July Crop Comments
Jul 29, 2011
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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
- 7/29 - Jefferson County, Iowa: We live in the southeast corner of Iowa and have been nearly 5 weeks without any measurable rain. We have beans planted that haven't seen rain yet. We get lightning and thunder and threatening clouds. We can watch systems along the horizon to the north, south, and west of us, but it's like there's a wedge that splits them and they go around us every single time. Places within ten to fifteen miles of us have had rains that we didn't see. We are hurting.
- 7/29 - Jackson County, Iowa: Received 3" of rain Wednesday night, but 5 miles north of me some areas had between 6"-10" in 10 hours. 10-20 miles north of me (northern Jackson County and Dubuque County in Iowa, and Jo Daviess County, Ill.) Had between 10"-15" in 10 hours. Some corn and beans got flattened by the flash floods. Bridges out all over, roads closed, homes and businesses flooded, fences ripped out and cattle missing. Heard of approximately 100 head of steers that got caught in the flash flooding and were swept away. Road crews worked through the night and all day Thursday fixing roads and bridge approaches. Helped clean out a feed store that had 2'-2.5' of water in it (along with 15-20 others). The next thing is that most rivers are or will be out of there banks. Will spend today (Friday) fixing some roads and floodgates to see what I may have lost. There is one thing that can always be said when things like this happen, people will help people even when the may have lost some of their own things.
- 7/29 - Ingham County, Mich.: Thank and Praise the Lord. We got 3.5 inches last night. Our corn was not looking very good. Beans weren't too bad but this rain has sure perked the corn and beans up. Hope all can get some much needed.
- 7/29 - Coffey County, Kan.: Hand shelled corn, 16.7 moisture and 47 test weight, short cobs. Some fields with poor pollination. It's been hot with very few scattered showers, the corn is cooked and the soybeans are stressed.
- 7/28 - Warren County, Ill.: Losing yield in corn each day. To dry and hot the last 2 weeks without significant rains. Rains have been north of our immediate area. Beans are holding thus far but if the current weather pattern persist bean yields will suffer as well. Short and sweet we need rain now, not tomorrow just to hold an average yield potential.
- 7/28 - Boone County, Mo.: Went on a road trip today Columbia, Mo. I-70/54 to Hannibal Mo. to Springfield/Dekalb/Decatur Ill. by the Corn College site to Assumption Ill. on down 51 to Vandalia Ill., then east back to Columbia Mo. Stopped several times and pulled and ear or two. WOW USDA BETTER WAKE UP! Some bad pollination some kernel abortion lodging from high wind and mostly nitrogen leaching. The best corn I found was 16x28x27000/90=134.5 Bpa going to be hard to come up with 154 or what ever they say. Of course some may be better but most is not and with the drowned out spots averages do not add up very fast subtract ear worms with the late plant dates and what do you get???
- 7/28 - Barron County, Wis.: Hot and wet…..best describes our July weather. Crops were 2 weeks later on average this year but have made up for much of the late planting with the warmer and wetter than normal July. We are about 50 percent silked on corn with most corn looking very good. Soil compaction shows up big time this year especially for the crop that was planted into soils that were too wet or worked wet. Soybeans are another story. Slugs once again have thinned stands on high residue fields….in some cases they have cleaned off several acres of fields while thinning to 25% stands remaining because of the sheer numbers and appetites of the little “slimers”. 2010 slug damage was bad enough in some corn fields that the brace roots were chewed off until the corn literally tipped over….we don’t need a repeat of that scenario.
- 7/28 - Northern Dodge County, Wis.: Had over 5" of rain since last week. Corn is about 50% tasseled and looks good. Combined wheat yesterday 96 to 105 bu. full field avg. 3rd crop hay looks good.
- 7/28 - Hamilton, Ohio: Early corn is hanging on waiting for a rain. Pollination was good but hot days and warm nights can't be helping. Late corn rolling and struggling with the heat at pollination time.
- 7/28 - Union County, N.C.: I knew soft red winter wheat yields in NC were going to be the highest overall on record, but did not realize it would take these numbers to win the state yield contest. First place was 139.2 BPA of USG 3209, second place was 131.9 BPA of USG 3555, and third place was 129.8 BPA of USG 3555. There were many that broke the 100 BPA yield. This was truly an amazing wheat year over the entire state of NC. The contest rules in NC designate the measured amount must be taken from 3 continuous measured acres or more. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/28 - West central Minnesota: Planted wet and late very cool. July very hot. Greensnap 20 to 70% with very uneven corn. Tasseling just finishing on early corn has not begun on late planted. Drowned out areas are large even where tiled. Freezing temps always a threat in September.
- 7/28 - Croswell, Mich.: Watch a wheat harvest video.
- 7/28 - Texas: Though most dryland crops have failed due to the drought, there were scattered pockets of production, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. “There will be some dryland crops harvested in Texas,” said Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension program leader and associate department head of the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department, College Station. “The best areas are going to be from Corpus (Christi) north to Victoria and along the coast a little ways; and then from Hill County north and east.”
- 7/28 - Central Indiana/Illinois: I just got back from a short vacation trip. We drove from north central Indiana to the Chicago area and then west to Rockville Illinois and then north along the Mississippi River in Iowa. On the way back we drove south into north central Illinois. Illinois and Iowa had nice rains with some water standing here and there. it was cloudy and overcast the whole time. I did see a couple of fields of corn flat on the ground. Sorry for the farmers with that situation. Also a lot of fields in Illinois had some wind damage. On average the crops looked good. Beans were nice and getting good height. The fields that were flat had not tassled yet. Unfortunately when I got home to our farm about 60 miles north of Indianapolis there was only .15" in the rain gauge.
- 7/27 Western Plymouth County, Iowa - Corn is good here. Last rain was 7/19 in the amount of 1". If we get rain and no storms in the next week to 10 days our crops will be above average. No irrigation so we average 150 bu. on corn and 40 bu. for beans. 50% sold on corn and beans. $6.00 corn and $13.00 beans looked good to me.
- 7/27 Washington : Mike Miller, Pacific
Northwest wheat farmer, takes a tour of Spokane, WA during Hoopfest weekend. Spokane's Hoopfest is the largest street basketball tournament in the world. He also describes the snow-melt that is coming down into the Spokane river.
- 7/27 - Reno County, Kans.- One and one half inches of rain since January. That came in the third week of May. All dry land corn is cooked and most of it has already been chopped for feed. Beans are almost to the point of no return. Group threes are fried. Group fours are going fast. 105 degrees almost every day for a long time now. KCBT better wake up and think about field conditions for wheat planting. They are so out of touch --- (clueless). No volunteer wheat sprouted yet. No cheat sprouting yet. No straw rotting yet and we are 45 to 50 days from planting time.
- 7/27 Rennville County, Minn. - The most uneven crops I have ever seen. Some fields look ok and across the road total disaster. 55 to 60 days to black layer areal crap-schoot.
- 7/27 Vermilion, La. - No rain from may 5 to June 22 beans suffered beans r waterlogged as it has rained everyday for the last 2 weeks we r spraying fungi on beans trying to harvest rice it goin to b a long harvest with rain in forecast for another week
- 7/27 Huntington County, Ind. - The last rain of more than .1" occurred on June 20 around here. Our crops were late getting planted and are starting to really hurt. The beans are about 8-10" high and blooming. The early corn (May 12-13) just tasseled and is beginning to pollinate. The late corn (early June) is still a couple of weeks from tassel. The corn is rolling every day by noon and the beans are pretty much just sitting there. There was rain in the area over the weekend, but nothing on any of our farms. There is nothing in the 10 day forecast but 90 degree temps and dry. I hope the genetics in these crops are drought tolerant.
- 7/26 Washington County, Ill. - The front came through here Sunday afternoon with only clouds and a few light sprinkles. With about 30,000 acres of prevented planting in our small county, we could end up with less than a half crop if the drought continues much longer.
- 7/26 Union City, N.C. - This corn is filled out, but with temperatures in the upper 90's, and heat indexes running in the 110° range it is taking a toll on kernel weight. Anytime corn dries down through an unnatural process such as excessive heat and dry weather, test weights are going to drop, which in return lowers yield. I don't believe corn yields will reach what has been predicted, this in return will keep supplies tight, and prices high.
- 7/26 Henry and Putnam County Ohio - We are burning up. Less than one inch of rain in past six weeks. West of me no rain in that timeframe.
- 7/26 McDonough, Ill. - Had rain of .85 and 1.5" on 2 farms in central and central east part of county. North of IL 9 hiway .1" on 2 farms. So I guess I'm 50% healed. CBOT will see rain and producers will see 100% red today.If we go back to 95+ temps without more rain benefits will be short lived even where water soaked in.
- 7/26 Morrison, Minn. - Another 1.15 inches of rain. Corn and soybeans look almost as good as last years record crop, but not quite as far along. Corn is pollinating this week and average temperatures and good moisture should ensure excellent pollination, even over the gravel hills. About 30 soybean aphids per plant.
- 7/26 East Central, Iowa - Received just under 5" of rain Friday-Sunday.1.5" Friday morning. 3" Friday night thru Saturday morning. .3" Sunday morning. This was the first measurable rain in a month. High winds accompanied Friday night's storm and knocked down some corn (have not walked out in fields to see how bad some are).
- 7/25 Lincoln County, Kans. - Corn is surviving despite 100+ temperatures. Spotting rains lately, with large general rains in April, May and June. This is what our corn is surviving on. Corn is handling heat amazing well, although the future remains to be seen.
- 7/25 Logan County, Ohio - Sunday evening. 1" rain so far. Corn starting to tassel, beans blooming. not bad for starting to plant June 4th.
- 7/25 Robeson County, N.C. - Corn is drying up fast.beans are suffering from 100 plus heat.should start cutting corn this week a month early.
- 7/25 Howard County, Ind. - Our corn crops look pretty good, especially since we have had no rain in about a month. We tried out a new fertilizer from a company called Agri Culture Labs. Many of our stalks have multiple full years. I believe that it has made our crops more hardy to the unexpected temp and weather conditions we have had this year.
- 7/25 Fayette County, Penn. - 2.6 inches of rain in the last 24 hrs.
- 7/25 Union City, N.C. -This corn is filled out, but with temperatures in the upper 90's, and heat indexes running in the 110° range it is taking a toll on kernel weight. Anytime corn dries down through an unnatural process such as excessive heat and dry weather, test weights are going to drop, which in return lowers yield. I don't believe corn yields will reach what has been predicted, this in return will keep supplies tight, and prices high.
- 7/22 East Central Iowa - RAIN1! Received 1.5" this morning (Friday) in 45 minutes. Line of storms looked like it should have hit all of Jackson county and surrounding counties. It looked like we were going to miss out (yesterday and earlier this morning,storms went all around us here). Hope everyone can get rain like this. The heat on Tuesday hit cattle pretty hard with some guys losing some fat cattle and dairy cows. I always hate to hear this because everyone is trying hard to take care of their livestock. Tuesday was the worst day that I can remember going through in a very long time.
- 7/22 Pottowatomie County, Kans. - What looked like a bumper corn crop one week ago has been cut in half and getting worse every day,by 100+ temps and no rain. Scared to look at the beans, with all the heat probably no pods setting.
- 7/22 Ransom County, southeast N.D. - I don’t mean to be a negative nellie but strong T-storms have caused widespread crop damage across north dakota. I took a trip across the eastern half of the state and saw lots of drown out wheat. Here at home disease and a string of 90+ days has cut the wheat yield 30%. The corn looks good but there are large areas of greensnap from 75 mph winds on back to back Sundays, 7/10 & 7/17. The soybeans are doing the best of the big three just ask the soybean aphids.
- 7/22 Coles, Ill. - Hot and dry conditions are really taking it toll on crops. Corn has been trying to pollenate in the heat. It is rolled up and fireing up and has that pale green pinapple look on the high ground and the low areas that suffered from standing water weeks ago. Soybeans are shrinking down in the heat and looking pale all day long. I have been south of mattoon and the crops look bad there and i have traveled to indiana and the crops look bad there. Crops here look good compared to everywhere west, east, and south of here. We really need rain and some cooler days.
- 7/22 Cooper, Mo. - Corn is going to need some rain to help finishing out the ears, with a few good drinks in july august we could be looking at really good corn compared to last year. Beans are looking pretty good also. Hot and dry and going to take a toll on everything if we dont recieve rainfall in the next few days.
- 7/22 Dekalb County, Ill. - Since June 16 only .3" of rain--beans still hanging on--corn on light ground is really hurting--corn on heavier soils not looking too great the last few days
- 7/21 McDonough County, Ill. - Well its time for some benign and beneficial weather here in the tri=state area. Would not stop raining and drowning out new plantings in May and June. Finally by fourth of July got all late planted beans finished and now only small area of county has had only< 1/2 inch in last 30 days. Now I have small baked beans! the heat and warm nights has got to be taking its toll on corn even if pollinated. Even beans that were planted early are short and held up by wet feet in may and June.I feel lucky to have what I have compared to many other areas of the country, but that is precisely the point,that there are going to be some big surprises when this crop is tallied up!
- 7/21 Daniels County, Mont. - Heat wave pushed crops dramatically. Our seeding went til July 3, seriously, and it now looks nice. Just have to avoid Oct. 20 freeze. Daily btu values drop daily speculate high bpa--on froze wheat. Also,not to be neg.-but durum hates 90* temps (no root structure) and not alot seeded. Winter wheat in west Montana sounds like 90 bushel. Lentils seeded here first half May look superb, peas too. However,5-6 million (yes mil!) in northwest N.D. are pp and 4 million acres in Sask. pp. top it off with n. Sask on fire so bad its hazy in the Meritimes(atlantic ocean)? I CALL BLUFF USDA.
- 7/21 Boone County, Mo. - Well this week took 100bu a day off some of the ugly corn and 50-75 off the best corn just my opinion beans are suffering where they havent had rain as it was very spotty.
- 7/21 Darke County, Ohio - Good news is we got 8 tenths tonight after watching the corn roll day after day and all the rain pass us by. Beans have been at a standstill. The bad news is that localized winds from the storm flattened several fields of corn here. Not just layed over but tangled up indicating there was some rotation. What a mess. Can't help but think next year will be better.
- 7/21 Grand Forks County, N.D. - Well, what a year for weather. Horrible planting conditions and then 6+ inches of rain in the last three weeks of June. The corn on the "sand" looks really good and everything else has water damage. Soybeans are coming around but very short. Spring wheat, who knows it looks good but will it be high yield and no protein or did the heat hurt it and make the protein not a problem. Now the worst looking crop we have...edible beans overall look fair to horses**t. I would say that the navies are 40% drowned out and the pintos 25%. Our acres are way down and a horrible crop...my recommendation is buy your edible beans to eat sooner rather than later.
- 7/21 Dodge, Wis. - Corn planted 2nd week of May. Corn tassels visible July 16. Some sandy areas are stressed...need rain! Beans look great!
- 7/20 Washington : Mike Miller
tours the Columbia River Basin irrigation project at the foot of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. The water is shipped and received to help sustain the Pacific North West crops. Some of the crops include spring wheat, winter wheat, mint, alfalfa, potatoes and chick peas. Visit www.VoicesAcrossthePlains.com to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.
- 7/20 East Central, Iowa - I know I'm not alone,but did you ask how hot is is here in Iowa? My dog didn't show up for work,steers refused to eat and the milk cows drank their own milk!tuesday was the highest temp. since 06' according to the weatherband radio. Crops took it hard Tuesday, temps. pushing 100 F, dewpoints around 80 F and no breeze (was not fit for beast,man or machine ). Still had to make 3rd crop hay. We are going to need rain to get a 4th crop.
Thank God for air conditioning!
- 7/19 Northeast, Okla. - Well the crop adjuster said alot of our corn is under 10 bu. We tried chopping silage and it is making 3 to 5 ton. We averaged 14 degrees above normal for June. We have had weeks above 100 and there is no end in sight. All the beans haven't grown any in the last 30 days because of the excessive heat. I thought 1980 was tough but this year takes the cake.
- 7/19 Lancaster County, Neb. - Crops look good, corn at full tassel later corn at 25% tassel. Beans for most part look good some later beans are average at best. We are a little behiond but catching up quick with heat indexes in the 105 to 115 range. No rain in sight and pulling subsoil moisture now, our clay soils will last a long time but a good rain could really make this corn crop above average. Putting up grass hay this week.
- 7/19 Chester County, Tenn. - Cotton continues to progress nicely here in West Tennessee. Here are updated photos of our no-till, dryland cotton planted on thirty-eight inch rows. July 18th Crop Progress shows 81 percent of our acres in the Good and Excellent categories.
- 7/19 Stephenson County, Ill. - Corn was looking good, high winds last week damaged some areas hard and some green snap or goose necked corn. Corn began tassel last week need rain and less heat. Wheat combined last week 90BPA at 60bl test weight.
- 7/19 Southwestern Pennsylvania -Our crops look very good. We have been getting timely rains with most days in the mid 80's. If the weather pattern continues the way it has been we should be shelling alot of 200 bushel corn come October.
- 7/19 Caldwell County, Mo. - I sent pics of this field about 3 weeks ago, Now they beginning to set a few pods, Moisture is ok for now its hot, we got a inch of rain aweek ago, this is a no till field, the rows are on 36 wide and the beans are just over 36inchs tall now.
- 7/19 - Northeast, Iowa - Cory Cannon, Elkader, Iowa, is one of several farmers attending Corn College this week who saw destructive winds cut through his corn crop earlier this month. While he says he expects yields to be negatively impacted, the good news is the crop is beginning to recover. Listen here for more of Cannon’s comments about the impact of the storm.
- 7/18 East Central, Iowa - Regrowth of seeding that was air-flowed on with fertilizer and 1/2 bu. of oats.first cutting was made June 30th. It is very hot here and have only had spotty showers.crops on lighter soil and sand are showing stress. Beans and hay seem to be holding there own. Crops are living off of sub-soil moisture from June. No reports of aphids yet.corn started to tassel Friday (just in time for excessive heat). Sounds like farmers are selling the rest of their old crop grain after this last rally in the market.
- 7/18 Jefferson County, Iowa - No rain since Jun 26. Corn pollinating. Wx forecast; 90s for next week with no rain. Corn was 75-80% good to excellent last week, 70-75% this week, expect 65-70% next week, losing yield every day.
- 7/18 Washington County, Iowa - Corns been starting to pollinate. Very uneven as we have had problems early on with cold and very wet soils. Now it hasn't rained in over 3 weeks with heat indexes into the 100's! I dug down 18 inches and still only found dry, packed clay. That being said, corn on good deep black dirt is making up of last years water sogged disappointment. Looks good. He gives and takes away. We need rain quick and it seems only to go north or south. You guys north of I-80 must be living right. Beans seem to just be at stand-still but we've got some time on them.
- 7/18 McLeod, Minn. - I took a drive this weekend and went all over MN and was not surprised by what I found. The corn is WAY behind, extremely uneven and was mudded in! I saw thousand upon thousands of acres that were waist high or less, and thousands more of PP acres. I would say that 20% of the fields that I saw were tasseling. Our soybean crop is going to be completely pathetic. I have never seen so many fields were you could see every track from the 4wds and cultivators. The soybeans are real yellow and just look plain sick. I think they are suffering from iron chlorosis deficiency and compaction. I can’t wait until all of the SDS gets here this fall. We were told that MN planted all this extra corn. Well, I have no idea where it is cause I haven’t found it yet. If anything we planted way more beans cause we got in the fields so late. Almost every elevator within 100 miles is paying at or above CBOT prices for corn. There simply isn’t any corn left in farmer hands up here that isn’t contracted. We are going to be starting harvest late up here and I am sure there are going to be elevators that run out of corn. And with the crop we have coming this fall I would be worried about running out next year already. I expect basis to be good here next year. Here is what I think is going to come out of MN for a yield this fall. Corn I honestly think across the state will be 140 bu/a or less, and there is no way our beans are going to make 40 bu/a. I would like to invite the Pro Farmer Crop Tour to come through our area up here and see just how bad it is. Then again, they were only 12 bu/a off on corn last year. Crop conditions are as follow. Corn, 10% excellent, 30% good, 30% fair, 20% poor, 10% very poor. Beans, 10% excellent, 25% good, 40% fair, 20% poor, and 5% very poor.
- 7/18 Hancock, Ind. -Very dry, early planted corn looks ok. late planted corn is rolling,more loss of yield if no rain. Early corn tasseling, pollen shed starts this week. Extreme hot temps will be hard on pollination with no rain.
- 7/18 Morrison County, Minn. -Corn is nearly tasseling and looks pretty good. Soybeans starting to flower and canopy. Plenty of moisture and nice warm temps.
- 7/18 East Central, Ill. - We haven't had any significant rainfall for 3 weeks, the forecast for next week is for 95 degrees and up, no rain. Corn is still pollinating, some hasn't started. We will EASILY lose 40-50bu/A off the top next week. Keep in mind, these are some of the best soils in the corn belt. I can't wait to see how the USDA tries to cover this up.
- 7/18- NE North Dakota - Just finishing spraying of late seeded crops wheat and Canola this week. The ground is as wet as when we seeded it or even wetter from all the rain we have received in last 30 days. I have lost track but rainfall overall has been more than 6 inches of rain fro sure on ground that was totally saturated. The crop that has survived is in fair condition but with forecast heat coming for next week we could see significant damage because this crop is poorly rooted and will struggle if we get extreme heat. The crop reports of how good wheat is in ND I think are little misleading at least in our area when spraying the crop has been damaged from excess moisture, you see it in various spots and lighter green areas in the field where yield is going to be effected. I think when we get all said and done most wheat will be only average to below average on yield. Just to many areas of that have hurt yield potential. The canola crop looks to have potential but will depend on the weather not to get to hot and disease pressure from white mold and we now face that possibility with hot temperatures and wet ground covered by fairly good canopy of the crop. We have experienced wet conditions before but this year is by far the wettest I can remember or any of the neighbors can remember so were on new ground so only time will tell how this crop turns out. We have long way to go with crop month behind normal.
- 7/18 - Ohio - SRWW harvest is pretty well finished in Ohio. The last straw is being baled and the double crop soybeans have come up in the southern part of the state or the field is going to tillage radish or tillage radish and pea combination. Wheat yields ranged from good to very poor across Ohio. There was zero, 10 and 20 bushel yields to as high as 80-100 bushels per acre. Quality was surprisingly good with some fields getting a year's rainfall in six months. Personally it was the worst crop I ever raised in 50 years yield wise but the test weight was 60 lbs and the vomitoxin very low or non existent. Some counties won't average 35 bushels in my area where we have averaged near 70 in recent years. Wheat will be hard pressed to out bid corn or soybean acres this fall but someone will plant it. It's a good rotational and cover crop and someone always plants it though the acres were record low a year ago and not much better this year. I know one farmer sold his wheat for $8 per bushel and it made 80 bushels. Others sold for much less and harvested a lot less so as in all crops, the devil is in the details. Wheat will have a hard time competing for acres again in Ohio with the crop price situation and the fact most soybeans won't be harvested on time to give wheat a good start next year.
- 7/18 - Grove, Kans.: We have not had a general rain for a long time. From last July 2010 untill now we are below avg. on rainfall. If a field of dry land corn was lucky enough to have a thunderstorm go over it looks OK but if not the corn is starting to show stress. Most of the corn is starting to tassel. The corn is living day to day and the next 7 days are for 100 plus temps. We will need timly rains for the next month to make avg. corn if we do not get them we will have a poor corn crop. Our wheat harvest is over and if the wheat was lucky enough to get under a rain cloud the field was above avg. but if it missed the rain the wheat was destroyed.
- 7/15 - Lewistown, Mont.: Well we are finally getting our share of heat, which we needed all spring. The warmer temperatures are firing up thunderstorms just about every evening. So far we have about a fourth of our winter wheat with some hail damage. The heat turned around a lot of winter wheat. We struggled with all the rust issues this spring, spraying some of the winter wheat with fungicide. The wheat looks much better, but the rust has definitely taken its toll. Some fields and areas much worse than others. All and all in my area, if we can stay away from the hail, I'm calling it an average crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/15 - Rapides Parish, La.: Corn harvest has started here. Heard of 4 farmers getting started. No good yields to report. 35 to 100 bushels per acre. Corn here should be making 140+/acre. We'll get started next week. Good luck and be safe.
- 7/15 - Sanilac County, Mich.: Start of wheat harvest in Sanilac County! Moistures are reportedly running from 16.1 to 22 + at the grain elevator. After calibration, yields in this field were running mid 90's for Pioneer Hi-Bred 25W4. This field is white wheat and so far no signs of sprouts or vomitoxin. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/15 - Benton, Ind.: Starting pollination and getting dry and hot. Have noticed the number of rows around the cob are down this year. A lot of 14 and even some 12 normally they are 16-18 with some 20 don't think it was stressed at v5 sprayed it then with fungicide and it looked good
- 7/15 - East central Iowa: Corn is doing it's best to try and stand back up. Picture is of a neighbor’s corn that was almost flat after Monday morning’s storms. If you were to drive down the road, you would hardly know how bad things looked Monday. We all know that it still kind of a mess if you were to walk into some fields. Have not heard of major problems with greensnap, but I'm not saying that some isn't out there. No aphids in beans yet. Most of our area has only had less than .5 inch of rain since father's day. If heat hits, we could start hurting in short order.
- 7/14 - Louisiana: Water from the swollen Mississippi River has made its way to Louisiana cropland. Damages could run into the hundreds of millions. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports on how flooding will affect some crops and how too little water could affect others.. Video courtesy of This Week in Louisiana Agriculture.
- 7/14 - Franklin, La.: Corn looks good over all long as you could water. Soybean early bean same as the corn, Wheat beans some had to be watered to get them up.
- 7/14 - Union County, N.C.: This corn was planted on April 23rd and this picture was taken on July 10th. The corn was 100% filled at this point, and this afternoon we received another .48" of rainfall. This corn received 4.23" of rain in May.....5.28" in June.....and 1.12" in July during four different rains through today. I am expecting this to possibly be the best corn crop I've produced in 40+ years of farming (Lord be willing) with the new technology I've added, but mostly because of the perfect amount and timing of rainfall God has provided. This is corn produced on land that has been 100% no-till farmed for 25 consecutive years.
- 7/14 - Louisiana: Ideal weather conditions have led to an excellent wheat crop. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that farmers were able to harvest early this year ahead of potential floods. Video courtesy of This Week in Louisiana Agriculture.
- 7/13 - Texas: One of the worst droughts in the state’s history deepened, with nearly 98 percent of the state in one stage of drought or another, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. More than 90 percent of the state was suffering from extreme to exceptional drought, according to the monitor’s most recent report on July 5. In many areas, irrigators were experiencing severe drawdown of aquifers — pumping only air in some cases. Producers in other regions were abandoning corn in order to have enough water to save cotton.
- 7/13 - Minot, N.D.: Employees worked around the clock at the largest grain elevator in Minot, N.D., Sun Prairie Grain, to move hundreds of tons of wheat, soybeans and canola to higher ground.
- 7/13 - Rowley, Iowa: We were hit again with straight-line winds in excess of 70 mph at 6am on Monday, July 11.
- 7/13 - Brown County, Mich.: Quick walk through view of Eager Farms Corn Test plot. This plot was planted on June 5th at a 36,000 population.
- 7/13 - Effingham, Ill.: A lot of April/May planted corn is tasseling. Some early corn already pollinated but a lot has shut off due to the heat. Supposed to cool down tomorrow and pollination should start up again. Beans look good, haven't seen any fields with blooms yet but should soon. 2nd cutting hay is out and baled.
- 7/13 - Van Buren County, Iowa: 15 inches of rain in June, followed by 0 inches in July with 90 degree temps, things really turned around but now we need a rain, but don’t want the wind they had up North.
- 7/13 - Louisiana: Louisiana's cotton crop is going in the ground. Good weather has helped growers get it planted early this year. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the details. Video courtesy of This Week in Louisiana Agriculture.
- 7/12 - Kankakee, Ill.: Crops are stressing from heat and shallow roots.
- 7/12 - Niantic, Ill.: Farm Journal's Pam Smith -- Ted Maddox has a sweet tooth for sweet corn. He and his family grow 80 acres of the golden kernels near Niantic, Ill., that is sold by local vendors and national grocery chains. We caught him and his crews in the field this morning bringing in the first yummy ears.
- 7/12 - Jackson County, Iowa: Storm hit at 6a.m. Things changed in a matter of minutes. My "unofficial" assessment is every field of corn in Jackson County (east central Iowa) has some damage. 50% of the fields have at least 25-50% damage. 25% of fields are steam rolled. Damage seemed to hit certain varieties, planting dates, or previous crop history. Rain fall varied from .2-1 inch (most received .2-.5). From what I hear, it hit a good portion of Iowa. Things were looking too good. Hopefully a lot of the corn can recover a little and still get a decent yield. Fall harvest got a lot more interesting.
- 7/12 - Marshall County Iowa: Thousands of acres of corn look like this in Marshall, Tama, Benton, and Story counties in Iowa. Violent winds moved through early Monday morning. Crops that looked perfect mere hours ago have been destroyed.
- 7/12 - Pepin, Wis.: Checked my corn this morning and it is starting to tassel. We got 1.5 inches of rain the last two days. Most corn looks good as long as it was not mudded in.
- 7/12 - Beaufort County, N.C.: Mowing corn down, trying something new replanting back with corn some have done it before in our area and did fairly well. Maybe we will have a better fall!
- 7/12 - Southwest Indiana/Southeast Illinois: I snapped a few pictures on Friday 7/8/11. Crops are extremely variable in our area. We have crops that look great that are able to take heavy moisture. Flooding has prevented many acres that were planted last year. Frustration continues to grow through all the farmers as the crop is under water stress and wind damage.
- 7/11 - Langlade County, Wis.: Three weeks ago the county had 5-8 inches of rain during the week. Since then basically nothing and with the heat and rapid plant growth we need moisture soon. Went for a ride to night and every pivot has water shooting out of it..
- 7/11 - East central Iowa: We received over 1" of rain this morning 10 minutes, it came with high winds. It’s too early too tell how much damage.
This photo was taken Saturday. Beans were planted 5-11-11.
-- East central Iowa
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- 7/11 - Meade, Kansas: Wheat harvest was about half of last year. Since January have received less than 3 inches of moisture. We rely on irrigation for the corn, with no help from mother nature its getting bad. Some farmers are shutting pivots off because they cant keep up. Weather forecast is 100+ degrees and no rain for ten days. Ranchers are selling cows and calves trying to save what little grass we have. Hay supply is real short and the price has nearly doubled since last fall. I guess we are one day closer to the next rain! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/11 - Livingston County, Mich.: Crops burning up. Corn has curled. Winter wheat crop late to ripen, great first hay cutting suggest holding on to it because second cut has froze in its tracks. On a drive today saw corn tasseling at about 4 1/2 ft. USDA just gave China a huge gift by manufacturing a rosy crop scenario. Don't believe a word they say USDA . (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/11 - Northern Illinois: No rain since mid June. As of July 10th the corn on light soil is showing drought stress, heavier soil looking fine. In ten days we will be in full flower with only scattered showers in the forecast.
- 7/11 - Northwest Illinois: It may be hot, but this farmer says only six months ago, this is what northwest Illinois looked like!
- 7/8 - Oneida County, N.Y.: Hay yields are very high, early planted corn looks very good, but with spots drowned out or wash outs. late planted corn coming along. still some corn being planted or replanted north of here. Oats and wheat below average, soybeans look very good to excellent in my area.
- 7/8 - St. Clair/Madison counties, southwest Illinois: Wheat harvest is over for the most part. While yields were not great they were still pretty respectable given much of the wheat did not emerge until spring due to the dry conditions last fall. Many wheat fields have not been planted back to beans and with more rain many will likely remain vacant for the summer. Even the ones that did go in have had heavy rains and will have marginal stands at best.
Early May corn looks pretty good and is starting to pollinate. Poorly drained fields continue to suffer due to all the rain. I think these fields have decent yield potential if we keep getting rain the next 6 weeks. If it dries up the lost N and lack of a root system will drop yields fast. Mid May planted corn saw some green snap in certain varieties. This corn is basically head high and 7-10 days from pollination. Some fields had 50+% green snap while others had minimal damage. These fields tend to be more variable in growth. The late May plantings are knee to waist high. Generally the well drained and/or tiled fields look pretty decent while flat, poorly drained fields look rougher and have some water damage. Overall the crop looks OK and if we have a decent finish to the summer, average yields should be in reach, but any lack of moisture and/or extreme heat will quickly take its toll.
Early June planted beans look good and have 15" rows closed. Few have been sprayed and need it soon. A few were not able to plant until last week and those plantings were greeted by heavy rains and few if any of those have emerged. I expect many of those fields to have very poor stands and in need of replanting, though that may not happen due to the late date we are at. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/8 - Jackson County, Iowa: 2nd pass roundup on beans still in full force. No rain here since the Monday after Father’s Day. The hay and beans could use some. Corn is not showing any stress yet. No aphids yet. Most every one has gotten caught up on hay making. Corn is 80-90% good.
- 7/8 - Northwest Illinois: Corn and beans look good but this is the 14th day without rain since the week that totaled 4 tenths. Lighter soils are showing the stress.
- 7/7 - Brooklyn, Iowa: Corn is starting to show stress due to dry weather in east central Iowa.
- 7/7 - Texas: Much of Texas received rain in the last week. Most got only a trace, but from 2 to 4 inches or more fell in isolated areas, according to the National Weather Service.
Nearly all the state suffers an exceptional drought, with dryland crops failing in most areas, and in some areas, irrigated crops were at risk too as producers struggled to keep up with their crops’ moisture demands, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
- 7/6 - Logan and Menard counties, Illinois: For two hot days we baled straw in square bales onto rack wagons. Straw is bedding for livestock made from the stems of wheat after harvest. We store it in the hay loft of the barn for winter. Video courtesy of http://farmnwife.com/
- 7/6 - Pipestone County, Minn.: Glad to be just picking up trees after being just missed by a F1 tornado. We also had 80+ MPH straight line winds. Lots of building damage and almost entire groves leveled in northern Pipestone, southern Lincoln, and lyon counties. Knee high corn was flat on the ground. Overall average about a 25% stand loss. Picture of windmills hit by tornado.
- 7/6 - Tuscola, Mich.: As of 5-July in our immediate area the crops look great. Beans were planted May 10th are in blossom, corn was planted May 5th and is now shoulder to head high.
- 7/6 - Louisiana: This Week in Louisiana Agriculture's Michael Danna tells us about the drought disaster declaration from the USDA and speaks to John Kruse about some strange effects in corn due to a lack of water in the ground (first video). LSU AgCenter Correspondent Tobie Blanchard explains how drought and late planting are causing problems for soybeans across the state (second video).
- 7/6 - Otter Tail, Minn.: Corn is head high on the 4th of July! (Sometimes you just need shorter helpers!)
- 7/5 - Henry County, Mo.: Replanted nearly half my corn acres June 2 and 3. Perfect stand approaching waist high in one month. We will need better than normal moisture in July and August for a good crop, but at least we have a chance. Frost not a concern this far south, but harvest moisture may be a concern.
- 7/5 - Caldwell County, Mo.: My beans where planted May 10th, and are blooming very good right now.
- 7/5 - Queen Anne’s County, Md.: Only 1.2" of rain for entire month of June. Corn is tasseling in 90 degree heat on this 4th of July. Full season beans look fair and double crop beans going in behind wheat. We need a soaking rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/5 - Wilbur, Wash.: Winter wheat yields in WA state this year will be record breaking in many areas. Rust and other deceases took their toll, but even with that the yield looks good in most areas. Rain has returned to "normal" amounts with .19" received in June. It looks like harvest will be on the late side too. Some wheat is still blooming in areas where that should have been through two weeks ago. Sawfly took some of the yield from my crop this year. Summer fallow moisture looks good too. Management if soil moisture in the seed zone is an ongoing thing all summer. So is spraying weeds! After all the spring and early summer rains, the weed crop is huge! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/5 - Sioux County, northwest Iowa: Crops here knee high to shoulder high. Many times in the same field. Lots of yellow corn and drowned out spots in any slightly low laying area. Much worse along rivers of course but even small water ways have acres that wont be harvested. Lots compaction issue showing up with uneven corn and beans. Especially in the end rows and some whole fields if they hauled manure with large equipment. Those fields yields will be less than half. No record yields here.
- 7/5 - East central Iowa: I'm guessing that everyone who has a haybine, used it this past week. Hay making was in full swing with no rain in forecast. We could use some rain hear, I think it has been over 2 weeks since any significant rain fell here. Corn looks excellent (just remember, some stands were less than ideal). Second pass bean spraying is in full force (they look real good to).pictures are of my 2nd crop hay and new seeding (1/2 bu. oats and alfalfa) bales made Friday. Made over 100 acres between mine and a friends.
- 7/5 - Union County, N.C.: I'm going to say all wheat yield records were broken in my county, and the average will be somewhere in the 85 bushel per acre range. I've heard yields getting into the 120+ range with the lowest averages running in the low 70's. This has been a very remarkable wheat year, especially with the feed mills paying in the $7.50 to $8.00 range. This is unheard of, but what happens when worried about purchasing enough corn to keep poultry in tremendous numbers fed throughout a very large growing area. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/5 - Waushara, Wis.: 5.4 inches of rain, June 21 in six hours resulted in about 70 acres here under water, and yield reduction of all acres I have in this county.
- 7/5 - Perry, Pa.: USDA should tour central Pa to see poor corn and beans!! Corn planted early very uneven stand with many bare spots were wet, beans not growing due to concrete like ground. Lots of corn planted mid-June and barely emerged. It's terrible what our government does to lower food price so China can buy it!!!!!!
- 7/5 - Sanilac County, Mich.: An extra 4 inches of rain in the Month of May kept us from planting only the best drained fields early. Few fields look really good, the majority are showing the trials of a wet spring. Corn is ranging from V2 to V8. Timely spraying has been difficult to impossible this year. Here is a video tour of a few Sanilac County, Mich., fields.
- 7/5 - Lancaster, Pa.: The sheaves, from this 20 acre field, are on contract to the engineering department of a major combine manufacturer to be used in testing over the next 12 months. The results of the threshing of this wheat will be seen on a dealer’s lot 6-10 years from now. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/5 - Union County, N.C.: I'm going to say all wheat yield records were broken in my county, and the average will be somewhere in the 85 bushel per acre range. I've heard yields getting into the 120+ range with the lowest averages running in the low 70's. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/5 - Effingham, Ill.: Some corn is looking a little yellow and is pretty small. However, earliest planted silage corn is over head high and beautifully green. Almost all the wheat is out and although it wasn't a bin buster, yields and test weights were decent. Beans are looking good for the most part and close to closing canopy. Fields are looking pretty wooly due to wet weather and the sprayers not being able to get out. Alfalfa is going great and most stands look fantastic with very few weeds. Many producers are behind in getting 2nd cutting hay out and some blooms are popping open. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/1 - Williamson County, Texas: Corn, milo, cotton burning up due to 100 degree heat.
- 7/1 - Sigel, Ill.: Last year we took a 200 mile trip crop checking, 1 out of 3 fields were hurt. Yesterday we took a 250 mile trip, 1 out of 3 fields are not planted. Yes there are good fields of corn & beans. But a lot of acres not planted & under water.
- 7/1 - Platte County, Mo.: Our corn is tasseling in northwest Missouri. It was planted on April 8.
- 7/1 - Brown County, Mich.: June 30 crop tour -- Here’s a look at the growth stages of some corn and soybean fields.
- 7/1 - Minnesota: Here in my area we have some of the better looking corn in our state and it is not even knee high. Went on a 375 mile round trip last week to south east MN. I would not trade any of my corn fields for what I saw.
- 7/1 - Northeast Louisiana: I think a lot more cotton would have gone in had cotton prices gone up when corn prices did last fall. There are a lot of people with a little dab of cotton, like myself. Our acres in the parish I live in will nearly double, but it is mainly due to one large farmer and a bunch of people planting 5-10% of their acres.
If things continue as they are with prices, I will try to be 50/50 corn cotton next year on irrigated. The dryland is getting wheat, regardless of price. I am NOT going to plant a spring crop anymore if it cant be irrigated. Just too risky. My dryland corn is pathetic. This cotton was irrigated twice, and we’ve had one decent rain since planting. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 7/1 - Brown County, Mich.: Last year on July 8, we were combing wheat. This year, our wheat is just starting to turn and its June 30. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)