May Crop Comments
May 31, 2012
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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
- 5/31 - Mower County, Minn.: I traveled through southeast Minnesota down to Waterloo, Iowa. Would rate the crop a 5 out of 10. Looks like something we would have seen for a crop 25 years ago. Poor stands and sick looking corn and beans more the rule than the exception. Far from a "Perfect Season."
- 5/31 - Jackson, Minn.: We need a break. Almost 15" of rain in May. It just keeps coming and is really bringing the crop to a standstill. About the time we get rid of the ponding, we get hit again. The outlets are full. A 20% chance of rain is about as good as a guarantee right now. Crops want some sunshine and warmth. By the time we dry up, it will be too late for corn replants, but there will be some beans to do. I'm sure by August we will have the sand hills burnt off...
- 5/31 - Eyre Peninsula, south Australia: Opening rains were widespread but patchy, anywhere from ½" to 4". Seeding would be 60%-70% done. Only northeast corner and far west is a little concerned for moisture, otherwise farmers are happy. Interesting information we heard today out of Western Australia (Australia's biggest export state) is that "some" canola is dead (no figures per acre have been thrown around yet). Coastal fringes are fine, but inland is really struggling for moisture.
- 5/31 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: We swathed and tore up hailed wheat today. Multi-Peril said yields would average less than 1.5 bu./acre. 200 acres less to harvest. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/31 - Kearney County, Neb.: Crops looked good till May 24 ½" rain and hail. May 27 1.90" rain and hail. May 30 1.30" rain, more hail, strong winds. Really beat up now, but got rain.
- 5/31 - Collinsville, Ill.: We have soft red winter wheat. Yields with my customers are mainly in the 80s and 90s with several fields going over 100 bu./acre. My lowest yielding field is in the 60s and have about five to seven in the 70s with flowering problems due to the frost and cold weather during that period.
Striped rust and scab are reducing yields, combined with poor nitrogen management, variety selection and low seeding rates, and poor field preparation and drill calibration. There will be a lot of mediocre, crappy wheat, but not here. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/31 - Cuming County, Neb.: We have received about 3½" of rain the past five days. Corn is looking great, perfect stands and good moisture now. Beans are coming along good now too.
- 5/30 - Union County, Pa.: Planting began in April and will conclude in June because of all the rain -- over 6" in May. Corn mostly looks good except for a few drowned-out spots, and beans are coming up in just a few days due to heat and moisture.
- 5/30 - McDonough County, Ill.: Got 0.6" rain at home last night. First soaking rain since May 4. However, can be planting beans by noon. Does CBOT know how to spell "dry"?! Floppy corn syndrome and beans lying in dry dirt. Earliest plantings in March look very good, but pineapple by 10:00 a.m. not good so early in season. Just got back from tour of other farms, 0.25" downpour. Last four years, May rains > 10" and planting delays! This year just the reverse.
- 5/30 - Northern Sampson County, N.C.: This corn was planted on April 2. It is now on May 29 almost 8' tall. It is a nonstacked hybrid Roundup Ready only. Rainfall has been almost perfect, 1" to 2" a week. Expecting to see tassels in five to eight days.
- 5/30 - Henry County, Ohio: Not quite an inch of rain this morning, May 29, along with some quarter-size hail. Corn and beans took a little beating and should grow out of it. Wheat has quite a few stems cut just below heads. Rain will help beans that were lying dry and others that need to be planted yet.
- 5/30 - Mille Lacs County, Minn.: Get out the boats! We have now had 13.6" of rain in May (all-time record for May) after 7" in April. What beans aren't underwater are up and are looking a little yellow. Replant will happen in many fields, and if the rain doesn't stop, there will be only small lakes with no fish.
- 5/30 - Evansville, Ind.: March corn looks real good and April corn needs some rain. March corn is 7' tall!
- 5/30 - Summit County, Ohio (near Akron): We are finally getting rain here, it was 21 days since the last rain. It has been very hot, temps in the low 90s. Corn was looking fair, beans the same. We have very sandy soils here, and that long without rain takes its toll. All hay seems to be done around us and I would say 95%-plus of corn and beans is in. Heard of some people that had stopped till we had some rain. Hope they can get it done now.
- 5/29 - Warren County, Ill.: 2012 crop growing season is setting up to be the same as 2011, only two months earlier, hot and dry. The next three weeks will be critical for both corn and beans in our area.
- 5/29 - Fillmore County, Minn.: Was very dry early spring (April), then in late April we had 10 days of wet weather. Some corn planted at the end of April between rains has poor stands and had to be hoed. It was just too cold. Corn planted into May has excellent stands and looks great. Beans are up now and look great. We just received 1.5" of rain in our area with areas northwest and west Minnesota getting wet and/or possibly really wet. We were needing the rain.
- 5/29 - Lee County, Ill.: No rain again tonight, getting very dry. Lots of problems starting to show up in corn.
- 5/29 - Antelope County, Neb.: Everything was looking great until Sunday evening, when the white combine showed up. We will be replanting some corn and beans. So much for the early start.
- 5/29 - Sand Creek, Mich.: Crops are in decent shape, but we need a rain soon. Wheat looks below average. Some corn is thin. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/29 - Crittenden County, Ky.: Lots of short, stunted corn and spotty stands in this area. Hot, dry weather is really twisting stalks today. If we don't get rain and cooler weather soon, it will be too late for a good crop this year. Reminds me of 1988, when we had to start feeding hay in June.
- 5/29 - East central Iowa: We received ½" rain here. Fifteen miles south, nothing; 15 miles north, up to 2". Corn is going through "ugly stage" here (some plants seem to be outgrowing others). Overall, corn looks OK, with some trouble spots around. Beans are emerging if they had enough moisture to get started. Most all first crop hay is done (two to three weeks ahead of normal). Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 5/29 - Putnam County, Ohio: Very dry corn under extreme stress. Hay crop is done for now. Half a crop. We are in need of rain.
- 5/29 - Billings, Mont.: Well, it finally rained here! We really needed it, corn was not up. Bad stands, some died and some still coming. Sugar beets have been replanted and still not up. They were planted April 6, rain turned to snow, what’s next? Weird weather. This is the first real good moisture since March! Hope the USDA realizes that the Midwest had no winter and no soil moisture in excess! But they don’t care, they want low prices for election year! Just my opinion…
- 5/29 - Ransom County, N.D.: Our lawn is brown, we have had only 0.3" of rain in May. The beans are in dry soil, so we need a rain soon. Pre-emerge herbicides aren’t working that well either. On the bright side, all the acres are seeded again, just like 2008.
- 5/29 - Clinton County, Iowa: Very dry in Eastern Iowa. Green areas on radar screen do not mean rain.
- 5/29 - Callaway County, Mo.: I told my crop insurance agent last week that the wheat looked scary good. I am 54 and never have I even heard of wheat harvested in May in our state! Many times it has been July 4! If it stays hot and dry, we will start next week. We are needing a rain bad, some mornings there’s not even any dew. For once, fescue hay is being put up when it needs to be! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/25 - Darlington and Lee counties, South Carolina: Wheat averaging 70 bu. Double-cropping soybeans behind wheat. Corn needs rain and cool days to help pollination. We started wheat harvest May 21, averaging 70 bu./acre. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/25 - Monroe, Wis.: Some 6-leaf corn. We just finished planting on the 22nd. We have very hard and dry ground this week. Some are waiting for rain before planting beans.
- 5/25 - Banner County, Neb.: Dry conditions persist. Less than 0.5" since Jan 1. Tillage is tough going in dry ground. Wheat is hanging on. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/25 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: We had almost 0.5" rain in May. It’s still dry. Maybe we will get more over the weekend. Will start planting millet when it dries the top. What wheat isn't hailed or froze looks fair -- thank goodness for all the moisture on summer fallow in 2011. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/25 - Gibson County, Tenn.: Corn and soybeans are in bad shape here. We’ve had 2/10" of rain here since April 4, with no rain in seven-day forecast.
- 5/25 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We got a ½" of rain this evening...we was needing it!
- 5/25 - Doniphan County, Kan.: Starting to spit rain! Let’s hope it’s enough to get these beans planted!
- 5/25 - Seneca, Kan.: Corn and soybeans have all been planted since May 5 and everything is up, looking good. Some of the corn on the tight clay hills is starting to stress during the afternoons. Overall crops are looking good, hopefully we get some rain. The only good thing about stressing this corn right now is it's really putting a lot of energy into root growth. Also some of the weeds are getting hard to kill and chemical needs a rain to help it work, especially the atrazine.
- 5/24 - Essex, Ontario, Canada: Corn planting complete. Beans in the area are 95%. Hay harvest is full steam ahead, but yields are only 50% but on much decreased acreage.
- 5/24 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: All beans and corn are planted for the first time. Some corn in the area that was planted April 26 and 27 has poor stands due to a 3" rain a week after planting. Replanting has been occurring in some of these fields, a well as where corn was drowned out. Now the problem has become lack of rain, as it has not rained in three weeks. Also, cutworms are working in the fields that are already struggling and spraying is taking place. I would estimate there is 10% of corn I would rate fair to poor, while other corn looks good to excellent. If it doesn't rain soon, this will change quickly. Beans are emerging well at this point, but will also need a rain soon.
- 5/24 - Reno County, Kan.: Very, very dry. Beans laying in dry dirt. We’ve only had 5" rain year to date. Normal 10".
- 5/24 - Coles County, Ill.: Crops are hurting from drought conditions, blank areas in the bean fields where soybeans are lying in dry clods. Many of the field tiles are dry. This area is in desperate need of rain.
- 5/23 - Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada: Planted corn April 30. Corn is at 5-leaf stage. It’s starting to get dry, missed rain today. First-cut hay is done today. Yields were very poor. We could use a good rain soon. This year is quite the opposite from 2011.
- 5/23 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Lots of dryland corn planted. Some of it has emerged. Between wheat and corn, it looks like millet and sunflower acreage will be considerably lower. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/23 - Caddo Parish, La.: Soybeans grew a lot last week. Fourth year of no-till in this field. This was one of the worst fields, but it's looking productive now. --See other photos from around the country by reading: How Far Along Are Your Crops? You Responded...
- 5/23 - East central Iowa: We’ve had 20 days without rain. Here’s a look around the area. Videos courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 5/23 - Linn County, Iowa: How much rain have we received in May? Less than ¼". Getting a little scary.
- 5/22 - Allegan County, Mich.: Planting started very early around here. Not a lot of rain, though the areas that planted early are about the same height as those planted 10 days ago. We got rain right after last was planted. Many fields are 6 and more. What will 4th of July bring?
- 5/22 - Southern Mille Lacs County, Minn.: Finished planting soybeans on Friday. Perfect conditions, had 1.6" of rain Friday night and Saturday night. If we don't get a big downpour, everything is perfect. Temps around 80 and sunny. Three weeks earlier than last year.
- 5/22 - Henry County, Ohio: Missed the chance of rain Monday and we needed it. Lots of beans crusted in and others laying dry or swelled up, waiting for water. Some of the later planted corn also crusted in. Some guys with beans and corn left to plant have quit till rain falls.
- 5/22 - Putnam County, Ohio: 50% of the wheat within a 75-mile radius in northwest Ohio was topdressed with Roundup! ;) (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/22 - Huntington County, Ind.: Our corn and beans are off to a great start. Near perfect emergence and the earliest we have finished planting. We have started anhydrous now. However, we are very dry. Last night it looked like rain on the radar when I went to bed, but it fell apart and we got nothing. Now the 10-day forecast is hot and dry, so we are getting pretty concerned.
- 5/22 - Sevier County, Tenn.: All crops well established and hay is fully mature. 2.25" of rain in May. Things are well so far.
- 5/22 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Most crops are planted, and the early corn looks good. The later planted crops are not doing very well, way too dry here, received ½" of rain since 1st of April at my place. Lots of beans are not coming up due to the dry weather here.
- 5/22 - Grand Forks County, N.D.: We have received a total of 0.3" of rain in May and need some badly. Almost every acre is planted in the county, though, a first since 2008.
- 5/22 - Madison, Ark.: Extremely dry. Yields cut by two-thirds.
- 5/22 - Cayuga County, N.Y.: We went from no snow this winter to hot and dry in March and early April. Planted 120 acres corn April 18-20. It took 20 days to emerge because of cold and wet last 10 days of April and first week of May. Now we are hot and dry again and are almost done planting. Corn planted in April about 4" tall and looks good. Corn planted the 10th of May 2" tall. Beans planted 15th of May just emerging.
- 5/22 - Richland County, N.D.: Need rain bad, have not had any in three weeks. Most early corn is up but a lot of beans in dry dirt.
- 5/22 - Clay County, Neb.: From Jenny Rees, University of Nebraska Extension educator: Corn ranges from 1 to 4 leaves. Wheat is filling. Our major concern right now is crusting in soybeans. (See this week's story and photos.) We had a strong storm in eastern Clay County May 2 with hail and rain, over 4" of rain in parts and less than 0.5" in other areas. Surprisingly, damage wasn't too extreme -- some flooded areas of fields, washing, and a few pivots overturned. Some replanting has occurred since then. Soybeans planted two to three days prior to the storm have emerged and have decent stands. Soybeans planted the day before or day of the storm are experiencing major crusting issues now and just seem to be running out of steam.
I'm seeing many soybean plants with cotyledons being pushed down in an effort to push the stem up, snapping off the cotyledons. It's surprising how many of these stems emerged with plumules visible. I feel quite a bit of replanting is occurring that may not be necessary. On-farm research in this area has shown that farmers can leave a stand of 90K with only 1 bu./acre yield loss. One cooperator last year planted 65K with less than 2 bu./acre yield loss compared to 120K. Given our dry conditions and point in the season, I've been recommending leaving dryland stands of 60K and irrigated stands of 90K. It's taken two rounds of 0.5" to get beans through the crust in irrigated fields at this point. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/22 - Montgomery County, Ohio: Corn and beans are almost all planted and up but are badly in need of rain.
- 5/22 - Colfax County, Neb.: Aaron Nygren, University of Nebraska Extension educator: Planting is quickly finishing up, with most producers having finished planting beans this week. Most corn is up and looks good, with excellent planting conditions leading to very uniform stands. Producers are starting to sidedress some of the very first planted corn fields. A few pivots were running at the beginning of the week to break the crust on some of the later planted corn, while considerably more have been running the last several days to break crust and water up soybeans. Some producers are concerned about soybeans that have sprouted and are now laying in rapidly drying dirt, especially with the hot, dry winds we had this week. First planted fields of soybeans are up and stands look pretty good.
- 5/22 - Pipestone County, Minn.: Finished beans on May 17. We have had 7" of rain so far in May.
- 5/22 - North Platte, Neb.: Greg Kruger, University of Nebraska Extension crops specialist at the West Central REC at North Platte: The dry weather and wide planting window have been good for planting our research plots, but we could use a good shower to aid emergence. Wheat in this area also could use some good moisture as we didn't start with a "full tank" in our soil moisture profile and haven't gotten much help since then. Most irrigated corn around here is planted, and progress is well under way in dryland fields. A few of our corn fields are at V2-V4, but most is just spiking, if it's up. Growers are irrigating corn to aid germination. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/22 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We didn't get any rain over the weekend, and we need rain in the worst way. We have some corn with yellow spots showing up, the first beans are up, it’s cool in the morning with some light dew.
- 5/21 - Cuming County, Neb.: Most corn and beans are planted. Most corn fields are up. Beans were in dry dirt. Just got 9/10" rainfall Saturday night. So thankful that will bring the beans up. Need lots more to survive, though.
- 5/21 - Currituck County, N.C.: Trying to plant early beans, but rain every couple days. Corn about 12" tall. Wheat will pick in one week. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/21 - Southern Hancock County, Ohio: We need rain bad. The last rain was very spotty, some getting a lot, most getting none. Corn up, but just sitting there. Beans coming through. Any field work causing huge dust clouds. Didn't help with the temp over 90 yesterday and today. Some replanting into dust.
- 5/21 - Summit County, Ohio (by Akron): I finished up beans last Wednesday morning and the corn two weeks before that. I was also able to get the hay in quickly, all because of this hot, dry weather. It has become very dry here with only a spotty chance of rain this week. It went from very wet to very dry in a month. I have never been finished with corn and beans this early. I am by no means a larger producer, but I was able to get 900+ acres in quick. I hope those crazies at USDA start to look at the weather patterns and see that the dry weather is going to take a toll on those USDA yield numbers.
- 5/21 - East central Iowa: We were praying for rain in early May. But, I guess we prayed too hard. Videos courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 5/21 - Reno County, Kan.: Got 1/10" of rain today on Saturday, May 19. A real drought breaker -- lol. South of here, they got hail and tornadoes.
- 5/21 - Northern Livingston County, Ill.: Just finished patching up the mess from the 8" rain from the week of May 6, had 25% replant beans, 2% on corn, was looking good before that 4" in half-hour and 70 mph winds, now it's dry on top, mud underneath, hope for timely rains here on out.
- 5/21 - Scottsbluff County, Neb.: Corn rows are narrower than last year to yield more. Plants are emerging looking beautiful. Got rain today with temps in the 80s. Corn is growing about 1"-2" per day this last week. 4" to 6" high now. Best crop I have seen in years. Three weeks ahead of normal planting season. Plenty of water in the canals for irrigation. Spring hay water run is being used in corn fields.
- 5/21 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Wheat here is starting to fill. I guess the frost missed us. It's dry, 40% chance of rain tomorrow. Less than 0.2" so far in May. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/21 - O’Brien County, Iowa: Very windy dust is blowing on lighter ground that was overtilled. Some replant of beans where ground got compacted after the last hard rain. We will need some rain soon or federal crop will be our market.
- 5/21 - Waltonville, Ill.: Farm Journal’s Margy Fischer visits with Lance Panzier, who farms near Waltonville, Ill. He says he was done planting earlier than ever before.
5/18 - O’Brien County, Iowa: Beans are being finished up this week, beans we planted last Friday are up. The corn is 4" tall and looking good with the warm weather to help it out. Just finished up first crop of alfalfa, yield was down due to the frost we had in mid-April. It took the top 2"-3" off, but quality is excellent.
- 5/18 - Houghton County, Mich.: Spring wheat 90% planted. We’ll start seeding soybeans in June. Corn is 100% planted. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/18 - Steuben County, N.Y.: We currently have 953 acres of corn in. Some has come out of the ground. We just started putting soybeans in this week. Currently we have about 400 acres of potatoes in as well and should be done next week.
- 5/18 - East central Iowa: Bean planters are still running hard around here. Some fields have just enough moisture to hopefully get the beans started while others are getting questionable. We have a chance of rain Sunday and the beans and later planted corn will need a drink to get even emergence. I would think planting would finish early next week in my immediate area while south of me they are replanting a fair amount of corn. They too will need a rain to get the replant to take off because they had to open the ground up to get planting again, and now it's drying out from what I hear.
- 5/18 - Coles County, Ill.: Corn is at a standstill waiting for a rain. Much of my beans are lying in dry dirt. Corn is rolling up and a little yellow on the lighter soils. Any ground that was worked last week, the hot, dry wind sucked out all the moisture. We really need a slow, gentle 1.5" rain. Corn planted on the first week of April has uneven stands and a lot of blank spots in the rows where corn came up and died.
- 5/18 - Minnehaha County, S.D.: First it was too wet, and now too dry. Replanting both corn and beans due to cold weather with the corn and hard rains later with the beans.
- 5/18 - Richardson County, Neb.: Planting done. It has been a couple of weeks since we have had rain of consequence. All of our planting this year was about on our usual timing for a dry spring. I recall few times when corn was showing the effect of near 90° heat this early in the season. Both surface and subsoil are short and we have a long way to get average yields without unusually heavy rains over the next months.
- 5/18 - Charlotte County, Va.: Soil moisture perfect! Will finish early beans in two days and begin planting sorghum. Wheat looks very good, turning rapidly...a good three weeks early. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/18 - Columbiana, Ohio: Corn is about 2"-3" tall and the beans have 2-3 leaves.
- 5/17 - Hamilton Iowa: After four weeks of intermittent rains, my corn and beans were all planted by May 11. A small drink of water would be ideal.
- 5/17 - Caldwell County, Mo.: I am done planting so I went to help a friend, he will get done Saturday if all goes right! In the pic, two six-row planters and a 12-row we stopped for lunch.
- 5/17 - Reno County, Kan.: Lots of white, dead wheat heads showed up in the last week. Many guys are saying frost damage. I’m not sure it’s not from the hot, dry winds and weather we have had. Two weeks ago it looked like 70 bu. wheat -- last week looked like 50 to 60 bu. wheat -- this week looks like 40 bu. wheat and no good rain chances coming. Slight 20% chance this coming weekend. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/17 - East central Iowa: What a guy won't do to try and make a buck. Two weeks without rain here and only a slight chance for Sunday. Ground is almost getting too dry to plant beans. I'm planting 2" deep to try and hit moisture (no-till). Corn looks excellent (good stands). Everyone is planting beans and making hay in full force. The hay is about 2-3 weeks ahead of normal (if there is such a thing).
- 5/16 - Sampson County, N.C.: Corn is about 18" tall, consistent stand and about 1" of rain per week since planting.
- 5/16 - Texas: The forecast for Texas cotton remains mixed, depending upon which part of the state you’re talking about, said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, associate professor and Texas AgriLife Extension Service state cotton specialist, College Station. On May 15, Morgan had recently returned from the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Coastal Bend, and Upper Gulf Coast with an encouraging report. Recent rains in South Texas, in many places very substantial ones, had vastly benefited the recently planted cotton crop there, he said. "Cotton in the Valley looked overall pretty good, with cotton just emerging to cotton already flowering," Morgan said. "They had good moisture early and actually got a couple of showers when I was down there. They were pretty pleased."
Both cotton and electric-generating windmills sprout in Willacy County in early May. Good rains in South Texas have made cotton growers optimistic, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service state cotton specialist. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Gaylon Morgan)
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- 5/16 - East central Iowa: We are custom planting no-till beans. We’re praying for it to start raining again. Videos courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 5/15 - Lyon, Minn.: Crop planting is progressing nicely. Personally, we will finish up today or tomorrow depending on any hiccups planting. Area itself is getting some big gains, and I would suspect most guys will be done or near done by the end of the week. Last monsoon rainfall has caused drownouts and washouts that will need to be replanted, and unfortunately, it created some crusting. Had about 5,000 plants/acre covered by crusting that we are hoping to get a rotary hoe to break it up. Corn is yellow and needs a nice warm week to get it going.
- 5/15 - Sampson County, N.C.: Corn is about 18" tall, consistent stand and about 1" of rain per week since planting.
- 5/14 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Should be done planting soybeans on Tuesday. Had a hard pounding rain about 10 days ago with some hail that has made a heck of a crust on the ground, so having a few issues with corn coming up. Finally getting some heat, but a nice warm shower would be good around here.
- 5/14 - Macoupin County, Ill.: 100% planted on corn. May have about 4% (25 ac.) of the corn to replant. Roughly 75% planted on soybeans. May have about 5% (15 ac.) of the soybeans to replant already. Just waiting to see if we get to plant the same variety.
- 5/14 - Western Marshall County, Minn.: Our entire crop is in the ground. But what started out to be a great planting season is going bad. In the northern Red River Valley, the top 3" of soil is very dry. We haven’t had a good rain in over a month. Sugar beets are sprouting and dying off, hurting the stand count. Most of the soybeans (just planted) are lying in dry soil. The spring wheat is looking good on the heavier ground, but lighter soil is starting to yellow and go backwards. Need a good 1" soaker in the next 10 days or so, or we will be in big trouble! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/14 - McLennan County, Texas: Corn is tasselling and setting ears just got about 2" of rain. Wheat harvest has begun, yields of 60 to 70 bu. are common, cotton is up and growing well. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/14 - East central Iowa: Planting last 7 acres of corn (first time). Corn in immediate area is 90% done, beans 40% (my best guess). 40 miles south (by Quad Cities), it sounds like it may be kind of a mess: 5"-8" of rain over a week ago, along with cool temps, have messed up a lot of corn. A lot of those guys just got back into the fields a couple of days ago (they haven't planted since April 27). 10 days ago, we wanted the rain to stop and now we will be praying for a rain in a couple of days (got to love Mother Nature). A lot of hay is being made around here. Videos courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 5/11 - Hendricks County, Ind.: Corn and soybeans have emerged.
- 5/11 - Billings, Mont.: Corn planting is done and we need rain in the worst way. Some of corn planted spouted and now laying dry, some will come but we need rain soon, already started irrigating grains, this is the earliest I have ever started water in my 30 years of farming, it looks ugly around here!
- 5/11 - Louisiana: LSU AgCenter Correspondent Craig Gautreaux explains why cotton acreage is down this year and shows us what crop farmers are planting instead. Video courtesy of www.twilatv.org.
5/10 - Hagerstown, Ind.: We have been done with corn since April 20 (650 acres) and are half done with soybeans and can't seem to get a break from the rain to get finished. On a side note, the subsoil moisture is dry 6' deep and we need the rain regularly.
- 5/10 - Hillsdale, Mich.: Planted corn on March 25. Stand is only 1 in 3. Will have to replant. Corn planted 10 days ago coming up good. If weather holds, we will be done in 7-10 days.
- 5/10 - Nobles County, Minn.: Corn was planted in good shape between April 24 and 28. All of it has emerged as of today but most of it is a sick yellow color. We need sunshine! There are hardly any beans planted here yet. This past weekend we had three awful heavy rainfalls that did a lot of erosion and have made the worked ground rock hard. Two weeks ago we were dry, now we have drowned-out spots. Is there ever a "happy medium" between drought and flash flooding? Answer: Not here!
- 5/10 - Scottsbluff, Neb.: Corn in this area is probably about 75% planted. We are extremely dry, need a rain shortly. Winter moisture was almost nothing.
- 5/10 - Eaton County, Mich.: We have not done a thing in the fields since April 29 due to continuing rains every three days. In our area we are 20% planted to corn and 5% soybeans. Expecting very cold weather tonight along with more rain. (Had some ¼" hail today with heavy downpours.) Next week is looking to be dry and 70s. Let the planters roll!
- 5/10 - Ohio: Farmers in Ohio are saying the difference between planting this year and last year is like night and day. Learn more about the I-80 Planting Tour.
5/9 - Billings, Mont.: Corn planting is done, we need rain in the worst way. Some of corn planted spouted and now laying dry, some will come but we need rain soon. Already started irrigating grains, this is the earliest I have ever started water in my 30 years of farming. It looks ugly around here!
- 5/9 - Jefferson County, N.Y.: 700 acres of corn planted three weeks ago still not up, has been very wet with 2" of rain last night. Planted 250 acres of soybeans on Monday the 7th and now the ground has water standing everywhere. Hay crop will be very light with all of the cold weather the last three weeks. Strange spring for sure!
- 5/9 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Last night frost in the South Platte Valley south of here. Saturday we had hail in the southwest part of the county. Damage near 100% in some fields. Wheat here is starting to head, so any damage from hail or frost is catastrophic. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/9 - East central Iowa: Picture is of a sinkhole that was starting in the middle of a field that I was planting. We have been lucky in my immediate area to be running since Friday while others just to my south haven't moved since Friday, April 27. Dairy farmers are starting to cut hay.
- 5/9 - Lyon County, Minn.: About 90% of corn is in, 20% of soybeans are in around the area. We are finally getting rain, however this past weekend, the 4"-6" that we got came down too fast and was a gully washer and ran off. Not too much soaked into the ground. I think soils are getting some moisture recharge, but we will need timely rains to make a good crop.
- 5/9 - Texas: What’s surprising in early May is not that West Texas is so dry, but that the eastern half of the state is in relatively good condition, said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist and regents professor at Texas A&M University. "The thing that was unexpected was having East Texas not be in an extreme drought right now," Nielsen-Gammon said. "We had a second year of La Niña last winter. It just finally ended officially last month. And normally -– four years out of five -– you end up with a dry winter. So things have worked out as well as possibly can be expected for East Texas."
Weed pressure continued to be a problem in many pastures. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Logan Lair)
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- 5/9 - Washington, Miss.: I'm in the Mississippi Delta and our crops are in good shape. We were just starting to irrigate corn, so today’s showers were welcome. Video courtesy of muleheadedfarmer’s YouTube channel.
- 5/9 - Northwest Iowa: We are along the Cherokee-Plymouth County Line on Highway 3 in northwest Iowa. Most guys are finishing up planting corn and starting on beans. Terribly dry here, we're up to 4.15" since the 1st of March.
- 5/9 - Allen County, Kan.: Have had quite a bit of recent rain totaling around 6.5". Pretty much all of the corn is in the ground and has emerged with vigor! The last couple of storms have been a little nerve racking: forecasted hail with weather watches and warnings, with just heavy rains and a little wind and copious amounts of lightning and thunder. Was set to plant soybeans last week until Mother Nature decided to change the schedule, additionally some remaining ground to be worked. Oat crop is well ahead, with it beginning to head! The wheat is looking real good as it is beginning to change colors the filling goes to final maturity. It is nice to see the moisture with last summer still very present in our minds. Now it just needs to cooperate so we can get the beans in and move forward to erasing last year’s disappointment. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/9 - Saginaw County, Mich.: Update video on April 13, mid-Michigan planted corn following temps as low as 25° prior to emergence. The corn was planted at 36,000 into mid 60s degree soil, and a warm rain following planting had all of it germinated and growing before we began the two-week cold spell. During this cold period, we had several hard freezes before emergence, including a record cold 25.3° temp on the morning of April 30. Soil temp that morning at the spike depth of ½" was 32°, and at 1½" depth soil temps measured 38-40. With a quick warm-up, all of it had emerged within three to five days of the freeze, with very little apparent damage. After nearly three weeks in the ground, I was pleased that most of it emerged within 48 hours of each other, with a few stranglers extending that to 72 hours. I measured the emerged population in a few places today at around 32,000 to 35,000. Without the warm rain following planting getting everything germinated, cold inhibition injury during the cold spell would likely have been a problem. None of that later planted corn here is emerged yet to note how it did with the cold. Video courtesy of PrairieCordgrass’s YouTube channel.
5/8 - Sanborn County, S.D.: We were done planting corn by May 3 with some corn coming up, now 5" of rain on May 4 and 5. We have lousy 15% due to low areas. Also may have lost land in James River Valley for fourth year in a row.
- 5/8 - Livingston/LaSalle Counties, Ill.: Wheat looks very good in this part of the country. Most just finished heading over the weekend. I suggest that with normal weather, the crop should start harvesting at least two and maybe three weeks earlier than normal. Corn is mostly planted, finishing even in April. Most has emerged. Some is having to emerge again as we have received over 5" of rain in the past week, with another storm rolling through early this morning. A lot of flooding and ponding as of yesterday afternoon. I was tempted to cut alfalfa in late March but sprayed it instead. Felt the cool nights in the 30s in late April would not benefit drying, so we sprayed for alfalfa weevil. Still have not cut. Did just start to see bud formation on Friday. Will try to cut as soon as the ground becomes solid and these storms move out. Very few soybeans have been planted! Be safe! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/8 - Western side of Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico: We are still very dry. Have a spotty 1" to ½" of rain all of last year and ¼" this year since Jan 1.
- 5/8 - Iroquois County, Ill.: Water everywhere in northwest Iroquois County. 3" to 8" with hail and damaging wind, hail up to baseball size. Windows broke, steel roofs dented, windshields broke. Possible tornado in Watseka area. Lots of corn replanting in a week to 10 days from now.
- 5/8 - Barron County, Wis.: We have planted 2,500 acres of corn and have not started soybeans yet. A month ago, we thought that we'd be done with all of the planting and be making hay by the end of April. As it looks now, the hay will come off next week and the bean planting might have to wait until the first cutting of hay is finished. It’s been a mixed-up spring, with May weather in March and April returning to much more normal. Plenty of rain here in the last 10 days. Could use some heat...it’s been quite cool. No crops emerged here yet even though some was planted in mid-April.
- 5/8 - Dawson County, Mont.: We are busy seeding, but it is terribly dry and windy. There have been some showers around us, but 0.86" a couple weeks ago and a few sprinkles since is all we've gotten.
- 5/8 - Washington, Miss.: I'm in the Mississippi Delta and our crops are in good shape. We were just starting to irrigate corn, so today’s showers were welcome. Video courtesy of muleheadedfarmer’s YouTube channel.
- 5/8 - Freeborn County, Minn.: We went from drought to drenched in a week and a half of rain (3.25-plus inches). Half of corn planted and starting to come up, other half still in the bag.
- 5/8 - Steele County, Minn.: We went from bone dry to water standing in the fields. Our corn is planted. No beans yet. Planters have been shut down since April 28. Some early planted corn fields are up.
5/7 - Faribault County, Minn.: Looks like we should have planted corn before the crop insurance date. We started on 4/12 and that corn is up and the stand is good. Should have gone a couple of days sooner and we would be done now. Instead we have almost a fourth left to plant and the ground is saturated with ponds everywhere. Forecast this week is cool with showers. Three to four weeks ago everyone thought planting would be a cakewalk, now it’s turned into kind of a mess.
- 5/7 - Lake County, S.D.: Have a mess again this spring. After a nice fall and early spring, things looked promising! Got an early jump on planting corn, but Mother Nature has again put her two words in! Anywhere from 3.7" up to 5.8" have fallen in the last 48 hours. It all came down in about a total rain time of an hour or so...gully washers! A lot of planted acres underwater, and a lot of acres that will be prevent plant this year again. Hoping for dryer weather here!
- 5/7 - Central Wisconsin between Madison and Green Bay: Started seeing corn planting on April 27 in the area. Since I got rained out on April 30 with 200 acres of corn planted, I have received 9.5" of rain. Lots of standing water. Hope corn is OK, but can't imagine it will be -- just too much water. Not much planting done in area at all. If rain stops and some drying weather, maybe can get back in fields in 7 to 10 days. Already weather is cutting into yield here.
- 5/7 - Charles Mix County, S.D.: Very wet all of a sudden. One month ago, we were concerned about drought. We were very dry, now water standing everywhere. Probably 40% of the corn is in. Maybe 10% of the beans are planted. Any wheat stubble that needs to go to corn will be a hell of a challenge. Winter wheat looks great, flag leaf is out. Probably may have some fields shooting heads this next week. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/7 - Western Louisa County, southeast Iowa: Got hammered May 3 with 4"-6" in about three hours. A lot of erosion. In southeast Washington County, F2 tornado. A lot of damage between Wayland and Crawfordsville, Iowa.
- 5/7 - East central Iowa: We've been delayed due to rain, but are now back in the field. We're fortunate to be running again. Videos courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 5/7 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We had 2 plus inches of rain in the last two days. We were ready to plant beans.
- 5/7 - Cayuga County, N.Y.: Corn planted April 18 through 20 just starting to pop out of ground. We haven’t turned a wheel since April 20. We don’t get a lot of rain, but it comes every two to three days. They’re showing good for the weekend, then rain three days in a row next week.
- 5/7 - Sunray, Texas: The farmer thinks it'll yield around 70. Normally it's around 85. He's pleased, however, because it's much better than last year. Due to the drought, last year this field didn't make anything. Still in need of rain, but the water situation is improving. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/4 - South central North Dakota: We finished corn last night. Next project, spray small grains (yes, they are that far along), topdress winter wheat with 28%, start planting beans in about a week. Conditions have been near ideal, with timely rain showers, nothing excessive. We are off to a good start. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/4 - Graves County, Ky.: It is dry, no rainfall since March 24.
- 5/4 - Northeast Iowa: I've had 5" of rain in the last 13 days and don't have a single kernel in the ground. We'll need a few days of sunshine just to get started. Soil temps have been swinging from upper 40s to low 60s. I guess if it was easy, everyone would do it!
5/3 - Yoakum, Texas: This last week in Yoakum County, planters are rolling and have picked up the pace as the week has continued. Farmers are working to put in this year's peanut crop, which is approximately 30% planted for Yoakum County at this time. There has been little precipitation and soil conditions remain dry, with temperatures around 70°. Ambient temps have been in the 90s while cooling off to the 60s at night. During the afternoon, high winds continue to persist. As far as this year's cotton crop, most are waiting for a good planting rain. Pasture conditions remain to be poor.
- 5/3 - Faribault County, Minn.: Well, planted our first corn on March 29 and believe it or not we're still not done. Never had such a wide planting window as this year! Guess we won't know when the right time to plant was until the combines roll this fall, but early indications show early corn looks really good! Hard to believe two weeks ago we were begging for rain -- now it won't quit. Mother Nature rules!
- 5/3 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Planting is going better than I could possibly have imagined. Not a wet spot on the farm. We are seeding through low ground, drainage ditches, that we have been driving around since 1993. The top half-inch of soil is dry, with excellent moisture just below the surface. Acres are going in at a record pace. Many are done with their wheat (I am not) and starting to get the canola in. We have seeded much of our hard red spring wheat, peas and barley. Dry beans and soybeans will be seeded about mid-May. We are only 30 miles from the Canadian border...a killing frost is a very real possibility until late May. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/3 - Perquimans County, N.C.: Wet. Corn up and growing. Waiting for it to dry out before starting on cotton and soybeans. Cotton losing some acres to soybeans in this area.
- 5/3 - East central Iowa: I don't want to sound like the sky is falling, but someone is definitely lowering the ceiling. Nothing has moved since Friday night. We received close to 1" Saturday and Sunday (along with colder temps), and we are getting dumped on as I type (Wednesday a.m.). We have the potential to get another 1"-3" between now and Sunday. So much for being early. It must be our turn to have trouble getting the crop planted. Some guys have not started and some may be 50%-60 % done. Don't see much happening around here until next week at the earliest. Our March was warmer than our April (as well as dryer). Made some hay 10 days ago, but the rest may not get done for a while. Dairy-quality hay is quickly disappearing. Got to love it or we wouldn't do it.
- 5/1 - Ripley County, Ind.: Finished planting corn April 30 at 3:30 p.m. Only the third time in 43 years that I planted corn in April. Very small amount of acreage planted. Conditions were very good. Guess that neighbors thought it was too early.
- 5/1 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: TV reports out of Denver showed a lot of hail in the Stratton-Idalia area of eastern Colorado. The wheat had to be jointed to near or headed. There was enough hail to total the wheat in the areas that were hit. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/1 - St. Clair County, Ill.: Wheat is shredded from hail. Had 500 acres planted two days before the storm and flood. We will replant all but 35 acres. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/1 - Ingham County, Mich.: Some guys are done planting corn, beans are over half done. Last year we started planting May 5. Wheat looks below average. Too cold and too many frosty mornings. Have always heard wheat is hard to kill, we are proof that's a true statement. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 5/1 - Kansas: During the 55th annual Hard Winter Wheat Tour, put on by the Wheat Quality Council, around 100 scouts are crisscrossing Kansas as well as parts of Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma. Learn how they sample each wheat field and determine a yield estimate. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)