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August Crop Comments

Aug 29, 2014

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  • 8/29 - DeKalb County, Mo.: SDS is starting to become a concern. Waterhemp is sprouting in some fields and is doing really well. Crops still looking well. The sunshine we had I think has been as valuable as the rain. For those who think we should post no pictures, ban the Pro Farmer tour, you should really pull your head out of the sand. Do you not think that Informa, Cargill, ADM, etc wouldn't have the same exact info that they do now? And how would the average farmer have any idea what was going on outside his area? Who would be the one behind in that game? For those blaming USDA, this link will take you to a farmdoc article that explains how they come up with yield estimates. There is rarely conspiracy theory in grain production and marketing.

  • 8/29 - Coles County, Ill.: soybean fields are tall and falling flater every day with no rain. tall plants but few pods and only half filled and turning yellow due to the drought. 45 miles away they are bitching about flooding. my well went dry last week and my trees have been dropping leaves for weeks. my yard is brown and crispy under the trees. its hard to say what the soybeans are going to yield because every field is different depending on planting date and what group they are.

  • 8/29 - Wilton County, N.D.: Field peas are done trying to start barley hrsw yields look good but can only combine for half a day every third day or so and that has been the same story for a month now slowest harvest I have ever seen

  • 8/29 - Ray County, Mo.: Crops here look pretty good overall, some corn might not be as good as people think in the river bottoms but still a very good crop to make up the difference in the hills. Soybeans looked great up until about a week and half ago, now the SDS is taking over, this area has never had it this bad. The top 1-2 feet of the plants are dying and dropping pods. What was looking like a good chance for above avg. bean yields is now gone. I have heard a lot of producers say the beans have lost easily 5-15 bu. due to the SDS.

  • 8/29 - Southeast S.D.: After our 7 week drought we seem to be in a wetter pattern, getting some nice rains! Although we producers know the rains are beneficial, I wonder why they are affecting the market? Didn't our so called experts have this crop a record back in May??? Crops are looking good here, about 10 days or so from corn silage I think! Still seeing tip back on ears and 2 bean pods on lower part of plant. $3 for corn, $9.30 new crop beans, hope I win the lottery!

  • 8/29 - Knox County, Ill.: Sudden Death in the beans is taking its toll. I rains seemingly every day. Corn will finish but stalk quality will be an issue. By my yield checks, the corn really isn't a whole lot above what we consider to be normal, but our beans, which have yet to show SDS, are probably still above average. Now, if we can just get them combined before continued wet weather snatches defeat out of the mouth of victory. Here's hoping for two months of dry weather...

  • 8/29 - Ransom County, N.D.: 11 out of 13 days with measurable rain since august 16th. Wheat harvest is a mess. Haven’t combined a dry bushel yet. Reports that standing wheat is sprouting are common. Scab is an issue and even with low scab damage there can be high levels of vomitoxin. Reports of DON levels from 5 to 7 ppm are common. Falling numbers are also a concern on the wheat that’s been out in the field too long. Elevators rejecting loads now. White mold is showing up in the soybeans. We need some dry warm weather soon. Corn is beginning to dent but heat units are difficult to come by. Mother Nature still dictates what we get in the end. Good luck to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/29 - Saunders County, Neb.: I hope the so called experts have figured in SDS losses they look as though they could be quite substantial, in beans this year!

  • 8/29 - Saunders County, Neb.: what a week! 1" of rain since June 20th and now between 7.5" and up to 14" the last 5 days. Creek is flooding for the 4th time this year. They say more rain through Sunday. Yields will be good but variable.

  • 8/29 - Rice County, Minn.: So if our brothers down south are seeing some good crops it means they have had moisture. I am not a meterologist but I know there must be a pressure front battle to produce moisture. Now usually during July & August the boys down south are hot & looking for rain while the upper midwest benefits in the form of moisture from the battle between hot & cool air fronts up here. Well our season was pretty melodramatic as far as heat goes along with the water spicket shutting off early July. This tells me either the warm air(high pressure) to the south is weak or the cooler air to the north is dominating this seaon to push past the midwest and into the south to bring more moderate temperatures & moisture to them. Like I said in an earlier post we have had September-like weather for quite some time. Now that we are near September what should we expect? It is cloudy, raining, & cool as I type this. It seems cooler air has been dominating much like our Polar Vortex of winter & spring past. The Farmers Almanac nailed the winter predictions last season. They are calling for more of the same this coming season. September weather better be under the microscope for end users and traders. We are going to need a good one.

  • 8/29 - Richland County, N.D.: Our wheat is ready to harvest but continual cloudy cool days and showers are preventing any harvesting. Recent rains have improved our sugar beets and beans but I don't think it has greatly improved the row crop outlook. Our corn is still 3 weeks or more behind and the beans will do what they can in this cool cloudy weather. In reading the comments below, we inventory ourselves every year when we report our crop insurance and FSA acre reports. As long as someone knows how much land is planted, and can look at production history - there can always be a fairly accurate prediction of our crop. There will always be areas of great crops, good crops, and bad crops. On most years, that translates to an average crop. What is not produced can be made up by imports. It is just like the oil being produced in the Bakken area of North Dakota - we need to develop oil reserves in the US to alleviate our dependence on foreign oil - we are now the second soon to be first leading producer of oil in US - they want to build a pipeline to get it out of here - so they can ship it to Japan - has your cost of gas, diesel, or oil went down since the Bakken started pumping??? It is all about the control not the need. They know we have to sell our crop to continue and they know when we need to sell it - that's why crop prices generally dip at harvest, before the end of the year and the beginning of the year. Personally, I like the crop reports and I don't feel they influence anything. Everything is out there for anyone to see anyway. I do think a major freeze in the next couple weeks over the upper US would change things though. It was 39 in northern North Dakota Wednesday night. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/29 - Ward County, N.D.: 3" of rain the last few days and foggy this morning. Harvest had just started. Been sitting 10 days watching crops deteriorate. Wheat crop was bad, and now this rain has made it worse. 12ppm VOM or higher so elevators don't want to take it. Wheat is full of scab. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


 

  • 8/28 - Hancock County, Ill.: sds in nearly all soybean fields, some real bad. I have driven to Kahoka Missouri and see same conditions. I have never seen such high percentages of dying beans!

  • 8/28 - Audubon County, Iowa: SDS is showing up in a lot of fields.Northern leaf blight is will have a lot of corn killed in another 10 days. I have not seen it this wide spread for some time.We had .6"of rain in July we've had 11"so far in August disease is running rampant.

  • 8/28 - East Central Iowa: to answer a question about the corn line. ...yes it looks like that alot .Some days there will be 300 to 600 trucks a day going to this processor. How do you know what they may have sold their corn for? there is a such a thing as forward marketing. Why do some of you guys keep reading this blog, when you piss and moan that people are telling you what their crops like in their area? Are you trying to tell me that this is the only place that traders go to determine if corn/beans goes up or down? Again, how do you market your crop without information?

  • 8/28 - Southeast S.D.: I agree Palo Alto co Ia, although the experts don't see that, it's not a "number" to them! I get a little ticked when I hear Michelle Crook talking at farm progress about the chance for rain, why does the record crop that was a record 4 months ago, need any more rain? It's a mystery! Remember guys, they need every bushel we produce, we're not doing this just to be nice guys, although it feels like it right now! Neighbor brought some ears he picked, a lot of tipped back ears, so I went and looked and that's what I've found also, just too long in July and August , (7 weeks) without measurable rain! Cooling off, highs in low 70's lows in low 50's, not pushing crop very hard. Corn about 50% denting. 35 pods on beans about 1/3 are 2 bean pods! Hope frost holds off til end of Sept. maybe 10th of Oct. Thanks!

  • 8/28 - Western N.Y.: crops look good here but need a lot more heat. the wet spring slowed planting and cool temps have farmers watching for signs of early frost

  • 8/28 - Western Ill.: Western Illinois is experiencing a lot of Sudden Death in the soybeans. Nearly every field is affected and it seems to be in several counties here. Haven't heard much about it in the media.

  • 8/28 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: After15 in. of rain in June, 0 in July, now 9 in. in August, It can stop till harvest. Dairies starting to chop, but a long way till harvest.


 

  • 8/27 - Jefferson County, Iowa: For Swift Co., MN- this is what our second ears look like. This is corn that had sidedress NH3 and has never rolled the leaves for moisture stress one single day all season. It is, indeed, the best crop we have raised in this part of the world for a long time, but not because of double ears.

  • second ear corn
    --Jefferson County, Iowa

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  • 8/27 - Central N.D.: slow start to harvest . combined 100a spring wheat lots of scab, vom. at 7.0 ppm local elevator wont take it. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/27 - Southeast S.D.: St Clair, Ill, thanks for being honest, all we hear from experts is Illinois is perfect this year. Side bar on this page says farm income in 2014 will be down 14%????? Board price is down 50%, maybe I'm figuring wrong! even with my forward contracts I'm still at 40% less! Thanks experts! Go back to college and learn how to ad! Slowest maturing 3rd cutting that I can ever remember!

  • 8/27 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Having major issues with sudden death in our soybeans.. We're not alone as I would say 75% of soybeans in our area have at least some with the perfect spring for infection and last 2 wet springs. Our agronomist says it will take about 20% off our yield or approximately 10 bu figuring 50 bu beans.. We have one field that will be close to 40% on a more susceptible variety. Who cares if it rains when the fields are dying due to disease.. Bet if it was a freeze the markets would go up

  • 8/27 - Fayette County, Tenn.: In west TN we have not, or perhaps never seen crops the likes of which we have now. Our corn crop would rival anything I have seen in IA on a good year. Yield checks are no less than 200 dry-land and 250+ on our irrigated ground. We are about a week away from harvest so we will soon see if its as good as it looks..I think it is! Beans are simply amazing, up to your arm pits and covered with pods. Our bean yield is typically 35ish, these beans will make 50 if the rains keep coming. We know next yr. will be nothing like this, its a once in a decade crop.

  • 8/27 - Polk County, Iowa: 60 acres of SDS. Getting stronger by the day. Neighbors in the same boat.

  • 8/27 - Shelby County, Iowa: corn and bean both looked good,but disease showing up in both crops. corn in dent and beans just starting to fill and 4+ inches of rain that really did not need. so how knows.

  • 8/27 - Southeast S.D.: To NE SD Really, you must work for pro farmer! It's not 2000 anymore! Inputs are 3 to 4 tiimes higher, yes our yields are better but there's nothing wrong with $5 corn. Other businesses get bonus for doing a good job or if the company does good a bonus. When we do good on the farm it trickles down to JD for instance, then no layoffs!!! Farmers do good, everybody benefits! Think about it! Thanks! Oh yea some are chopping corn silage around here, disappointing out in the fields, lot of empty tipson ears, that's what I've seen also!!! Thanks for putting up with my BS!

  • 8/27 - East Central Iowa: gotta love mother nature. Couldn't rain for over 3 weeks, raining here in Jackson County. Should be over 3" in last 5 days when this round stops. Not complaining , stating the facts. Can't wait to show the yield monitor. LOL

  • rain clouds
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 8/26 - Southeast S.D.: I agree 100% Kearney! Why do we as farmers brag and tell the enemy yes that's what I think pro farmer and all the other so called experts are!!! Does the big 3 auto makers have someone come and count their cars? Maybe we should start up pro auto, the price would come down on new pickups etc. HAHA!!! Like the picture from EC Iowa, why do we need to see pic of all those trucks in line to sell cheap corn! Didn't see lines like that with $6 corn??? You will never be able to convince me that there is to much corn, if there is why don't they tell us to put on half as much fertilizer and grow less? They need every bushel we can grow plus more, that's why they have South America tearing out more rain forests, that in my opinion have a bigger effect on so called global warming than what ever it is they think is causing it!!! Crops look good and they will take it all at $2,$3 or $7 corn or $6, $8 or $14 beans and wheat at any price! Think about it!!!

  • 8/26 - South Central Minn.: To the comment from Kearney Neb. I've been asking the same question for years now why some need to take pictures of their crop or monitor and put it out there for everybody to see. Maybe they think there impressing somebody. I'm not sure who though. It only adds fuel to the fire to those who speculate and manipulate our markets. Maybe these people should write back in and explain what they think they are accomplishing by doing this. As far as the Pro Farmer tour goes did they say anything that we didn't already know? (like they say every year)Since they want to know what our yields might be & tell the whole world, I want to know how much they get paid to do the tour every year and what their annual salary is. Maybe we should find out how much inventory Walmart has so we can haggle the price at the counter.

  • 8/26 - Decatur County, Iowa: no rain In july, corn tipped back, look at your beans sds is taking away bu. don't let stock market sell your production for less than input cost. its your grain to price not theirs.

  • 8/26 - Central Iowa: After 6 weeks of no rain, we have received 6.5 inches in the last week. Beans were showing stress, but now are perking up. BUT - lots of SDS showing up. Flat ground or well drained slopes, it's widely scattered with more to come.

  • 8/26 - Southeast Ind.: Have been blessed with 2-3.0 inches of rain this past 10 days. Soybeans will benefit greatly if SDS does moves slowly. See it in about every early planted field. Best looking double crop beans in years. Photo is of soil judging contest help over weekend.

  • FFA soil judging contest in 48
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 8/25 - Stearns County, Minn.: Crops look pretty good for the most part, but are a good 2 weeks behind normal. Even the soybean aphids are 2 weeks behind. They are getting nuked today hopefully. Corn is in the roasting ear stage with a few dents starting to show and soybeans are in the R5 stage. Small grain is done and yieled quite well with above average straw yiled as well. We have received over 5" of rain so far in august so we have plenty to finish this crop out. Good luck with harvest everyone.

  • 8/25 - East Central Iowa: finally received rain Thursday and Saturday. 1-2.5" is what I heard around Jackson County. Over 3 weeks without. Some damage was done, how much is anyone's guess.

  • grain trucks line   grain trucks
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 8/25 - Oliver County N.D.: 2 more inches of rain on Sat. This brings us to over 7 inches in the last week. Combining is going to be an adventure to say the least. We were using diff locks and rear wheel assist before this last bout of moisture. Feels more like October outside than late August. Good Luck to All. Hopefully Mother Nature will come to her senses and let us take off what was a pretty nice looking crop other than some quality concerns.

  • 8/25 - Swift County, Minn.: Have received 9+ inches of rain in August after a total of 1/2 inch in July. Crops should finish nicely now. I would just like to comment on the comments from Jefferson County, Iowa. I would like to see the second ear husk peeled back like the picture from Lancaster, Nebraska and I think we would see the second ears are not meaningful.

  • 8/25 - Kearney, Neb.: I would appreciate all input. Yes we are all striving to do better and produce more from less. My question is why as farmers do we cut our own throats. We can't wait to take a picture, of yield monitor with 280 plus yields and show how great of farmers we are. Why do we allow pro farmer crop tours in our fields. It is none of their business, do we know what they get paid or how much money they have in the bank........?? No My wish is farmers could keep themselves or their neighbors about the stories, but no someone always has to let the cat out of the bag.Let them guess how thick we plant, they can use their satalite imagery, all they want, but their is nothing like these guys poking their heads in our fields and sealing out fate one way or the other. Please guys use your heads, we don;t need braggers, lets help the american farmer help himself. thanks for your time and look forward to hopefully positive feed back.

  • 8/25 - Southeast S.D.: We are getting some much needed rain finally, little over 2" Sure will help finish this crop, it's not a record but it might be pretty good! My apologies if I've been negative on this page, but it's still not in the bin! Corn is taking it's time starting to dent, a lot of difference between 103 day hybrid and 98 day hybrid. Soybeans show good number of pods but to many '2' bean pods on lower part of plant! Prices still seam too low to me compared to inputs etc. sure hope they bounce back when the real yields come in!

  • 8/25 - Henry County, Ohio: Less than inch of rain in August and not much since the first week of July either. Most soybeans less than half the usual height. No huge crop here.

  • 8/25 - Freeborn County, Minn.: Knox County, Ill, that does sound like SDS, as I Have been dealing with it. Need to get an agronomist to pull samples and get it verified for your peace of mind for further years.

  • 8/25 - St. Clair, Ill.: Finally got a good rain 3 weeks ago. Might help corn somewhat but the exceptional yields that everyone thinks are out there are long gone. Average to a little above average is going to catch most of the fields. Everyone had high hopes for beans after the rains, but SDS is rearing its ugly head with a vengeance in many fields, mostly on the lower ground.

  • 8/25 - Fillmore County, Minn.: We have had no rain since mid July and now have received aproximately 3 inches this past week. Some of the light ground was firing but now we have enough moisture to finish the crop if we can pick up an extended fall in heat units. I think the crop will be very good, but not great. We had too much water then not enough soon enough. The moisture was huge this past week and we are thankful. Everything look better already. The gas man is going to sell some gas this fall again.

  • 8/25 - Berrien County Mich.: We need a rain to finish corn out and a late fall it looks like we are doing our job of producing ample supplies so where is our bonus for hitting targets like all the ceo's get when they hit their target

  • 8/25 - Northeast S.D.: The word (REALLY)Still the number ONE word used in the vocab today Regarding to PRO FARMERS final Est. REALLY? First of all South Dakota R U Kidding Me? COME ON MAN as the NFL goes. S.D. est.on tour 152 final 140 corn.concerned about N.E & N.C.I droveI29 Watertown to S. Falls two times & Aberdeen twice.I29 100 miles flawless!!corn crop.And O by the way I am an American Corn Producer of 35 years. Soybeans (yeah right to 40bpa to that also) I also drove Hwy 14 from Brookings east to S.E. of city. Soybeans again Flawless!! Other words used by the American farmer is (IF)it don't frost,flood hail exc.at this point.( And ) its not in the Bin yet!)WE know this.(BUT)another word again we use.So IF we here in N.E.S.Dakota have a perfect next 45 days (and o by the way we do NOT have to say this year like so many years IF we could have caught TWO Inch Rain in AUGUST because We did!!& more on way. Last but not least to the American Farmer year 2000 soybeans at soy plant off the combine $4.64 corn $1.85. Year 2010 soybeans$8.30 corn$2.64???? SOYBEAN acres 85.6 or poss. more?with my est.& IF the perils stay away for 45 days?? Complete History in the makings.Happy Marketing and GOD bless the American Farmer.


 

  • 8/22 - Hamilton, Ill.: Not much is being said but I live in Hamilton,Illinois in west central Illinois.The potential for crops were great.But in the last 10 days sudden death syndrome in soybeans is severe here and widespread.

  • 8/22 - Western Ill.: So far little is being said about the many acres of sudden death syndrome in the soybeans in western Illinois. It is getting worse by the day.

  • 8/22 - Sibley County, Minn.: It would appear with the widespread rain in lower Minnesota at least the yield slide has been halted. Good thing as we have lost the top end, down about 25 bushels from what I should have been with rain two weeks ago, corn that looked like 190 in early to mid July is going to be about 165 to 170. Beans could perk up a little yet but they are short and behind in heat units, you cant have big yields on short beans..... average or below average yields yes, good thing though because there are more bans acres than any of the experts and USDA know, take a drive in the country and you will see what I mean. Good Luck to all!

  • 8/22 - Richland County, Ill.: Alot of ears have silks coming out of 2 sides of an ear. We've had rain when needed. This might be our best corn crop period.

  • corn dinasour 023
    --Richland County, Ill.

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  • 8/22 - East Central Mo.: agree w/Know Co IL seeing the yellow beans. Don't think it to be nematodes b/c we used Clariva which is supposed to help w nematodes. Something ain't right out there. Spots are getting bigger around here too. The SDS symptoms are more of the brown leaves which we are seeing too. . When you have mushrooms (fungus) growing in the yards that clue! The air is saturated w/moisture, heavy dew/fog in mornings and add hot humid w/not much sunshine and little wind.....we know what it did to the wheat. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/22 - Richland County, N.D.: Wheat is still holding on and not drying down. Corn and beans are still way behind. Most beans are only knee high - most corn still not roasting ears. We went from dry to some areas now have had 4-5 inches of rain and are very wet again. It has been hard to break 85 degrees the past couple weeks. Highs in the 60"s for next Monday. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


 

  • 8/21 - Knox County, Ill.: All around the area and for the last week, I've been watching 'yellow' bean plants suddenly appear in what are otherwise fields with a deep green color and still two weeks or more from maturity. Each day, the yellow spots grow in size and distribution in the affected fields...it's getting aggressive. Looks like SDS.

  • 8/21 - Morrison County, Minn.: Good looking crops, plenty of rain, but we need above average temperatures and no frost until mid October. Alot to hope for...

  • 8/21 - Oliver County, N.D.: woke up to thick fog again this morning. chances of rain everyday and highs in the 60's next week. starting to wonder if we will ever get to start harvesting. One would think at some point the traders might take notice, but they are too busy worrying about the corn and soybean yields. I guess no one buys wheat anymore. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/21 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Pro Farm Tour has an average of 180 for yield, which is probably close. Still 20+ less than last year. Like I said earlier, good crop but not a binbuster.

  • 8/21 - Southeast S.D.: Amen western Ill. All the local weather man talks about is all the chances for rain! It's not falling! Pro farmer tour talks about how good things look and markets keep going down, didn't the experts have a n enormous crop already figured in with the $1.50 drop in the market since we started planting??? Crops are holding on, all my 2nd and 3rd ears are gone! Have a good one!

  • 8/21 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Just thought since we are talking a lot of about two ear stalks on the comment page, I would post a photo of two ear corn in Nebraska. The second ear here is not going to add to the record corn crop hear. No rain since the first week of July. As you can see from photo. The second ear on teh stalks in Lancaster County will not be adding to the record corn crop.

  • double ear corn neb
    --Lancaster County, Neb.

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  • 8/20 - Maui, Hawaii: Just did my pro farmer yield check. Came up with 306 on the virtual crop tour page.

  • 8/20 - Adams County, Neb.: the crop tour is dead on with nebraskas irrigated corn. its always high yielding, this year like every year its in the normal yield range

  • 8/20 - Jefferson County, Iowa: The other day you were saying how a viewer had so many stalks with double ears. We know just what he's talking about. Our fields here in SE Iowa (Jefferson County) are not only full of double ears, there are stalks that are trying for triplets! Of course they won't amount to much, but still.... There are a lot of them to be found, and the ones with two are good ears. Our area hasn't seen corn looking this good in seven or eight years. This year was the first year in about 7 years we finished planting before July 4. We haven't had LOTS of rain, but what we've had has come at the perfect times. Barring hail or an early frost, this should be a good harvest for us. Beans are looking fabulous, too.

  • iowa corn2   iowa corn
    --Jefferson County, Iowa

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  • 8/20 - Western Ill.: Drenching rain direly needed. Less than an inch since the 4th of July, in dribbles few and far between, just like 2013 and 2012. After worse than average planting conditions. The plants look healthy, but the pods and ears won't fill without soil moisture, which we don't have; which many in the I states don't have, as hit-and-miss as the rains have been. There is a whole lot more VARIABILITY out there due to the hit-and-miss rains since early July than those making estimates are accounting for. Rain on the other end of a county or state does absolutely nothing where it does not rain, to state the obvious. Those top-end yields are gone, likely at the rate of near 1 bushel per day recently. (200 * 3 + 120 * 2)/5 = 168. Not 185. Not 240. We shall soon enough true it up, and the market will have to do the same. Best to all out there as hay cuttings progress and harvest preparations are made. Another year of being blessed by this wonderful yet trying trade; another year that unrealistic bean counters (misnomer, as we actually count the beans and they instead grab guesses by others in their same line of work) in air conditioned offices surrounded by asphalt, catching Happy Hour at the karaoke bar, try to impact our families. I'll be checking back in on the markets...in December or later. When it's true. When it will be of any benefit to our family to even consider any additional sales. We don't bleed, sweat, cry and die to provide free labor. And a 15% carryover is a precarious scenario, to price crops below the cost of production. All it will take is a normal multi year drought. Recall what happened when Egypt stockpiled prior to the massive 7 year drought, and their neighbors did not? Let's not be the neighbors. There is not another "Midwest USA" that can step in to bail us out. Yet the markets will price under production with under a 2 month surplus... It will be a hard lesson learned, when it comes. "Just-in-time" food production is a mass die-off farce. Does one only keep enough fuel in the tank to make it from one fuel station to the next nearest station? Don't forget also that California grows 50% of what we consume, and they are in a terrible multi-year drought, with expectations for worsening. The lack of food from out West will increase demand for substitute foods. The way our markets price crops to essentially run out of them is suicidal, at best. Planned devastation, some might say. Extremely profitable for those at the helm, some others might say. I say it's time to keep optimistic and take a pass on watching the markets for at least a few months.

  • 8/20 - Southeast S.D.: I do know why NFO didn't,t work, it was just a thought! I know how farmers work, just the way the industry experts want us!with last rains crops are looking ok. Been walking some fields and checking ears, smaller than normal ears, 16x36 catching a lot of them, 27-28 pop. You can do the math. I have done it but by harvest it will shrink by 15% Beans look good, need more rain to finish. Pro farmer tour in SD yesterday but I don't know where, they never come to my area! Reports on text from FCS said mixed reports from 1st day! ??? Corn was down .05? Don't know what to say! Fixed grain markets just like 60 minutes report on stock market! Keep fightin'. Good luck!

  • 8/20 - Winneshiek County, Iowa: 12 inches of rain in June, less than an inch in July, less than an inch in August. Our Extension agronomists calculate we are 2 normal summer weeks behind in grain maturity. As of now we have the potential for a good but not great crop -- assuming regular rains resume and we don't have an early frost.

  • 8/20 - Ontario, Canada: Mother Nature gave us the opportunity for much better cash crop prices and if we were lucky to have a good crop we had very good farm cash flow.We are always one big crop away from much lower prices the past tells us this.All we need to do is take a percentage out of production and the problem will fix itself just like Mother Nature does,but be careful not to go too far and kill demand for our grain


 

  • 8/19 - Central Ind.: We have a good crop of corn and by no means a bin busting crop. No rain to talk about here in about six weeks so it took care of all those BIG BUSHELES all the experts and USDA were talking about. The jury is still out on the soybean crop the pod count is good but we will need rain to make bushels.

  • 8/19 - Ward County, N.D.: Winter wheat harvest is under way. VOM levels are high and elevators refusing to take the the crop. Yields down significantly due to head scab. Allot of cheat grass, green and yellow foxtail and foxtail barley due to the wet spring and cool weather, and thin plant stand. Allot of bare grassy spots. I think these grasses filling in the bare spots may have USDA satellite imagery showing a wheat yield in those areas. Combines here showing a lower than average yields. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/19 - Southwest Mich: It has been a very cold July and August this year. After scouting fields this past week, I found corn that was still pollinating. In a 130 acre field, pollination started on the lighter ground on July 11th, but did not finish until the second week of August on the heavy ground. There has been no heat stress on the crop, but it is hard for it to get going when the temp is 80F for the High during the day and 48F at night. On August 15th, we had record low of 41F degrees. I guess that explains why the beans are only knee high and the 30 inch rows will not close. The beans have to be at least 3 weeks behind. In fact I just saw this weekend a field of seed corn being detassled, that is at least 4 weeks behind the norm. We have not had ample rain fall for filling out the ears and pods, but on the flip side no stress with the lower temperatures and adequate sub moisture. The second ears look like they will be stuck in the stripper plates again this year. It will be interesting to see what the crop tour pulls out of there hat this year. Everyone have a safe harvest.

  • 8/19 - Southwest Ohio: To SE South Dakota comment . The NFO didn't work because it involves organization . How do you do that with independent business people ( farmers ) ? There's no way we all could stick together. Once seed & fert. Companies start cutting deals with the neighbor down the rd. It would fall apart overnight. Crops here look awful. Epic failure. There won't be a " next year" around here.

  • 8/19 - Clark County, Wis.: The last 4 Mondays we have received rain. Corn looks to be awesome on the hills that was planted in may. A couple miles either way and it gets bad to much rain in June. Third crop hay is going down and has flowered tonnage will be there when the sun shines and able to make it. beans finally got knee high last week the cool summer has really slowed the growth. They seem to have a fair amount pods we will see when the combine harvest them. GO PACK

  • 8/19 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Took another little trip through southern Gentry Co, MO. I'll admit it has been a year or so since I took that route but what was mostly CRP or pasture ground is now mostly in beans with some corn. Both look good from the road. I really didn't see much damage from the reported 6"+ rain they received last Friday/Saturday. Crop insurance agent made his 2nd trip out to check my crops. He's doing population counts and later he says I'll need to submit my records as to when and what I sprayed. Is anyone else having to do this? I'll add my comment on the lower prices this year. Anyone who has farmed very long knows that if the 3I states report a crop prices will be low. Along with all the added acres it was a train wreck waiting to happen. Absentee landlords are going to pull ground out of the CRP when the 10,000+ acre boys are going around offering $200/a cash rent. I wonder what will happen as I doubt if there is another massive enrollment in CRP because I don't think that the gvt can afford to implement another widespread acreage reduction program. Maybe some of these hills around here will get seeded down and back into hay and cattle production.


 

  • 8/18 - Nebraska: I thought this comments page was made for farmers to let everybody know how their crops were doing. Good or bad. Not for bashing other farmers if they have a good looking crop. I dont think pictures on this little comments page is going to make the price of crops on the Chicago Board of Trade go up or down. And oh yeah, crops look good here.

  • 8/18 - Southern Georgia: Great post by Illinois on 8/14! That is a dude that understands his farm and how it works! Ever in GA I have a beer waiting for you!

  • 8/18 - Olmsted County, Minn: Good news for drought stricken areas of MN/IA/WI & ND. I'm confident that widespread soaking rains are on the way for much of next week. Computer model data has been advertising this weather pattern shift & there appears to be a consensus with the various data out there. Upper Level winds winds turn W/SW & this will allow Gulf of Mexico moisture to flow north into the Upper Midwest.

  • 8/18 - Paraná, Brazil: The news we have here from US crop is that it will be a bin buster, and we will sell our soybean next year under U$9,00 a bushel. I have to say that under US$13,00 a bushel in Chicago, most areas in the north region of Brazil will not pay the bills.Reading this excellent website I see that the reality is different. Many areas in US are suffering a drought and the USDA will fill the bins with reports. Farmers are equal all over the word and have the same problems too. Manipulated figures to keep prices low. If we were financelly independent, we could refuse this prices we believe are wrong. But we must sell our crops to pay for the toys we bought. Nowadays, we only have the power to choose the day we will sell our crop.

  • 8/18 - Southeast S.D.: Just as I say drought we get a nice inch of rain! Still won't have a record crop but it sure will help finish! Does anyone on here remember the NFO! Oops that's a naughty word to the "industry" everything they stood for and fought against we are living! Why do we as farmers think we need to finance seed companies and fertilizer companies! Let's wait til April 15th to order our seed and fertilizer, maybe then we could price their product instead of the way it's happening now! Just a thought! Great comment 8/14 Illinois! Let's produce ourselves right out of business! I guess we do have it better this year than we did in '12, we were chopping 2 bu. corn silage, on Aug 15th! Yeah my aph on that farm is quite profitable at $3! Thanks and good luck!

  • 8/18 - Jackson County, Minn.: So what I'm gathering here is that we would be better off if we created a union, allocated production to limited bushels per producer, and incinerate any extra supply? Hmm... I'm pretty sure there are governments that would give you this opportunity... But I sure hope its never like that here.

  • 8/18 - Olive County, N.D.: Wheat harvest just about to start. 5 inches of rain in last 12 hours. According to USDA thinking, that should make for ideal harvest conditions and probably added 5-10 bushels to our yield. Corn in our area is gonna need a Christmas miracle. It looks good, but a long way to go. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/18 - Fillmore County, Minn.: From under water to no water again this year. It seems nearly impossible to receive any substantial rainfall in July /August any more. We made it to mid July this year with great moisture, so we were farther along this year than previous four years. Being positive, we still have potential for a nice crop, but should have had some rain ten days ago. Also, on the positive side, it has been cloudy and cool to help keep the crops free from high stress levels. We will see what this week brings for weather. I believe we are behind in heat units.

  • 8/18 - Northeast Iowa: Hello from northeast Iowa, here we go again.

  • bad corn
    --Northeast Iowa

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  • 8/18 - Tuscola County, Mich.: The American Farmer is the perfect example of a perfectly functioning competitive market...tromp the demand by over supplying a commodity as everyone snatches at the extra dollars until all are bleeding at the bottom. Improve the 20% of your acreage that could benefit from tile or cover crops by idling it for a year and the increase in price across the board will pay for it...don't have to strike guys just pace demand.

  • 8/18 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Beans an corn will be the best ever, the milo will be 125 plus, Grand river is flooding heavy rain in the night on Friday

  • 8/18 - Southeast N.D.: NO RAIN for 43 days USDA says there are 5.9 million acres of soybeans planted in North Dakota no chance to get anywhere the 32 bpa that usda says lucky to average 20bpa


 

  • 8/15 - Lucas County, Iowa: Corn planted late (mid May) due to heavy spring rains, silked first of August. Less than 1/2 inch of rain since the first of July. Now all I need is an average or early frost to drive the final nail in!

  • 8/15 - Western Wis.: We are in need of rain desperately .5 inches since July 15th a complete repeat of last year floods to flash drought started almost to the same day as last year.

  • 8/15 - Essex, Mo.: Amen to Illinois 8/14!!! A March,April,May strike will fix the problem, but a lot of folks will not join the cause.

  • 8/15 - South Central Minn.: The comment from Southwest Ind says they hope crop prices don't go any lower but your gonna take pictures of your crop and tell us your yield for the whole world to see???? I can't imagine they would go up if we keep showing everybody pictures like that for the whole world to see. The comments from Illinois and southeast SD are the best I've read in a long time. Hopefully farmers are starting to wake up and get it figured out. Unfortunately there's still going to be those out there that just don't get it. By the way after talking to our agronomist we can't afford a frost until after Oct 25. We'll need more than luck for that to happen.

  • 8/15 - Dallas County, Iowa: Comments from 8-14 Illinois and 8-13 Northeast Neb. are so true. You guys nailed it! A friend of mine has described farmers as being in "race to the bottom". There is a movement in farming today to see who can out tech, out spend, and out produce everyone else. The result is a market oversaturated with commodities priced lower than production costs. " A race to the bottom " in which we are all going to lose. You squishy feel gooders that get goose pimples when you tell the world how great your yields are going to be may want to do a little 4th grade math and see how little your bragging rights are worth. Nobody but you needs to know that you're the only one with 250 bu. corn and 75 bu. beans.

  • 8/15 - Manitoba: The winter wheat harvest is underway in Manitoba. The crop is turning out to be less than expected. The scab is ranging up to 30% on some fields and some of these fields have had 2 applications of fungicide. We don't know whether this crop will even be marketable. So far, there is only one variety that isn't showing any scab damage but it is only now becoming available for seeding this fall. Wish it had come a year earlier! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


 

  • 8/14 - Hamlin County, S.D.: We really couldn't have asked for a better growing season this year with the exception of the mild temps for corn. We've started getting low's in the 40's and corn has a long way to go, even the sweet corn was 3-4 weeks later this year. Has anyone thought of the possibility of an early frost? I would imagine that could have a market impact.

  • 8/14 - East Central Iowa: cutting 4th crop hay.not alot of fun. We need rain bad. Some hay is 2 ft. While some is 6" high on the lighter ground. We are lucky that temps are in the upper 70's to 80F and not upper 80's to low 90's. I know one thing's for sure, we are not adding to yields.

  • crop comments 814
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 8/14 - Yuma County, Colo.: Had some rains last week and dryland corn looks good, some outstanding fields. This has been a tough year, lots of storms with high winds, and hail damage throughout the County. The Irrigated corn is not as good as last year. Pinto's and Kidneys look fantastic. Wheat that was not hailed produced record yields. Pastures look awesome with happy cows. This part of Colorado looks very pastoral, especially after so many dry years. Come visit Colorado. We now sell weed. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/14 - Illinois: Let's do some calculations: 2012 corn crop came in at 122 bu and let's say average price was $7. That's gross $854/acre. At this point in time USDA is at approx 165 bu/acre and local market is $3, for a gross of $495/acre. That would be a net difference of NEGATIVE $359/acre. Now the moral here is the more bushels we make, the lower our gross income, yet we spend more money in corn seed, fertilizer, and rent to always try to make a higher yield which is the culprit to lowering prices substantially which gives us lower gross. If we as a nation spent less on fertilizer and planted less seed and tried to average 130 bu corn it would probably be $6.50. In essence we spend more money to make more bushels to make less money, SMART farmers I tell you. But my neighbor received rain and is making 200 bu so he is happy but I missed the rain and I'm making 125 bu. I can't cover my bills. Now I know you are thinking, we have insurance coverage but a farmer that may have missed the rain a few years and his aph drops to a level that doesn't cover his expense goes belly up. Maybe next year everybody averages 200 bu that way we can sell for $2.00/bu and gross $400/acre and maybe insurance guarantee is $2.50/bu that way if you have 200 bu aph at 80% coverage it's $400/acre, insurance won't cover your expense. And with this scenario many farmers have to make 150-200 bu just to pay the landlord. I'm no rocket scientist but numbers don't lie. So I say let's all shoot for 250 bu so we can sell for $1/bu, makes perfect sense to me. The sooner we self implode as corn farmers of this nation, the sooner the American public will go hungry and appreciate how much a farmer does to give this nation the luxury it has.

  • 8/14 - Southeast S.D.: Drought, that's what I'm seeing. Corn on light ground is done, just poor silage. Small ears on corn that still looks fair,but top 30% is gone. Soybeans are being sprayed but I don't know why they're white from mid morning on. Not that warm, just around 80 but no humidity so real hard on crops! Poorest looking 3rd crop alfalfa since '12 when we didn't get a 3rd cutting. Can't believe after 5-6 dollar corn we will be looking at possible LDP payments! All that BS instead of just selling for a profit, I don't understand what all you experts are trying to do, we just got rid off gov't payments and had most profitable years for all in ag business and now back to gov't BS? Good luck!

  • 8/14 - Southeast Ind.: Looking at crops and feeling Blessed! We received 1.0-1.8" of rain this past weekend and early in the week. Talked to many within 30 miles this week who desperately need rain, praying He sends some their way. Calculated GDD since May 1st and were surprised we were only 131 behind the 30 year average and 103 behind last year.

  • indiana beans   indiana corn
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 8/14 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: You all heard the USDA's report on the record corn crop in Minnesota . . .quite possibly the satellite imagery is mistaking my rain induced weeds for corn? This afternoon, while discing, the results of the copious amounts of rain we received in June were evident.

  • 8/14 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Corn is hanging in there but looking a little dry for having over an inch and a half last week. I think the beans need sunshine but they too look like they could use another rain. Been to Maryville, Sedalia and Parsons, KS the last 3 days. Crops look good around Maryville but not sure of the yield. Beans looked really good through Conception and Stanberry, dark green and tall. Toward Sedalia, what stood out is that corn in the Henrietta bottom looked like it was dying in places. Friend in Crawford Co, KS will start shelling corn next week. Burned up but still expecting a decent crop.

  • 8/14 - Rice County, Minn.: Still dry .6" total since the beginning of July. Fortunately we have not had much for heat but a cool & dry summer does not contribute to rapid crop maturity. While checking fields today I was surprised @ the slow rate of complete pollination within cornfields. Scouting soybeans for aphids reveals lower than anticipated pod counts although nice vegetive growth for what it is worth. Spraying last of my soybeans for bugs tomorrow. Strangely it feels like September weather here. We have not had any "dog days"of summer (hot & humid). Let's hope this is not a precursor to an early end to the growing season. Yes there is decent potential around here on the good soils, but we need moisture along with an extended growing season to contribute to the prophecy. Was fun to hear some of the dissatisfaction in traders & analysts, expecting the USDA to endorse their positions of even bigger crops on Tuesday, and then not follow through. There are some big expectations on the podium for this crop. In closing, I know football & farming are two different walks of life but I bet you recall the 2007 New England Patriots. Perfect season, lost the Super Bowl & are regarded as a failure. I hope we don't dissappoint ;-).

  • 8/14 - Southwest Ind.: Received an inch of rain last weekend which was greatly appreciated. Things were starting to get dry here with out having measurable rain for 3 weeks. All crops here look very good. Early beans are just starting to fill pods and double crop beans are ankle to knee high and are flowering. Corn is in early dent stage with very little disease or insect pressure. Kernel count on hill ground corn is checking in at 230 bu/ac. using 80,000 kernels/bu and low ground planted 3 weeks earlier is at 262 bu/ac. Hope crop prices don’t go any lower.

  • Early Beans   Double Crop Beans
    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 8/14 - Southwest Ind.: Corn is in early dent stage with very little disease or insect pressure. Kernel count on hill ground corn is checking in at 230 bu/ac. using 80,000 kernels/bu and low ground planted 3 weeks earlier is at 262 bu/ac. Hope crop prices don’t go any lower.

  • Corn 2   Corn 1
    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 8/13 - Freeborn County, Minn.: Just plain dry only 0.85 in. rain in last 7 wks.

  • 8/13 - Carroll County, Ill.: Last year our county had the highest yield per acre in the state of Illinois. This county has ranked near the top for several years. The crop customarily looks good this time of year but we have large cracks in the ground and we cooled off without a rain again. If something does not change soon, morning dew will have to finish this crop. It is the same going west into Iowa. The ground got hard packing rain early in the growing season. This year will put great dirt to the test so far this year in this part of an "I" state. Let the combine tell the story from the whole field. Talk is cheap. Lots of variables. Hoping to be surprised.

  • 8/13 - Nobles County, Minn.: Dry here. Have not had any substantial moisture for nearly 3 weeks. Went out and did a count on harvestable ears. Had major emergence problems, very uneven. Some corn came up 2-3 weeks later than the kernel next to it. We'll obviously those issues do not correct themselves. I planted 34,500 pop and now I am counting 18 to 22 good ears. Not good! Some of the issues were obviously variety related some of it planting April 26th. Either way no record crop here and shrinking by the day. Our corn crop is 7 to 10 days behind normal. Need a very late frost.

  • 8/13 - Northeast Neb.: All the farmers should go buy 30 percent of the corn they are going to raise this year on the board and then go disk 30 percent of there acres under if we would all do this we would make money on the board and the price would go up for the rest of are crop we would only have to do this one year and from then on they would make sure we would make a profit or they would be scared we would do it again we need to stop taking what price they give use and control our own destiny we could control the markets if we weren't so greedy and just worked together.

  • 8/13 - Walsh County, N.D.: Wheat crop looks really good, but wheat seeded June 12-17 needs a rain. Last rain here was over 4 weeks ago. Edible beans and soybeans are growing nicely now that the temp is aroung 80, but they could use a good rain right now. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/13 - Nemaha County, Kan.: Six ears on this kansas corn

  • corn stock
    --Nemaha County, Kan.

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  • 8/13 - Daviess County, Ky.: Dry land corn about average(130-150). Irrigated corn looks very strong crossing finish line(200-240). Soybeans could use a little more rain, but holding up nicely.


  • 8/12 - Carroll County, Ill.: Last year our county had the highest yield per acre in the state of Illinois. This county has ranked near the top for several years. The crop customarily looks good this time of year but we have large cracks in the ground and we cooled off without a rain again. If something does not change soon, morning dew will have to finish this crop. It is the same going west into Iowa. The ground got hard packing rain early in the growing season. This year will put great dirt to the test so far this year in this part of an "I" state. The sweet corn was good! Let the combine tell the story from the whole field. Talk is cheap. Lots of variables. Hoping to be surprised.

  • 8/12 - Buffalo County, Neb.: We received about 3" of much needed rain in the last week, the first decent rain since late June. Any dryland crops that were still hanging on will be helped, although it's too late for some of the corn. A lot of pastures had went dormant and turned brown. Hopefully this ill wake the grass back up too. Good luck to all.

  • 8/12 - Lyon County, Minn.: I also am from Lyon County, MN and have a very poor crop coming this fall. Replanted 116 acres of Soybeans so far this year in several spots. Was to late for insurance to pay for replant but wanted something in the holes to hold the weeds down. Corn in the low ground that usually goes 200+ is either drowned out or just tasseled 2 weeks ago and is 12-14 round max. Had some farms that the tile could keep up on that had a really nice looking corn crop coming, but have only had 8 tenths since fathers day. Have been farming for a short 30 years, and believe I will be collecting crop insurance on several farms from yield loss and revenue on the rest. Starting to worry that the 103 corn will not finish. Big question now is weather to spray bugs or add onto the revenue check. Next year is coming, and all we can do is try our best again then. Safe harvest to all!

  • 8/12 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Two ears on every stalk and three on some just like every year. At harvest there will be one average ear and a small ear on a few stalks that gets ground by the corn head. Too wet too cold early and too dry in July. Good crop for me but not as good as last year. My beans average too. Too early to tell if they will be good but number of pods is down as of today. Not sure if I am long or short the market but should be close at 150 corn sold and 40 beans.

  • 8/12 - Meeker County, Minn.: We received 1.5 to 2 inches rain over the weekend. We have finally broke the pattern of last year. Last year we had a wet late spring. Followed by a dry late summer. Last years crop was very sub par. Until this past weekend this year has been almost a carbon copy of last year. We still need lots of heat and a later than normal frost. This years crop is no bin buster. But it may get to average. We are very relieved to receive this rain.


  • 8/11 - Northeast S.D.: Just got a 4 inch rain this weekend after a week and a half dry spell. Corn and beans looking great. Some wheat still unharvested. Pastures are green and growing.

  • 8/11 - Cerro Gordo County, Iowa: Crops are suffering with the lack of rain. We had only 6 tenths for the month of July and none the first 11 days of August. This is the third year in a row that we have watched our crops burn up, after struggling to get it planted.

  • 8/11 - South Central N.D.: Best looking soybean crop ever, and remember ND has 6 mil acres of them!

  • 8/11 - St. Joseph, Ind.: all the so called experts are spending there time driving around ill. so according to them were all having a record crop. same ppl that were saying 22 dollar beans and 12 dollar corn are now on the yield band wagon.

  • 8/11 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: We received 6+ inches of rain this weekend, I would have gladly shared that with others if I could have. I don’t think we have to worry about low prices for long, because the flood to drought cycles seem to be getting more extreme every year.

  • 8/11 - Southeast S.D.: Three times as much rain in the first 9 days of Aug as we had in July! 9/10ths. Sure should help fill the 1 ear on my corn but they will be small and wet, unless the rest of Aug and Sept are good to us! Still a long way from "record" here! So much for $3 corn it's $2.94 now. Thank God I forward contracted some!beans are holding on and this rain will be beneficial even though my 30" rows aren't shaded completely! Thanks!

  • 8/11 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Total Rain fall since June 28th has been around 1 inch give or take, some areas more but not a lot. Cool summer has saved us with corn looking fairly good, some burned up in poor soils and compacted driveways, ears have dropped. Beans really need a good soaker but the dome over Lincoln won't allow any rain to drop. Further south and east of Lincoln saw good rains this weekend, 1.4 to 1.8 inches Harvest will be later then normal in this area.

  • 8/11 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: Got 2.5 inches of rain yesterday. hope that can finish the crop out.

  • 8/11 - Carroll Parish, La.: Some corn has been sampled. Moisture is still in the mid 20 percent range. Early group 4 soybeans are turning yellow(maturing) every day now. Combines will be wide open in the next 10 days. Gonna be a bin buster on the corn , as well for the soybeans. Cotton is blooming out of the top, and rice is heading.

  • 8/11 - Newaygo, Mich.: Crops looked very good 2 weeks ago, now we are 4 weeks with no measurable rainfall. Very dry corn fields on light ground, beans are really curling on most ground now. Jerry Gulke- your predictions across Iowa and Illinois about "not a bad field in sight" makes me think you never read the comments on here. You sound just like the USDA. The crop is getting smaller by the day and yet you refuse to believe it. People from Iowa and Illinois saying how badly they need rain. Twin ears do not fill without adequate moisture, so basically they mean nothing. Bottom line- USDA should reduce the crop sizes in the August 12 report!

  • 8/11 - Douglas County, Ill.: we got one inch of much needed rain the last couple of days. The fields of corn around here that are well drained and had the n spoon fed to them are going to be really good this year.The beans are hip high on the first of may plantings and seem to be setting a lot of pods. The jury is still out on the beans, but with a good finish they too could yield big. Looks to be a lot of beans produced even if we have a average crop in the us, given all the extra acres.


  • 8/8 - Jackson County, Iowa: we have now joined the "sure could use a rain " club. No rain here for 2 weeks. For some, no rain for close to a month. Have had numerous chances for rain and as the day approaches it fizzles out. Crops on shallower soils showing stress. No chances of rain the 7 day forecast.

  • 8/8 - Stearns County, Minn.: Definitely not a bumper crop here in central MN. Sure there is some corn that looks good but I also have about 20% that is moisture stressed and 30% that is just pollinating now so that won't be mature until mid-October. Soybeans are wilting by noon each day and the hilltops are burnt. Once again, too much rain early on and not enough in the second half of the growing season. I can't imagine global warming has anything to do with this as we are way behind on GDU's for the second straight year. The good news is the small grain crop is excellent and I never had so much straw!

  • 8/8 - La Porte, Ind.: Crops look average we had an inch of rain a few days ago it was a life saver for the high sandy soil spider mites starting to show up. White mold showing up in areas that had good rain fall. Check your fields. Don't put the sprayers away yet.

  • 8/8 - Southeast S.D.: We'll we got some rain, Aug 6th it rained all day, 3/10 of an inch! "Grain making rain" according to the "experts". Rain fell from the east and the ground in sweet corn patch didn't get wet on west side of stalks! Top end defiantly gone! 6/10 of an inch here since Father's Day! Silks just seem to stay the same, 2nd ear has been aborted! $3.03 for corn locally!

  • 8/8 - Wayne County, Neb.: Corn looks good driving by. This field took hail June 3rd, and a planted population of 25,500 was reduced to just over 17,000. This field was side dressed with 25 gallons of 32% about a month ago. Sidedressing will payoff as fields that had all the nitrogen applied right after the planter are looking yellow. We had a very dry July, but a very nice rain Tuesday night-Wednesday morning. Crop is behind, we will need heat units moving forward.

  • nebraska corn
    --Wayne County, Neb.

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  • 8/8 - Southeast Ind.: Was checking a plot and noticed a big difference in grey leaf resistance between hybrids. Will be interesting to see how yield turns out since plot will not be sprayed with fungicides. Double crop soybeans were looking good at 24 days a couple of weeks ago!

  • Double crop 24 days after planting   Competitive brand in plot is starting to get eaten up with Grey Leaf Spot
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 8/7 - Sargent County, S.D.: 1 inch of rain in July is all we have mustered. June was so wet, we received 4" in 45 minutes in one rain event and that caused lots of flooding and drown out. I’m sorry but I’ve been farming for 40 years and have never seen a 2nd ear contribute to my yield unless the corn stand was miserably low. Now maybe those corn hybrids down south are different than our northern hybrids, that very well may be the case. The soybeans here need moisture badly, by noon they appear very stressed. Wheat harvest has just started with some of the poorer soils being the first to go. Quality and yields look to be good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/7 - Knox County, Ill.: According to the USDA and as of August 3rd, over 3 million acres of corn has yet to silk in the four states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Total acres not yet silked in 12 'northern' states is 7.291 million acres. Temps remain below normal and GDDs are lagging behind normal virtually everywhere. Some of the beans around here were hurt by the dry weather and those double ears on the corn that looked amazing two weeks ago, now look a little better than average...with a lot of the second ears giving up. Looking ahead through late August, my prediction is that Pacific hurricane activity will push warm tropical air well north into the arctic. This will force cold arctic air masses southward and east of the Canadian Rockies. It's a race to the finish line, folks, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.


  • 8/6 - Manitoba: Our wheat and canola is looking pretty much average out here and corn is definitely in need of rain. Later canola is aborting flowers because of excessive heat and lack of moisture. Went for a long drive in North Dakota to see what the "Record Large" wheat crop looked like. I saw headed wheat that still had all the rows showing. Average at best, in my opinion, with some of the wheat still green as grass, especially in the Red River valley. According to the experts in the media, it seems that, either the crop is dead or it's "RECORD LARGE". What ever happened to an average crop? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/6 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Looks like the forecasted rain is not going to happen. Rest of the week has low percentage chances of a tenth to a quarter inch. We need some moisture to finish this crop. Rain shut off after June. Big cracks in the field and lawns are brown.

  • 8/6 - West Central Minn.: We drove to Farmfest today, and thought we would do a little different drive each way to see how crops were doing. We were quite surprised when we drove through the counties of Yellow Medicine, Lyon, and Redwood, that their fields had that big of drown out areas. Several fields must have lost 30 to 50 percent of the field. Some had tried to plant either soybeans, corn(which was little more than knee high), or some other cover crop in the drown out areas, and others just left it black. Now many of these same fields are very stressed on the higher ground from lack of moisture through July. I know my crops are going to be below average from all the rain in June, but my heart went out to these farmers. This has been a miserable production year for many in Minnesota.

  • 8/6 - Swift County, Minn.: The story goes the same as the last couple of years. Extreme amounts of rain in May and June and then it shuts off. Since June 27 I have received 6/10 of an inch rain. Top yields are being reduced daily. No rain in sight either. As far as this talk of 2 ears goes, I have never seen a corn crop with a meaningful second ear. The only way that happens is if your population is way too small.

  • 8/6 - Marshall County, Ind.: well two things it aint over till its over and an old farmer told me years ago that nobody will know your stupid if you don't open your mouth. guess he thought I was !! we just had the most profitable five years in grain farming history. I don't have a pile of cash laying around but that's how this has always been just glad I can do it another year. thank you Lord

  • 8/6 - Dickinson County, Iowa: Crops look pretty Good prices look crappy.at least I won't have to feel bad for taking government handouts this year.after all I made my own career choice so why should I rob future generations,so that I can spoil myself and live high on the hog.Poor Me no new truck,motorcycle,or house on the lake this year.

  • 8/6 - East Central Ohio: Just finished second spray on beans on sat. Lots of short beans in our area of the state. Lots of corn fields tasseling as of this week. In general everything seems to be at least a few weeks behind some more. We need heat and a late frost to finish decent. A lot of the crops were planted in June around here and most have at least some prevent plant acres. I should have done the same but farm with too much emotion sometimes and planted some beans really late. Oh well I'm just glad that USDA knows what's really going on with these crops.

  • 8/6 - Southeast S.D.: Sorry Lyon Co Mn. if I offended you! We still have received no rain, weatherman just showed radar and it shows rain at my place??? It's not raining! The experts can make the numbers whatever they need them to be, I just don't think we need to give them any help pricing "our" product! But it is what we have, God willing we will get through this dip in prices. Personally I would rather harvest a smaller crop with higher prices than what we will do this fall. My first and second ears need a lot of help at this point. Good luck!

  • 8/6 - Richland County, N.D.: Our weather has switched over to dry and too dry in the valley. Our short behind corn is now firing. The beans are still not knee high in many places. What crops look good are really good but the majority remains way behind and uneven. Some corn is just tasseling and silking even though only 4-5 feet tall. Wheat looks to be the best crop. Some barley coming off and yield reports are good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/6 - Clark County: Monday gave us another 3 inches of rain in 5 hours that's enough for bit. not sure how this might affect pollination 6.5 inches in ten days.

  • 8/6 - Marshall County, Kan.: Crops are almost toast as we have not had any rain for 3 weeks now. the three I states better have 300 bu corn to make up. Be safe.

  • 8/6 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa : Been 4 1/2 weeks since any rain. Thin spots on hills are turning yellow and dropping yield and test weight on corn. Beans showing stress in the P.M.

  • 8/6 - McHenry County, Ill.: A pic of the soybeans podding. This nice field is next to Dacy airport.

  • soybean field   soybeans podding
    --McHenry County, Ill.

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  • 8/6 - North Central Ind.: Past two weeks have been somewhat disappointing in the rain gage. We see nice "green" coming across from Illinois on the radar, only to fall apart a few miles to the west, or go north of south of us. Irrigation running 24/7. Corn and soybeans are hurting for sure. The saving grace has been temps. Planes all over the place putting on fungicides.


  • 8/5 - Warren County, Ill.: A typical summer weather pattern here. It's raining in the areas that don't necessarily need rain and not where it is needed. We are in the "need rain" area. It's been 3 weeks since meaningful rain. The top has come off for corn and the beans are in the critical pod fill stage.

  • 8/5 - Polk County, Iowa: Many corn stalks have a second ear, substantially larger than in years past. Looked like this would be the major reason for a record crop. But I just checked these second ears and found that every kernal on every one of the second ears had aborted the kernals. The lack of rain for the past month+ is showing it's effects.

  • 8/5 - Dallas County, Iowa: Sometimes we producers focus way too much on the agronomic end of growing a crop. Marketing gets mentioned, but doesn't get nearly enough attention. I think some farmers forget that the equation of our profit or loss in this business is (Bushels X Price) - Expenses = Net gain or loss. Something else we need to focus on now has to be the nastiest part of our business......the farm program. There seems to be very little comment about what we know so far when it comes to the program sign up. At first glance it appears to be the biggest morphodite, hodge podge, gobbilty gook,conglammoration, of bureaucratic BS that we have had to work with for quite a while. I don't think I like it much. How about the rest of you? Do we really have to sit back and have this crammed down our throats or any where else they want to cram it? A good friend of mine made a very good observation. He asked, "So whatever happened to that Freedom To Farm Act?" Does anyone else remember that? I heard an ISU "expert farm economist" on the radio a few days ago telling his version about analyzing the choices and how to select the best ones when we sign up the farm for 5 YEARS. Even though it was radio, I'm pretty sure I could actually hear his eyes spinning as he explained what he thought we should do. The more he talked the dumber I got.

  • 8/5 - Somerset, Pa.: Most look good around our area a lot not tasseled yet. Soybeans are starting pod nice and cool pollination but now we need some heat to finish these crops off, we lost a lot of nitrogen this year . We'll see same story every year frost were behind Yama yadda ya dad same old complaints we'll get what we get and there ain't nothing anybody gonna do about it.

  • 8/5 - Sauk County, Wis.: In the month of July we only received about a inch of rain. Now on Monday the 4th of August received 2.75 of rain in 5 hours. What a blessing. Crops were still doing ok but this may have put the icing on the cake. But you never know. Here is hoping that the frost stays away till around the 10th to the 15th of October.

  • 8/5 - Lyon County, Minn.: Just to defend my position a little, since I got raked over the coals. I said the crops looks good, and green to the bottom on my drive. I did not speculate on the yield other than my own crop. To which, when I walked into my fields for checks, I was finding an unusually high number of 2 ear corn plants, with some having 3. I don't know how proposterus that is. It has been ideal weather, though about 1 week behind, normal weather. Also, I did say that we needed August rain and a late frost to make it all come together. No where in my post did I saw we would have a bin buster. I said we would have a decent crop, and I stand behind that comment. I have been up to McLeod county, and much of the state. The crop is behind, and there are spots that are not good, but it isn't over yet. We have been getting really spotty rains lately, so that is going to really effect our final crop. So far this year, the good Lord has blessed me. It's not in the bin yet, and it might never make it there, but it is beyond my control at this point. I did what I could do to get it there.

  • 8/5 - Christian County, Ky.: We are burning up. Corn on hills is already totally brown, lower areas might benefit from rain but none is in sight. Ears are short and not filled out, grain is small. Double crop beans are up but not growing much. Wheat was fair, not as good as last year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 8/4 - Morrison County, Minn.: Corn looking okay, just behind on heat units. Majority pollinated the last 7 days or so. I got some that is just tasseling now and we haven't had a rain in 2 weeks so the lighter soils are starting to stress, especially the shallow rooted soybeans. Amazing how every year can go from too wet in spring to too dry later in summer. It better not freeze until October 15 or I'm effed.

  • 8/4 - Fresno County, Calif.: Almonds and processing tomatoes are being harvested, alfalfa seed starts next week, Pima cotton is being irrigated and sprayed

  • almond harvest   tomato harvest
    --Fresno County, Calif.

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  • 8/4 - Fillmore County, Minn.: No rain here since mid July. We had great moisture at that time. Just looked at accuweather and it looks like the current dry weather pattern is going to continue this week. We need rain this week in my opinion to have the opportunity for a great crop. The shallow areas are showing up. It also has been cool which has kept the crop free of stress, however, behind in degree units. Hope for the best but be ready to expect the worse, low yields with a low price.

  • 8/4 - Sibley County, Minn.: Me and the boys walked some beans this week for those pesky Roundup resistant weeds, getting dry even the heavy ground is starting to show stress. A certain website I use that tracks soil moisture rates it from 28% to 38% on my various fields..... Those are drought conditions guys, everyday the crop loses yield, need rain even after the wettest June since 1870 something. Coles County, Ill is not alone with lack of moisture.

  • 8/4 - Clark County, Wis.: well it was a great corn growing week most of the corn has tassel. With warmer weather and 3.5 inches of rain this week things change fast. But we did have a little hail and wind damage to one corn field. Still have along ways to go. soybeans r coming along good but are short.

  • 8/4 - West Central Wis.: I farmed for 50 years and never seen the seasons as they are now. I drove from Wisconsin to Texas the last weekend of July, covered a lot of farm country and yes the crops look very good but I don't believe outstanding, my thoughts are that the last 2 years of drought and terrible crop conditions make us believe this crop is outstanding I believe we are back to a more normal crop . We have convinced ourselves that it is a record breaker but here in Wisconsin we need rain and I noticed the same on my trip . This crop could shrink without rain the root system is to shallow. Let's see what happens.

  • 8/4 - Surry County, N.C.: Corn as high as an elephant's eye and then some. Picture made July 18.

  • corn North Carolina
    --Surry County, Ill.

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  • 8/4 - DeKalb County, Ill.: whats with all the doom and gloom about a big crop and low prices. we are all rich from the last five or so years anyway. Cattle prices are at record highs , time to share the wealth.

  • 8/4 - Coles County, Ill.: crops are going downhill with lack of meaningfull rain. corn is losing its color on larger areas of the fields and beans are getting that whiteish look during midday as it rolls its leaves. 1/10th of a inch friday did not help much and no rain in the forecast execept for a slight chance wed. or thurs. news media see a wet road and think everything is great.

  • 8/4 - Dallas County, Iowa: 2.2 inches of rain in the last 30 days. 2.0 inches came exactly one month ago on July 5. Average rainfall for the month is 4.3. Corn root structure is very shallow and yield damage will start to be significant any day now.

  • 8/4 - Fairbault County, Minn.: Sure would be nice to have some rain. Total for July was only about ¾ inch that came 2 or three tenths at a time. Beans are having a hard time "closing" the rows. Nights are very cool. Corn pollination was uneven due to flooding rains in early June. Can’t see most of the bad spots from the road anymore, so at least a guy feels better. I know my backyard is small, but I don’t see huge crops here, too wet early, now dry and cool when we need rain and heat. Hope I’m wrong, we’ll need the extra bushels to pay next year’s bills.

  • 8/4 - Richland County, Ill.: I'm not sure whats going on with my corn. Nearly all stalks have 2 silks and alot have 3 silks on the stalk with 2 silks coming out under the shucks on 2 sides of the ear. And yes those 2 have a small ear, size of my thumb forming. Pollination is still going on. We've had ample moisture, but no excess. Whats up?

  • 8/4 - Rockford, Ill.: soybeans on light ground losing color


  • 8/1 - Rice County, Minn.: I have had a total of 3/10" of rain since my last posting of a dry theme. Our lighter soils have really shown stress & irreversible damage due to the circumstances lately. Otherwise things look generally good from the windshield for a casual observation but the reminders of a late planting and ghosts of excessive moisture still lurk. In essence, we still need a very good finish. I have learned through the years that a steady average will beat a roller coaster ride in regard to weather and markets. We have not had either in quite some time and I do not forsee this changing as weather and politics become more unpredictable. The concerning part is how increasingly interconnected this all is.

  • 8/1 - East Central Iowa: I'm almost afraid to say things look pretty good here after a rough start. I realize it's not in th bin. Crops are not showing any stress yet . like a lot of you, we wouldn't turn it down (just about like every year). For some it's been almost 3 weeks since they had a good drink. Fungicide treatment may start around here by the end of the week. For those of you who can't respectfully disagree with another producer, or claim you can't understand why someone would let others know how good things are in there area, let me ask again....... why are you reading this blog, turning on your computer or listening to the markets on the radio? How do you market your crop, by looking out your window?

  • Round baler   Round bales
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 8/1 - Hardin County, Ohio: Things are looking good in NW Ohio. We have had plenty of moisture and just got 1.5 Inches when things started getting dry. Some corn got off to a bad start and fields are wavy with different maturities. Overall not bad. Beans are shorter than normal and some spotty from emergence and/or too much rain. I don't see a record year around here

  • Ohio corn
    --Hardin County, Ohio

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COMMENTS (2 Comments)

steffy
looking at the pic's of the corn,I don't see any double's every one is talking about and it looks like there is some tip back.
9:33 AM Aug 14th
 
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Corn is very uneven Soybeans are standing still and just starting 2nd crop hay, everything is 2 weeks behind in need of rain and only getting 1 tenth at a time Corn on what should be my best ground is going to yield the worst and the later stuff looks better but because of the timing of the earlier rains is spotty too holes where the weeds were sprayed late look ugly dose not equate to 172 bushels per acre average maybe lucky to make 125 and lets face it today even if you do have 2 ears on a stalk it will not increase the yield maybe it might actually lower the quality some due to higher moisture and soft kernel's a cob with half the kernels aborted is usually more problems that what they are worth we are lucky to have one reasonable ear Of course we are not the chosen few!
10:00 AM Aug 5th
 
 
 
 
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