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June 2008 Crop Comments

Jul 02, 2008


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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:

  • 6/30 - St. Mary's County, Maryland: Finished harvesting wheat Sunday averaged 73 bushels per acre, test weights 52 to 59, local elevator basis $2.20 under CBOT July. Corn is tasseling but with lot of Nitrogen leaching from heavy June rains.
  • 6/30 - Huntington County, Northeast Indiana: I have the poorest crops I have had for at least 5 years, but I DO have crops. A lot of drowned holes. Some corn looks great, most beans are very spotty but improving each day. Next years inputs worry me as to how to pay for these.  The Lord will find me a way if I put it in his hands!!

  • 6/30 - Fulton County, Illinois: Crops are just slightly behind because of cooler weather in May and early June. However, other than that they look great. Of course, rain in the next month for corn and in August for beans will be the real story.
  • 6/30 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We picked up four tenths of rain on Friday and a few sprinkles on Sunday.  We would sure like to get an inch or inch and a half of rain around here.  The corn planted on Memorial Day weekend is just starting to close the rows.  The corn planted in early June is approaching knee high.  On a normal year, our corn would be hitting the pollination stage by now.  We have quite a few yellow patches in the corn as the crop searches for nitrogen.  I would say 25 percent of the first crop beans were laying in the dry and needed this moisture to make them germinate.  The small amount of wheat in the county is just about harvested with yields running from 40 to 80 bpa.  My wheat ran just around the 70 bpa range.  Any double crop beans were put into dry soil conditions and the only way to get them out of the ground was banking on some rain.  Some farmers said they were going to wait for rain before trying to double crop.  I am so thankful just to have a crop in the ground with the way this spring has played out.
  • 6/30 - Peru, Indiana: Crop report.

Just got back from Louisville Kentucky driving north to north central Indiana. Here are a few pictures from the Columbus Indiana area. As you can see these fields have either just been planted or replanted. I saw corn an inch tall. Some crops look really good, some fair to poor. The farther north you go the better they look. Yields will be all over the board this year. 

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  • 6/30 - Northeast Missouri: In thirty years of  farming I never dreamed it possible that so many acres would be left unplanted. A majority of acres planted have less than desirable stands with many areas missing or ponded out. Most soybeans planted have yet to be sprayed first time. Hope I have enough grain to fill those contracts.

  • 6/30 - East Central Illinois: Crops look bad. After over 13 inches in less than two weeks fields are full of holes with corn or beans replanted in them. Short and sick looking corn plants are slowly trying to green up but may not amount too much. Hail on Saturday and Sunday the 22nd knocked much of the wheat out of their heads (the ground is covered with wheat kernels) and it chewed up much of my corn and bean acres. Prepay prices for this fall for dap is over $1100.00 a ton and potash, if you can get anyone to price it, is over $800.00 a ton. Nh3 is $980.00 a ton or more.  Last year dap was $480.00/ton, pot/$298.00/ton, Nh3/$515.00/ton Seed corn is said to going up by $50.00 a/bag for next year. Fuel is over $4.00/gal. Generic glyphosate $30 to $32 a gallon compared to $12.00 last year. The more we conserve and the less we use, the higher fuel goes up. After looking at some of comments on this blog I feel pretty lucky. My heart goes out to all the people that are dealing with the floods.

  • 6/30 - Sibley County Minnesota: Good-looking crops, but behind on heat. Had some hail on the 6th of June but most crops were not affected to bad. Field conditions have been very good to get all the spraying and haying done.
  • 6/30 - North Central Kansas, Smith County: Wheat is ready to harvest finally, about a week late. We had a storm last night with 1.70 inches and very strong winds, corn that was about 24" high is now about 40 - 50% flat on ground does anyone have a guess at what the chances are of significant yield  loss are with this. Only been growing corn for about 13 years and have never seen this before.

  • 6/30 - Fulton County, Indiana: Not able to get much fieldwork done with an inch of rain every 2-3 days. Parts of the county and surrounding counties have had significant hail damage. Too wet to get to the field to spray beans or make first cutting alfalfa. Finally got all the corn sidedressed in between rain showers last weekend. Still have some acreage not planted but its under water now so its probably better off not planted. Thank goodness for off the farm income, looks like we'll need it this year!

  • 6/27 - North Carolina Coastal Plains: Dry conditions.

I found dry conditions in North Carolina's Coastal Plains this week. That's not surprising in this region that is "always four days away from needing a rain." The big surprise was to see how problematic Palmer Amaranth has become. The vicious weed is now resistant to glyphosate and North Carolina State University weed scientist Alan York says getting ahead of the weed early in the season is the only real way to battle it. Some cotton and soybean growers experiencing escapes are so desperate to keep it from choking out the crop that they are hiring crews to pull the weeds by hand.

-- Pamela Henderson Smith,
Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor

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  • 6/27 - Piatt County, Central Illinois: Blue skies near Monticello, IL.

Ponding is mostly gone and fields have reached replant conditions. Tiny soybeans were just breaking the soil crust yesterday in this Piatt County field where the farmer decided it was too late to replant corn. Instead of traditional squares and blocks, the crops in this area are emerging like a crazy quilt as farmers try to salvage what they can from the late season..

-- Pamela Henderson Smith,
Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor

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  • 6/27 - Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: The wheat, peas, and barley crops are as good right now, as they have ever been. We are praying that nothing bad happens to this's a long time until harvest. The soybeans, dry beans, sunflowers and corn, however are about 10-14 days  behind normal development. Our cold month of May kept soil temps down more than  we thought, and really slowed the row crop growth. Nice amounts of rain have come, and temps are getting into the 80's in the next few days, so they could catch up. Our heart goes out to those in the flood zones....I've been 1993 we burned our crops when it finally got dry enough to get around the fields.

  • 6/27 - Southern Piedmont, North Carolina: Just cut the best wheat crop ever, averaged 86 bu. per ac. with test weights at 61 to 64 lbs. This will be the best wheat crop in history of our county an more than likely the state. This was wheat grown on land which has been no-tilled for 22 years with poultry litter for fertilization of the wheat and double cropped soybeans. We are in need of water on these beans in the extremely heavy wheat straw.. The corn is shooting ears with severe heat stress, yield is already cut due to dry weather. I feel very badly for  people in the Midwest flooding areas, the hot dry weather is much easier to deal with than flooding.

  • 6/27 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: Things look very good around here a few gullies and a few plants covered but 99% look real good, maybe a little behind but catching up lately. corn all sprayed and about waist high. beans 1/2 sprayed and really growing. Had 4 tenths rain last night first in about 2 weeks. very concerned about the way the markets are acting, not good for anyone long term, wish you all the best.
  • 6/27 - Jasper County, Northwest Indiana: Water damage -- best case is 85-90% of last years yields.

  • 6/27 - Henry County, Illinois: Corn and beans are behind normal but look good where planted in April/May. We have been missing the excessive rains although 2 and 3 inch totals are not uncommon. Most fields have at least some short/yellow corn in low spots and even on hill sides. Most corn is 2 to 4' tall.  Beans are from just planted to 10" high. Some bottom ground is toast.

  • 6/26 - Southern Minnesota: Crops are starting to look good not great but good. We are about two weeks behind our normal here. Corn planted on bean ground looks great but corn planted on corn on corn doesn't it has been to cold to long for that and too much rain. Soybeans look good but behind. I like to see the beans by now starting to canopy and shade the rows. Spraying the corn was finished last week. Will try to finish up on the first spraying on beans this weekend. Have a save summer.

  • 6/26 - Peru, Indiana: Our corn and beans are both looking very good. Moderate rain/sunshine has given us a good start on the crop year. No concern with flooding in our area.

  • 6/26 - Shelby County, Iowa: Corn looks good, growth about normal, but two weeks behind last year. Bean are short and slow to grow had some hail on a field of beans they still having hard time recovering.

  • 6/25 - South Central, Iowa: Most of our corn is coming along just fine in our area. Corn that was short and a horrible light green color is now starting to grow. We have a few spots where the growth is slowed by compaction but we can't get to those areas because the corn is almost chest high now. We are hoping for some easy rains to soften up the ground and allow those few areas to come along. First pass of spraying is almost totally complete. The replanted beans are up and once they are a bit taller we will finish spraying those beans and we should be in good shape. It is amazing what the last week or so of warm humid temps has done for all of the crops in our area. We are starting to see the brace roots shooting on the corn now...we are at about 780 GDU's in our area...we are more than half way to mid pollination now. We would welcome an inch of rain a week at this point...just keep the hail away!

  • 6/25 - Scott County, Illinois: Replanted corn and beans last week after 5 inches of rain the week before and just the other day we had a quick hitter storm, with hail of course, stripped corn down everywhere and did not help new beans coming up. Corn does not look bad overall but most is very uneven. Got most of the hay up and a couple of weeks away from wheat if its not knocked down anymore. I'd  pull my hair out but I have none left and I can't start drinking cause I never stopped.

  • 6/24 - Lincoln, Southeast Nebraska: Rain and thunderstorms this morning, we have been wet but the corn looks pretty good in this area. There is corn from just coming out of the ground to shoulder high. Most is waist high or better. Beans still being planted but most are about 4-6 inches tall. Wet spots and side hills seeping but for this area of the state that is mostly dry land the potential for a good crop is there. Wheat on the other hand is full of scab and potential for average crop is dropping with every rain.
  • 6/24 - Northeast Nebraska: After all the rain and cold weather now seems like every storm has hail in it...had hail last Tuesday then on Saturday...again... One bean field has been hit 3 times already, lots of fields are 100% gone. I planted beans on May 8, looks like they were planted June 8th…short and don’t want to grow. Corn is behind at least 2 weeks. Never sprayed corn on June 23rd before. Lots of yellow corn. So much rain fertilizer is below root zone. Hope things get better...
  • 6/24 - Saline County, Southern Illinois: Started replanting beans today hope to finish this week still have spraying to do, then hay. Guys are just starting wheat harvest haven’t heard about yields yet. Corn looks terrible beans are just now coming up. But we have a crop to nurse and hope for. My heart goes out to those that have lost their crops from the resent floods or droughts depending on which side of the belt you’re on. Good luck and God Bless!

  • 6/24 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: After receiving 30 inches of rain since March 1, we finally got a welcome three tenths on Friday. I would put corn planting at 100 percent complete and beans at 90 percent complete. The corn looks good from the road but if you walk the fields you will see the stands are nothing to write home about. I am not complaining about any of my crops or how they look because I feel EXTREMELY FORTUNATE just to have mine in the ground. Wheat harvest began here on Saturday but I haven't heard of any yields. The county has very few wheat acres even with the huge spike in prices we witnessed this past spring. We could use an inch of rain here as the corn is starting to curl in the late afternoon sun. The beans are just starting to poke through. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the folks dealing with the severe flooding and the folks dealing with the severe drought.

  • 6/23 - Bates County, West Central Missouri: Finished??...Haven't even started yet.  Planters loaded & ready but rain forecast again tonight. Around 2X rain since April 1st.

  • 6/23 - Webster County, North Central Iowa: Flooded field.

This is an Iowa cornfield. The water is almost gone but still to wet to do any planting. Picture taken almost two weeks ago and still water in the fields

- North Central Iowa

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  • 6/23 - Montgomery County, Missouri: Everyone mudding crop in now. it's not how wet it is, it's how soft it is. If you can get a crossed it you plant it!  Everyone has this unspoken fear that now it will quit raining and bake us hard and dry like it did last year. 

  • 6/23 - LaGrange, Missouri: Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor Darrell Smith spent the end of last week along the Mississippi River in Missouri and Illinois, documenting the flood-related events.

The photos show an elevator employee checking an elevator in LaGrange, MO, by boat. Although the elevator is surrounded by water, he told me it had sustained no damage yet, because it was protected by sandbag/plastic barriers, as of June 20.

-- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor

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  • 6/23 - Madison County, North Alabama: It is looking pretty good this year. A lot of cotton ground in Corn and Beans. Seen some pretty corn  that should do around 200/acre (irrigated and not). Ears are on! That is the good news! Bad news is that my farm is in So.Ky and my corn (75 acres) went in late and it ain't much more than Knee High. I have a 4 house Broiler operation and My LP costs have gone from $.699 in 2001 (Start-up) to my new contract for this year is $1.889/gl. I use about 30,000 gallons /yr (my costs just went up $14,000/yr). The check for growing Broilers went up last year a little but the costs went up 12%. I reckon that at 64 yrs old, I will have to stay down here (In Huntsville) just working Hi-Tech to keep the farm going.

A farm family near West Quincy, Mo. walks across a railroad trestle, to check one of their fields. The levee around that field has held, so far.

-- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor

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  • 6/20 - Wells County, Northeastern Indiana: Most all planting and replanting complete. Some beans look great but most fields are thin and would be replanted if it wasn't the end of June. We spotted in places that were totally gone. We replanted 50% of our corn on Memorial day weekend. Good stand but just short.  We are lucky.

  • 6/20 - Audrain/Boone counties, Central Missouri: Lots of replanting going on around here. Some have planted 3 times. Talked to several that haven't planted a single bean yet, they are still trying to get a corn crop established. Conventional corn looks OK but the no-till corn is a real mess, poor stands and poor color. We had .3 in. of rain yesterday evening and I'm hearing of rain ranging from .1 to 1.7 in., just what we didn't need. The wheat is nearing harvest and scab is a real problem. The quality is going to be terrible and the fields are extremely wet. Hopefully we can get a break this coming week and start to wind up this planting season.
  • 6/20 - Henry County, West Central Missouri: So much for the turn in the weather.  Big rain this evening and calling for more the next 2 days. Tomorrow is the last day for full insurance coverage and we have most of the beans still to go. Planting here was still another day off, but now we start the wait all over again. The wheat had white, blank heads coming, but if what's good sprouts in the head, maybe it doesn't matter anyway.
  • 6/20 - Wallace County, West Central Kansas: We are extremely dry. Seems that every evening we are threatened (promised) some moisture, but then it doesn't happen. No significant rain since April. Some of the wheat in our area is absolutely gone. Mine is hanging on by some kind of miracle, but won't be an exceptional crop by any measure. I also have sunflowers planted since 5/25 with some having not germinated yet. The pastures have not greened up yet. I haven't had to mow my yard all spring. It is more than just a serious dry spell here.
  • 6/20 - Carroll County, Central Maryland: In kind of  a dry cool pattern hear. Plenty of soil moisture. Barely harvest starting. Wheat will be close on its heels. Some second cutting Alfalfa coming off as we speak. Most first cutting of other hay finishing up as well. News and pics from the Midwest make us realize how fortunate we really are. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the ones affected.

  • 6/20 - Butler County, Iowa: 14 inches of rain in 13 days. Best opportunity to find tile lines in the field, or not. Much nitrogen being sidedressed. Is this the first time or trying to play catch up? We are going to have to replant about 10% acres due to drown outs of both corn and beans. Should be able to do this by the weekend.
  • 6/20 - Hardin County, West Central Ohio: Wet late spring, not much planted until Memorial Day weekend. Crops nearly all planted now, but do not look very good, many acres had to be replanted, because of drown out and bad, bad phytopthora. I just finished replanting 60% of my soybeans. But seeing pictures of flood area I know things could be worse. 95% of corn in my area is less than knee high.

  • 6/19- Lee County, Iowa: Lost 300 acre of Corn and Beans. Tractors runs pumps for the city. Worst than 1993 on the Mississippi/Des Moines Rivers.
  • 6/19 - Lowcountry of South Carolina: We are very dry. The heat of recent weeks has only compounded the problem. There are reports of cotton being burned up when it cracked the ground causing a total loss. Most people say their corn is already burned up as the heat and dry weather caught it in the tassel phase. Wish we could take some of that water off their hands in the mid-wests.

  • 6/18 - Kalamazoo County, Southwest Michigan: Everything looks good this year. We need a good year after last years drought that gave us 50-60 bushel dryland corn.
  • 6/18 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: We finished side-dressing corn last evening. I am almost ashamed to even say anything as our stands are (for the most part) excellent. The corn we finished up in was calf high, (on a short calf) very even stand and weed control was 95%+. We have a few out breaks of giant rag and velvet leaf in the darker soils. Now it's on to spraying no-till soybeans. We've dodge most of the bullets our southern neighbors have gotten hit with. Father's Day we took a tour of the damage in Johnson and Morgan Counties in Indiana. Windshield survey would put losses at 50-100%. We don't have any problems here compared to those poor folks.
  • 6/18 - South of Hopkinsville, Kentucky: Last week Farm Jouranl Editor Charlene Finck was travleing through Kentucky, where she snapped these photos..

In Kentucky, the wheat combines were rolling and double-crop beans are going in.

-- Charlene Finck, Farm Journal Editor

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  • 6/17 - South Central, Iowa: We finally have some dry weather in the area! Initial planting, replanting, and spraying are in going to be full speed ahead starting today! We only have to replant about 75 acres of beans and that is all for us. We seemed to have made out pretty well overall with all of this rain. Our corn is starting to shade together...we have to get it sprayed today or we will be too late. A few lower spots on the corn is starting to pull out of the water logged slumber it has been in...and I would say we only lost about an acre or so to standing water in the field. So we feel very fortunate through all of this. Droughts kill us worse than flooding. We don't have real flood prone ground. We can use an inch of rain a week through the summer...but it is usually the opposite for us...come June and July we just bake and that hurts us in most years.

  • 6/17 - Stockton Kansas: Damaged wheat.

This is what most of the wheat in the NW half of Rooks County Kansas looks like after hail. I'm a crop adjuster and this is all I have seen for 2 weeks. The fields are mostly zero with no cuttable heads, but some fields are appraising up to 0.2 B/A.

-- Stockton, Kansas

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  • 6/16 - East Central Minnesota: Had the chance to drive from Nebraska, through western Iowa up up to just west of the Twin Cities.  For the most part the crops looked very good, except smaller than normal.  I know further east is wet, but I saw a great deal of marginal cropland (i.e. Old CRP or pasture that was just broke up) that looked very good as well.  Good luck to everyone in Iowa and Illinois.  Next year I'm sure will be a bumper crop for you all.
  • 6/16 - Henry County, West Central Missouri: We had another three inches or so here in the past 24 hours, no serious flooding, thankfully, but almost no crops planted yet in my neighborhood, and few in the county.  As of 6/16 I have had my planter out for a short half day on May 21, and about three hours on June 2, planting about 140 of my intended 725 acres of corn.  All was dumped on immediately after planting, and will probably be replanted to beans if possible.  Bean planting will stretch well into July around here.  could be worse - an organic cropping neighbor had about 5 end-dump loads of chicken litter stockpiled about 100 yards from the nearest house about two months and 15" of rain ago.  Still there.
  • 6/15 - Greene County Illinois: What a spring it has been, but I will not complain!  After seeing all the news and photos from the devastation of other areas, not having any beans planted is a minor problem.  The crops in Greene are any where from looking good to mediocre.  The rain keeps coming.  I did finish with corn the end of May.  Hope it is dry enough to plant beans Monday.  The soil loss has been high in some areas, but we have been fortunate enough to miss some of the hard fast rains.  Two weeks ago Sunday, some areas got 5 inches in 2 hours or less.  I have worked more wet ground than I can ever remember.  One of our friends at church is planning to open up some ground that they wanted to no-till, but the ground refuses to dry.  The fuel driver said that every farm he delivers fuel to has made a log chain a part of the rig.  Have heard some horror stories of getting stuck in mud.  My prayers are with the people along areas that are flooding.  Some areas may see higher water than they saw in 1993, and that was devastating.  Stay safe out there!

  • 6/15 - Southeast Iowa Louisa/Des Moines Counties: The newspaper said today 2 million acres of soybeans and 1.3 million acres of corn have been lost due to flooding in Iowa so far. Please keep all the farmers in these situations across the Midwest in your prayers.

Here are a few pictures of the devastation of the Iowa River around Oakville, IA, levees breached and left 35,000 Acres (a conservative estimation) of bottom ground under water. 

-- Southeast Iowa Louisa/Des Moines Counties

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  • 6/15 - Roseau County, Northwest Minnesota, along Canadian Border: It is Fathers Day and we have had 2 days this year above 70 degrees. Wheat looks OK but corn and beans are a just a few inches tall. Corn is going to go thru the roof this week - $8 plus.
  • 6/15 - Northwest Missouri, Missouri River flooding, near Brownville, Nebraska: Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor Darrell Smith traveled from Champaign Illinois to Topeka Kansas over the weekend. He said: Illinois, along I-72, and Missouri, along U.S. 36, looked the worst, with many fields still not planted. All the crops that were planted were far behind normal development. Most fields between Topeka and Shenandoah appear to be planted, but they are behind schedule, also.

    Although fields all along our route were wet, we saw no actual flooding until we crossed the Missouri River on 136 at Brownville, Neb.

    -- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor

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  • 6/15 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We missed all of the rain and severe weather that was predicted for the past week. Five miles down the road, some of our neighbors did experience heavy rain and hail on Sunday afternoon and early evening. Corn continues to go in at a furious pace and some have just begun planting beans. The small amount of wheat acres that were sown last fall look to be ready for harvest in the next seven to ten days. Our wheat is two weeks behind this year due to the extremely wet and cool spring. Many things are happening here all at once with planting, spraying, side-dressing, and wheat harvest all on the priority list. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to everyone who has experienced the many hardships this spring has brought.

  • 6/15 - Blanchardville, Wisconsin: Flooding in the northern Midwest.  

This is usually very productive land. 8 inches of rain this past week.

-- Michael Berg, Blanchardville, Wisconsin

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  • 6/14 - Winnebago County, North Central Iowa: In the past two weeks since the 28th of May we have received exactly 11 inches of rain plus 5 tornadoes in the county. Most farmers as well as ourselves have from 5-10% of crop ground still under water and the rivers still over banks. Corn ranges from 6-9 inches tall and beans 1-3inches. Noticing this afternoon that yellow areas around wet spots are showing up. Yesterday a satellite imagery service reported that the biomass coloring of Iowa actually decreased from the previous week verifying the standing water and wet spots actually in general made the crop stagnate growth. A farmer friend traveled to Ames on Wed. and he said he would rate the crops as one third good -one third average -and one third poor to non existent. Our county topped Iowa with 185.2 bu/ acre of corn and was 7th in beans at 54 in 2007. Our low spots provide the power to get top yields and they are drowned out. In the early 1990's we averaged 138 bu/acre on corn and dropped to 109 in 1993 with test weights down to 45lbs.  In 37 years of farming, North Iowa has lost more bushels to wetness as compared to drought. 

  • 6/13 - Jefferson County, Iowa: We are in the southeast corner of our state, thankfully far away from any major rivers and the flooding; however, wet is still wet, and we have yet to plant a bean seed. We still have 200 acres of corn to decide what to do with. Still, having just spent a weekend in Sioux City and traveled I-80 from one end of the state to the other, I know that we are better off than some, if not most. Our fields are saturated, but they are not underwater. We may lose some crops to moisture, but so far, not entire fields. We still have things to be thankful for in our corner of the state.  

  • 6/13 - Crawford County, Illinois: Northern part of county received 8-9" of rain the night of Friday, 6/6. Woke up to raging creeks and rivers, water going over roads and bridges it never had before. All of the creeks drain into the Wabash or the Embarass (Ambraw) Rivers. By noon Sunday, the Embarass River had overflowed the levee in the southwestern part of the county, resulting in numerous levee breaks and thousands of acres under water. The beans I had planted in the bottom on Friday morning are now under 12' of water. The Wabash levees held, but flooding was still a problem on the eastern side of the county. The majority of the corn in the county had to be replanted after large rains and cold weather in May. Now most of the beans in the low-lying areas or those planted within a day or two of the rain will have to be replanted. Bean planting was just getting underway, so there are probably more acres to be planted than replanted. Received another 3" on 6/10 and are forecast for 1-3" this Friday, 6/13. I've never planted beans in July before, but I probably will this year.
Pictures are of the Embarass River overflowing the levee at the upper end of the drainage district.

When the bottom got full and the river was still flowing in.  Barricades put up on one road weren't of much use by Monday morning

-- Rhonda Musgrave of Oblong, IL

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  • 6/13 - Johnson County, around Iowa City, Iowa: Follow the link to see photos from the Daily Iowan. The photos were taken by Lindsey Walters of the Daily Iowan. Click here to see the photos.
  • 6/13 - Carlisle, Iowa: Top Producer Editor Greg Vincent was traveling in Iowa this week and took this photo of corn planted in saturated soil due to the high amounts of rain in the area. To read more about what he saw, visit his blog Top Line - A 2,200 Acre Corn Lake.

    This isn't flood damage, just highly saturated soil. Flooding occurred within three quarters of a mile from there, but this is just typical of the topography for Central and North Central Iowa. The fields are flat with very black soil and they hold water forever.

    -- Greg Vincent, Top Producer Editor

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  • 6/13 - Wenona, Illinois: Good-looking corn.

We finished planting corn on May 20, partly because of rain delays and partly because I was installing new technology on our planter. Also, I planted about 1 mph slower than in the past, to minimize singulation and spacing errors, based on information from my Precision Planting 20/20 SeedSense monitor. I would have preferred to have finished by May 1, but I’m really happy with our stand, considering everything we went through. I think we still have the potential for a very good corn crop, depending how the rest of the season goes. We finished planting soybeans today.

--Greg Ruestman, Wenona, Ill.

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  • 6/12 - Stearns County, Minnesota: Crops look quite good here in Minnesota. We have plump full soil moisture and it is supposed to warm up, especially in the 8-14 day outlook. A lot better crops out there than what USDA is giving credit for.
  • 6/12 - Central Iowa: Wide-spread floods.

Photos were taken on Tuesday, during a plane ride from Cedar Falls to Jefferson, Iowa.

-- Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Editor/Publisher

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  • 6/12 - West Central Minnesota: It is very wet and most of the lakes are still frozen over. Zero corn in the ground here with rain falling and expected to continue for a couple more days. Most corn will not go in until July.

  • 6/12 - West Central Oklahoma: Wheat here making from  0-30 bu. per acre. Most of it hail damaged or wind damaged. Ground covered with grain.  Wind so high yesterday I could here grain blowing across the top of the cab of the combine all day.

  • 6/12 - Miami County, Ohio: We had close to 5 inches of rain in the early morning of June 3rd.  It goes without saying that water cannot get away quick enough with that much rain in less than 6 hours. So the water backed up and came over the banks of the ditch that runs through our farm.
When the water receded, it left a limited number of viable corn and soybean plants. But, it also left an abundance of trash that is residue from corn stalks and soybean stubble from the previous year’s crop.

And behold…, a new found crop!!!

-- Bill and Shauna Wilkins of Troy, Ohio


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  • 6/12 - Hopkinsville, Kentucky: Corn planting was delayed due to wet, cold weather but is now about knee to waist high and looks great except for a few wet places. Wheat harvest should begin any day, a few full season beans are in but most will be no-tilled after wheat. Lots of hay being baled, this year has been better than last as we did not have another late, hard freeze. Haven’t had to replant any corn. Noticed some corn beginning to twist today on the hills, we will need rain soon. Weather has been hot and windy. Lots of double-crop beans died on the vine last year, hoping for better this year, but will do the best we can with what comes and be grateful.

  • 6/12 - Walworth County, Southeast Wisconsin: Out of 1400 acres of corn and beans about 100 we cannot plant. Then there are the wet spots in fields-probably about another 50 acres. We had to destroy 100 acres out of 200 acres of wheat from winter kill. Over 200 acres of hay. None cut as of yet and getting very rank and down. Normally almost done with first cutting. 150 acres of vegetables for fresh market. Always try to plant every 5-7 days. Sweet corn, green beans etc.-been mudding them in. Several acres of drowned pumpkins so far. We have had worse areas in all things other years but not all at once! Heavy thunderstorms predicted tomorrow afternoon and evening. And on top of that the petunias are dying.
  • 6/12 - More Flooding in Iowa: Top Producer Editor Greg Vincent was traveling in Iowa on June 11 and snapped a few photos of the flooding occurring around Des Moines. To read more about what he saw, visit his blog Top Line - Iowa: The Next Great Lake.

This the mile-long bridge at Saylorville Lake about 20 miles north of downtown Des Moines. The level tonight is 890.21 feet and record flood stage is 892.3 set in 1993. The flood gates are wide open now, and this is where the water came from that flooded Des Moines today. The level is expected to top out on Sunday around 891 feet above sea level. The water in this picture is less than 10 feet from the bottom of the bridge. The bottom photo is a common site in Iowa. (Photos taken June 11)

-- Greg Vincent, Top Producer Editor


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  • 6/12 - Northumberland County, Pennsylvania: Planted corn in beautiful conditions in early April only to have it emerge nicely then sit and not grow during 3 weeks of cold wet weather that created a slug haven. Most slug damage we’ve ever seen out here, especially in fields that were cover cropped. The later planted corn looks excellent. Starting to side dress tomorrow. I want to complain about $400 / ton 30% N but $7 plus corn takes that pain away. Good luck to everyone. 

  • 6/12 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We caught our first break this planting season. We missed the severe weather and heavy rain that was forecast for us on Sunday night and Monday and ended up with a light shower. Planters started rolling here in earnest on Tuesday as we try and make up a large amount of lost time. I could not believe the amount of anhydrous people were putting on yesterday. I would have thought with it being the 10th of June putting on anhydrous would have been the last item on anyone's plate. It leads me to believe it must not be as late here as I thought it was. The weatherman is calling for severe weather and heavy rain again on Friday and this could very well be our last chance to put in corn. I keep thinking things are bad here but I realize how fortunate I have been. It won't be a great crop, but at least I may still have one. My heart and prayers go out to the folks in the western and southern plains. I know you folks could use some rain and I wish we could mail you some of ours. The folks in Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana my prayers go out to you as well. I see the horrific sites on television every night and see people that have lost everything. My trials here compare nothing to yours. The only bright side to this whole mess is prices continue to climb but if you do not have a crop to market it sure breaks your heart and spirit. GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND LET'S KEEP PRAYING FOR ONE ANOTHER! 

  • 6/12 - West Central Minnesota: Crops are looking good.

Fields may be too wet in other parts of the Corn Belt, but in west central Minnesota, the corn crop is looking good to crop consultants Scott Thaden (left) and Jared Anez of Anez Consulting out of Willmar, MN. This field south of Alexandria MN is about 10 days behind normal, but showing good growth. “All we need now is the heat,” says Jared.

-- Jeanne Bernick, Farm Journal & Top Producer Crops & Issues Editor


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6/11 - Johnson County, Indiana: Gully erosion.

Gully erosion near the Blue River. Pictures taken on 6/11/08.

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  • 6/11 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: Looking at a lot of the Corn Belt and south we have been blessed.  I know we're not to harvest yet and there a lot of water to go over the dam, (No pun intended.) But we don't look too bad.  We've either sprayed, side dressed or scouted most of our corn and soybeans in the past three days and we are pleased. Soybeans that were planted the first week of May have struggled but are still coming. Yes we have spots of corn and soybeans that didn't come due to cold wet May.  Yes we have weeds coming on but we have an acceptable stands with very little replant to do.  All our replant will or has been in soybeans.  Corn stands with few exceptions are excellent.  Soybean stands are acceptable to very good.  While planting and spraying some no-till soybean fields that were corn last year we stirred up some European Corn bore moths. This will be a year we shouldn't neglect scouting fields. The warm temps the past 8-10 days have really helped.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those that have been less fortunate this season then we have.

  • 6/11 - Little Falls, Minnesota: Crops look pretty decent considering the cool, wet weather.  We are behind about 10-14 days with GDD but usually catch up in July and August. Got a funny feeling we will need this rain come July 15th so no complaints here. Would be nice to at least see average temperatures, however. Corn is about 4-5 leaf and soybeans about 2-3 inches tall at most. Forage choppers were going like crazy yesterday trying to get the first crop alfalfa harvested before the rains hit today.

  • 6/11 - Autauga County (Tri-County Area), Central Alabama: Thoughts and Prayers to everyone enduring all of this "biblical flooding" as of late.  Maybe God is telling those to grow rice and catfish...!? Just hope that everyone is safe and alive...with everything that was lost, will be able to be replaced. Just remember this...out of every "negative," there will be a "positive" change. So hang in there, don't give up hope, and cease any opportunity that comes your way! Well, our weather has been pretty dry this past month...and I'm almost afraid to ask for some rain, considering what the Corn Belt has been experiencing. As of last week, all of the wheat has been harvested. And wondering if round 2 will go in next or go back with old reliable...king cotton. Corn looks fair, with some heat stress and yellowing due to the lack of H2O. Cotton was planted about 2 weeks ago and is looking pretty decent so far. If La Nina continues into this year, we are going to have more of the same...wet up north and dry down south, with a hurricane or two in the mix. It's gonna be one heck of a roller coaster ride!  God Bless to all!
  • 6/11 - Cimarron County, Oklahoma Panhandle: Extreme drought. Winds of 35-65 MPH every day, yes everyday. Seeing armyworm is what corn is in good shape, already treating Banks grass mites (spider mites) seeing grass hoppers to come.  Thrips are even doing damage. Corn is literally blowing away and some trying to replant. If winds persist it won’t make either! Sky rocketing input costs, especially irrigation. No rains. Some in over a year!  Dryland wheat is a joke and irrigated turned in 1 week due to 100+ temps and 50+ mph winds. Corn that is usually 5 weeks from tassel stage is either emerging or at best 4-5 collar stage. Winds won’t quit! No rains in site. Most of the cattle are gone from here. What is left will be shipped in 2 weeks. No grass, no feed, no rains, no wheat crop, no dryland milo crop and irrigated corn looks really bleak. Tying not to be pessimistic, but not seeing any good in any of this. It covers western Kansas Texas panhandle, New Mexico and Colorado. A large area, as I have been saying for months. And still NO RAIN or sprinkles, I’d take a snow storm!  Pipe some your excess flooding down to us!

  • 6/11 - Northeast Kansas: Time to start over after last nights freak hail storm. After some of our neighbors to the north got wiped out by tornadoes last Thursday night, it was our turn this time. A big green cloud came down out of the north last night and it was loaded with hail. It tore up a strip about 8 miles wide by 10 or 12 miles long. The corn was looking pretty good with most of it 12 to 24 inches tall. Many fields today are beat down to stubs about 4 to 6 inches tall. I think it will come out of it though, but we are already a month behind and this will set it back even further. The beans are another story. A tremendous amount of beans were planted last week and were just pushing through the ground and the hail storm sheared them off and left rows of little green toothpicks about an inch tall. We are making plans to replant as I type. There is rain in the forecast however and we got 2.5 inches with the hail, so we are probably looking at replanting in a week or so, which is 30 days behind due to the wet spring and now the hail. We were within 30 acres of mud holes from being done with beans the first time. Now, it's time to start over. This year has sure been fun! 

  • 6/11 - Northeast Missouri: Rains every three days, only got two and a half inches this time. Wife wanted to know if there was anything to do tomorrow. I told her we were all to meet in the shop in A.M., it was time to start building an ARK. Just as well laugh, we can't work. Maybe next week. 

  • 6/10 - Warren County, Mississippi: Wheat under water.

Doug Jeter needs a boat to visit his 150 acres of wheat near the Yazoo River. He holds a wheat head that grew on one of the higher spots in his flooded wheat field in Warren County on April 8, 2008. 

(Photo by Linda Breazeale/Mississippi State University Ag Communications)

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  • 6/10 - Central Texas Blacklands: Finished wheat last week, yields were really good and better than expected - averaged 61 bu/ac. Leaf rust was not as bad as in years past and we received timely rains. We feel fortunate so far, this is one of those rare years with excellent price and excellent yields. Now corn and milo on the other hand may be a different story. Both seem to be holding up well but with all the heat and lack of moisture I don't know how much more they can take. For the past 10 days temperatures have been in the mid to upper 90's with wind a constant 30 mph even at night! Missed a good rain yesterday - the forecast does not look encouraging. My heart goes out to the farmers in the Midwest - good luck and God bless.

  • 6/10 - Sullivan County, Southwest Indiana (on the banks of the Wabash): About 3/4 planted around here, some for the 3rd time. 7 more inches of rain on the 6th and 7th, 10 inches 5 miles north of here. Never seen anything like this, Terre Haute IN, flooded unlike anything we have ever seen. All that water coming our way and we're already FULL to the gills. (levee will probably break tonight at Hutsonville IL) Will be too late to replant corn when and if it ever dries up, barely still hoping to get the rest of the beans planted. I know this all sounds like doom and gloom, but I've been through a lot in the last 30 years and I've just got to laugh. Dad used to say "I've seen it go on like this for days and days, and then get worse!", Always cheered me up. Best of luck to all you guys, and be safe when you get back in the fields.

  • 6/10 - Smithville, Missouri:

Plenty of rain has caused flooded fields in Northwest Missouri. This area is about 5 miles down river from a dam, but there is nowhere for the water to go. We had 2 inches in one hour the other day
-- Greg Vincent, Top Producer Editor

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  • 6/10 - Clinton County, Missouri: Crops look good most of corn in this area is planted few done with beans. Had 1 inch last week and 1 inch last night. I hope for the best to all other locations that are experiencing wet weather and flooding.
  • 6/10 - Hamilton County, Indiana: We have just had another round of storms that dumped another tremendous amount of rain on us again, as everyone knows we are experiencing flash flooding, but well tiled fields are doing well giving the circumstances, with a 1,000 acres of nitrogen yet to be put on and the corn is approaching the one foot mark its not looking to promising yet. We have had ponding in low areas but as a total for the county we have been fortunate compared to southern Indiana. Hope all is well and good luck the rest of you.

  • 6/10 - Franklin County, Pennsylvania: After a month of cool wet weather, boy does sweltering  heat make corn grow. All my corn looks  good. But the bold color just isn't there yet. Hoping all that pricey esn nitrogen will fix that. Stuck all my beans in 2 weeks ago, 3 day fast emergence with beautiful stands, some years when I start out with stands like this I don't get a  good crop, hope that's not case this year.

  • 6/10 - Central Ontario, Canada: Enjoy reading the crop comments, but feel sorry for all the challenges farmers are facing in the corn belt. Corn planted 8 days ago at 3 leaf stage with the heat here this past week. Some areas hit with 4 inches rain last week also, some ponding, but very little replanting. Soybeans at first trifoliate, ready for glyposate application. Winter wheat fully headed out, with some fungicide applications being done. Bible says rejoice in all trials, but that's hard for a farmer, when we get one chance a year for planting a good crop.

  • 6/10 - Des Moines County, Southeast Iowa: Feel lucky that we have not had the huge rains, but it just rains every third day. Never farmed any dry ground but stands look good. If you farm wet it better stay wet and it has. Still a fair amount of beans to go in and have heard of some corn still to plant. Corn on corn looks yellow and beginning to look tough. Some seed corn to be planted, that ought to give them an excuse to raise prices. My thoughts are with Parkersburg Iowa seen the pictures and can't imagine that much destruction, makes our problems seem small. Luck to All. 

  • 6/10 - Johnson County, Indiana: Well, it appears our planting season could be over. We got a 5" rain with tornados on 6/3 and now an 8-11" rain on 6/7 with major flash flooding. Forecast is for another 1-3" tonight. Approximately 50% of the beans are yet to be planted in the county and corn that was replanted before the 6/3 rain will likely not get up. Prevented planting and failed acreage will be a norm for this year. 14 bridges/county culverts are out with many others damaged. City and county offices had up to 7' of water flowing in them and city lost 13 police cars that floated off.
  • 6/9 - Kearny County Southwest Kansas: Sorry to here about all the rain and flooding in the corn belt. Out here in the part of western Kansas that I farm in it is bone dry. Since August 4 of last year we've only had 2.5" of rain. Pastures are as brown as if it were winter and cracks in the ground are big enough to put your hands and arms down in them. The wheat that we got up last fall has hung on for the most part. Thousands of acres were abandoned out here. I'm guessing 10 to 20 bushel wheat for the most part on what we have left. We had a storm go through last Thursday afternoon. We received 0.25" of rain and it hailed out 320 acres of our wheat and got 900 acres of the neighbors wheat, as well as 450 acres of their irrigated corn. I couldn't believe that we received so little rain and so much hail. We were going to plant some Milo but it is too dry. I'm getting tired farming for insurance. So will wait and summerfallow it and hope we start getting some rain here for next years wheat crop. There were storms firing up last night all around us but we only received sprinkles. It is really frustrating watching everywhere else get rain and it goes around us. I'm starting to wonder what I did wrong to deserve such punishment. We know that we normally don't get much rain out here, but we are drying right now than we were in the 30's looking back at records for here. Well I wish everybody good health and a  good year!

  • 6/9 - Around Champaign, Illinois: This water resulted from 5.5” that fell last week in about 24 hours. Farmers won’t be able to get into these fields for some time. And there is a threat of more rain on the way.

Here are a few more photos of the floods that have swamped farmland in central Illinois. This standing water was the result of many inches of rain the state has seen since last week.

-- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor


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  • 6/9 - Craig County, Northeast Oklahoma: Wheat is a week away from ready, it looks real good. I still have milo to plant that was supposed to be corn. I haven’t planted a bean yet. It’s raining right now...I think we received 4 in last night and more is falling. Last year I started planting beans in the mud on July 12. I’ve always said I can work around rain...I’m questioning my theory.

  • 6/9 - Henry County, Northwest Ohio: Most crops looking good so far late planted but catching up with all the heat lately. Some rain would actually help here, sidedressing going full bore. Our prayers are with all you suffering these terrible floods.
  • 6/9 - Central Iowa, Story County: We have had only 15 inches of rain since the 1st of May. I'm concerned about the geese. If it stops raining and the ponds in the fields dry out, where are they going to go?
  • 6/9 - Winnebago County, North Central Iowa: Things are not good here and it gets worse as you go south and east. Drove south 120 miles, east 60 miles and back north to the Minnesota border. Water everywhere, Roads and bridges closed on major State and U.S. highways. Acres and Acres of crop under water or washed out. I've seen localized flooding before, but never over such a wide area. I think at this point there is no way to put an accurate estimate on crop damage, but let’s just say trendline is out of the question now.

  • 6/9 - South Central, Iowa: We have had a lot of rain but not nearly as much as some of the counties around us.  We were actually able to spray some roundup yesterday before this next round of rain came blasting into the area.  The corn looks pretty good still...we have corn that ranges from about knee high to 8" tall.  Early beans are not as good and I would say all of those need to be replanted..about half of our beans.  The other half are up and going along just fine.  Everything needs to be sprayed really bad.  The weeds are getting totally out of control.  It could be worse...we could be in that group that has nothing in the ground at all!  Good luck to everyone with all of this is probably one of those times that our hilly, sandy ground is a blessing for us.  We can handle an inch of rain every few days and still be long as the sun comes out in between the rain!

  • 6/9 - Washington County, Wisconsin: Six inches of rain in 24 hours. Thats a little more than we needed. We were on the dry side a few days ago but we didn't need that much help at once. Things were looking fairly promising before the rains. It started out to be a late wet spring but May was dry and almost every acre got planted and the crops were looking fairly decent.  Now the hills eroded and the valleys are full of topsoil. Goes to show that you have no control over Mother Nature.

  • 6/9 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: Rain and severe weather continue to have control over this area.  We had two rounds of wicked thunderstorms roll through the area in the past week with more on tap for the upcoming week.  We managed to get almost a full day of corn planting in before heavy rain, tornadoes, and flash flooding chased out of the fields on Friday afternoon.  I can only hope we get a decent stand and we don't have to replant.  I heard a report of some folks getting seven plus inches of rain in Clay County on Friday.  I keep thinking I am not the worst off after hearing rainfall totals in the "teens" for the month of June just north of Jacksonville, Illinois.  The weatherman is calling for severe weather on Monday, Thursday, and Friday along with more heavy rain.  I am glad I did not get all of my anhydrous knifed in the first part of May.  I am just hoping I can get into those fields that have anhydrous applied so I don't lose it.  I am also hoping to get my corn acres in for insurance purposes as well.  I asked my FS representative if I could keep the anhydrous I am not going to use this year and save it for next.  He just laughed and asked if I had somewhere to store it.  I hear the going rate is $800 per ton.  Maybe a third of the corn is planted here and the stands are nothing to brag about.  I haven't heard of a bean put in anywhere.  We will try to keep the faith and hope for a break somewhere.  Our window is closing rapidly.  My total rainfall since March 1 is just shy of 30 inches.  I haven't talked to anyone who can ever remember a spring like this.  I am starting to understand what southeast Iowa went through in the spring of 1993. 

  • 6/8 - Southwest Ohio: Another week with not much done. We are all thinking about those under water or burning up. 30% of our fields don't have good stands, probably enough to replant but its getting late and more rain predicted. Lots don't have good color but I am impressed how many farmers got N on early. Weeds could be a real problem. Hard to tell where the crop is in some fields. Lots of beans to be planted or replanted here, top taken off the yield and probably most crops with excess water.  Record wet year here but not like Indiana and Illinois. Wheat has hung in there better than I thought with very little fungicide on. We just couldn't get it all done. These 90 degree days should polish it off in fine fashion. Some hay put up and being baled but a tough year for forage, too.  Farm markets a real challenge getting planted and harvested. Fuel price putting a dent in budgets followed by fertilizer price. Land rent or ownership already did. Been a rough year for all in the industry, every person feels years like these.

  • 6/8 - Putnam County, West Central Indiana: We have had 3 flooding events in the past 9 days. 8.7 inches of rain here. more in surrounding areas. I70 and I65 closed from flooding and water damage yesterday. We have bottom ground corn that has been under water 3 times now. Upland crops overall look good except for many drown out spots. Bean planting about 3/4 done. Will be some replant of corn and beans if we are able in next 2-3 weeks. Just an overall very tough year so far in crops but my heart goes out to those who lost or were driven from their homes in the floodwaters. Good luck to all.

  • 6/8 - Douglas County, East Central Illinois: Rain, rain go away come back another day...Corn and soybean up and least what is not under water. Finished planting corn on the first of May, around 6-7 inches tall, finished planting soybeans on the 30th of May all are up but may to replant some fields. We have had way to much moisture..5.5 inches on 6/3 another 6.3 inches on 6/6 for a grand total of 11.8 inches in one week!!! Calling for more rain Monday 6/9 if it does I'm getting a boat!!!!

  • 6/8 - Woodbury County, Northwest Iowa: Rivers have been running bank full from all the rain. Last night we had heavy rain again, and now the rivers are going to spill over their banks into planted crops. Chances of heavy rain again forecast through Thursday of the coming week. Because of wet ground, very little post spraying has been done and weeds are thriving in fields. Alfalfa fields are still standing and getting tall enough that storms are really twisting alfalfa fields. Still some beans yet to be planted and has been quite a bit of replanting of corn from severe crusting and erosion washing out corn. Flat Missouri bottom from north of Omaha to Sioux City, Iowa is resembling swamp ground with water standing in thousands of acres of fields for many days. Crops are all behind what anyone would consider normal.... 

  • 6/7 - Central, Maryland: Planted beans today in near perfect conditions. Corn planted 8 days ago is already 3 leaves. We have gone from one extreme to another. Cold and wet to hot and dry. Moisture is still plentiful. May have to replant some corn where water laid in the field. All hay is fantastic. Excellent haying weather. There is lots of money to be made this year in our area!
  • 6/7 - Vernon County, Missouri: Planting delays everywhere in the region. Some corn in early & looks fair. Lot of erosion from storms this spring. Hail and wind damage in storms on 6/2 & 6/5. Very few beans planted and the acres planted may have to be replanted. Almost 2X the normal moisture since April 1. Numerous floods in April & May. Not a good spring but always hopeful as a farmer.

  • 6/7 - Southern Champaign County, Illinois: Golf courses closed to flooding. Just had about  2 inches of rain last night with more on the way. The 4 to 6 inches we had last week was just starting to get the ponds down to a manageable level. My corn and beans planted the first time, but will probably lose 10% to 20% to water damage. Some low lying fields in this area could lose 60% or more, and we probably need two weeks of dry weather before we could try to replant, which will be to late for corn. I know this is a challenging year for many of us, but I have taken what the good Lord has given us weather wise since I started farming in 1969 and everything will work out. Good luck to everyone, and may God bless you. 

  • 6/6 - Pembina Valley, Southern Manitoba, Canada: All crop is in, corn is at 3-4 leaf stage and stressed from cool weather. Soys are just past cotyledon stage and emergence looks good. Wheat is 4-6 leaf stage. Cool weather persists, we are at about 50% of normal growing degree days. We had our first decent rainfall (1.2 inches) since the start of seeding.

  • 6/6 - Central Minnesota: Crop conditions are pretty good though getting as little wet and crops are behind about 2 weeks from normal. Need some sunshine and warm temperatures or we will have wet corn and green beans when she freezes this fall. Dairy farmers can't get any hay cut. However, rain DOES make grain in these parts. At least the drought is over...for good I believe.

  • 6/6 - Adams County, South Central Nebraska: Things are very good here. Abundant moisture. Keeps the irrigation and big oil companies away.

  • 6/6 - Union County, Central Pennsylvania: We have had a very wet and cold spring. First corn planting was late, but came up well. Later corn and soybean planting hit a period of wet (8 days of rain and temps in the 30's every morning) We needed to replant some of that corn, but the beans for the most part come through. We spotted a few spots of beans.  Beans and corn planted May 26 -29 are up and have and excellent stand. Replanted corn on June 2 and is just now coming through. Had about 1.5 of rain this week-which was welcome since we did not have anything for about 10 days and a lot of wind. It would appear that we are off to a good start, but late. Some of the best corn I have ever harvested has been planted in early June-so much for early planting, it all depends on weather from here on. In this area we are always about 2 weeks from a major drought. We depend on livestock for our major income, but this year the manure was a real cost saving for our crop needs.

  • 6/6 - Putnam County, Illinois: While most of you are being drenched with rain, we had one-half inch last week and are missing all the rains. They skirt by to our north or south, but when they near us, they dissipate. There are still a lot of beans to plant in our area. Corn is ok, but not like previous years. Too many cold, dreary days. Illinois River is rising because of heavy rains north and east of us. Bottom ground will soon be under water again.

  • 6/6 - Giles County, Tennessee: First of all I want to say to those of you that are wet/flooded. I have scouted my crops in knee boots numerous times and a couple by boat. You will live through this! As for my crops: This spring has been so different than last year. Last year you could do anything you wanted anywhere you wanted on the first of April. It was so dry seed could not germ. This year it was to wet to plant April 1 -14th. Then it dried up and warmed up. Then it got really wet and cold. Then it turned to summer. The subtotal = corn cond. excellent, V-6 + , 32200 Av. stand, excellent uniformity/singulation, 32B10 Pioneer 19" rows. We used the polyencapsulated urea ESN pre-plant. It was available to us and by not running over so much of our corn post-emerge/sidedress we calculated a $60 savings per acre. Only way we had to keep our N. budget in line in ,08.  Early beans 3.4-4.5 were planted about a week later than norm. They emerged right into that really wet and cold. We treated them with Cruiser, one of my luckier decisions. They have since exploded and are at R-4. Stands are a little light at 105-115K we think due to the lower cold germ of our seed. We have had vole problems in one field. It is now under control but weed escapes and lost yield will affect that farm. Deer have browsed heavily on another farm. We applied our deer damage measures, but some delay and yield loss will affect that farm. Overall I would say our full season beans are a week behind average, and in very good shape. This delay might actually be good because Aug.1 to Aug. 20 are usually hot and dry here. We don't have any cotton planted in 08. We are waiting for our wheat to mature. It appears to be very good 60-90 bu???? It was also delayed by the cool wet spell which means delayed wheat beans. Hope the weather improves for those who need it!!!! 

  • 6/6 - O'Brien County Iowa: The crops here are looking good so far with every thing up and growing.  Even the new alfalfa is looking real nice, now if it would just turn dry enough to cut the alfalfa to put up, usually the first cutting is all done by the 27 of May but it might work out yet as it is not blooming yet. Talked to the agronomist today and dap is $1180/ton booked know and will be higher this fall no price on N yet.

  • 6/6 - Darke County, West Central Ohio: Well we got ours last night and this morning, 5.25” of rain on already saturated soils. Had just got done replanting, from earlier problem areas, from the cool wet conditions from May 1-7 planting, and now completely submerged with creeks and ditches already to full to take this added water. Even the tiled ground will be affected due to not being able to get away. With 90 degree temperatures for the next several days, we will see large losses of corn and bean acres, due to scalding. Worst year I have ever seen, with the amount of acres effected across the country, in my 34 years farming.

  • 6/6 - Hanson County, South Dakota: Have 12.5 inches of rain in 2 days. Roads, fields, ditches, full of water. Stock cows have calves missing, no doubt in the water, that was 8 feet deep in draws. James River is flooded after bottoms were just planted, now gone. Will have to replant or forget corn fields, and beans will have poor stands also. Certainly looks like a disaster in this area of South Dakota. More rains expected in the next few days...hopefully tornadoes do not form  tonight yet.

  • 6/6 - Falls County, Central Texas: HRW Wheat harvest about 80% complete, Yields ranging from 40 Bu./acre to 70 Bu./acre Prices at Elevator from 7.50 to 7.80/ Bu. All things considered a pretty good crop and price. Corn is now filling the ears and we are in need of more rain, but none in the forecast. 

  • 6/6 - Castro County, Texas Panhandle: Please send some of that rain our way. 95+ degrees,  45+ winds, $13 natural gas for Irrigation, no rain = disaster for our corn crop of something doesn't change. Corn and cotton planting 99% done here. Just waiting for a calm day to spray corn for weeds. Irrigation starting in full swing,  if weather continues like this, our irrigation will not be able to keep up and acres will be abandoned. The only wheat around here is irrigated and it is starting to dry down fast. Good luck to all and pray for rain in this part of the country.
  • 6/6 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: We had some rain each day the last week anywhere from a .10 to 2inches per day just west had a lot more with lots of washing we got buy with washing until today water running all over and some damage with more on the way. We have all the corn and beans in and up look good so far.

  • 6/6 - El Paso, Woodford County, Illinois: 5.00 Inches since 5-30-08, Beans to Plant for the First Time, Hay to Cut for the First Time.  Getting Nervous about all of the above. But what you going to do? 

  • 6/6 - Lancaster County, Nebraska: 2.1 inches of rain last night and more forcast for today and tonight. Hail and strong winds in the area last night and a tornado or tornadic winds in a town North of me lots of damage to trees and buildings there.  Side hills are seeping all over the place and lowland wet spots have killed out crops. Still beans to be planted, say 10% and a field of corn here and there maybe 1% left to do. Early  corn looks real good but not a lot of early planted corn around. We need drying and heat, I'm sure that will come in July and rain will be gone, seems to be the pattern the last couple of years. No hay put up yet. Winter wheat looks good.

  • 6/6 - St. Mary's County, Maryland: Finished corn and 50% of soybeans. We have had 20 inches of rain in the last 22 days, so much for the drought. Corn and soybeans are under water.

  • 6/5 - West Central Illinois: 8.5 inches of rain since last Fri. Most corn finished, but was mudded in. Beans 1/2 finished in area, with a lot of replanting expected. Still too wet to even think about field work with rain in forecast. Kind of frustrating. This area usually ahead of the curve. Hard too get excited about anything.

  • 6/5 - Montague County, North Central Texas: Finished harvesting a field of HRW yesterday. Wheat looked real good from the cab of the combine but only yielded 13.5 bushels/acre. Neighbor came buy and said his wheat was in the same shape, and insurance adjuster had appraised one of his fields a 3.6 bu/acre. Guy at the elevator told me that farmers 20 miles to southeast of me were making 30 bu/acre. Storms predicted for tonight here so got to get back to work. Good luck and be safe out there. 

  • 6/5 - Randolph County, East Central Indiana: Just finished planting beans on the 30. Got 4.15 inches rain last night. About 20% of crop under water.
  • 6/5 - Bent County, Southeastern Colorado: SE Colorado is very dry. Drove to Denver last Saturday and outside of a couple local areas, the range grass is still as brown as winter. Cow herds are starting to be culled for lack of pasture. Some dryland wheat fields look like they could make 10 bu, some less. The southern Colorado mountains had good snowfall so the irrigation water supply looks adequate in the Arkansas River Valley but w/o rain fall, of which there has been virtually 0 so far this spring, it will be hard to keep crops growing. The wind has been blowing hard, like 30, 40 and 50 MPH many days -- never saw it blow so hard so many days so late in the spring. Days have been in high '90's but the nights are still in the 50`'s. Good Cantaloupe weather anyway.

  • 6/5 - Miami County, North Central Indiana: Things got off in a big way in late April. Then around May 10 the skies opened up and the bottom fell out of the thermometer. It was over ten days later before planters rolled again. Anything planted just before the early May rains was hurting. Lots of corn has been replanted. Some just spots, some whole fields. The same for beans planted just before the early May rains. Some really good crops, some really bad crops, average overall. 

  • 6/5 - Appanoose County, Iowa: We have only had about three good days to plant. One of our neighbors used those days to knife in anhydrous and still doesn’t have any corn in yet. Not many beans are planted and we just got two inches of rain yesterday.

  • 6/5 - Vermilion County, Illinois: 6+ inches of rain since Friday……….May 31st.  Bottom fields under some water. NO beans planted. Corn in May 2 and Oats in May3. Looks like a SHORT CROP in the Corn/ Bean Belt. 6 dollar Corn may look cheap!

  • 6/4 - Groom, Carson County, Texas: Here in the Texas Panhandle it has been 100 plus degrees for three days. The corn is looking good as long as we can keep the irrigation water on it, will soon only be watering the half of the circles that the corn is on just to keep up. The cotton is finally growing well with the heat after a cool early May but it is getting dry. Also just got 800 acres of wheat appraised at .1 bushels per acre, it has only got 4-5 inches of rain since we've planted it, for that matter we have only got about 5-6 inches of rain since last June. The rest of the wheat is cuttable, we expect 10-15 bushels out of it. There have been reports from south of Dallas to Lubbock of guys thinking they had 20 bushel wheat, going in with the combines, and only yielding 3 bushels per acre. There is a lot of frost damaged heads in those fields. All we need now is to get some of that Midwest excess rain, we'll take what you send us.
  • 6/4 - South Central Indiana: Just finished planting beans on Tuesday morning. Just in time before the storms dumped an 1.75'. We finished corn replant on Saturday. We went across 500 acres and replanted close to half. We were lucky enough to put our wheat hay up on Memorial day weekend. Good luck to all.

  • 6/4 - Southwest Michigan: We grow potatoes. The crop is planted and everything looks very good at this point. The high commodity prices are putting pressure on local land rents. Open market potato prices are moving up, contracted acreage is sold at input prices based on 6 months ago. Contracted growers are feeling margin pressure in our industry with the rising fuel and fertilizer prices. Neighboring seed corn, commercial corn and beans are about a wk behind normal with the cooler temps. These crops were planted on time with April and May being dryer than normal. Stand looks very good. On a side note, does anyone know if there’s a web location or service that post the national average price of rye?

  • 6/4 - Nez Perce County, Idaho: The Palouse: Finally started raining and a few people have had some erosion. Spring crops look good, most need to be sprayed for weeds though. The fall wheat was much thinner then the last five years as most noted when we sprayed this spring. More acres of fall wheat will not make for much more of a soft white wheat crop then last year by population counts. The spring grains could really change that though. Peas, lentils, and Garbonzos are all looking great. Just hope the rain keeps coming and everyone can make a little money this year. 

  • 6/4 - Marshall, Oklahoma: Completed harvesting first field of HRW wheat last evening. 130 acres of Jagger averaged 57.4 bushels per acre, test weight between 62.5 to 64 #’s and moisture from 11.3 to 13.9.

  • 6/4 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: Everything was planted around here (about 99.5%), except for a few slower farmers that have a few beans to plant yet. Crops are out of the ground, and looking ok. Didn't have many replants. With recent rains, area is very wet. Haven't gotten to spray any crops yet, and doesn't look like we will for about another 5-7days with rain in the forecast. Weeds are starting to stunt some of the corn, and extremely thick. Guys that used chemical down are really happy they did now. Started the Agrometer around April 18, which was the first planted corn in the area. The Agrometer says we are already 75 GDU's behind average already.  Overall I'm happy with the way the crop looks. Was down to central Iowa last Friday, and feel sorry for some of those farmers. Drove buy some feilds that were totally under water, and they have had more rain since. If I had to guess I'd say they lost anywhere between 5-10% of the crop ground in a lot of areas due to ponding & flooding. Heck, even had some roads shut down with water flowing over them. Will say the stuff above water did look ok, and everthing seemed to be planted in central Iowa. After seeing that I'm glad we have enough slope in the fields up here that we hardly ever have to deal with ponding. If the rain would shut off and give us some warm dry weather to spray crops and get them growing our area we could have a great year for crop poduction. Sorry to those who farm in the areas not having weather that cooperates with farming this year. Hope things turn around & you can at least get a crop in to get your insurance. 

  • 6/4 - Decatur County, Indiana: I think I may have sent in a post a little early for the crop update.  The crops did look great, but last night our area was pummeled with massive down pouring of rain associated with a few unofficial tornados.  The daylight and the ending of the rain will unveil the extent of damage in the area.
  • 6/4 - Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: Everything is seeded around here. After 15 years of wet weather, we seeded thru every drainage ditch and pothole. The water level in our well is down about 12  ft. from the ground level. Other springs it has been only about 18 inches from the surface. We seeded into real good moisture (no till) and the crop is coming very nicely. BUT we would welcome an inch of rain.

  • 6/4 - Le Sueur County, South Central Minnesota: All of the crops are in this area seem to be doing good and are in the ground. It is very wet now but if we can get some dry days here it will help. Need warm temps though to keep the crop coming. Hope that the other areas get all of the crops in soon. Keep the rain coming this summer but it can stop for a while now. 

  • 6/4 - North Central Missouri: Can't plant beans again today. Another "pop up" shower. We've only planted a few acres of beans. Barely got the corn "mudded" in. Just as a field gets almost dry, we get more rain. The hired hands took off for the job fair. They are tired of building fence!

  • 6/4 - DeKalb County, Northeast Indiana: Finished up with Beans on 5/24 and most guys in the area are finished or on the last leg. Lots of spraying going on along with guys getting caught up on making hay. Considering the cool wet conditions we had early on the corn in the area looks very good. Most appears to have a very good stand and now that we are getting some sun things are really starting to green up. Tough spring over most of the Midwest we feel pretty good about where we are at. Good luck to everyone.

  • 6/3 - Central Illinois: Wet fields.

Here’s a shot I took last week showing geese enjoying a puddle in an unplanted field in Central Illinois.

-- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor


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  • 6/3 - Story County, Iowa: An inch a day keeps the drought away. Well, it really isn't that bad, it just seems so. We had about 9 in. of rain in May and 2 in. so far in June. About 3 per cent of the crops are gone.

  • 6/3 - North Central (Triangle area) Montana: Most of the winter wheat is just starting to flag. Some had to be reseeded and went into spring wheat. 4 inches rain came slow and steady so all we need now is some heat units. A few fields had worms so there are a few holes, but overall it is looking pretty good.

  • 6/3 - Decatur County, Indiana: The corn that was planted early (beginning of May) looks the best that I have ever seen corn in our area.  Anhydrous has been put on 80% of the corn.  The 20% remaining is of clay/red soil that always has trouble with early planting.  The wheat crop look great down here now, but that can always change with one brisk storm.  The future looks truly promising in our area, sorry to all the other areas. 

  • 6/3 - Southern Piedmont, North Carolina: The crops look excellent at this time, hay is turning out wonderfully, corn and early beans are a perfect stand over the entire county and I doubt seriously anything had to be replanted. The wheat crop looks to be excellent, could possibly be the best ever or at least as good, will start cutting next week. We have no abundance of moisture, so hoping the Lord continues  sending the rain.

  • 6/3 - Saline County, Southeastern Illinois: Planted 95% of corn acres by May 24, will replant 50% of those acres when we can get back into our fields. Still have yet to place the first Soybean. Rain every other day has been very discouraging. Some replanting will be for the second time! Have found that earthworms forced to the top of the soil structure like water softened corn seed! What's next? Good luck and stay safe, God Bless. 

  • 6/3 - Huron County, Ontario Canada: All crops in around here except for a few soy beans and all edible beans. Corn is all up but a bit stressed cause of cooler weather but is improving. Early beans just starting to emerge. Can't complain all lot better than the reports have being hearing on this post. Hope thinks improve.

  • 6/3 - East Central Missouri: Little if any planted from Columbia, Mo east to the Mississippi river. I think on the Il. side south it's a disaster too. I'd love to say something good about my crop but I haven't been able to plant anything nor have any of my neighbors. Field after field of green weeds with standing water. What little early burn down and fall applications were done, have failed. Got 3 inches in one hour Friday night. To add to misery our basement flooded. Carpet, furniture and appliances ruined. Dad who's 81 said he never saw it rain so hard! Rain set to move in this week again. Wheat is dying on flat fields from standing water. Next week will be our last week for corn. I've held off on N and atrazine so soybeans will be planted even if it takes until July 15th!!!!! 

  • 6/2 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Another weekend of varied rain totals. Some as little as a half inch, others 1-2”. We planted some corn Memorial weekend that will probably have a decent stand with the exception of a few low areas. So we have 10% of our crop out of the ground. We still have 20% to replant and 70% to plant the first time. With most of our NH3 on we would like to still go with corn. If it goes another week (which with rain in the forecast nearly every day of the next 7 it would seem a given) we may consider going to milo on some of that. If it goes beyond the middle of the month, guys will probably go with all beans. I would say 50% of the corn has been planted, but most will need replanting. No beans in the ground that I know of. The worst year of planting even the oldest of old timers can recall. The little wheat around looks very good.

  • 6/2 - Mcleod County, Minnesota: We've had great emergence and things look good, although the crop is a good two weeks behind. Isn't there a soul in the Corn Belt who can say his crops look great????

  • 6/1 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: Thank you Mr. Weatherman for blowing another forcast for the second consecutive weekend.  Our weatherman in St. Louis predicted a quick hit of severe weather on Friday night. The quick hit turned into three hours of high winds, heavy rain, and a small amount of hail for some. We added on 3.25 to 5.25 inches of rain for the week bringing the total at my house to just shy of 27 inches since March 1. I am going to say I am fortunate compared to my friends in Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Macoupin, and Bond County who received quite a bit more rain than I did.  It is officially the wettest start to any year since the National Weather Service started collecting data. It does get better. We have rain predicted the next seven days for our area with severe weather on tap for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. I am starting to come to the realization that I may not put a crop in for the first time in my farming career which spans over forty years. The insurance adjusters were back in the area again this week as many of us have quite a few questions. The one adjuster had been given the impression we were exaggerating about our plight in this area. He couldn't believe how bad it really is. He said this is the worst corn crop he has seen after touring Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. I may not need that LP this fall if we get any substantial rain this week. As I said last week, 145 at best for trendline yields this year in the cornbelt. 

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