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On average... my area might be average.

Jun 21, 2013

Chip Flory

From The Editor

June 21, 2013

Hello Pro Farmer Members!

Quick conversation today... plenty left to do this afternoon!

You all know by now how I feel about this year's corn and soybean crops. I'm trying not to get too negative on yields while also trying to be realistic. But when I got a message today from a guy in Butler Co., Iowa, that he finished planting the last 200 acres of CORN yesterday, it was like punch in the gut. June 20 and still planting corn in northern Iowa... bummer.

Twitter has been a lot of help in my effort to avoid getting too negative on corn yield potential. It's helpful to see pictures of normally-developing corn and soybean crops.

What isn't helpful is seeing the pictures from North Dakota after last night's storm rolled through. Some of the corn in the state that did get planted went from "green to gone" after the hail rolled through.

Another thing that isn't helpful is driving from home to work and back every day. I'm not saying the crops around here are terrible (some are), but they're far from what I normally see at this time of the year. The tough part is realizing that crop conditions in my immediate area are not completely representative of the whole Corn Belt. Of course, they just might be representative with some crop conditions better than I'm seeing here and some worse.

On average... my area might be average.

And that's scary.


That's it for now...


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