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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
-- Livingston County, Illinois
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Our wheat stand varies widely among farms. Those that gambled on deep seeding early in the planting period have wheat almost 4-6 inches tall, and well rooted. Those farmers who waited for rain, or dusted in their what have smaller than normal wheat under the snow, not well rooted, but it should survive the snow well, unless we get freezing rain on top of the snow. Ice over snow cover is not a good environment for small wheat, if those conditions last too long. This smaller wheat will also be subject to severe damage if we get cold north winds after the snow melts.
Generally, with the CRC price guarantee so high for the 2009 wheat crop, few farmers are greatly concerned about crop conditions at this time. On the other hand, most are concerned whether the new Administration will take a hard shot at government payments, including crop insurance subsidies, for example, in order to re-prioritize federal spending for 2009. If this should reduce crop insurance proceeds materially, every farmer here will be “very upset”, to say the least.
-- Lee County, Iowa
Wood County, Ohio
Rick Schuchardt, Elgin, Neb.
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