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January Crop Comments

Jan 28, 2011

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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying
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  • 1/28 - Texas: Eastern Texas received rain in the last week, somewhat alleviating the drought conditions that have been the rule for the last several months, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. According to the Palmer Drought Index, much of East Texas remains in a moderate drought situation. The Palmer Drought Index is based on precipitation, temperature and historic data, and is the main drought index used by the U.S. government. Conditions varied county-to-county, according to AgriLife Extension county agent reports..
    1 28 11 winter green up HR

    Winter pasture in this East Texas greened up thanks to recent rains, but the region remained moisture-short in terms of long-term averages. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


  • 1/21 - Southwest Minnesota: 18 below zero, 1 mph wind. Brrr…

     
  • 1/21 - Texas: Since New Year’s, some Texas counties had received from 2 to 6 inches of moisture, but much of the state remains behind as far as long-term accumulations go, said Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. From the Panhandle to South Texas, the lack of moisture affected winter wheat and other crops and caused concern about the future success of spring plantings, according to county reports from AgriLife Extension agents.

  • 1/19 - Corpus Christi, Texas: On Jan. 4, things were dry down here. The lines are long at the port. I just finished fertilizing. Planting season begins Feb 14. A two inch rain would be nice. In the last few weeks, things have definitely changed around here. We got a 1.5" rain last week and 2.5" more this week. A drought buster in the middle of La Nina! We are ready to plant late February.
     
  • 1/19 - Oklahoma: SUNUP's Lyndall Stout talks with small grains Extension specialist, Jeff Edwards about how the 2011 wheat crop is shaping up across Oklahoma

  • 1/17 - Washington County, Kan.: Early planted wheat is well established and in good shape. Late planted double crop stands vary from just sprouted to 75% emerged. Snow cover during the recent sub zero temps have helped.

     
  • 1/17 - Madison County, Iowa: We will stay on rotation of corn & soybeans. We had the average corn crop in 2010 (150 bu.) soybeans were the best I ever raised, since 1954. Beef cows (Angus) looking good.
     
  • 1/17 - East central Kansas: Corn / Soybeans about 50 - 50 No RR beans, all conventional or some LL beans will probably be planted. Corn will be some of both conventional and BT.
     
  • 1/17 - Allen County, Kan: 2011 crops plans are for soybeans, wheat and maybe some corn. To date, total accumulation of snow is at 6.5". First significant moisture in some time. Do not participate in local grain elevators so do not know how movement is doing. We will plant a few more soybeans this year. Winter may be harsh to the extent of below normal moisture. However temperatures may be a little milder as well with a few days of bitter cold.
     
  • 1/17 - Crawford, Iowa: We farm around 2100 acres, which is nearly divided equally between corn and soybeans. Our cropping plans for 2011 are to stay with the same mix as in the past. There usually is about 80 acres of corn on corn which is located on the same two farms as in the past. The dry fertilizer has been applied, and we still have 70% of the NH3 to go yet. The big buzz lately has been $6 corn, which has me a little bit concerned. I hope it stays constructive [the talk], people have a short memory, do you remember what an LDP was. Let us all not loss sight of our real goals in life!

  • 1/12 - Texas: Though a hardship for drivers, the rain and snow that came to parts of Texas Jan. 9 was mainly good news for winter pastures, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Jan. 9 event, whether it came as snow or rain, equaled from about 1 inch to 1.5 inches of moisture for South Texas and parts of the state east of Interstate 45. On Jan. 10, NOAA archives show another 0.5 to 1 inch for East Texas.
    1 12 11 East Texas snow and ice

    Snow is usually a once-in-a-lifetime event for most livestock in East Texas. Though snow and cold weather increases the need for supplemental feeding of livestock, the January 2011 snowstorm was generally a good thing because it brought moisture after an unusually dry fall and early winter, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


  • 1/11 - Northwest Kansas: Here are the piles of grain in our area. A few are moving out, but not a lot!
    Jims 10 25 10 002
    Jims 10 25 10 011
    Jims 10 25 10 019
    Jims 10 25 10 023
    Jims 10 25 10 025
    Jims 10 25 10 036

    -- Northwest Kansas

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


  • 1/10 - Comanche County, Texas: Until last year, no cotton was planted in Comanche County since 1995, said Whit Weems, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Comanche County. But the times they are a changing. On Jan. 21, AgriLife Extension will be hosting a cotton seminar in DeLeon, he said. “We had a successful crop in 2010, and acreage reports are increasing for 2011,” Weems said “This program will focus on the challenges that we faced and go back to the basics on some topics.”
    1 10 11 cotton module Comanche County TX

    These Comanche County cotton modules were still in the field by early January 2011. In 2011, Comanche County producers planted cotton for the first time in 15 years, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Whit Weems)

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


 

  • 1/10 - Northwest Kansas: Here are some pictures of the wheat in NW Kansas I hope all the bad hype is not getting ready to bite us!!!!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
    WHEAT JIM 001
    WHEAT JIM 005
    WHEAT JIM 006
    WHEAT JIM 009

    -- Northwest Kansas

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


  • 1/7 - Ellendale N.D.: Snow is making life difficult for everyone here. Lots of corn to haul but it'd tough to get to the bins. Not a lot of wheat or soybeans left to sell. Prices look good for 2011 however cash rents, equipment costs, fertilizer and fuel have all increased a great deal. I'd like to wish each of you a happy and profitable New Year.

  • 1/6 - North central Ohio: Wheat -- the ultimate cover crop.
    1 6 11 Ohio 1
    1 6 11 Ohio 2
    1 6 11 Ohio 3

    -- North central Ohio

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)



     
  • 1/6 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: I attended a local farm conference yesterday in Devils Lake, ND with (I'm guessing) 250-300 farmers there.  The NDSU fertilizer experts drew a lot of attention, with discussions on application rates to max out protein and yield on wheat.  Over the past few years our wheat yields have increased from the 35-50 bu. range up to where we often talk about 60-80 bu yields. As a result, many farmers are now applying inputs to make these yields standard.   The high protein wheat varieties are about sold out across the state.  My guess is that wheat, corn, soybean and canola acres will be up in the northeast quarter of ND, with a reduction in barley, flax, sunflower, and edible beans.

    Other topics with much interest were; 1. timing of liquid 28% N application on wheat during heading to bump up protein levels,  2. use of cover crops,  3.field tiling. Much of eastern ND froze up with very wet....spring flooding in the Red River Valley and having fields dry out for seeding are on everyone's minds.  Many did not get on as much fall applied fert. as hoped, so spring will be very busy. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     

  • 1/6 - Modesto, Calif: Due to extremely wet weather (4.25in) river pressure has risen and causing extreme sub pressure on standing corn. As you can see there is only about 1 ft of leeway before breaching the levee and flooding the field completely. If rain doesn't ease and stop reservoirs from reaching flood stage we are looking at loosing 1000 acres of alfalfa, 300 acres of ready to harvest corn and 700 acres of planted wheat. Sub pressure is drowning low ends of the fields and less then a 1ft in some areas from breaching levee completely.
    1 6 11 Calif 1
    1 6 11 Calif 2
    1 6 11 Calif 3

    -- Modesto, Calif.

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


  • 1/5 - Wilbur, Wash.: Our winter wheat along Highway 2 has been under a good blanket of snow since Thanksgiving time.  A lot of the wheat was sprayed for Cheatgrass late last fall, and most of what wasn't sprayed will be when the spring breaks.  The profile is full of moisture, but like always we need a good May-June rain to make the crop.  I think it's a "text book winter" here in the Inland Northwest (so far). (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 1/5 - Lewistown, Mont.: Winter has struck central Montana with a vengeance.  A lot of snow and more wind.  Winter wheat fields have been protected for the most part.  No till ground is holding snow a lot better than the tilled ground.  A lot of late seeding this last fall, will make for some winter kill prospects, but I would guess that we are all right so far.  It seems like our chances of winter kill are a lot better in February, so it is a wait and see game for now.  A lot of farmers are having trouble delivering wheat, as the bins and roads are blown in every other day. I’m thinking we are one more big snow storm away from being shut down for quite awhile.  I would guess that the wheat acreage in Montana will be up this year because of the price. We don't have a lot of other crop options, so I look for more wheat to be planted. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 1/5 - Texas: The state continued to dry out during the last weeks of 2010, with more than 20 counties now classified as being under “extreme” drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
     
  • 1/5 - Adairville, Ky.: Winter wheat in our area is looking really good. While it went in a little later than normal and has less than normal growth, this should not be a problem for us.  It was planted into dry soil, but has gotten the necessary moisture for a near perfect stand and developed a good root system.  No disease or insects to report thanks to early cool weather.  100% no-till will reduce possibility of erosion from less than normal ground cover. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 1/3 - Central North Dakota (Jamestown area): As you can see in the picture grain movement will be somewhat slow the first week of January.
    1 3 10 ND

    -- Central North Dakota (Jamestown area)

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


 

  • 1/3 - Northeast Kansas: After all the weather events of the year, the crops came in average (160 corn / 50 soybeans). Prices today are 6.15 for corn, 13.50 for soybeans. Harvest went nearly perfect, fall work is mostly complete, and lots of conservation and tiling work was done.
     
  • 1/3 - Jackson County, Iowa: Nothing like hauling manure on a holiday...Most of our 20-25 inches of snow that we received in December is gone after 3 days of temps in the upper 30's to lower 40's along with dense fog. Temps fell from 45 degrees at 6 pm New Years Eve to 10 degrees at 6 a.m. New Years Day. All the cattle yards thawed, so we cleaned the piles before they froze solid. Thankfully, Brad stayed to help! Happy New Year.
    1 3 10 Iowa

    -- Jackson County, Iowa

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


Where can you find the latest wheat production news? It is just a click away at AgWeb’s www.VirtualWheatTour.com.

  
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