April Crop Comments
Apr 29, 2011
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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
- 4/29 - East central Iowa: Last field work was April 14. With any luck at all, this next rain event will miss us! I am only guessing, but I think I have only seen 4 hours of sun in the last week or so. We have been getting rain on a regular basis, but the big problem is that it is cold and cloudy every day in between. Will be able to start planting Sunday (I think) if the sun comes out today and Saturday. Everyone I talk to keeps telling themselves and me not to mud it in. That usually is the case until it sounds like more rain may be coming, then it seems like we all start too early. The only thing around here that looks like it isn't affected by the crappy weather is the weeds that are growing fast!
My truck window this morning (28 F). Good news....the sun is supposed to be out all day!
-- East central Iowa
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- 4/29 - Marion, Kan.: Corn planting completed April 7.Corn is now 2-3 inches tall. Our first year of strip till and so far we are loving it. Got .5" of rain on the 25th. The wheat around here looks fair but it needs a good 2-3 inch soaker.
- 4/29 - Benton, Tenn.: Flooding with little corn panted. The rivers are all out in our area
- 4/28 - West Fresno County, Calif.: All our cotton is in the ground, and we're starting to de-cap it. also we are cultivating and irrigating alfalfa seed and processing tomatoes, and irrigating and fertilizing our wheat and almonds. We're far ahead of last year and our cotton that is showing and the almond pollination looks great. the area has lots of water and the crops look pretty good all around.
- 4/28 - Grant, Wis.: Rain, rain, rain! Hope it doesn’t forget to rain in July and August. A lot of liquid manure to be hauled but land is just too wet and soft; not much going on. Beef cows are in the mud even on the pastures thanks again
- 4/28 - Northern Indiana: 5 plus inches of rain the last three weeks. Maybe 1% planted around here. With water every place it will be May 10th before we start planting and that is if it does not rain again. We will not make our normal yields for sure. What a mess!!
- 4/28 - Franklin County, Iowa: Some corn planted 2 weeks ago. Most if not all will have to be replanted. Received 1 1/2 inches of rain yesterday. Chances for more Fri-Sat. We need a 7-10 day window.
- 4/28 - Fayette, Ill.: Wet. Corn was planted April 7.
- 4/27 - Ward County, N.D.: Rain here on 4-26-11. Raining again today and heavy rain in the forecast for this weekend. There will be no planting in April. What looked like a late start is going to be later yet. At least three weeks before we thing about starting. Farmers here know better than to plant wheat late. Allot of acres under water now. Good thing we can grow 12 different crops. Allot of township and county roads closed, either washed out or under water. Allot of acres being switched to later crops. Mostly soybeans and oilseed. With conditions and lack of roads It will be impossible to get the later crops in. Prevent plant may be the majority. Townships with lack of money and no contractors to do the road work. Many bridges out, and culverts washed out of roads.
- 4/27 - Lancaster, Neb.: Planters have not run since April 14th and not many guys ran before that if they did not a lot planted. Rained Monday again which puts us back to Sat. or Sun. with good drying conditions, chance of rain Friday so we will see what happens. It will be muddy we when get going which is not ideal planting in our heavy clay soils. (Plant in the mud the crops a dud.)
- 4/27 - Champaign, Ill.: Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor Darrell Smith -- Here are some shots of water standing on fields north of Champaign, Ill. The gauge at my house in Champaign showed about 3” of rain between Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon.
- 4/27 - Coles County, Ill.: 4 3/4 inches and counting in the last couple weeks. Some corn up and some under water, for the third time since it was planted. More heavy rain forecasted for tonight so it may be awhile before any field work in this area. I dug up some corn I planted last. I dug up two seeds , one rotten, one just sprouting a root after ten days in the ground. the ground is soggy.
- 4/27 - Montour, Pa.: Mug and rain. More to come! Yea!
- 4/27 - St. Joseph, Mo.: 100% behind 2010. We were done planting corn last year on this date. This year we have 0% planted. The fields are beyond wet with water standing everywhere. Could be a long spring???
- 4/27 - North central Iowa: Same as everyone else cold and wet. No fertilizing or tillage and no corn planted. 10 day forecast offers little hope. Around here we have a little rhyme - plant in dust your bins will bust, plant in mud crop’s a dud.
- 4/27 - Stevens County, Kan.: As a crop adjuster, I've seen a lot of HRW wheat fields in southwest Kansas. A line from Hays to Dodge City and east is transitional, some good, some not good at all. Southwest of Dodge it gets worse and worse until there's virtually no harvestable dryland fields in the southwest counties. I've included some pictures of wheat that was planted in September that never germinated all the way to wheat that was on it's way to a good crop, but ran out of moisture and gave up. At Hugoton, one farmer said that the last measureable rain he got was on July 25th and it was .4". Also, the extreme winds of April 15-16 caused a lot of erosion and loss of soil. Reports are of 45-50 mph winds with frequent gusts over 70 mph.
- 4/26 - Allamakee, Iowa: With another 1.5 inches of rain so far today, and more for the weekend, its looking like first week of may to get things rolling, hopefully. I only know of two farmers who have planted corn in the county so far...
- 4/26 - Westville, Ind.: See some planting progress in the northwest corner of Indiana.
- 4/26 - East central Iowa: It rained all night, what a shocker! We’re just going to have to sit and wait. We've been here before and will just have to make the best of it. If it would have missed us here we would have been planting by tomorrow (Wednesday).
- 4/26 - Northeast Oklahoma and southwest Missouri: Fields are under at least 1” of water and it’s still raining. We’re under flash flood warnings until Thursday.
- 4/26 - Putnam, Ohio: It's nice to see all the rain we missed last summer and will want this summer. Everything is water logged with three inches of rain in the last week and a cold Northeast wind blowing. Know of only one field of corn planted (April 17) on heavier soil. It will be at least ten days of good drying weather before anything happens with planting. Although with three or more inches of rain predicted this week. It will be Mother's Day or after at the earliest till planting will take place. Not concerned yet.As I have had my best corn planted around Mothers Day.
- 4/26 - Beatrice, Neb.: Here is a planting video from Nebraska.
- 4/26 - Johnson County, Ind.: There will be no crops planted here until at least the 6-7th of May. Record April rainfall for this area and heavier the further south you go. 8" in the past 2 weeks with 5-7" more forecast through Wednesday. Minimal anhydrous applied before rains. Cool wet conditions will not allow fast drying. Some counties to the south have 60% + road closures due to flooding.
- 4/25 - McLeod County, Minn.: Growers in our area haven’t done anything yet. I have only saw one tractor in the field and that was someone putting on NH3 and it wasn’t going good. He must not like profit. Our soil is heavily saturated and there is more heavy rain in the forecast for Tuesday and again on Friday and Saturday. That puts us out to about May 5th to start, and that is assuming we don’t get anymore rain. I highly doubt we will be 50 percent done by May 10. Guys are really starting to get nervous. We need every day we can get this far north to beat winter with our corn crop. Once we do get going I can guarantee one thing. Guys in our area will go out and mud the crop in. I am expecting poor emergence and population in our area because guys will be forced to go in unfit fields. I am going to invest in propane because it is going to be a hot commodity this fall. Good Luck.
- 4/25 - York County, Pa. and Carroll County, Md.: Have not planted any corn yet this year still too wet. Two thirds done by this time last year. normally plant around 2500 acres a year. Able to plant a 1000 acres a week with weather being my friend!!!! Rain in the forecast for all this coming week. When it does get fit PLEASE BE CAREFULL & DONT RUSH.
- 4/25 - Lancaster County, Penn.: The local TV station just posted the rainfall totals since March 1...12.91 inches which is 7 inches above normal. Maybe that explains why there is little to no field work being done here, unless you are Amish and using teams. So much for the planning on our Outlook calendar. I do not recall needing this much wood to keep a warm house before, really cutting firewood on April 23rd?? What is wrong with this picture? Trying to have the patience to not kill this crop before it gets started, and the wisdom to know how long to wait before starting to plant. I am leaning toward applying the '2 days after your neighbor' rule this spring. Have a Blessed Easter.
- 4/25 - Story, Iowa: Planted 222 acres of corn April 13 and it has rained 2.5 inches since. We’re hoping for warm weather
- 4/25 - Nelson County, Ky.: Did some ripping in late March, some corn planted. Has been raining for 3 wks now, 10+ in., no end in sight. Wheat is at flagleaf. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/25 - East central Iowa: Finally got planter out of shed to put on the air clutches. When we got done putting clutches on, we put it right back in shed! We haven’t moved a wheel since April 14th.there has been virtually no spraying done, a fair amount of fertilizer/nh3 to be put on yet (I have all my fert/nh3 on, thanks in part because we had 75% on last fall). I think we have only seen the sun 2-3 days since. There are rain chances here for today (Monday) and Tuesday. I normally start around the 24th, so hopefully this rain will miss us and stay nice we may be OK. The Mississippi River crested at Bellevue, Iowa on Friday or Saturday.
- 4/25 - Juneau County, Wis.: Planting is basically finished but sporadic areas of heavy rain has left many growers unable to get into the fields for post herbicide spray and corn side dressing.
- 4/25 - Jefferson County, N.Y.: Ducks swimming in the hay field, not a good sign. In the background, the cover on the baby calf barn came off last Saturday night in high winds. Still some nitrogen to apply on wheat, no planting and hay is way behind. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/25 - Hanson County, S.D.: Water is standing in corn rows and seeping out on the side hills of pastures. Cold, wet and windy week has stopped everything in fields. We will need 2 weeks of dry weather with warm temps to get corn planting started.
- 4/25 - Dickinson, Kan.: We have been blessed in north-central Kansas with timely rains. It could be a very good crop, and above average. But as most farmers will tell you, it is not in the bin yet. My wife's relatives in south west Kansas (Morton County) are having dire conditions. They have had only a total of 10 inches of moisture for 2010. And nothing to speak of for the 2011 year. You can row some of the best wheat, the rest of the planted wheat has just sprouted or hasn't even emerged. They have had dust storms already this year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/25 - Le Sueur, Minn.: Wet and cold. Nothing planted yet. It is raining as I write this. We may plant on the light soil next week if it dries up.
- 4/25 - Cass County, Neb.: Cold and wet here lately. Some corn put in the ground early April, but has been wet since about the 14th, and probably will be until at least late next week. It will be interesting to see if the early corn got warm enough to germinate, as not much for volunteer corn growing yet.
- 4/25 - East Central Illinois: Nearly 3 inches the last two days, very field done, everyone just waiting for the fields to dry w/warmer weather.
- 4/25 - Central Oklahoma: Storm clouds in central Oklahoma seem promising. We need rain bad.
- 4/21 - Ward County, N.D.: Still wet and a little snow this morning. Another 3" in the forecast. Roads here are in bad shape many yards have one road in and that road is either under water or washed out. Even if things start to dry up now it is looking like the last two weeks in May at the earliest. Forecast for the next week looks cold and wet with snow still in the forecast.
- 4/21 - Western Kansas: This is one of our wheat fields that our crop insurance adjuster appraised at 2.2 BPA yesterday. This field's going to be entirely abandoned and planted to milo. Our crop adjuster says most fields he's observed with this severity of damage are in the western half of the state. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/21 - Fulton/Miami counties, Indiana: 1.75 inches of rain yesterday and overnight. Water is standing in the fields and the ditches and creeks are running full. It has been such a cold spring that I don’t see much chance of double crop beans being planted after wheat in our area. It will most likely be mid July until the wheat comes off. Nothing has been planted yet and the 10 day forecast has 8 days of rain.
- 4/21 - Coles County, Ill.: 30 degrees this morning in the land of lakes in our fields. 2.5 inches the last couple storms on already wet ground and much more in the 10 day forecast . some corn planted and some corn was just poking through the top of the ground. April seems more like March. I would love to share some of this rain with Texas.
- 4/21 - St Joseph, Ind.: Almost 2" of rain in the last 5 days. Cold and wet. Could be a week before any field work will begin.
- 4/21 - East central Iowa: This guy told me he had over 3 inches of rain over the past 4 days but he wasn't stopping (the farmer who has this horse and planter in front of his building)! The forecast isn't looking any better. The Mississippi River is supposed to crest in the next day or two. The old guys always say it isn't going to warm up until the river goes down and it seems to always be the case.
- 4/21 - Lime Springs, Iowa: Five inches of snow yesterday (April 19), and more snow this morning. Temperature this morning was 31 degrees and has maybe reached 35 this afternoon. Not good corn planting weather.
- 4/20 - Canyon County, southwest Idaho: We finally have been getting a little warmer, drier break in the weather and have been able to get into the field off and on for a little over a week now. Almost done planting onions, getting ready to start sugar beets, and planted just a few potatoes. Winter wheat looks really good, though a little slow. It's strange to see water in the canals when we're still so far away from needing it. Sugar beet planting is behind across the whole state; USDA estimates us at 18% planted which is 37 points behind average. Onions are better with 70% planted, only 10 points behind average. Our part of the state only has 15% of potatoes planted; last year we were at 49%. La Nina is a mixed blessing for us -- better irrigation water supply, but later, wetter spring.
- 4/20 - Merrill, Mich. (Northwestern Saginaw County): Extremely wet and cold. Majority of winter wheat in good to excellent condition and side dressed. Very little fertilizer put on for sugar beets and corn. Other parts of the county have a few beets planted, but do not know of any corn yet. Field work will be limited in April at this point due to receiving 2” or more of rainfall overnight on the evening of the 19th. Not behind at this point, but when it does dry out no matter the temperature it will be time to get planting. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/20 - Huntington County, Ind.: 1.75 inches of rain yesterday and overnight. Water is standing in the fields and the ditches and creeks are running full. It has been such a cold spring that I don’t see much chance of double crop beans being planted after wheat in our area. It will most likely be mid July until the wheat comes off. Nothing has been planted yet and the 10 day forecast has 8 days of rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/20 - Barron County, Wis.: Woke up this morning to a white world…. Cold (currently 31 degrees) is the word around here. We have been spreading a little fertilizer and lime with float equipment. The only other equipment in the fields have been on the sands, while heavy ground needs more time to firm up. There are a few brave souls who left their corn crop out all winter and are now starting to finish up harvest….what the deer didn’t. Bears are awake and a few have been sighted wandering. It’s a good time to trim back tree branches and clean up fence rows, pick rocks, and go out for dinner with family. Spring will come…..I’m just afraid of a repeat of 2008 in more ways than market. Fall of 2008 brought 40% moisture corn with test weigts in the 40’s. Life is good….real good!! Consider the alternative!!
- 4/20 - Phillips County, northeastern Montana: More snow this past week, most fields are still to wet to plant. Winter wheat just starting to green. Above normal calving losses due to snow, cold, flooding and wind. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/20 - Texas: Wildfires continued to breakout in many areas, but even without fires wheat farmers were feeling burned, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
With dry conditions, heat and wind, the crop continues to deteriorate, according to Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension economist specializing in grain marketing and policy.
“It’s bad and getting worse,” Welch said. “It looks like the 2011 crop, in terms of production and yields, is going to look like the 2009 crop — perhaps even as bad as the 2006 crop; just disastrous wheat years in Texas.” (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
Not all dryland wheat is at risk, but much of the crop has been abandoned to crop-insurance adjustors due to the ongoing drought. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)
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- 4/20 - Grant, Wis.: Snow is the word of the day; snow plows are on the roads; must have 5-6 inches and its cold so it stuck a small amount of seeding done; some fert; was put down last week; it was a very short summer and now it’s back to winter.
- 4/20 - Lancaster, Pa.: Still continued wet and cool. 5 inches of rain in April has fieldwork at a standstill. No corn planted in this area. Manure storage becoming a problem as well. Double crop rye for forage is ready to cut and with more rain in the forecast, quality will become an issue. It will take at least 3-4 good days of dry windy weather to get in the fields. In 1983 we had set the precipitation record for April. It was followed by a hot dry summer . The only year we ever collected crop insurance. Hopefully history does not repeat itself.
- 4/20 - Pocahontas County, Iowa: 5 inches of rain and 4inches snow last 10 days.
- 4/20 - Nodaway County, Mo.: Renter planted 135A,on me 13th, 400A the days before on Neighbor, he has corn up 3" all ready. A chance of frost tonight, calling for rain, rest of week. Other neighbors have also gotten some corn planted.
- 4/20 - Benton County, Wash. (South central Washington and north central Oregon): Winter wheat are about as good as it gets at this point. Spring wheat was late getting in but moisture was good and hot weather seems far off. This cold weather makes me worry about rust (though I sprayed a full rate of tilt when I applied herbicide) and frost later on, but the wheat, though planted early, is not much ahead of "normal" development at this point. I would expect a good, but late crop in the PNW. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/20 - Scott County Mo.: 20% corn planted in the area. Strong Winds today stirring the dust and rain forecasted to come through tonight. Some corn 1-2 inches tall.
- 4/20 - Jackson County, Okla.: SUNUP's Lyndall Stout visits Muller Farms in Jackson County to hear first hand about how the drought is affecting cotton farmers in southwest Oklahoma.
- 4/20 - Shelby County, Ohio: After a very wet March, we have had over 4 inches of rain in April. Wheat looks good even though some is not top dressed due to wet fields. With the cold and wet soils and more of the same in the forecasts we may be lucky to get any seed in the ground before May 1. Last year we FINISHED planting in April! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/19 - Yankton, S.D.: Corn planters have not moved, very wet and cold. We will need at least 5 days of good drying weather. And it doesn’t seem to be in the forecast.
- 4/19 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Ground is white again this morning and winter storm watch for NE IA and SE MN. We have not turned a wheel yet. Still need to apply some fertilizer and NH3. Last year at this time we were about done planting corn and some were starting beans. It is not too late yet, just hope it warms up and dries out soon so we don’t have to patch in a crop around wet holes. Our worst crops have always been the ones we have to mud in.
- 4/19 - Hettinger County, N.D.: The Winter That Won't End! 6 to 8 inches of snow again today. Cold wet weather forecast for next week to ten days. We are three weeks behind normal planting and still loosing days.
- 4/19 - Renville County, Minn.: Very cold and wet with snow in the forecast, not a pretty picture.
- 4/19 - Hyde County, N.C.: Corn planting is currently 70% complete and should wrap up this week. The oldest corn is at the one leaf stage. Wheat is beginning to flower and so far disease pressure has been light. Isolated areas have been treated for cereal leaf beetle. Cotton planting is starting this week also.
- 4/19 - Western Walsh county, northeast North Dakota: We received another 8-10 inches of heavy wet snow over the weekend. Temps only in the 30's this week, with frozen ground every morning. Nothing will happen around here till May, if it warms up. Fields are totally saturated. Maybe it's a good thing we didn't get much N on last fall......prevent plant is a real possibility on a lot of acres now. The river valleys in southern and eastern North Dakota are dealing with serious flooding, lots of washed out roads. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/19 - East Central Iowa: The video below is my 6 year old’s answer for the weather delays!!! Nothing has moved since last Thursday (4-12-11) and it doesn't look like we will for at least a week or 10 days. Only heard of 3 guys who planted a little corn. Better them than me! I had to dig out the long underwear again, unbelievable.
I had to dig out the long underwear again, unbelievable.
-- East central Iowa
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- 4/19 - Weld County, Colo.: Too dry when winter wheat was planted, to dry all winter and to dry now. Don't think we will see much production from non irrigated land for 2011.
- 4/19- Hettinger County, southwest North Dakota: It looks like we will be way behind normal getting the wheat and canola in, probably shooting for the first of may now, but the extended forecast could take care of that as it is calling for a lot of moisture and cool weather, usually the crop is in the ground by May 1. Everyone will do their best to get the crop in, but a lot of patience will be the key. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/19 - South central Michigan: 2 to 4 inches of snow forecasted for south central Michigan.
- 4/19 - Haxtun, Colo.: The wheat in northeast Colorado got a welcome shot of moisture over the last week. We had around 1.5” during the week between rain and a large snowstorm. The stands are still spotty, some have filled in but the wheat is anywhere from 1 leaf to 4 tillers. Might make for a late harvest year. Talked with our CSU wheat breeder as he was out checking test plots and his comment was that SE Colorado needed moisture now and the north part of the state had better stands and potential. Time will tell. Safe planting season to everyone. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/19 - Lewistown, Mont.: Late, Late and getting Later... That’s how I would describe the spring wheat planting in Central Montana. Statistically we have our best spring crops when planted by the 22nd of April. The July heat has a tendency to wreak havoc on late spring wheat planting, so a lot of farmers are chomping at the bit, but the weather looks unfavorable for at least another two weeks. We are predominately winter wheat here, but it has been so cold that even the winter wheat is not developing like it should and will be considered late. Some top dressing getting done, but overall very little farming and if we get the six inches of snow there forecasting tonight, it will be a lot less. Most farmers have not hit the PANIC button yet, but there hands are twitching. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/18 - Stephenson, Ill.: Another wet looking week ahead. A lot of guys are talking about starting to plant corn this week if we don’t get the rain their forecasting. Ground temp is around 45 48 degrees. 70% of the anhydrous is applied here.
- 4/18 - Saginaw County, Mich.: Started planting Sugar Beets 4-13. Ground is working up nice on the few fields that are dry enough. With the cold soils & temps forecast it could take them a while to come up.
- 4/18 - Ballinger, Texas: Wheat is done. Thank God for insurance; we would be bankrupt. We put out yellow on cotton ground. There’s no hope, no rain in six months. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/18 - Cerro Gordo County, Iowa (Northern Iowa): We had a little snow on the ground this morning. 31 degrees. April 16. Little fertilizer has been applied. The old adage “Not too much done before Easter”. Rain is forecast for all next week. Hopefully no rain on Easter – “Rain on Easter seven more Sundays after rain will fall”
- 4/18- Brown County, S.D.: 8 inches snow yesterday! No movement here yet at all, can't hardly drive atv out in the fields they are so saturated, lot's of ponds everywhere. Everyone gave up on wheat on some guys are going to turn back corn seed for beans, there will not be any movement this month for sure around here.
- 4/18 - Madison County, Neb.: Haven't really seen any planters running yet right here, but NH3 going on and dry fertilizer being spread. Some pre-emerge spray going on. Lots of final tuning up of equipment. Got2"-3" of heavy wet snow and .75" to 1" of rain 4/15/11 and temps around 30 overnight, so will slow things down a lot until late next week at the earliest.
- 4/18 - Buffalo County, Neb.: We have gone from a little dry to very wet with 2.25 in. of rain the last 2 days. Would have started on corn yesterday but now it looks like maybe next Fri. the earliest as more rain on the way Monday.
- 4/18 - Sargent County, N.D.: Things are going from bad to worse here. 6 inches of snow today. There are literally 100’s of township and county roads washed out and at least 2 main highways have been shut down at times in the last week. The main railroad line has been wiped out in 2 spots as well. Railroad crews are set to fix the damage but can’t do so until the waters recede. The flooding is the worst ever seen in this area. This could be the first time in 50 years of farming that nothing is done in May. Mother Nature is proving who the real boss is. I wish we could send all this extra water to the drought areas in the southwest.
- 4/15 - Nobles County, Minn.: We traveled from the Mexican border north along eastern NM, eastern CO to the NE border, along I80 to Omaha and North to southern MN. We did not see any good “green” that was not irrigated until central NE. Range land was brown, dry land winter wheat stands in CO were spotty at best. The grass in So. MN was greener than anything in NM and CO except for irrigated alfalfa.
- 4/15 - Mt. Gilead, Ohio: Farm Journal Technology Editor Rhonda Brooks -- Depending on who you talk to, farmers in northern Ohio are at least two weeks behind in getting their fields prepped for corn planting. Farm Journal caught up with 21-year-old Ryan Creasap earlier this week to learn how fields are faring near the community of Mt. Gilead. Creasap says with the forecast predicting more rain, he doesn’t anticipate getting into any field until the end of the month at the earliest. Listen to the following video for more feedback from this young farmer.
- 4/15 - Fulton/Miami counties, Ind.: Tillage beginning to pick up in our area. Between Loagansport and Rochester a couple of producers are doing secondary tillage passes. A few producers putting on NH3. It is still pick your spot to run. We are still cool and have "wet-spots" that won't support machinery. Wheat is beginning to look better. We made a couple of rounds with chisel on some bean stubble we left to spread manure on in the winter. Soils are still soft in spots. Tillage and planting equipment is ready for the "shake down cruise."
- 4/15 - Ward County, N.D.: This picture was taken 4-15-2011 this morning. We were forecast for 1" -3" of snow and the storm dropped 6". We are primarily a Hard Red Spring Wheat area. 2/3 of our acres are HRSW. Last year we began planting HRSW on 4-18-2011. We are in a winter storm warning again today with another 3" in the forecast. Temp here this morning is 20 degrees. The trend here has been large amounts of HRSW seed orders cancelled. Beans are the hot commodity around here most producers in the area are canceling HRSW plantings and switching to later planted crops. With no HRSW in the bins and my seed order being cancelled this morning, and booking soybean seed. Soybean seed is going fast around here. We are still 3 to 4 weeks out from beginning to plant.
- 4/15 - Lancaster Neb.: We have been dry until last night and still raining today. Temps have dropped with snow predicted later today. Little planting done in this area only a few guys have done any significant amount, with temps dropping into the low thirties it will be interesting to see what kind of stands are there. Cooler temps and more rain expected Tuesday will back up planting to late April at least.
- 4/15 - Fayette County, Texas: Drought worsens, 90 degree last weekend with high winds. Very bad frost damage on older corn April 5.
- 4/15 - Dallam County, Texas: It has been an extremely dry winter no moisture since mid September. Irrigated wheat looks good dryland will not make. Volunteer corn is starting to emerge and we will start planting Monday. Am always amazed the Midwest can start planting as early as we do.
- 4/15 - Ashland, Ohio: Farm Journal Technology Editor Rhonda Brooks -- Brandon Swanson says he has applied fertilizer on only a couple hundred acres so far this Spring. Still, the Ashland, Ohio, native remains upbeat about the 2011 corn-growing season. In the following video, Swanson shares his perspective on the weather and the impact it is having on farmers in his area.
- 4/15 - South central Minnesota: It’s starting to look like a late spring here. Very cold with clouds and rain in the ten day forecast. We need some heat and sun to get started.
- 4/15 - Johnson, Ind.: Little field work done here only some anhydrous put on and some spraying done. We have been just a few days away from field work then it rains 1-3 plus inches. Hard to sell corn with none in the ground!!
- 4/15 - North central Ohio: We are cool and wet right now. No field work here. Hope this changes soon.
- 4/15 - Central Illinois: Farm Journal Seed and Production Editor Pam Smith -- Soil temperatures are still a little cool in central Illinois. There's been a lot of tillage, but some farmers are waiting to plant until it warms up a bit.
- 4/14 - Putnam, Ill.: We have all our first pass tillage completed. We are waiting for some warmer temps to spray and second pass and plant - the soil temps are not in the 50's yet. The fields are in good shape and we are off to a good start.
- 4/14 - Hartford City, Ind.: Top Producer Editor Jeanne Bernick -- Farmer Greg Slenzer has been laying tile for local farmers around Hartford City, Ind., for weeks now. Watch im lay tile in northeast Indiana.
- 4/14 - Dodge County, Minn.: The same guy that gets excited every year started planting corn yesterday. The local agronomist said ground temps were in the 50s but I'm sure after today and this weekend that will change. Highs maybe 40 and rain mixed with some light snow Friday night and Saturday. Every year this guy has to be the first one in. Some day it will bite him in the arse!! Only one other guy was toying with the idea and that was to make sure his new planter worked. And it didn't. He's thinking he'd kept is blue one!!
- 4/14 - Wheatland, N.D.: Nothing happening here. Still 3 weeks to a month out from any field work. Cold today highs in the 30's.
- 4/14 - Juneau County, Wis.: No field work yet cold wet and snow showers in forecast it is going to be late here.
- 4/13- Ward County, N.D.: Record flooding. Ward County is evacuating farms and towns, dams are not holding. Damaged grades and washed out roads all over limiting access to fields. Record surface water in fields. Set new record, river flooding 5' over previous 100-year record. Still way to wet and a lot of snow left. Wheat planting probably won't happen here this year. We will switch to beans on field we can get to. Many fields will not be planted due to roads not being fixed in time. Can not move fertilizer or seed, culverts washed out and access is cut off. Many roads under water with no were for the water to go. We will have record amount of Prevent plant. I thought the last two years were wet. This one is worse. NO WHEAT HERE. Winter wheat that was planted is mostly under water and has been for to long. There is more water showing than land from aerial photos. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/13 - East Central Iowa: We finished nh3 and combining on the same day! Forgot about food plot that I had to leave on D.N.R. farm until March 1. Two acres out of 8 actually had corn left (170 bu. total). I am about 8 days from planting. Will listen to forecast on the 20th to decide when to start.
- 4/13 - Kansas City, Mo.: Doug Walsh, Producers Hybrids, says South of Kansas City they are going like crazy in planting. He expects a lot of people will work hard through today and check the weather conditions. Kansas City and North are applying anhydrous, but aren’t planting yet. But, they should start any day.
- 4/13 - Texas: West Texas is burning. Fueled by record levels of drought-parched grasses and brush, driven by winds 30-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph and encouraged by low humidity, wildfires burned hundreds of thousands of acres of West Texas, according to reports by Texas Forest Service and Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
- 4/12 - Renville County, Minn.: Had over an inch of rain on Sunday; re-flooded pot holes; very wet here; snow is almost gone.
- 4/12 - Schneider, Ind.: Farm Journal Seed and Production Editor Pam Smith -- Bring on the sunshine. Kurt Line, Churchill Farms, Schneider, Indiana, is waiting for some warmer weather before getting too carried away with spring field work. Meanwhile, the cloudy day proved the perfect time to let local farmers see how the farm is using cover crops. Churchill Farms aerial applied annual ryegrass, winter cereal rye and cover crop radishes into standing corn last September (2010).
- 4/12 - Southern Mille Lacs County, Minn.: Wet here ponds are over flowing into the fields, still a few patches of snow so there will be no oats or wheat planted this spring. Sounds like rain 6-7 days out of the next 15 so not a good thing. Usually start beans about May 10th. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/12 - Collins, Iowa: Agco-Allis with 30 foot Deutz Allis 1400 Chiselvator in disk ripped cornstalks.
- 4/12 - Henry County, Ind.: Wheat looking good for the most part. May see a few isolated fields destroyed. Oats coming up. some NH3 on. Ground cool and saturated now. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/12 - Iroquois, Ill.: Planters started last Friday. The soil is very mellow and soil temperatures got up to 56 degrees for the first time Sat. Today it's 60 even up to northern Illinois. Last night rain .5 to 1.2 inches, lots of wind. We need a good growing season. Last year corn in our county got down to 144 bu. the first time since 2006 that the yield was below 180. With all the big planters around we sure don't need to rush out if conditions are marginal. By the way, us old NW Germans are planting our 137th crop in this old swampy soil.
- 4/12 - Marshall County, Kan.: Started planting corn today one day later than last year. Planting conditions are great.
- 4/12 - North central Illinois: Field cultivating at midnight with a 9520 with Trimble Autopilot and a 50 foot field cultivator. Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms.
- 4/11- Coles County, Ill.: I tried to stay out of the fields but I couldn't stand it no more. Friday I planted 40 acres ahead of what was suppose to be a warm and dry weekend (slight chance of scattered showers) well it rained 1.6" the next morning. plus heavy rain Monday morning. Now it is time to sweat it out. You would think I would have learned my lesson in the past.
- 4/11 - Billings, Mont.: Trying to plant malt barley, very wet with cold weather. This is latest to plant grain in many years around here. I haven’t even thought about getting corn planter ready yet!
- 4/11 - York County, Pa.: Started planting corn by this time last year. Several weeks away yet this year just simply too wet and too cold.
- 4/11 - Central Texas: Extremely dry, with wind in excess of 20 mph nearly everyday. Dryland corn blowing over no roots, milo looks pretty good, wheat could of been real good but now looks like 30 are less, cotton planting mostly on hold due to no planting moisture. It’s like a Hell Hole dry year after year since 2000's. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/11 - Meade Ky.: Little or no planting yet for corn or beans. The area is dry with water levels in ponds low. We are starting to get some warm days and the ground is warming up. Most farmers are busy putting down fertilizer and having spring spraying done.
- 4/11- Teton County, Mont.: Snowed 4 inches today, wheat is hasn't greened up yet. I'm ready to get in the field. Looking like we are going to be late planting. We try to be seeding wheat by April 15th and peas by March 25th. Not a tractor out of the shed yet this year. Global warming? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/11 - Dickey County, N.D.: This year it might not be a question of if the crops will get in. However it is more of a question if there will be any roads left to get to the fields due to the flooding.
- 4/11 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Could use a nice warm rain to help get the rest of the frost out of the ground. Few people picking rocks and working ground on lighter soil but it could be later corn planting than normal here. Usually start around the 15th. Late Easter = late spring?
- 4/11 - Central Tennessee: Finally making good time planting corn today, grandfather is keeping it rolling! #plant11
- 4/11 - Wayne County, Ind.: Ground conditions: Wet....with rain coming...Next 7 day outlook: wet.... We normally like to start planting April 15. That will not happen this year.
- 4/11 - Nebraska: #plant11 is about to start on our farm. Planter is filled & ready 2 go. http://bit.ly/hXc1fx this will b 124th season since our family homesteaded.
- 4/7- St Clair County, Ill.: Very limited activity in this area. We get close and then it rains or snows. Today we are about a day or two from being able to go, but 3 days with rain forecast don’t get one too excited. No one panicking yet, but after the last couple years of early planting many are anxious and ready to go. Most wheat is in the southern 2/3rds of the county and has gone from poor to decent in a matter of weeks. It’s obvious that more of the plants germinated last fall than initially thought. Stands are somewhat erratic, but I don’t think much will be destroyed, if any. I think most guys got their N on last week in spite of wet field conditions. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/7 Jackson County, Iowa: Applying NH#. Alot of fertilizer going on. 12 days from planting.
- 4/7- Lauderdale, Tenn.: Strong south winds over the weekend with warming temps. Now we have cold rain and very wet fields. I hope to plant 4.2 beans by April 20th.
- 4/6 - East Central Iowa: Alot of guys are applying NH3. Quite a few oats are getting put in.The coops are busy spreading fertilizer. Ground came along way in just two days, but it sounds like we have good chances for rain all this coming week.
- 4/6 - Horry County, S.C.: Tobacco setting has begun with good moisture in the ground. Wheat is looking like its going to be a good crop and corn planting is well underway. Hopefully all the cold is gone. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/6 - Texas: Parts of East Texas and the Coastal Bend received from 1 inch to 1.5 inches of rain on April 4, but the rest of the state got only high winds and cooler temperatures, according the National Weather Service. With few exceptions, mainly along the Gulf Coast, the rain did little to roll back the severe to extreme drought conditions hammering the growth of small grains, and pasture and rangeland grasses, said Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
- 4/6 - Bay City, Mich.: Cold, snowing, raining, sleet and whatever Mother Nature keeps throwing at us. If it quits maybe in two weeks we might get some work started!
- 4/6 - Wallace County, Kan.: My wheat was planted no-till in middle September and has had around 1 inch of moisture since then. I got a good stand and it still looks like it could make a good crop, but moisture will have to come within the next 30 days or so. I intend to plant sunflowers in last years wheat stubble and it looks like it will have adequate moisture for germination. That is if any moisture at all is received before planting in early June. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/6 - Mason County, Ill.: Moisture ideal for planting. All fertilizer and most corn chemicals applied. Warm soil with no rain will have planters running.
- 4/5- East Central, Iowa: Started NH3,ground was just fit enough to go (little dirt sticking to wheels on tank). Judging by the calender and the forcast for our area, it is time to go.
- 4/5 - Fayette County, Texas: Beautiful corn crop up but it is extremely dry. Crop can't put down brace roots and 40 MPH dry north wind is blowing it over.
- 4/5 - Iroquois County, Ill.: Wheat is but needs warmer temps, and water not much rain here this spring. I have seen my creek so low on april 4th and tile just dripping. Dry dirt in new tile ditches being dug. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/5 - Dekalb County, Ind.: Some of the wheat here will be tore-up, some looks good, still very dry here other than top 6", can't seem to get much rain, top dressing on the wheat is starting, dug down in the field and 12" down -- dry. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/5 - Gonzales County, Texas: Corn and grain sorghum are planted, but not all have sprouted. Need a good soaking rain. Had a chance of rain this morning, but it all went east and north. Pastures need the rain as well.
- 4/5 - Western Oklahoma: The wheat looks dry, blue colored and burnt. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/4 - McLean, N.D.: We still have 1' snow across the fields. Probably won't be until late April before we get into the fields, unless the weather changes rapidly.
- 4/4 - Moody County, S.D.: Wet is an understatement! Ducks are sitting on the low land and we have rain and below normal temps forecast for the rest of the month of April.
- 4/4 - St Joseph, Ind.: Soil temperature COLD, however dry. Some guys are applying fertilizer.
- 4/4 - Brown County, S.D.: Wet, Wet, and flooded land all over up here. Their will be a large portion of acres not planted again this year, and the corn acres that are planted look like they will be late. Probably big switch to beans. I won't be planting any wheat for sure due to wet fields. doesn't look any better than last year and probably worse if anything. Were just north of Aberdeen S.D. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/4 - Chippewa, Wis.: Wet and wetter-still patchy snow.
- 4/4 - Langlade City, Wis.: About 3 more inches snow this morning, supposed to have rain in forecast thru Monday. Still gave 6 inches snow on the ground. Last year at this time people were plowing, spreading manure, and some oats being planted. Forecast this week is fir highs in the mid 40's.
- 4/4 - Clark County, Ohio: Sprayed roundup, 2-4 D, and Simazene on March 28. Ready to plant corn acres. Need some warm temperatures. Maybe end of this week or second week of April. 1 week behind schedule from last year.
- 4/4 - Macon County, Mo.: Ground is dry, dry fertilizer N-P-K is going on today 4-2-11, will plant all corn 100%, frogs not croakin’ yet, will wait to plant. Waiting to sell grain, 2010 beans at ADM on DP, Three years corn stored in bins, letting the FUNDS do their thing.
- 4/4 - Redwood, Minn.: Very, very wet here. Last week 1.6 inches of rain followed with a foot of very wet snow. Cold weather all week has let it melt very slowly which has helped the flood situation, but we are still waiting for spring to come in earnest. As far as crop mix, I think most people are sticking with their normal rotations being that corn, beans, beets and canning crops are all at profitable levels. Cold and wet conditions would have to last a long time before anybody would change their plans. Hope you all have a safe and rewarding year.
- 4/4 - Crawford, Wis.: Plenty of moister so far.
- 4/4 - Clay County, Ark.: Very little corn planted, wet and cool past 10 days, Everyone I know is ready to rock if and when maw nature allows. Thank God for all the fall work we got in. Wheat looks v. Good as for now, but wet feet and wheat don’t mix well, time will tell. may God bless all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/1 - Anderson County, Kan.: Wheat look good for as wet as it is. No corn planted here yet. I did get a little spraying done last Friday. Rained and/or drizzled, snowed or sleeted every day since w/ .8" rain again today. Been cold, raw and wet all week. Welcome to global warming. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/1 - East central Iowa: We had Innovative Ag Service airflow 40 acres of alfalfa with fertilizer. It took them just over an hour. Sure beats a grain drill. They cover 70 feet with one pass!
- 4/1 - Finney, Kan.: East of Shallowater in Scott County, small patch of excellent wheat, hanging on for rain. East central Finney Co, wheat is emerging probably still at least a half average crop, if conditions become more favorable (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 4/1 - Trempealeau County, Wis.: Fields are finally starting to firm up a bit, its been a very muddy spring so far. The manure pit is very full and trying to spread a little to keep it from over flowing has been a challenge. Mostly spreading on the no till sod fields and trying to spread before 9 a.m. when things get really soft. Overall spring will probably be an average one. Still have a few washouts and ruts that need to be fixed and all the snow and rain hasn't exactly helped.
- 4/1 - Central Valley California: Due to the cool weather we had a long bloom time & a full bloom in all – peaches, apricots, plums and almonds. Walnuts haven’t bloomed yet so it’s still too early to tell.
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