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June Crop Comments

Jul 01, 2009

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


  • 6/30 - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: So far the growing season has featured a very dry early spring followed by an above normal rainfall and cool temps since May. Earliest planted corn nearing 8 feet. Some 2nd cut alfalfa made but with showers every couple days making dry hay is a problem. Barley harvest is in full swing with double crop beans going in. Overall things looking good ,but its a long way till it is in the bin!
     
  • 6/30 - Burt County. Nebraska: Crops look good, corn uneven when you walk though it.  Saw a field of beans being planted today, at least I thought it was beans. Could not imagine it to be corn.  Actually at this late date, better to go with PP option.
     
  • 6/30 - Webster County, Iowa:Corn field in Webster County, Iowa, on June 30, 2009. Corn is growing like crazy and looks great!

    -- Webster County, Iowa

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  • 6/30 - Central Redwood County, Minnesota: Crops are looking good right now, but we are about 4-5 inches of water below average for the year, with June being about 1.5 inches below average, in other words we are living rainfall to rainfall and with no rain in the forecast, and the 6-10 day below average we could be hitting mid July (pollination time) very dry. I would say at least 50% of Mn. is in this situation.
     
  • 6/30 - Lebanon, Pennsylvania: Barley harvest is underway and as expected is suffering from low test weights. I am sure this will vary depending on stands that were treated for disease, varietal resistance and weather factors.  Reported test weights range from a low of 31 up to 41 locally in the Lebanon area. 

    The major concern right now is scab.  Extension Specialists to our south are reporting high levels of scab and in my plots I am finding the same incidence however highly variable.  In some plots the average head samples revealed about an 8-15% level of infection in fields that received a late application of fungicide while some plots were as high as 40% infection that did not receive a fungicide application.  Yield losses as high as 60% may occur in severely affected fields.  Some reports from the south also validate the use of fungicides with a 70% suppression rate of head scab in plots.  I also can find limited scab infection in my test plots that were fungicide treated late.  Many growers had the products to protect however due to excessive rains could not get the treatments on and thus scab infection occurred and are visible now. 

    -- Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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  • 6/29 - Northeast North Dakota Ramsey County: Frustrating year so far.  Extremely wet last fall, has not let up.  Over 40% PP acres and had over 4" of rain over the weekend.  Cannot get from east to west in the township with driving thru water.  The crops that got seeded looked good before this last rain time will tell.  Still have a little 08 corn to harvest!

  • 6/29 - Northwest Ohio, Fulton County: Just returned from 2 week vacation to Yellowstone in Wyoming then to glacier in Montana. Left 6/12 returned 6/27 drove out route 90 on the way out route 2 all the way back through Mich. 5,030 miles. I thought all crops on that route were behind. A few fields were great looking. In my own corn & soybean farming operation I feel very blessed with Our crop's progress. I hope we have an extended growing season it's my opinion there's A lot of acres That need it.

 

  • 6/29 - Shelby County, Iowa:Seen planter running in a field of corn with bad green snap, they tore it up and started over. Thank God it was a small patch.

  • 6/26 - Central Pennsylvania: Some corn over 5 feet tall.  Most corn will be knee high by or before the 4th of July.  Finished 1st cutting alfalfa a couple weeks ago.  Half of it was brought in before blossom, then it rained for awhile, and the other half was old.  Started second cutting alfalfa this week.
     
  • 6/26 - West Central Kansas: Wheat ripening and sunflowers planted two weeks ago. Almost 100 degrees everyday. So far, so good.

    Goog, Bad, and Ugly crop in South Texas
    Goog, Bad, and Ugly crop in South Texas

    -- West Central Kansas

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  • 6/25 - Stearns County, Minnesota: Timely rains and warm weather have helped corn and soybeans really grow.  Corn is knee-high to almost waist-high over the hills.  Soybeans should be canopied by the weekend as it is already canopied over the hills.  Herbicide worked great this year considering it was dry early on.  Excellent roots this year!  The early dry weather helped grow roots.

  • 6/24 - Southern Illinois/Southeast Missouri: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Wheat harvest was well underway throughout this region. Charlie Hinkebein was using floater tires to get his out near Chaffee, Missouri. Seep water was coming up from underneath, but the wheat was dry as a bone. (more of Pam's report below).



     
  • 6/24 - Giles County, Tennessee: Getting kinda toasty here, wish you Yanks could send us some of that cooler, wetter weather! We have been fortunate here with only minor spring weather difficulties. Corn ready to tassel with some stress showing. Thousands of acres just east of us almost over to Chattanooga in big trouble, they are going on 6 weeks without rain. Cotton is very late,but as usual enjoying the heat. s Most soybeans are a little later than normal but are growing fast.The early beans are really growing! Wheat will not make milling grade around here. Yields from 20 to 100 Bu. Marginal test weights from Head Scab and vomitoxin.


     
  • 6/24 - Middlesex County, Northeast Massachusetts: It has rained for 19 out of 24 days in June. Temperatures are averaging 15 degrees below normal. The forecast for the next week finally shows it warming up but a threat of rain almost every day continues. Almost no haying in June.  Those fields that were able to be baled in May are ready for second cutting. Those that did not start in May will not bale any first cutting until July. Vegetables are behind schedule. Local greenhouses are still full of spring bedding plants.

  • 6/24 - Shelby County, Iowa: Corn looked excellent until yesterday afternoon June 23, green snap. 

  • 6/24 - Lee County, Iowa (Near Keokuk): Rain Saturday and Sunday, then good on Monday and half of Tuesday. Before more storms, we were mudding beans in before high winds came and more rain wheat going down. Sprayer ran Tuesday leaving 6in tracks in beans that were planted. We have had near 29inches of rain since Jan. 1. Tonight’s rain will end planting of beans for this year.

  • 6/24 - Eastern Wood County, Ohio: We received 3 in. on Friday, June 19. One and a half of that came in 15 minutes started to cultivate the late corn to loosen the heavy clay soils 4 days latter crops are showing the adverse effects of too much water.
     
  • 6/24 - Northwest Iowa: Cornfield on June 23, 2009. Corn is about 50 inches tall and it isn't even the 4th of July yet.

    Goog, Bad, and Ugly crop in South Texas

    -- Northwest Iowa

    (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.)


  • 6/23 - Berrien County, Michigan: 180 to 200 acres of corn drowned out. have been rained out since 6-9-09 ! Probably be July 1st before we can get back in the fields if it does not rain any more and the sun shines every day. STILL HAVE 1200 ACRES OF BEANS TO PLANT. With the markets going down they probably don't need our crops. 
     
  • 6/23 - Southern Illinois/Southeast Missouri: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: A road trip through southern Illinois and southeast Missouri over the weekend found a large diversity of crop. I saw the first corn tasseling in the Illinois Bottoms near Prairie du Rocher. Still, nearby were fields yet to be planted.

    Wheat harvest was well underway throughout this region. Charlie Hinkebein was using floater tires to get his out near Chaffee, Missouri. Seep water was coming up from underneath, but the wheat was dry as a bone. Test weight was a little lighter than what he would have liked. Farmers in this area were also complaining about the long lines at the terminals--not so much because of people dumping, but because of the number of tests being run on the wheat for vomotoxin. How to double crop wheat into such wet fields was weighing on farmer's minds.

    Corn that was planted early in Southeast Missouri was close to tassel, but there would also be corn an inch tall in the field next to it.
    Goog, Bad, and Ugly crop in South Texas
    Goog, Bad, and Ugly crop in South Texas

    -- Southern Illinois/Southeast Missouri

    (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.)


     
  • 6/23 - Northwest North Carolina: Corn crop looks outstanding, weather is great with warm temps and timely rains.  If things keep going could be looking at a bumper crop this year.
    Goog, Bad, and Ugly crop in South Texas

    -- Northwest North Carolina

    (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.)


  • 6/22 - Grant County, Wisconsin: Corn crop looks outstanding, weather is great with warm temps and timely rains.  If things keep going could be looking at a bumper crop this year.
    Goog, Bad, and Ugly crop in South Texas
     Goog, Bad, and Ugly crop in South Texas
     Goog, Bad, and Ugly crop in South Texas

    -- Grant County, Wisconsin

    (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.)


  • 6/22 - Northeast Arkansas: Corn starting to tassel, but short due to wet weather. Cotton crop is very late due to wet weather. Soybeans are still in the bag to knee high on the highest ground. Rice is also very late due to wet weather. It’s going to be close to 100 degrees this week, so we will be irrigating all crops by the end of the week...wheat crop average 55 bu./acre.

  • 6/22 – Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana: What a year!!! We finally got our corn and beans planted, and now can't get the nitrogen on. The good black ground is yellow colored because of too much rain and needing anhydrous. Corn in same field range anywhere from 6" to 30". No-till beans needs to be sprayed but way too wet. Like my Grandpa said, one extreme follows another. I look for dry weather the months of July & August. With markets already going down it looks like another breakeven year, hopefully.

  • 6/22 - East Central Illinois: No planting progress with another 5.75" of rain this week. Crop losses are getting bigger everyday. Flood waters followed by a hot sunny day cooking the crops, then more rain. There are a lot of unplanted acres and even more to the south. Corn and bean crops are going to really be tight next year.

  • 6/22 - Van Buren County, Southeast Iowa: We are in the very minority of Iowa that is struggling to get the planting finished.  The acres to be planted shrink every day not because of progress but because of abandonment.  People have either finished planting corn or given up on planting any more corn.  We have yet to START planting soybeans.  Prevented planting is getting to be more the talk for the acres that are left. This is the second year in a row for this kind of weather in our area. 

  • 6/22 Woodford County, Illinois: I am not sure what the grain boards are thinking about with this ‘09 corn crop. I have watched the fall price drop $ .50 a bushel this week. Most corn around this area is 12" or less in height. Between Bloomington and Champaign fields still are ponded, Peoria and West between high winds flattening the tallest corn and hail up to egg size now. Listening to AgDay talk about farmers in North Dakota calling it quits with 25% left to plant and Missouri having to replant from flooding. Where do these "experts" think this corn is coming from? It is great for Iowa and Nebraska to be having a good start and I feel good for them, but can they make up for a whole Eastern Corn Belt? Those people in Chicago better get out of the city for a week and just look around at all the problems that farmers are having this year. I think some of them are going to be caught short when it comes time to bring this crop in next fall. I DVR your program on RFD everyday and also on Saturday to be sure that I don't miss anything. Keep up the great information and weather. And if someone thinks I am kidding about what is going on here in Central Illinois just ask Brad Harding next time he is on.

  • 6/22 - Grant County, Wisconsin: We had 5-6 in. rain on 6-18- 09. Corn is under water, soybeans washed right out. Just rebuilt long water way from 07-08 high water, new seeding in water is all gone, 2ft deep cuts in it again. Oats were 5-6 inches high, it’s gone. Corn on higher ground looks great waist high 6-19-09, tipped a little by high winds. P.S. It’s rain again now.

  • 6/19 - Nueces County, South Texas: The good, bad and the ugly. All in one picture.  The Good: brand new coop grain elevator out in the distance. The grain has big heads. The Bad: not going to fill the elevator, skippy skippy stand. The Ugly: very poor stand, couldn't get the turnrows up. Weeds are growing. Insects have nothing to eat but my crop. Fun year. 10-12 days till harvest. Ya'll be safe and always use your blinker.

    Goog, Bad, and Ugly crop in South Texas

    -- Nueces County, South Texas

    (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.)

     
  • 6/19 - Gage County, Nebraska: Corn looks great, a lot will not get sprayed as it is too tall and ground too wet. Beans need some heat and dry weather. Lots of hail around.  In a couple of weeks we probably will be begging for rain.

     
  • 6/19 - Northwest North Carolina: The rain has finally stopped! We have had approximately 8" in June and had approximately 19" of rain in May. Fortunately, our upland corn is looking pretty good despite the heavy rain. The upland corn is approximately 7ft high, still dark green, with a few yellow spots in low areas.  Bottom land is in poor shape with early planting hanging on, but late plantings are yellow and drowning. Hopefully, the dry hot weather will stay with us and dry the bottoms out!!!
     
  • 6/19 - Jefferson County, Southeast Iowa: Drove to Des Moines Yesterday via Hwy 163. In general the corn looked really good and so did the beans, but the beans look short. A lot of corn is knee to waste high and dark green with a few wet, yellow spots. Got several inches of rain last night which won’t help the wet spots, but feel fortunate we did not get the hail that the county S.W. of us did last week, it was devastating in areas.

     
  • 6/19 - Southwest Minnesota:  Got all crops planted in a timely fashion.  Corn planted April 23rd through the 26th.  But, the corn today is only 1 foot tall or less, we need the heat.  But then yesterday we get all the way up to 73 degrees!!!  Yippeeeee right?  Well, we get 2.5 inches of rain overnight in thunderstorm and drowned out all low areas.  More heavy thunderstorms/hail forecasted for tonight.  What's a guy to do?  Thank God for good crop insurance and a significant amount of hail insurance this year!

  • 6/18 - West Central Missouri: We had over 4 1/2 inches of rain and hurricane strength winds Monday night following a couple of soakers in the days before.  Been fixing water gaps and building fence and cutting up trees that have fallen--many turned up at the roots.  Got watches and warning out again this afternoon and evening.  Corn looks yellow and stunted on the high spots and is dying out in the low spots.  Low spots have been standing in water for 2 weeks.   Fields will be like a road when this rain stops, which I assume it will at some point.  There is still a lot of planting that has not been done in this area--mostly beans--and double cropping looks really doubtful.  We made more money on the prevented planting last year than we did on the late planted beans and promised ourselves we would not plant late again. 

  • 6/17 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Carl Bradley, University of Illinois plant pathologist, describes the wheat scab and soybean seedling diseases he’s seeing. 




     
  • 6/17 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: Another 1.5" of rain Monday followed by 6 tenths early Tuesday. Some corn is 14" tall most is 3 to 12" tall. It should be knee to chest tall at this time. There is a lot of stunted yellow corn around and in the north east corner of Coles there are a lot of unplanted fields. I planted about 20 acres on ground that never dried out. I hooked up the four wheel drive tractor to the planter before the last rain and got it done. Probably won't yield much unless it keeps raining all summer, but beans don't yield any sitting in the bags in the shed. Rain and hail storms and more and more rain yet the bottom falls out of the markets. Too much rain makes little grain. 

  • 6/17 - Western Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: Today will be our last day of seeding, have 160 ac. wheat to put in on land that had fertilizer spread yesterday.  Also started combing last years corn.  Field is still very soft, got stuck 3 times in 5 hrs., so we will wait a few more days.  We will be 80% planted, far more than looked possible just week ago.  I am praying for a warm, late fall.

     
  • 6/17 - Southwest Ontario: Well, its been quite the arduous spring, started out extremely wet late Apr. along with cold, then cool days but dry, managed to plant some beans May 8th, seem to be the best, next planting went in 10 days later, got an inch beater that forced me to work the hard pan up and replant, turned extremely dry after that no rain to speak of since early May. the towers of Moses/ Fermi II nuclear reactor cooling towers at the west end of lake Erie seems to either part the storms south and north or forces them to dissipate. My JD no till drill I've resorted to call it YO-YO this year, in and out of the barn replanting like never ever before. Seed corn went in nicely and fairing rather well, go figure? Wheat looks terrific, hoping enough spring moisture to fill out those heads, so, send some rain this way you wet ones, would be appreciated and I'll give you the dry stuff.
     
     
  • 6/17 - Logan County, Illinois: Last year was the latest I had ever planted, June 9th. Finished planting yesterday in the worst conditions ever June 15th!  I have been farming for 30 years and have never seen so much of the crop planted in mud. Most of the corn is in around here, still a lot of beans to be planted, pouring down rain as I am writing this so it will be another week before anymore will be planted around here!

  • 6/16 - Martin County, Indiana: We started cutting wheat yesterday afternoon yields are good still a little wet but we are cutting anyway. Walk a bunch of fields with crop ins. adjuster too yesterday we have close to 110 acres of corn to replant and 90 acres of soybeans that failed to make a stand. So we will be getting the corn planter back out of the shed replant some maybe depends on how much rain we get today since its raining again here. I’m guessing we will replant the beans when we plant the double crop beans too. That’s probably when it’s going to be dry enough again. 

  • 6/16 - Lancaster County, Nebraska (near Lincoln): From reading the comments we are very fortunate compared to a lot of places. Our corn is waist to shoulder high and dark green with excellent potential. Beans are slow growing do to wet, cloudy and cool conditions last 2 weeks. We were getting very dry but have picked up over 3" in past 2 weeks. Need to get in and spray beans as pig weeds are approaching 3' tall. Hail storms south of us wiped out 70,000 acres with beans needing replanted.  Corn may come out of hit but will be hurt severely.  Many other hail storms throughout the state. Relatives drove through Western Iowa to Des Moines then North to Ames and back, said crops look good from here to Atlantic then North of Des Moines starts some yellowing in the corn and wet spots.

     
  • 6/16 - Chippewa County Wisconsin: Crops look good for the lack of rain two and half inches for the months of May and June. We are still in extreme drought .first crop hay all chopped only half a crop due to lack of rain. Corn and beans look excellent we need a week rain soaker to help sub soil. This part of the state has been dry for 5 years.
     
     
  • 6/16 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: As it is raining we are coming off another week of little to no fieldwork.  I’d put corn planting at around 90% of intended acres.  Of the 90% planted I think as much as 10% probably need replanting (but may not be) and another 20-30% has some moderate impact of thinned stands, water damage and/or hail damage.  It’s not very pretty at all.  Bean planting in St. Clair County is virtually non-existent.  Madison County is further along and I’d say nearly all of the corn has been planted and probably 1/3 of the beans.  Madison County is varied in size due to some heavy rains at planting.  The later plantings of a week or 10 days ago look better and have perfect stands.  Wheat continues to die (not mature) and harvest is probably a week to 10 days away though that will be the last thing on everyone’s minds.  Yields will be decent, but damage and test weight discounts seem to be in order.
     
  • 6/16 - Ramsey County, Northeast North Dakota: Quit planting on Sunday June 14th.  Probably 35% did not get planted.  Planted 1/2 of planned corn, all of planned malt barley, no wheat, all of planned soybeans, and 80% of planned pinto beans.  Most of PP is on last years corn ground, still have a few hundred acres to harvest.  Every thing is last and slow because of the cold. 
     
  • 6/16 - Audrain County, Central Missouri: We got hammered again this morning with rain.  We were about 2 days from getting back into the fields after the last flooding rain.  I think most of the corn got planted here, some 2 or 3 times.  I've got a lot of low areas that are bare and it's getting late for corn. I'm half done with beans and glad I haven't planted more with all the flooding.  What was planted at the right time is up and looking OK except in the low areas.  I just heard I-70 was closed this morning because of flooding east of here, what a mess.  Last year was bad with excessive rain but this year might end up being worse! A lot of wheat is turning, some because it is maturing and some because of disease.  I've seen both good and terrible looking wheat around here.  The local Co-op has already posted its dockage schedule and that usually is not a good thing. Hope it dries up soon or this area will be in serious trouble!


  • 6/15 - Pettis County, Mid-Missouri: We have all of the corn planted now. We are hoping to get 130 acres of beans planted today (the next four days look like more rain). We had to replant 125 acres of corn planted just before Memorial Day. We had 3 inches of cold rain and a cold weather streak near the end of May. The kernels sprouted and the cold killed the sprouts.

    -- Pettis County, Mid-Missouri

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  • 6/15 - Lincoln County, Missouri (just north of St. Louis): 0.42 inches this a.m. another 2 to 3 inches forecast through tomorrow night. Have planted 75% of our intended corn acreage. Will switch to beans. I have 0 beans planted so far. Once in a while we get a day to work it heavy and it rains again. Most fields in this area that have emerged look ugly. Winter wheat is damaged by scab and leaf diseases. I have been farming for over 30 years and have had to deal with this before but it does not seem to get any easier. However it always seems to work out. GOD is in control and prayer changes things!
     
  • 6/15 - Kearny County, Southwest Kansas: Well we had a good looking wheat crop here. Then we've had two big storms go through. The first storm was on Thursday night. We had about 800 acres wiped out. It was some awfully nasty hail. Golf ball and bigger for about 25 minutes with high winds. The state highway department had to clean off the hail, north of Lakin Kansas. I don't think I have a lawnmower that could do that good of job of mowing things. Lots of acres were lost. Corn looks like sticks now. Then on Saturday night we had another storm move a few miles north of the first storm's track. I saw 5 center pivots flipped over and 20 to 30 utility poles snapped off at the ground and blown to the other side of the road. We lost another 480 acres of wheat that is mown flat again. Out of our 2800 acres of wheat, we've had 2000 acres hailed on. The bad part is that we are spread out over a big chunk of our county.  These storms moved east of our county and kept on going. Some areas that received hail will be our third year in a row for hail. Our milo was up or just coming up. We have two more nights that have chances to be nasty storms. I hope we can make it to harvest to at least get some seed wheat. Good luck to everyone else! 
     
  • 6/15 - Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: Still a lot of seeding activity in this area.  Some land is drying up nicely, while some is still much too wet, and will prevent plant.  I started across an 80 yesterday that seemed dry, but the air seeder cart was sinking in a little, when suddenly a duck flew up in front of me.  She had been sitting in the water in a rut left from the tillage operation.  I lifted up the seeder and got the hell out there before I joined the duck in the middle of our field.  We are getting about 900 more acres seeded than it looked like we would last Monday, but it's also June 13.  Many around here have quit at about 50 to 60% seeded, while some of us are making an effort (and gambling) that this late seeded crop will make maturity.  We will know next fall what the 'right' decision was. 

  • 6/15 - Eastern Benson County, North Dakota: Gave up today (was seeding beans). So tired of battling mud!  No more seeding, just too late this far north.  Didn’t get about 600 acres of wheat in.  Zero corn, usually 6-800 acres.  I got 85% in and I am the exception.  Expect area around her in NC ND to be 60% seeded.

     
  • 6/15 - Southeast Livingston County, Illinois: I have 19.5 acres of soybeans to plant yet. Started planting corn on the 12th of May and finished on the 29th of May. First corn looks the worst because it had 3 inches of rain on it the next day. The rest of the corn looks good, but it is little. Soybeans are coming up slow because some of them had over 2 inches of rain. I had one field going to soybeans that was dry enough to plant when I started, but wet when I finished it. Every other field I planted was to wet in places. I tried being patient, but it never got dry. The last 19.5 acres is to wet in spots, but it will be planted tomorrow if it doesn't rain.
     
     
  • 6/15 - Hall County, Nebraska: Friday June 5th a devastating hail storm swept through the state with damage reported east to west & north to south.  In Hall County, hail drifts along with 70 mph winds & rain totals up to 5+ inches have turned what looked like the best corn crop in years to total destruction for many overnight.
     
  • 6/15 - Latah County, Idaho: Fall wheat is heading or headed, regular rotation looks very good. Wheat on wheat looks kinda tough, I am guessing 20% less then wheat following peas, lentils or garbs.  Spring wheat is up and sprayed and looking very good. Some areas of the Palouse got there crop in very late, and that spring wheat is only at two to three leaf stage.

    Peas are everywhere from blooming to fourth node.  Fields are filling in and most spraying is about done. Lentils are big in this area this year and looking pretty good.  Folks are just starting to spray for grasses. Garbonzos are 4 to 6 inches tall and about ready to be sprayed for grasses.  We only had to spray 10% of pea acres for grasses because of the late planting date.

    Lots of red wheat being grown on the Palouse this year. White wheat continues to be less valuable and may go away if buyers don't fix this problem. 
     
  • 6/15 - Lynn County, West Texas: Wheat crop all done.  Irrigated wheat 65 Bushels. Dryland wheat 12 Bushels.  Cotton crop looks good on the irrigated land.  Dryland needs rain now.  Lots of hail around   west Texas Tuesday, but very little rain.

  • 6/12 - Laporte County, Indiana: Finished planting and replanting corn on Monday June 8. As of noon June 11 we had 3.5 inches of rain. Most of what we planted is under water again. Early planted corn looks good to uneven in this area. Almost all planting is done. 

  • 6/11 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: Still cannot get in the fields. Another 8/10" of rain yesterday. Need two or more days in the field to finish but the fields have never dried out. Everything planted has been planted in wet to muddy fields. More rain in the forecast. Last time I planted beans in wheat stubble in the last week of June, frost got them and they were not worth harvesting. It's beginning to look like some acres may not get planted this year. That is a first here. 
     
  • 6/11 - Noble County, Northeast Indiana: Finished beans on 6/8 and corn on 6/9. Most of the crops here are planted now. The fields were mostly all worked and/or planted too wet. There are good-looking fields around, especially on the light soils. But the poor-looking ones seem to be the rule. We have corn from two feet tall to just planted. Now if we can just get the hay made and sidedressing done and keep up with the post spraying.... Let’s hope that we get rain this year in July and August like this area didn't get last year. 
     
  • 6/11 - Northwest Ohio: We started replanting corn & beans on Tuesday this week. The good fields of corn are 80% at best. We started to sidedress where it’s dry enough to go. Our corn is about 6 inches to 12 inches tall. The way the rest of the spring has gone, thought we better start. Looks like half the beans will need replanted. Keep the faith. 

  • 6/10 - Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula: Planted 250 ac. of 500 ac. corn beginning 05-21-2009. Stopped 05/28/2009 for rain. It's been wet since March 25. No beans planted. What  farmers have up have a lot drowned out spots. Lot of replanting. Even on sandy soils. This weather front will not go away. Water everywhere. I am beginning to wonder if we will get the beans planted now. 
     
  • 6/10 - Sunflower County, Mississippi: We finished replanting for the third time on June 2. We received 3 to 4.5 inches on June 3 most likely have to replant some again. All soybeans seem to be stunted and rice is thinnest stand and latest I have ever seen!!!!! 
     
  • 6/10 - Franklin County, Iowa: A little early to start predicting yields, but we have good stand counts on both corn and beans. At this time, I would say about average yields which would be 200 and 65. Some warm weather would help. A lot can change till the fat lady sings. 
     
  • 6/10 - Northwest Kansas: Corn is emerged and in excellent condition. Beans and other spring crops went in well. All crops look good for now and wheat is shaping up to come off above average... 

  • 6/9 - Martin County, Indiana: We finally finished planting corn tonight at 9:30. So glad to be done it wasn't none too dry yet either just about got stuck next to the last round. Now we can concentrate on finishing up the 350 acres of first crop soybeans not counting the double crop beans that will be upon us sooner than we think they will. 
     
  • 6/9 - Grand Forks County, North Dakota: Finished the soybeans Sunday night left some low holes and two small fields to be preventive planted.  Most people have sowed as much as they can, not much of last year's corn got planted.  I am sure glad I didn't have any.  We got 4/10 of rain today so we have enough just turn up the temps and hope for a late, late frost this fall. 
     
  • 6/9 - Rice County, Minnesota: We had 1.6" rain over the weekend. First significant rain in a month. Some corn needs to be resprayed as the broadleaf chemicals failed due to dry weather. Thankful for what we finally got. Tile still not running. 
     
  • 6/9 - Obrien County, Iowa: It has been dry here in the month of May maybe a inch, supposed to be a wet weekend on June 6 & 7, but so fAr have only gotten half inch as of Monday a.m.  But have gotten 3/4 of the corn sprayed -- it's about 6" tall, beans are about 2-4" tall.  Got the first crop of alfalfa up in perfect shape and all sold!  Now for more rain and heat. 
     
  • 6/9 - Benson County, Northeast North Dakota: At least 30% of crop will not be seeded. 40% was planted into mush.  Wells and Benson County are two of the largest pinto bean producing counties in the U.S. and I don't think all of them will get seeded, plus the beans that are seeded are fighting near-freeze levels at night and soggy soil.  Wheat seeded a month ago is 1 1/2 to 2 leaf stage.  Hopefully it will mature by November.  Preventive plant doesn't pay the bills but helps.

  • 6/8 - Central Illinois: Farm Journal’s Pam Smith shows a 24-row planter stirring up dust in Illinois.

     
  • 6/8 - Jefferson County, Iowa: I’ve heard comments recently that called Iowa the “garden spot” this planting season.  That may be true for most of the state, but here in Jefferson County in the southeast corner of the state, we are WET.  We did finish planting corn – May 25, just in time for the next round of rains, but we’ve only had 2-3 days since then where we could get into the fields to start planting beans.  We still have around 800 acres (of around 1000 acres going to beans) yet to plant.  We had more rain over the weekend (see attached photos).  It’s a muddy, muddy mess here.  We could use a little drying weather followed by more dry days to plant.  Lately, it seems to just get dry enough to plant in time for another round of rains.  Still, we’re in better shape than we were a year ago when we still had barely begun planting corn!!
     
  • -- Jefferson County, Iowa

    (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.)


     
  • 6/8 - Brown County, Northeast Kansas: Planting finally finished, some beans needed the planter to run half rate over the top because of crust. Corn looks good, now could use gentle rains.

     
  • 6/8 - Nueces County, South Texas (near Corpus Christi): Still in a drought but things are looking better. Got 2 inches over the last 2 weeks.  Lots of zeroed out grain + cotton. No moisture during planting season.  The little bit of early grain sorghum is heading out and we are going to start spraying for stink bugs and head worms Monday. The feral hogs and white wing doves are eating us up.  We have done every odd job known to man.--- I only have pictures of the good stuff.

    -- Nueces County, South Texas

    (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.)


     
  • 6/8 - Stutsman County, North Dakota: Poor weather, 25 – 30% will never be planted.  Nothing has emerged other than the wheat.  At today’s soccer game many parents had on stocking caps, gloves and coats with blankets wrapped around their bodies.  A few had on snowmobile suits with all other necessary mid-winter type of coverings to stay warm.  Today at 1:30 p.m. the temperature has climbed up to 43* but we feel so good because it is on the positive side of zero.  In Dickinson, N.D. it is currently snowing & actually accumulating.  Nothing is normal here in the Dakotas & from the appearance of our spring all planting money was wasted.  This state will probably not produce anything whatsoever on 30% of its acreage.  Another nothing will be produced on all of the corn planted acreage as it will all freeze off in an immature crop.  Maybe the soybeans can grow in this but the temp. has got to move beyond the freeze threat level & it hasn’t rained here since September of 2008.  I refuse to pick up the phone when neighbor farmers phone because they all are far more negative about this than I am.  Most of our roads are still in distress, underwater, fully washed out & marginally usable.  We’re wondering if we took enough optimism out of the 2008 rally to carry us through this year here in the Northern Plains. 
     
  • 6/8 - Western Iowa: Things are dry in Western Iowa in spots. Rain has been streaky. Northern Shelby County has had 0.5 inches of rain in May! NH3 burn is prevalent when spring applied in no-till fields. Pastures are starting to fade already. Hope the soaker predicted for this weekend gets here! 

  • 6/5 - Eastern Missouri, south of Hannibal: All corn planted here Fri. thru Sun. before Memorial Day has to be re-planted pretty much.   This includes all areas from river bottoms to prairie soils and all in between, including all brands of seed. 
     
  • 6/5 - Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: The 2 to 4 inch rain on Memorial Day really set us back.  Finally go back in the fields on June 2.  Soil conditions are very wet.  Worse than the surface moisture, is the saturated sub soil.  What looks dry on top is like driving over a mattress. The ground will buckle and roll in front of an air seeder cart tire, then the tire will break thru into a clay muck, even though the top is dry.  We are still seeding, but hope of getting the whole farm planted is fading away.   We have about 25% in.  A neighbor quit seeding, with 500 acres of wheat in, out of the 3500 he farms.  A lot of last years unharvested corn is still unharvested.  I have elected to seed the acres that can be planted and not waste time on the corn ground. 
     
  • 6/5 - Secor, Woodford County, Illinois: You know it is bad when farmers start bragging about how much rain they did not get. Peoria got 2-3 inches Tuesday/Wednesday along with one inch hail. Fifteen miles east, we only had 7 tenths! Funny to see farmers mowing roadway ditches with duals on to keep from getting stuck, while fields are still waiting to be planted due to wet areas. Almost all corn in now in while bean plantings are making progress. Now trying to get enough good days together and try to make first hay cutting. 

  • 6/4 - Southwest Missouri: Farm Journal’s Margy Fischer visits the farm of Kip Cullers to learn that after a stop and go planting season and hail storms, he finished the final corn replant on June 1. 
  • 6/4 - Knox County, Illinois: All of corn and beans are in the ground as of last Sunday (May 31st). We have missed heavy rains this week. It is cool and moist but crops are emerging.
     
  • 6/4 - Cumberland County, Pennsylvania: Continual rain has been hard on the Hay makers around here. First cutting hay should be 50% complete and some haven't even got the mowers out of the shed.  Had rain 11 out of last 14 days. Gonna be a long summer at this rate. We all know how it goes though...drought conditions within a month or two. Be safe everyone. 
     
  • 6/4 - Lubbock, Texas: Randy Boman, Texas AgriLife Extension Service cotton agronomist in Lubbock, provides a two-minute crop report for his state. Audio provided by Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
 

  • 6/3 - Putnam, Flagler, and St. Johns Counties, Florida: Potato fields in Putnam, Flagler, and St. Johns counties suffered heavy losses due to flooding. Some fields have received up to 30 inches of rainfall in the last two weeks.

    -- Photos provided by Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

    (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.)


     
  • 6/3 - Lincoln County, Missouri: Idle again. Another .5' of rain last night. 60% on corn, no beans. Some corn will need to be replanted. April planting looks fair to good. Trusting GOD to provide!

     
  • 6/3 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: Finished corn on Sunday evening May 31st. Still driving around small wet areas. This is the latest we've planted corn for many years. We still have about 120 acres of soybeans to go. Most of the corn is up and can be rowed across the field.  Stands are excellent!  Soybeans that have been in the ground for 7-10 days are up a look good also.  It's been a struggle. It is good to have the corn in the ground. We'll see how the rest of the season goes from here.

     
  • 6/3 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: Finally got to my last field of corn and started to plant when up came another down pour with a large amounts of hail and another inch of rain 5-30-09. This was a nice looking corn field about 6 to 8 inches tall planted on April 26th.

    -- Coles County, East Central Illinois

    (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.)

      
     
  • 6/3 - Renville County, Minnesota: Very Dry here.  1" rain month of May.  Damage is visible.

     
  • 6/3 - Winnebago County, Iowa: We are really starting to need a rain.  Usually don't have to wish for rain around here in June. In fact, a lot of years this is monsoon season, when we get those 5 and 6 inch downpours that flood and wash everything out.  We know what its like to be too wet like the fellows out east, but we still need moisture to grow the crop.
     
     
  • 6/3 - Fillmore County, Nebraska: Extremely dry here.  Even the livestock producers are concerned over their pastures.  Total accumulated precipitation for 2009 to date is 4.6".  On average we have had 11" accumulated precip by now.  We did have 0.26" of rain 2 nights ago with some golf ball size hail though.  Looking to start up full fledged irrigation in the next week.
     
  • 6/3 - Montgomery County, Iowa: Crops look very good here in SW Iowa. I don’t remember the corn looking as good as it does at this stage. 
     
  • 6/3 - Northeast Arkansas: Corn replanting been done for a couple a weeks...soybean planting 80 percent with alot of spot planting yet to be done...wheat harvest will start soon...sample yesterday was 17 percent...cotton replanting completed...cotton crop running way behind normal...overall a lot of ugly fields. 
     
  • 6/3 - Southwest Mills County, Iowa: Looked to good to be true. After good planting weather and timely rains, hail hits, not a big area but happens to be my area. Will have to wait to see how much needs replanted. Isn't farming fun?
     
  • 6/3 - Jasper, Northwest Indiana: Wet, yellowing in  spots, going to be a 90% of potential at best year from crappy start we have had, time to replant low spots but with extra rain and forecast my be futile effort. 
     
  • 6/3 - Buchanan County, Iowa: Our corn is doing well with nice green color [5 leaves showing]. Soybeans are came up well and are looking good. We had 4" in April and 2" in May. 

  • 6/2 - Raymond, Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor - Almost knee high. It just depends on how tall you are! This is part of a twin row/corn plant density plot that is being run with ChannelBio seed company and Monosem planter. Kevin farms near Raymond, Illinois.

    -- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

    (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.)



     
  • 6/2 - Between Stacy and Isanti, Minnesota: Very dry, almost no rain for 30 days. Low humidity – 19% to 30%.
     
     
  • 6/2 - Sioux County, Iowa: We could sure trade you the dry windy weather for a rain. Some soybeans are laying dry. We only seem to get a 10th or 2 at a time. Nothing to ever really soak up the ground. Most crops are looking good and crop spraying is taking place when the wind isn’t blowing over 20 mph.
     
  • 6/2 - Red Lake County, Minnesota: Planting progress has been spotty. Tiled ground is in with crop coming nice, none tiled land is way behind.  Look to get back in the fields later this week after a Sunday morning rain. 
     
  • 6/2 - Southern Shelby County, Illinois: Planted corn finally last May 23rd and 24th. Then the rains came again, total last week of over 4 inches some places around here. Corn rotted in the ground, so anything planted late last week has to be redone. Seed corn district manager was just here, says he has heard the same thing all over. Most around here were at 1/2 or more done with corn, most of that will have to be replanted. Very few beans in the ground, and I am sure they are in the same boat if planted late last week. 

  • 6/1 - Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada: Seeding is basically complete. Some later seeded canola will need a rain before it will germinate. Cereal grains, such as barley and wheat are emerging nicely and there is enough subsoil moisture to keep it going for a while.
     

  • 6/1 - Southeast Montana: Finished planting today! Seems like it took forever. Start spraying winter wheat today hopefully. Have to use some fungicide on some of it wet cold spring has brought some spotting, its not the best looking winter wheat crop ever but gotta save what’s there we'll see what it does come harvest i guess. Spring wheat is all up has a good start, now if we can get some timely rains and it doesn't get too awful hot we could be looking at a decent crop.
     
  • 6/1 - Northwest Perkins County, South Dakota & Southwest Adams County, North Dakota: Spring Wheat was planted later in May. This crop should have been in the ground in April. This late planted Spring Wheat will require timely rains, a later Fall frost date and a cooler Summer or the crop will fail.

    Silage Corn and Sunflowers are being planted. Sunflowers are within the average planting time.

    The area could use rain even though the winter produced above average snow. The subsoil profile was replenished but the recent high winds have lessened topsoil moisture.

    Pastures and hay fields look good but they will need rain soon! 
     
  • 6/1 - Peoria County, Illinois: WET WET WET---No planting done since Tuesday.  In my area 50-60% corn planted and very little beans planted. Early corn populations could be stronger.  Weeds are going to become a major problem in working chiseled ground that hasn't been touched this spring. I need a week of dry and windy weather before I can finish my corn planting. 
     

 
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