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September Crop Comments

Sep 28, 2012

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  • 9/28 - Cerro Gordo County, Iowa: Done with harvest on Sep 26. Corn average 105. 10 year Aph 195. Corn on corn was 40 bu less. Soybean yields average 52. We haven't raised beans in years and the yields were respectful for the lack of rainfall. There was an empty tank going into 2012 and its worse heading toward 2013.

 

  • 9/28 - Brown and Edmunds County, S.D.: Just finished soybeans and the yield is 38.3 b/a aph is 42. We’ve had better than anticipated yields.

 

  • 9/28 - Northeast Nebraska: Tyne Morgan's AG Day report was a joke. How could anything be more misleading? As the Cuming County person stated, drive west 20 miles and take a look! 0-30 bu. corn and 5-25 bu. beans.

 

  • 9/28 - Cayuga County, N.Y.: Started corn harvest 9/26. Yields are surprisingly good. First field on gravely ground came off at 19% and 170b/a. Next two fields were 21% and 202 b/a and 189 b/a. This was with 3 weeks in the beginning of July with no rain and very hot. Beans in this area just getting ready to go.

 

  • 9/28 - LaSalle, Ill.: 80 bu to 200. We hope to average 140.

 

  • 9/28 - Des Moines, Iowa: 4th year corn 62 bu. on 40 acres. 3rd yr. corn 108 bu on 38 acres. side by side. 168 bu. on 50 acres rotated across the road.

 

  • 9/28 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Well, was waiting for this day, started first field of corn, 55 acre field -- yield is around 90bu/acre, poor quality corn, normal yield for this field is around 190bu/acre, are you listening USDA.

 

  • 9/28 - Taylor County, Iowa: 1/3 done harvesting beans, 35 to 45 yield with additional 5 bu+ on later maturity beans. 1/10 harvest done on corn, 100 to 130 yield. Normal 50 beans and 165/170 corn. Big issue is available subsoil for 2013, non-existent compared to 2012 at this time. Hold onto your chair and keep your bins loaded!

  • 9/27 - Taylor County, Iowa: 1/3 done harvesting beans, 35 to 45 yield with additional 5 bu+ on later maturity beans. 1/10 harvest done on corn, 100 to 130 yield. Normal 50 beans and 165/170 corn. Big issue is available subsoil for 2013, non-existent compared to 2012 at this time. Hold onto your chair and keep your bins loaded!

 

  • 9/27 - Johnson County, Iowa: Beans 15-45 bu/acre, corn 20-145 bu/acre.

 

  • 9/27 - Southeast Nebraska: Work for large Farm Management Company and cover several states, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. Some Irrigated and Dryland. Last year corn average on all farms manage was 122.07 per acre. This year corn average is 81.82. This is on over 3000 corn acres. Plus this is very representative of a lot more areas in these areas. This is a 33% drop in yield. Last year national average was I think 142 and reduce it by 30% that gives us a yield of about 100. I do not think there are a lot of areas that are 30% better than last year to make up these yields. Plus a lot of guys are saying their yields are better than excepted. If you were excepting 20 bushel corn and got 50 bushel corn that is better, but when your average over the years was 150 that is a lot lower.

 

  • 9/27 - Lincoln County, S.D.: 1100 acres of corn combined. Best 75 bpa, the poorest was 13 bpa.(168 ave. APH) Aflatoxin levels 15-95 ppb. 600 acres of Beans 17 bpa to 29 bpa. (46 ave. APH) Worst crop since 1956. Silage went 7-10 ton with appraisals from 2-37 bpa. We have had one soaking rain in the last 15 months and that was memorial weekend. Tile lines quit last July, most creeks are dry and most of the small lakes and stock dams are empty. It will be a repeat if we dont get our subsoil built up soon!

 

  • 9/27 - Jay County, Ind./Mercer County, Ohio: Rains ranged from 1.5-3" since Monday. Harvest has been slow to get started here - moisture levels just won't drop in grain. Rains now have everything at a standstill due to the mud. Yields are all over the place on corn. Most are pleasantly surprised with bean yields so far. 45-55 bu bean yields are common.

 

  • 9/27 - East central Iowa: This post is in regards to Montgomery County, Mo.: I can understand your frustration about prices falling out of bed. But you can't blame a couple of lucky farmers for that. Remember, we live in the information age. Even before we had instant information, word of mouth spread like a wildfire. When the dust settles after this year, I don’t think there is one single person in the entire world that will know what was produced do to the extremely variable yields everyone has seen. For example, in my state, I can easily say corn yields will range from 0 to 220 bu./acre and beans 10-70 bu./acre. We all have tools offered to us to take advantage of our current situation. All I can say is "hope next year is a not repeat!"

 

  • 9/27 - Grant County, S.D.: 34 bu. beans do not a bumper crop make. In fact it is below average and when you factor in moisture below 8% there is no reason around here for the prices to take a nose dive.

 

  • 9/27 - Cuming County, Neb.: Great crop report about Nebraska that Tyne Morgan gave! She almost made it 10 miles into the state, maybe next time come west a little further west where hundreds of thousands of acres were chopped! Or check out the corn fields that made 0 to 30, there are a lot of them by the way! But we all know that everything is way better than we thought, just ask the USDA. Has anyone thought about the 1.5 BILLION bu. that they are putting into last year’s crop because we are harvesting so early. Put your head in the sand and we will see where the corn comes from next July! Good luck everyone.

 

  • 9/27 - Lake County, S.D.: Corn is good in our area first fields we took out averaged right at 180 dry. We never got as hot as regions farther south, and caught a few showers here and there. Beans are going from 50-60! 5 miles south of here though you find 50 bushel average..... really thankful this year!

 

  • 9/27 - McLeod County, Minn.: Started some corn this past week. Corn yields 150-180, average around here. Soybeans are spotty. Mixed results, some very poor results, based on no rain in August (actually very little to none up to this point). Go hundred miles outside of McLeod County and crops deteriorate fast...

 

  • 9/27 - Swift County, Minn.: Corn in our county is averaging around 200 bpa. Beans averaging over 50. Many folks reporting their best crops ever.

  • 9/26 - Montgomery County, Mo.: It’s bad in Missouri. Nice to see the grain prices go to hell; thanks to the few lucky farmers having a good year bragging on their yields on line, just my opinion. This makes two dry years in a row for us.

 

  • 9/26 - Jasper County, Ind.: Yields are running 40-175, much better than originally thought--looks like farm averages will be in 120-130 range--only negative feeling is 10-year average is about 175 for here-just glad am not south of here.
  • 9/26 - Nebraska: AgDay's Tyne Morgan launches her I-80 harvest travels from the Cornhusker state where despite dry weather and heat, harvest has been a pleasant surprise. Read more: I-80 Harvest Tour: Surprising Yields in Nebraska

 

  • 9/26 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Finished corn, earliest ever and yields range any from 95 to 165. Moisture from 13.5 to 16.1. Bean combing going strong. No bragging on yields.

 

  • 9/26 - DeKalb County, Ill.: I spent the last week in the combine - surprising results. Corn came in at 192 bu - 38 in.rows - equal to slightly better than last year. Beans at 67 bu. - drilled - slightly below last year. Crop went in early May for beans and corn - and caught a couple of spotty rains during the summer and late August. When it's all said and done - these couple of fields did a remarkable job considering the cards they were dealt.

 

  • 9/26 - Western Missouri: According to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report, 80 percent of Missouri’s corn crop is already harvested. That’s 47 points ahead of normal. AgDay National Reporter Tyne Morgan has the story. Read more: Better-Than-Expected Yields Coming In

 

  • 9/25 - Todd County, Minn.: Not everyone in Minnesota has great yields, I even question the ones that are making such great claims. Rain was extremely spotty and it just seemed that it conveniently missed us every time. Just did 50 acres of beans, came in at 8% moisture, and 10 bushels to the acre, the corn harvest has started and looks just as bad as the beans. Seems to me like the USDA is trying to fudge the numbers by saying the harvest is better than expected, I would have to say at least for us it is worse than expected and we knew it would be bad.

  • 9/25 - Jasper County, Ind.: Yields are running 40-175, much better than originally thought. It looks like farm averages will be in 120-130 range--only negative feeling is 10 year average is about 175 for here-just glad am not south of here.

 

  • 9/25 - Warrick County, Ind.: Just finished harvesting corn (southwest IN) averaged 55 BPA. Many acres around were chopped for silage because they were declared no to very little yield. All those acres will have to be taken out of the harvest equation.

 

  • 9/25 - South central Nebraska: Irrigated corn and soybean yields unbelievably good, one of the best years ever.

 

  • 9/25 - Floyd County, Iowa: Will finish soybeans by Wed. some farms mid 50's others 25 to 35. Average will probably be upper 30's. Lasy year 59.

 

  • 9/25 - Eastern Todd County, Minn.: Had a dry summer around here. However, the 3.5" we had from June 21-September 21 were spread out enough were the yields have been surprising good. Corn is averaging about 160-180 bushel per acre and my soybeans averaged about 45-50 bushel but got too dry on me; down to 7%. Can't complain after seeing what happened down south this summer. The cooler August saved us as well.

 

  • 9/25 - East central Iowa: Beans are just starting to roll.25-50 bu./acre  within 15 mile radius of east central Jackson County, Iowa. Very little corn out at this point. Moisture is 18-26% (most is around 23-25% yet). Yields very 50-220 bu./acre.

 

  • 9/25 - Todd County, Minn.: Not everyone in Minnesota has great yields, I even question the ones that are making such great claims. Rain was extremely spotty and it just seemed that it conveniently missed us every time. Just did 50 acres of beans, came in at 8% moisture, and 10 bushels to the acre, the corn harvest has started and looks just as bad as the beans. Seems to me like the USDA is trying to fudge the numbers by saying the harvest is better than expected, I would have to say at least for us it is worse than expected and we knew it would be bad.

  • 9/24 - Auglaize County, Ohio (the west central part of the state): I have run about 35 acres of corn so far.  I have taken the end rows off of 4 fields and ran about 15 acres in a 40 acre field.  Yields are better than I expected, ranging from 150 to 165 bpa with moisture levels in the 21 to 24% range.  For reference, yields in this area were 210+ last for whole farm averages.  I got a few showers in June and July that helped me, unfortunately they were very spotty.  You can go 3 or 4 miles north of south of me and yield reports go from 50 bpa to 130 bpa. I have not cut any beans yet, but a few of my neighbors have and their yields have been in the 55 to 65 range, which would be typical for this area. Everyone have a safe harvest.

 

  • 9/24 - Southwest Michigan: Hard frost this morning, with temps at 33 degrees. This is our second frost in a week.  Beans were just starting to change color, but we still had some beans that were filling pods. Only activity in our area has been seed corn harvest and chopping of silage corn.

 

  • 9/24 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Finished first field of corn Saturday and it averaged 179 bpa on the monitor. The next field, not completed, is at 189 bpa and climbing. The last bin combined held at 240 bpa. Kernels are VERY deep. Ear size is not impressive, but the deep kernels make a difference. What an unexpected blessing. A neighbor told me a church yesterday, his monitor goes from 30 to 230 bpa going from one end of the field to the other end Be safe everyone.

 

  • 9/24 - Northeast Nebraska: Corn is already dry. Dry land is making 0 to maybe 20. Already at 12 % moisture. Same for irrigated. I’ll say irrigated is about 10% less than average. Just started on the dry land beans was thinking maybe 10 to 15. Most have all popped open and are on ground...sad. Irrigated ones are about average but green steams and a few leaves but are 8% moisture. This year can’t end fast enough.

 

  • 9/24 - Shelby County, Ill.: I finished corn harvest of 266 acres with a 52 bu./acre average. Old-timers say it’s worse than 1954 drought.

 

  • 9/24 - Billings, Mont.: Hot and dry, no moisture since June. Spider mites are everywhere, sprayed them but just slowed them down. No soil moisture left, where there is no irrigation. It looks bad and ugly. Hope it snows this winter, if not oh boy!!!!

 

  • 9/24 - Graham County, Kan.: Corn is done. Dryland 8 to 18 bu/a. Beans will start next week. We have just a small patch of milo to harvest. Most did not come up till August.

 

  • 9/24 - Coles County, Ill.: Terrible yields 21 bu. /acre to 124 bu/acre on ground that usually makes 140 to 260 bu/acre. And had other farmers tell much worse. All this crap from the traders saying its not that bad are full of it! Just try finding corn in January because the bins are empty.

 

  • 9/24 - Stanton, Neb.: Best dryland corn 45/acre, down to 5/acre. Dryland beans from 5/acre to 25/acre. Irrigated acres are too wet to harvest.

 

  • 9/24 - Carroll County, Iowa: After reading some reports, like we expected, 40-60 bu. corn but it went 157. HAHAHA. And, I never seen it so bad, and, somehow, our beans are expecting 0 - 10 bushel and acre, yielded 47 bu a acre. I can't figure out how or where them yields came from. Next year will be worse, mark my word!!

 

  • 9/24 - Western Crawford County, Ill.: Finished shelling corn Friday, 9/14. Had almost 200 acres didn't even bother to run the combine through, just disked it down. Field averages ranged from 4 bpa to 73 bpa, with an over-all-corn-acres average of 25 bpa.

 

  • 9/24 - Norman County, Minn.: Did the moisture meet after that recent rain? That question does not apply here anymore. I do not know how many feet you would need to dig down to find moisture. Done harvesting soybeans. Farm averaged 33 bu/acre. Nearly done with corn. This farm corn average will come in around 110. Still very dry here. I am 59, and I have not ever experienced conditions this dry.

 

  • 9/24 - Kearney County, Neb.: Soybean harvest complete. Irrigated beans 70-75bpa. Dryland 0-10bpa. 10 days left on corn harvest. Full season hybrids already down to 18%. Irrigated corn is outstanding. Many 240bpa+ field averages. Dryland 0-20 bpa.

 

  • 9/24 - Hill County, Mont.: Seeding winter wheat, going to need a fair amount of rain to get a stand. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 9/24 - Northern Hendricks County, Ind.: Have shelled 3 fields of corn. Two on the northeast side of the county and one northwest....30, 55, and 43. Have not started on beans.

 

  • 9/24 - Wasco County, Ore.: We grow wheat and barley Wheat was good almost as good as last year on my farm I averaged 76 bushels acre compared to 80 last year yields were as high as 93 and low as 54 on my farm. My barley that was spring averaged low as 1.2 Ton up to 1.9 ton really good for this area since we are 12 average rain fall. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 9/24 - Putnam County, Ind.: About 60% completed with corn, yields 11-110 bpa with average of 81 bpa. Beans 25% complete with average of 32 bpa. That is about 100 bpa loss in corn and 25-30 bpa losing beans. Very poor yields!!

 

  • 9/24 - Murray County, Minn.: Crop variability far exceeds Gulke's, with 0 to over 200 within 100 feet.

 

  • 9/24 - Kossuth County, Iowa: This will be our poorest corn crop since 2001, and poorest bean crop since 1993. We simply lacked one essential element,H2O.Other areas of the county where the rains tracked are faring much better. We had almost zero subsoil moisture last fall, this fall the tank is completely empty. Today the prospect of a good 2013 crop is still in jeopardy here.

 

  • 9/24 - LaSalle County, Ill.: Corn harvest is about over. We finally had a field of corn hit 100 bpa and it was only 102. All previous yields in the range of 65-95, depending on soil quality and hybrid variety (variety a more significant yield factor this year than soil type). Have only 160 acres to go, but no beans done yet and they probably won't be fit until next week. Glad to get this harvest behind us and get on to next year.

  • 9/21 - Saunders County, Neb.: USDA must be trying to lower what they have to pay in insurance claims telling of better than expected yields. How do you figure 20 bushel yields are better than expected? Fields look like they could make 30? Guess what worse than expected 20 and poorer wake up USDA.

 

  • 9/21 - Cuming County, Neb.: Why would the insurance companies or the gov. do anything but drive prices down all of October? Free trade market seems a little far-fetched. Dry land corn is 0 to 110 around here and beans are 0 to 30, irrigated is spotty at best. Hold your crops till December.

 

  • 9/21 - Stearns County, Minn.: Here I thought my corn would be running 120 bushel or so, the yield monitor says about 180 with 60 lb test weight corn. UNREAL!! Soybeans went around 50 with 59 lb test weight.

 

  • 9/21 - Delaware County, Pa.: I am not sure what is a good, average, or poor soybean harvest on a bushel per barrel in each state. Help me understand how it is going. I want to learn!

 

  • 9/21 - Northeast South Dakota: Silage pile somewhere in the Aberdeen /Watertown , S.D. 12,000 acres 200,000 tons. Pile covers about 8 acres.
    silage pile

    -- Northeast South Dakota

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  • 9/21 - Chadds Ford, Pa.: On balance, is the prevailing opinion that soybean harvest is producing a lower, average, or higher bushel per acre this year? Your comments please.

  • 9/20 - Turner County, S.D.: Beans are running 20-25 bpa. Aph is around 48. Needed a rain in August. Zero subsoil. Lots of pods starting open up. 2-5 bushel on the ground and getting worse every day. Beans look ugly. Shriveled up and lots of green ones but they are below 10% moisture. Move west 20 miles and beans are running 10-15 bpa.

 

  • 9/20 - Polk County, Iowa: Finished the Polk County, Iowa 80 acres yesterday. Yielded 116 Bu/A @ 15%. Combine monitor went from 0 to 220 and moisture from 12 to 19%. Last 5 year average 190+. Worse west and south of here. There is no way to accurately predict our harvest until all the acres are in. And even then, will they tell us the truth?

 

  • 9/20 - Stearns County, Minn.: Just got done doing corn. Average was 260. We were planning to chop everything when we planted, but we had 60 acres to combine.

 

  • 9/20 - Ward County, N.D.: Ground is to dry to plant winter wheat. Calendar is ticking away. I am afraid our time to plant has missed us. Ten day forecast is windy and dry. Chunks the size of football. Haven't planted any winter wheat and it looks like the seed may go back in the bin and try again next year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
    9 20 12 SD dry ground

    -- Ward County, N.D.

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  • 9/20 - Carman, Manitoba, Canada: A lot of yields of soys in our area are running 35-45 bu. We didn't have a drop to much rain this summer and more heat than normal. The crop could have been a little better if we would have had moisture at the right times. Corn will get started next week for most, some have tried it already. Wheat yields were good, Canola was mostly weak on account of the hot summer. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 9/20 - Eau Claire, Wis.: Did 5 acres of beans today. They were 13.5% moisture. Stems are still a little green. 53bpa is our average. Corn is starting to come off 24% moisture, and averaging 175 bpa.

 

  • 9/20 - Yadkin County, N.C.: Soybeans look good but not as good as last year. Crops seem to be coming in about 2 weeks early.
    9 20 12 NC soybeans
    9 20 12 NC soybeans 2

    -- Yadkin County, N.C.

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  • 9/20 - Cuming County, Neb.: Crappy year with no rain. Surprised to have any crop. Noticed beans popping open now in fields that are not completely dry. Lots of green out there. What do you do? Check your fields fellas, no rain to cause the popping open either. Just can't win. 2012 cannot be over any time soon!!

  • 9/19 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Thank lord for irrigation and spray planes. Crops look good besides the dryland.

 

  • 9/19 - Henry County, Ohio: Some beans and corn off. Yields around 30 bu/ac for beans and 80 bu/ac for corn. It will be two weeks till most beans are ripe and they look to be twice the crop of the early beans. By that time the yield of the early beans will increase in the bin to match the late beans.

 

  • 9/19 - Union County, Pa.: Shelled our first corn yesterday, planted April 30 and 102 day length. Was expecting 60-80 as it was our worst field and was hit with early dry weather, but field average was 157.Monitor went from30 to 300 in the same field. This was a drought-resistant corn and it sure proved its worth. I anticipate a good bit of close to 200 bu on the balance of our crop

 

  • 9/19 - Eaton County, Mich.: The soybeans in our area are a total disaster. We had our crop adjuster out in July, he claimed they were not bad enough to zero out. We ran the beans to their request for a total of 5.2 bushel per acre average. Even at $17.55 a bushel, we still have a total loss. It almost pays for the land rent.
    9 19 12 MI soybeans

    -- Eaton County, Mich.

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  • 9/19 - West central Iowa: Some of the beans are out yielding the corn.  Stems are green yet but the pods are dry and average 12%.

 

  • 9/19 - East central Iowa: We have started harvest for 2012. The first field is better than expected, but it is pretty good soil. Expect lower yields as we go along.


 

  • 9/19 - Buchanan County, Iowa: Picked first corn Sept. 13. Moisture was 16-17, yield was 160/a.

  • 9/18 - Whiteside County, Ill.: We have a 60-acre farm. With no rain in June or July to speak of insurance checked and yielded 4 bushels per acre. This ground is capable of 150 to 170 bpa.

 

  • 9/18 - Huntingdon County, Pa.: Soybean and corn harvest should start in about 2 weeks. It looks like the beans will make about 50 bushel and the corn about 120.

 

  • 9/18 - Northern Hendricks County, Ind.: Have shelled 4 fields of corn. They made 107,93, 129, and 155. The yields are from the combine monitor so you might want to take that with a grain of salt. Moisture has been running about 20%. The 155 yield was on some of our darkest soils. I think we have shelled the best fields first. Tried some soybeans yesterday but they were 18%. What little we tried seemed to yield more than I thought. Have been hearing a lot of 25 bu/ac. yields in our area. Since the recent rains soybeans are green and have most of their leaves attached but the pods are dry and starting to scatter. We have received more than 10" of rain since August 5th. Thankful to the Lord for what He has provided. SAFTEY FIRST!!!

 

  • 9/18 - Floyd County, Iowa: Beans are only a little better than 1/2 a crop... as of right now in the low 30's. Corn around 110 vs 185 last year.

 

  • 9/18 - Stearns County, Minn.: Beans in the bin and avg. about 50 bushel per acre but very dry with moisture dropping below 8%. Just started corn last night with moisture from 15-20% and weak stalks so I am going to get er done this week! Yields about 150. Only 4" of rain all summer but the hog manure really helps pull the crop through.

 

  • 9/18 - Turner County, S.D.: Finished harvesting 950 acres of dryland corn. Averaged 58 bu per acre across the board. 20 bushel less than expected. APH's are around 160. Started harvest on beans. 250 acres dryland are averaging 21 bu per acre. 9 bu less than expected. APH's are around 48. Most dryland around us will be less to much less as we caught several rains that most did not.

 

  • 9/18 - Catawba, N.C.: Had a lot of good rains, this is my first year. corn has averaged 18.5% moisture, TW of 60lbs and 175bu/ac average with my twins rows at 195bu/ac. Besides some morning glories giving some trouble everything is going pretty good. Some good dry weather after two days of rain and we will be finished in a week or two. I hope things get better for the guys in the corn belt next year!
    9 18 12 NC harvest

    -- Catawba, N.C.

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  • 9/18 - Tippah County, northern Mississippi: Soybean yields are good to excellent. Harvested 100 acres average 63. Corn yield average is good. Yield varies depending on soil type, bottom land is average to above average, hill land is below average.

  • 9/17 - Montgomery County, Mo.: My 700 acres average was 11.2. The highest average I heard was low 30s. Around here it is lbs. per acre. A nearby Pioneer test plot made 210 lbs. off 10 acres. I had a 40 that made 760lbs. total. Many fields in adjoining counties are zero. I’m thinking Pro Farmer missed Missouri

 

  • 9/17 - Whiteside County, Ill.: Corn and soybean yields are good. They are in the 10 year average range.

 

  • 9/17 - Sargent County, N.D.: Soybean harvest is half done. Yields are varied but generally slightly above average. Corn harvest has begun but yields are disappointing. There has been no precip here for 6 weeks it is very dry. Soybeans are down to 7% moisture. Subsoil moisture is at zero. 

 

  • 9/17 - Colbert/Lauderdale counties Alabama: 1000 acres in Colbert averaged 90 bu acre corn. 700 acres in Lauderdale averaged 78 bu acre corn. Harvest 100% complete.

 

  • 9/17 - Brown County, S.D.: Bean yields are below average for the most part. You can see crop insurance beans and go the other direction and see good yields. The state wide will certainly be poor.
  • 9/17 - Bon Homme County, S.D.: Dryland corn 0 to 25 bushels per acre, beans 5 to 15 bushels per acre. A lot of corn cut for silage and baled for hay.

 

  • 9/17 - Lee County, Ill.: Much better than anticipated many corn yields 180-200; soybeans 55 - 65.

 

  • 9/17 - Boone County, Iowa: Just finished combining 160 acres, southern Boone County, Iowa. Normally does 200+/- bu/a. Combine monitor, showed many acres of 250 bu +. One stretch went 260. Lots of bare spots, lots of spotty down corn and the 160a ended up averaging 136. Moisture varied fron 11.5% to 18.5% across the field and ended up averaging 16.5%. All in all, it was better than expected but still 35% less than the 5 year average. Got another 240 to go, hope it does as well.

 

  • 9/17 - Southwest Michigan: Checked a field of Soybeans last night and was surprised how the 30" rows were doing.  See attached pictures.  This is the first time I have planted beans in 30 " rows and found the majority of them to measure 50" tall.  They are well podded and I don’t have a clue how to estimate the yield on Soybeans.  We have a few fields starting to turn on the leaves, but in this field they are still blooming and filling the pods at the top.  Makes me wonder how they would have done if they were irrigated or had some rain in May, June and early July. 
    9 17 12 WA soybeans
    9 17 12 WA soybeans 2

    -- Southwest Michigan

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  • 9/17 - Cuming County, Neb.: I have another field to be added to the USDA average, 80 acres of corn at 20 bpa. This should help get us to 122 bpa. Helped a friend that got some rain this summer and his average on 500 acres was 100 bpa. Seems like easy math to me!

 

  • 9/17 - Yakima, Wash.: Corn silage is done. 34 tons per acre. All irrigated. Alfalfa has one more cutting to go next week . Looks like 8 ton yield for this year. Planting alfalfa for next year now. There was plenty of irrigation water but that changes year to year. Have a safe harvest season.
    9 17 12 WA silage

    -- Yakima, Wash.

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  • 9/17 - Southeast Indiana: Shelled 4 fields of corn that went 37, 49, 71, and 86 bu/ac. Not too far off what we pegged them at.

 

  • 9/17 - Scott County, Mo.: Finished corn harvest today. Had 1600 acres and averaged 78bpa. 10 year average is around 170. Beans are looking a bit better with recent rains and harvest should start in a couple weeks.

 

  • 9/17 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Wheat planting has been going since 9-1 in the west. Lots of acres planted in dust. Some fields have spotty emergence. Rainfall amounted to about .25 in. the last 48hrs. Moisture did not meet. We have a situation where if the wheat sprouted and tries to go through dry soil then hits moist soil it will probably not emerge. We need about 2 in. to get moisture to meet in most fields. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/13 - Boone County, Neb.: Irrigated pivot 225bu per acre. was expecting 175. If it got enough irrigation water yields are going to be very good in this area.

 

  • 9/13 - Hill County, Mont.: Winter wheat crops ranged from 40 to 60. Spring wheat varied greatly. some as low as 12 up to 47 bushels per acre. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 9/13 - Johnson County, Ind.: Corn not drying too fast. Out of 4-5000 acres ran yields range from 5-95 with most falling in the 60 bu or lower range. Beans that were dead and got rain are now splitting pods and falling out or sprouting in the pod. Things keep getting uglier even with some decent rain.

 

  • 9/13 - Dodge County, Neb.: My pictures of dryland corn ears (dough stage at that point) were posted back on July 30. That field (43 acres) was harvested yesterday and averaged 145 bu/ac. Really surprised! My uncle's field 12 miles to the northwest averaged 118 bu/ac, and my father's field 10 miles to east had aflatoxin (30-40 ppb) and yielded around 85 bu/ac. Lots of variability is summary.

 

  • 9/10 - Putnam County, Ohio: Haven’t seen much harvested in this area other than corn silage. Big dairies having trouble getting enough corn silage to fill their bunkers. Some only have a third of what they need at this point.

  • 9/12 - Saunders County, Neb.: Lots of reports of dryland corn running 20-60 bu. per acre. No irrigated corn out. Only report of beans were a group 1.9 cut the end of Aug. made 30.

 

  • 9/12 - Hand County, S.D.: Got 1,000 acres of beans done with averages from 25-45 and 8-9% moisture. Working on corn now waiting for other beans to dry up. First 750 acres of disk ripped corn on corn averaged 71 bu. Switched to some summerfallow ground and its running around 150 bu. and 13% moisture. Amazed how the crops handled the heat and only 4 inches of rain since planting. Lots of combines rolling in the area on both beans and corn.
  • 9/12 - Saline County, Neb.: Moisture on dryland corn 11 to 13 moisture. 10 to 40 bushels per acre.

 

  • 9/12 - Dallam County, Texas: Tenant harvested 123 ac irrigated pivot of corn with little rainfall this season. It went 109 bpa , about double of 2011 crop of 50+ bpa. Will be back to NORM if we can double it in 2013.
    9 12 12 Texas corn
    9 12 12 Texas irrigation

    -- Dallam County, Texas

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

 

  • 9/12 - Grand Forks, N.D.: Harvesting edibles and soybeans now. Edible yields are unbelievably good. The problem we are having now is the beans are too dry, that has never happened in my life. We are irrigating beans that will be harvested Thursday hoping they pick up a little moisture.

 

  • 9/12 - Texas: Many areas of Texas remained hot and dry, and though fuel loads may not be as high as last year, the risk of wildfire is building, said Megan Clayton, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist, Corpus Christi. Though there haven’t been any large wildfires to match those of 2011, AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M Forest Service experts are already working on preventing outbreaks and limiting the damage they do, Clayton said. "There’s definitely a growing concern for landowners on how to protect themselves and their property," she said.
    9 12 12 Texas fire

    Jose Martinez, U.S. Department of Agriculture rangeland management specialist, lights a flank fire during a prescribed burn in Jim Hogg County. One of the best ways to protect property is through prescribed burning, but it should only be done by highly trained personnel, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Megan Clayton)

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


  • 9/11 - Hancock County, Iowa: We've been combining corn for almost two weeks. Moistures are all over the place. The lowest we found was 14.5%, highest up to 23%. Yields on good heavy black soil are running an average of 135 bpa. That is probably our best land for a drought year. We don't expect the rest of our fields to go that well. Changed to bean yesterday and they tested 9.5% moisture already with some lower leaves and semi-green stems. Yields running on that same heavy black soil around 30-35 bpa.

 

  • 9/11 - Jackson County, Iowa: Haven’t heard of anybody rolling here yet. A couple odd fields of corn and beans might be fit by this weekend, weather permitting. I think most guys are going to try and finish up hay this week (like me), so it is one less thing to worry about. I can’t remember a year where everyone is chomping at the bit to get started with harvest. We hear of others who are close to being done, uncertainty of what’s out there, getting it out before stalk quality is compromised  by bad weather and getting this year over with my be some or all of the reasons.

 

  • 9/11 - Hamlin County, S.D.: Just started row crop harvest. 1st 60 acres of soybeans made just under 30 bu/a @ 12% moisture. 1st 20 acres of corn going 145 @ 20% moisture. Hilltops flat from August winds going way under 100 but where corn is all standing monitor registers up to 220.

 

  • 9/11 - Crawford County, Ill.: The majority of corn acreage either has been or will be destroyed when the stunted stalks are dry enough. Shields are being built to prevent anymore tractor fires.
    9 11 12 tractor shield
    9 11 12 tractor shield 2

    -- Crawford County, Ill.

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

  • 9/11 - Putnam County, Ohio: Started shelling corn today it running from 30 bushel on the sand to 100 on the heavier soil.
    9 11 12 Ohio

    -- Putnam County, Ohio

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

  • 9/11 - Curry County, Ore.: Dry-weather crops look poor, but better than last year.

 

  • 9/11 - Cuming County, Neb.: To San Diego, Calif.: I know this may be hard to believe but not all ground can be irrigated. You need water under the ground to pump it on the ground. Trust me when I say irrigation has been put on most of the acres that can be irrigated the last 10 years. Sometimes it's just up to Mother Nature.

 

  • 9/10 -Norman County, Minn.: With 50% of my acres harvested, soybeans are averaging about 29 to 30 bushels, which is 12 bushels under my average. Some corn being harvested (150 miles from Canadian border) with yields 75-90 bushel at 15-20% moisture. Corn average here is 150 bu.

  • 9/10 - Lafayette County, Wis.: First 70 acres harvested.  An early, drought tolerant 101 day corn, died prematurely in the heat and went 30 bushels an acres.  Flattest spots of field were close to 0, perhaps due to heat being trapped in field at night?  Second hybrid, handled stress better and on somewhat better soil going 125 bushel per acre.  Corn 20 to 24%.  It appears that corn on beans notill is 100 bushel per acre better than fall chiseled corn on corn.  Mostly due to the moisture saved on the planting practice.  Soybeans are about a week away and we hope they will run 40 plus due to later rains.

 

  • 9/10 - San Diego, Calif.: I live in irrigated San Diego, CA. Farm some avocados, grapes. Everything here is irrigated. I have a question for the farmers in the usually rainy east and Midwest: are you going to put in irrigation equipment next year? Wouldn't it be a good insurance policy when the rains fail?

 

  • 9/10 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Millet harvest has started in the high-plains. Yields are all over the place. A few yields (very few)around 40, most below 20,a few barely pay harvest cost. With planted acres well below 400K prices are at record levels (23.50/cwt.) Imports are going to be required before harvest next year. Any user of millet needs to get their needs locked , it's going to get really crazy.

 

  • 9/10 - Buena Vista County, northwest Iowa: We have been opening up some corn since beans aren’t ready yet, there is a big difference in yield and moisture as you cross the field, 0 bushels to 180 bu, 17% to 25% in same through as you cross the field, allot of hybrids are going down due to stalk rot and storms with strong winds. This is the earliest I’ve ever seen our DeKalb and Pioneer Reps out taking down field signs.    

  • 9/7 - Shelby County, Ill.: I harvested 226 acres of corn average yield per acre 52.

 

  • 9/7 - Frontier County, Neb.: Most dry land corn has been chopped for silage, some has been picked and yielded about 20 bu. Irrigated is still wet but it looks average to below average (170 bu.) bean harvest should start in 2 weeks.

 

  • 9/7 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: 1st field done. Over the scale it went105 at 15.2 moisture. Upper bottom with some gumbo. Last year the field went 204 over the scale. Too hot and no rain after June 21 until corn dead.

 

  • 9/7 - Rowley, Iowa: From Chris Barron, Ask A Margins Expert blogger: Combines are hitting the fields near Rowley, Iowa.  We’re seeing a tremendous amount of variability. Normally we see 50 bu. variability in a field, but this year we’re seeing 200-bushel swings. 

 

  • 9/7 - Swift County, Minn.: Crops are finishing up rapidly corn yields looks to be at or below last year (75 % of ave.) Corn went from green to brown in a week, not a good finish. It just ran out of water. We will definitely need a good recharge of soil moisture this fall, several inches worth!! Corn is at 20% moisture and the soybean are mostly yellow will be a week or more for harvest on the beans but corn is mostly ready. on a side note about the RFS mandate... we grain farmers are always chided for not selling grain at a decent price... well livestock interest had months to lock in $5 dollar corn.. (no more whining please).

  • 9/6 - Fayette County, Iowa: Crops look decent for what they've been through. Seen some 200-plus fields and some 80 to 120. All depends on soil type, plant date, variety, rain, etc. Same for beans. Guessing yields will average around 40 for beans and 120-150 for corn. Regarding ethanol, a couple of thoughts. Both livestock and ethanol are valued markets. No one thought about this situation when ethanol got its start, and the massive quick expansion in areas of high competition was not the best judgment, in hindsight. Both state and federal governments were involved without a safety valve. Also in hindsight, the incentives of Renewable Fuels Standard should have been scaled back (indexed) during times of low carryover. In any regard, let's all look forward toward solutions and not finger pointing. The non-farming public is already confused enough.

 

  • 9/6 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Filled silo Monday and today with very surprising results. Corn was planted on April 30 and May 1 was yielding an average on 28 tons/acre. We are fortunate where we live and received the rains at the right time. Double-crop soybeans after wheat are at least waist-high, with many pods. I feel for you guys who have little or no yield at all. Hopefully the Lord will be able to spread the moisture around to all of us next year. Have a safe harvest season.

 

  • 9/6 - Washtenaw County, Mich.: Sad to hear all the frustration from the fellas and gals that are hurting. Here in southeast Michigan it’s quite a mixed bag, no fruit to be found, row crops different within a five-mile circle. My relatives in Ukraine have done well utilizing barley as an animal feed, lower inputs. Check out your County Ag sites, good research available, God Bless you all, keep the faith!

  • 9/5 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Sampled our first planted field of 106-day corn today and the moisture was 21.3 with test weight of 57.8 lb. Will try to get started tomorrow as the elevator is not charging for drying. Our early beans are group 2.4 and should be ready by the weekend. Yields should range 210-240 for corn and 65-80 for beans here in the irrigated Platte Valley. What little dryland corn there is, is toast! Dryland beans mostly 10-30 bu.

 

  • 9/5 - Southwest Minnesota: OK, with the current debate on ethanol versus livestock, I have a question. In our area, we have nine ethanol plants within 60 miles of our door. In the past six months, we have seen an explosion of expansion in the LIVESTOCK industry -- chickens, hogs, cattle, and dairy have all expanded. There is construction of some type all over. If ethanol is so bad for the livestock industry, WHY do we have so much expansion in an area that has so many plants? Yes, we are going to be short corn, but everyone will feel the pain, including ethanol. Remember, the good Lord will always give us just what we need (NOT always what we want!).

 

  • 9/5 - Stoddard County, Mo.: To the Linn County, Iowa, farmer and a few others: I seemed to get agitated, I'm sorry I didn't explain myself better. Yes, I want the market to determine the price based on supply and demand fundamentals. Honestly, I'm not much of a fan of anything being mandated by the government, whether it be an ethanol mandate or Obamacare (but that's another subject). But in the case of the ethanol mandate, for years people have wanted to end our dependence on energy (oil) from countries that are not fond of us. Sometimes to get from point A of a goal to point ??? of the end result (energy independence), you have to go through points B, C, etc. And along the way, sometimes certain obstacles (oil companies and retailers) must be "persuaded" to change their ways. Corn ethanol is one of those points, and the mandate is the persuader. Hopefully, sometime in the future the mandate can be ended and the full value of ethanol production (corn based, or another source) can be recognized so that the mandate is not needed. That time is not now. To end the mandate could severely jeopardize the ethanol industry when so many are still against it. With the way the government works, it could take years to get it reinstated and our country back on a path of energy independence. Do we want to waste all of that work? The ethanol plants were largely financed and supported by farmers who were trying to find a use for the cheap corn of 10-15 years ago. I'm not too sure there are any corn farmers who want to go back to those prices or profitability levels. Maybe someday something better than ethanol (for an energy source) will come along, and we will have to find another use for the corn; but that day hasn't arrived yet. Livestock producers do have choices, although I will admit none are good; either pay more for the feed and operate at a loss (which some crop farmers did when grain prices were cheap) in a survival mode, find alternative feed sources, or sell the animals.

    To answer your question about crop insurance, I DON'T have any, and never have. My dad, who's farmed for 40 years, doesn't have it either, and has never had a year where it would have paid with the required criteria for payment (based on harvest so far, it wouldn't pay this year either). There are unique situations where the probability of a payout is very small. We happen to be one of those. Most of the dryland ground my family farms has a very high water table (usually about 3 feet down during summer). What ground doesn't have this feature is irrigated or having it added. To deal with excessive rainfall, we have tiled, precision graded, or both. We have invested in our land to reduce the probability of losses. Here in southeast Missouri, I would think it is safe to say that most of the ground does not have crop insurance. I do know of a few farmers who carry crop insurance, but to hear them talk, they rarely collect, if ever. I know it is hard for some farmers to believe, but there are crop production areas of the country that have little insurance. And in case you are wondering, southeast Missouri and the surrounding region was one of the earliest and hardest hit areas of the drought this year, based on drought maps.

    The Texas guys are right, they've survived this for several years. Most Midwest farmers will too. Some who are struggling during this time have mismanaged; whether it be poor/risky marketing or procurement skills, risky (or overpriced) purchases of land and other inputs, or trying to produce certain crops where they shouldn't have been. People, there was a reason some of this land was in pastures and not crop farmed. The old-timers knew what they were doing planting all those pastures. They'd been through this before during the '30s and '50s and knew some fields couldn't support row crops every year.

    BTW, got 2.5" to 3.2" of rain over the weekend that will still help our beans (most fields look good). A few neighbors' soybean fields are starting to turn.

 

  • 9/5 - Morrison County, Minn.: Hand-shelled some corn last night and it was already down to 24%. Will be combining corn before soybeans this year. Estimating yields at only 130 for corn. I have averages 180 the last four years! I guess I am not complaining, though, could be worse. Looks like I will get to do a lot of hunting this fall!

 

  • 9/5 - East central Iowa: We received just under 1" of rain last night, first rain since Aug. 26. That has been the pattern since Aug. 4 (about 10-12 days apart). Once again, I think we took a little more off of what we had. Temps have been in the upper 80s to low 90s for the last week or so. Corn is from corn-on-corn field, grabbed random ears in the dark. 3/4 milkline to just about black layered. Beans are just starting to turn. Beans in picture were picked from outside edge of field, 20 and 30 pods per plant. Beans look like lima beans, so I hope the rain will pump up what we have.

    As far as the debate about the Renewable Fuels Standard, I can see both sides because I milk 120 cows plus dry cows and heifers. I also sell excess grain (not so much this year). From what little I know, over 35% of a bushel of corn comes back as DDGs, which is a higher protein and fat. Without DDGs, what would be the price of soybean meal, etc.? It stinks paying the feed bill, I just hope we can all hold on and hope next year isn’t a repeat. Some of the comments about locking in feed need to also realize that certain products either won’t let you lock in a price or have such a high protection price that you may as well take your chances and hope it comes down. Hopefully we can work together to get through this mess. It’s not good for most, if not all of us.
    9 5 12 Iowa corn
    9 5 12 Iowa soybeans

    -- East central Iowa

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

  • 9/5 - Putnam County, Ohio: We have a small dairy, steer, and grain operation here in Ohio. I would like to know what people think is the percentage of corn that goes into ethanol. We are not a huge operation and will cut back on the dairy some this winter, increase our steer population, and sell corn to our local ethanol plant. To me, the biggest problem is that these huge livestock producers expect the grain producers to supply the feed they need, where we grow basically all our feed needs other than supplement for the cows and milk replacer for the calves.

  • 9/4 - Clay County, S.D.: Corn is coming out around 15-45 depending on the ground. Planted April 17...96-day is at 14.7 and 102-day is around 16. Changing the ethanol mandate won't really change the prices. Just have to buy corn instead of DDGs. What’s the difference? The market will find its own way without any government help.

 

  • 9/4 - Linn County, Iowa: To the Aug. 31 Stoddard County, Mo., guy: Huh? What are you talking about? You want the markets to determine the price and who gets the corn? Sounds like you want to end the mandate. Also, while you are at it, tell me who is subsidizing half (or more) of the cost of your crop insurance?

 

  • 9/4 - Coles County, Ill.: I feel bad for the livestock producers that did not secure their feed at lower prices when they saw the drought coming on, but to expect farmers who spent over $600 an acre on input on corn to lose it all so the livestock industry can make money is just wrong. We should not hurt one market to help another. Corn has been yielding 0 to 138 on most fields, some low heavy soil areas making 200+. Fields averaging under 100 bu./acre, so we need $9 or more, and we will still take a hit on 5 to 30 bu./acre fields.

 

  • 9/4 - Western Crawford County, Ill.: Started corn harvest on Aug. 30. Best field so far averaged 51.8 bpa @ 21%. Total acreage is 375, but I have only actually harvested 275 acres, as I will disk down the areas where there is no corn. Average on 275 acres is 36.8 bpa @ 20.75%, but for all 375 acres average is only 27 bpa. (All yields converted to dry bushels.) I don't think I have been in my worst fields yet. There has been a lot of corn disked down already on this side of the county, having been zeroed out by crop insurance adjusters.

 

  • 9/4 - Shelby County, Ill.: I finished corn harvest of 266 acres with a 52 bu./acre average. Old-timers say it’s worse than 1954 drought.

 

  • 9/4 - Scott County, Mo.: Had over 3" of rain the last two days. That's more than we had the last four months. The good news with that is it will help the beans a little. The bad news is it blew down some corn. But I will take it. I predict the govt. report this month will put corn yield at 115. Just my theory.

 

  • 9/4 - Steele County, Minn.: Crops turning fast in area, some starting on corn past couple of days. Yields are from 50–200 bu./acre. Beans look like 35-45 bu./acre est. There has been comments from some about the RFS being suspended or done away with, but no one has mentioned the hay producers that are making out very well, should they take less also? Corn farmers have lived with government payments for years to get by, and that in a way gave livestock producers a cheap feed source!

 

  • 9/4 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: The past few days really took its toll on our top end for beans and is drying down corn rapidly. Some neighbors starting corn running in low 20s and yields from 0 to 240 in same pass with an average around 100. Will start this week on some corn with stalk issues. Hand-shelled is around 19 to 24 moisture and hoping for 100 to 150 average. This is ground that should yield 200 plus. Time to get it out and be done with this year!

 

  • 9/4 - Platte County, Neb.: Dryland corn beginning to be taken out with a lot chopped for silage. Yields from 0 to 65 bpa. Irrigated should be over 200 where pivots hit. Quick comment on mandates, if no one has the exclusive RIGHT to any corn, it seems like an ethanol industry, built on blenders credits and mandates, has more of a right to the corn than livestock producers. I'm not saying I dislike the ethanol industry, just don't mandate production. If we're going to do that, let's mandate how much beef, pork and poultry we should all consume. Or should we just let free market capitalism do its job throughout the entire ag sector?

 

  • 9/4 - Fayette, Ill.: Shelled corn last Thursday before the rain. We got 85 bu. on 17 acres. We are looking to cut second hay in a couple weeks. Beans will make 10 bu. if I am lucky. We went to bank to get a loan and were told no way, too risky.

 

  • 9/4 - Orange County, Ind.: 600 acres of corn harvested, averaged 32 bpa.

 

  • 9/4 - Ward County, N.D.: I finished small grain harvest with the worst spring wheat average yield on our farm in 15 years! Crop adjusters in area doing appraisals on spring wheat. No root structure to plants. Crop was mudded in this spring in to wet conditions. Crop did not root down to make it through the dry drought that hit later in the growing season. Durum harvest is complete with 10% of our normal yield. Durum did not make it in the mud this spring. The worst durum yield on our farm in history! Nothing is great in this area this year. Canola and flax hit bad by heat during flower. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 9/4 - Northern Iowa: My first field had a 216 bu. average. 23% moisture. 272 bu./acre was the high across field.

 

  • 9/4 - Webster County, Mo.: Between crop insurance and the ethanol mandate, crop farmers can’t fail. Great idea: burn our food and our animals’ feed for fuel.

 

  • 9/4 - Central Texas: I don't really know what to say to y’all and the drought you are having, but here in central Texas, since 2002 we have had seven years we have made under 50 bu. due to drought. The four good years we've had in that time period, we have averaged 115 bu. in 2004, 127 bu. in 2007, 110 bu. in 2010 and this year 100. Last year we planted corn in February and never had a rain period. Corn averaged 25 bu. We also had 90 days in a row over 100 degrees last year on dryland crop. So we understand your situation and have had our share of hard times, there is only so much you can do then it comes down to how you prepare for the year and the weather you receive.

 

  • 9/4 - Runnels County, Texas: Funny how the Midwest goes through one bad year and the world falls apart. Try living in west central Texas for a four-year-long drought, all cattle sold two years ago, no tank water, no creek water, wells going dry. Do not expect us to feel sorry for you.

 

  • 9/4 - Boone County, Mo.: First time ever finishing corn Aug. 30. Had 40 acres the insurance put a big fat 0 on, then had 55 acres made 1,800 bu. total, 23 acres made 1,000 bu. total and that is all the corn I planted, thank GOD. Beans started turning this past three or four days with temps in the upper 90s and wind steady 10mph+. Some beans died without any pods and some look like they may make 1-10. There aren’t going to be any new Deere anything around here! Leave the ethanol mandate alone or increase it! Also need an investor for the biodiesel in Carrolton, Mo. Let’s get this plant in production ASAP and become more energy independent!

 

  • 9/4 - Auglaize County, Ohio: Beans around here looking at 40-45, corn 50-120. These livestock producers need to quit complaining. Are they going to help the grain farmer when corn is dirt cheap and their profits are skyrocketing? Around here the livestock guys are the ones paying big bucks for farmland the past few years and now they are having a hard time of it. STOP COMPLAINING!

 

  • 9/4 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: A lot of people sold corn for 5.20 at Father's Day. Why didn't you buy it? I feel sorry for Minn. guy, but you could have locked in your feed then. I didn't get extra when it was below cost of production.

 

  • 9/4 - Richland County, Ohio: Yields will be up and down the scale. Well said, Stoddard County, Mo.

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