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September 2008 Crop Comments

Oct 02, 2008

Mixed Bag of Yield Reports

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  • 10/2 - Butler County, Northeast Iowa: Have completed combining soybeans on three farms and seeing a lot of variation, 37 bpa, 44 bpa and 53 bpa although all of the beans looked good and about the same from the road. With the dry August,  it made for small beans on any soils that were lighter. Overall yield is about 10 bu less than expected.

  • 10/2 - Wright County, Iowa: Should finish beans tomorrow. All 2.1's. Yields are better than expected,44 to 55 bpa. Considering the weather 45 overall avg. would have been acceptable. The Good Lord always takes care of us. Be safe out there.

  • 10/2 - South Central Minnesota: Bean harvest starting to pick up here. We have taken several fields. Yields range from high 30s to high 40s, with an average of about 42. Not putting any fertilizer down right now with corn prices sliding daily.  Don't know how much corn I will plant next year. Have some rented ground  to negotiate a price on yet,  might think about letting it go if  prices continue to slide. At my age the risk just doesn't pay.
  • 10/2 - North Iowa: Beans are quite variable here in North Iowa upper thirties to upper fifties. Its about 10-15 percent below 5 yr avg. The beans we sprayed with Quadris were 5-7 bu better. A little corn has been taken out and all I can say its wet wet wet.

  • 10/2 - Southeast Livingston County, Illinois: About half way through combining soybeans, with yields running 45-50 bushels per acre. Had a total of 3 tenths of an inch of rain in August. That came in three rains. Haven't started corn.

  • 10/2 - Sioux County, Iowa: Just got done harvesting an 80 acre field with Vistive and non-Vistive soybeans. The Vistive soybeans went at 61 bushels per acre while the non-Vistive soybeans went for 66 bushels per acre. The total field averaged 65.25 bushels per acre.

  • 10/2 - Roberts County, Northeast South Dakota: DISAPPOINTING YIELDS!!! What looked like 45/50 bu/A turned into mid 20's to 30's.  Hot windy days over Labor Day weekend took its toil.  They just shut down and did not fill the upper pods--lot of small beans or no beans at all.  We need a frost/freeze to get the corn to dry down.

  • 10/1 - North Central South Dakota: Bean harvest just getting underway here.  Fairly disappointing in the early going. Chest-high beans in an area that is happy to get knee-high beans.  Hopes of 50+ are giving way to realities of 25-30.  Lots of bb’s and blanks.  Lots of questions at the coffee table as to what happened.

  • 10/1 - East Central Kansas: Harvesting a corn crop of a lifetime in this area of East central Ks., If we could just get it to give up & dry down. Corn harvest usually nearly done by this date is probably less than half done this year. A few earlier maturity beans being cut.  Yields are good, but beans are small. A lot of later planted & DC beans need more frost free days to finish.

  • 9/30 - Dickey County, Southeast North Dakota: We combined 550 acres over the weekend.  First 300 acres, right at 40 bpa.  We were pretty happy with that yield, it is some higher ground that tends to dry out.  Next 150 acres only made 30 bpa, the fields are only 1 ½ miles apart. Next 100 acres ran 45 bpa.  Overall, we are pretty satisfied so far.  Typically if we get over 40 we are happy and if we get under 40 we are disappointed.

  • 9/30 - Huntington County, Northern Indiana: We have combined about 200 acres of beans and 1-33 acres made 50 bpa.  Rest are doing 35 +/-.  Amazing we could do this well with no rain last half of July and all of August.  Hope for a safe harvest.

  • 9/30 - Cottonwood County, Southwest Minnesota: Finished combining soybeans on Monday, yields ran in a wide range.  One farm averaged 44, another ran 34 and another ran 48.  Quite disappointing considering how they looked in the field... very small bean size.
  • 9/30 - Lyon County, Iowa: I just did (Sept. 27) 10.2 acres of corn on corn, 102 day, planted May 1. Moisture was 26%. Yield adjusted to 15% moisture was 185.19 bpa. Early beans yielding 35-45 bpa.

  • 9/30 - Poweshiek County, Central Iowa: We combined about a third of our soybeans last week. 2.1's to 2.5's running from 55 to 63bu\acre. I have heard other beans at the 40 bu. level. Very little corn harvested in our area yet. Just started finding black layer the last few days. We were fortunate this year. We had more rain than we needed and lost some nitrogen, but we missed most of the real heavy rains and the erosion and ponding you can find not too many miles away. The 1.5in of rain last night will slow progress for a few days. Put a "downpayment" on some dry fertilizer this morning. Double what we paid a year ago. Seed corn for next year starts at over $300\bag. Whew! Takes my breath away. Have a safe harvest!

  • 9/30 - Northern Indiana: Harvested 300 acres of beans with yields from the teens to the low 40s with a average of 35. Corn so far 120 to 160...not the 160 to 200 we are used to. Isolated rains up here made for a variable crop mile to mile. Be safe.

  • 9/30 - Marshall County, Kansas: About half the beans still look like this.

    Marshall County, Kansas

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  • 9/29 - Far Western Kentucky: After severe drought in '07 the crops this year won't be much better. Corn crop will average about 90 bu./ac. Early soybeans are around 20. Doesn't look like the double-cropped beans will do much better. Thinking about taking a trip to see what a productive soybean field looks like at harvest. Haven't seen one in nearly 3 yrs. Any suggestions as to where to go?
  • 9/29 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: It was a beautiful week with temperatures in the low to mid 80's and NO RAIN.  A few of the early varieties of beans are turning quickly and should be ready in about ten days.  I saw one person picking corn so far but I did not hear what the moisture or yield was.  We are still looking at two more weeks before corn harvest gets into full swing here.  If we could have three more weeks like this past one, we could save an arm and a leg on LP.  We are setting up for a cool down this week with a cold front making its way through the area on Monday night.  Many farmers are going to put in quite a few acres of wheat this fall and I am having trouble understanding their logic.  The wheat price is low, fertilizer costs are through the roof, and to stop the combine with a harvest this late is absurd.  It is just my opinion.  I still contemplating 100 percent beans next year.  I am hoping harvest will be done by the beginning of December.  If we get any fall tillage done around here, it will be like winning the lottery.

  • 9/29 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: We got started with some corn on Friday the 26th.  Estimate the corn 170BPA. Switched to soybeans on Saturday.  They are in the mid 50's. Beans rather small but plants podded well.  Still green stems and some leaves on.  Cut around the replants.  Not a bad start.

  • 9/29 - Allen County, Lima, Ohio: Just started Soybeans and talked with neighbors, yield seems to be 28 to 35 bushels per acre.  Rain was absent August first until mid September. A little relief of approx. 7 tenths of an inch and none since. Crop insurance will be collected in this area in 2008.

  • 9/29 - Johnson County, Iowa: Just finished a field of beans that went 45 bushels to the acre.  Too many short beans from standing in water.  A lot of washouts to fill in.
  • 9/29 - Southwest Cass County, Indiana: Finished 265 acres of beans, 60 acres of  2.7 maturity averaged 60 bu/a. Balance at 3.4 maturity, averaged 62 bu/a. Both varieties had lots of green stems and some leaves still on. Moisture ranged from 10.0-12.4.  Combine are running overtime in this area.  

  • 9/29 - Simcoe, Ontario, Canada: Edible bean harvest better than 40% complete - yields ranging from 1600-3000lbs/ac. Soybean harvest beginning - yields at coffee shop talk mid 40's to mid 60's. Corn needed that heat last week, and gonna need some long sunny warm days to black layer for most part. Livestock growers will likely try some in few weeks time - est. of yield 140bpa - 200bpa.

  • 9/29 - Lac Qui Parle County Minnesota: Got our first semi load of beans to the elevator. Only took 225 acres to get it. Heavy hail damage, yielding 3-4 bu per ac.

  • 9/29 - Livingston County, North Central Illinois: Bean yields are going to be short of est.  Waiting for fields to dry out to combine.  Still some standing water in some fields.  Bean yields can be found from 30 to 40 bu per acre.  They are also showing some moisture damage. Elevators are docking for bad seed as FM. Beans close to the ground are showing damage to seed.  Input cost for corn will drive me to plant all beans for 2009.  Suppliers can keep all the corn input products and sell them to the foreigners for all I care.  I'm not getting screwed over by inflated prices.  No $6.00 corn, no production from me.

  • 9/29 - Central Illinois: Report from Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Soybean harvest has finally started in central Illinois. I found farmers harvesting south of Assumption, Ill. yesterday. Soybeans were averaging 69 bushel in this field. The same farmer said he has some wheat beans that will probably make 45 if frost doesn't get them. I can't believe how much the crop has changed in the past week. However, there are still plenty of green fields around.

    Central Illinois

    Photo by Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

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  • 9/26 - Northeast North Dakota: We have had a crop and a half so far this year.  Barley on 1500 acres averaged near 90 bu., wheat averaged in the high 70's, canola over 2000 lbs/ac.  But this area also has had over 6 inches of rain since Aug. 22. The last 3" came early this week, so the ground is really soaked up now. All field work is at a standstill, and in this northern slice of ND, we do not dry out very fast this time of year. Dry bean and soybean harvest will be very slow going on the wet soils, water standing in the drainage ditches, have to be very careful where we park trucks, etc. The dry beans that have been combined are  yielding very good, I'm hearing from 1800 to 3000 lbs/ac. No frost yet.....the sunflowers are finishing and the corn may actually make it!! In the Red River Valley, just 20 miles east of me, the sugar beet and potato harvests are in full swing-or where until the last blast of rain. We are hoping it gets dry enough so we can get on the $1100 NH3 and $1150 phosphates that we had to pay in full for over a month ago.  Last Sept. NH3 was $485/ton.  

  • 9/26 - South-Central Minnesota: Did our first field of beans yesterday. Didn't expect much, with no rain since the first of August, but worse than I thought @ 39 bu. Last two years we've been 55-62 range so I guess we we were due for a smaller crop. Our last low yielding bean crop was in '03.

  • 9/26 - O'Brien County, Iowa: Started beans 9/24. 13% moisture 55+ bu/acre. Other beans are a week away yet. Found one field of corn black layered.

  • 9/26 - Buchanan County, Iowa: First field of early variety beans went 41 bushels per acre. Planted just before Memorial Day when most of the soybeans in my area went in the ground. Field was sprayed for aphids. This was a very good farm and quite capable of 60 bu beans, but it was just too wet May through July. The beans were very short and I actually was very surprised to get this yield.

  • 9/26 - Southeast North Dakota: Soybean harvest had been progressing nicely ,recent rains will slow us up a bit. Yields have been dissappointing. Most farmers are reporting 25-30 bu/ac. The beans looked better than that. Our rainfall from June 16th to Sept. 1st was  less than 2 inches with the biggest rain being .31" . Just too dry for the beans. Corn harvest is 2 weeks off.

  • 9/25 - Northwest Ohio: Bean yields 30-35 bu. per acre. We had best start ever until July 10. Then we had 1.5 inches on Sept 5…toooooooo long with out rain. Hope crop insurance comes through.
  • 9/25 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: Combine still in the shed...ready for the "Shake Down Cruise" but still in the shed.  Hand shelling corn this past weekend put corn in the low 30's. Some say we are losing 0.5-1.0% moisture/day on the corn. 2.7 soybeans may run later this week. They were pretty "punky" and very green stems.  We'll cut around the replants.  Several combines running today in both corn and soybeans up and down US-24 between Logansport and Peru, Indiana.  

  • 9/25 - Madison County, Nebraska: One guy starting some early planted corn moisture was running around 22% beans will start by end of weak not expecting bumper crop been dry until recently.
  • 9/25 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: More rain fell in a few isolated areas dropping as much as one inch on Sunday morning.  We are still very wet from the rains of Ike a week ago.  Some corn harvest occurring in the river bottoms where corn was planted mostly in May.  All I have heard are that yields are decent but the moisture is still in the low 20's for the most part.  A couple in the area have nibbled at a field or two, but nothing widespread.  We hand shelled some of the early May corn we kept and it is still in the low 20's, but looks like it should be dryer.  We didn't save much so we are in no hurry.  The late may corn is still in the low 30's and that is 109 day corn.  The June corn is moving at a snails pace.  I hope we can get it under 30%, but I'm not so sure.  A few early varieties of beans may get cut by the end of next week, but for the most part bean harvest will be 2-3 weeks off for most.  Double crops look to be the best we've ever had, provided we can hold the frost off.  Our first crop beans need a couple weeks frost free and the double crops need at least 3 weeks of no frost or they will be damaged to some extent.  This time last year we were putting the wraps on corn harvest.  At the rate things are going I don't see us ending harvest until the end of November if we are lucky. 

  • 9/24 - Wabash County, Indiana: Just finished 240 A of 3.1 & 3.6 beans - yield 40.5.  These beans were planted April 27th and looked as good as any I ever had until mid July.  Had 1.3 inches of rain since July 2.  This ground usually yields in the mid 60's.
  • 9/24 - Platte County, Nebraska: Started soybean harvest. Great yields. Dry land running 55 bu., irrigated running 73 bu. We were surprised. A neighbor cut silage last week, and had a yield checked, it came in at 250 bu. plus. Crops turning fast now. I wish everybody a good harvest.

  • 9/23 - O’Brien County, Iowa: Soybean harvest is just underway with a few fields of early beans combined. Yields have been better than we thought at low 60’s. Harvest will get into full swing next week and then we will have a better handle on yields.

  • 9/23 - Sunflower County, Mississippi Delta: Most folks you talk to say this has been one of the toughest years anybody has experienced. A lot of damage to all crops due to rains and wind from Gustav and Ike. Conditions early in the crop year weren't much better either. Not much corn in our area but what was planted has pretty much been harvested. Our yields are about our average (150 bu.) but way down from last year's huge crop. A lot of rice has been blown down and are experiencing slow progress and losses also. It looks like as more acres are cut that yields are not there in the rice. Early beans had a lot of damage and it's been tough getting them delivered to public elevators mainly due to moisture levels. They just don't seem to want to dry down. Heard one guy say if he didn't have grain bins, he wouldn't have anything done. A lot of people are sitting up waiting and that's not normal for us. Some tremendous yields on 4.8 and 4.9 varieties so far but it has been offset by the terrible conditions for the earlier ones. Not hearing much talk about wheat plantings. Probably the only wheat to be planted will be on acres that people booked the crop early this year at much lower prices. Not a good situation there either. Duck season can't get here fast enough.
  • 9/23 - Bremer County, Iowa: Soybean harvest has just begun, and yields are from 15 on poor ground to mid 30’s on good ground. This area is a custom to 50-60 bu beans. Corn harvest has not taken off; some early reports from silage chopping, puts yields btw 80 and 130. This area is a custom to 180-250 bu yields. This might calm some folks down, who like paying 400+ acre rents.

  • 9/23 - Renville County, Minnesota: Soybean harvest has just started around the area.  So far yield reports on early soybeans have been very disappointing. Yields range from 32-38 bu/a. Even came across some early corn being harvested.  Also on the low side, 130 bu/a.

  • 9/23 - Central Missouri: Report from Margy Fischer, Farm Journal Machinery Editor: Harvest speeds up from snail pace. Over the Labor Day weekend I talked with a farmer who was frustrated about being kept out of the combine cab. Rains and delayed crop maturity had put his harvest to a halt. This east central Missouri farmer was accustomed to being more than half way done with harvest by the holiday weekend.

    However, September has put many Missouri farmers back in the field combining corn.

    The once frustrated farmer has been able to climb up in the combine and is at a good pace to get harvest done within a reasonable time frame. And this past weekend I heard from a farmer near Sweet Springs, Mo., who had started harvest on Tuesday. He and his son are optimistic despite the variability in their corn crop. Yields wavered from as low as 120 bu. to 250 bu. per acre. He reports that the good areas are good, but those areas that were wet early in the season are showing up on the yield monitor.

  • 9/22 - Adams County, Nebraska: Soybean harvest is started corn should start in 10 days. It’s a bountiful year here. About time after several years of heat and drought.

  • 9/22 - Northeast North Dakota: Looked at all of our corn, 3,000 acres, on Sept 19, about our normal frost date. Most of the corn was not fully dented, we need 2-3 more weeks frost free.  Forecast looks good for at least 10 days. Will have bushels but will be wet and probably lower test weight. Talked to our corn buyer and he is looking for corn in 2 weeks, told him it will be 6 weeks, not real happy. Started pinto bean harvest, average to a little below average. Soybeans will start in about a week, look good.

  • 9/22 - Everson, Washington: We empathize with all of you who have suffered crop losses from Hurricane Ike and from flooding damage earlier this year. We live in the Pacific Northwest and went through having hundreds of acres of silage corn blown flat to the ground last year. By the ingenuity of some local machinery mechanics we chopped the field one direction only and was able to salvage the whole 250 acres of the downed corn. I don't understand the shelling corn process, but I do know about silage corn. I also know that you have a value of $1000/acre value of your corn and I strongly suggest that you need to put your best efforts out to salvage your crop. The crop is much too valuable to consider it a loss. We spent several hours trying to figure out how to chop the corn--and we used an old Fox corn head & adapted it to slide under the corn to pick up the stalks. It worked!! We had the pros out in the field scratching their heads to see what we were doing.  So, persevere!!

    P.S. Kemper Heads do not work for downed corn!!!

    Percy Hoekema, Everson WA

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  • 9/22 - West Missouri: So far we have picked about 350 acres. Yields are in the 160-185 range. Moisture is still a little high at 21%, so the dryer is still running. Irrigated corn is still a week or two away. Hopefully we will see some 200+ yields.
  • 9/22 - Mississippi: Cotton Losses Excessive rains from recent hurricanes have damaged Mississippi’s cotton crop, leading to boll rot, hardlock and seeds sprouting in the bolls.

    Cotton Losses

    Photo by Will McCarty/MSU Extension Service

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  • 9/22 - Washington County, Eastern Nebraska: Started high moisture corn harvest on Monday. This is two weeks later than the last three years. Yields are above average on the dryland fields that are out at his time. Corn still mostly 30 to 32 percent moisture. No irrigated out yet but look very good. Soybeans about a week away.

  • 9/22 - Porter County, Indiana: Finally went down through the farm Wednesday evening.  Glad I didn’t go sooner, as I would have been crying for sure. Only saw the devastation from the perimeter, as I was driving people back and forth for fuel or another vehicle.  Hope it doesn’t rain for at least another couple of weeks…  The water is down at least 2 FEET today. (Sorry about the photo quality, it was getting dark and my digital camera is showing its age under these lighting conditions.)

New drainage dug since Sunday – north side

Spot where water is flowing from the field at the top of the photo didn’t exist before Sunday; opposite side (south) of ditch from above photo.

Source of water for top photo.

“White Water Rapids” flowing OUT of our corn field – this used to be a ditch bank that you drove across, only the ditch on the left was there before Sunday, and the water is typically 12 feet below the bridge in the background.

This flows into the photo above…  Handle bar from the 4-wheeler Dwight & I were on—he pulled a bit too close to the edge for me!  The dirt used to be part of the ditch bank you would drive on to get to the road on the west side of the field—now there’s just an outlet to the Reeves Ditch, flowing into the photo directly above.

There are others far worse off than we are; the Kankakee River is about 4 miles south of us, and has only gone done an inch or two, as the water keeps coming from the north and east.  Ditch banks blown out all over the place.  Worrying about the beans more than the corn right now. 

Porter County, Indiana

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  • 9/22 - Central Indiana: Cut 2 fields of early beans (2.5 and 3.1). The 2.5s made 67 bu/ac and the 3.1s made 65 bu/ac. I sure hope the later beans get better. Thank God for all you have. Have a safe harvest.

  • 9/18 - West Texas: Peanuts and Milo are looking great.  The Cotton is a different story.  Need six weeks of good warm open weather to make the cotton crop work.  Had 7 inches of rain on 9/11 in a one day event.  The below average temps. don't help either.  If we have an early frost we will produce a lot of junk cotton. With the cheap price of cotton there will be a lot of  pain.  Inputs for cotton just out of line with the price of cotton.  Will plant more milo and peanuts next year.  If this trend continues we will lose our cotton infrastructure.  In this global market, probably will not get it back.  Will start harvesting peanuts and milo in about 3 weeks.  Have a safe harvest season.

  • 9/18 - Western Illinois: Report from Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: It is still a wasteland along parts of the Mississippi. Heavy rains over the weekend added insult to injury. I saw these grain bins on the Illinois side of the river just east of Burlington, Iowa yesterday.

Illinois, just east of Burlington, Iowa

Photo by Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

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  • 9/18 - West Central Minnesota: Walked my corn fields and found all the corn planted prior to May 5th was in the dough stage.  It is all 100 and 102 day maturity. Was surprised to see it that far along.  Kernel counts averaged 36 x 16 with 34,000 ears per acre.  My math would put yield between 195 and 217.
  • 9/18 - Ingham County, South Central Michigan: Just like many farmers, July 20th  beans and corn never looked better. Six weeks of little rain took a toll on them. Then we got 11 inches of rain in less than 2 weeks. Some of our beans are under water. Talked to a farmer this week who ran some beans before all the rain - 35 bpa, well below average.  Corn still looks to be an average yield with beans below average. When all looks bad I just read our churches meditation for the day  and it reminds me that Heaven is our home.  Have a safe harvest and God bless.

  • 9/17 - South Central North Dakota: Small grains in our area were very good, leaves on beans and sunflowers dropping and look to have above average potential. Corn is another story, there is a lot of livestock in the area but not enough to consume the silage that will be available even if frost comes late in 10 days. Seeding winter wheat, must be optimistic wheat is off $1.50/bu. in last month and starter fert. is $29/acre.

  • 9/17 - Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky: Corn harvest is likely 50% or more complete with fair to good yields depending on rainfall, which was widely variable all season.  Weather has been dry in past few weeks, my lawn is crunchy dry.  Some full-season beans nearby look pretty good and seem to have several pods that are filling out except on the ridges, but some never seemed to cover the middles even on 15” rows.  Most beans are turning now and it is too late for rain.  Hard winds on Sunday blew over some corn, but there was no measurable rain.

  • 9/16 - Southwestern Illinois, St. Clair County: Well, 24 hours have passed since Ike punished us severely. The wind decimated quite a few cornfields in the area and the stress level is pushing the panic level. We can still achieve armageddon with a frost next week since the beans are still totally green. Yee Hah!!!  I know we scratched and clawed our way to get this crop in the ground but this was adding insult to injury. We would have been better off if the wind had taken every stalk of corn to the ground. The crop insurance would have put us ahead. We will start shelling the corn that is flat on the ground when it gets to 30 moisture. I hope the LP man doesn't have call block because he is on speed dial as of yesterday. All I can say is, "What a mess."  I can't wait for 2009 to start and can only hope we don't ring in the New Year with the combine still running here. (Although, if we start drinking now it might ease the pain of a tough harvest ahead.) Last year at this time, we were almost done with the entire corn harvest. What a difference a year makes!!! 

  • 9/16 - West Central Ohio: Ike blew through Sunday afternoon knocking out power for 6-8 hours. Lots of corn blown down in our area.

  • 9/16 - Central Minnesota: Nice day today and yesterday. Just trying to get these damn crops to maturity before it freezes. Starting to chop corn by Thursday for sure before it gets too ripe. Half milk line as of today so I need to get it done before it is too late. Soybeans turning yellow quickly and leaves dropping. Should be combining them by October 5-10th. A lot better year than last year (severe drought) around this area.


  • 9/15 - Northern Shelby County, Ohio: This is what my corn looks like after the wind storm 9/14/08. I am located  6 miles South of Wapakoneta, Ohio. The other pictures were taken 7/04/08 and 7/23/08. It has been dry the last part of July and August and some rain .6 inches of rain last week.

Photos by Alvin Berning, Wapakoneta, Ohio

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  • 9/15 - Auglaize County, West Central Ohio: Lost some corn yield in yesterdays wind.  No rain, just 60+ MPH wind.  Saw some corn that was pretty much flattened by the 5 hours of intense winds on Sunday.  Some fields stood better than others.  Trying to decide if we should wait for the beans to be ready or start shelling down corn at 30% moisture and give the firstborn to the LP man.
  • 9/15 - Grand Ledge, Michigan: We received 6.9 inches of rain this past weekend. Flooding of fields and roadways. Flood warnings are posted for central Michigan.
  • 9/15 - Northeast Illinois: I keep hearing that this latest rain will help the beans.  It will not help the beans or corn.  We have driven all over northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and into the middle of northern Iowa and all the beans are yellow and dropping leaves or brown and completely defoliated.  These rains came too late to help all the beans and corn.  Now with the weekend rains, we received 9 plus inches in a 2 day time frame, and all that it has done is drown spots that were replanted in the fields.  Now the fields are lakes. Have a safe harvest.
  • 9/15 - Fulton County, Indiana: Received 5.75" this weekend from remnants of Ike. Not sure how much it will benefit the crops at this point, but ground was getting dry. It will definitely give the pastures an extra boost.
  • 9/15 - Southwest Illinois St. Clair/Madison Counties: Rain and wind was on the menu today thanks to Ike.  After a disastrous start to the Spring and most corn going in June, we had had virtually a perfect 2nd half going, until today.  My gauge only showed 2”, but given all the roads under water I’d say we had more.  Who knows for sure but what we had came in about a 1-2 hour window and a steady surge of NW winds running in the 50-60mph range.  Beans are flat, lots of corn is flat and in general the mood in our area has gone from cautiously optimistic to depressed.  All we’d need is a frost next week to really stick a fork in us. 

    Now we are still going to have crops to harvest.  The corn will still be OK but it will be a very slow tedious process (get your reels if you don’t have one).  I do think given how wide an area this hit I think this may cost the county yield as much as 10 bushel or more.  Some don’t look just too bad while others are completely flat.  Beans aren’t hurt to the extent corn is, but I do think the severe lodging will impact yields a bit and again may slow harvest.  As far as maturity goes, the May corn that was kept (not much) is still in the mid 30’s.  The June corn is dented but the milk line isn’t half way on most of it.  I’ve seen one field of beans that has some yellowing, the rest are grass green.

  • 9/15 - RAIN RAIN RAIN RAIN! 6.5” in the last 24 hours and 10.5” for the month of September. Corn planted on April 21st will more then likely be ready in 10 days - 2 weeks. Soybeans planted early May ready for harvest before October 1.
  • 9/15 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: IT IS AN UTTER MESS HERE!!!  Ike reared his ugly head and hammered us.  We received around two inches of rain, but the excessive wind damage will be the story of this storm.  We had sixty to eighty mile an hour sustained winds for around 45 minutes to an hour which leveled some of the corn.  Certain "brands" of corn stood better than others after touring the area and looking at the widespread damage.  We now have some beanfields that are taller than the corn.  My best guess is we lost fifteen to twenty percent of our corn yield after this storm.  We looked at the root structure a few days ago and it was hard to find any corn with roots of over five inches.  We now have SDS showing up in the beans and those were planted towards the end of June.  The harvest will be late and difficult, we will use lots of LP, and gasoline is $4.49 at the pump.  To the gentlemen who was wanting Ike in Indiana, I hope you did not get what we did.  2008 will go down in the record books as the toughest year ever in this area.  I am quite sure there won't be enough reels available for the corn harvest.  I hope everyone fared better than us.
  • 9/15 - Central Maryland: Well we started out the first 2 weeks of September with more rain that June, July and August combined! There will be a tremendous fall hay crop to be made. Corn looks good most areas. Corn silage harvest is winding down and there may be a combine or 2 getting ready to roll into the early planted and short season corn. Double crop beans also look to be very good as well. Overall it looks as if the season will end up close to average if we get it in the barns and bins. There are certainly a lot of concerns over commodity prices and inputs. Have a safe bountiful harvest!
  • 9/15 - Mississippi County, Missouri: Ike was a rude visitor! Only got a trace of rainfall but winds that took down a 100 year old barn on the farm, also lost a machine shed that blew into our shivers bin and did major damage! What I can't believe is that there are no pivots turned over, makes no sense. I only have 160 acres that I picked at 21% trying to protect from a little wind damage and looks like that will be all of the fun picking this year, the 1000 acres left in the field is at least 50% down and in places flat as a pancake! Mother Nature just couldn't let us have this crop we fought so hard to make could she...
  • 9/15 - Crops bout ready to go but  12+ inches rain for the week and its still raining this is not good.
  • 9/15 - Lee County, Illinois: As of Noon today we have had 6 1/2" of Rain. This isn't even from IKE yet. Corn and beans are just starting to change color, and now all this rain could make for an ugly fall. We already have some flat fields from an Aug. 4th wind, now we are going to have more disease problems in corn and beans before crops are ready for harvest. Some weather reports say we could get as much as another 6 inches from IKE! Currently we are at 1992 GDU's since 5/15/08 when most corn was finally planted and the 11 year average for today is 2260 GDU's 268 GDU behind average. In 2 weeks, the projected total is only 2163 so in 2 more weeks we will still be 100 GDU behind today on average so this means we are over 2 weeks behind and this doesn't even include all the rain into the equation.  Grain quality  for storage could be another issue if the wet weather continues. Can't wait for 2008 to be over.
  • 9/15 - We have had forty plus inches of rain this spring, then turned fairly dry.  Corn planted May 5th, started out yellow, then looked pretty decent except for wet spots.  Picked a couple ears two weeks ago and was very surprised.  Even tall green stalks had ears only eight inches long and last two to three inches had no kernels.  Stalks have been turning yellow ever since.  Appears putting on nitrogen early last fall was a big mistake.
  • 9/15 - Weakley County, West Tennessee: After shelling 25 acres, corn has not made over 100 bushels.  Corn yields from the county agent's office go from 10 bu. to 125 bu.  No rain since June to speak of.  Beans are dropping leaves and drying too soon.  Dry, Dry, Dry.  

  • 9/12 - Northern Oklahoma: Wet wet wet. Corn is way ready still won’t dry-down. The forecast calls for Ike to give us a lot more. This is the latest start for corn shelling I’ve ever had. Beans are still growing and blooming. Has anyone else noticed what’s wrong with the combine in the picture of the soybean checkoff on the front page?
  • 9/12 - Sold 1 farm of corn to local dairy lots of stalks 12-14 feet high. Most of the ears were 4-5 inches long, sure a long way from 155 bu/acre. Should have sold more to them.
  • 9/12 - Central Illinois: We started corn harvest Sept.10.The corn is 100 day planted on Apr. 16 and is testing 21%. The dry yield has been around 220 bu./acre. I am pleased with this considering the wet spring and dry august. We had 2 inches of rain on Sept. 11, so harvest was stopped. We are supposed to get more Sunday from the hurricane.
  • 9/12 - Wheat sown into good subsoil moisture May for November Harvest.  Dry July & August saw some crops feed off or scrapped NSW.  South NSW & Victoria desperate for rain as well as South Western Australia.  Qld and Nth NSW will harvest average crops.  Very little of Eastern Australia is exported in an average year so W.A. is the state to watch for amount of wheat exported from Australia as they export about 90% of crop. Our farm has had 2 falls of .8” over the past 2 weeks and looks like another .8” this weekend which will set us up for an above average yield as the wheat is flowering.  Input costs are through the roof and this is the 7th year of drought for some farms to the south & west of us so they will go under as they will not harvest anything this year.
  • 9/12 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: The remains of Gustav brought us 2.50-3.00 inches of rain.  The rain was extremely beneficial to the beans and the pod counts have gone up quite a bit.  I was thinking that 50 bpa was going to be a stretch two weeks ago, but now I think 60 bpa may be possible.  The big "IF" is going to be frost.  Our crops are still as green as an evergreen and the maturity rate has slowed down with all of the cool, wet, and cloudy days.  It is starting to get that feel of this past spring.  The weatherman is forecasting several inches of rain here in the next five days.  We are going to get some rain from a tropical system in the Pacific and then Ike is going to rear his ugly head.  We do not need any of this rain.  I cannot believe the number of people putting wheat in this fall and quite a bit of it around here.  I did the math and I do not see the reward in doing so.  However, I am still considering planting ALL BEANS in 2009.  I hardly believe there will be any crops combined early enough to sow wheat in this area.  I spoke with a farmer who planted some corn on May 1 and he said the moisture is still at 31 percent.  After talking to the agronomist this past week, he believes the corn won't be ready until the second week of October due to the late planting season.  The LP man will be working around the clock in this area.  The corn looks anywhere from 150-180 bpa, but we are starting to sustain damage from mold, the worms, and the birds feeding on the worms.  Some of the corn is now tipped back due to the birds feeding on the worms.  I am starting to get nervous about harvest with so many factors tipping the scales in a negative fashion.  This has been the biggest roller coaster ride in my 40 plus years of farming.  Where is the global warming when we really need it?  By the time harvest ends around here, I will be cooking my Thanksgiving turkey!!!  

  • 9/11 - Whiteville, Louisiana: The LSU AgCenter estimates that Louisiana rice farmers suffered a loss of $29 million, 7.6 percent of the crop’s estimated value, and the losses of soybeans total $60.8 million, almost 15 percent of the crop’s value. Sugarcane also took a beating, and LSU AgCenter estimates peg the total statewide loss at $72.5 million of the $583 million crop value.

Farmer Jeffrey Sylvester looks over flooded rice fields in Avoyelles Parish.

Mature rice in the water at the Sylvester farm in Avoyelles Parish.

Bernard Laviolette Jr. of Coteau Holmes shows damage to his cane crop.

Photos by Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

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  • 9/11 - Bremer County, Iowa: Corn silage chopping has been going on for about a week. Corn is slowly coming on, but rains have slowed any drying. Soybeans are starting to turn, but I’d say combines won’t roll till Oct 1st. Crop hay is hard to do, need at least a 4 day window in order to bale. All in all I think were ready for a good year, considering what we have been thru. I’d say beans will do 40, and corn will be 150-180.
  • 9/11 - It is raining here this morning, first we have had in 2 months. Beans are turning so I think its to late. Corn has suffered all year, lack of nitrogen, compaction and dround out. We will never see the estimates until next year.
  • 9/11 - Holdingford, Minnesota: Corn nearing the 1/2 milk line.  Will start chopping early next week.  This is about 10 days behind normal.  The soybeans and turning yellow but are still 3-5 weeks away from combining unless this cool wet weather turns around.  Estimating corn to run about 140 bushel/acre which is average for us.  Soybeans probably 35 bushel per acre, about 10 bushel less than average for us.  Seeded 50 acres of winter wheat last weekend.

  • 9/10 - Ogle County, Illinois: Crops look very good here. We had a great wheat harvest this year, chopping started this week. Good rain event last Thursday, wide-spread half to a inch. We need two weeks frost-free weather but we had 38 Wednesday a.m.
  • 9/10 - The 400 acres of irrigated corn (Northern Alabama) that I had been watching was totally harvested by the time we returned from Ky. 8-31. I am certain that it did 200+, really well managed and Lucky. They got it out before the trailing winds from these 3 Hurricanes in the gulf. On Sep 3rd I saw some equivalent corn (non Irrigated and a little later) 3 miles away that had some serious "Blow Down". We are getting a lot of Wind from the southeast.

    My Southern Kentucky corn (Non-irrigated & with Poultry litter) will surprise me if it does 120 Bu/ac.

    Nine miles away on my Mom's Home Farm (Plano, Kentucky, Leased for $165/acre), I walked out about dark on 8-30 to pull a few ears to check what he had and wondered about all of the weeds growing between  the rows. Pulled up a couple and realized he had knee-high soybeans in the middle of the 24"rows. (Good white corn, probably 170/acre). I had my son check that out when they started harvest and he called me and said "Big Equipment - Going very Slow" on 9-3. I said "How does the land look?" He said “Pale Green!”

    I am not sure how this will work out in southern Kentucky, but I do know that someone is trying.   I will try to let you know the results!  (Beans under corn, You gotta be kidding me.)
  • 9/10 - Southeast North Dakota: Have frost Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Edges of bean fields have damaged top foot. Way too green yet.

  • 9/10 - Canada to Northern Missouri  I-35 to the Mississippi River: Very rude awakenings are out there when the combines start to run—a large portion of the corn crop has shut down prematurely and will likely result in light test weights and very small kernels--- 16 kernels around the cob and I can put my thumb and middle finger together around the ear.   Wide variations in ear and kernel counts down the row, and between fields.  The counts are running apx 14-15% below the previous 4 year averages (of the counts not actual yields)—if we end up more in the 110,000 kernels per bu instead of a more normal 90,000 the past 4 years--- you just chopped a HUGE yield off of the USDA estimates. Hybrids seem to be making a big big difference this year.   Rough guess would put the Northeastern quarter of Iowa more in the 155-165 bu range rather than a more normal 180 bu average.  The southern quarter of Iowa and NW Missouri might be hard pressed to make 110 bu per acre. Look for Iowa to come in somewhere in the 150-155 average yield on planted acres.

    More barren stocks than normal— no matter where you go in the above area (worse in south central Iowa and NE Missouri).  Some evidence of pollination problems (aborted kernels on ear tips) which surprised me.  Some fields that look really good from the road—16 around and 27 long is a very common number--- that takes a tremendous number of ears per acre to get decent yields—not excellent yields. 

    I hire a crop scout that has confirmed my suspicions as well--- he reminded me that “what I was doing was not taking the drowned out spots in the fields into consideration.”  

    Lets talk about drying expense---  we are likely to look at something close to $.75- $1/bu on dry corn yield to haul the corn to the elevator and dry it down this year. This assumes that we can get some dry-down in the field--- but weather like this typically doesn’t allow for much reduction in moisture even if we get to black layer prior to frost.
  • 9/10 - Furnas County, South Central/Southwest Nebraska: Unlike most comments I've been reading the last month or so we have been receiving good rains since early August and in some areas most of the summer. Dryland corn will be 25% very good, 50% good and 25% very poor depending on when and how much it rained. The irrigated corn looks good but I'm concerned about kernel depth on all of it. We had a lot of cool cloudy days in August and again so far this month and I'm afraid the needed photosynthesis for great yields did not occur.

    Beans look good. Dryland pivot corners look as good as the irrigated portion of the field. They are a little short in height and a week behind.

    Our main concern is the milo. If it matures we will have above average yields but we are still in pollination to early grain fill as of this week. We're close to two weeks behind normal. With highs only in the low 70's at best and lows in the 50's we are only accumulating about 10-12 growing degree units per day. We figure we need 40 frost free days to make maturity. Average frost date is Oct. 10th. Last year was late October. Two years ago was September 17th. I'm not betting on it making it. Just been so cool all summer. The milo outcome will determine whether this year will be just OK or great.

  • 9/9 - West-Central Minnesota: Fields are quite variable here. Pod counts are disappointing, I believe the soybeans will yield near normal. The cornfields are so variable with parts of the field dried up and other parts green and still filling out the ears that I would have to guess near normal yields on corn also. Probably no bumper crops, but no disaster either. Last night the temp was 36 degrees.
  • 9/9 - Waseca Minnesota: We had frost last night. Froze the beans in low areas. Beans will be small. Corn will make it but will cost a ton of money do dry test weight I think will be low, corn was not in the black layer yet!
  • 9/9 - Hard frost in the low ground last night.  Looks bad.  Normal first frost date is October 6.
  • 9/9 - Pontiac, Illinois: Because of Blunt ear syndrome, my corn yields will vary between 100, and 160 bu. I never saw anything like it. If prices don't improve, and inputs decline,  I will plant NO corn next year. I will be all wheat, and beans. I PROMISE!!!!!
  • 9/9 - Dry August has taken some of the yield away from our crop.  We have been getting bits and pieces of rain but nothing of any real measurement … mainly small fronts moving through with limited rain fall events.  Corn is at early dent to dent stage.  Talk of corn silage going up sometime this week or next.  Looking like last crop of hay will be finished up this week.  Early varity beans … 1.5 … are starting to turn.  Several fields are green, yellow and brown.  Aphids came on later that normal in the summer.  Some bean fields never were sprayed and others were spayed twice … location, location, location = lots of scouting!  I look for corn to be 165-195bu./a and beans to be 45-55bu./a.  Looks like a lot of propane burned to dry down corn.  Looking like corn will be mature Oct. 1 to 10 and beans mature Sept.28 to Oct. 4 or so on the earliest planted beans in the area.  Have a safe harvest and remember to try and keep positive attitudes!
  • 9/9 - Southeast North Dakota: Had to scrape frost off the windshield at 7:30 this morning. Most of the corn here is dented but the soybeans need another week or two before we freeze off. Only received 2 inches of rain in the past 12 weeks so there a number of acres that suffered moderate drought stress. Yields will be widely variable, it's impossible to put an accurate number on what the final yields may be. The wheat crop resulted in my second best yielding crop ever, but that wasn't a surprise, the wheat looked great all year.

  • 9/9 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Pretty general 2-3" rain event Wed-Fri of last week.  Only a few areas in extreme southern St. Clair county reporting 1-2".  Very beneficial to all crops.  Most of our corn is June planted and is starting to or will dent in the next week or so.  This rain won't add kernels but should keep some depth and add test weight.  Most beans are done flowering but still in the critical stage of pod fill so this rain could have easily saved(or added depending how you look at it) 5 plus bushels per acre.  Double crop beans are as tall as first crops in most cases.

    I think yields will be decent given how and when we planted this crop.  About 20% of the corn crop went in the ground in May.  It is mostly 2-3 weeks from harvest.  Most of it endured heavy rains after planting but has not really ever been short of moisture.  Low areas will have thinned or poorly developed stands and in general has probably suffered from Nitrogen loss.  Kernel size looks to be pretty good.  Most of the seed guys are doing their checks and finding samples ranging from 100 to 200 with a lot of 150-180.  With the non-uniformity in these fields estimating how big those low areas is a difficult job.  The June corn actually has higher kernel counts but I think will have smaller seed size and lighter test weight.  I think most of the later corn will be in the 140-170 range.  Again I think this corn is very difficult to project as kernel counts are very good and if you can use a 90,000 kernel bushel instead of 100,000 it makes a huge difference.  In the end our corn crop should be in the neighborhood of our 5 year average, but much better than what we expected with such a late planting date.  I recall numerous folks saying the second week of June if they could just get the crop in and get 120 bushels per acre they would be content. 

    Beans seem to have good potential, though the heavy rains caused some pretty severe lodging in some fields.  I am not a good estimator of bean yields but I will be disappointed if our beans aren't 50 plus.  With beans and corn we will be very susceptible to an early frost.  No bean fields are showing signs of turning and we will need that first frost to hold off until at least the middle of October.  Anything in September would be disastrous, especially for the beans.

  • 9/9 - DeKalb/Daviess Counties, Missouri: Raining here again this morning. Who knows if it'll help much but it sure isn't hurting. We had 2 in during July and a few showers until Aug 28 when we had 1.6 in. We've had almost 3 in so far in September. I've been to Topeka and Manhattan KS in the last week and crops are variable, field by field. Some look really good and others are yellow. Beans have a pretty good color but heights vary. Some are turning. I don't know whether that is due to the hot, dry weather or if they're maturing.  

  • 9/8 - South Central Minnesota/Northern Iowa Border: Still no measurable rain here. Cold today with a high of 52. The corn is mostly dented but the milk line is slow to move.  The crop is maturing slowly with only a few beans starting to lighten up a bit.  A lot of corn on corn here and yield checks show 10 to 15 bu less on these fields.  Lots of variable fields with damage from ponding water makes it hard to put your finger on yields.  One thing for sure the corn will be wet, which means a slower harvest and a large LP bill if we have the bushels.  
  • 9/8 - This area was very wet this spring, but most of the county was planted.  Last beans that I know of were planted July 17th.  They are growing and are almost 12 inches tall. The late planted corn (June 6th) looks good at this time.  The corn planted in May is starting to turn the shucks on the outside of the fields.  Harvest will not start until last week of Sept. first week of Oct.  Corn yields will average 135-170. The ears are tipped back like you would expect to see in a dry year 1 inch.  Beans are so far behind I hesitate to guess what they will do.  The pod numbers are not there, but are beginning to fill.  If frost holds off...beans will do OK.  The beans are not as tall as normal, but we continue to get rain.  Our area has only gone 2 weeks without rain all summer.  Have mowed grass every week since May 1st.  (I am not complaining!)  The hurricane gave us 2.5 inches, enough to finish out the corn.
  • 9/8 - Central Michigan: We were in the drought last year.  The ones that are dry I can feel your pain -  Always remember -  Next year is another year.  We look great first time ever.

  • 9/8 - Corn in this area for the most part is frost free, soybean need another 2 weeks, both corn and soybeans are fantastic can't tell irrigated from dryland. It’s been a great year.
  • 9/8 - Bond County, Illinois: Crops look really good here just late.  We are hoping for 175-200 bu/acre.  Weather will play a big role in the late development of this crop.  Just wanted to say hi to my Uncle Tom up in Keokuk, Iowa....Everyone have a safe harvest...
  • 9/8 - Received .4” rain last night. First rain since the .4” on Aug. 10.  Corn and soybean yields here will be well below average.  Cool early, too much rain in June/flooding, then dry.  Corn under water that survived has been yellow all season, ears are short, some not pollinated, and some stalks barren - maybe 20 BPA.  Good number of pods: however, August was too dry and the beans are going to be BB size.  A bit below forage crop.  Too much rain or not enough rain doesn’t make a crop!! Want to forget this year.  Hope your crops are better.
  • 9/8 - East Central Illinois: Finally had rain, 2.10 inches last night, too late for the majority of the crops because they are already turning yellow but should help the replanted beans in the flooded out ponds.

  • 9/8 - Southeast Iowa Had 2.5 inches on Sept. 3 and 4. A slow, perfect rain and we really needed it. The rain should put bushels on the beans. Several planes still spraying for aphids this week. Corn will range from 100-200 bushels, some in the same section, but most will prob. average 140-165. Inputs and land are going up and comm. prices are coming down.
  • 9/8 - Rock County, Janesville, Wisconsin: We got 1.90 inches of rain all day Thursday, what a blessing. It was dry, half inch cracks in the ground. Our last big rain came Aug. 17 -- half inch the late planted corn looks great no denting yet and filled to the end.(planted it may 24- 114 day) some are silo filling around 65 % moisture. Should get a 4th crop now.

  • 9/5 - Huntington County, Indiana: The big rain event on Thursday missed us completely.  We got enough to wet the pavement, but not enough to register in the rain gauge.  Since August 1, I have received .35" and the last 3 weeks of July were not much better.  The corn is firing 2/3 of the way up the stalk and the beans are dying on the high ground, turning on the average ground and green in the low ground in the same field.  I am very worried about the beans.  I would guess that there will be few 40 bushel fields around us.  I have a 12 variety corn plot and did the Pro Farmer yield formula in it and it went from 150 to 215, but that is in a good section of one of my best fields.  I will be surprised if I average 150 over all the fields.
  • 9/5 - East Central Indiana: It appears we are just about safe from frost damage. Most crops will be dead by any frost date due to lack of rain. I traveled through NE Indiana yesterday and it was just as bad if not worse. Talked to some that said Ohio is worse. All that green and yellow on DTN radar for the last 14 hours has added up to .16.  
  • 9/5 - We started picking some wet corn Monday. Moisture was between 21% and 25%, planted late first week of April, dryland. Average yields around 150 bpa. The rain helped some late planted corn and beans. Overall corn looks good, some yellow spots in the fields where N was lost. The rain is just holding us up now. Irrigated corn looks really good.
  • 9/5 - Central Arkansas: Rainfall totals the last 3 days range from 6 to 11 inches. No where for the water to go. Many rivers expected to reach or slightly exceed flood stage within the next week. Very little crop harvested to date, maybe 10% of the corn where it is normally in the 60% range. Flooding delayed planting this year and now flooding will take out some of what was planted. Been a tough year down “south.”

  • 9/5 - The corn crop is wilting and dying in the field. We need rain badly although it is probably too late for this years crop. It is drier here than the drought monitor shows.
  • 9/5 - Jasper County, Missouri (Southwest Corner): Corn harvest underway.  Looks like yield could range from 145-200 plus on dryland corn.  Most corn was way late.  Early crop looks excellent.  Beans have a ways to go but have had optimal growing conditions. Sunflowers excellent too.  I think we've had at least 55 in of rain this year but know how you guys feel were it isn't raining.  Everything burnt up 2 years ago.  Amway gotta look forward to higher inputs and lower prices.

  • 9/4 - Montgomery County, West Central Indiana: We cut 25 acres of 2.3 maturity beans yesterday. They yielded 57 bpa and came off at 11.8 percent moisture. The field was all lighter type soils...very pleased with the yield.
  • 9/4 - South Central, Iowa: We have been getting a slow, light, rain over the last 24 hours.  It might add up to a half inch if it keeps up for a few more hours.  We have been pretty dry over the month of August...but we haven't been totally dry.  Beans were shot after the big hail storms pounded them at the end of July.  They will probably be right on the border of Federal Crop collection.  The corn was shredded by hail in the same storms...we lost yield but it is really hard to tell how much.  Some of the corn was in pollination and it didn't fill all the way to the top...but most of it had pollinated and those ears actually have hail damage spots on the ear when you peel it back.  Otherwise we are well into denting and it is reaching maturity for us.  My guess is around 20 bpa on beans and 130-140 on corn.  Not a total disaster for us but once again...another "what we almost had" type of year!  Well...time to start getting equipment ready!  
  • 9/4 - Looked at some corn yesterday and the milk line was about half way down the kernel.  Some beans are just starting to turn.  We did not have much rain in August but had 5 inches of rain in July so we were sitting pretty good.  I thought I would not start corn until Oct. 10 but it may be Oct. 1.  Corn will be good where it had sufficient N, have no idea about beans.
  • 9/4 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: Like everyone else, a good rain would really help. I saw the NOAA Drought Monitor yesterday and while we're not burnt up, we're no where near "favorably moist " either. I think the whole USDA and National Weather Service systems are manipulated by incompetents. I have some 102 day corn, planted May 6 that has the milkline half way down and could be chopped. Soybeans are feeling the dry weather more than the corn with a lot of yellow leaves showing up prematurely. Gustav is supposed to soak the southeastern part of the state but fizzle out this far north. I don't know if the alfalfa guys will get a 4th crop or not. We are supposed to have highs in the low 60's and lows in the 40's by next Monday, I wonder if the National Weather Service will consider snow to be beneficial moisture for developing summer crops??

  • 9/3 - Stearns County, Minnesota: Corn is in the denting stage and soybeans turning yellow.  However, with the cool forecast the next 15 days, wondering if these crops are going to make maturity.  Hopefully chopping corn silage by the 20th.

  • 9/3 - Waupaca County, Wisconsin: Crops look horrible, corn fired to the top and soybeans withered. Expecting 3-5 bu. an acre beans and 20-25 bu. corn.

Waupaca County, Wisconsin

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  • 9/3 - Northern Pottawatomie County, Kansas: We took 72 samples from 18 dry land corn fields last week.  They averaged 132 bu/a, ranging from 104 to 166 bu/a.  Harvest should start in about 2 weeks.
  • 9/3 - Northwest Iowa/Southeast South Dakota: What was the potential of an excellent crop has faded dramatically in August. No rain, bean fields showing stress, including yellow and brown areas, corn firing to the ear.
  • 9/3 - South Central Minnesota: Weekend was hot and windy.  Really took a toll on beans.  The hills and sandy pockets are gone now, with the leaves turning yellow or falling off. Corn has really dried up too, it varies from almost dead and crispy in some areas to grass green a few hundred feet further down the row.  Some rain predicted today but its going to be too late for some of this crop.  
  • 9/3 - Corn maturity is well behind normal (2-3 weeks). Subnormal temperatures are making that situation worse. Stand and kernel counts are running apx 13% below average the past 4 years. Taken from the same areas of the same fields year after year. Expecting more 145 bu corn than 190 in the area.  During the past week there has been strong evidence of the corn crop just giving up—especially in areas where a large portion of the N was lost.   O well 145 bu of cornflakes per acre is still better than 0 bu per acre—even if hauling it to town cost $125/acre to get them to dry it from 25% to 13%.
  • 9/3 - Henry County, Ohio: 13 inches of rain fell in ten days prior to the 4th of July.  4 tenths since.

  • 9/2 - Northeast Indiana: Burned rain since mid July with 90 degrees lately. Worst year out of the last 20. Have a safe harvest.

  • 9/2 - Lafayette County, Southwest Wisconsin: Its amazing the difference in precipitation totals this summer. In our county alone, from the Northwest corner to the Southeast corner...there is good moisture south of this line and severe shortages north of this line. We have 450 acres that has had .6 in the past 7 weeks. What looked to be a great crop is now appearing to be 60% of that.  If you just travel 5-15 miles, corn looks like it could make 185 plus and beans 50 plus.  The past 5 days over Labor Day, I traveled from central Wisconsin back to Lafayette County.  Entire corn fields in this dry area turned brown in just 3 days.  Beans yellowed and turned brown on the light spots as well. I think the beans are pretty well determined by yield but a rain Tuesday night will at least stop the bleeding and keep the balance of the corn plants alive.  For areas that have good moisture, the weekend was the opposite, helping start the denting of the crop. In most of those areas, the corn is just starting the dent stage and while good, needs heat to finish.  A car trip thru northern Illinois, showed a nice looking crop from the road.  

  • 9/2 - Southern Minnesota: Crops look good from the road! But did some crop checks this weekend was very disappointed. Corn on high ground lost its N in all the rain very yellow poor stance 2" of the ear is not filled out. Low ground will be my best crop but, as of now corn will average 145 acre this year. Beans look good but there are fewer pods than years past, I'm thinking beans will average 42 bushel this year. We need a very late frost or we will have very low test weight corn and bb's for beans.

  • 9/2 - Warren County Iowa: Very wet early, but rain shut off in August.  Stalks drying very fast.  Corn yield 100 to 140.  Soybeans not podded heavy.   Corn and beans both need rain bad now.  
  • 9/2 - DeKalb County, Northeast Indiana: Dry is an understatement.  We have had no rain at our farm since July 12th.  The corn is too far gone for rain to help at this point a lot of the corn is fired all the way up and the ears are dropping.  Many farms are working chopping corn silage.  Most all fields of beans are changing on the hills and some fields are changing throughout.  We have a field of beans that will probably run in the next 2 weeks which is 2 to 3 weeks ahead of what we would have expected.  The beans in the pods are just bee bees.  We are in for an interesting fall around here as most of you are.  Things in this area were doing very well up until mid July.  Good luck everyone.
  • 9/2 - Northeast Indiana: If you’re going to get a month without rain, you don't want it to be August. Lost a lot of yield the last week and a half. 90's again and no rain. A little in the forecast later in the week, better get it or we can write off these beans. Corn not much better shape. Going to be a lot of surprises this fall, not good ones.

  • 9/2 - Wells County, Indiana: Wilted beans in Wells County Indiana. Corn is turning very rapidly now. I cant help but thing there will be some yield loss from the heat and dryness. Here are some beans suffering from extreme dryness. I would assume yield loss is getting greater everyday. Later maturing beans may get help from rains yet. Time will tell.

Wilted beans in Wells County Indiana

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  • 9/2 - Northeast Indiana: The grass is dead. The hay is dead. The corn is dead. The beans are dying. The heavy soils have a little life left but not much. We will probably be shelling corn in 2 weeks. For all you folks worrying about crop maturity remember dry weather really speeds it up. I don't want to try and predict yields but beans with yellow leaves and flat pods can't be good.
  • 9/2 - Northwest Oklahoma Panhandle: Most of the dryland wheat earlier this year was released as a disaster, milo is being released too now.  The corn (irrigated only) will make from 130 to 220 bu/acre and the expenses this year will kill us.  Areas just now had its first rainfall (2weeks ago) since august of last year!   Fuel bills of irrigation running $8000 to $13000. per month on 125 acre circle.  Figure 4-5 months of watering 6 months in some cases and see how well that figures out.  Not interested in growing corn at these prices next year.  Will loose money this year due to the added expenses.  $1200/ ton anhydrous, seed cost is increasing 15-25%, Phosphorus is over $1.55 a unit(lb) we have had increased pressure of insects this year too.  I don’t know what the speculators at the Chicago board of trade are thinking ,but the expenses are not coming down  regardless of the decrease in prices of oil on the board. ,If they want to eat they had better get the prices in line with the expenses.  It will soon be out that the risk is not worth reward of growing the crop.  Their will be no Phosphorus put on the wheat ground at these prices and people are already cutting back on Anhydrous due to pricing.  Problem is…expenses begin early for next years crop.
  • 9/2 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We have been just above 90 degrees the past few days.  We picked up another light shower this past week but it hardly put a dent in the rain guage.  We need rain and the weatherman says Gustav will provide it to us Wednesday through Friday.  I noticed crop stress for the first time this growing season in the past three or four days.  The corn is rolling up on the lighter soils and the beans are starting to wilt on all of the soils.  Our Memorial Day corn still looks to be around 170 bpa and the June planted corn needs this rain badly to get it over 150 bpa.  The beans are disappointing in my opinion.  I keep looking and the pods counts are below average which leads me to believe that 50 bpa will be a good number.  I looked at a few of the neighbor's fields and their beans looked just like mine.  Our beans have been averaging just over 60 bpa the past five years.  Harvest looks to be at least 25 days away.  Thinking back to last year, I was done by that time.  Needless to say, I will not sow any wheat with a harvest this late.  We are just lucky to have a crop the way this spring got started.
  • 9/2 - East Central Illinois: Still no rain. Beans dying on light soils and high ground. corn is fired up above the ear. This August only had around a half inch of rain. This dry spell took off the top third of the soybean crop and probably killed any chance of the double crop beans putting on any pods.  
  • 9/2 - Northwest Ohio: Still no rain .2 tenths since July 4th. Most corn drying up fast 75 % of ears have dropped. With the good drying weather won't need much LP to dry corn. Soybeans starting to turn yellow must rain soon pods flat. Beans have good size flat pods or no pods.
  • 9/2 - Southern Kentucky: The field was planted on July 3 after winter wheat harvest.  High commodity prices allow farmers to consider alternatives and from the picture it appears that sunflower might be an excellent alternative as a double crop after winter wheat in that region of the US.

Photo by Brain Caldbeck, Owensboro, Kentucky

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  • 9/2 - Fulton/Miami counties, North Central Indiana: Most everything looks good from the road. What soybeans we've walked or sprayed in the past week look good except we need some moisture to put beans in the pods. Some SDS in the soybeans and few weeds popping through the canopy. Corn is made (or not). What we have been out in looks very good with very little if any "tip-back". Dented is half way up the ear. Put another week or so under out belt and we should be safe from frost. Everyone have a safe harvest.

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