

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  • 8/25 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson: Not a good day. Spraying Grammoxone Extra to desiccate peas and the axle on the tractor snapped. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's



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  • 8/25 - South Haven, Kan.: Tim Turek: Cleaning wheat from bins. Process takes about 5-6 days and do about 30,000 bushels for the Turek farm and for certified wheat that is then sold. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's



  • 8/25 - Geneva, Ill.: Crops are doing good.  

  • 8/24 - East central Illinois: Three weeks of no rain and high temps. I watched a good soybean crop wither and shrink to half its height, it seemed to lay down as it cooked under the hot sun. Then finally 7/10" of rain helped for a day or two, but now they are hurting again. SDS is hitting some of my fields and corn is turning completely brown. I will be trying to pick corn in the next day or two as hand samples are around 19%. It is very dry here.
  • 8/24 - North of Smithboro in Bond County, Ill.: Just threw up another grain bin and I am very confident it will not hold this huge crop in which we are about to harvest. What a year it has been and will be. Good luck to all and have a safe harvest.
  • 8/24 - Freeborn County, southern Minnesota: Corn is showing the stress from lack of rain and heat day and night. The soybeans still look good but need to finish well and a rain would help. We did spray for aphids. No signs of white mold, but some SDS is showing up, not significant -- well, I hope not.  Reports that the sweet corn is coming in at 3½ to 5 tons, shallow kernels. Will that be an indicator of how good the field corn will be, I don't know. Doesn't always follow, but it has been a good indicator for quite a few years now.
  • 8/24 - Pettis County, west central Missouri (just south of the Missouri River on I-70): We missed most of the spring floods. Only had to replant about half of the corn and none of the beans. 95% of the crops in Missouri are grown within a 25-mile radius of the Missouri River. Anything that had anhydrous put on retained the nitrogen. Dry N washed away with lots of non-anhydrous fields showing yellow spots. Yields on the dry fertilizer will be half. No SDS as of yet and the beans look good. Beans were beginning to stress without water from July 29 until Aug. 20 with 95°-100° days. We had 3.25" Friday the 20th. Most of the beans have three beans per pod and are filling out. Corn will probably make 100-150 depending on N. Beans will be in between 40-50, depending on who can tell the tallest tale.
  • 8/24 - Sioux County, Iowa: Hand-shelled some corn last week, 42% and 52 lb. With same ear counts as a year ago, the weight alone could add 15% to the yield. Looks like a record breaker here for both corn and beans. With local elevators sitting half full of last year's corn, storage could be a big issue.
  • 8/24 - Putnam County, Ohio: Crops are looking fair to good. Corn is starting to turn on account of the degree days that we have had. The beans for the most part are really looking good: deep, green color and pods are quite close.

  • 8/23 - Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Mich.: We have been mowing our yard on a weekly basis all summer. Normally it dries up in the August heat. Not this year! It has been raining at least once a week all summer. It is like we had a programmed irrigation system from Mother Nature. We have excellent crops with good weed control.
  • 8/23 - Shelby County, Iowa: I looked at my corn field today. Too much rain, hail, then too hot. We will be 30-40 bushels short from last year; 140 bu./acre range, I hope. Beans look good if they stand there due to hail bruises.
  • 8/23 - Northern Indiana: Beans looked to be the best ever on Aug. 1, now they are burning up. We have had 3/10" of rain in August with lots of heat. Corn will be OK but is dying off quicker than it should be. I hope those dead spots stand until the low ground catches up. Harvest should be a month earlier this year compared to last year...the only bright side I see right now?
  • 8/23 - Blanchester, Ohio: I’m sharing my latest pictures of my best field, which shows SDS. A friend said yesterday that all the SDS he has seen around here is from compaction. I can't disagree. This is where all the machinery turned from the drill to the cart and combine.
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-- Blanchester, Ohio

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  • 8/20 - Watonwan County, south central Minnesota: The corn from area agronomist doing yield calculations is from 190-250 bu./acre on my test plot. I think my corn is going to be, if not the best ever, second only to 2004 's 200 bu. on 1,200 acres. Soybeans are very tall with few problems, but a large amount of two pods on lower stem. 55 bu./acre would be excellent crop. We have had near normal rains, some drowned outs in late June. With near-perfect growing conditions since planting, it looks to be an early and fun harvest for a change.
  • 8/20 - Northeast Indiana: Was on the road today. It is dry and the crops are going downhill fast. Saw several farms cutting corn silage. Some fields are probably too dry to be ensiled. They are talking a lot about SDS in the beans, but there are big areas in the fields here that are turning because of dryness, I think. It looks like an extremely early harvest. At least I finally made some green hay.
  • 8/20 - Treasure Valley, Canyon County, southwest Idaho: We ***finally*** finished wheat harvest today. Late, cool spring made it come on about two weeks later than usual, and then our poor old combine puked up a straw walker with about 10% of our acreage left to go. Finally had to hire a neighbor to come in and finish for us. I haven't run the numbers yet, but it looks like the yields were pretty good, though. Everything else is looking pretty good -- corn about 15 feet tall, just finished pollination, potatoes look super, onions are looking like we might get our highest percentage of colossals (5" and larger) in several years. Sugar beets have been stressing in the heat a little, but they always do, and they look at least as good as average.

  • 8/19 - Johnson County, Ind.: Crops are toast after 4 weeks without measurable rain and multiple 92-98 degree days. Some early corn will be harvested within days ears have dropped and only a few green leaves in the top, Seed corn harvest has started. Late May planted corn will be very low yielding due to lack of moisture and too much heat during grain fill.  ALL soybeans are dying many fields with gray cast by midmorning. Early planted beans are showing yellow. Top 1'-2' will not fill pods or have aborted them. Crop insurance adjustors are going to be busy here this fall/winter.

  • 8/19 - Northeast Indiana: Checked corn yesterday very disappointed first two rows in looked good by the 8th row things got real ugly. Every field the same. Don't know where this large crop coming from. Checked some of the fist corn planted in this area looked good in spots but look over the top and it is yellow and where its yellow there is not much there. There will be big surprises this fall when combines roll. Soybeans look good pods there but a lot of 1 and 2 bean pods. Sudden death just starting to show up.
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  • 8/19 - South Haven, Kan.: Tim Turek -- The heat continues, at least for one more day.  Field work continues with the main task being applying anhydrous ammonia. Purity samples for the seed wheat are back, and everything passed, always a good feeling.  I am expecting the germination samples soon to finish the certification process.

    The market is good, and I continue to make sales as the market allows.  We are finishing up baling prairie hay, and will start alfalfa again next week.

    Corn is nearly ready to pick.  The soybeans are suffering from the heat, and we desperately need a rain in the next few days to keep them going. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 8/18 - Cedar County, Iowa: Just drove I-80 to the state fair in Des Moines. In all my years I don't believe that I have seen the crops look as poor as they did today. There was almost as much yellow and light green corn as there was corn that was dark green. As for beans, I have never seen anywhere near as much SDS as what I saw today. Virtually every field, and in some cases the whole field. If they don't get a surprise on the Crop Tour, then the surprise will come when the combines roll!
  • 8/18 - Henry County, Ohio: Rain amounts have been steady all year but starting to get dry. Corn is dough stage and beans are podding. Best crops in four years overall.
  • 8/18 - Washington State: Extremely WET spring, even by our standards; since it quit raining on June 17th, we've received 0.4"! Lots of holes in corn fields, replants, etc., and now the light soils are turning. Remember, this is corn for silage only, we don't get the therms to go picking. The corn  I planted on June 17th is 9' tall in less than nine there is hope, if we get a good September, to make a good ear. No, it really hasn't been hot and windy these past two months, until the last five days, 90°+/30 mph winds. Actually BALED my fourth, popcorn dry. Time to get the reel out to push for two more good cuttings.

  • 8/17 - O'Brien County, Iowa: Getting ready to bale fourth cutting of alfalfa. If no rain Tuesday night, will be first cutting with no rain. The alfalfa had a fair amount of yellow spots from wet feet after 5" of rain last week. Corn looks excellent with no tip-back yet. Beans we will have to see, as they have a lot of foilage, pods are still forming.
  • 8/17 - Humphreys County, Miss.: Started back on beans today after two weeks of rain. They were 6% damage then and now they are between 67% and 75%. This will be fun.
  • 8/17 - Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky.: We had the best-looking corn crop I had ever seen two months ago, but we have burned up since. The really high temperatures and high humidity have cooked everything. The combines started rolling on August 8th or so; they say it is at least a 25% reduction overall and I would say likely it is more. The few full-season beans around are turning and it is too late for rain, but some of the double-crop beans still look surprisingly good and they might still make something if it will cool off and rain. There has been some scattered rain and some places around Princeton to Fredonia in Caldwell County always had rain. But many of us burned up. Our full-season beans were cut for hay last week. The crabgrass is going like crazy now, but there is no grass. Better luck next year.
  • 8/17 - Appanoose County, southeast Iowa: Seed salesmen don't have to worry about getting their signs up. Early beans have SDS and corn looks anemically yellow. Had over 60" of rain this year. We've gotten about 3" to 5" per week since the 25th of April. When will it be our turn to be the "Garden Spot of Iowa?"

  • 8/16 - Marion County, Iowa: What a wet one! Had 13" of rain in three days here last week, some folk had over 16". I have had 51" of rain so far this area and 55" at some other farms. The crop is going to be short, though, lots of yellow spots, lack of nitrogen and drowning in the corn. The beans are looking decent, but I went out for a drive today and there is more sudden death than I have ever seen before and it is everywhere. Pretty much all bottom ground has been flooded to some extent. Crop that wasn’t drowned out has mud on it and the beans with mud on them ironically need some rain to wash them off. Erosion is worse than I ever have seen; been in some fields that have ditches 3 feet deep in places I wouldn’t have expected. In response to Pam Smith’s "is this heaven" last week, no it’s not. This is the third wet year for us in Iowa. It's going to be another short crop. It looks like fall is going to be wet. The fun has definitely left us here.
  • 8/16 - Wilbur, Wash.: Wheat harvest is in full swing in the Pacific Northwest, with some areas south of us all finished. Yields have been very good so far, 10% to 20% above average seems to be the norm. Spring wheat yields will vary quite a bit, though. Heat hurt the late sowed crops, and rust has been a problem too. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's 
  • 8/16 - Franklin County, Neb.: Well, went and pulled ears this week. While the yield looks good, it's not like last year. Ears are smaller around and shorter. Filled good, just not there. Must have been the lack of sun during late June and early July and heat-humidity later during pollinating. Beans need rain now to sustain, but it's been a while now since the last one over 0.5"...couple of weeks. Concerned at best...
  • 8/16 - Scott County, Iowa: Can't wait for the Crop Tour to come through this area. The crop is changing so fast it is crazy. There are some bean fields that have so much SDS in them that it looks like they were conventional beans sprayed with Roundup. No yellow beans here: green and brown, and I mean dead brown. Corn is turning a sickly pale green and has run out of gas.

    Constant bashing of rain every single night. Hey look, another red blob on the radar headed this way. Is it just right here, or are you all within 300 miles of me seeing this? 

  • 8/13 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: Still a lot of rain and heat. We've had 4" in the past 10 days. Corn is showing nitrogen deficiency and ears are beginning to tip back and abort kernels. Several high-wind events have resulted in some green snap and goosenecking, so insurance adjusters are busy. Soybeans that looked good a week ago are now showing SDS beginning to develop. It seems to be everywhere in all brands and maturities, regardless of planting date. This year's crop just keeps disappearing.

    My prevent plant acres are now weedy acres, but it is too wet to mow or spray them with a ground rig. The next-door neighbor hired the plane to fly his on, so we'll see how that works for him before we try it.

    The good news is it appears we will be able to start combining in September, so MAYBE we can finish harvest in the same calendar year that the crop was planted. Good luck to all!

  • 8/12 - Atchison County, northwest Missouri: Where is all the corn and soybeans?  My fields are O.K. but not the bin buster of two years ago when the same fields were last in this crops. The fields I have seen are very uneven with large stops just gone to the water.  Just wondering who has the bin buster crops?

  • 8/12 - East central Kansas: No rain since July 3rd!  Last three weeks temps 90-105.  Early corn will be average and late corn 20-30 bushels below average.  A lot will go to silage.  Beans must have rain this weekend or they may have to be made into forage or hay.  A lot of 50-60 bushel corn and praying for the beans to make 15 bushel per acre.  The traders and USDA do not have a clue on this crop!  Too much rain early and now little to no rain.  Floods, wet areas, poor stands, loss of nitrogen and now drought.  Have traveled from Kansas to Iowa and the crop is far from being a normal average crop.
  • 8/12 - Northwest Iowa: We had over 40 inches of rain from June 1 to August 10.The crops show signs of N loss to dark green all in the same field. I hope it dries up before harvest.

  • 8/12 - Black Hawk County, Iowa: About 6 in. of rain this week, and calling for more tonight.  Corn still looks good, but our good looking bean fields are starting to fall by wayside as SDS is starting to show up awful fast.

  • 8/12 - Texas: While hot, humid days stressed some crops, cotton, for the most part, was doing well with few of the catastrophic failures of previous years, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service cotton expert. A July U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast predicted a record crop. Though the forecast was issued when much of the state's crop was about half finished, there's a good chance it's on target, said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist.
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In South Texas cotton was ready for harvest, while in the Rolling Plains the crop was just squaring and in need of rain, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports. (U.S. Department of Agriculture - ARS photo by Peggy Greb)

(Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


  • 8/11 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Combined only 40 acres of spring wheat so far. It was 62.5 lb./bu. 13.5 protein, Glenn wheat (about the best quality variety from NDSU). Color was great, no scab. We were hoping the protein would be over 14%. Yield is hard to tell as this was just a small portion of a much larger field. We have also killed another 450 acres of early seeded wheat, and that will be ready in a couple more days.  

  • 8/10 - Henry County, Ohio: Corn planting from one extreme to other. Some are done and others have not started. The guys that are done have moved on to soybeans. Most guys like myself are in no hurry due to it being plenty early and a big storm system that will affect the area starting this coming weekend and may persist for several days.
  • 8/10 - Lee County, Ill.: Flew over my area on Saturday morning. What looks fairly good from the road doesn't look good from 600 feet above. Some corn and beans look excellent, so far. Many do not. A lot of disease and sudden death showing up in beans, and corn is short to very short of nitrogen. Spring applied anhydrous looks the best. Liquid nitrogen looks like the worst. Anyone who thinks there is a record crop around here should go for an airplane ride. You will change your mind.

  • 8/10 - Northeast Kansas: USDA...step outside your office and feel the heat. We have had 1.4" of rain since July 4 and it has been 90° or more since then too. It has been 95° for the last five days and is 100° here today. It is forcasted for the next five days to be 98° to 100° and no rain.

    We looked so good three weeks ago. Good stand, plenty of nitrogen, good rain through pollination. We thought we had it made. Still looks good from the road, but a whole different ball game when you pull the shucks back. What was 40 kernels long is now 25 to 30 and tiny. It's been many years since I've seen the kernels shrink back so small. We are sick over it. The farmer who never gets out of the pickup to check his corn is going to overestimate his crop this year.

    All of us around here are also worried about the beans with this week's 100° temps and needing water. They are just starting to pod and still trying to bloom. I will wait until next Monday to send crop pictures.
  • 8/10 - Southeast North Dakota: Wheat yields 10-25 bu./acre lower than 2009. The 90°+ heat is really taking a toll on the soybeans. Those beans on lighter ground are just about dead. Aphids are trying to rise up, but they don't like the heat either. Spider mites are a problem in a few fields. August makes beans and we need some rain soon.

  • 8/9 - Blanchester, Ohio: I have seen more interest in wheat this week than I have seen in years!  If the market wants, wheat, wheat they will get! The problem with SRWW is there is limited seed quantity.  I don't know of anyone who planted more seed acres this year and most planted less.  There has been no interest in wheat since the last run up a few years ago.

    I got a good contract price so I am planting wheat again.  I had planned not to this year and move to more corn but this gives me an opportunity to keep some hilly farms covered all winter and spread the workload out.  A nice check in July is a plus, too.

    This year I will get a little more seed planted per acre and make sure it gets a good clean start and see what mother nature brings us this winter and next spring.

    One company was quoted as saying if you plant our seed and it doesn't make it we will give you corn or soybean seed to plant next spring!  By the time I heard and called the seed was gone and so was the deal.

    If my city friends have been asking if I sold any wheat because it made national news and they knew I would strike when the iron is hot. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 8/9 - Putnam County, Ohio: Crops always need a rain but I think that the last two weeks the early planted corn and bean are going to be quite well the later planted corn and beans have been hurt by the hot dry weather.
  • 8/9 - Warren County, Ill.: Rain doesn’t always make grain. Too much rain in some cases has affected pollination and grain fill on our corn on corn and to a lesser extent on the corn after bean ground. The worst spots will yield 50% or less in the lower spots (nitrogen loss) than the higher ground and for sure our overall corn yields will not equal last years’ corn yield. Beans are progressing along but recent dryness is occurring during pod fill which at this point is concerning. A rain would certainly help the beans but unfortunately will not help the corn.  


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8/9 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson: Troubleshooting the tractor. Two hours later and the problem is solved. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

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  • 8/9 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson: It's a couple days away from harvest. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's



  • 8/9 - Bartholomew Co. Ind.: No rain for over three weeks and only one inch in July. The 95 degree temps have taken its toll this week. April planted corn is done. Beans on sandy soils are wilting and dying. What was a bumper crop three weeks ago is now failing fast.

  • 8/6 - Summit County, Ohio: The rains have become timely here as of late, and with the sandy type of soils here it could not have been more welcome.  We were beginning to get dry around these parts of NE Ohio.  The corn is looking good, not a record breaker but good.  The beans are really starting to set some nice pods, all-in-all with the early planting this year I hope to be in the fields about two to three weeks earlier.
  • 8/6 - Southeast Ohio: Crops in our area are looking vary good. we have had plenty of rain. Third cutting is looking very good.
  • 8/6 - Holdingsford, Minn.: Crops look very good.  Unfortunately I planted some soybeans were I had applied some beef manure and now they are lodging and have white mold.  This is only a two acre patch, however.  I’ll never plant beans were I manured again.  Saw some corn denting yesterday!
  • 8/6 - Cass County, Iowa: Around here and most of the fields to the Minn. line on I-35 show from 3% to 50% less than ideal spots. Uneven, drowned out spots. Double those percentages for the surrounding areas that won't perform up to expectations. I keep telling guys to look up their '93' yields and base off of those not 2009. Sure hope not as they were BAD! 4" of rain here since 8/1. 6" in July and 18" in June. Way too much water.
  • 8/6 - Richardson County, Neb.: Corn is moving too fast to gain the weight it needs. Beans are hurting from excess heat as well.  Three weeks ago a person would have thought we had a perfect season on the way except for some drowned spots in lower ground and flooded Missouri Valley.

  • 8/5 - Shelby County, Ill.: Corn is very uneven. A lot of nitrogen loss. Soybeans are short! Hot weather is taking its toll on crops now in the form of aborted pods and shallow kernel depth.
  • 8/5 - Cottonwood County, Minn.: Both corn and soybeans are looking great, but the proof will come at harvest. Little aphid pressure yet, but that could change fast. We've missed most of the big rain events, but still have some drowned out spots -- those that got replanted are doing well. We're still moving out some of our 2009 corn. Most of it is in good condition, but there are times that we find some damage.
  • 8/5 - West central Minnesota: Drove from west central Minnesota to Minneapolis. Crops could certainly use a shot of rain. Two weeks ago I thought this would be an unbelievable crop, but seems that it has to rain in August in order to assure better than average yields. Wonder if everyone is putting their crop in the bin a little too early. Seems as though all the marketing gurus are sure that we will best last year's national averages in both corn and bean -- seems a little too early to be so sure of that. 
  • 8/5 - Lyon County, Iowa: Been lucky enough with our rolling ground to be the garden spot of the whole state. If we get a decent fall and it quits raining in September and October, we'll be looking at record-breaking yields in both beans and corn. Good luck to the guys who have had way too much rain. I show 26"-plus for July.
  • 8/5 - Bartholomew County, Ind.: 98 degrees and no rain for two weeks. Less than an inch total in July. April planted corn is about done. Beans on the sand are drying up. We went from a bumper crop to a poor one in three weeks.

  • 8/4 - Howard County, Iowa: Crops look excellent this year, compared to  last year. Corn and beans are a month to a month and a half ahead of a year ago. Drying cost should be much lower this year, time will tell.


  • 8/4 - Ransom County, N.D.: Wheat harvest is under way. Early planted wheat yields were 20% less than the bumper crop of 2009. Quality is excellent and protein levels have been 13.8% to 14.9%. No discounts this year. Basis levels are nearly $1.00/bu. If I sold today, I'd dollar out about the same as last year. Beans and corn look GREAT. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 8/4 - McLeod County, Minn.: Our crops are looking pretty good from the road. If you get out of the truck and walk into the field, the crops are not quite as nice as they appear. We are especially concerned about the beans. They range from knee to waist high or better in some cases, but there is 6" between pods. It almost seems like they grew too fast, and now they don’t have the energy to put on pods and fill out. We could use some rain. The beans have shallow roots and the brutal heat and humidity we have had is stressing the plants. The corn is in the same boat, but can tolerate a little more stress. One more rain and we will have a pretty good corn crop around here.

    The aphid pressure on the soybeans is spotty this year. Some fields are loaded and some hardly have any. The heat and humidity are taking out a good deal of them. Hay crops in the area have been pretty good, but a lot of guys are associating the rapid growth with a lower relative feed value. We are also starting to see some glyphosate resistant weeds develop around the area, especially giant ragweed and waterhemp. And finally, I am going to get rid of the last of my 2009 corn tomorrow. I can't wait to get rid of the black moldy junk.


  • 8/4 - Bond County, north of Smithboro, Ill.: The corn is as even and good as it has ever been in our "neck" of the woods. Storage is going to be a serious issue for us this year.


  • 8/3 - Ripley County, Ind.: Soybeans look extremely good. Early corn looks very good. Late corn has a few holes in it. We need a good rain now.

  • 8/3 - Fulton/Miami Counties, north central Indiana: Overall, we look good. We lost low pockets in May and decided not to replant them in mid-June. Some leaf blight(s) will ding the corn. Some stress on corn in July will hurt also, but rains in the "basic nick of time" have helped. Soybeans will need rain in August to reach the potential they have at this time. We are beginning to pod and moisture now would help a bunch. At least growing degree days have been above average and maybe it won't take quite so much gas to get the corn crop in storable condition.

  • 8/2 - Livingston/LaSalle Counties, Ill.: I've been a little lax in making comments lately since I ended up destroying 240 of my 250 acres of wheat. We did combine the remaining 10 acres on July 2nd. Yielded right at 40 bu., then double-cropped soybeans. Wasn't really worth keeping, but one never knows. Hope the beans make up the difference. They've had plenty of rain and are growing well. Last year, I planted a total of 500 acres of wheat for myself and custom planting. So far this year, neighbors have contacted me to plant 500 acres, and my own 220. I really feel there will be a lot more planted this fall than the "experts" predict, due to an earlier fall harvest of soybeans than last year and a huge price increase. Hope everyone has a safe harvest! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


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