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April Crop Comments

Apr 30, 2013

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

 

  • 4/30 - Washington County, Ore.: This is the warmest and driest springs in quite a while. Irrigation is getting started, planters are rolling. We are 2 to 3 weeks ahead of the past couple of years. A neighbor planted corn on April 24th, and it was starting to emerge on the 29th. The forecast is for a week of 80 degree temps.

 

  • 4/30 - Farbault, Minn.: No planting here.

 

  • 4/30 - Barry County, Mich.: Still to wet for any field work. 10+ inches of rain, rivers in fields are gone, waiting for the lakes to disappear.

 

  • 4/30 - Henry County, Ohio: Some corn planted on sandier soil early last week. Will take at least a week or more of drying before planting on heavier clay soil will begin. Although there will be some that can’t wait that long and the mud will be flying.

 

  • 4/30 - Mower County, Minn.: Nothing planted yet and looks like a wet week coming, along with cool temps later in the week.

 

  • 4/30 - Sangamon County, Ill.: As of 4/29 the only thing growing in our fields are chickweed and henbit. 3 weeks ago we worked all the conventional tilled ground to kill weeds, but the 3" rain that came 2 days later has kept most of it growing. Some corn was planted in the area at that time and still hasn't emerged. It has sprouted, but has 1 1/2" to 2" of damp hard ground to go through to reach daylight.

 

  • 4/30 - Gray County, Kan.: Wheat is shot. 22 degrees on April 24 so the wheat is froze out. No corn planted in the area, as there is no heat sink in the soil. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/30 - Greeley, Neb.: Planters started over the weekend and are really after it. The weather is expected to change with rain/snow Tuesday night into Wednesday. We need all the moisture we can get. April was good to us, but we are so very short in subsoil. The ranchers need it for grass.

 

  • 4/30 - Audrain County, Mo.: We had another 1 1/2 of rain over weekend. It has been too wet to burn down. No field work done at all. Still trying to get second shot of nitrogen on wheat. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/30 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Last Friday morning our fields were still 99% snow covered, and the road ditches still full of snow. Today (4/29) the snow is 90% gone. I've never seen such a rapid melt, and so much water run off as it did Sunday. Every stream came out of its banks. Maybe we will get going in a couple weeks if it doesn't rain.

 

  • 4/30 - Darke County, Ohio: We are staying too wet to do any field work. .5 inches on Sunday. A few neighboring fields were sprayed for burn down last week but they were marginal the sprayers cut tracks in spots we will wait for better field conditions before we attempt any spraying. Also would like to see some warmer temps to get better control of problem weeds. If no more rain maybe by the weekend we may be able to do something.

 

  • 4/30 - Southwest Michigan: The last 16 days we have seen almost 8 inches of rain. Ground temps are still in the low 40s and the ground is saturated. We had plenty of rain and snow over the winter to bring up our water table, now it has nowhere to go. A couple of farmers couldn't wait to start some field work, now they have rivers running down the chiseled rows. No planting that I have seen in the surrounding 6 counties. River levels are 5-7 feet above flood stage, so it will be awhile before anymore field work will start.

  • 4/29 - East central Iowa: Farmers hit the fields Friday in Jackson County. NH3 will wrapping up within a day or two. I saw 2 planners running. Rain in the forecast for every day this week, along with cooler temperatures by the end of the week. With any luck we'll get done with NH3 today and will be ready for the next stage.....planting. I feel very fortunate to be able to run these last couple days, compared to those of you who are too cold and or wet.

 

  • 4/29 - Central Missouri: Not going to try anything but spraying this week with forecast for a cold wet weekend to come.

 

  • 4/29 - Dane, Wis.: Most fields fairly dry with some lower pockets with ponding water in areas of 1 acre or less. Ground Temp at 41 degrees. Some planting of corn done east of Madison, Wis., <1% of acreage planted for most farmers.

 

  • 4/29 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Rain, Rain, and more Rain. Nothing is done here, and it will be 10 days before much gets done here…probably a lot longer looking at the weather forecasts. It is starting to look like the spring of 1996, had 45 acres corn planted June 2th of that year out of 500. I spent the rest of June trying to plant soybeans. Rain makes Grain?

 

  • 4/29 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Corn just started full bore on 4/28.

 

  • 4/29 - Northumberland County, Pa.: Planters started Saturday afternoon for a few. Calling for rain showers tomorrow until Tuesday/Wednesday.  Depending on how much rain we get everyone will be at it. Wheat looks good everywhere also. Till the end of the week we will start with both beans and corn. Everyone have a safe planting season. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
  • 4/29 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Just dry enough to pick rocks around the wet spots and looks like a wet cold week ahead. Great to get the moisture but bad for our planting window. A couple planters going on sandy ground today but that is all that’s it. If we were to stay dry it would be the end of the week before much is done around here. It’s gonna be a stressful planting season if the weather forecast comes true.

 

  • 4/29 - Targovishte, Bulgaria: Autumn crops is concerned in our district are developing very well. Moisture in the soil there, the weather is warm + 15 + 30 degrees. Low sowing sunflower and maize. We expect many good wheat yields 74-89 bushels/acre. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
    4 30 13 Bulgaria
    4 30 13 Bulgaria 2

    -- Targovishte, Bulgaria

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  • 4/29 - Crockett County, Tenn.: Corn 40-50%planted no cotton planted yet. Wheat beginning to head. Fields saturated. First corn planted 4-9 up and 2nd leaf emergence slow raining now and forecasted for more. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/29 - Iroquois County, Ill.: Well we've been hammered with rain the past two weeks. But this week seems clear enough that we might be able to get a jumpstart next week fingers crossed.

  • 4/26 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Yesterday I spent some time on the web looking temperatures and duration of temps below 26 deg. This area where damage to jointed wheat occurred ran from Plainview, TX to Salina, KS. This includes much of the wheat growing area in TX,OK,KS and adjoining areas in CO and NM. This area includes locations that produce easily 1/2 of the HRWWW in the US. From market action either the traders in KC don't believe the damage is potentially as bad as it is or don't know about the freeze. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/26 - Wells County, Ind.: 1.2-1.5in of rain on our farms. One year today ago finished planting corn. Haven't even got anhydrous applicator out of tool shed yet this year. Will be awhile yet.

 

  • 4/26 - East central Iowa: Spring field work has begun in Eastern Iowa.

 

  • 4/26 - Teton County, Mont.: Wheat is starting to grow after two weeks of winter. Some fields are spotty, but warm weather should help. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/26 - Pennsylvania: The crops in Pennsylvania are starting to get in the ground. We have are corn and beans guys are cutting cover crops to feed to dairy cow we were short on feed here last summer. Manure will get hauled on these field and planters will be running till Saturday. I think till next weekend, there will be a lot of corn in the ground. Womelsdorf and Berks area we have next 5 to 7 day good weather on the way. Good luck to all.

 

  • 4/25 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: In answer to Cheyenne County, Neb. question about HRSW beating the frost come fall.....plant early maturing varieties and prayer that Mother Nature gives us time in September to make up for growing season lost in April. All farmers understand we are not in control. God is. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/26 - Bedford County, Pa.: Planters are rolling!! Good soil moisture but temps are borderline highs are reaching 70 plus but lows are still dipping into the 30's. Seven day forecast shows temps increasing daily Winter crops are doing well First cut hay is about a week from silage harvest. Some bean growers are preparing for seeding next week.

  • 4/25 - Posey County, Ind.: Pasture good to excellent, corn and beans still in the bag.

 

  • 4/25 - Rice County, Minn.: Love it, our ten day weather outlook puts us at a high of 42 degrees on 5/3. Sure we will hit 72 degrees on the 28th but it gets solid wet and cold again after that. Nothing planted here. Everything looks and feels like the month of March. Afraid to detach snowblower after using it again yesterday. Mother Nature is definitely going to call some bluffs this season.

 

  • 4/25 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Went east to Ogalalla yesterday. Tractors rolling on pivot irrigated corn ground (tillage, not planting). Came back on Highway 30. Wheat either did not emerge, blew out or the winter killed it in eastern Deuel County. Wheat locally is back in dormancy. Not done tillering or jointed yet. Looks like a late harvest this year. Question: With all the snow and cold in the Dakota's and Canadian Prairie provinces, how are they going to get spring wheat to mature before frost because of late planting? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/25 - Nelson County, N.D.: No question about it, some corn acres will shift to other crops. It is looking like a best case/perfect conditions, we can start planting, maybe around 18-20 of May.

 

  • 4/25 - Manhattan, Ill.: Sloppy conditions in Illinois have at least let farmers there quit worrying about the drought, according to an I-80 Planting Tour update from AgDay’s Tyne Morgan. Farmer Dave Kestel wishes he could be planting his corn right now. But, knowing that his soil is getting a much-needed recharge keeps him in a good mood.

  • 4/24 - Hamilton, Ind.: After today's rain subsides, central Indiana will have the 2nd highest April rainfall since 1891. With more rain over the next 6 days, April 2013 may be the wettest ever.

 

  • 4/24 - Northern Stearns County, Minn.: Snow will be pretty much gone by tomorrow and then it will take a week of good weather before we can get in the fields. Hoping to get planting by May 5th. Excellent soil moisture going into planting season as much of these last 3 snowfall have soaked in, especially on flatter soils. Sounds like 60-70s finally coming up starting Friday.

 

  • 4/24 - Sumner County, Kan.: 3/4 inch rain and 35 mph all night and cold, by noon some fences and trees in the northwest part of the county had ice on them, the high for the day was 37 and cold north winds. Tonight’s low around 26-28, there might be more than 25% lost acres, time is 10:30 pm snowing a little outside more records going down sense 1889, Good Luck everyone.

 

  • 4/24 - East central Iowa: We were 1-2 days from getting into the fields when we received 1/4"+ of rain with snow showers. The forecast does hold out some hope. A chance of snow showers Wednesday night, followed by 3-4 days of dry and warmer weather. We hope to get a start on applying NH3 and new seeding in if it dries enough to get into the fields by Friday. Stock cow guys/gals (and dairy guys/gals) are not having their prayers answered either. Pastures and hay fields aren’t growing at all, which isn’t helping ease the hay supply/price at all. We cut hay last year at this time (which was 3-4 weeks early). Every day out of the field means one more walk around the planter to find another $500-1000 problem (or potential problem).

 

  • 4/24 - Talbot County, Md.: Heavy frost on Monday (April 22). We just had 1.5" of rain over weekend. Wheat and barley are losing color due to lack of sun. It is gonna be a late wheat harvest. Some early corn is emerging on sandy soils but the majority are waiting for some warmer weather to plant. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/24 - Grant County, S.D.: There probably won't be any planting going on here for another 2 weeks, if we are lucky. Still there are snow drifts 4-5 feet tall in many areas. Already is coffee shop talk about going to an earlier variety, or just going to beans.

 

  • 4/24 - Coles County, Ill.: Much of the standing water is slowly disappearing. I used a kayak and paddled out to the middle of a 10 plus acre pond in a 35 acre field to clean off a tile drop stand so it would finally drain. It is raining now and more rain in the forecast so I hope to get in the fields in may???

 

  • 4/24 - Dodge County, Wis.: The ground is wet and cold; winter wheat is greening up in certain areas. No alfalfa green shoots except some grasses sprouting up. Small snow banks on the fence lines yet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/24 - Jefferson County, Ill.: Wheat is looking good in the county, everybody has pretty much got all there nitrogen on and there still trying to spray for grass. I know some people that has worked ground but no planting has happened! We have had a lot of rain in the last month. We had almost 3 inches the 3rd week of April! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/24 - Hettinger County, N.D.: Last year we were done planting at this time, virtually nothing seeded around here now, got down to 12 degrees this morning. Northern half of county still has about 5 inches of snow on ground, southern half has less, don’t look for field work to start till May 1. Went to northern part of state and also the eastern half of state, will be lucky if they get in the field by May 20 at best. Hopefully summer temps will be on the lower side so things don’t burn up at flowering or heading stage.

 

  • 4/24 - Southeast Kansas: 3 inches of rain in the last week. We are maybe 40% con planted. We were done with corn and early beans by now last year. Pasture is short. Wheat looks good but head is in the boot and weatherman says 29 tonight. Does not look like a good year shaping up. But look at the bright side traders think we’re going to raise bumper crops. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/24 - East central Iowa: Nothing is going here yet. Sunday turned out to be windy and warm (for this year), close to 60F and a 20-25 mph breeze. It did dry very nicely on top, but some ponding still remains from the 7"-8.5" of rain from last week. This year couldn’t be any different than from last year. Last year was very warm and dry. This year, very cold and wet. I would still take this year over last because we all know how last year ended up. In comparison: last year we cut hay on April 22, this year the hay isn’t 2" tall. Normally we cut first crop May 15-20. The forecast is for up to 1/2" of rain and temps in the 50’s. Not the greatest forecast, but better that last week. Happy farming to everyone.

 

  • 4/24 - Berrien County, Mich.: Grain traders must not read crop comments. No corn planted here for the next 2 days. Highs in the 40's. We need the crop in the ground for rain to make grain maybe that is just old school.

  • 4/23 - Western Missouri: We are looking at freezing temps in the morning (4-24) here. Pastures are slow-growing here and we’re running out hay.

 

  • 4/23 - Nobles County, Minn.: Another 6 inches of heavy wet snow here today again, and it's April 22! We have 4 foot drifts now in the groves and the ditches are level full of snow. Our low temp again tonight is in the low 20's and we are supposed to be planting corn? Maybe if we are lucky we will start in 3 weeks. That is a big if! Landscape looks much more like January than late April. And they hammer corn and beans down today. These traders are really in denial just how late this late planting is going to be.

 

  • 4/23 - Northwest Minnesota: I would say this snow drift is 6ft deep. This is what things look like on April 20, and no change today the 23 of April. Temp is 15 above this mourning been a cold spring for calving, field work is probably 4 weeks away rivers just started to run.
    4 23 13 NW MN

    -- Northwest Minnesota

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  • 4/23 - Dodge County, Minn.: We just got 2 inches of snow last night with 1.25 in of rain. It is going to be at least a week or more before we walk in a field around here!!!

 

  • 4/23 - O’Brien County, Iowa: As of this morning, snow covers the ground again for the 4th time in 2 weeks. Before that we got dry enough get manure spread. So know when every the weather turns (supposed to be in 70's by Friday) fertilizer will start. Good top 2'ft of soil moisture questionable after that.

 

  • 4/23 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: A few guys around planted corn 2 weeks ago before the rain came. Some just 15-20 acres to try out a new planter, others planted several hundred. It appears they will be replanting those acres. The seed is rotting in the cold wet soil. There is still a few guys that haven’t applied anhydrous yet. It will be off to the races when it dries up but that is going to take 5 plus days of dry weather as we have gotten 5-6 inches of rain in the last two weeks, and the ground is saturated on top. Still need a lot more subsoil moisture.

 

  • 4/23 - Cass County, Neb.: One farmer has planted, but that’s it. The ground temp is 40. We always plant April 10. We got some good moisture (2.5 inches last 2 weeks). We are behind for us. We like to be done May 1, but I don't think we start until then.

 

  • 4/23 - Logan County, Colo.: No planting here. Will be a good week as we continue to get more moisture. Rain and snow.

 

  • 4/23 - Hall County, Neb.: Zero is what has happened here and will still be zero a week from today probably. Latest start to my career as a corn farmer of 37 years.

 

  • 4/23 - Southern Minnesota: Planting will be late this year.  More snow and cold this morning.  We usually figure corn should be planted by the first week in May and we will definitely lose yields if it goes in after the 10.  We need a week to 10 days of sun and temps in 60s and 70s to get things in shape.  It will then take another week of good weather to plant.  Add that up, and it’ll basically take a straight 2 weeks of good weather to get the corn in.  With the forecast we have this is not going to happen by May 10.       

 

  • 4/23 - Juneau County, Wis.: Cold and wet here. No change in sight. Still have frost and snow drifts. It's raining here now. Any field work is at least two weeks away. We are already three weeks behind.

  • 4/22 - Polk County, Iowa: 4+ inches of rain last week in Central Iowa Sat. Morning of Apr 20 we had 3/4 inch of ice in the bird bath and skim ice covered the pond which is still 4 feet low. Over 6 inch of rain at the Lucas Co farm (SC Ia). Field terraces everywhere were overtopped. Many roads and highways closed in SC Ia due to flooding, but water receeded as fast as it rose. Just two days after the rain stopped, gravel roads and dirt lanes were hard and dry. The hard driving rains just hammered everything. Forecasts predict at least two nights of lows in the 20's midweek. Zero - zero, spring field work done anywhere in central or south central Iowa.

 

  • 4/22 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Raining this morning with about 3/4 of inch so far. It was just going to get dry enough to do some spraying on old bean ground, now it will be a while again. Moisture is welcome as we are still very dry from 2-4 ft in soil profile. Tuesday's low predicted at 23 high 41 soil temp Friday was 39 last year same date 59. Nice to hear thunder and see lightening and water puddles after last year.

 

  • 4/22 - East central Iowa: We’ve had over 8" of rain the last 11 days. By my completely unofficial records, that is more than all of 2012. The forecast calls for showers for the next 7 days with no warm-up in site. The highest temperature predicted is 62F.
    4 22 13 Iowa rain

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 4/22 - Hillsdale, Mich.: We had over 3 inches of rain on Friday, April 19. We have built up water table with plenty of snow and rain. No corn planted in our area. The ground temp is 40 degrees. We’ll need heat for 1 week to start planting

 

  • 4/22 - Pierpont, Ohio: Nothing in ground here yet-some ground worked last week--tiling 50 acres at 30 foot spacing-will be done this--makes worm heaven.

 

  • 4/22 - Ottawa County, Mich.: Some wheat topdressing done 2 weeks ago. Then we had 11 inches of rain in last 7 days. The Grand Rivers is cresting tomorrow (Monday) at record levels. We had snow last Friday. The buds on fruit trees have not even swelled up yet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/22 - Wells County, Ind.: We had 2 inches of rain this week and 3.5 inches last week. Will be the first week of May at least before getting to field. Calling for more rain next week with still cool temperatures.

 

  • 4/22 - Southeast Indiana: Wet and cool here. 35 this morning. Received 4-5 inches of rain in the last 10 days. Trees are just now beginning to leaf out and looks like we'll start planting this year after when we finished up corn last year! Everyone be safe this spring!

 

  • 4/22 - Yakima, Wash.: Planters are rolling all around here. Good moisture and temperature. We finished Friday.
    4 22 13 Wash

    -- Yakima, Wash.

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  • 4/22 - Richardson County, Neb.: Prior to this week we had received about 10 inches of snow and 1.5 of rain since October. This week we received 4 inches of rain. We are a long way from having our subsoil replenished but the top few inches are wet now. Thus pasture is greening up and alfalfa looks good.

 

  • 4/22 - McDonough County, Ill.: There are none planted here. We had 6 to 7 inches of rain Thursday and it was 31 degrees Sat morning. Global warming????

 

  • 4/22 - Northwest Saskatchewan: I feel bad your soil down south is too cold to plant. Up here some of us would at least appreciate the snow going so we can complete last fall’s harvest. Our winter started Oct. 20th. and hasn't let up. Forget about Wheat or Durum soon we'll be looking for Radish seed as Barley and Oats is getting scarce. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
    4 22 13 Sask Long Winter

    -- Northwest Saskatchewan

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  • 4/22 - Murray County, Minn.: We’ve had 10-12 inches of last 10 days temps in the 30s. I don’t see any fieldwork before May.

 

  • 4/22 - Clinton, Mich.: We’ve had over 7 inches in the past 10 days.

 

  • 4/22 - Darke County, Ohio: NH3 went on perfect. Then rain started we are wet but missing the large amounts. Fall spraying still holding but fields without will be battling marestail from the start especially if it warms up and stays wet. Hay and wheat are looking good but could use warmer temps today 40 and blustery. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/22 - Polk County, Wis.: We have a fresh 4 inches of snow/sleet. Starting to warm up tomorrow thru the rest of the week. Won’t be in the fields till maybe May 5th. Depends on more rain coming next week.

 

  • 4/22 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: One year ago today we started planting corn and  planted 285 acres that day. Today, after receiving over 4 inches of rain in about 18 hrs. it began to snow.  Water ponds everywhere, basements flooded and Mississippi River flood warnings. What a difference a year makes. Looks like a late start this year, with rain forecast for the first three days next week, and cold temps.

 

  • 4/22 - Wright County, Minn.: Snow amounts anywhere from 12" to 18". There won’t be any field work done here in April. There’s still plenty of ice to go fishing on!

 

  • 4/22 - Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: A farmer friend from 180 miles west (north central part of ND) of here visited this morning. Said he did not see a patch of bare ground the entire trip.....just like the pic posted today from NE North Dakota, he couldn't find his airseeder, either. At least I parked my airseeder with the wings folded up, so I know where it is!!

  • 4/19 - Wallace County, Kan.: No moisture of any significance, we have been in exceptional drought since last July according to the Drought Monitor. Wheat didn't germinate last fall. The wheat that did come up has been stifled due to the drought, cold temps and wind. It is about done for. Maybe enough to germinate spring crops, but absolutely no subsoil moisture. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/19 - Northeast North Dakota: Well this should help any reports of crop progress in North Dakota for the month of April.  This picture was taken on April 19th and its 28 degrees so still no real melting yet and with more snow on the way in 5 day forecast.  In case u can't tell that would be a cultivator frame and well as my Airseeder frame that are barely sticking out of the snow.
    4 19 13 ND

    -- Northeast North Dakota

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  • 4/19 - Kosciusko County, Ind.: We had 3.5" of rain last night, added to the 1+" of rain we got last week. No spring field work done in this area. I'm 100% no-till. Was waiting on soil to warm up and cover crops to start growing before applying burndown. Now we will be waiting for the ground to dry out. Our normal start date to plant is today. 10 day forecast remains wet. Last night's rain has ditches over flowing with lots & lots of surfacing ponding in the fields.

 

  • 4/19 - Coles County, Ill.: Last week we were dry and this week after 7 inches and counting we are flooded with 38 degrees this morning and sprinkles and a little sleet mixed in. I have nothing planted and it looks like nothing will get planted for a while with more rain in the forecast next week. Lakes in my fields and some roads under water means it will be to wet to plant into May.

 

  • 4/19 - Brown County, Minn.: We had 9 inches of snow last night. It is drifting today.
    4 19 13 april snow

    -- Brown County, Minn.

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  • 4/19 - Eaton County, Mich.: We have received over 7 inches of rain this month. Per our local TV station, this breaks the all-time record of 6.6. inches for the month. We now have lakes for fields with many roads having flooding problems

 

  • 4/19 - Reno County, Kan.: Kiss the wheat crop goodbye. 24 degrees is tonight’s forecast. The wheat has been jointed for 2 weeks but we had ice on the plants that last freeze. Not the case this time. I measured how tall it was after the last freeze and it was 12 and three fourths inches tall. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/19 - McLeod County, Minn.: As of yesterday the 11 inches of snow we got last week was almost all melted except a few of the deeper drifts in the yard. Today by 8 PM we have gotten 8 inches for new wet heavy snow and it is still snowing. Ground temperature is 33 degrees. This may be the coldest April in history of this state. Average high so far this month is 38.6. Normal high is 58 for us in April.
    4 19 13 MN snow

    -- McLeod County, Minn.

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  • 4/19 - Brown County, Wis.: The good thing about all the rain we received in this week is that it finally warmed up enough to quit snowing! LOL! Zero field work as of 4/18. We will be lucky to get in fields by mid-May.

 

  • 4/19 - Sumner County, Kan.: Wheat here looks good even after all the ice, today’s high was 40 with strong north winds. Tonight (April 18) its predicted to be 26, not good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/19 - Iowa County, Iowa: Not a wheel has turned yet. 4 inches rain for the month of April, and then April 17th 6+ inches in 24 hours. Water everywhere you look wet, wet, wet. With forecast for the week of 22nd being cold and wet it is very possible that it will the 10th of May before we dry out for planting if it will just warm up to dry up.

 

  • 4/19 - Buffalo County, Neb.: 3-4 inches of snow today, winds gusting to 40mph, with a high temp of 33. Needless to say there is no planting going on here. Forecast has warmer temps through the weekend, then cool/cold with a chance of snow again on Monday/Tuesday. So it will be awhile before planters roll. At least we are getting some much needed moisture. This will allow pastures to green up, but I doubt that there will be much grass before June.

 

  • 4/19 - Harrison County, Iowa: Have had 5" rain in the last week. 1" snow today 4/18 nothing planted anywhere, switched from anhydrous to urea yesterday. It will be a week before we can do anything if no more rain. More is predicted Sunday/Monday.

 

  • 4/19 - Brown County, S.D.: Very, very wet around here. The ground is all white and still froze. The soil moisture profile will be full when spring finally comes. Most farmers around here not concerned about switching to bean acres, equipment pretty large in this area, can get lots of acres done quick when it’s fit. Livestock producers and the cattle under tremendous stress from mud and snow, calf losses are much higher than last year! could be as high as 10-15% if we start having health issues, which will happen if we don't get some SUN & WARMTH SOON! This is definitely the spring from hell!!!!

 

  • 4/19 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: We are located east of Des Moines about 60 miles on I-80. We have had 8.5 inches of rain in the last 10 days and have heard higher amounts to the south and east. Half of what we had during the growing season last year. Can't remember the last time we did nothing in April but it sounds like this may be the year.

 

  • 4/19 - Berrien County, Mich.: According to the traders rain makes grain. But it needs to be planted first. We’ve had 3.5 inches in the last 2 days. We’ll have no April planting here.

 

  • 4/19 - Sangamon County, Ill.: No corn planted ground worked chemicals put on. Waiting for dry weather and sunshine. 5.35 inches of rain in the past 10 days. Very doubtful if any corn will be planted in April. We are east of Rochester about 5 miles.

 

  • 4/19 - Scott County, Iowa: Hey look, it's raining....  And raining.... And raining.....  Gotta love the law of averages.  Been in drought up til a couple of weeks ago. Now it won't quit raining.  We are up to 7" this week and nothing but rain in the forecast.  Fields are under water. Will take several weeks of decent weather to clean up this mess. 

  • 4/18 - West-Central Minnesota: I like planting some late maturity corn for this area, but called the dealer yesterday to switch it for an earlier hybrid. The dealer agreed. We haven't escaped winter and we are in a snowstorm right now with another ten inches on the ground and adding up quickly. We are told that it is supposed to start warming up later next week. I don't remember a year where everyone's machinery is still in the sheds at this time of the spring. I can't imagine that farmers north of us will want to plant much corn this year.

 

  • 4/18 - Seward County, Neb.: Similar photo to last week, except this time its snow. Nothing planted here yet.  Soil temp. at 4" 38 degrees 11 AM. Rain .65" rain before the snow. Good and muddy here. Hopefully the drought is on its way out.
    4 18 13 NE

    -- Seward County, Neb.

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  • 4/18 - Nicollet County, Minn.: Talking one to two inches of rain next couple of days in south-central Minnesota. We need the rain? Nothing will grow without it.

  • 4/17 - Douglas County, Minn.: There is very little bare ground around here and we are forecasted to receive 4 to 10 inches of snow. Most of the road ditches are 50 percent full or better. There is still 2 to 3 feet of ice on the lakes with no sign of ice leaving the lakes any time soon

 

  • 4/17 - Dooly County, Ga.: Corn planting has gone slow in Georgia, because of wet and cold soils. This is a far cry from the past 4 years when we were finished before April 1. We finally finished on the 14 of April. The corn that has been planted is off to a great start as daytime temps are in low 80's and night are in the mid 50's.
    4 17 13 GA

    -- Dooly County, Ga.

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  • 4/17 - Berrien County, Mich.: We went from bone dry to can’t walk off the yard. We had 1.25 of rain last night and there’s more in the forecast. There will be no planting for a while here.

 

  • 4/17 - Wahpeton, N.D.: We are still sitting with about 2 feet of snow across the land and temperatures in the 20's at night. No real warm up forecast for at least another week. With normal precipitation, and continued cold temperatures, many of us are planning for the third week of May at best. This already eliminates a window for top production. Corn production above the I 94 corridor will not be possible. Corn will not make black layer before first frost date.

 

  • 4/17 - Marathon, Wis.: Snow still in the fields. 3 to 4 feet of ice against machine shed doors. Haven't got any machinery out yet. Figure at least 2 weeks before moving. Last year I was done by May 5th.
    4 17 13 WI

    -- Marathon, Wis.

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  • 4/17 - Rice County, Minn.: It is cold and wet in our area. This is a complete opposite from our past two springs – way more discouraging. Our ten day outlook temp has just been reduced from 64 degrees to 46 for the high. Our continuing lows in the 30s and 20s! Snow still on the ground and more in the forecast. Going to take a while for soil to warm & dry to begin corn planting. What is the magic date to abandon corn planting from North Dakota and up?

  • 4/16 - East central Iowa: We received 5-6 inches of rain the last 9 days. The rain was very welcomed and warmer temps would be welcomed with it. We have the potential for another 1-2.5 inches (along with a chance of snow) the rest of this week. No field work has been done. Normally the oats/alfalfa is in as well as most nh3,fertilizer and pre-emerge herbicide. We are not late for planting here yet, normal start date is the 20-25 of April. The delay has allowed us to look over equipment again (or the first time) and replace anything that could cause further delays. This spring has been extremely tough on the stock cow guys and gals.
    4 17 13 Iowa 3
    4 17 13 Iowa 1
    4 17 13 Iowa 2

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 4/16 - Texas Panhandle: Started with some corn planting today. Should be Finnish strip-till by end of week and in full planting mode by next Monday. Need rain badly. Very, very dry.

 

  • 4/16 - Hart County, Ga.: Guys in our area just started planting corn last week, it is wet! Our average temperature for March was lower than January and we've been averaging an inch of rain per week. We will finish chopping ryegrass and clover silage this week our cover crop for corn ground. I am proud to say I am a 30 year old rancher and farmer with my father, but the greatest frustration that I have is how the government has so much control and manipulation over the market. No government entity should have that power! If their ten year projections are right, which they aren't we can't even predict this year’s crop, I am ready to pay off my pivots and tractors over the next five years barely breaking even and park em. They don't manipulate the fuel prices nope! That's why very few college educated young people even bother coming back to the family ranch or farm! The photos below are of our corn last year and silage this year. Corn has no chance of being that good. 
    4 17 13 GA 2
    4 17 13 GA 1

    -- Hart County, Ga.

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  • 4/16 - Northern Utah: Snow flurries again today.  It is the middle of April and still cold in northern Utah. Froze again over the weekend for three days. Winter wheat is not growing. Too cold and staying dormant. Most all hard red winter wheat here was planted in dry dirt last fall. Most came up under the winter snow or during snow melt. Wheat is thin and doesn't look good at all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/16 - Stutsman County, N.D.: Got our 13 to 18 inches of heavy wet snow they promised us. Have no idea now when we will be in the field. No warm weather in the forecast either. Corn acres will be down and bean acres up.

 

  • 4/16 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Wheat looks real good, we put fertilizer down 12 days ago been wet ever since, planters will roll when we get dry weather, calling for rain all this week. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

  • 4/15 - Franklin County, Neb.: After hail then freezing rain and sleet the HRW looks severely damaged at this time.

 

  • 4/15 - Yakima, Wash.: Plenty of snow in the mountains for irrigation. Soil temp is 51 at 4 in. Fertilizer is on. Raining today. Will start planting corn and irrigation water on the alfalfa in a couple of days. Gonna be a great year.

 

  • 4/15 - Ward County, N.D.: 14" of new snow and still snowing. There was no bare ground prior to this storm. Highs in the upper 20s. Snow in the forecast for this weekend. It is going to be late!!!! We were planting small grains this time last year.

 

  • 4/15 - Oliver County, N.D.: 18 inches of snow on 4/14. Welcome moisture but will now be weeks before we will see the field.

 

  • 4/15 - Livingston/LaSalle counties, Ill.: Wheat is looking good in this area, except for the small ponds that come and go with frequent rains. Most have applied N in some form or another. Most are applying in multiple trips to spoon feed the crop. No field work as yet other than a few oats seeded over Easter weekend. Soils still too cold and wet! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/15 - Chouteau County, Mont.: It's becoming quite dry here in the Golden Triangle. No significant moisture since mid-January. Winter wheat is starting to show stress from the cold dry conditions. Maybe North Dakota could send a little snow our way! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/15 - Ransom County, southeast North Dakota: This spring’s weather is unprecedented. The latest date temps in Fargo failed to make it to 50 degrees F was April 17th 1881. That’s some 132 years ago. We’re going to bury that record. There are no 50 degree temps in the 10 day forecast. Climate Change? Yep you can say that. Last years (Record) early start resulted in decent yields because nearly all the crops beat the heat of late July and August. I’m not so sure I should’ve sold any corn for 2013. The earliest we can be in the field is early May. A winter storm is bearing down on us right now threatening to drop 10-12 inches of snow, YUCK!

 

  • 4/15 - Eaton County, Mich.: We received 4 inches of rain this past week with more due this coming week. We might get started May 1 if the lakes dry up.

 

  • 4/15 - Nobles County, Minn.: Day 6 of snow/ice (LOTS OF ICE) storm. Most trees in area destroyed last Wed/Thurs. We have more snow on ground now then we had in Jan and Feb. And it is planting season? I have to chuckle at USDA's great wisdom that Minnesota is going to plant 250,000 more acres of corn this year and North Dakota is really increasing their acres. Can you plant corn with snowmobiles? Their numbers will not even be close in those two states. Something to think about.

  • 4/12 - Sibley County, Minn.: We have not planted anything. We are battling cold and wet weather. We are hoping to start planting by May 1st if it happens to warm up.

 

  • 4/12 - Queensland, Australia: Waiting for wheat planting rain. We are quite lucky to have a reasonable profile of moisture. Just to the west of us is none. There will be a lot of the west of the eastern wheat in Australia miss out if there is not big planting 4" plus. Sorghum looks pretty good in this area, BUT area is back a good 50 percent. It must be great having a USDA that knows what is going to happen for next ten years!!!!! Our ABARE is only good for 12 months and even then they stuff it up completely. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/12 - Monroe County, Mich.: Much needed rain fell this week. About 2.5 inches here. Tile is running. We thought a week ago that we may stick some corn in this next week, but with the looks of the seven day forecast and the precip we just got- that start date looks a lot closer to the first of May. I won't rush it with $250/ bag seed corn.

 

  • 4/12 - Stutsman County, N.D.: Still only 20% black ground showing here. Lots of snow around with 8 to 12 inches forecast for the weekend. We will need some good weather to get going by the first week of May. Farmers looking for shorter day corn already. There will not be all the corn planted in ND that they projected. North of us it is way worse. Could be the middle of May there.

 

  • 4/12 - Williamson County, Texas: We are getting some good timely rains. Corn has been up, some hail and wind damage but it's looking good from the timely rains. Corn is at about the 4-7 leaf stage.
    4 15 13 Texas 1
    4 15 13 Texas 2

    -- Williamson County, Texas

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  • 4/12 - Cayuga County, N.Y.: We’ve had over 2 inches of rain in the last 3 days. With all the snow cover in upper Midwest still and eastern Corn Belt saturated, 98 million acres corn might be shrinking a bit USDA…

 

  • 4/12 - East central Iowa: I received approximately 4 inches of rain last week. The lawns are greening up a little bit and so are the broad leaves. I have not turned a wheel, and the weather forecast looks like it will be at least a week off not longer.
    4 15 13 Iowa

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 4/12 - Adams County, Ind.: Got 3.25 inches of rain. Nothing in the ground here and will be awhile before any gets planted.

 

  • 4/12 - Western Dickey County, N.D.: We had 6 or 8 inches of wet snow, we needed the moisture. Last year we were done planting corn by May 1 we probably won't start until then this year, ground is still frozen. The USDA reports are driving me nuts, I question their accuracy it seems like they are trying to manipulate the markets.

  • 4/11 - Berrien County, Mich.: Got a little rain the last day or so with heavy rain in the forecast. Temps close to freezing overnight in the forecast no planting for a while yet.

 

  • 4/11 - Swift County, Minn.: It will be 2-3 weeks before anything gets started here. We have a foot of snow in the forecast for the next couple days.

 

  • 4/11 - Seward County, Neb.: Planter covered with ice this morning. Last year on 4/12 some area super farmers had completed corn planting. No planting done here yet. Soil Temp at four inch depth 12 noon on 4/10/13 38 Degrees.
    4 11 13 ice planter

    -- Seward County, Neb.

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  • 4/11 - Walsh County, N.D.: Well it’s the 9th of April and it’s a chilly 18 degrees the high. With virtually no melting in my area yet, and no signs of warming up in the 10 day forecast. You hear many farmers talking about prevent planting in this area.

 

  • 4/11 - Horry County, S.C.: Most farmers in the area will start transplanting tobacco this week with a few braving the cold nights of last and starting. With warm weather and good soil conditions, everybody has to pull together to get the crop out. Hoping for some light rain the end of the week to get the crop off to a good start. Most will try to have all the tobacco out within the next 2 weeks.
    4 11 13 SC corn
    4 11 13 SC

    -- Horry County, S.C.

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  • 4/9 - Southeast Missouri: Started planting corn yesterday (4/8). Not bad considering we had snow two weeks ago! Fields are in great shape here in eastern Missouri... dry on top good moisture underneath. Hope it turns out better than last year!!

 

  • 4/9 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Fertilizer was going on over the weekend and some spraying. Sunday night we received a strong 1/2 inch. Still bone dry below 18". Every year we experience sometime during the growing season where we need good subsoil moisture this year we have none going into planting. Still very cold soil temps at least 2 weeks from planting last year planters where rolling the last week of March.

 

  • 4/9 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: This is the year winter never ended. High today was 21 with a 25-30 mph north wind, wind chill at 15 below at 5pm. This morning the snow was drifting across the road just like mid-January. Tomorrow morning will be below zero temp (hope the wind goes down) Miles and miles of solid snow cover on the fields.

 

  • 4/9 - Trempealeau, Wis.: First to the person from Stanton, Neb.: if you need corn you should be happy because the price has dropped and if you don't have any corn to sell what does it matter. And to the person from Hancock, Iowa: if you have been told by a government employee that we will run out of corn I sure hope you are long futures. Oops that would be insider trading.

 

  • 4/9 - East central Iowa: We received three quarters of an inch Monday morning. We have the potential of another one to two inches between now and Wednesday. There has been little or no field work done yet. Some isolated application of nh3 and some oats going in just north of the Quad Cities.

  • 4/8 - Henry County, Ohio: Wheat topdressing was hit pretty hard this past week in the area. Wheat looks pretty good with warmer temperatures bringing the green up stage along. Fields with more growth show frost burning. Lots of rain predicted for this coming week and it’s just as well to keep someone from doing something they should not be doing as in planting corn. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/8 - Stanton, Neb.: Last year between March 9 till April 4 2012, we only had 2 overnight low temps below 32 degrees. Fast forward a year, from March 9 till April 4 2013, we only had 4 days that it stayed 32 degrees or warmer over night! No planting here for a while! Checked my BINS after the USDA said we had all that corn, I am RIGHT, (they might have miscalculated a bushel or 400 million), still empty, that report DIDN'T add a darn BUSHEL in my BIN!!!!

 

  • 4/8 - Grant County, Ind.: Farmers just started putting down fertilizer this weekend around here. I have a question for USDA: Why would the United States be getting corn imported to the east coast from Argentina if USDA says that we will have nearly 1 billion bushels left over till new crop corn comes in? Things sure smell like manure to me in Washington!

 

  • 4/8 - Coles County, Ill.: We are north of Charleston, Ill. Its dry enough to plant but the ground is still cold. Possible rain in the forecast but nothing has showed up yet. fixed some tile holes that showed up late last spring after planting and they were dry and the ground was just damp at 2 feet down. the main tile lines have a little water in them but nothing like they normally do.
    4 8 13 IL
    4 8 13 IL 2

    -- Coles County, Ill.

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  • 4/8 - Mazovia, Poland: Here in Poland is snow on the fields, we already sow spring cereals but there is no possibilities! You will have to give up the cereal in favor of corn. In a word, the tragedy!

 

  • 4/8 - Hancock, Iowa: There has got to be insider trading going on between the USDA and some Chicago traders. A relative is a govt. grain inspector and he said the U.S. will absolutely run out of corn before 2013 harvest. But yet they found more bushels to kill the market.

  • 4/5 - Berrien County, Mich.: First morning above freezing fields are very dry for this time of year. Feild tiles are dry also need some rain.

 

  • 4/5 - Northwestern South Dakota: We are very dry. The area received limited snowfall and there has not been any significant spring moisture as of today. The same statement applies to the southern tier of counties in Southwestern North Dakota. Last season the subsoil moisture in Northwestern SD along with a few timely showers provided a wheat crop for most growers. This year there is virtually no subsoil moisture in Northwest SD. Top soil moisture is needed soon or this area will be as dry as times in the 1950's; 1976 or as in 1980. Pastures like cropland are in dire condition. Dams and ponds are virtually dry holes. I have some chemical fallow which hopefully has enough top soil moisture for the spring wheat crop. Those fields won't survive long. My re-crop acres for wheat are bone-dry. I do not plant to plant any spring wheat on re-crop acres. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/5 - Logan County, Ill.: Bill shows where we are sowing filter strips and waterways with a grain drill rented from Logan Co. SWCD. Using a mixture of seeds: brome grass, alfalfa, rye, orchard grass, and a beefmaster pasture mix. We will be baling it later this summer for hay. Spring planting has begun. Video courtesy of http://farmandranchcountry.com.

 

 

  • 4/5 - Rapides Parish, La.: In 2012 we had 750 acres soybeans, 410 acres corn. Plan for 2013 is 500 acres soybeans, 210 acres milo and 450 acres corn. Corn is up and milo is in the ground. Rotation is one year soybeans and one year corn or milo. Good Luck and Be Safe!

  • 4/4 - Cavalier County, N.D.: Traveled from 90 mles south me, to the Canadian border, and west about 100 miles in the past 2 days. Not even a patch of bare soil....the snowpack is unbroken for thousands of square miles in eastern ND and up into Manitoba. In addition to already being very late, the forecast for the next 6 days call for high temps in the 20's. I'm guessing any growers with corn in the plan are starting to think about a different crop option.

 

  • 4/4 - Asotin County, Wash.: Finished planting spring wheat, moisture is good, soil temperature is on the cool side. Our winter wheat is starting to look good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 


  • 4/2 - Buffalo County, Neb.: I raise irrigated wheat. I watered it 3X after planting into soybean stubble. The field was hit by 70mph winds for 2 days as it was emerging. Bean residue drifted over the side hills and smothered areas out. The field is starting to green up now. The stand is not that great, but I will not destroy it because I plan on seeding cattle feed after harvest. Dryland fields planted last fall are completely barren around here. With no subsoil moisture I am not sure what will be done with those fields. If you are getting rain thank your lucky stars. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/2 - Ingham County, Mich.: It is still cold. We will plant corn and soybeans 50/50. The wheat is still dormant, but looks good considering. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/2 - Southeastern Minnesota: The majority of beneficial moisture we had this past winter rapidly melted in about two days’ time. The ground is still froze. You know where the water went. USDA: just another manipulated puppet. Like talking to a known liar.

  • 4/1 - Chicot County, Ark.: Attached is a video of the hail storm we recently experienced and a photo of the damaged wheat crop. In the video you can hear the hail hitting the windows of our home. The wheat field is located in south Chicot County in southeast Arkansas. It looks about like a freshly cut hayfield now. Thank the Good Lord no one was injured that we know of, but everyone in this neck of the woods has roof, window, and siding damage as well as crop damage. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 


    4 3 14 Arkansas wheat

    -- Chicot County, Ark.

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  • 4/1 - Essex County, Ontario: Field work and planting have started on the light ground for potatoes and spring grain. Clover has all been planted in winter wheat. Lots of moisture in the ground for now. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 4/1 - Lawrence County, Ark.: It is wet and cold, and there’s not much rice or corn planted yet. Will be middle of next week at best and more rain predicted this weekend. Corn acres are reducing along with prices fast! Happy Easter!

 

  • 4/1 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: On March 29 I was trying to dig my way back to our big cultivator....have about 30 feet left to reach where I think the hitch is.  Then, hopefully, it will melt out rather quickly. We have some variable rate controls to put on the machine, so are anxious to get it dug out.  Snow is so hard one hardly makes a footprint walking on it.  Spent about 4-5 hours with loader and snowblower on a 4450 JD, have at least 3-4 hours left to go. Then the wind and sun can finish the job.  Is it spring yet?
    4 3 13 ND

    -- Western Walsh County, N.D.

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  • 4/1 - Juneau, Wis.: No bare ground here, two to three ft. drifts everywhere, ground is froze like a rock. Suppose to hit 50 today, first time since Jan.

 

  • 4/1 - Stoddard County, Mo.: We will plant corn, beans, wheat, cotton and rice.

 

  • 4/1 - East central Iowa: Our ground froze just enough Thursday morning to clean up one pile. Sounds like it may freeze again Tuesday morning. Not a lot going on around here. I think around me, there will be more seeded down with the declining commodity prices and increased hay prices. Happy Easter.

 

  • 4/1 - Wisconsin: Our friends at the USDA must be pretty smart folks, they can predict the weather. Wish I was that smart.

 

  • 4/1 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Let’s see well our good ol government did it again. A crop report that is pure B.S. Every farmer out here wants to know how they keep coming up with these bushels. Let’s see what the trade and everybody has to say about this report in July.

 

  • 4/1 - Winona County, Minn.: No crop here in the near future. 12" of snow all over the place with 4-5 foot drifts. 43 degrees and sunny today. Close to 50 tomorrow. Last year there was corn in the ground here. I would say we are a month away for sure of field work but mother nature always has a way of surprising us. Wait and see.

 

  • 4/1 - Southwest North Dakota: Will be seeding in 2 weeks. Wish we get rid of all the USDA reports all they do is kill the markets.

 

  • 4/1 - The Palouse, eastern Washington and Idaho: Fall wheat hit hard by frost last week, setting back an already small stand. Spring wheat going in the ground this week and next. Kind of dry in the top foot.

 

  • 4/1 - Ripon, Wis.: Our wheat is still dormant. Low areas have some ice where the January thaw made small lakes in the hollows. We still have most wheat covered by a blanket of snow.

 

  • 4/1 - Oklahoma: This photo shows Oklahoma State University’s wheat test plots. Concerns about the recent cold snap, but won't know for a couple of days.
    4 3 13 OK wheat

    -- Oklahoma

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