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March Crop Comments

Apr 11, 2012

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

  • 4/11 - Allen County, Ind.: We farm around 3900 acres, of which half will be corn and half will be beans. We have been spraying and applying our fall fertilizer that didn't get done last year. Even though the weather and soil moisture seem to be favorable to planting, we are still seeing frost warnings periodically and are hesitant to plant.
  • 4/11 - Red River, Texas: Wheat is good to excellent. Corn is knee high and looks good. A few beans are coming thru. Milo is being planted now. Conditions have been wet and it's been hard to get in the field. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 4/11 - Hamilton, Ohio: Started planting Corn 4/9 with ground conditions the best we've ever had this early. After last year it was too hard to resist not planting corn. Probably wait a week or two to start soybeans. Freeze warning for tonight so may slow emergence a little but that’s OK. Just so it doesn't freeze in three weeks or so.
     
  • 4/11 - Lancaster, Pa.: It has been very dry since January, over 6 inches of precip below normal. March had only .9 of rain and only .3 in April to date. New seedings of alfalfa and oats are suffering from very windy dry days very little corn planted yet in spite of ideal soil conditions. Double crop rye for forage needs rain badly to promote growth for tonnage. Hopefully when it’s ready to cut later next week we can keep some of this weather to dry it.
  • 4/11 - Cayuga County, N.Y.: Ground is very dry. We only had 47 inches of snow this past winter. Normal winter around 130 to 140 inches. Last winter 200 inches of snow and almost 8 inches of rain in April. This April so far .1 for rain. This after the warmest March on record for this area. We may start planting corn next week if it warms up a little more at nights.

  • 4/9 - Ransom County, southeast North Dakota: HRSW planted in March has emerged and looks good. Soil temps have dropped from the mid 50’s two weeks ago to the low 40’s this morning. The corn planting date here is April 10th and there will be some action I’m sure. A few large producers have already been planting corn. Conditions are decent but getting dry. We have not had a rainfall event with over 1/2" of moisture since way back in June 2011. There is very little standing water especially when compared to the past 3 springs. It’s very scary. Good Luck to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
  • 4/9 - Des Moines, Iowa: We already have Bean Leaf Beetle in the volunteer soybeans from last year. Also Black Cutworm moth. So much for a mild winter.
  • 4/9 - East central Iowa: Someone must have rung the bell. I saw the first planter sitting in the field early Thursday morning. You know what happens next (off to the races). From what I hear, most guys are going to start next Friday (13th) or next Monday (16th), weather permitting. Our extended forecast sounds like will are going to cool off here (lows in the 30's), so that my slow guys up. There is a lot of nh3 and fertilizer going on, some sprayers are also hitting the fields. Soil moisture is excellent. If you were to drive down the highway around here ,you would see tile machines and dozers clearing fence lines and cleaning waterways running all around. As you can see in the picture, this could be the first time we will make hay in April if it keeps growing like it has been. In the video, you can enjoy the view from behind the NH3 toolbar. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
    4 9 12 Iowa

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 4/9 - Henry County, Ohio: Corn up just south of me in neighboring county that was planted during Heat Wave in March. Frost in mornings and high temps mid-forties this week. Planter will stay in the shop where it is warm. Lots of tillage work going on to make up for last fall’s disaster.

  • 4/6 - Northern Kentucky: Video of the start of corn planting April, 6th. It is our earliest start on record we have perfect planting conditions unlike last year. It is nice to get started 36 days earlier than last year. Video courtesy of Schwenke Brothers Farms YouTube channel.

  • 4/6 - Obion County, Tenn.: Finished planting 730 acres of corn on April 3rd. What a difference a year makes! We did not finish corn till May 12 last year.
  • 4/6 - Benton County, Ind.: About 1/2 done with corn.
  • 4/6 - Shelby County, Ill.: Have a neighbor who started planting corn on Monday, 3/26 and finished on Friday, 3/30. He is now going to California for a 10 day vacation.
  • 4/6 - Warren County, Ill.: Worked some stalk ground yesterday on 4/5, wish I didn't have to so I could save soil moister, going to No-till almost all of the bean fields going into corn, I suppose it's are time for a dry year, hope not!
  • 4/6 - Butler County, Neb.: Haven't seen any planters in the field yet. Everyone is spraying when possible to kill all the weeds that started earlier than normal because of our abnormally warm winter (or lack thereof) that we had this year. Most fields will probably have to be sprayed 3 times this year instead of just 2 to ensure everything gets taken care of.
  • 4/6 - Union, Ore.: I was hoping to start work on what has been a very wet alfalfa field this week, but I woke up to six inches of snow instead. I've never seen snow this late around here.
    4 9 12 Oregon

    -- Union, Ore.

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  • 4/5 - Warren County, Ill.: Very little corn planted here so far! Everyone is edgy about very low moisture conditions here. No rain in the foreseeable forecast either. Could be a mess if it doesn’t rain soon!
  • 4/5 - Cavalier County, northeast North Dakota: Soil temperatures this morning on our wheat stubble was 30 degrees. On soybean stubble it was 35 degrees.  Looks like we won’t be in the field for a while and the extended forecast doesn’t look great either. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
  • 4/5 - McLennan County, Texas: Corn is knee high and growing well, had a inch of rain last night. We will finish sidedressing corn when it dries up. Will start planting cotton next week, wheat looks great and is entering the dough stage. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/4 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Planters are ready to go in this area but the calendar says to wait! We are 3 weeks earlier than normal and you don't mess with Mother Nature!! We are sticking with our normal planting date of April 14. Have decided to go with an extra 100 acres of beans as they pencil out about $100 more than corn at today’s prices. (corn-$5.12--soybeans-$13.00 fall del.) A hedge will be placed in the next couple days. The weeds are sure looking good this spring with the extra warm weather! Have a great planting season!
     
  • 4/4 - Pocahontas County, Iowa: No planters rolling here yet, we are very short of moisture. All the rains seem to be going east of us. Only received .30" the last couple weeks (scary). Everyone is hoping for a couple inches of rain then we will be ready to roll. Fertilizer and field work well ahead of normal. A lot of odd jobs getting done this spring.
     
  • 4/4 - Union County, Ohio: 1/2 inches of rain last week, another 1/2 inch today. Every time it gets dry enough to think about spraying or starting nh3, it rains again. Hopefully this year doesn't turn out like last year’s spring.
  • 4/4 - Billings. Mont.: Dry, dry, dry – that sums up the winter and the ground around here, barley planting went great its already up and going but sum could use a drink, all we get is wind and way above average temps, start planting beets this week than last week of April start on corn, but ground temps say could plant now but way too early for Montana, especially for what seed cost is don’t want to replant

  • 4/3 - East central Iowa: Rains last Thursday and Saturday have put fieldwork on hold (between 0.5-1.25 inches) until Monday. I wouldn’t be surprised if just south of me they wouldn’t pull the planter out of the shed and start next Monday, if the extended forecast sounds good. My problem (as of now) is do I pull the planter or the haybine out next week to 10 days if this weather holds?
  • 4/3 - Montgomery, Ill.: Many farmers in area planting corn over last two weeks. I am planting corn tomorrow.

  • 4/2 - Johnson County, Ind.: Corn emerged in 7 days and can be rowed. 3-4" rain over weekend will keep everyone out until the end of the week with more forecast for mid-week. Ground saturated with ponding.
  • 4/2 - Teton County, Mont.: Got some needed snow last week about 10 inches of wet heavy stuff. Has been very windy and dry all winter. Gonna put some spring wheat and barley in. Starting April 15th. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
  • 4/2 - Henry County, Tenn.: We have 225 acres of corn up 2 inches several acres planted all around county. Soil temps 68 at morning.
  • 4/2 - Rapides Parish, La.: Corn anywhere from 3-4 leaf to being planted today – April Fool’s Day. Most corn planted in last week, as it’s been too wet. Wheat starting to turn. Some will be cut by end of April. Grain sorghum planting just getting started. Be safe and Good Luck! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
  • 4/2 - Sherurne County, Minn.: What an early spring! Fieldwork started March 28 and planting red potatoes march 29, with 60 acres in before April 1st. This has been the earliest start in in our farm records back to 1964, and only 1 day earlier than 1973 and 2000.
     
  • 4/2 - Polk County, Ore.: We have had the wettest March on record, and the fields are very wet. Wheat is growing slow, with growers having a hard time getting fertilizer on.
     
  • 4/2 - Guthrie County, Iowa: Next to no corn planted across southwest Iowa as of March 31st. A few small fields and test strips planted in mid-March that emerged in as little as 10 to 12 days and at the V1 stage of development. Rainfall amounts in last 1/2 of the month total anywhere from 1" up to 4". Close to all fertilizer has been applied. Majority of producers will begin the week of April 9th weather pending. Soil moisture is in very adequate condition to begin the season.
  • 4/2 - Faribault, Minn.: Planted 20 acres march 29th to get the new planter set. Went very well excellent soil conditions, first time planted corn in March -- SCARRY!

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