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October Crop Comments

Oct 01, 2014

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

 

  • 10/1 - Spokane County, Wash.:After reading "Click, Clack, Moo" to my kids last night, I think I figured out how to gain control of the corn market for you guys. Much like the cows using their power(milk) to get the farmer's attention, you guys use your power(unharvested corn) to get the industry's attention. Your letter would read something like this, "Dear Industry, the U.S. corn farmer is tired of you messing with our markets and our livelihood. Therefore, we will leave roughly 10% or 20 bushel per acre of our corn unharvested this year." In one fail swoop, the potential of losing 20 bushel per acre on 90 million acres would raise some eyebrows. In effect, it would eliminate this huge 2 billion bushel carry over they are all talking about by itself. For once, you would be in control of the information and the outcome. The only saving grace for the corn market is a supply issue and you would be creating it when no other one exists. I'm just a wheat grower in eastern Washington, but I too am tired of (mis)information, big money, speculators, computers, etc running these markets. This would leave no doubt who is really in control and would have a lasting impression. I rode around in the tractor today trying to think of a negative outcome and realized there really isn't one except for the end users who are salivating now. It would be hard to implement across the board, but with social media and commodity organizations to push the message it would gain speed and attention quickly. What do you have to lose? Mother nature gave most of you the 10% to gamble anyway. It wouldn't take much of a market move to make up the 20 bushel.

  • 10/1 - Southeast S.D.: Thanks for the complement SC Minn!start suggesting to the powers that be, lawmakers, haha, paper traders need to take physical delivery of the bushels they trade, that would make it a true supply and demand market! Prices would rise to profitable levels for those who deserve to make money on commodities, the farmer! Wet corn started 35% moisture

  • 10/1 - Grundy County, Iowa: Started beans yesterday. Green stems and testing 9.0 - 11.0%. Hear rumors of 60+ bpa in our area but no verification. Ours are running low to mid 50's on this qtr. Beans are short.

  • 10/1 - Crawford County, Iowa: beans better than average corn not as good as everyone thinks. Simple solution to low prices we as farmers have control of the land base but we give up the power by over producing all the time we can fix it by under producing just like opec but we think we are going to yield or way out of it making it worse lets under produce or way out of it we tell usda how much we are going to grow not the other way around 100 units of nh3 25000 population let the fertilizer companys and Monsanto eat there stuff lower inputs lower yields higher net only problem is or own greed that's what got us in to this and will be the final nail in the coffin for many good day and god help us

  • 10/1 - Dallas County, Iowa: Since April 1st of this year I have recorded a total of 37.6 inches of rainfall here. 16.7" in August and September alone. Lots and corn and average soybeans for the most part. Nobody has ever seen harvest conditions in this area before. Very few fields are totally harvested...lots of acres of sidehill seeps that get left until later. More rain in the forecast. It's going to be a real challenge to get this year's production across the elevator scale. If I'm not mistaken a yield has to be "a harvested bushel". We aint there yet! If we get any wind the stalks in this area won't handle it very well. I have yet to see any footprints left by the Pro Farmer Tour in my fields. I think they got washed away.

  • 10/1 - Mercer County, Ohio: Harvested 80 acres of beans over 60/A. Planted wheat. Rain today and rest of week. Little corn harvested 24% over 200/A


 

September Crop Comments

Sep 30, 2014

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

 

  • 9/30 - Steele County, Minn: harvested first beans yield was 40bu not a huge crop here

  • 9/30 - Western New York: Corn silage harvesting is in full speed. I expect nearly all of the corn in our area to be harvested for silage. Lots of winter wheat going in after corn, three to four times more acres.

  • 9/30 - Craig County Okla.: Corn was way above average here and beans were hurt by dry weather but the after wheat beans look great. Isn't it amazing that when the FSA released their acreage report that analyst said we can't trust those numbers. FSA says we have 4 million less acres of corn and 2 million less acres of beans. That's close to a billion bushels of corn and the market went down the next day. I would trust FSA numbers more than USDA phone surveys. The freeze up north, the FSA numbers, the drowned out spots across the corn belt could easily cut 1 to 1.5 billion bushels from this carryover. Fund money is in control and the media is not going to give them any of this positive news to change their thinking.


 

  • 9/29 - Stanton and Colfax Counties: The plan was to start by the 15th of this month. Start at 34 moisture for corn, and sell it to a feed lot. However, it rained and rained, and the sun won't come out. I took a moisture sample yesterday, and the first corn field I planted was still at 39 moisture! We might be able to start on beans by the 6th. There are only a handful of bare fields around here. Every one of them probably chopped for silage. I really don't want to be combining in the middle of December again! If we have the record yields that they predict, where are we going to put it? Last year all 4 of the closest co-ops stopped taking corn, and all the bins were full. As others have mentioned, utilize bin space. I hoarded about 30% of my crop last year. Early this year corn went over $5 at least 3 times.Next year will be interesting. If the average price goes completely south, how can you borrow enough money to plant? I guess it will be non-GMO corn for me. I planted 20% less corn this year, and seed still went up by almost $5,000. I doubt I got $5,000 worth of better genetics.The crops themselves look good, but I doubt I'll be able to average 217 bu corn on dry land again.

  • 9/29 - Sibley County, Minn.:Crop insurance adjuster checked a 96 acre field of corn I sold for silage today, corn on corn that looked pretty ugly for most of the summer, 9 acres drowned out from June flooding, yield 129 BPA.

  • 9/29 - South Central Minn.: The comment from Southeast SD is spot on. Grains have been in a down trend now for a while but now the excuse is harvest pressure? Who would of thought we'd ever harvest the crop we planted? To the comment from Green Co, Iowa while the dollar has been going up the prices of grain have been going down so much that other countries can buy our grain DIRT cheap. We've already sold over a billion bu of beans already so it can't be hurting too much and if it is we better tell the people who's causing the rise in the dollar to quit making it go up. There always seems to be some bs excuse the experts use to tell us why the grains go up or down. Whether it's harvest pressure, profit taking, or my personal favorite China might be slowing down. The list goes on & on. The real reason the grains go up or down is the funds. The paper boys. Whenever they decide to sell it's going lower no matter what & when they decide to buy it's going up. It doesn't matter if there's support or resistance it's going to do whatever they want it to. Why should I as a farmer have to buy a put for something I produce? Does John Deere, Case IH, Ford, GM, or any other company that produces something buy a put or a call on their products? Who owns the crop you raised the CBOT or you? and while no end user has to pay us what we want we don't have to sell it for less than the cost of production either. What happens when you go to buy something and they tell you the price and you say I don't want to pay that much? You don't get to have it do you. Why should the farmer be any different? We produce a product and the price we get is dictated by whatever someone else thinks its worth? This whole thing has turned into nothing but a casino that affects farmers lively hoods and most of the contracts traded are by people who don't have a clue what corn or soybeans even look like. If we can't figure out you loose 90% of the time you go to the casino you better not take too much money.

  • 9/29 - Rush County, Ind.: Beans in co. 35 to high 60. Corn 160 to 225 plus. Bunge bean processing plant at Morristown IN have been receiving beans from the states of Kentucky, Tenn., MO. Whats that telling us? Go back and read Mr. Jerry Gulke comment this past mid June. What was the market prices then? Came first of July the market went on vacation. Then we start reading about world supply and demand. I guess these analyst needed to cover themselves.

  • 9/29 - Roosevelt County, Mont.: Finished cutting 3 days ago. Started harvest on July 22 on barley and went straight through till end of august then had major rains to stop harvest for 3 to 5 days. Spring wheat and winter wheat from then on is bleached and sprouted. Most is worth 2.50 bushel. Major portion of spring wheat is like this no matter how great yields the quality is poor. Market doesn't want to talk about that hear or for north dakota. Just that it is a big crop

  • 9/29 - Traverse County, Minn.: Finished cutting 3 days ago. Started harvest on July 22 on barley and went straight through till end of august then had major rains to stop harvest for 3 to 5 days. Spring wheat and winter wheat from then on is bleached and sprouted. Most is worth 2.50 bushel. Major portion of spring wheat is like this no matter how great yields the quality is poor. Market doesn't want to talk about that hear or for north dakota. Just that it is a big crop

  • harvest

    --Traverse County, Minn.

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  • 9/29 - Southeast S.D.: Few beans going around here 30-50 getting most of them. To buffalo co Neb. We just came off good times and slowly got the gov't out of it, now the cycle has tuned down and now we have to hope for help from them again, think about it, they don't want us to prosper to much then they have to come in and control us, why? They don't tell GM how much to charge for their auto's!why do they want to control us? Cheap food! Although it hasn't come down with commodity prices nor has fret. or seed, the gov't doesn't control them, they price their product and we pay for it!


 

  • 9/26 - Brown County, Minn.: if corn and bean prices are down 40% no farmer should buy or prepay anything unless they get 40% off.and why don't the national corn growers and soybean growers own some terminals/ ports pretty sure we could eliminate the middle men. farmers go to china on trade missions? why just to party???its pretty easy to sell a product when china needs it to survive.

  • 9/26 - Greene County, Iowa: The crops look great here in Western Iowa, hope to start on beans next week if weather permits. I know no one is happy about the current prices, but betting on a crop problem has never been a good marketing plan in my book. A $5 put in May cost us $.35/bu today they are worth $1.74/bu...spend the money and buy the price insurance. The market doesn't care what our breakeven price is and no end user has to pay us what we want. A couple other things to think about is the fact that the dollar hasn't been this high since 2010 and barge and rail tariff rates are at all time highs. Nothing is working in the farmers favor this year, look at what happened to North Dakota basis last year if you don't think this matters.

  • 9/26 - Coles County, Ill.: disapointed in soybean yields. they are good, but not much different than the last three years. wet muddy spring and very dry august really hurt the group 3.2 and 3.4 beans.

  • 9/26 - Southeast S.D.: Interesting comments! High yields, low yields,we're all missing the point of discussion, latest market professional text, HARVEST PRESSURE! Did the educated experts think we weren't going to harvest the fruits of our labor!!!or last spring PLANTING PRESSURE!!! We love our job and care tremendously for the land, @$500 an acre or $10,000 an acre!they manipulate the markets and us with their big words and hype! They make money off us and are never held responsible for that manipulation! They just need our supply to keep their pockets filled! It is our own fault and we are doing exactly what they want, fighting amongst ourselves and giving them the upper hand! It's close to Oct 1, time to start paying for everything for next year and financing the whole ag industry! My prayers for the ag, no farmers!

  • 9/26 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Sorry, to young farmers starting out, didn't mean to include everyone in my general comment. I to have seen the rise in cash rents and had one just raised another $20 dollars per acre this Sept. 1st because our property taxes HAVE DOUBLED in last 5 years. Talking more to the producers that trade pickups every year and bought the new jet ski, boat ect. I know hard times, started farming in the 80's. Started corn yesterday, 190-200 with moisture around 20-22. Very good yields for our area, 30-40 above average Beans will be at least a week if not more


 

  • 9/25 - Tippecanoe County, Ind.: Yields in this area (NW Indiana) and to the south continue to be on the incredible side. The sample pool is smile, but a lot of corn is running 30-70 bushels above average and often 20-40 bushels above the previous record. Soybean yields are consistently in the 60-75 bushel area. We're hearing the same from our Illinois neighbors to the west. I do think we'll see the bin doors locked after we find a home for the last bushel and that we'll see a nice bounce after that. Then, we'll have to potentially deal with another record South American crop. I know the guys who got hit with the frost are frustrated, but I think we have to accept that in years like this the yield will go higher into the January report. Our best hope for price support in the next month is an acreage reduction on the October report.

  • 9/25 - Adams County, Neb.: I agree with south central minn. where is cnn fox news and nightly news. why aren't they reporting 24/7 how the retailers are ripping off the consumers, corn is almost 1/3 of its high. as far as the crop goes its big, we all knew this since the 4th of july

  • 9/25 - Trempealeau County, Wis. :First the crops in our area will be avg. to a little above avg.. Second there seems to be a lot of anger going out towards the USDA and anybody else that is reporting on how good or big this crop is or will be. Third if you are mad about where the price is it seems to me that we have had three years of historic prices to market this crop you should be mad at no one but yourself for not having a marketing plan in place.
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  • 9/25 - Kane County, Ill.: Way too much variability in the beans to even be average around here. Too much rain in June, no moisture to speak of in July. Ridiculous yield GUESSES by "experts". Must be fun to play with ones livelihood

  • Ill bean field
    --Kane County, Ill.

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  • 9/25 - Marshall, Ind.: the fun is over 2012 wasn't about the shortage just like now is not about the abundance the big money took all they could now there back home at the stock market. and were left with high cash rent $300 seed and that 10,000 plus an acre ground you couldn't live with out. now just go be a good farmer like tommy said couple weeks ago on usfr oh and the cost of production is whatever someone will throw you for a bu. that makes it simple,then you will always brk even

  • 9/25 - Minnesota: Lancaster County, Neb Great comment until u said "You young guys that have only experienced the last few years better learn how to cut cost and tighten belts" What do you think that I spend more then you? My rent has been raised yearly not by young guys but rather by older guys subsidizing there owned so they can pay more for rented ground. To you it may look easy but I would like you to start farming now and see how easy it is. Funny how when a young individual starts in a business older individuals always criticize. Maybe we should all start at the worst of times. By the way crops here average at best.

  • 9/25 - Dekalb County, Ind.: beans running between 50 to 60 bu/acre. best in twenty years

  • 9/25 - Beadle County, S.D.: Started combining Beans.Yealds on 70@ 32 bpa on 50@ 30 bpa this is 1.4 on sandy soil. To the comments on NFO I was also involve in it and maybe if we had cell phones and internet then we could have made something of it.

  • 9/25 - Southeast S.D.: Everyone can have their own opinion but I don't believe jerry gulke is our alli, not to long ago he was and still is on the record bandwagon. He will tell us all winter how big it was but we better plant more corn so we can try to make a profit or some other line of BS! Some beans coming out 1.4's about 2ft tall with green leaves and he said 50bu, so if his are 50 I think a lot of the others in the area will be 70! If you get my drift!!

  • 9/25 - Buffalo County, Neb.: It's interesting reading the comments on here. Farming is and always will be a cyclical business. That is the nature of commodity production, especially in a global economy. I have been farming since 1982. The last few years have been the best that I ever experienced in all of that time. It appears that the cycle has turned bearish now. As it always eventually does. We have harmed ourselves by over paying for land, rent, machinery ect. We have pulled CRP land out and plowed up pastures to create more farmland.. just like in the 1970's. Apparently "this time it's different!" After all, we have those "9 billion people" to feed-LMFAO to anyone who bought that line! But cheer up! We have had a "Soil Bank", or "CRP" about every 30 years, so maybe the government will bail us out of our folly again. Or perhaps a drought will bail us out once again,.. In the meantime, put your "big boy" pants on and acknowledge that our wounds are mostly self inflicted. No one forced us to over pay for anything, or to make more farmland. Those were clear business decisions made by us to temporarily increase our bottom line.

  • 9/25 - Stearns County, Minn.: My corn silage harvest is done. Soybeans are yellow and should be ready to harvest in 10 days. Corn is at other further along than half milk line and is starting to dry down. My crop was not stressed at all during the summer but it was late planting this spring. Early estimates: 180 corn and 55 soybeans. My silage strips were at 160 and that was my poorer ground. Buying a bunch more feeder calves today. That'll take a bite into my checkbook. Stay safe everyone and go Vikes!


 

  • 9/24 - Sibley County, Minn.: My crop has been a disaster from the beginning. From mudding the crop in, to large areas drowned out, to an early frost we will not have much of a crop.( poor yields and test weights) Plain and simple this is a crop insurance year. I have a greater fear of next year. Corn this year at a price in the upper $2.00 range with a 2 billion bushel carryover. Average crop in Midwest next year we are looking at a 3 billion bushel carryover. Soybeans $9.00 this year with a 475 million bushel carryover. Trend line yields next year means we could be looking at over 600 million bushel carryover. What will the price been next year? I fear the answer to that one

  • 9/24 - Polk County, Iowa: It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that if the cost of production is close to or more than the price one receives for your corn or beans - you are going to loose money and encounter risk and liability while doing so. So what is the problem with cutting back your acres by 10 to 15%? I will, and by cutting back on my liabilities and risk, I will help in getting prices back up. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that this is the way to go!

  • 9/24 - Ohio: To the fellow farmers in the northern plains, the current grain backup and attack on local basis is truly unfortunate. There are many people to point at on this one, but I believe one man has too much influence in this matter. Warren Buffet. Warren Buffet is an advisor to the White House Economic Council and a large supporter of Obama. Buffet and his company Berkshire Hathaway is a very large investor in the railroad’s, especially BNSF. The rail companies can make a lot more money transporting oil than they can grain. Obama and the White House continuously drag their feet on the Keystone Pipeline decision. Remove Buffet’s interest or open up the Keystone Pipeline and you will have your railcars back. It is that simple, except it’s all political at this point.

  • 9/24 - Mower County, Minn.: Went out in corn field here 15 miles north of the Iowa border planted early May, everything done right on the farm. Tasseled early and looks to be best and most mature in area. It hasn't black layered yet, still moist in bottom of kernels. Probably needs a week to ten days to be done for certain. At that rate mine will need a month of warm days and no frost to get mature naturally. Already have frost damage down 2-3 feet. You all know how this one ends, and it isn't good. What runs through my mind is if I and alot of others here just off the Iowa border are in this shape, what is it like farther north. This won't turn out to be balanced by the crops we are hearing about south of here.

  • 9/24 - Southeast S.D.: Phenomenal, that's the latest word used to describe this crop by Michelle Rook! Using a different word sure makes us feel better and then we forget about our real problems! If stock market was taking this much of a hit everyday, wouldn't there be an investigation? 9/22 east central mo, why didn't NFO work, you are right we are independent, and there are no so called good neighbors or we would be organized, but the industry doesn't want that!

  • 9/24 - South Central Minn.: Has anyone heard from the grocers association lately? A few years ago they were whining & complaining to EPA how high corn prices were hurting the consumer and something needed to be done with the RFS. Corn is less than half of what it was and ethanol is trading about $1 less than rbob gas yet groceries haven't come down at all & are going up. We only hear from these hypocrites when the prices are high. If they have such a problem with high prices instead of blaming the farmers or ethanol why don't they ask the people who caused the high prices? Also I've never been one to write in and brag or boast about my yields but our corn has been yielding a little under 500 bu/acre and beans anywhere from 150-175 bu/acre about average. If anyone finds someone from the grocers association let me know, I haven't been able to find them with a search light. Might have to put out a missing persons report.

  • 9/24 - Lancaster County, Neb.: we have not started but a few fields of corn taken out in the area. 18-22% is what I was told. We hand shelled some 114 day corn at 25%. No beans ready yet but they are going to the south near Kansas boarder. Will be the latest we have started harvest in a very long time. On the subject of prices, cost of production ect: boys and girls we are back to the days when the low cost, efficient and sometimes lucky producer will still thrive just not at the rate we have seen in the last 5 years. You young guys that have only experienced the last few years better learn how to cut cost and tighten belts.


 

  • 9/23 - Appanoose County, Iowa: Corn and beans look great. Went to Minnesota this weekend. I think if they are trading 50 bu.avg on beans they need to drive around up north a little. not a very impressive crop up there. They will have to make 40 first on a lot of the acres I observed.

  • 9/23 - Franklin Parish, La.: I definitely agree with Jerry Gulke. He seems to the only one on the farmer's side. He said don't give your grain away, but the way it looks now, farmers will be actually paying out of their own pockets to sell it. Getting half the price of production doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that crop loans won't be paid back. Corn here has about the same yields as last year. Beans seemed to be a little better. Good luck farmers...we're gonna need it!

  • 9/23 - Billings, Mont.: this is almost getting comical about how the frost did no damage my corn was almost made and its shriveling up like nothing i have seen before from a 24 degree night was told take 20 % yeild cut off but looks way worse to me growing season ended here on sept 11 corn silage chopping is going full but its way too dry now to get a good pack on pit ! love how can read people from kansas all the way to minn and wisconson yalk about frost but chicago wisdom people say dosnt matter thats a big area am i wrong ? or did it only freeze where they dont grow corn?

  • 9/23 - Illinois: 400 plus bu corn and 120bu beans can't hardly believe it can you!

  • 9/23 - Manitoba, Canada: I'm just wondering if anyone still owns some grain bins in North America anymore. With the media telling us that there is such a glut of grain in the world, why don't we, as farmers, put the grain in the bins and wait a bit. There have been many weather events that have had negative effects on production and yet we hear terms like "the market takes the frost or flood etc. in stride". The market is trading paper bushels but we have the real thing. I wonder if paper bushels taste good? Why don't we use the OPEC model and just cut back on supply? Why are we rushing out to sell at the lowest possible price? Once the supply chain runs low, the "real bushels" will have some real value again. Maybe this paper market is just paper.


 

  • 9/22 - Knox County, Ill.: Since May 1, we have accumulated @ 2,550 GDUs. Two or three very large operators have started harvest on late-April corn and yet, in our field planted on May 5, you can still easily break the top of a kernel with your fingernail. The propane dealers gotta love it!

  • 9/22 - East Central Mo.: Great news! My Pioneer dealer told me seed corn was NOT going up. I know farming is gamble and I accept it, but what perpetually frosts (sorry northerners) me is how stupid they think we are. When it's a drought they can't wait to raise prices shouting loudly a shortage due to drought. Ok using that same logic, this country is raising a record corn crop back to back years. You think an actual drop in a $300/bag of seed is gonna happen b/c of excess production??? BTW; Sorry but talk of trying to "unionize" or getting farmers to unite to raise prices is a pipe dream. Ask us old timers about NFO. Farmers are independent by nature plus nowadays your "good" neighbor will gladly take ground from you the first chance they can, even behind your back. Trust and faith amongst this generation of greedy BTO's stops at the farm gate. And another thing, we as a country shouldn't be subsidizing BTO's via FSA. The logic our politicians (another group that think we're as dumb as doorknobs) use is we gotta preserve the farm family. BS! The good old farm family went the way of the buggy whip. I know Mr. Darwin, only the strong survive, but they don't need my taxes to "bury" me and everyone else. thx for letting me vent.

  • 9/22 - Campina da Lagoa, Paraná, Brazil: This fellow from Knox County, Ill should get a medal for his words. He is absolutely right. In my opinion, the biggest problem to accomplish this plan is the fact that farmers are eager to produce more and more. To tell them they should not plant is against their instincts. Some will do the opposite. They will think because of this idea, the prices will go up and they must take the opportunity and produce more. But as he said, when the gate are open , the heard will pass. As he also mentioned, the thought we farmers are independent is too strong. They brain washed us to see our neighbors as enemies, competitors. We could not see that if the guy that is in the same business as I am is going broke, something is wrong. We rather believe we have a better management approach and we will do better. It is a race to see who will be the last one to fall. It is just like that in Brazil. We have such a huge power and we do not realize that. We control the products, the supply. We can brake or buy any trader we want to. Just say that we wont sell our crop to a certain company the first year. In the second we do the same. In the third they will beg to sell the company to us. Maybe it is just a dream, but when just a few of us survive, it will be easy to do such a thing. Until then, many fellow farmers will give up and quit farming. Too bad. We could change the odds in our favor right now. It only depend on us and the willing to do that. The first thing to do is to put real farmers to represent farmers. Explode the revolving door of the system. If you american farmers begin, we will follow.

  • 9/22 - Central Neb.: It looks like it froze all around here ( central Nebraska) but it must be something else cause I don't see anything on the ag news or computer about it. It will be interesting to see if crop rating change for here on Monday. The coldest temp recorded I saw was Broken Bow got to 31. The beans are black but what I don't know is if they are only half damaged or if it got the entire plant? Time will tell. I read that corn at half starch will get damaged 6-12 percent. That is the stage where lots of corn around here is. Beans look to me to be a least 25 percent damage but might have to wait and see.

  • 9/22 - Cass County, Iowa: Too wet still ... need another 10 days w/o rain before could get into fields. I pledge to plant 85% of my cropable next year, and let the 15 % rest fallow [as Bible recommends]. If smart farmers will join me ... we will have decent prices again by May 2015[when plant intentions are published] and then we can start selling this years crop out of bins at a fair price.

  • 9/22 - Buffalo County, Neb: Finally dried out enough to disk my 1200 acres of corn and soybean fields. Yield= 0 bushels/acre.

  • 9/22 - Campbell County, S.D.: Six days ago these fields were grass green. Looks like a fair amount of mild to moderate frost damage across northern S.D. Be safe out there!

  • corn sd   soybeans sd
    --Campbell County, S.D.

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  • 9/22 - North Central Ind.: Just finish helping neighbor harvest his first 300 hundred acres of of his earl variety soybeans and yells was in the 50s not 60 or 70 like some people were thinking!

  • 9/22 - Campina da Lagoa, Paraná, Brazil: Most of the articles we read about the this current crop talks about the size of it, or how huge will be the supply. Almost nothing is said about demand, another important aspect to set the final prices for our grain. Just to show how this game is unfair to us, I show some figures released on 09/11 by our loved USDA. The total soybean production is paged at 311 mi tons. The usage will be 284 mi tons. The carryover will be 27 mi tons. Less than 10% of the production. Some will say is not that bad. Ok, I agree. If the world consumes 800.000 tons per day, it is 33 days of consumption. But, in this 311 mi tons is included 12 mi tons of non GMO soybean the chinese produces for human use. It wont be crushed to soybean meal of be transformed in oil. They will eat that. So, instead of 27 mi tons of carryover, we will have 15 mi tons. Or 5,3% of the production or 18,8 days of consumption. Not so safe. Even worse if we realize the data from USDA assume the american crop will be more than 106 mi tons and we in south america will have a wonderful crop and the weather will be perfect this coming season. If you think this is enough, check this. USDA paged the US exports for the 14/15 season for soybeans at 46,7 mi tons , just 1,2 mi tons more that the 45,5 mi tons exported in the 13/14 season. It is an increase. Small, but some increase. But, there is always a but , in the 13/14 export year USA exported 23% more than in the year of 12/13. They are saying the increase will be only 3% now. As we all know, China announced recently a long term plan to bring to cities 300.000.000 people that are now living in the rural areas. That will happen in the next 5 to 10 years. These guys are eating rice and grasshoppers and will eat pork, poultry, fish, etc... And what is the basic ingredient to feed these animals? Banana? No, soybeans. What are the chances that the US crop wont be as big as USDA announced? What are the chances that China and southeast Asia will increase their imports of soybeans? What are the chances that south america has a perfect crop? We should quit planting and move to Vegas. We have more chance there.

  • 9/22 - Caldwell County, Mo.: corn harvest is on the way for the ones who run dryers, where the flood water got on the beans sure smells bad, there is no salvaging them, where SDS occurred the beans got about half the pods as the others, our group 4 beans are still green.

  • 9/22 - Green County, Wis.: Best corn, beans, and alfalfa that I've raised in 50 years. Will next year be the same? Probably not!

  • 9/22 - Southeast S.D.: Silage is drying down fast, although corn not being chopped is not black layered yet, and with frost hitting it hard it will probably slow maturity even more! Some of the beans lost top 8 -12 inches of pods! Oh yeah the frost did no damage, right experts! Local prices, $2.65 and $8.80 !!!! Gonna be a tight one, especially when all the brag gears start harvesting this record! Friends in town ask me why do I keep doing this? Does anyone have a logical reason, I know ther are a lot of good ones, but really when we do a good job do we get punished! Feel good when you brag, all it does is reinforce their BS! Happy and safe harvest to all!

  • 9/22 - Western Wis.: If every farmer in this country just planted 10% less corn and 5% less beans this price collapse will be short lived! We need to make a statement as a American producer that we are not so foolish as the funds think and change this immediately before we are all broke.If I was a end user I would lock in these low prices as I believe there is a large shift in acre's coming.


 

  • 9/19 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: This area ended up with varying degrees of frost damage. Our crop which was behind a week to ten days, was cabbage green in color the night of 9.12.14, and now the majority of it is damaged. My agronomist, he thinks producers are going to be in for an ugly surprise. We needed a later than average first frost date and ended up with an earlier than average frost date, by about 2.5 weeks. Listening to some of the marketing analysts discussing the frost damage can be quite comical.

  • fall corn   fall beans
    --Kandiyohi County, Minn.

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  • 9/19 - South Central Iowa: Corn to the 1/2 milk line, beans very green. Frost was light and short, did little damage in this area.

  • 9/19 - West Central Wis.: Crops looked much better than the last 2 which were busts. Frost will trim beans by 5-10 bushel and we will lose some test weight on the corn.

  • 9/19 - Pennington County, Minn.: Frost on September 15th is really starting to show up on the soybeans as the last couple of days the soybeans are really dropping the leaves and drying up. Some varieties of soybeans were hurt by the frost more than others. The drought this summer has also created a lot of 2 bean pods as provided in the picture.

  • drought beans
    --Pennington County, Minn.

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  • 9/19 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Frost damage is really starting to appear after 2 freezes since Saturday.. Corn that was 90% green and half milk line is now mostly white and a lot of soybeans turning black. Our less than average crop keeps getting smaller instead of bigger. Looks like it's going to be a long wet harvest

  • 9/19 - Knox County, Ill.: I can't take credit for the Buy December/Don't Plant idea, but an old farmer told me about that 30 years ago. Back in 1985, the idea seemed too complex to execute, but in 2014, the internet has changed all that. Now, we can effectively communicate and organize our efforts. We have access to the same the same tools and expertise as our adversaries. Most importantly, we control production and don't think for one second that they don't understand that key advantage we have over them. Knowing that, they still don't respect us and for several reasons: even though we do have the power to influence prices, they believe we are too lazy, too stupid or too independent to figure it out. That's our fault. What we need is some help... someone to open the gate just a little...so that us work horses can see what's beyond the corral they've built. Hello, Willie?


 

  • 9/18 - Hettinger County, N.D.: We are usually done with the small grains about third week of august, but farmers just into the thick of the wheat now, quality problems after ten inches of rain in august, beans and corn bit the dust last week with 4 nights in a row of frost, harvesters getting stuck in the mud by the dozens every day, old timers have never seen anything like it before. mostly low protein in the wheat, so getting around 3 bucks a bushel, you do the math. have a good fall. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/18 - Steele County, Minn.: frost took 25% of bean yields and and corn is not even half milk line frost lot worse the first thought

  • 9/18 - Renville County, Minn.: We mudded the entire crop into the ground. We had two much rain in June Lots of dround-out spots. The summer was very cool only 2 days at 90 . Now we had frost this week. And you are saying no insurance. Balderdash. What a crock. I might add that my county is one of the largest producers in the country. Also Minnesota is the fourth largest crop producer in the country.

  • 9/18 - McLeod County, Minn.: Looks like Indiana and Illinois are carry the country with those 270 yields and 60-80 yields. Wow, unreal. Frost hit many areas around our area too. Some areas really bad. Like the comments from the gentleman from California on water and holding on to your grain. Wish you luck on getting some rains soon. Read about China more, pretty interesting. That will come into play...

  • 9/18 - Western Kan.: Knox, Ill. has it right, I'm sick of being at the governments mercy. Why not set a farmer buy date of oct. 15, if every farmer reading this would post it to Facebook, and send some e-mails, it would get around to 90% of farmers in no time. So what if it fails, what's another $2,000 dollars lost in comparison to what we are gonna lose selling our corn for $2.50? Some might even buy more than one contract. We gonna sit around and say what if? I say if ifs and buts were candies and nuts...we would all have a merry Christmas!!

  • 9/18 - Dallas County, Iowa: Production agriculture is in a furious race to the bottom. The vehicle taking this industry on this insane journey is the CBOT. It's being fueled by the traders and speculators insatiable appetite for unearned wealth. Most likely, the corn and soybean production will be high in 2014 and we will end up with an increased number of carryover bushels. No USDA number cruncher, no market analyst, no farmer, and not even the Pro Farmer Tour, can precisely estimate the exact size of this year's production. We also cannot anticipate world usage or predict what kind of political nonsense will effect foreign trade. But that doesn't stop bottom feeding gamblers from running to a broker and going long or short on the board so they can suck up some profit if the market moves up or down. Go to casino if you want to gamble! I've been told that we need these people to make the commodity prices move. Maybe at one time that was true. 35 years ago if the market varied more than 20 % over the course of a year it was a lot. Now it moves 20 % in a month. It's annoying to me that somehow we have given credibility to the opinion of market analysts who are also brokers. Their main concern is to promote contract sales so they can skim off commissions. It's great for them if you position yourself with a contract they sold you. When you throw this much speculation into the equation of supply and demand, all you get is pandemonium and volatility. BTW Corn looks good here and soybeans look like hell. Go long on soybeans and short on corn. Happy margin calls.

  • 9/18 - Adair County, Iowa: Have had more rain this year than in 1993. 4.5in April 5in May 10in June 1.5in July 15in Aug 3.5in so far in Sept. Corn looks good except the wet spots some stalk quality issues from all the moisture. Beans look great and are heavily podded. Corn was all planted in April and is all black layered. Beans are just starting to turn. Might be a lot of filling wagons on the road this fall.

  • 9/18 - Richland County, N.D.: Crop continues to very slowly mature. I drove across the central part of ND yesterday. Crops really vary from looking good to poor. Lots of short corn and beans - beans turning to sticks only about 1 foot tall. There are still some trying to combine very wet wheat fields. We have issues of poor crop, poor price, transportation of grain out of the elevator due to oil being transported by rail instead of crops. I think I like the idea of buying on the stock exchange. Everyone can afford $2,000. I think you should all call your lenders, machinery programs, fertilizer and seed plants, and anyone else depending on you - There won't be any further payments due to the budget shortfall. We need more than just us on the ban wagon -this might get their attention. My rent contract is up for this year on some land - the landowner asked me what I was thinking for the next contract. I gave him a farm budget spreadsheet without rent cost based on 2014 expense- that said I was going to make a -$71 and acre and he was going to make $0. I asked what he thought he would pay? He didn't know what to say! And he has always been a fair person and it is not his fault how expense catches up with profit. The companies will lower prices and manage in 2015 to leave you just enough to keep you going so they profit. Just imagine what everyone's made off you in the last 4 years and you spent it - We didn't save it by the looks of our yards. Trips, lake homes, houses in Arizona - how will you pay for them now. Your new shop and grain storage, dryer - how will you afford the cost of operation and maintenance? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


 

  • 9/17 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Why are we planting wheat when local cash prices for 2015 July wheat look to be heading for a level under $5.00 per bushel? Wheat plated on crop share rented ground is going to go backward at least $50.00 per acre. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/17 - Moultrie County, Ill.: Harvesting for 3 days, corn running 270 and beans 70.

  • 9/17 - East central Iowa: The weather here has finally straightened out after two weeks of rain every couple days. Silage harvesters have been having fun trying to find places to go that may have missed a shot of rain to keep the choppers rolling. Everybody is about a week to 10 days behind schedule on making the last crop of hay. A lot has been cut the last 3 days. Sounds like we have a chance of rain Saturday. Have not heard of any combines rolling in Jackson County. Beans appear to me to be a week to 10 days away . There may be some high moisture corn getting started within a week. Northern leaf blight rolled into a lot of fields with a vengeance last week, but with most of corn being over half milk line minimal yield loss is expected.

  •  silage (3)  bales
    --East central Iowa

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  • 9/17 - Morrison County, Minn.: Corn is almost 1/2 milk line so we will be chopping corn for silage this weekend. Soybeans are turning yellow but are still a few weeks behind. Very little frost damage here. Did some corn yield estimates and came up with approximately 190 bushel per acre.

  • 9/17 - Nobles County, Minn.: Crops were basically smoked last Saturday morning by frost. Yet all marketing companies/gurus say frost damage was minimal? Are you kidding me? Why don't you guys leavE your cushy office chairs and get out of town and look at this mess? Are you guys all,"short " the market? By the comments on this website I was not the only one to see significAnt damage and it looks wide spread. I am in the camp of Knox Co, Illinois. Wouldn't be nice to get the upper hand on these traders/ experts and not allow them to just run the market with one sided info.

  • 9/17 - Southeast S.D.: Frost was worse than first thought, out in corn field 3-4ft down from top leaves are done! Thought 4 days ago it was to wet, now it's almost to dry! I agree Knox Co Ill. but as soon as 280,000 do the right thing the next greedy 280,000 would sell us out for 25 or 50 cents and defeat the whole purpose! I've got my $2000 ready! Crop adjuster was here to check my corn where chopping. 102.7 bu, it's lighter soil but he went to better part of field and said 150 so will be tough to cash flow that field, even with crop ins.! Good luck and be safe!

  • 9/17 - Southeast Minn.: Why do a survey on frost? Saturday{September 13} temp was 27 at 6:30 AM. Low ground is done both corn and soybeans. Upper ground did get hit but the flag leaf on the ear shoot does still have some green tissue so maybe the plants will come close to finishing out the season but I expect to have lower test weight and less yield. Had great potentials but was cut short by mother nature.

  • 9/17 - South Central Minn.: Beans hurt by the frost big time and corn not much better. Adjuster said significant damage was done. I thought that the experts said there wasn't much though? Maybe its just our imagination. The beans aren't really turning brown or black were just imagining it. Great comment from Knox Co Ill, I'm in. OPEC supposedly came out today and said they were cutting production and crude immediately goes up $2/barrel? I thought we had big supplies? Maybe we as farmers could learn a little from what OPEC did today.

  • 9/17 - San Diego, Calif.: Looks like you farmers in the upper Midwest might get another wave of flooding rain from remains of Odile, possibly followed by more cold at end of September. Bought some CORN & JJG call options just in case of harvest problems. The speculators in Chi-town have driven the bean, wheat & corn prices to bargain levels! China will probably be back in the markets--big harvest failure there from dry conditions in north China. Don't sell your grains yet farmers--hold out for a harvest rally. Out here in San Diego County, the rain from the Baja Hurricanes keeps missing us--goes to Arizona. The citrus & avocado fields are dry & the purchased water is driving farmers out of business--NEED RAIN!! How about if we run a big pipe from the Great Lakes? You won't miss the water--you have too much already. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/17 - Western, Ill;: According to the article published 9/13/14 in the Des Moines Register, titled "Record Low Temps Sweep Across Iowa," it was 38 degrees in Lamoni, IA (South Central state line), 36 degrees in Ottumwa, IA (SE 1/4), and 31 degrees in Mason City, IA (North Central). These temperatures would have been taken 5 to 6 feet above ground level, where meteorologists commonly place thermometers. Subtracting 3 to 5 degrees from those recorded, for what it would have been closer to the ground, then one can formulate that frost may have occurred throughout much of Iowa, particularly in the Northern 1/2 and Western 1/2, and in other locales at least in the lower lying areas, directly below the Low pressure, where there was little or now wind, etc. The NWS in Des Moines issued a Frost Advisory for the morning of 9/13, stating that temperatures would drop to 32 to 35 degrees between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. Again, these temperatures are taken 5 to 6 feet in the air, so that temperatures may be 3 to 5 degrees colder closer to the ground, near the pods and ears. It is possible that temperatures would have dropped into the high 20's in areas of Iowa where the pods and ears are. It will be interesting to hear from some farmers in Iowa of what they are seeing now from later planted crops.

  • 9/17 - Western Ill.: 36 degrees is bad news. As Webster Co., IA posted on 9/16, the thermometers at weather stations are placed 5 to 6 feet above the ground (just web search it--it's the truth). That's why we see frost on crops when the weather man said it "only" got down to 36 degrees. When it's 36 degrees at 5 to 6 feet, it can get down to 32 or below a few feet below that where the pods and ears are. Can AgWeb create a map with an article please of where it has hit 36 degrees F or lower in the last week? That would show us the extent of areas that got nipped. Perhaps a line (like an isobar) for each 2-degree increment lower would most precisely show how much damage actually occurred in how big of an area.

  • 9/17 - Dane, Wis.: In field hand yield check showed 130 to 140 bushels per acre

  • 9/17 - Berrien County, Mich.: Are late planted corn dented.Becks hybrids agronomist told me it will need 30 days for black layer need a lot of heat was 47 degrees this morning some beans starting to turn color long way from harvest

  • 9/17 - Lafayette, Ind.: We're just seeing a few soybeans being harvested in our area. Yields are outstanding so far (60-80). Barring harvesting problems, this will be a new record for the area. Corn harvest is barely underway with record yields basically a given. We've been picking up huge yields in southern Indiana thus far. Indiana will likely meet or beat the USDA's lofty projections. Sorry to hear about the frost to the north and west.

  • 9/17 - Marion County, Mo.: How can the crop ratings remain so good? Several million acres frost or freeze damage, several million acres SDS, and several million acres under water from recient heavy rains. Yet the crop ratings remain virtually unchanged!

  • 9/17 - Pottawattamie Coounty, Iowa: Frost here on 9/14. Turned sweet potatoes black. Nipped some crops, but not enough to do any damage.

  • 9/17 - Mower County, Minn.: Crops got hit again with a frost this morning. I looked at the acerage report and the excuses from the government. How many times through the years when in an election year the grain prices just couldn't seem to rally no matter what until after the election. Facts won't be produced because of some glitch at FSA. Hmmm. They have no program to administer, no information on it or anything relevant this year and they haven't gotten the acerage math done yet. What have they been doing sitting around sharpening pencils. Just another organized supply of misinformation to suppress the market? your guess as good as mine but it's starting to smell around here. Anyways I am sure some positions are being established by those with the information.


 

  • 9/16 - Watonwan County, Minn.: rain last week was VERY spotty, we had 4" 15 miles away they had 1.75" then it froze. frost did no good here. beans are droping leaves and corn is toast about 2-3 feet down. yeild here is going to be alot lower then they think.

  • 9/16 - Southeast S.D.: Great comments everyone from 9/15 To bad it does us no good to complain! Our so called experts don't see these comments. I replied to a market text from central farmers coop with some negativity and in response he asked if I would like to be removed from the text! Seems to me he didn't like the truth! My dekalb agronomist says those black beans didn't get hurt by frost, really! Then he was telling me about some 220bu corn and 80bu beans reported from down south somewhere, I looked at him and told him, sounds like a crop failure to me, why he said, I said you experts want 300bu corn and 100bu beans, he walked away! Keep fighting guys!will start cutting corn silage Wednesday 9/17 about 7-10 days later than normal!

  • 9/16 - Webster County, Iowa: I looked on the web where weather stations prefer the height of their temperature gauges and it said 5 ft. above ground. I know the beans are good but 5ft.? I think all their worried about is global warming not so much if a farmer had a freeze at ground temp. Since the low spots get a harder freeze maybe it was a little colder down lower. Guess the government could have two gauges one up top one below. They took away our direct payments that was a low blow. So why their on the low side I thought they might stick a thermometer there. I know where else they could stick it.

  • 9/16 - Traverse County, Minn.: frost damaged beans and some corn here....worse the further south and east u go
frost on beans
--Traverse County, Minn.

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  • 9/16 - Western Wis.: Saturday morning sept 13 was the end of growing season for a large portion of the area.Driving around on monday showed alot of soybeans that were green friday all brown and dead.Last year we got away with a very late plant this spring this year not so much.

  • 9/16 - Walsh County, N.D.: Temps dropped to 25 around this area on Thurs, Sept.11. Big time loss for all our soybeans and edible beans, maybe the sunflowers, and might have hurt some late seeded wheat. Lots of long faces around here with the freeze and falling prices. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/16 - Knox County, Ill.: The tool for raising grain prices already exists. What's missing a plan...so here's my suggestion. First, pick any specific day that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is open. Second, announce that on that day, farmers are going to BUY 280,000 Dec15 corn contracts... representing 1.4 billion bushels. Each individual 5,000 bushel contract can be purchased for less than 40 cents/bu. or roughly, $2,000 in margin money. (Isn't it nice that some hedge fund gambler can magically create a 'paper' bushel of corn for less than 40 cents? Just saying...) Third, we announce that we're not planting these bushels in the spring of 2015...and to make our point, we're not even going to order the seed or the fertilizer for those 1.4 billion 'paper' bushels. Suffice to say, any collective move like this by producers would cause an immediate upward shock to prices. Trust me, 'THEY' understand that in a collective action such as described, WE can control production and therefore, WE can strongly influence prices. 'They' will then be forced to do the only thing they can do to regain control of 'their' market and ultimately, how much we choose to produce...raise prices. Of, course, there's more to it than space allows for here, but you get the idea. All we need is 280,000 corn growers to throw $2,000 into one collective effort and we could own these guys.

  • 9/16 - East Central Mo.: took a drive from Montgomery Co, Mo to Springfield IL over the weekend. Stayed pretty much off I-72 to see the fields.Pike, Morgan Scott, Sangamon counties. Lot of corn shelled in Mississippi bottom. Sporadic corn being shelled in MO/Il. Corn does look to be 200+,,big ears on 35000 pop! Lot of SDS in soybeans. Wasn't impressed w/beans as w/corn. Bean harvest will start next week. Fields range from almost ready to dark green yet. Note: 2 brand new JD s670's w/new grain carts and tractors sitting idle next to Springfield city limit,,,,too muddy....big ruts!!!


 

  • 9/15 - Southeast S.D.: 32 degrees at 11 pm Friday night, 5:30 Saturday morning, 25 degrees, 7 am looked like it snowed here. I'm sure the experts will say it did no damage but it did. Beans lost top 25% of leaves and it nipped the top corn leaves. Should speed up silage harvest. Opened field Friday and it was still 70-75%

  • 9/15 - Weld County, Colo.: We were to have light frost September 12, but temps dropped to 30 for 5 hours and froze the top half of the corn. There is a frozen crop smell in the air, and if you didn't have your garden covered, it was toasted. The growing season in Northern Colorado came to an abrupt halt.

  • 9/15 - Ransom County, N.D.: Frost over the weekend was variable with some areas getting cold enough to cause damage to beans and corn. We are still 166 GDD (growing degree days) behind the 5 year average for corn. since Sept 9th we have only picked up 30 gdd’s. We’ll use this week to assess the frost damage and prepare for bean harvest. Some winter wheat is being planted but with prices in the $4.00 range there isn’t a lot of seeding going on. Seed distributors are only cleaning up the seed once the order comes in. Spring wheat harvest wrapped up but most went in the bin because elevators went to cash only to save space for beans and corn. Quality issues in the wheat resulted in discounts up to $2.00/bushel. Let’s all plan to set aside 10-15% next year, it may work, why plant it if we can’t make a profit? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/15 - Wisconsin: Crops are average at best some really good looking crops and alot showing deficencies,the combine will tell the truth. A Question what does anyone guess the revenue payment might end up at??

  • 9/15 - Platte County, Neb.: Hard frost in areas..driving threw country can smell the frozen crop..some beans just turning most where green before frost..temps where 37 at 11pm and 32 in morning was cold too long crop is hurt!

  • platte county beans   frost beans
    --Platte County, Neb.

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  • 9/15 - South Central Neb.: Well from the looks and smell I'd say the frost here did a real good number on the soybeans. The corn didn't fair much better, nothing was far enough along. It's been a tough 2 weeks rain & more rain fields look horrible. Now after frost all my bean leaves are turning brown and it smells like silage. The valley really took it badly, and my agronomist said this is gonna be way worse than anybody is gonna admit. Low test weight corn & beans he said that the crops weren't far enough along to take what has happened. Ethanol plants have cut back on production cause they can't find the corn. You think the slide down has been bad wait till this one gets combined. Sure I see the post from Indian and Illinois 230 300 bu per acre. But set down and look at what's been lost. To raise 14 billion it's gotta be darn solid in the whole country. On a happy note Cargil ain't got no corn. Damn I'm really crying. Learn how to hate corporate america they don't care about nobody here just themselves

  • 9/15 - Northern Mo.: I drove across northern Missouri Friday the 12th of September. Saw what I would estimate to be several million acres of corn and beans that were either under water or had been under water. Recient heavy rains of up to a foot had fallen in the area. Feel sorry for those farmers as they had such a good crop and now many of those acres are totally ruined!

  • 9/15 - Sibley County, Minn.: Frost on September 12, hard enough to hurt beans by 5 to 10 bushels, those beans that were late planted in drowned out spots will be lucky to produce 10 to 15 bushels in total. Frost was not hard enough to impact corn as that is on its way to maturity, expect black layer about September 30 to October 1st. Can't wait for 2015 this year has not been good.......

  • 9/15 - Northeast Neb.: don’t know why mother nature doent like us...we had a freeze in may,hail when corn was ft tall,hail when corn was 3 ft tall then had more hail last week...to top it off froze on sept 13 . low lyng beans look sad...top of the hills are ok...im sure the bottoms will lose a lot....kind of surprised beans were not up the limit on sunday nite...maybe im just looking in my own back yard..seams it froze 3 of the last four yeas on this week...guys chopping corn say they don’t think the big corn yields are there...to much rain,storms,and to cold..this last week only been in the 50s...will be lucky to ever get this crop ripe....local bids for corn are 2.76 corn and 8.90 beans...if you haul 25% corn to them, take 1.5 shrink 4 to 5 cents drying charge wont be much left..looks like a lot of RED ink this year.good luck to all..think the fun in this harvest is gone....

  • 9/15 - Nobles County, Minn.: Frost smoked our beans here in SW Minnesota on Saturday morning. Corn froze down about two to three foot from the top. Of course traders in Chicago will pay no attention to this. We needed 2 to 3 weeks until reaching maturity on both crops. Will be interesting to see how much yield we took off the top end. The USDA' s corn estimate for Minnesota is comical to most of us that live in Minnesota. They waaaay over shot our yields. Even before the frost.

  • 9/15 - Red Willow County, Neb.: Had a very good crop of irrigated beans that needed two more weeks. They are all black today! The frost ended the growing season here, now we'll wait for the crops to dry; slowly!

  • 9/15 - Southern Minn.: Frost Saturday morning. I showed 30° at 6:15 am. I don't know how big of a area this covers but driving around the county Sunday it looks like it is county wide. It has done damage to the beans entire fields are turning that pale green color you see after a frost. Corn shows it also but don't think it got to the ears corn fields hold the heat better then a bean field.

  • 9/15 - Dawson County, Kan.: Killing frost sept 13th. There goes the bean yeild. Corn about half milk line going to be a long dry down.

  • 9/15 - Rice County, Minn. It froze pretty good here Friday evening. We were not the coldest area by far.

  • 9/15 - O'Brien County, Iowa: Got up at 4:30 this morning to run to Des Moines to pick up a new radiator for my combine. Had to scrap ice off the windshield, had a pretty good layer of ice on the whole vehicle. Beans were green yesterday, when I got home didn't see much green....... they were the color of TOAST. Low ground is the worst. I'll bet this is good for the yield! More grain in the next report!!!!!

  • 9/15 - Polk County, Iowa: Ice on windshield at 5 am Saturday morning.

  • 9/15 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Just scraped off ice off windshield of my pickup and grabbed a frozen and crunchy leaf from a bean plant temp says 29 this is not good we're not even turning yet in most fields. Talked to farmer from so. Mn he said his wipers were frozen down to windshield 2014 growing is officially over!

  • 9/15 - Caldwell County, Mo.: It was 31 in the shoal creek bottom Saturday

  • 9/15 - Manitoba: It doesn't matter how bad crop conditions get, the prices will continue to go down if we, as farmers, continue to sell into these dropping markets. This 2014 crop was going to be a "Bin Buster" no matter what the crop conditions were or are out there. I think that there is an underlying agenda to keep crops from going into the bins. An old grain buyer once told me that the grain bin was the grain buyers biggest enemy and that nothing got grain into the elevator like falling prices. Once binned, crop comes out much harder. In my opinion, this whole market is a house of cards. It was evident in April/May when the price rose so quickly when the Ukraine conflict arose. The supply is so precarious that even a slight disruption would send the market flying. My father used to tell me that if you tell a lie for long enough it becomes the truth. We, as farmers have been subject to psychological warfare at it's finest. The media has told us that we were raising a bumper crop before the seed was even out of the bag. Now the media is telling us that some rain in Kansas, in September, is going to assure them of a huge crop of winter wheat out there for next year. ARE THEY SERIOUS? It's time to overcome our fears and put the grain in the bins and let the buyers come to us. Maybe we need to put on our "Big Boy Underwear" and say that we won't sell for less than the cost of production. We have the control but we just don't exercise it. Shame on us!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/15 - Buffalo County, Neb.: A lot of frost here this morning. All vehicles sitting outside and the ground are white. Time will tell if there is any damage. Beans are turning color, most corn is at 3/4 milk line. However, I have a field that I planted late(July 1) to an extremely short season corn that is just in the milk stage. It is for silage, but I was curious to see if it would make it. Have a safe harvest.

  • 9/15 - DeKalb Counthy, Mo.: Could lose a bean crop tonight due to the cold, guess I'll see. I can't really complain yet. Many acres under water in the immediate area. Some has been under before but this will be the finish for those guys. Went west again today. Not as much corn knocked out as I thought would be. As a matter of fact it actually looked greener. Maybe the effect of all the rain lately. Seed salesman was out yesterday. If my yields are 80% of what he's predicted it'll be the best corn crop of my life. Ears do look better than I thought they would. Beans also look a lot better in the last couple of weeks.

  • 9/15 - South Dakota: to texas and Minnesota, I agree we should make our own destiny. the problem is we are all not in the same boat. some farmers feed all there corn to livestock and need to buy corn. you will never get them to destroy part of their crop.It is bs the way they control our markets but unless we find some way to unite we cant stop it. If we could figure out a way where we all would unite life would be grand. However I don't feel for the big guy who raised the cash rent and took acres away from the little guy. just saying!

  • 9/15 - Swift County, Minn.: frost is imminent for a large chunk of the Midwest a well known and respected analytical firm says 160mil bu of soybeans will be lost and 500 mil bu of corn .... I suspect the rest will be light test weight and wet. some winter wheat and most of the spring wheat from n. Dakota all the way north through Canada is sitting wet or covered in snow and could be deemed non milling quality. all this and the markets continue sliding south.. yields are not made in the fields any longer .we have virtual yields created on a computer...strange times indeed (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


 

  • 9/12 - Lincoln County, Minn.: Hoping the temps stay up to avoid this SD white stuff:

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  • 9/12 - Southern Manitoba: record lows were set across western Canada this morning bring the growing season to a screeching halt in many locations and damaging many late seeded crops. Despite all the negative news regarding wheat good quality wheat is hard to find across western Canada and the vast majority is still out in the field deteriorating quickly. If you are looking for poor quality wheat you might be in luck but if you have to have quality you had better open up the check book and start looking. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/12 - Winnebago County, Ill.: Beans are turning slowly.Rain just wwont go away. Really dont see much SSDS or White mold, which really is a surprise. Trying to bale last crop of hay..very frustrating.If you have revenue option on your insurance you will be ok this year, next year it wont matter.Rents are at 300 to 475..Landlords will not budge, they know there will be one more guy that will try it for a year. This will be the longest harvest ever in Northern Ill. Maybe Indian summer will last for two months!!! Be Safe and have faith

  • 9/12 - Southeastern Minn.: We have been cold since Wednesday 9/10. 50's for daytime & low 40's evening. Noticed corn leaf rolling almost like drought stricken & black tinge to the bean leaves and broadleaf trees. These plants were in nice shape & deep green before the instant cold dropped in. Supposed to flirt with the high 30's tonight then frost advisories tomorrow evening. Thinking the fast arriving & sustained cold has done cell damage to these plants already. Any thoughts from anyone else on this?

  • 9/12 - Billings, Mont.: cold and wet , too wett almost , freeze coming tonight and the corn isnt made here yet ,looks like low test weights or may just silage it all instead at least i can run it threw a animal and get manure than give it away !futures just keep going down and down on everything makes you just sick that we have no controll over our prices or our expenses which never go down as fast as our crop prices do but they sure go up faster than our crops do also ! big buisness can make huge profits and bonuses to there head guys and people have no problem with it but if a farmer does omg! look how the economy is going to slow down in the midwest with these low crop prices ! think i better sell my john deere stock soon !

  • 9/12 - North Central Ind.: Had our crop scout out this week ,called the corn 243 ave and beans 75 , been farming 40 years , best we have had, nothing going here boys as far as higher prices , stay safe .JD ..

  • 9/12 - Caldwell County, Mo.: There is lots of acres under water here in North Mo, 36 is down to 1 lane, SDS beans are dropping leaves not much there, If big oil would have a problem on this scale gas would be through the roof, with talk of a early frost and the problems with the crop, cant believe its not jumping up!

  • 9/12 - Southeast S.D.: By the way, was in elevator this morning, manager asked if I wanted to bring in some more corn, why I asked, we're about empty, he said! Hauling it 2 hours away into Iowa! They're just playing with us and we keep letting them!

  • 9/12 - Southeast S.D.: $2.67 locally for corn, $8.96 for beans??? What to say? 216 bu corn and I break even! 45 bu beans to break even! This sure is fun! Oh yea 36 degrees forcast in Sioux Falls, I'm 25 north and live in a valley, won't be good, hopefully doesn't stay cold for long, corn is about 1/2 milk lined and beans about 1/3 turned not losing leaves yet. LDP's and crop ins claimes! Yippee!


 

  • 9/11 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Some early planted wheat has emerged. Wheat planting continues as we approach the optimum planting date. A lot of millet is being swathed. Few combines are rolling. Corn is looking good, still maturing. Temp this morning 42 deg. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/11 - Northeast Neb.: Tell me about the record crop when half of it is under snow a month from now.... Sept 11 corn here looks like end of July . We have made little progress in the last two weeks cloudy and cool (cold!) everyday. 2 weeks or more from black layer on corn if and I mean if it warms up! The warm up here is supposed to be 70 degree days and 50 nights...... Whoop whoop!! Should have 25 moisture corn in mid November ......

  • 9/11 - Knox County, Ill.: 4.5 inches of rain on 9-9 and temps in the 50s on 9-11 isn't making this crop any larger. On 9-8, I found one field where a truckload of corn was taken out and then the combine was parked...way too wet would be my guess. None of the beans around here will be ready till October. Lots of corn has already been dead for over two weeks now and yet, we have just barely accumulated 2,500 GDUs since May 1. I know for a fact that many of these dead corn fields were planted after May 1 and many had developed drooping ears with less than 2,350 GDUs accumulated. Around here, we plant varieties that mature at 2,700 GDUs or more. So repeat after me...not all surprises in the fields this fall will be happy ones.

  • 9/11 - Webster, Iowa: My dreams came true corn made 310 bu. acre. I guess I have to quit farming. I told my brother I'd like to hit 300 bu. before I Quit. Then I woke up. I know the small spec. is short corn, but 12670 acres in Kansas harvested by one guy, and nobody else reporting. I don't think that many acres was reported all year last year in Kansas. Does Kansas have that much corn? 4170 acres in Nebraska already , one guy , busy guy. 1450 acres in Michigan? heck here in the middle of Iowa my 101 day corn just blacked layered. To get that done they have to be harvesting for two weeks. Maybe their harvesting corn from last year. Maybe we all need to wake up and realize these yield surveys are taken with a grain of salt. Because every farmer has a different directive. Too bad we just can't tell the truth. Then us farmers really might know whats out there. Because the big guy has spent enough money he already knows. By the way it does look like my best crop. We were lucky counties besides us had to much rain. Still 2 weeks from harvesting corn or beans.

  • 9/11 - Minn.: Everybody go out and destroy 10% of your corn. Instead of $3.00 corn we will have $7.00 corn and income would be almost double. Instead of losing $2 a bushel. Why work for nothing. We all need to work together like OPEC. We have the power. Everyone would make money. Let neighbor police neighbor to make sure they do it too.

  • 9/11 - Texas: In response to Beadle County, SD we totally agree with you! We've already told our seed salesman we aren't going to buy their seed until the price per bag comes way down. Also contacted the fertilizer dealer and told him he was 40% too high. As a nation of farmers we need to induce a crop shortage, why wait for a weather related disaster to do it for us. We have the ability to cut back fertilizer rates and planting rates, but every farmer must cooperate in order for all to benefit. We had a little bit above average crop this year for this area and we will be scrapping to make profit. Our 10 yr average at $3 corn does not cover our crop input expenses only for next years crop.

  • 9/11 - Noble County, Okla.: the corn is making record highs and beans are kinda burnt but the recent showers are helping

  • 9/11 - Floyd County, Iowa: Just finished chopping silage. Corn is 62.5 bu/acre, last year 98 bu/acre, 2012 7 bu/acre. We sure could use a break in this area. 3rd cutting of alfalfa got chopped as well due to the rainy and dewy weather not giving us a window to get it done.

  • 9/11 - Mount Horeb, Wis.: corn and beans look good, don't want to guess on yield. some light areas on poorer ground from all the rain in june. but still should be a good crop.


 

  • 9/10 - San Diego, Calif.: More rain & chill for upper Midwest. Will not help the corn & beans. Concerned about the mold/mildew reports in beans. Any more news? Also, regarding demand, read that north China is in record drought & grain harvest may be imperiled. Also big monsoon flooding in India. Don't sell your grains yet boys & girls--could see a harvest rally! Been pushed too far down. Could bounce like a cork when China & India come in to buy or harvest problems due to cold & wet develop here. Two billion Chinese & Indians have to eat after all.Here in San Diego County some monsoon rains, but the drought continues with a vengence. Good we import most of our water. Better get some serious rain this winter or we avocado/citrus growers will all dry up & blow away like tumbleweeds!

  • 9/10 - Beadle County, S.D.: Corn & Beans are average.Beans will not be as good as 2013.I told seed salemen that I was not going to buy seed for 2015 until I can lock in $4 corn and $11 beans.Think what the markets would do if we all did that.Will be a lot of silage cut by the livestock farmers this year, some cutting 100% of corn crop.I will have bin room for 1/2 of corn crop than the rest may have to stay in field if wet and elevators are full + not paying anything, but than I will have time to harvest it next year anyway if I don't buy seed.Have a good one.

  • 9/10 - Richland County, N.D.: The wheat harvest made fast progress though it was not easy - over a month behind. Wheat came off wet and had farmers scrambling to find drying room at elevators. We still have most of last years corn and soybeans in the local elevators - they have not been able to move it. They are very concerned about wet beans and corn this fall. They will not be able to help out the harvest. There are piles of corn at many of our elevators yet. Some varieties of beans and corn started to die this weekend. Harvest of beans is about 3 weeks away for these fields. Corn maturity really varies - but everyone is worried drying will be costly. There isn't any room for it on $2.80 corn. However, should the crop make it, farmers seem to think it will be pretty good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/10 - Ray County, Mo.: Corn harvest has started in our area but only on the sand bottoms and some early maturing varieties. The bottoms are coming in with yield reports being similar to last season and the hills are above average for the first time in years. It looks like it will be a very slow start, even the early maturities are still testing 18-20%. We have some 110day that is still hand testing 26% and plenty of wet cool weather in the forecast. The soybeans on the other hand have done nothing but get worse covered up in SDS and stem disease. Its is apparent we will see a 15-30% yield reduction in our area and it is not just our county. This is a very serious yield hit and it is wide spread, producers should keep in mind that this obviously not being recognized by the trade or USDA.


 

  • 9/9 - Rush County, Ind.: I agree with you Coles CO,ILL. The local Bunge Processing Plant here has been calling local producers since May looking for beans and corn. Planting in the month of May local truckers were loading corn off the barges at the ohio river and trucking it back to east central Indiana. Nothing makes since. Crops here look as well as 2013. Lot of SDS has shown up in last 3 weeks. Be SAFE!

  • 9/9 - Ripley County, Ind.: Our corn and soybeans have and still do look really,really good. Rain and Sun have come at just right intervals. Best crops that I have seen on this farm in all my career. Thank God for everything.

  • 9/9 - Polk County, Iowa: Drove from Des Moines, Ia to Albert Lea, Minn over the weekend. Rare field of Corn or soybeans showing and signs of maturing. Most just as green as in Mid July. Maturity appears to be 4-5 weeks out for most.

  • 9/9 - Southwest Mich.: No stress to the corn crop this year, but only 2.5" of rain in August took the top of the corn yields down to just above average. Field checks put it in the 170-180 bpa, which means it is probably lower than that. The ears are starting to hang down which will be great for drying this year, hopefully a lower LP bill. Soybeans starting to reach maturity. The 30" rows never closed on most fields in this area, mainly due to the cold July. Most plants are only 36-40" at the highest, but they are podded to the top. The last two weeks we have received 2" of rain, it should help to fill out the top pods. Expect mid 40's to low 50's on yield. Below average compared to the last 5 years. Have a safe harvest everyone.

  • 9/9 - Swift County, Minn.: I am amazed at the numerous comments of SDS in soybeans across the grain belt! and in many cases severe and wide spread, but yet hardly a mention of this on ag media outlets....hmmmm...


 

  • 9/8 - Stearns County, Minn.: We are sitting on a pretty darn good crop if the frost stays away for another 3 weeks. Corn is dented and what isn't on my farm is going to get chopped for silage here in a few weeks. Soybeans look excellent for the most part though white mold is killing some low patches. This crop never had drought stress this year which is rare for this part of the state. Sounds like there could be some patchy frost this weekend then warmer again. I sure hope so. GO VIKES!!!

  • 9/8 - Stephenson County, Ill.: SDS in beans has become quite severe. Some fields 60%-70% infected with nearly every field showing some SDS. Getting worse rapidly. Corn has a lot of variability across fields....looking to be an average to slightly above average yield here.

  • 9/8 - Southeast S.D.: Great point Barron Co Wisconsin. why? They need it all!!! Why do they want 300 bu corn and 100 bu beans? Knox Co Ill, you must be one honest guy, I thought Illinois had all there corn at over 200 bu. according to pro farmer and informa? I think, of course I'm a pessimist most of the time, but any national yield under 173 or so and corn should be locked limit up for a week! I guess I'm living in OZ just like the experts!!! Oh yea, crop comments thing still looking ok, hope full moon is a warm one! Thanks for listening and have a safe harvest!

  • 9/8 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Our beans have a yellow tint to them, we never got any SDS in our beans, best beans I ever raised. Milo will be my best ever also. 1 neighbor is shelling corn, havn't heard how its doing.

  • 9/8 - Adams County, Neb.: I am shocked farmers are reporting the problems that the soybean crop is having . after all, we don't want the trade ,u.s.d.a or profarmer whats happening in our fields

  • 9/8 - Traverse County, Minn.: We need a solid 4 weeks without frost and the 10-day forecast includes temperatures dipping down close to freezing. Some corn could average 220 bushels per acre across the board or more without an early frost, but a lot of corn will be lucky to make 150 or 160 even without an early frost. The wet/flooded conditions from early in the growing season really hurt many fields.

  • 9/8 - Coles County, Ill.: if we have such a big carryout of last years corn crop, why is it that elevators big and small are desperatly looking for corn to fill their contracts and obligations?

  • 9/8 - Ransom County, N.D.: Still wheat to be combined. We missed the rain and hail but lots of acres in central North Dakota and Minnesota are in tough shape after Wednesday’s storms. My corn won’t make it based on the current weather forecast. White mold is chewing up the soybeans. Sent in more wheat samples to find out where the vomitoxin levels are. Early harvested wheat was over 2 ppm but under 5 ppm DON. No one said it was going to be easy. Safe harvest to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/8 - Andrew County, Mo.: why are the traders ignoring the sds outbreak worst I have ever seen it.some fields 80% effected and all fields show some damage.

  • 9/8 - Northeast Neb.: Corn and soybeans look phenomenal. The big question is how long and late will harvest be. The average local high temperature through the middle of the month is 70 degrees and the average overnight low temperature during that time frame is 52. Still no corn being chopped for silage in this area. Hoping we are not looking at a repeat of 2009.

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  • 9/5 - Scotland County, Mo.: Here in northeast mo sudden death has really taken over our beans. Easily 15 to 35 percent yield reduction. Corn is drying quickly and looks to be pretty descent as long as mother nature is friendly. I think the USDA has some issues realizing that their big bean yield may be quickly shrinking. Time will tell until then have a safe and happy harvest!

  • 9/5 - Barron County, Wis.: I don't claim to be very smart. I was talking to my neighbor about corn price and I brought up the price of feeder cattle and he said they will come down in a couple of years and then I said why would they if your running say two cows and getting 850 to 950 per calf why would you increase your herd to 400 so the price goes back down??? more work less $$$ what would the price of corn be if there were only 75 million acres?

  • 9/5 - Southeast S.D.: I thought the record was factored in to the market back in May! Record land sale in Mn 25 acres $6 million! Not farm ground development for urban sprawl, that will never go back into production ag! Less acres every year that's why we need to get to 300 bu corn so there's enough to go around! They will keep taking every bushel we can "give" them! Oh yea push the markets lower, we still will have crop ins claims! At this point I don't care what my crop looks like! Wish I would get hailed out and not have to go through the expense! Yeah I'm a complainer, I think we all should be, if your not your not compassionate about your farm and what you want the future to be!

  • 9/5 - Western Wis.: In 2012 papers and news channels had articles about high prices were is the same reports about the price collapse. Average crops at best here to slightly below average no rain from July 10 to August 10 took the top off everything.Now it rains every other day again like spring.

  • 9/5 - Knox County, Ill.: SDS losses removed any possibility of record soybean yields in our neighborhood. And what's with the corn? There is a lot of lime-colored corn. I had some of that last year and it went about 120 bu/ac. Lot's of brown (dead) patches in the corn, too, even though we've accumulated less than 2,500 GDUs since May 1. How does that work? All in all, it looks pretty average to me.


 

  • 9/4 - Swift County, Minn.: low near 32 are forecast for sept. 13 ..that should take care of the white mold and SDS problems and boost the soybean yield to new and higher levels!! (tongue) in cheek)

  • 9/4 - Stearns County, Minn.: Heavy rain again. Crops are way behind in maturity. Highs/Lows in the 60s/40s for the next 10 days. Nearly impossible that this crop makes maturity since it needs another 600 GDU's as corn is just starting to dent. Soybeans are tipping over with diseases such as white mold striking hard. No bumper crop in this area. Also, talk of some frost by end of next week. What next, grasshopper outbreak???

  • 9/4 - Cuming County, Neb.: SDS showing up in soybeans

  • 9/4 - Rice County, Minn.: One warm day left in our forecast for tomorrow 9/4 then highs of low 70's & high 60's. MSN Weather forecasts our 9/12 & 9/13 highs of 53 & 57 and low temperatures of 30 & 31. Check your local ten day forecasts!

  • 9/4 - East Central Iowa: corn silage harvest is ramping up. A lot of hay is being cut for the last time this year in between rain showers. There is an odd field of beans starting to turn. Heard of one field of corn that is black layered. Most is maybe half milk line.

  • 9/4 - Marion County, Mo.: Many of the soybean fields in North East Mo and West Central Il will soon be safe from a killing frost as SDS will have already killed them before cold weather gets a chance! What was looking like our best soybean crop ever is going downhill fast.

  • 9/4 - Southeast Ark.: Corn crop about 60-70% harvested with heavy TW and great yields but here lately we've had numerous rounds of afternoon thunderstorms just about everyday for the last week. We need a good solid week of sunshine and the corn will be out. Soybeans are 10-15% harvested with very good yields. Good thing the usda pays more attention to the Midwest than the south- prices would be worse than they are.

  • 9/4 - Berrien County, Mich.: white mold showing up in almost every field aphids heaving in some fields corn working its way to the end need a late fall though lp guys will be happy this year.


 

  • 9/3 - Cass County, Iowa: SDS and White Mold on warpath this year. Headline news in Western Midwest today. Northwest Missou and SW Iowa seeing bigtime outbreaks with continued wet and cool weather. No change in pattern for next 10 days. Watch beans rally by weeks end.

  • 9/3 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Can't help but laugh about the crop ratings for the week. Everything in our area has been deteriorating the past couple of weeks due to disease pressure in both soybeans and corn. The only things doing good is the bugs , weeds, grass and disease.we should have good test weight on our corn with all the rain but it's not doing our drown out spots much good. So I guess for that matter a little excess moisture isn't hurting us in that aspect. All the talk I hear of sds and white mold in beans, leaf blight , rust and goss's wilt in corn it's hard for me to believe that the ratings should increase. Guess what ends up in the bin is all that matters. Ultimately I know I am only speaking for a small area but as one of our local elevator managers Harry borman said on agday it's going to be tough for us to fill the bin this year. Good luck

  • 9/3 - Southeast S.D.: Haven't walked in fields lately so don't know how things are progressing, but from the road corn looks to be maturing some, stalks are showing some brown. Neighbor has some 1.4 beans and they are turning pretty hard. Does anyone have any land sale reports? Had a landlord give me the good news he's selling a piece that I've been renting for 17 years, now I know I should want to buy it, and I probably could but don't know if I need that much more debt with $2.94 corn! I think that's how the 80's went. Good luck!

  • 9/3 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Made the trip to Manhattan, KS over the weekend. Saw 1 farmer shelling corn east of Wamego. From western Atchison Co to Manhattan, it looks like most of that corn is ready to go or close to it. I'd say most of that corn will be out shortly. I've heard that some corn is being shelled along US36 from St Joe, MO to Nemaha Co, KS. What I was told was that there has been disease of some kind that has weakened the corn stalks and those farmers are afraid of the rain and storms. SDS seems to be really going also.


 

  • 9/2 - Bay County, Mich.: Crops look OK been receiving rains weekly.Soybeans are showing white mold due to weather conditions.Some fields are very bad.I would say yields will be cut 20-40%Dry beans are turning color and harvest will start in the next 2 weeks.Sugar beet harvest started this week with good yields expected.Comments from other states show SDS in soys so what % yield reduction will they have? Crops are in the bin yet so there is room for things to change market wise.Have a safe harvest!

  • 9/2 - Stearns County, Minn.: Way too much rain this growing season. I had a total of over 8" for August. Standing water in fields everywhere. Corn is just barely starting to dent. Only 50 degrees this morning. We need 6 weeks of no frost or this corn crop is shot. Soybeans have alot of nice pods but the wet humid weather is starting to kill planting via white mold. Thank God we don't get SDS up here.

  • 9/2 - La Porte County, Ind.: I think we can forget about a big soybean crop, between to much water sudden death and white mold the crop is going down hill fast,thank god for crop insurance.

  • 9/2 - Jefferson County, Ind.: Crops are above average. Some corn is behind and very slow to finish. Lots of sds starting to show up in beans. Lot of weed pressure this year.

  • 9/2 - Southern Minn.: Corn looks decent ,hard dent in most cases. But beans r a different story. They r short in height & low pod counts in the mid 30 in a lot of the fields. Now in the last 5-6 days sds has moved in & is rapidly spreading through the fields. From fields I've looked at they will struggle to make 40 bpa.

  • 9/2 - Southeast S.D.: Ok, crops are looking ok, jot record, a little behind and cool forcast I hope it doesn't freeze until Oct! ??? Ag web, latest market news, Aug 29th, beef exports soar due to high prices??? Pork exports to decrease, tight supplies and lower prices, ??? Aren't hog prices at pretty decent levels??? Wheat exports to slid, lower volume and prices??? Corn exports to drop , strong crops throughout the world and weak prices??? Soybean exports will fall, but don't fret, lower unit prices because of high yields will strengthen demand pushing export volumes to a new record! .?????? I don't get it! If exports rise due to higher prices, let's raise prices and make things good all over!!! Sounds to me like our "experts" are talking out of both sides of their mouths!!! I know there's a lot more to it than that but exports of corn for instance didn't slow until futures hit $7.50???? Listening to Michelle Rook at farm progress " looks like we are going to get some rain" why are the experts worried about rain at the end of Aug., when this so called "record" crop was made back in May!!! Thanks for listening! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 9/2 - Eastern Iowa: 1/2 " rain Monday morning. Corn chopping is getting started.

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  • 9/2 - Southwest Minn.: Scouting my feilds this am- crops look good. corn has some very little rest pressure and stands are good. some tip back in about 2/3 of my acres not sure why?? Have 3/4 of my corn acres in conventional varities- cant tell it from my RIB corn. Beans look great here- seeing aa little white mold very few aphids. Lots of weeds coming into the soybeans. Seem to have a average year coming both yeild wise and finacially!

  • 9/2 - Audubon County, Iowa: Crops here look exceptional, but I never thought I'd be wishing for August rains to quit. We finished out the month with over 17 inches. Most years, we'd be giddy with a quarter of that. Beans are just starting to turn, corn is three weeks from PM.

  • 9/2 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: WLately, I have seen that there is a lot of sarcasm on this crop comment site, some of it I mark down as financial stress that is just in the early stages. As far as the balance of the sarcasm, there appears to be a few who can't handle the truth. I've found myself falling into this same trap of only focusing on the poor yield reports because the majority of producers with a good crop are afraid to report them. So I started putting off marketing decisions with the hope of a larger crop production issue. Those of us that use this site to try to make an informed marketing decision, based on crop production reports, become ourselves being the fool. How are you going to make a marketing move based on one-sided comments? It will be difficult enough in the future to turn a profit knowing that within the last 10 years the world has created 140 million more acres of row crop production. CRP acres have been reduced by 10 million acres in this country, and the erosion on some of those acres is criminal. On March 31, USDA starts out saying it will be another record crop, then the market will drop and go to a "prove it to me" price action. Knowledge is power and if we don't change our direction, we will end up where we are headed. Our certified crop advisor has pegged our corn crop between 140 - 160 bpa with a normal frost date.

  • 9/2 - Knox County, Ind.: Corn looks spectacular. The beans are getting hit with SDS. I am thinking 10 to 20% off the top yields. Hoping they are far enough along we will still be in the 60 bu. range


 

 

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  • 8/29 - DeKalb County, Mo.: SDS is starting to become a concern. Waterhemp is sprouting in some fields and is doing really well. Crops still looking well. The sunshine we had I think has been as valuable as the rain. For those who think we should post no pictures, ban the Pro Farmer tour, you should really pull your head out of the sand. Do you not think that Informa, Cargill, ADM, etc wouldn't have the same exact info that they do now? And how would the average farmer have any idea what was going on outside his area? Who would be the one behind in that game? For those blaming USDA, this link will take you to a farmdoc article that explains how they come up with yield estimates. There is rarely conspiracy theory in grain production and marketing.

  • 8/29 - Coles County, Ill.: soybean fields are tall and falling flater every day with no rain. tall plants but few pods and only half filled and turning yellow due to the drought. 45 miles away they are bitching about flooding. my well went dry last week and my trees have been dropping leaves for weeks. my yard is brown and crispy under the trees. its hard to say what the soybeans are going to yield because every field is different depending on planting date and what group they are.

  • 8/29 - Wilton County, N.D.: Field peas are done trying to start barley hrsw yields look good but can only combine for half a day every third day or so and that has been the same story for a month now slowest harvest I have ever seen

  • 8/29 - Ray County, Mo.: Crops here look pretty good overall, some corn might not be as good as people think in the river bottoms but still a very good crop to make up the difference in the hills. Soybeans looked great up until about a week and half ago, now the SDS is taking over, this area has never had it this bad. The top 1-2 feet of the plants are dying and dropping pods. What was looking like a good chance for above avg. bean yields is now gone. I have heard a lot of producers say the beans have lost easily 5-15 bu. due to the SDS.

  • 8/29 - Southeast S.D.: After our 7 week drought we seem to be in a wetter pattern, getting some nice rains! Although we producers know the rains are beneficial, I wonder why they are affecting the market? Didn't our so called experts have this crop a record back in May??? Crops are looking good here, about 10 days or so from corn silage I think! Still seeing tip back on ears and 2 bean pods on lower part of plant. $3 for corn, $9.30 new crop beans, hope I win the lottery!

  • 8/29 - Knox County, Ill.: Sudden Death in the beans is taking its toll. I rains seemingly every day. Corn will finish but stalk quality will be an issue. By my yield checks, the corn really isn't a whole lot above what we consider to be normal, but our beans, which have yet to show SDS, are probably still above average. Now, if we can just get them combined before continued wet weather snatches defeat out of the mouth of victory. Here's hoping for two months of dry weather...

  • 8/29 - Ransom County, N.D.: 11 out of 13 days with measurable rain since august 16th. Wheat harvest is a mess. Haven’t combined a dry bushel yet. Reports that standing wheat is sprouting are common. Scab is an issue and even with low scab damage there can be high levels of vomitoxin. Reports of DON levels from 5 to 7 ppm are common. Falling numbers are also a concern on the wheat that’s been out in the field too long. Elevators rejecting loads now. White mold is showing up in the soybeans. We need some dry warm weather soon. Corn is beginning to dent but heat units are difficult to come by. Mother Nature still dictates what we get in the end. Good luck to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/29 - Saunders County, Neb.: I hope the so called experts have figured in SDS losses they look as though they could be quite substantial, in beans this year!

  • 8/29 - Saunders County, Neb.: what a week! 1" of rain since June 20th and now between 7.5" and up to 14" the last 5 days. Creek is flooding for the 4th time this year. They say more rain through Sunday. Yields will be good but variable.

  • 8/29 - Rice County, Minn.: So if our brothers down south are seeing some good crops it means they have had moisture. I am not a meterologist but I know there must be a pressure front battle to produce moisture. Now usually during July & August the boys down south are hot & looking for rain while the upper midwest benefits in the form of moisture from the battle between hot & cool air fronts up here. Well our season was pretty melodramatic as far as heat goes along with the water spicket shutting off early July. This tells me either the warm air(high pressure) to the south is weak or the cooler air to the north is dominating this seaon to push past the midwest and into the south to bring more moderate temperatures & moisture to them. Like I said in an earlier post we have had September-like weather for quite some time. Now that we are near September what should we expect? It is cloudy, raining, & cool as I type this. It seems cooler air has been dominating much like our Polar Vortex of winter & spring past. The Farmers Almanac nailed the winter predictions last season. They are calling for more of the same this coming season. September weather better be under the microscope for end users and traders. We are going to need a good one.

  • 8/29 - Richland County, N.D.: Our wheat is ready to harvest but continual cloudy cool days and showers are preventing any harvesting. Recent rains have improved our sugar beets and beans but I don't think it has greatly improved the row crop outlook. Our corn is still 3 weeks or more behind and the beans will do what they can in this cool cloudy weather. In reading the comments below, we inventory ourselves every year when we report our crop insurance and FSA acre reports. As long as someone knows how much land is planted, and can look at production history - there can always be a fairly accurate prediction of our crop. There will always be areas of great crops, good crops, and bad crops. On most years, that translates to an average crop. What is not produced can be made up by imports. It is just like the oil being produced in the Bakken area of North Dakota - we need to develop oil reserves in the US to alleviate our dependence on foreign oil - we are now the second soon to be first leading producer of oil in US - they want to build a pipeline to get it out of here - so they can ship it to Japan - has your cost of gas, diesel, or oil went down since the Bakken started pumping??? It is all about the control not the need. They know we have to sell our crop to continue and they know when we need to sell it - that's why crop prices generally dip at harvest, before the end of the year and the beginning of the year. Personally, I like the crop reports and I don't feel they influence anything. Everything is out there for anyone to see anyway. I do think a major freeze in the next couple weeks over the upper US would change things though. It was 39 in northern North Dakota Wednesday night. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/29 - Ward County, N.D.: 3" of rain the last few days and foggy this morning. Harvest had just started. Been sitting 10 days watching crops deteriorate. Wheat crop was bad, and now this rain has made it worse. 12ppm VOM or higher so elevators don't want to take it. Wheat is full of scab. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


 

  • 8/28 - Hancock County, Ill.: sds in nearly all soybean fields, some real bad. I have driven to Kahoka Missouri and see same conditions. I have never seen such high percentages of dying beans!

  • 8/28 - Audubon County, Iowa: SDS is showing up in a lot of fields.Northern leaf blight is will have a lot of corn killed in another 10 days. I have not seen it this wide spread for some time.We had .6"of rain in July we've had 11"so far in August disease is running rampant.

  • 8/28 - East Central Iowa: to answer a question about the corn line. ...yes it looks like that alot .Some days there will be 300 to 600 trucks a day going to this processor. How do you know what they may have sold their corn for? there is a such a thing as forward marketing. Why do some of you guys keep reading this blog, when you piss and moan that people are telling you what their crops like in their area? Are you trying to tell me that this is the only place that traders go to determine if corn/beans goes up or down? Again, how do you market your crop without information?

  • 8/28 - Southeast S.D.: I agree Palo Alto co Ia, although the experts don't see that, it's not a "number" to them! I get a little ticked when I hear Michelle Crook talking at farm progress about the chance for rain, why does the record crop that was a record 4 months ago, need any more rain? It's a mystery! Remember guys, they need every bushel we produce, we're not doing this just to be nice guys, although it feels like it right now! Neighbor brought some ears he picked, a lot of tipped back ears, so I went and looked and that's what I've found also, just too long in July and August , (7 weeks) without measurable rain! Cooling off, highs in low 70's lows in low 50's, not pushing crop very hard. Corn about 50% denting. 35 pods on beans about 1/3 are 2 bean pods! Hope frost holds off til end of Sept. maybe 10th of Oct. Thanks!

  • 8/28 - Western N.Y.: crops look good here but need a lot more heat. the wet spring slowed planting and cool temps have farmers watching for signs of early frost

  • 8/28 - Western Ill.: Western Illinois is experiencing a lot of Sudden Death in the soybeans. Nearly every field is affected and it seems to be in several counties here. Haven't heard much about it in the media.

  • 8/28 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: After15 in. of rain in June, 0 in July, now 9 in. in August, It can stop till harvest. Dairies starting to chop, but a long way till harvest.


 

  • 8/27 - Jefferson County, Iowa: For Swift Co., MN- this is what our second ears look like. This is corn that had sidedress NH3 and has never rolled the leaves for moisture stress one single day all season. It is, indeed, the best crop we have raised in this part of the world for a long time, but not because of double ears.

  • second ear corn
    --Jefferson County, Iowa

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  • 8/27 - Central N.D.: slow start to harvest . combined 100a spring wheat lots of scab, vom. at 7.0 ppm local elevator wont take it. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/27 - Southeast S.D.: St Clair, Ill, thanks for being honest, all we hear from experts is Illinois is perfect this year. Side bar on this page says farm income in 2014 will be down 14%????? Board price is down 50%, maybe I'm figuring wrong! even with my forward contracts I'm still at 40% less! Thanks experts! Go back to college and learn how to ad! Slowest maturing 3rd cutting that I can ever remember!

  • 8/27 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Having major issues with sudden death in our soybeans.. We're not alone as I would say 75% of soybeans in our area have at least some with the perfect spring for infection and last 2 wet springs. Our agronomist says it will take about 20% off our yield or approximately 10 bu figuring 50 bu beans.. We have one field that will be close to 40% on a more susceptible variety. Who cares if it rains when the fields are dying due to disease.. Bet if it was a freeze the markets would go up

  • 8/27 - Fayette County, Tenn.: In west TN we have not, or perhaps never seen crops the likes of which we have now. Our corn crop would rival anything I have seen in IA on a good year. Yield checks are no less than 200 dry-land and 250+ on our irrigated ground. We are about a week away from harvest so we will soon see if its as good as it looks..I think it is! Beans are simply amazing, up to your arm pits and covered with pods. Our bean yield is typically 35ish, these beans will make 50 if the rains keep coming. We know next yr. will be nothing like this, its a once in a decade crop.

  • 8/27 - Polk County, Iowa: 60 acres of SDS. Getting stronger by the day. Neighbors in the same boat.

  • 8/27 - Shelby County, Iowa: corn and bean both looked good,but disease showing up in both crops. corn in dent and beans just starting to fill and 4+ inches of rain that really did not need. so how knows.

  • 8/27 - Southeast S.D.: To NE SD Really, you must work for pro farmer! It's not 2000 anymore! Inputs are 3 to 4 tiimes higher, yes our yields are better but there's nothing wrong with $5 corn. Other businesses get bonus for doing a good job or if the company does good a bonus. When we do good on the farm it trickles down to JD for instance, then no layoffs!!! Farmers do good, everybody benefits! Think about it! Thanks! Oh yea some are chopping corn silage around here, disappointing out in the fields, lot of empty tipson ears, that's what I've seen also!!! Thanks for putting up with my BS!

  • 8/27 - East Central Iowa: gotta love mother nature. Couldn't rain for over 3 weeks, raining here in Jackson County. Should be over 3" in last 5 days when this round stops. Not complaining , stating the facts. Can't wait to show the yield monitor. LOL

  • rain clouds
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 8/26 - Southeast S.D.: I agree 100% Kearney! Why do we as farmers brag and tell the enemy yes that's what I think pro farmer and all the other so called experts are!!! Does the big 3 auto makers have someone come and count their cars? Maybe we should start up pro auto, the price would come down on new pickups etc. HAHA!!! Like the picture from EC Iowa, why do we need to see pic of all those trucks in line to sell cheap corn! Didn't see lines like that with $6 corn??? You will never be able to convince me that there is to much corn, if there is why don't they tell us to put on half as much fertilizer and grow less? They need every bushel we can grow plus more, that's why they have South America tearing out more rain forests, that in my opinion have a bigger effect on so called global warming than what ever it is they think is causing it!!! Crops look good and they will take it all at $2,$3 or $7 corn or $6, $8 or $14 beans and wheat at any price! Think about it!!!

  • 8/26 - South Central Minn.: To the comment from Kearney Neb. I've been asking the same question for years now why some need to take pictures of their crop or monitor and put it out there for everybody to see. Maybe they think there impressing somebody. I'm not sure who though. It only adds fuel to the fire to those who speculate and manipulate our markets. Maybe these people should write back in and explain what they think they are accomplishing by doing this. As far as the Pro Farmer tour goes did they say anything that we didn't already know? (like they say every year)Since they want to know what our yields might be & tell the whole world, I want to know how much they get paid to do the tour every year and what their annual salary is. Maybe we should find out how much inventory Walmart has so we can haggle the price at the counter.

  • 8/26 - Decatur County, Iowa: no rain In july, corn tipped back, look at your beans sds is taking away bu. don't let stock market sell your production for less than input cost. its your grain to price not theirs.

  • 8/26 - Central Iowa: After 6 weeks of no rain, we have received 6.5 inches in the last week. Beans were showing stress, but now are perking up. BUT - lots of SDS showing up. Flat ground or well drained slopes, it's widely scattered with more to come.

  • 8/26 - Southeast Ind.: Have been blessed with 2-3.0 inches of rain this past 10 days. Soybeans will benefit greatly if SDS does moves slowly. See it in about every early planted field. Best looking double crop beans in years. Photo is of soil judging contest help over weekend.

  • FFA soil judging contest in 48
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 8/25 - Stearns County, Minn.: Crops look pretty good for the most part, but are a good 2 weeks behind normal. Even the soybean aphids are 2 weeks behind. They are getting nuked today hopefully. Corn is in the roasting ear stage with a few dents starting to show and soybeans are in the R5 stage. Small grain is done and yieled quite well with above average straw yiled as well. We have received over 5" of rain so far in august so we have plenty to finish this crop out. Good luck with harvest everyone.

  • 8/25 - East Central Iowa: finally received rain Thursday and Saturday. 1-2.5" is what I heard around Jackson County. Over 3 weeks without. Some damage was done, how much is anyone's guess.

  • grain trucks line   grain trucks
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 8/25 - Oliver County N.D.: 2 more inches of rain on Sat. This brings us to over 7 inches in the last week. Combining is going to be an adventure to say the least. We were using diff locks and rear wheel assist before this last bout of moisture. Feels more like October outside than late August. Good Luck to All. Hopefully Mother Nature will come to her senses and let us take off what was a pretty nice looking crop other than some quality concerns.

  • 8/25 - Swift County, Minn.: Have received 9+ inches of rain in August after a total of 1/2 inch in July. Crops should finish nicely now. I would just like to comment on the comments from Jefferson County, Iowa. I would like to see the second ear husk peeled back like the picture from Lancaster, Nebraska and I think we would see the second ears are not meaningful.

  • 8/25 - Kearney, Neb.: I would appreciate all input. Yes we are all striving to do better and produce more from less. My question is why as farmers do we cut our own throats. We can't wait to take a picture, of yield monitor with 280 plus yields and show how great of farmers we are. Why do we allow pro farmer crop tours in our fields. It is none of their business, do we know what they get paid or how much money they have in the bank........?? No My wish is farmers could keep themselves or their neighbors about the stories, but no someone always has to let the cat out of the bag.Let them guess how thick we plant, they can use their satalite imagery, all they want, but their is nothing like these guys poking their heads in our fields and sealing out fate one way or the other. Please guys use your heads, we don;t need braggers, lets help the american farmer help himself. thanks for your time and look forward to hopefully positive feed back.

  • 8/25 - Southeast S.D.: We are getting some much needed rain finally, little over 2" Sure will help finish this crop, it's not a record but it might be pretty good! My apologies if I've been negative on this page, but it's still not in the bin! Corn is taking it's time starting to dent, a lot of difference between 103 day hybrid and 98 day hybrid. Soybeans show good number of pods but to many '2' bean pods on lower part of plant! Prices still seam too low to me compared to inputs etc. sure hope they bounce back when the real yields come in!

  • 8/25 - Henry County, Ohio: Less than inch of rain in August and not much since the first week of July either. Most soybeans less than half the usual height. No huge crop here.

  • 8/25 - Freeborn County, Minn.: Knox County, Ill, that does sound like SDS, as I Have been dealing with it. Need to get an agronomist to pull samples and get it verified for your peace of mind for further years.

  • 8/25 - St. Clair, Ill.: Finally got a good rain 3 weeks ago. Might help corn somewhat but the exceptional yields that everyone thinks are out there are long gone. Average to a little above average is going to catch most of the fields. Everyone had high hopes for beans after the rains, but SDS is rearing its ugly head with a vengeance in many fields, mostly on the lower ground.

  • 8/25 - Fillmore County, Minn.: We have had no rain since mid July and now have received aproximately 3 inches this past week. Some of the light ground was firing but now we have enough moisture to finish the crop if we can pick up an extended fall in heat units. I think the crop will be very good, but not great. We had too much water then not enough soon enough. The moisture was huge this past week and we are thankful. Everything look better already. The gas man is going to sell some gas this fall again.

  • 8/25 - Berrien County Mich.: We need a rain to finish corn out and a late fall it looks like we are doing our job of producing ample supplies so where is our bonus for hitting targets like all the ceo's get when they hit their target

  • 8/25 - Northeast S.D.: The word (REALLY)Still the number ONE word used in the vocab today Regarding to PRO FARMERS final Est. REALLY? First of all South Dakota R U Kidding Me? COME ON MAN as the NFL goes. S.D. est.on tour 152 final 140 corn.concerned about N.E & N.C.I droveI29 Watertown to S. Falls two times & Aberdeen twice.I29 100 miles flawless!!corn crop.And O by the way I am an American Corn Producer of 35 years. Soybeans (yeah right to 40bpa to that also) I also drove Hwy 14 from Brookings east to S.E. of city. Soybeans again Flawless!! Other words used by the American farmer is (IF)it don't frost,flood hail exc.at this point.( And ) its not in the Bin yet!)WE know this.(BUT)another word again we use.So IF we here in N.E.S.Dakota have a perfect next 45 days (and o by the way we do NOT have to say this year like so many years IF we could have caught TWO Inch Rain in AUGUST because We did!!& more on way. Last but not least to the American Farmer year 2000 soybeans at soy plant off the combine $4.64 corn $1.85. Year 2010 soybeans$8.30 corn$2.64???? SOYBEAN acres 85.6 or poss. more?with my est.& IF the perils stay away for 45 days?? Complete History in the makings.Happy Marketing and GOD bless the American Farmer.


 

  • 8/22 - Hamilton, Ill.: Not much is being said but I live in Hamilton,Illinois in west central Illinois.The potential for crops were great.But in the last 10 days sudden death syndrome in soybeans is severe here and widespread.

  • 8/22 - Western Ill.: So far little is being said about the many acres of sudden death syndrome in the soybeans in western Illinois. It is getting worse by the day.

  • 8/22 - Sibley County, Minn.: It would appear with the widespread rain in lower Minnesota at least the yield slide has been halted. Good thing as we have lost the top end, down about 25 bushels from what I should have been with rain two weeks ago, corn that looked like 190 in early to mid July is going to be about 165 to 170. Beans could perk up a little yet but they are short and behind in heat units, you cant have big yields on short beans..... average or below average yields yes, good thing though because there are more bans acres than any of the experts and USDA know, take a drive in the country and you will see what I mean. Good Luck to all!

  • 8/22 - Richland County, Ill.: Alot of ears have silks coming out of 2 sides of an ear. We've had rain when needed. This might be our best corn crop period.

  • corn dinasour 023
    --Richland County, Ill.

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  • 8/22 - East Central Mo.: agree w/Know Co IL seeing the yellow beans. Don't think it to be nematodes b/c we used Clariva which is supposed to help w nematodes. Something ain't right out there. Spots are getting bigger around here too. The SDS symptoms are more of the brown leaves which we are seeing too. . When you have mushrooms (fungus) growing in the yards that clue! The air is saturated w/moisture, heavy dew/fog in mornings and add hot humid w/not much sunshine and little wind.....we know what it did to the wheat. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/22 - Richland County, N.D.: Wheat is still holding on and not drying down. Corn and beans are still way behind. Most beans are only knee high - most corn still not roasting ears. We went from dry to some areas now have had 4-5 inches of rain and are very wet again. It has been hard to break 85 degrees the past couple weeks. Highs in the 60"s for next Monday. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


 

  • 8/21 - Knox County, Ill.: All around the area and for the last week, I've been watching 'yellow' bean plants suddenly appear in what are otherwise fields with a deep green color and still two weeks or more from maturity. Each day, the yellow spots grow in size and distribution in the affected fields...it's getting aggressive. Looks like SDS.

  • 8/21 - Morrison County, Minn.: Good looking crops, plenty of rain, but we need above average temperatures and no frost until mid October. Alot to hope for...

  • 8/21 - Oliver County, N.D.: woke up to thick fog again this morning. chances of rain everyday and highs in the 60's next week. starting to wonder if we will ever get to start harvesting. One would think at some point the traders might take notice, but they are too busy worrying about the corn and soybean yields. I guess no one buys wheat anymore. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/21 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Pro Farm Tour has an average of 180 for yield, which is probably close. Still 20+ less than last year. Like I said earlier, good crop but not a binbuster.

  • 8/21 - Southeast S.D.: Amen western Ill. All the local weather man talks about is all the chances for rain! It's not falling! Pro farmer tour talks about how good things look and markets keep going down, didn't the experts have a n enormous crop already figured in with the $1.50 drop in the market since we started planting??? Crops are holding on, all my 2nd and 3rd ears are gone! Have a good one!

  • 8/21 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Just thought since we are talking a lot of about two ear stalks on the comment page, I would post a photo of two ear corn in Nebraska. The second ear here is not going to add to the record corn crop hear. No rain since the first week of July. As you can see from photo. The second ear on teh stalks in Lancaster County will not be adding to the record corn crop.

  • double ear corn neb
    --Lancaster County, Neb.

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  • 8/20 - Maui, Hawaii: Just did my pro farmer yield check. Came up with 306 on the virtual crop tour page.

  • 8/20 - Adams County, Neb.: the crop tour is dead on with nebraskas irrigated corn. its always high yielding, this year like every year its in the normal yield range

  • 8/20 - Jefferson County, Iowa: The other day you were saying how a viewer had so many stalks with double ears. We know just what he's talking about. Our fields here in SE Iowa (Jefferson County) are not only full of double ears, there are stalks that are trying for triplets! Of course they won't amount to much, but still.... There are a lot of them to be found, and the ones with two are good ears. Our area hasn't seen corn looking this good in seven or eight years. This year was the first year in about 7 years we finished planting before July 4. We haven't had LOTS of rain, but what we've had has come at the perfect times. Barring hail or an early frost, this should be a good harvest for us. Beans are looking fabulous, too.

  • iowa corn2   iowa corn
    --Jefferson County, Iowa

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  • 8/20 - Western Ill.: Drenching rain direly needed. Less than an inch since the 4th of July, in dribbles few and far between, just like 2013 and 2012. After worse than average planting conditions. The plants look healthy, but the pods and ears won't fill without soil moisture, which we don't have; which many in the I states don't have, as hit-and-miss as the rains have been. There is a whole lot more VARIABILITY out there due to the hit-and-miss rains since early July than those making estimates are accounting for. Rain on the other end of a county or state does absolutely nothing where it does not rain, to state the obvious. Those top-end yields are gone, likely at the rate of near 1 bushel per day recently. (200 * 3 + 120 * 2)/5 = 168. Not 185. Not 240. We shall soon enough true it up, and the market will have to do the same. Best to all out there as hay cuttings progress and harvest preparations are made. Another year of being blessed by this wonderful yet trying trade; another year that unrealistic bean counters (misnomer, as we actually count the beans and they instead grab guesses by others in their same line of work) in air conditioned offices surrounded by asphalt, catching Happy Hour at the karaoke bar, try to impact our families. I'll be checking back in on the markets...in December or later. When it's true. When it will be of any benefit to our family to even consider any additional sales. We don't bleed, sweat, cry and die to provide free labor. And a 15% carryover is a precarious scenario, to price crops below the cost of production. All it will take is a normal multi year drought. Recall what happened when Egypt stockpiled prior to the massive 7 year drought, and their neighbors did not? Let's not be the neighbors. There is not another "Midwest USA" that can step in to bail us out. Yet the markets will price under production with under a 2 month surplus... It will be a hard lesson learned, when it comes. "Just-in-time" food production is a mass die-off farce. Does one only keep enough fuel in the tank to make it from one fuel station to the next nearest station? Don't forget also that California grows 50% of what we consume, and they are in a terrible multi-year drought, with expectations for worsening. The lack of food from out West will increase demand for substitute foods. The way our markets price crops to essentially run out of them is suicidal, at best. Planned devastation, some might say. Extremely profitable for those at the helm, some others might say. I say it's time to keep optimistic and take a pass on watching the markets for at least a few months.

  • 8/20 - Southeast S.D.: I do know why NFO didn't,t work, it was just a thought! I know how farmers work, just the way the industry experts want us!with last rains crops are looking ok. Been walking some fields and checking ears, smaller than normal ears, 16x36 catching a lot of them, 27-28 pop. You can do the math. I have done it but by harvest it will shrink by 15% Beans look good, need more rain to finish. Pro farmer tour in SD yesterday but I don't know where, they never come to my area! Reports on text from FCS said mixed reports from 1st day! ??? Corn was down .05? Don't know what to say! Fixed grain markets just like 60 minutes report on stock market! Keep fightin'. Good luck!

  • 8/20 - Winneshiek County, Iowa: 12 inches of rain in June, less than an inch in July, less than an inch in August. Our Extension agronomists calculate we are 2 normal summer weeks behind in grain maturity. As of now we have the potential for a good but not great crop -- assuming regular rains resume and we don't have an early frost.

  • 8/20 - Ontario, Canada: Mother Nature gave us the opportunity for much better cash crop prices and if we were lucky to have a good crop we had very good farm cash flow.We are always one big crop away from much lower prices the past tells us this.All we need to do is take a percentage out of production and the problem will fix itself just like Mother Nature does,but be careful not to go too far and kill demand for our grain


 

  • 8/19 - Central Ind.: We have a good crop of corn and by no means a bin busting crop. No rain to talk about here in about six weeks so it took care of all those BIG BUSHELES all the experts and USDA were talking about. The jury is still out on the soybean crop the pod count is good but we will need rain to make bushels.

  • 8/19 - Ward County, N.D.: Winter wheat harvest is under way. VOM levels are high and elevators refusing to take the the crop. Yields down significantly due to head scab. Allot of cheat grass, green and yellow foxtail and foxtail barley due to the wet spring and cool weather, and thin plant stand. Allot of bare grassy spots. I think these grasses filling in the bare spots may have USDA satellite imagery showing a wheat yield in those areas. Combines here showing a lower than average yields. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/19 - Southwest Mich: It has been a very cold July and August this year. After scouting fields this past week, I found corn that was still pollinating. In a 130 acre field, pollination started on the lighter ground on July 11th, but did not finish until the second week of August on the heavy ground. There has been no heat stress on the crop, but it is hard for it to get going when the temp is 80F for the High during the day and 48F at night. On August 15th, we had record low of 41F degrees. I guess that explains why the beans are only knee high and the 30 inch rows will not close. The beans have to be at least 3 weeks behind. In fact I just saw this weekend a field of seed corn being detassled, that is at least 4 weeks behind the norm. We have not had ample rain fall for filling out the ears and pods, but on the flip side no stress with the lower temperatures and adequate sub moisture. The second ears look like they will be stuck in the stripper plates again this year. It will be interesting to see what the crop tour pulls out of there hat this year. Everyone have a safe harvest.

  • 8/19 - Southwest Ohio: To SE South Dakota comment . The NFO didn't work because it involves organization . How do you do that with independent business people ( farmers ) ? There's no way we all could stick together. Once seed & fert. Companies start cutting deals with the neighbor down the rd. It would fall apart overnight. Crops here look awful. Epic failure. There won't be a " next year" around here.

  • 8/19 - Clark County, Wis.: The last 4 Mondays we have received rain. Corn looks to be awesome on the hills that was planted in may. A couple miles either way and it gets bad to much rain in June. Third crop hay is going down and has flowered tonnage will be there when the sun shines and able to make it. beans finally got knee high last week the cool summer has really slowed the growth. They seem to have a fair amount pods we will see when the combine harvest them. GO PACK

  • 8/19 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Took another little trip through southern Gentry Co, MO. I'll admit it has been a year or so since I took that route but what was mostly CRP or pasture ground is now mostly in beans with some corn. Both look good from the road. I really didn't see much damage from the reported 6"+ rain they received last Friday/Saturday. Crop insurance agent made his 2nd trip out to check my crops. He's doing population counts and later he says I'll need to submit my records as to when and what I sprayed. Is anyone else having to do this? I'll add my comment on the lower prices this year. Anyone who has farmed very long knows that if the 3I states report a crop prices will be low. Along with all the added acres it was a train wreck waiting to happen. Absentee landlords are going to pull ground out of the CRP when the 10,000+ acre boys are going around offering $200/a cash rent. I wonder what will happen as I doubt if there is another massive enrollment in CRP because I don't think that the gvt can afford to implement another widespread acreage reduction program. Maybe some of these hills around here will get seeded down and back into hay and cattle production.


 

  • 8/18 - Nebraska: I thought this comments page was made for farmers to let everybody know how their crops were doing. Good or bad. Not for bashing other farmers if they have a good looking crop. I dont think pictures on this little comments page is going to make the price of crops on the Chicago Board of Trade go up or down. And oh yeah, crops look good here.

  • 8/18 - Southern Georgia: Great post by Illinois on 8/14! That is a dude that understands his farm and how it works! Ever in GA I have a beer waiting for you!

  • 8/18 - Olmsted County, Minn: Good news for drought stricken areas of MN/IA/WI & ND. I'm confident that widespread soaking rains are on the way for much of next week. Computer model data has been advertising this weather pattern shift & there appears to be a consensus with the various data out there. Upper Level winds winds turn W/SW & this will allow Gulf of Mexico moisture to flow north into the Upper Midwest.

  • 8/18 - Paraná, Brazil: The news we have here from US crop is that it will be a bin buster, and we will sell our soybean next year under U$9,00 a bushel. I have to say that under US$13,00 a bushel in Chicago, most areas in the north region of Brazil will not pay the bills.Reading this excellent website I see that the reality is different. Many areas in US are suffering a drought and the USDA will fill the bins with reports. Farmers are equal all over the word and have the same problems too. Manipulated figures to keep prices low. If we were financelly independent, we could refuse this prices we believe are wrong. But we must sell our crops to pay for the toys we bought. Nowadays, we only have the power to choose the day we will sell our crop.

  • 8/18 - Southeast S.D.: Just as I say drought we get a nice inch of rain! Still won't have a record crop but it sure will help finish! Does anyone on here remember the NFO! Oops that's a naughty word to the "industry" everything they stood for and fought against we are living! Why do we as farmers think we need to finance seed companies and fertilizer companies! Let's wait til April 15th to order our seed and fertilizer, maybe then we could price their product instead of the way it's happening now! Just a thought! Great comment 8/14 Illinois! Let's produce ourselves right out of business! I guess we do have it better this year than we did in '12, we were chopping 2 bu. corn silage, on Aug 15th! Yeah my aph on that farm is quite profitable at $3! Thanks and good luck!

  • 8/18 - Jackson County, Minn.: So what I'm gathering here is that we would be better off if we created a union, allocated production to limited bushels per producer, and incinerate any extra supply? Hmm... I'm pretty sure there are governments that would give you this opportunity... But I sure hope its never like that here.

  • 8/18 - Olive County, N.D.: Wheat harvest just about to start. 5 inches of rain in last 12 hours. According to USDA thinking, that should make for ideal harvest conditions and probably added 5-10 bushels to our yield. Corn in our area is gonna need a Christmas miracle. It looks good, but a long way to go. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/18 - Fillmore County, Minn.: From under water to no water again this year. It seems nearly impossible to receive any substantial rainfall in July /August any more. We made it to mid July this year with great moisture, so we were farther along this year than previous four years. Being positive, we still have potential for a nice crop, but should have had some rain ten days ago. Also, on the positive side, it has been cloudy and cool to help keep the crops free from high stress levels. We will see what this week brings for weather. I believe we are behind in heat units.

  • 8/18 - Northeast Iowa: Hello from northeast Iowa, here we go again.

  • bad corn
    --Northeast Iowa

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  • 8/18 - Tuscola County, Mich.: The American Farmer is the perfect example of a perfectly functioning competitive market...tromp the demand by over supplying a commodity as everyone snatches at the extra dollars until all are bleeding at the bottom. Improve the 20% of your acreage that could benefit from tile or cover crops by idling it for a year and the increase in price across the board will pay for it...don't have to strike guys just pace demand.

  • 8/18 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Beans an corn will be the best ever, the milo will be 125 plus, Grand river is flooding heavy rain in the night on Friday

  • 8/18 - Southeast N.D.: NO RAIN for 43 days USDA says there are 5.9 million acres of soybeans planted in North Dakota no chance to get anywhere the 32 bpa that usda says lucky to average 20bpa


 

  • 8/15 - Lucas County, Iowa: Corn planted late (mid May) due to heavy spring rains, silked first of August. Less than 1/2 inch of rain since the first of July. Now all I need is an average or early frost to drive the final nail in!

  • 8/15 - Western Wis.: We are in need of rain desperately .5 inches since July 15th a complete repeat of last year floods to flash drought started almost to the same day as last year.

  • 8/15 - Essex, Mo.: Amen to Illinois 8/14!!! A March,April,May strike will fix the problem, but a lot of folks will not join the cause.

  • 8/15 - South Central Minn.: The comment from Southwest Ind says they hope crop prices don't go any lower but your gonna take pictures of your crop and tell us your yield for the whole world to see???? I can't imagine they would go up if we keep showing everybody pictures like that for the whole world to see. The comments from Illinois and southeast SD are the best I've read in a long time. Hopefully farmers are starting to wake up and get it figured out. Unfortunately there's still going to be those out there that just don't get it. By the way after talking to our agronomist we can't afford a frost until after Oct 25. We'll need more than luck for that to happen.

  • 8/15 - Dallas County, Iowa: Comments from 8-14 Illinois and 8-13 Northeast Neb. are so true. You guys nailed it! A friend of mine has described farmers as being in "race to the bottom". There is a movement in farming today to see who can out tech, out spend, and out produce everyone else. The result is a market oversaturated with commodities priced lower than production costs. " A race to the bottom " in which we are all going to lose. You squishy feel gooders that get goose pimples when you tell the world how great your yields are going to be may want to do a little 4th grade math and see how little your bragging rights are worth. Nobody but you needs to know that you're the only one with 250 bu. corn and 75 bu. beans.

  • 8/15 - Manitoba: The winter wheat harvest is underway in Manitoba. The crop is turning out to be less than expected. The scab is ranging up to 30% on some fields and some of these fields have had 2 applications of fungicide. We don't know whether this crop will even be marketable. So far, there is only one variety that isn't showing any scab damage but it is only now becoming available for seeding this fall. Wish it had come a year earlier! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


 

  • 8/14 - Hamlin County, S.D.: We really couldn't have asked for a better growing season this year with the exception of the mild temps for corn. We've started getting low's in the 40's and corn has a long way to go, even the sweet corn was 3-4 weeks later this year. Has anyone thought of the possibility of an early frost? I would imagine that could have a market impact.

  • 8/14 - East Central Iowa: cutting 4th crop hay.not alot of fun. We need rain bad. Some hay is 2 ft. While some is 6" high on the lighter ground. We are lucky that temps are in the upper 70's to 80F and not upper 80's to low 90's. I know one thing's for sure, we are not adding to yields.

  • crop comments 814
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 8/14 - Yuma County, Colo.: Had some rains last week and dryland corn looks good, some outstanding fields. This has been a tough year, lots of storms with high winds, and hail damage throughout the County. The Irrigated corn is not as good as last year. Pinto's and Kidneys look fantastic. Wheat that was not hailed produced record yields. Pastures look awesome with happy cows. This part of Colorado looks very pastoral, especially after so many dry years. Come visit Colorado. We now sell weed. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/14 - Illinois: Let's do some calculations: 2012 corn crop came in at 122 bu and let's say average price was $7. That's gross $854/acre. At this point in time USDA is at approx 165 bu/acre and local market is $3, for a gross of $495/acre. That would be a net difference of NEGATIVE $359/acre. Now the moral here is the more bushels we make, the lower our gross income, yet we spend more money in corn seed, fertilizer, and rent to always try to make a higher yield which is the culprit to lowering prices substantially which gives us lower gross. If we as a nation spent less on fertilizer and planted less seed and tried to average 130 bu corn it would probably be $6.50. In essence we spend more money to make more bushels to make less money, SMART farmers I tell you. But my neighbor received rain and is making 200 bu so he is happy but I missed the rain and I'm making 125 bu. I can't cover my bills. Now I know you are thinking, we have insurance coverage but a farmer that may have missed the rain a few years and his aph drops to a level that doesn't cover his expense goes belly up. Maybe next year everybody averages 200 bu that way we can sell for $2.00/bu and gross $400/acre and maybe insurance guarantee is $2.50/bu that way if you have 200 bu aph at 80% coverage it's $400/acre, insurance won't cover your expense. And with this scenario many farmers have to make 150-200 bu just to pay the landlord. I'm no rocket scientist but numbers don't lie. So I say let's all shoot for 250 bu so we can sell for $1/bu, makes perfect sense to me. The sooner we self implode as corn farmers of this nation, the sooner the American public will go hungry and appreciate how much a farmer does to give this nation the luxury it has.

  • 8/14 - Southeast S.D.: Drought, that's what I'm seeing. Corn on light ground is done, just poor silage. Small ears on corn that still looks fair,but top 30% is gone. Soybeans are being sprayed but I don't know why they're white from mid morning on. Not that warm, just around 80 but no humidity so real hard on crops! Poorest looking 3rd crop alfalfa since '12 when we didn't get a 3rd cutting. Can't believe after 5-6 dollar corn we will be looking at possible LDP payments! All that BS instead of just selling for a profit, I don't understand what all you experts are trying to do, we just got rid off gov't payments and had most profitable years for all in ag business and now back to gov't BS? Good luck!

  • 8/14 - Southeast Ind.: Looking at crops and feeling Blessed! We received 1.0-1.8" of rain this past weekend and early in the week. Talked to many within 30 miles this week who desperately need rain, praying He sends some their way. Calculated GDD since May 1st and were surprised we were only 131 behind the 30 year average and 103 behind last year.

  • indiana beans   indiana corn
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 8/14 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: You all heard the USDA's report on the record corn crop in Minnesota . . .quite possibly the satellite imagery is mistaking my rain induced weeds for corn? This afternoon, while discing, the results of the copious amounts of rain we received in June were evident.

  • 8/14 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Corn is hanging in there but looking a little dry for having over an inch and a half last week. I think the beans need sunshine but they too look like they could use another rain. Been to Maryville, Sedalia and Parsons, KS the last 3 days. Crops look good around Maryville but not sure of the yield. Beans looked really good through Conception and Stanberry, dark green and tall. Toward Sedalia, what stood out is that corn in the Henrietta bottom looked like it was dying in places. Friend in Crawford Co, KS will start shelling corn next week. Burned up but still expecting a decent crop.

  • 8/14 - Rice County, Minn.: Still dry .6" total since the beginning of July. Fortunately we have not had much for heat but a cool & dry summer does not contribute to rapid crop maturity. While checking fields today I was surprised @ the slow rate of complete pollination within cornfields. Scouting soybeans for aphids reveals lower than anticipated pod counts although nice vegetive growth for what it is worth. Spraying last of my soybeans for bugs tomorrow. Strangely it feels like September weather here. We have not had any "dog days"of summer (hot & humid). Let's hope this is not a precursor to an early end to the growing season. Yes there is decent potential around here on the good soils, but we need moisture along with an extended growing season to contribute to the prophecy. Was fun to hear some of the dissatisfaction in traders & analysts, expecting the USDA to endorse their positions of even bigger crops on Tuesday, and then not follow through. There are some big expectations on the podium for this crop. In closing, I know football & farming are two different walks of life but I bet you recall the 2007 New England Patriots. Perfect season, lost the Super Bowl & are regarded as a failure. I hope we don't dissappoint ;-).

  • 8/14 - Southwest Ind.: Received an inch of rain last weekend which was greatly appreciated. Things were starting to get dry here with out having measurable rain for 3 weeks. All crops here look very good. Early beans are just starting to fill pods and double crop beans are ankle to knee high and are flowering. Corn is in early dent stage with very little disease or insect pressure. Kernel count on hill ground corn is checking in at 230 bu/ac. using 80,000 kernels/bu and low ground planted 3 weeks earlier is at 262 bu/ac. Hope crop prices don’t go any lower.

  • Early Beans   Double Crop Beans
    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 8/14 - Southwest Ind.: Corn is in early dent stage with very little disease or insect pressure. Kernel count on hill ground corn is checking in at 230 bu/ac. using 80,000 kernels/bu and low ground planted 3 weeks earlier is at 262 bu/ac. Hope crop prices don’t go any lower.

  • Corn 2   Corn 1
    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 8/13 - Freeborn County, Minn.: Just plain dry only 0.85 in. rain in last 7 wks.

  • 8/13 - Carroll County, Ill.: Last year our county had the highest yield per acre in the state of Illinois. This county has ranked near the top for several years. The crop customarily looks good this time of year but we have large cracks in the ground and we cooled off without a rain again. If something does not change soon, morning dew will have to finish this crop. It is the same going west into Iowa. The ground got hard packing rain early in the growing season. This year will put great dirt to the test so far this year in this part of an "I" state. Let the combine tell the story from the whole field. Talk is cheap. Lots of variables. Hoping to be surprised.

  • 8/13 - Nobles County, Minn.: Dry here. Have not had any substantial moisture for nearly 3 weeks. Went out and did a count on harvestable ears. Had major emergence problems, very uneven. Some corn came up 2-3 weeks later than the kernel next to it. We'll obviously those issues do not correct themselves. I planted 34,500 pop and now I am counting 18 to 22 good ears. Not good! Some of the issues were obviously variety related some of it planting April 26th. Either way no record crop here and shrinking by the day. Our corn crop is 7 to 10 days behind normal. Need a very late frost.

  • 8/13 - Northeast Neb.: All the farmers should go buy 30 percent of the corn they are going to raise this year on the board and then go disk 30 percent of there acres under if we would all do this we would make money on the board and the price would go up for the rest of are crop we would only have to do this one year and from then on they would make sure we would make a profit or they would be scared we would do it again we need to stop taking what price they give use and control our own destiny we could control the markets if we weren't so greedy and just worked together.

  • 8/13 - Walsh County, N.D.: Wheat crop looks really good, but wheat seeded June 12-17 needs a rain. Last rain here was over 4 weeks ago. Edible beans and soybeans are growing nicely now that the temp is aroung 80, but they could use a good rain right now. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/13 - Nemaha County, Kan.: Six ears on this kansas corn

  • corn stock
    --Nemaha County, Kan.

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  • 8/13 - Daviess County, Ky.: Dry land corn about average(130-150). Irrigated corn looks very strong crossing finish line(200-240). Soybeans could use a little more rain, but holding up nicely.


  • 8/12 - Carroll County, Ill.: Last year our county had the highest yield per acre in the state of Illinois. This county has ranked near the top for several years. The crop customarily looks good this time of year but we have large cracks in the ground and we cooled off without a rain again. If something does not change soon, morning dew will have to finish this crop. It is the same going west into Iowa. The ground got hard packing rain early in the growing season. This year will put great dirt to the test so far this year in this part of an "I" state. The sweet corn was good! Let the combine tell the story from the whole field. Talk is cheap. Lots of variables. Hoping to be surprised.

  • 8/12 - Buffalo County, Neb.: We received about 3" of much needed rain in the last week, the first decent rain since late June. Any dryland crops that were still hanging on will be helped, although it's too late for some of the corn. A lot of pastures had went dormant and turned brown. Hopefully this ill wake the grass back up too. Good luck to all.

  • 8/12 - Lyon County, Minn.: I also am from Lyon County, MN and have a very poor crop coming this fall. Replanted 116 acres of Soybeans so far this year in several spots. Was to late for insurance to pay for replant but wanted something in the holes to hold the weeds down. Corn in the low ground that usually goes 200+ is either drowned out or just tasseled 2 weeks ago and is 12-14 round max. Had some farms that the tile could keep up on that had a really nice looking corn crop coming, but have only had 8 tenths since fathers day. Have been farming for a short 30 years, and believe I will be collecting crop insurance on several farms from yield loss and revenue on the rest. Starting to worry that the 103 corn will not finish. Big question now is weather to spray bugs or add onto the revenue check. Next year is coming, and all we can do is try our best again then. Safe harvest to all!

  • 8/12 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Two ears on every stalk and three on some just like every year. At harvest there will be one average ear and a small ear on a few stalks that gets ground by the corn head. Too wet too cold early and too dry in July. Good crop for me but not as good as last year. My beans average too. Too early to tell if they will be good but number of pods is down as of today. Not sure if I am long or short the market but should be close at 150 corn sold and 40 beans.

  • 8/12 - Meeker County, Minn.: We received 1.5 to 2 inches rain over the weekend. We have finally broke the pattern of last year. Last year we had a wet late spring. Followed by a dry late summer. Last years crop was very sub par. Until this past weekend this year has been almost a carbon copy of last year. We still need lots of heat and a later than normal frost. This years crop is no bin buster. But it may get to average. We are very relieved to receive this rain.


  • 8/11 - Northeast S.D.: Just got a 4 inch rain this weekend after a week and a half dry spell. Corn and beans looking great. Some wheat still unharvested. Pastures are green and growing.

  • 8/11 - Cerro Gordo County, Iowa: Crops are suffering with the lack of rain. We had only 6 tenths for the month of July and none the first 11 days of August. This is the third year in a row that we have watched our crops burn up, after struggling to get it planted.

  • 8/11 - South Central N.D.: Best looking soybean crop ever, and remember ND has 6 mil acres of them!

  • 8/11 - St. Joseph, Ind.: all the so called experts are spending there time driving around ill. so according to them were all having a record crop. same ppl that were saying 22 dollar beans and 12 dollar corn are now on the yield band wagon.

  • 8/11 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: We received 6+ inches of rain this weekend, I would have gladly shared that with others if I could have. I don’t think we have to worry about low prices for long, because the flood to drought cycles seem to be getting more extreme every year.

  • 8/11 - Southeast S.D.: Three times as much rain in the first 9 days of Aug as we had in July! 9/10ths. Sure should help fill the 1 ear on my corn but they will be small and wet, unless the rest of Aug and Sept are good to us! Still a long way from "record" here! So much for $3 corn it's $2.94 now. Thank God I forward contracted some!beans are holding on and this rain will be beneficial even though my 30" rows aren't shaded completely! Thanks!

  • 8/11 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Total Rain fall since June 28th has been around 1 inch give or take, some areas more but not a lot. Cool summer has saved us with corn looking fairly good, some burned up in poor soils and compacted driveways, ears have dropped. Beans really need a good soaker but the dome over Lincoln won't allow any rain to drop. Further south and east of Lincoln saw good rains this weekend, 1.4 to 1.8 inches Harvest will be later then normal in this area.

  • 8/11 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: Got 2.5 inches of rain yesterday. hope that can finish the crop out.

  • 8/11 - Carroll Parish, La.: Some corn has been sampled. Moisture is still in the mid 20 percent range. Early group 4 soybeans are turning yellow(maturing) every day now. Combines will be wide open in the next 10 days. Gonna be a bin buster on the corn , as well for the soybeans. Cotton is blooming out of the top, and rice is heading.

  • 8/11 - Newaygo, Mich.: Crops looked very good 2 weeks ago, now we are 4 weeks with no measurable rainfall. Very dry corn fields on light ground, beans are really curling on most ground now. Jerry Gulke- your predictions across Iowa and Illinois about "not a bad field in sight" makes me think you never read the comments on here. You sound just like the USDA. The crop is getting smaller by the day and yet you refuse to believe it. People from Iowa and Illinois saying how badly they need rain. Twin ears do not fill without adequate moisture, so basically they mean nothing. Bottom line- USDA should reduce the crop sizes in the August 12 report!

  • 8/11 - Douglas County, Ill.: we got one inch of much needed rain the last couple of days. The fields of corn around here that are well drained and had the n spoon fed to them are going to be really good this year.The beans are hip high on the first of may plantings and seem to be setting a lot of pods. The jury is still out on the beans, but with a good finish they too could yield big. Looks to be a lot of beans produced even if we have a average crop in the us, given all the extra acres.


  • 8/8 - Jackson County, Iowa: we have now joined the "sure could use a rain " club. No rain here for 2 weeks. For some, no rain for close to a month. Have had numerous chances for rain and as the day approaches it fizzles out. Crops on shallower soils showing stress. No chances of rain the 7 day forecast.

  • 8/8 - Stearns County, Minn.: Definitely not a bumper crop here in central MN. Sure there is some corn that looks good but I also have about 20% that is moisture stressed and 30% that is just pollinating now so that won't be mature until mid-October. Soybeans are wilting by noon each day and the hilltops are burnt. Once again, too much rain early on and not enough in the second half of the growing season. I can't imagine global warming has anything to do with this as we are way behind on GDU's for the second straight year. The good news is the small grain crop is excellent and I never had so much straw!

  • 8/8 - La Porte, Ind.: Crops look average we had an inch of rain a few days ago it was a life saver for the high sandy soil spider mites starting to show up. White mold showing up in areas that had good rain fall. Check your fields. Don't put the sprayers away yet.

  • 8/8 - Southeast S.D.: We'll we got some rain, Aug 6th it rained all day, 3/10 of an inch! "Grain making rain" according to the "experts". Rain fell from the east and the ground in sweet corn patch didn't get wet on west side of stalks! Top end defiantly gone! 6/10 of an inch here since Father's Day! Silks just seem to stay the same, 2nd ear has been aborted! $3.03 for corn locally!

  • 8/8 - Wayne County, Neb.: Corn looks good driving by. This field took hail June 3rd, and a planted population of 25,500 was reduced to just over 17,000. This field was side dressed with 25 gallons of 32% about a month ago. Sidedressing will payoff as fields that had all the nitrogen applied right after the planter are looking yellow. We had a very dry July, but a very nice rain Tuesday night-Wednesday morning. Crop is behind, we will need heat units moving forward.

  • nebraska corn
    --Wayne County, Neb.

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  • 8/8 - Southeast Ind.: Was checking a plot and noticed a big difference in grey leaf resistance between hybrids. Will be interesting to see how yield turns out since plot will not be sprayed with fungicides. Double crop soybeans were looking good at 24 days a couple of weeks ago!

  • Double crop 24 days after planting   Competitive brand in plot is starting to get eaten up with Grey Leaf Spot
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 8/7 - Sargent County, S.D.: 1 inch of rain in July is all we have mustered. June was so wet, we received 4" in 45 minutes in one rain event and that caused lots of flooding and drown out. I’m sorry but I’ve been farming for 40 years and have never seen a 2nd ear contribute to my yield unless the corn stand was miserably low. Now maybe those corn hybrids down south are different than our northern hybrids, that very well may be the case. The soybeans here need moisture badly, by noon they appear very stressed. Wheat harvest has just started with some of the poorer soils being the first to go. Quality and yields look to be good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/7 - Knox County, Ill.: According to the USDA and as of August 3rd, over 3 million acres of corn has yet to silk in the four states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Total acres not yet silked in 12 'northern' states is 7.291 million acres. Temps remain below normal and GDDs are lagging behind normal virtually everywhere. Some of the beans around here were hurt by the dry weather and those double ears on the corn that looked amazing two weeks ago, now look a little better than average...with a lot of the second ears giving up. Looking ahead through late August, my prediction is that Pacific hurricane activity will push warm tropical air well north into the arctic. This will force cold arctic air masses southward and east of the Canadian Rockies. It's a race to the finish line, folks, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.


  • 8/6 - Manitoba: Our wheat and canola is looking pretty much average out here and corn is definitely in need of rain. Later canola is aborting flowers because of excessive heat and lack of moisture. Went for a long drive in North Dakota to see what the "Record Large" wheat crop looked like. I saw headed wheat that still had all the rows showing. Average at best, in my opinion, with some of the wheat still green as grass, especially in the Red River valley. According to the experts in the media, it seems that, either the crop is dead or it's "RECORD LARGE". What ever happened to an average crop? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/6 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Looks like the forecasted rain is not going to happen. Rest of the week has low percentage chances of a tenth to a quarter inch. We need some moisture to finish this crop. Rain shut off after June. Big cracks in the field and lawns are brown.

  • 8/6 - West Central Minn.: We drove to Farmfest today, and thought we would do a little different drive each way to see how crops were doing. We were quite surprised when we drove through the counties of Yellow Medicine, Lyon, and Redwood, that their fields had that big of drown out areas. Several fields must have lost 30 to 50 percent of the field. Some had tried to plant either soybeans, corn(which was little more than knee high), or some other cover crop in the drown out areas, and others just left it black. Now many of these same fields are very stressed on the higher ground from lack of moisture through July. I know my crops are going to be below average from all the rain in June, but my heart went out to these farmers. This has been a miserable production year for many in Minnesota.

  • 8/6 - Swift County, Minn.: The story goes the same as the last couple of years. Extreme amounts of rain in May and June and then it shuts off. Since June 27 I have received 6/10 of an inch rain. Top yields are being reduced daily. No rain in sight either. As far as this talk of 2 ears goes, I have never seen a corn crop with a meaningful second ear. The only way that happens is if your population is way too small.

  • 8/6 - Marshall County, Ind.: well two things it aint over till its over and an old farmer told me years ago that nobody will know your stupid if you don't open your mouth. guess he thought I was !! we just had the most profitable five years in grain farming history. I don't have a pile of cash laying around but that's how this has always been just glad I can do it another year. thank you Lord

  • 8/6 - Dickinson County, Iowa: Crops look pretty Good prices look crappy.at least I won't have to feel bad for taking government handouts this year.after all I made my own career choice so why should I rob future generations,so that I can spoil myself and live high on the hog.Poor Me no new truck,motorcycle,or house on the lake this year.

  • 8/6 - East Central Ohio: Just finished second spray on beans on sat. Lots of short beans in our area of the state. Lots of corn fields tasseling as of this week. In general everything seems to be at least a few weeks behind some more. We need heat and a late frost to finish decent. A lot of the crops were planted in June around here and most have at least some prevent plant acres. I should have done the same but farm with too much emotion sometimes and planted some beans really late. Oh well I'm just glad that USDA knows what's really going on with these crops.

  • 8/6 - Southeast S.D.: Sorry Lyon Co Mn. if I offended you! We still have received no rain, weatherman just showed radar and it shows rain at my place??? It's not raining! The experts can make the numbers whatever they need them to be, I just don't think we need to give them any help pricing "our" product! But it is what we have, God willing we will get through this dip in prices. Personally I would rather harvest a smaller crop with higher prices than what we will do this fall. My first and second ears need a lot of help at this point. Good luck!

  • 8/6 - Richland County, N.D.: Our weather has switched over to dry and too dry in the valley. Our short behind corn is now firing. The beans are still not knee high in many places. What crops look good are really good but the majority remains way behind and uneven. Some corn is just tasseling and silking even though only 4-5 feet tall. Wheat looks to be the best crop. Some barley coming off and yield reports are good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 8/6 - Clark County: Monday gave us another 3 inches of rain in 5 hours that's enough for bit. not sure how this might affect pollination 6.5 inches in ten days.

  • 8/6 - Marshall County, Kan.: Crops are almost toast as we have not had any rain for 3 weeks now. the three I states better have 300 bu corn to make up. Be safe.

  • 8/6 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa : Been 4 1/2 weeks since any rain. Thin spots on hills are turning yellow and dropping yield and test weight on corn. Beans showing stress in the P.M.

  • 8/6 - McHenry County, Ill.: A pic of the soybeans podding. This nice field is next to Dacy airport.

  • soybean field   soybeans podding
    --McHenry County, Ill.

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  • 8/6 - North Central Ind.: Past two weeks have been somewhat disappointing in the rain gage. We see nice "green" coming across from Illinois on the radar, only to fall apart a few miles to the west, or go north of south of us. Irrigation running 24/7. Corn and soybeans are hurting for sure. The saving grace has been temps. Planes all over the place putting on fungicides.


  • 8/5 - Warren County, Ill.: A typical summer weather pattern here. It's raining in the areas that don't necessarily need rain and not where it is needed. We are in the "need rain" area. It's been 3 weeks since meaningful rain. The top has come off for corn and the beans are in the critical pod fill stage.

  • 8/5 - Polk County, Iowa: Many corn stalks have a second ear, substantially larger than in years past. Looked like this would be the major reason for a record crop. But I just checked these second ears and found that every kernal on every one of the second ears had aborted the kernals. The lack of rain for the past month+ is showing it's effects.

  • 8/5 - Dallas County, Iowa: Sometimes we producers focus way too much on the agronomic end of growing a crop. Marketing gets mentioned, but doesn't get nearly enough attention. I think some farmers forget that the equation of our profit or loss in this business is (Bushels X Price) - Expenses = Net gain or loss. Something else we need to focus on now has to be the nastiest part of our business......the farm program. There seems to be very little comment about what we know so far when it comes to the program sign up. At first glance it appears to be the biggest morphodite, hodge podge, gobbilty gook,conglammoration, of bureaucratic BS that we have had to work with for quite a while. I don't think I like it much. How about the rest of you? Do we really have to sit back and have this crammed down our throats or any where else they want to cram it? A good friend of mine made a very good observation. He asked, "So whatever happened to that Freedom To Farm Act?" Does anyone else remember that? I heard an ISU "expert farm economist" on the radio a few days ago telling his version about analyzing the choices and how to select the best ones when we sign up the farm for 5 YEARS. Even though it was radio, I'm pretty sure I could actually hear his eyes spinning as he explained what he thought we should do. The more he talked the dumber I got.

  • 8/5 - Somerset, Pa.: Most look good around our area a lot not tasseled yet. Soybeans are starting pod nice and cool pollination but now we need some heat to finish these crops off, we lost a lot of nitrogen this year . We'll see same story every year frost were behind Yama yadda ya dad same old complaints we'll get what we get and there ain't nothing anybody gonna do about it.

  • 8/5 - Sauk County, Wis.: In the month of July we only received about a inch of rain. Now on Monday the 4th of August received 2.75 of rain in 5 hours. What a blessing. Crops were still doing ok but this may have put the icing on the cake. But you never know. Here is hoping that the frost stays away till around the 10th to the 15th of October.

  • 8/5 - Lyon County, Minn.: Just to defend my position a little, since I got raked over the coals. I said the crops looks good, and green to the bottom on my drive. I did not speculate on the yield other than my own crop. To which, when I walked into my fields for checks, I was finding an unusually high number of 2 ear corn plants, with some having 3. I don't know how proposterus that is. It has been ideal weather, though about 1 week behind, normal weather. Also, I did say that we needed August rain and a late frost to make it all come together. No where in my post did I saw we would have a bin buster. I said we would have a decent crop, and I stand behind that comment. I have been up to McLeod county, and much of the state. The crop is behind, and there are spots that are not good, but it isn't over yet. We have been getting really spotty rains lately, so that is going to really effect our final crop. So far this year, the good Lord has blessed me. It's not in the bin yet, and it might never make it there, but it is beyond my control at this point. I did what I could do to get it there.

  • 8/5 - Christian County, Ky.: We are burning up. Corn on hills is already totally brown, lower areas might benefit from rain but none is in sight. Ears are short and not filled out, grain is small. Double crop beans are up but not growing much. Wheat was fair, not as good as last year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 8/4 - Morrison County, Minn.: Corn looking okay, just behind on heat units. Majority pollinated the last 7 days or so. I got some that is just tasseling now and we haven't had a rain in 2 weeks so the lighter soils are starting to stress, especially the shallow rooted soybeans. Amazing how every year can go from too wet in spring to too dry later in summer. It better not freeze until October 15 or I'm effed.

  • 8/4 - Fresno County, Calif.: Almonds and processing tomatoes are being harvested, alfalfa seed starts next week, Pima cotton is being irrigated and sprayed

  • almond harvest   tomato harvest
    --Fresno County, Calif.

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  • 8/4 - Fillmore County, Minn.: No rain here since mid July. We had great moisture at that time. Just looked at accuweather and it looks like the current dry weather pattern is going to continue this week. We need rain this week in my opinion to have the opportunity for a great crop. The shallow areas are showing up. It also has been cool which has kept the crop free of stress, however, behind in degree units. Hope for the best but be ready to expect the worse, low yields with a low price.

  • 8/4 - Sibley County, Minn.: Me and the boys walked some beans this week for those pesky Roundup resistant weeds, getting dry even the heavy ground is starting to show stress. A certain website I use that tracks soil moisture rates it from 28% to 38% on my various fields..... Those are drought conditions guys, everyday the crop loses yield, need rain even after the wettest June since 1870 something. Coles County, Ill is not alone with lack of moisture.

  • 8/4 - Clark County, Wis.: well it was a great corn growing week most of the corn has tassel. With warmer weather and 3.5 inches of rain this week things change fast. But we did have a little hail and wind damage to one corn field. Still have along ways to go. soybeans r coming along good but are short.

  • 8/4 - West Central Wis.: I farmed for 50 years and never seen the seasons as they are now. I drove from Wisconsin to Texas the last weekend of July, covered a lot of farm country and yes the crops look very good but I don't believe outstanding, my thoughts are that the last 2 years of drought and terrible crop conditions make us believe this crop is outstanding I believe we are back to a more normal crop . We have convinced ourselves that it is a record breaker but here in Wisconsin we need rain and I noticed the same on my trip . This crop could shrink without rain the root system is to shallow. Let's see what happens.

  • 8/4 - Surry County, N.C.: Corn as high as an elephant's eye and then some. Picture made July 18.

  • corn North Carolina
    --Surry County, Ill.

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  • 8/4 - DeKalb County, Ill.: whats with all the doom and gloom about a big crop and low prices. we are all rich from the last five or so years anyway. Cattle prices are at record highs , time to share the wealth.

  • 8/4 - Coles County, Ill.: crops are going downhill with lack of meaningfull rain. corn is losing its color on larger areas of the fields and beans are getting that whiteish look during midday as it rolls its leaves. 1/10th of a inch friday did not help much and no rain in the forecast execept for a slight chance wed. or thurs. news media see a wet road and think everything is great.

  • 8/4 - Dallas County, Iowa: 2.2 inches of rain in the last 30 days. 2.0 inches came exactly one month ago on July 5. Average rainfall for the month is 4.3. Corn root structure is very shallow and yield damage will start to be significant any day now.

  • 8/4 - Fairbault County, Minn.: Sure would be nice to have some rain. Total for July was only about ¾ inch that came 2 or three tenths at a time. Beans are having a hard time "closing" the rows. Nights are very cool. Corn pollination was uneven due to flooding rains in early June. Can’t see most of the bad spots from the road anymore, so at least a guy feels better. I know my backyard is small, but I don’t see huge crops here, too wet early, now dry and cool when we need rain and heat. Hope I’m wrong, we’ll need the extra bushels to pay next year’s bills.

  • 8/4 - Richland County, Ill.: I'm not sure whats going on with my corn. Nearly all stalks have 2 silks and alot have 3 silks on the stalk with 2 silks coming out under the shucks on 2 sides of the ear. And yes those 2 have a small ear, size of my thumb forming. Pollination is still going on. We've had ample moisture, but no excess. Whats up?

  • 8/4 - Rockford, Ill.: soybeans on light ground losing color


  • 8/1 - Rice County, Minn.: I have had a total of 3/10" of rain since my last posting of a dry theme. Our lighter soils have really shown stress & irreversible damage due to the circumstances lately. Otherwise things look generally good from the windshield for a casual observation but the reminders of a late planting and ghosts of excessive moisture still lurk. In essence, we still need a very good finish. I have learned through the years that a steady average will beat a roller coaster ride in regard to weather and markets. We have not had either in quite some time and I do not forsee this changing as weather and politics become more unpredictable. The concerning part is how increasingly interconnected this all is.

  • 8/1 - East Central Iowa: I'm almost afraid to say things look pretty good here after a rough start. I realize it's not in th bin. Crops are not showing any stress yet . like a lot of you, we wouldn't turn it down (just about like every year). For some it's been almost 3 weeks since they had a good drink. Fungicide treatment may start around here by the end of the week. For those of you who can't respectfully disagree with another producer, or claim you can't understand why someone would let others know how good things are in there area, let me ask again....... why are you reading this blog, turning on your computer or listening to the markets on the radio? How do you market your crop, by looking out your window?

  • Round baler   Round bales
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 8/1 - Hardin County, Ohio: Things are looking good in NW Ohio. We have had plenty of moisture and just got 1.5 Inches when things started getting dry. Some corn got off to a bad start and fields are wavy with different maturities. Overall not bad. Beans are shorter than normal and some spotty from emergence and/or too much rain. I don't see a record year around here

  • Ohio corn
    --Hardin County, Ohio

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Jul 31, 2014

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  • 7/31 - McLeod County, Minn.:Lyon county, come up to McLeod County and take a look. not upset with your comments, but maybe overestimating the facts before the final score. We have a long way to go up here (many, many pp acres of corn and beans)- those that did get planted need rain and heat. There are good areas around here, but not what USDA thinks. If we don't get rain soon, many of the areas of lighter soil will be ruined. Don't want to rain on your parade, but a ways away from the bin. Looking for a rally, wait until December...

  • 7/31 - Johnson County, Iowa: Corn looks good but beans on lighter ground need rain soon also the beans are short.

  • 7/31 - Berrien County, Mich.: I read crop comments almost every day and every growing region has a crop issue due to weather and the usda keeps making the crop bigger and they will never correct it if it doesn't make 5 to 6 dollar corn will work for everybody we just need to raise 150 bu corn

  • 7/31 - South Central Minn.: Kudos to the comments from Southeast SD and Dallas Co, Iowa your comments are spot on. Why do you need to take a picture of your yield monitor and put it on a web site for the whole world to see? What do you think you accomplished by doing this? The comment from Lyon Co Mn is beyond comprehension. 3 ears?? How preposterous. Finally to the comment from Dobson N.C, glad your corn LOOKS nice but I'm pretty sure Iowa might produce just a little bit more corn than N.C. What's the average yield in N.C compared to Iowa? I have a hunch the market cares more about the yield in Iowa rather than N.C that's why their dirt is worth twice as much. The stupidity of some people to brag or boast about something they have to the whole world is beyond comprehension. There's a old saying "you can't fix stupid". How true it is.

  • 7/31 - Cheyenne County, Neb. Wheat harvest 80-90% done. One second hand yield report from Deuel County said yield on dryland wheat @ 98.2 bu. /acre. There were some very good yields around the area. Harvest stopped because of rain Monday evening. We hope to finish over the weekend. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 7/30 - Coles County, Ill.: east side of ill is dry. the rains forecasted the last few weeks fizzle out after they cross the mississippi river. corn is fireing up on the high ground and on the low areas where the stunted corn is from the standing water in june and have shallow roots and rock hard ground due to the standing water. soybeans are trying to put on pods but really need a good rain. cool weather is sustaining the crop but slowing development. corn ears are tipping back and the second ear is pollinated but drying up instead of filling out. still a average crop but weather is taking off the top end.

  • 7/30 - Southeast S.D.: We need rain bad, yes Lyon co Mn it is doom and gloom, are your 2 and 3 ears per stalk finished yet! In the bin? I don't think so. I've seen 2 ears on stalks before but never harvested them. When the experts at usda here talk like yours it's like dumping gas on a fire! Fayette co Tx congrats to you on good yield! I've seen good yields like that on my monitor, but will the whole field do that? If I stop real fast with my combine my monitor might jump up to 300+ but not my whole field! Hope it rains soon, no rain in forecast, but if usda and weather service need cheaper grains they'll change it to their favor!

  • 7/30 - Sauk County, Wis.: Cold no heat. Corn and Beans look good but have a long way to go. No significant rain just enough to keep you from combining wheat. No sun to dry the wheat. Sun comes out at 7:00 at night. Hope our first Frost is December 1 we are going to need that much time to ripen the crops. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/30 - Coles County , Ill.: It has been a long time since we have seen a rain over 1/2 inch. the last few weeks have seen a couple 2/10" rains and we are dry, dry ,dry. crops are showing the stress when they are trying to fill ears and develop pods.It's a bad time to be cold and dry.

  • 7/30 - Dallas County, Iowa: Sometimes I have to scratch my head and wonder about what I read on here. Lyon Co. MN. took an 80 mile road trip to Sioux Falls SD and says he has DOUBLE and TRIPLE eared corn and 15 to 20 beans per plant already, so this crop is going to be a biggun. Really? Go find that second ear come harvest time, it'll be a nubbin. There's no way to have any real idea about soybeans until the number of beans (not pods) per plant are harvestable. You must be a part of the PRO FARMER TOUR. You say the comments here are "doom and gloom" to get a price bounce. In my opinion, the trade over estimates the production so they can financially violate producers. Old sayings are usually very good advice. One that comes to mind is, "Buy the rumor and sell the fact". I think end users may want to consider this and start taking advantage of these basement bargain prices and start buying the rumor. Fact of the matter is, when it's all said and done with there have been some over zealous estimates about the size of the crops in the Midwest this year, excluding Lyon Co, MN....it's going to be a bin buster there! I will give that producer credit in his observation that there is still a lot that can change this crop's potential. Hells Bells we could have 17B. of corn and 5B. soybean crop with $1.63 corn and $4.17 soybeans. Worst part of it is some producers would look at the production numbers and say "aint we special".

  • 7/30 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: No rain since July 5, but crops look good. Beans will start to cut yields soon. Not looking at a bin buster here like last year.

  • 7/30 - Knox County, Ill.: As per the USDA, 8.8 million acres of corn have yet to silk as of July 27th in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Another 9 million acres have yet to silk in those 'northern' states of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Ohio and Indiana. That totals almost 18 million acres. On our farm, this is longest, most drawn-out pollination period I can remember. We started planting corn on May 3rd and finished on May 8th. We saw our first tassel on July 10th after accumulating 1,614 GDDs from 5-3. Between July 10 and July 28, we collected just 349 GDDs or roughly 81% of normal. The average hourly temperature for the same period was 69.5 degrees. NOAA forecasts below normal temps and below normal precip through mid-August.


  • 7/29 - Southwest Mich.: Corn started tasseling on July 11. A lack of precipitation has started some firing on corn planted on light soil. We still have good sub moisture, but we are running out of growing degrees days. We have had four mornings where the temperatures have been in the high fourties, this does not help the beans grow. They were to wet in June and the first of July, now it is to cold. They are flowering and some pods are developing, but the plants are only a little over knee high. I doubt that some of the 30 inch rows will reach closure before the beans reach term. It looks like an average crop in our area, the corn will be at the top end of yields (190-215 b/a) but the soybeans will probably be in the middle (35-40 b/a).

  • 7/29 - Fayette County, Texas: Yall guys up north might not be impressed, but my corn yields are turning out better than last 3 years added together!

  • yield monitor
    --Fayette County, Texas

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  • 7/29 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Crops still looking good here but a nice soaker would be great. I had expected corn to start rolling and maybe the beans to start turning over a little during the day but it hasn't happened yet. Made a trip to Atlantic IA today. Beans were smaller than I expected. Corn seems to be "thinner" than I expected. Crops looked good there but I've seen better. It'll be interesting to see what crop ratings do here if we don't get rain until 8/9.

  • 7/29 - Sibley County, Minn.: The corn on heavy ground looks "ok" but anything from a bin-buster. Lighter soils beginning to show stress right at the critical time of pollination a large portion of Central Minnesota corn crops are pollinating now and with no rain forecast expect 10 to 15 bushels off the averages. That puts our prospects at best an overall average crop with some strong spots mitigated away by the drowned out areas and the rest in the normal yield range. Beans are struggling given the lack of GDD's an early frost before October 1 will be devastating for both corn and beans. Others are correct in their thoughts given Central MN especially as there will be fields that do not black layer until the middle of October. Imagine the test weight on that when it goes thru the dryer and the cost! At best an average crop here and praying that we get rains in August and no frost until October 1 or later.....Good Luck if your crops aren't mature by then as some guys will still experience substantial yield losses if a killing frost occurs on October 1

  • 7/29 - Southeast S.D.: Back from the hills, nice and green across SD, grass not as tall and thick as other years. Saw nice bean and corn fields between Plankington and White River on the way out, not so good on the way back, tasseled corn and almost shaded beans, hailed out Sat. morning, pretty ugly, I feel for those guys! Conditions getting worse here, no rain, cracks in ground and no rain in sight! Aug 12th crop report should be depressing! I'm sure usda will still see only the record setting crop out here! Been talking with the banker some, scary! Good luck! With our recent "rally" $3.10 locally!

  • 7/29 - Berrien County, Mich.: 60 degrees today and maybe 72 tomorrow good crops right now but with out heat will be poor quality. A lot of corn not tasseling some 10 days away. USDA has record corn and soy crops wonder if we will see record actions with 50% less crop revenue

  • 7/29 - Dobson, N.C.: Here's a photo from Dobson, NC, made last weekend (July 18).Why anyone would pay $10K an acre in Iowa for land when you can buy land like this in NC for half that, and not freeze you backside all winter is beyond me.

  • corn North Carolina
    --Dobson, N.C.

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  • 7/29 - Richland County, N.D.: Cool and cloudy past several days, 10-20 % of corn starting to silk and tassle. Much is only 4-5 feet tall. Soybeans are ranging from waist to the majority under knee high and a lot of ugly fields in the valley plus I am noticing more large prevented plant fields as they get worked. Overall good conditions for a crop that is on time but we are 3 weeks behind schedule. Wheat is just starting to turn ranging to late pollinating in some areas. Wheat looks OK. According to GDD, 60% of the corn fields are looking at black layer near October 1. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/29 - Walsh County, N.D.: We are spraying the edible beans (2nd time) this week. The flower buds have formed, but no flowers yet. They are finally getting kind of bushy, but have a long way to go to make a crop. Praying for a really long, warm fall. Hard red spring wheat crop is excellent. Drove to Fargo over the weekend, stayed on secondary roads-took our time. Terriffic amount of water damaged corn, soybeans and sugarbeets thru the heart of the Red River Valley....but on the freeway at 75 mph crops don't look too bad. USDA must stay on the Interstate highways. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/29 - Lucas County, Iowa: Corn looks good and is just now pollinating. Very spotty and minimal rains this past 4 weeks with next poossibility of rain almost 2 weeks out. Will the poor corn root systems get to the needed inground moisture? Time will tell. Beans very short and thin.

  • 7/29 - Clark County, Wis.: a lot of uneven corn most of it has not tassel yet. we seem to be a week or two behind. are avg. frost date is sept. 20 last year we made it to oct. 19 that has to happen again. first and second crop alfalfa where great third crop looks good but could use a drink. went for a short drive around the county to look at the crops and figured out way we have so many cows here cash cropping doesn't work well here. crop not very pretty.

  • 7/29 - Lyon County, Minn.: Drove to Sioux Falls through the back roads to get a feel for this crop. Beans look to be in good shape. Corn while variable in size and stage is green nearly to the bottom except for sandy spots. I would estimate that we will have above average to great yields if we do not get an early frost. That will be the key. My own crops looks pretty good. I have 2 ears on most of the corn, with some having 3 ears. Beans are flowering, and already have 15 to 20 pods on. I think we are lying to ourselves if we don't think we will have a decent crop. Personally, I think we are doom and gloom on this board in hopes that we get some kind of bounce in price. I don't see it happening. From hear on out, it will be about August rain for soybeans and freeze dates that will affect the end potential.


  • 7/28 - Central Neb.: We watched on July 9 th as the worst hail storm of our lifetime hit. Our local coops ran the numbers and came up with a minimum of 40,000,000. Bushels of corn lost. Had to laugh when the boys from Cargil came up with 17.000.000 bushels. It will be fun to see what basis for fall harvest does. Lots of grain bins setting empty. As for marketing.not a lot of people did a very good job. But here's a little something you should know. If you think were gonna haul it to town and sell it for below cost of production you are wrong. Also if you get on the web nebraska farmers can store the whole crop on the farm. Last but not least we watched our dryland crops turn silver the drought is back. How about a real good freeze Labor Day weekend. It ain't over till the fat lady sings

  • 7/28 - Adams County, Neb.: irrigated corn looks good but don't think its the blow the top off record high yields . its turned dry, what dryland their is will take a big yield hit

  • 7/28 - Traverse County, Minn.: Pockets of corn look great with 200 potential. Plenty of corn was too wet early and will be lucky to make 140-150. Same story for the beans. No record crops here.

  • 7/28 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Beans are starting to pod and milo starting to head out we need a rain.

  • 7/28 - Wyandot County, Ohio: A lot of uneven corn and beans shorter than normal. About two weeks behind in maturity or so. A wet June has been followed by a dry July. Cool temps and good subsoil moisture has kept the crop going.

  • 7/28 - Madison County, Neb.: Last nights rain was spotty as they've all been this growing season. Anywhere from 5/100s to 2 inches. Chance again this weekend that will probably determine whether dry land is 200 or 120. Either way, irrigated corn looks excellent all across state that I've seen. Obvious drowned out areas on flat lands and bottoms. Beans are pretty thin, especially in Eastern NE but as history shows, we won't know their yield until the combine rolls. Basis continuously widening as we should expect(again history shows). Looking at last year, I'd still be selling my old crop as old crop basis is a 30 cent premium to new. All that shiny tin over the years will come to use this year. Good luck.

  • 7/28 - Knox County, Ill.: According to the USDA, 14,266,000 acres of corn have yet to silk as of July 20th in the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. NOAA projects below normal temps in these states going forward for the next three months. Looking at historical GDDs points toward the prospect that a significant portion of these acres may well not make black layer before an average frost date without a dramatic and prolonged heat event to push maturity along. Right now, all this talk about an enormous corn is just that...talk and wishful thinking by the USDA and the end users.


  • 7/25 - Jackson County, Iowa: finished third crop hay. Some guys have started combining oats . Fair week here in Jackson County. Daughter was getting fiberglass cow ready for parade. Currently receiving a nice shower. Been almost two weeks since any measurable rain. We weren't hurting, we won't turn down.

  • round hay   spraying cow CC 0725
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 7/25 - Southeast Ind.: While we had quit mowing yards, we got from .5-1.25" rain this week. It was needed. Going to be a good week to make 3rd cutting alfalfa. God Bless everyone!

  • 7/25 - North Central Mo.: no rain for 3 weeks. no subsoil moisture = crops going south in a hurry ? 4th year in a row for being dry . crops turning white color today and wasn't even hot. no rain in forcast next 15 days. insuarance again this year?

  • 7/25 - Grundy County, Mo.: Our big corn crop potential here is gone with a super dry July. Stopped mowing yards and all the grass in pasture and hay fields is not growing. We had great planting, perfect stands, and now will collect crop insurance for the 3rd straight summer because of drought. Beans still have a shot for some August rain.

  • 7/25 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Finally was able to harvest my irrigated wheat. The yield was decent, test weight about 58. The price isn't pretty though. We haven't had much rainfall this month, and the dry land crops are starting to show stress. Irrigation has really increased in the last week, and will continue non stop until we receive a decent rain, or until the crop matures- which ever occurs first. Good luck to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/25 - Madison County, Ohio: For the most part crops around west central oh look very good but are behind in maturity due to the cool and cloudy summer we are experiencing. There is probably at least a third of the corn crop in this area that still hasn't tasseled and probably about the same amount of beans that are only a foot tall. So while we look good we are still susceptible to a lot of weather and these crops are far from being made.

  • 7/25 - Minnehaha County, S.D.: Corn and beans are holding on here ok, some spots are done with no rain but maybe some silage! Will have to use crop ins. again! Funny how a positive number on the board makes me feel better! Corn is tasseling but sure is uneven, corn will be wet assuming the way it's tasseling and pollinating, slow! No moisture here but north 8 miles had .50-1.5 lucky suckers! Did tear an ear off and do kernel count, 16x38 the way I learned to do the math, might be 168 or so but it was the biggest ear there, I think that's how usda and pretend farmer do it.Good luck! Going on 4 day vacation to the Black Hills, maybe it will rain when I'm gone!


  • 7/24 - Richland County, N.D.: The first few fields of corn are just showing tassels. Others are weeks away from tasseling. Beans are about shin high to 6 inches. Moisture is fine and temperatures have been OK. Tasseling looks to be very uneven in some fields. No bug problems yet. Wheat is about 3 weeks away at earliest from harvest. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/24 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Perfect storm is hitting us once again. Floods in early June drowned out our heavy ground and now no rain in July is burning up our light ground. Our crops the past week have been looking better but we are going to be a far cry from a bumper crop. Usually this time of year arial sprayers are buzzing all hours of the day and this year it is rare to hear one in the distance. That alone tells you what kind of crop we have. With the price drop everyone is expecting an insurance check. No need to produce extra bushels

  • 7/24 - Cass County, Iowa: Need rain this week .. but its taken out of forecast. Beans/Corn may rollover -- w/o it yields are going down quick. Glad I didn't sell my crop last week when the TV Ag Pros said to....

  • 7/24 - Polk County, Iowa: No appreciable rain in three weeks. Ground starting to show cracks and lawns browning. Corn looks decent, but with many drowned out spots. With the very wet spring, will the minimal corn root structure survive the predicted dry forcast? Beans very uneven, the best are behind normal height for late July and showing pale leaf color, where they weren't drowned out. The temps and rainfall for next 2-3 weeks will determine whether or not we'll have an "average" crop yield.


  • 7/23 - Southeast Iowa: Corn looks great, beans are improving. Could use a rain, not much in the 10 day forecast though. Cooler weather should help.

  • 7/23 - Lawrence County, Ohio: After an extended dry period we're finally getting some much needed rain. Corn is looking excellent now. Good news for crop farmers is we will be chopping it for silage.

  • 7/23 - Monroe, Mich.: Most corn rolled today, no-till beans not above last years corn stalk's. Flash drought continues, half a crop on both at best. There are two Is' in Michigan does that count as an I state?

  • 7/23 - Berrien County, Mich.: corn progressing nicely could use a rain shower corn could break 200 bu on some farms needs to keep raining.

  • 7/23 - Faribault County, Minn.: Corn starting to tassel. Some fields uneven where water stood. Could really use a good rain now since it finally got hot. Only had a good half an inch so far in July. Won’t have to mow this week since the lawn is starting to brown up. No aphids in the beans yet, but it is a little early, most years we spray for aphids the first week of august.

  • 7/23 - Waupaca County, Wis.: Took a drive around our county, amazed at how bad things look. Our county ranges from heavy clay to black silt lomas to irrigated sand. The irrigated always looks good as it should. What amazed me was the heavier soils. If they were planted earlier and mudded in or producers waited and planted late, it really made no difference. Yellow, stunted or just plain short. I saw a lot waist high or shorter. Normally this type of ground can look as good as the irrigated. But with no rain for almost a month, it was wilting! A lot of silage corn this fall. Wonder if USDA will take notice?


  • 7/22 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Took a vacation with family left Lincoln headed east to Des Moines then up through Northeast Iowa over to Madison WI (Dells) up to Green Bay (go Pack but not Badgers)) home by way of Northern IL then I 80 west. Corn looks 175 or better all the way except from 40 miles east of Madison up to Green Bay. Beans look average about everywhere. Tremendous looking corn I thought in SW WI. You farmers in NE Iowa through Wisconsin sure know how to keep up your farmsteads with those pretty big red barns, very impressive. Back here in Southeast NE we could use a rain haven't really had anything since the first of July. Corn could be tremendous with a good soaker shortly beans are very uneven this year and to early to tell what will become of them. Wheat was around 60 bus/acre from what I heard. Feel sorry for the producers around Adair IA, that was one nasty hail storm. With what I saw for the 1800+ miles we drove, looks like the market is doing just what it should, hate to say that but basic economics of supply and demand are taking hold (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/22 - Sibley County, Minn.: Crops starting to look better with warm and dry weather. Still won't be much of a crop. Large drowned out spots, and crop is behind. Four years in a row of claiming crop insurance indemnity not fun. Good for those farmers in areas with big crops on the way, enjoy. Look forward to hearing your yield reports this fall. Sounds like they will be unbelievable. Low prices should correct a few areas of production costs.

  • 7/22 - St. Clair County, Mich.: Illinois farmer is correct as far as GDDs around here. Most corn went in 2 - 4 weeks late and we haven't had the heat to keep up with normal. Most corn is 2-3 weeks from tasseling, that should put us at maturity around Oct. 1 that is if we can get normal temps, which hasn't happened at all this year.

  • 7/22 - St. Clair County, Ill.: Record crop what a joke. I have not gotten a decent rain since Memorial Day (1"). Crops look good but are going down hill more every day.The cool weather has masked some of the damage.I suspect that the USDA and most local farmers will not admit to that. According to USDA everyone in the U.S. is going to have a bin busting crop all in the hopes of driving down the prices that we get for our crops.

  • 7/22 - Billings, Mont.: crops look good around here it quit raining a month ago , going to start combining barley next week looks good not a bin buster but good , corn is tasseling but short , got to dry before we got water on it , 95 degrees and 30 mile hr wind not good growing conditions ! have to agree with minnehaha sd farmer when should leave planters in shed next spring , but we are greedy and we would see our neighbor out there planting and we would too ! i have always said if we just planted half our acres one year what would those grain brokers do than ? they would just import it from south america and say was our crop and ding us the following year in price like they did last year !

  • 7/22 - Southeast Ind.: Crops look good, beans are starting to catch up even with cool temps last week. Yet we are plenty dry, some thunderstorms would be welcomed.

  • Double crop 10 days after planting IND
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 7/22 - Bon Homme County, S.D.: Corn is 10 feet tall and pollination nearly complete. At this point, it's the best looking crop since 2009.

  • SD corn
    --Bon Homme County, S.D.

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  • 7/21 - Searns County, Minn.: Corn beginning to tassel and soybeans are flowering nicely. What started out as a horrible looking crop is now looking better everyday with the heat and timely rains. Had a chance to drive through a big chunk of southern and southwest MN where it is actually "corn country". I would have to admit that the crops really look nice, with the exception of drown out spots. I did notice some prevent plant land, however. At least some land will pull a profit this year ;)

  • 7/21 - Southern Manitoba : Saw soybean crops in North Dakota and Minnesota during this last week. I'm just wondering what the crop potential is for soybeans that are 4 to 8 inches tall in the middle of July because there were a lot of them out there. There was also a lot of spring wheat with large yellow areas in the fields. In Manitoba, this usually means a large loss in yield. I guess that US wheat yield isn't affected by water damage according to crop condition reports. In 2013 there was an awful lot of wheat from Canada that went across the border to make up for a shortfall in US production. This won't be the same in 2014 because the Canadian crop isn't nearly what it was last year. It'll be interesting to see how government agencies will try to cover up the shortfall in their crop reports. The amount of crop damage, due to flooding, has been hugely understated in the Canadian prairies. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/21 - Mower County, Minn.: in response to the farmer from Knox County Ill and his question about Mn and gdu accumulation. I was very suprised to see my corn tassle over the weekend. I was expecting to wait another couple of weeks as we haven't been very warm this season and it has rained plenty. One thing that has been in our favor is that after the rain clouds let go it cleared up again and didn't remain cloudy for any amount of time.103 day corn planted May 20th is tasseling.Corn is very short compared to normal at this stage, I would guess twenty iches less tall than normal. So I went and found some average conditions in the field and pulled some baby ears to get kernel set counts. We are off 15% on total kernels this year and I would say we have a poorer stand than I have seen in many years. Root mass and plant health is fantastic so kernel set back at pollination and ear fill and kernel depth will be big factors.I see 85 percent of what we would normally have for a potential to make a crop as of now. I would assume a dry crop out of the field in mid October and am not concerned with a frost issue like I was previously.

  • 7/21 - Minnehaha County, S.D.: Watched Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong on their show Sat. morning, am I missing something, they are so positive and bubbly I just want to puke! Their weather forecast called for rain all over SD and east - didn't rain here at all! Makes me wonder who they work for! I have a brother-in-law who works for a rock quarry, his income has never went down in the last 20 years! When will us farmers figure it out! Leave the planters in the shed next spring and price our product! When will we wake up?

  • 7/21 - Rice County, Minn.: Crops look good, rain forecasts have not materialized in the last three weeks. Have not had to mow lawn in over 10 days. First tassels showing from our corn planted 5/7. Funny our neighbor said we were crazy to be planting that day due to ground temp. His corn is half as tall. Everyone was locked out of the fields for two weeks after to plant the majority of their corn around here. In response to Knox Co. ILL: You bring up a good point about the planting delays, GDD, & frost worries but it would have to actually happen to change anything. Rice Co. MN had a killing frost 9/15/2012. We were so far ahead of schedule due to the drought south of us that it did not matter. If it would have happened in 2013 it would have been a pure instant disaster. We may be better off in my county than 2013 but 2012 corn was all in by 4/21, beans 5/1 & we had perfect weather all summer. This market is the pure example of human nature. Like the person who loses the weight & quits smoking after the heart attack. Best regards and enjoy your freedom.

  • 7/21 - Southeast S.D.: Second cutting put up with no rain! Been just about 4 weeks with no rain! Top 20% is gone so I think with timely rains from here on out will be 140-150 bu on better ground and 100-110 on poorer soils! It has been overcast last couple days, maybe that will help out a little! Light spots are not white anymore just brown! I'm sure "pro farmer" won't see those spots though! $3.16 for corn local!

  • 7/21 - Sibley County, Minn.: Went on a 2000+ mile drive during the week following the 4th of July, I call it the "real" farmer tour, evidenced by an experienced farmer. That said the tour covered southern Wisconsin, Northern half of Iowa, East part of South Dakota and lower half of Minnesota, following is my predictions as the USDA is off as you would expect. Final corn acres will be approximately 82.5 Million down an additional .7 Million from the USDA report with a final yield of 162 which puts the crop at 13.365 Billion bushels. For soybeans I see quite a few more acres at 85.8 Million acres with a final yield of 42.7 putting final crop at about 3.7 Billion bushels. The crop will be smaller than predicted in both crops...... the fields in these areas I toured were between 2 to 4 weeks behind in maturity and top end yield has been lost and can not be recovered. There will be some good areas and fields throughout the U.S. BUT the real farmer tour of over 2000 miles doesn't see it in a prime producing area of the corn belt...... I can not put more than 55% of the crops I saw at good to excellent it will take a late fall to make a crop in much of this area

  • 7/21 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: To Knox County, IL: Just spent several hours with my agronomist looking at our own fields. Extreme variability in all the fields. Good fields are a rare exception. As far as the GDD's, my agronomist said that we are roughly 1 week behind, and since the crop was planted on average 2-4 weeks late, we easily lose another week of GDD's. (Considering the coolness of May on an average year). Lots of drowned out, massive amounts of prevent plant to our east. The majority of the counties in this state have been declared disaster areas, but yet USDA gives us a crop rating of around 65% - good to excellent. We will not have any idea on our crop size because our first freeze will determine the size of this crop. But I am getting the feeling the crop is so big to our south, across the US, that our conditions up here do not matter.

  • 7/21 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Crops looking good overall. We've been a week without rain now but it's been cool. Forecasts are for a week of hot weather and no rain. We'll see what these crops have now. It is still soft in some places in the corn fields. Hang in there guy from NE. Everyone should know that if the 3-I states have a crop, prices will plummet. Our local exchange manager told me that the company state-wide is preparing to put up a lot of on-the-ground storage in preparation for what is coming. That just doesn't happen in MO.

  • 7/21 - Knox County, Ill.: record yields possible, maybe moreso for corn than soybeans

  • 7/21 - Red River Valley, N.D.: Just flew over red river valley of north dakota and there is a lot of PP and the crop that is planted has Lots of drown out in them. The analysts all say that even if there is drown out the rest of crop makes up for it im not so sure about that! If you have a 100 acres at 200 bu and drown out a third the other two thirds have to do 300 bu an acre just to break even! A 25% loss of acres means the rest of the field has to do 250 bu an acre! IMHO that aint gonna happen!!!

  • 7/21 - Fayette County, Texas: Cut a milo sample @25% moisture. Start harvest on corn next week. Nice to make a decent crop once again. Might have to fill the gas tank on the grain truck more than once this year.

  • Texas crop
    --Fayette County, Texas

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  • 7/21 - Renville, Minn.: The crops look just offal. Some of the worst crop I have seen in the past 50 years. I have a word for this but I will not repeat it here.

  • 7/21 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Stopped raining long enough for the wheat to be dry for harvest. All the repeated rain hurt the test weight. But with how hard the winter was and how long the snow covered the ground into the spring, we're happy with the yield. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/21 - Buffalo County, Neb.: If you were fortunate enough to miss out on the hail, crops here look about as good as they can. Pollination is in progress on the corn, but things have slowed down due to very cool conditions. I have not cut my wheat yet as it just won't mature and dry down with temps only in the 70's during the day. Much warmer temps are in the forecast for the next week, so hopefully it will dry down so that I can get it cut. Some of the comments on this page are quite amusing. IMHO, Mower County, MN summed it up best; Ag is a cyclical business. If you didn't put some money in the bank during the last 5 years you made a mistake. If you tore up pasture and/or CRP and planted crops, you are part of the problem as to why crop prices are sinking. Some farmers love to stare prosperity in the face,.. and promptly hand that "prosperity" over to the equipment and building companies, or to landlords to rent land away from someone else so that they can brag about how many acres they farm. Some of us will never learn the lessons of the past, as thus we are doomed to repeat them. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/21 - Monroe County, Mich.: Corn planted first part of may is pollinating but it is getting very dry, 2.5" of rain since June 1. All crops on lighter soils will be done without rain next week. 30 miles nw of us many fields not planted or way behind.

  • 7/21 - Livingston County, Ill.: There is the potential here in central il for a corn crop yield of the likes we've never seen before. Even with all these bushels out there $3.00 corn isn't gonna cut it. These good folks that control our markets better wake up and realize who's feeding em. HEY USDA TELL US IN YOUR NEXT REPORT WHY THE AMERICAN FARMER HAS TO TAKE A FALL AGAIN.

  • 7/21 - East Central Iowa: Illinois farmer thinking our only hope for a price rebound is if we have trouble reaching maturity. Just guessing it will be 2 weeks before the planes are flying around here. 2nd pass beans is also wrapping up. Have noticed that a lot of the beans that had pre emergence applied are shorter than those who didn't. Everybody is entitled to their opinion......not sure why some on this blog can't gracefully disagree with another producer. Play nice!

  • cutting alfalfa   Illinois Hay   
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 7/21 - Henry County, Ohio: No rain in 3 weeks. Nice looking crop starting to go backwards a bit. Veggies need a shower ASAP. Plenty of time for a decent year yet as far as yields go.


  • 7/18 - Jackson County, Iowa: Crops look good and it's time for the livestock guys to see some black ink on cheap corn we are over due.
    Iowa corn
    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 7/18 - Knox County, Ill.: The corn around here does look good, but the accumulation of GDDs is more than a bit worrisome. It seems to me that the vast majority of corn planted in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan is at risk even with an average first frost date. Am I wrong? Looking for input from other producers as to their perspective.

  • 7/18 - Harrison County, Iowa: A lot of uneven corn pollination. Some NCLB showing up & some reluctant fungicide spraying is starting due to economics. Crop conditions are from one extreme to the other (early frost, severe hail, too much rain, to excellent conditions). Happy are the lucky & sad are the unlucky!

  • 7/18 - Mower County, Minn.: Poor crops , poor prices. fun to watch all the farmers correcting each other on crop comments. We didn't make the high price high yield years and we didn't make the low yield low price years. We all knew it could be this way. Farmers were great at living with starvation revenue levels,and spent money when they made some recently like they could not stand the prosperity.I haven't acquired a taste for green paint yet. It will be fun watching the adjustments happen again. I will be buying the fire sales or rather flood sales, freeze out sales and poor price sales. What was forgotten was that the tax tables werent moved up as they printed more money. We are in for an expensive depression in farm country for some time.


  • 7/17 - Southeast S.D.: Putting up second cutting of alfalfa, should be much better quality than first cutting, no rain in last 3 weeks and none in extended forcast! Michelle Rook said in 2012 we need 1/4"of rain per day to maintain the corn crop, we're not getting it! Beans will not canopy if we don't get some moisture soon! But our "experts"still think it will be a record! It better be at $3 I need 187bu to break even! Not gonna happen!

  • 7/17 - Dodge County, Neb.: Grain prices are dropping but i bet rent real estate taxes fertilizer seed and other inputs won't. Some of us in nebraska know reality save for the bad years pretty hard when expense soar!!!!

  • 7/17 - Fillmore County, Minn.: Last year SE MN & NE IA went through extremely wet spring and many acres were prevent plant. Many of these PP acres are very productive acres on a typical average growing year. People need to remember that these markets are so large and what happens in your area really does not matter in the grand scale or big picture nation wide and world wide. Last year was proof with hundreds of thousands of acres of PP, and the price started to slowly decline all summer. Weatherwise, it generally takes an entire growing belt drought like 2012 to move the markets, not a back 40 hail storm or PP acres in a regional area. This year our crops look great so far, just starting to see some silks and tassels. We need some heat and degree growing days to push things along. We might be slightly behind in this area.

  • 7/17 - Wayne County, N.Y.: Crops that were planted on time look great, within a few days of tassel on the corn and full flower on the beans. Anything planted late will struggle to reach maturity by an acceptable date. Overall, a lot of variability across Upstate New York-yes we have farmers in New York!

  • sidedress ny
    --Wayne County, N.Y.

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  • 7/17 - Waupaca County, Wis.: Big change in crop conditions in the last week. Sandy ground burning up. Heavy ground looks yellow and stunted from being planted too wet. No decent rain in over two weeks and none in sight. Unless you have irrigation, the crop is bad!

  • 7/17 - Bay County, Mich.: Crops look good in the area.Rain has been spotty with next to none to extreme in areas.Don't cry about the prices we farmers work hard to do a great job and then we get pentalized for it.People in town work to just get their job done and don't give any extra effort or goof off and they get a good wage. We are the stupid ones.The govt pats you on the back and then pees in your pocket for your hard work.Don't you want to be in oil instead? Any excuse for oil prices to go up and they do but very slow to go down.Farming is a cycle and now we are in the break even mode for another 8 years before we are allowed to make money again.Look at history it repeats itself.Good luck for the next years.

  • 7/17 - South Central Minn.: Went in to certify today and the person helping me said the amount of farmers coming in with prevent acres is off the charts. She didn't think it was as bad as it is. To confirm that my crop ins agent said that with just his clients alone in his area he had 40,000+ acres go pp. I'm sure the usda will show this in their future reports right? Oh wait I guess I "INTENDED" to plant something so look for more acres in future reports. By the way what is an "intended" acre and why does it matter? Shouldn't it matter what actually gets planted? I intended to win the mega millions but it didn't happen so am I a millionaire anyway? To the Nebraska comment, what you said is an insult to all farmers. Would you work for someone for free because you made some money the previous years? How much money goes back into the economy when the farmer makes money? Ask John Deere, Case IH, Ford, Dodge, GM, the guy who sells bins, sheds or whatever, if it matters if the farmer makes money. If you said that to any successful business person they would laugh in your face. I can't believe you as a farmer could say something so preposterous. If you want to farm and make just enough to survive or loose money, then have at it. Farmers should be the richest people on earth for what we provide. Everybody on earth needs food to survive so if the farmer doesn't provide it who will?

  • 7/17 - Blackwater, Mo.: Things are looking great.

  • Missouri Corn
    --Blackwater, Mo.

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  • 7/17 - Ohio: Thank you, Dallas County, I could not have said it better in regards to the nebraska non sense


  • 7/16 - Dallas County, Iowa: The July 15 "Nebraska" comment was a swing and a miss. Everybody knew that the extreme high prices were bogus and not sustainable. Of course they were manipulated! Manipulated by the specs, funds, the commodity brokers, and most of all by the USDA! You almost sound grateful for the over correction that is taking place. You stated that we had some good years and should have saved for the bad ONE? I got news for you. This is setting up to be a lot longer than one year. Suggesting that the trade is "reasonable" is like having somebody run a Stop sign and T-bone you at an intersection, then thanking the other driver for not going fast enough to kill you and just maiming you instead. "South Central Minn." comment is spot on right! Kudos to you!

  • 7/16 - Weston County, Wyo.: Went on vacation from 7-8 to 7-13 leaving from Northeastern WY traveling through middle of South Dakota and Northern and middle of Iowa and then back home. I thought the corn crop looked very good. There were some fields under water or not planted, but very low percentage overall. Some fields were behind other fields in maturity but maybe that is due to management practices or timeliness? Very enjoyable to see pride of ownership with fields and homesteads.

  • 7/16 - Southeast S.D.: Hey Nebraska, see the picture of hailed out corn in your state, the ones moving the grain prices don't care about hailed out or 76 % good to excellent! all they care about is making money, every year, not just the good ones! Let's all go back and read theFFA creed, 3rd paragraph, less emphasis on begging and more on marketing! USDA and our other experts have now put us back to begging, $5 or so corn and $13 beans are not being greedy just a reasonable profit and the funds and specs etc. would still be making a profit too! Crops here are still the same.

  • 7/16 - Renville, Minn.: The crops look just offal. Some of the worst crop I have seen in the past 50 years. I have a word for this but I will not repeat it here.

  • 7/16 - Grundy County, Iowa: Beans are the best looking ever. Corn is dark green and showing tassels.

  • 7/16 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Everybody seems to be forgetting 1993 when to much rain stopped the roots from going deep enough to catch up with the fertilizer that the ample moisture took down.

  • 7/16 - Stearns County, Minn.: Corn is chest high and soybeans are canopying and flowering very nicely. Very ccol conditions. This was the week our corn usually polinates and it would have pollinated very well with this weather. The next 2 weeks so much warmer and that is when pollination is going to start. I hope we have enough moisture then! Will be starting small grains by the end of the month. Nothing short of a bumper crop there if it doesn't lodge. Sold some fat black Angus for 1.53 /lb. Going fishing with the boy today. Things are good in God's country today.

  • 7/16 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Have heard people compare this year to 1994 and of the 40 years I have farmed that is the year I would say was perfect. This year is far from it. Just one example - in 94 my corn was fully tasseled by the 4th and as of today I only have a few tassels showing. Warmer in 94 too. So compare the two I'll take 94.

  • 7/16 - Southeast S.D.: Corn is at all stages here chest high to starting to tassel, some is back to knee high and white! Wet spots are still yellow and will not recover completely, that will be some record setting corn in those areas! Beans look good for most part.

  • 7/16 - Daniels County, Mont.: Crops in this area doing well, but do need a rain.With grain prices the way they are i am already planning next years crops.Considering lentils,mustard,peas,flax.if the rest of the world can raise wheat at a profit at these prices let them. We all will be lucky to break even.Wheat prices have to go up or inputs have to go down.Who do you think will give first because the farmers already have.Good luck to all of us and hope to see all of us still in business next year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 7/15 - Southwest Neb.: July 9-10 numerous severe storms with large hail and damaging winds caused significant crop damage in an area of south central and southwest Nebraska. The National Weather Service in Hastings reported hail from 1-1.75 inches, wind gusts up to 85 mph, and crop and property damage. Hail stripped plants and high winds leveled fields just as corn was nearing pollination.

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  • 7/15 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Going to spray for Northern leaf blight. Beans finished spraying through mud, Good prospects, but nothing outstanding.

  • 7/15 - South Central Minn.: Looks like raising record large crops isn't all what its cracked up to be. Prices tanking and appear to be heading lower. It might be fun harvesting a big crop but how much fun is it trying to sell it below the cost of production? If we as farmers don't wise up and cut back on production we'll be headed for the LDP day's. There's prices out there already approaching $3.00 and below $2.00. We might not be able to write into ag web and brag to the whole world and let everybody know how great are yields are like some like to do but at least we'll be able to pay the bills and make a decent living.

  • 7/15 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Wheat harvest started on earlier planted fields over the weekend. The crop looks good from the road, no yield reports yet. If the rain and hai1 stay away and we get some heat maybe we can be done in ten days. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/15 - Southeast Ind.: Got timely rains last nite. From .5-2.0 inches. We were in need of moisture, but then its county fair week and it always rains onthe fair!! Corn for fall '14 is $3.55 at Ohio River today.

  • 7/15 - Richland, N.D.: Our crops have finally started to take off. A big variance in the crops from chest high corn to less than knee-high and yellow. We have some beans that have been sitting nearly still at 3-4 inches high for weeks and are yellow. There are not many good looking bean fields unless they are on rolling ground. I would say that one third of the crop will be good, with the rest fair to poor in the Red River Valley. We were just too late and saturated. Good luck on 30% moisture corn in November again!

  • 7/15 - Nebraska: We should remember that the same people that have pushed our current corn price down are also the same people that had pushed our prices higher the past several years. We didn’t claim they were manipulating the market then. We have had some good years, maybe we should have saved for the poor one. This might be the repercussion of the high prices we had. Less demand and more production.


  • 7/14 - Southeast S.D.: Cool this morning but that will be good for crops since our "grain making rain" has stopped! Still yellow crops in low areas and white in light areas! Don't have anything else to add-oh yea thanks usda!

  • 7/14 - Southwest Ind.: Corn looks very good. Most has pollinated or is close to tassel in our area. Corn will do really well if these timely rains keep coming.

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    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 7/14 - Southwest Ind.: Wheat beans are anywhere from just planted last week to just within a day or two of popping above the wheat stubble. Some ground was even worked after wheat before the beans were drilled. Wheat did fairly well in this area. Anywhere from low to upper 80's was the average. Some wheat also had high levels of Vomitoxin due to the head scab. Early beans were considerably late this year but look good overall. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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    --Sothwest Ind.

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  • 7/14 - Franklin County, Ind.: well, yesterday I found an extra 10,000 bu of beans that I didn't know I had, showed the bank my piece of paper, but they won't let me use the paper for collateral lol

  • 7/14 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: Crops look good here. Lost some acres to drown outs. Finished spraying beans. Hope the hail and wind stays away.

  • 7/14 - Adams County, Neb.: its hard to find a bad looking field of corn or soybeans except the hail area its pretty muck a 100% loss , my heart bleds for those who were hailed

  • 7/14 - Rice County, Minn.: I want to know the actual percentage of producers who are left to certify with the FSA? I bet the number is way behind the curve with no incentive to come in yet. In fact I wonder how many consider not signing back up? Last I checked you can still get crop insurance, commodity loans, etc. In regards to my my experience certifying and crop reports: USDA never factors prevent plant or drown-out. If they rely on the info. from insurance this is scewed as well. A producer is going to claim it all planted regardless how much is gone. If from the seed companies: same effect. Government needs a safe, large crop impression. They do not make much tax revenue off farmers directly. Inderectly it is a different story. The commercials need to make a good profit, as well as the trickle down effect. Think about. Economics 101. Besides how many of us do it for the money? This is what we do.

  • 7/14 - Walsh County, N.D.: Travelled to Carrington yesterday (125 miles to the south west), in east central ND. I don't know where the increase in Spring wheat is coming from (USDA report). Looked like 70% went into soybeans. Our wheat and barley crops look excellent, but soybeans and edible beans need to do some fast growing to make it. Sunflowers and and canola also doing very well. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/14 - Gujrat, India: only 10% cotton sowing in sauratra.No rain in our district.all farmer sawing other crop when after rain.10% cotton sowing in very poor condition.

  • 7/14 - Spokane County, Wash.: We dry land farm mostly wheat in 17-18 inch rainfall zone. We were blessed w 2-3 inches of rain in June and crops look good despite having 10 days hot temps w another week of it still to come. Extremely frustrated w another price wrecking usda report. They call me all the time and I refuse to give them any info and even drag my feet on the census. It's simply governmental market manipulation and a giant waste of our money. Let informa and others do it and let a market be a market. I always felt entitled to direct payments because I feel the government constantly messes w the market and now those payments are gone and we still pay the price. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/14 - Southeast S.D.: Rained this morning, sidewalk almost got all wet! Grain making ran again. 2012 Michele Rook on WNAX sai we need 1/4 inch a day to maintain this crop, where is that talk now! The rain we had in June just caught us up for the year! We need some rain to maintain the "record crop". $3.32 for corn at local elev?

  • 7/14 - Dickinson County, Iowa: Floods in June really damaged the crops. Corn is very irregular and the poor beans look raggedy as heck. Obviously, this will not be a good year for harvest. Of course, the white-shoe boys in-charge of esitmating yields are "adjusting" their reports to benefit the buyers at our expense...again.


  • 7/11 - Custer County, Neb.: Crops looked good on our farm up until Monday evening. Then we got stripped up by hail. Some was pretty bad. Some not so bad. Then Wednesday night came, and we got hit again. Now we have corn about ready to shoot a tassel and the plant is severely damaged. Not a good combination. The soybeans are damaged as well, I think they may come out of it somewhat. It's tough to take. I know that I am not the only producer like this in my area. Some have it worse. In eastern Buffalo county and into Kearney county some fields were completely leveled. Naturally I plan for top crops every year. Hail has been the story in this area. The crops not affected look awesome. So, I will keep my head up and do my best with what I have left. For me, one thing that is working very well is my cow/calf pairs. Count your blessings, it can always be worse.

  • 7/11 - Southeast S.D.: Thank you Dallas Co. Ia post. Got a chance to go with my son golfing today! Rain but we didn't get wet, but I suppose our usda experts think a sprinkle with 85 derees and 20 mph sw winds are ideal conditions. The ground in my best fields has cracks and hard as a cement floor! Sure hope we get some "grain making rain" soon! Keep pushing prices down for phantom conditions, and like Nicollet Co. Mn comment, we will have to revert to crop ins checks! Thanks!

  • 7/11 - South Central Mich.: I have to agree with Dallas Co Iowa. I'm not sure why it's called the "Pro" farmer tour. What is a "pro" farmer and what qualify's as one. I know when they estimate the yield for MN they barely make it into the state except for the very southern part of it. That would be like me walking into my field about 2 rows and determining what the yield is. I hear everyday on the radio how great everything is so why the need for the tour? As far as those nincompoops (funds) their the one's who make the "market". We've all heard the term "money flow" so whatever the "funds" want it to do that's what it's going to do. It's a casino on steroids. By the way the corn in this area looks pathetic a nice hail storm would make it look a lot better and the beans are OK short and nothing to brag about.

  • 7/11 - Monroe County, Mich.: We are cutting wheat and making second cutting hay. Also crops are but need rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 7/10 - Minnehaha County, S.D.: Crops look good except for yellow areas (wet) and white areas (dry) I would like USDA or other experts to call me when they want an honest assessment of conditions!

  • 7/10 - Dallas County, Iowa: How is it possible to have so many nincompoops sitting behind their desks in their white shirts and neon ties dictating Corn and Soybean prices between their little golf games? I can tell from my own extensive Midwest travels and the comments here on AgWeb that this year's production is being grossly over estimated by some over zealous nitwits. Now we can look forward to the USDA and The Pro Farmer Tour throwing out some ill conceived numbers and pushing the price prospects further into the toilet. Being a long way from home really does not make you an "expert" Chip!

  • 7/10 - Southeast S.D.: Some great corn and some poooor corn, beans act like they were planted in June and just won't take off! Definitely, corn is not above average and beans sure don't look good at this time. Drove to Twin Cities through Wilmer, Mn looks like they lost 30-40% of there crop to water.

  • 7/10 - Nicollet County, Minn.: Crops are starting to come around with dry weather and some heat. We are way behind and hoping for a late frost. Hoping USDA will keep showing big numbers through October and the markets will continue to fall. Recipe for big insurance check. My fear will be to save cash the market will rally in October and then crash after that to save on indemnity checks.

  • 7/10 - Greene County, Iowa: Driving 50 miles north, east, and south of Jefferson I notice a very large area in all bean fields that are yellow. I am not an agronomist, but I believe these yellow areas will have a significant reduction in yield, if any yield at all. What do the Pros. have to say about these areas and are you seeing the yellowing in your area?


  • 7/9 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Just got home from a week in Ontario. Crops there looked good although maybe a little further behind than last year when we were there. We went from here to Champaign, IL, up to Chicago and across MI. We came back down through Detroit, Toledo, Fort Wayne, across 24, back down to Champaign and home. There were some trouble spots but from the road things looked very good overall. I have no way of knowing if there were extra acres planted or not but barring a disaster, I’ll have to go with USDA numbers.

  • 7/9 - Southeast S.D.: Crops here look good, if they are not yellow or white! Wet spots even where we tiled are short and yellow, and light spots are turning white with lack of moisture! 8-12 inches of rain in the area in 2 weeks in June now it has shut off! Rain makes grain? We had better have some in July, the month we need it to "make our crop"! Then we better hope August gives us some to make our bean crop! USDA and all our other experts make me sick! They should have someone play with their livelihood! Good luck making $3.00 corn work!

  • 7/9 - Yakima, Wash.: Overall the crops look really good. Corn is 10 ft tall and starting to tassel. 3 rd cutting alfalfa next week. The heat is on. 100 + for the next few days. Irrigation water is good due to a large Mt snow pack. No problems, No worries.

  • 7/9 - North Ky.: Crops here in Northern KY looked good through June, but when July rolled in crops here began to show the signs of stress. All the forecasts were for moisture, but none has made its way yet.

  • 7/9 - Porter County, Ind.: Drove from NW IN to Norwalk OH and back over the holiday weekend. From the toll road, only saw 1 field that had tassels. So many soybeans were "ankle-biter" height, looking more like double-crop..they weren't, as the wheat hadn't been harvested yet. Really uneven stands; would estimate that less than 5% was a decent green color throughout the field. Too much yellow, and some standing water & drowned out spots. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/9 - Southeast Wis.: Call me slow or what ever, It seems to be raining every 2 days impossible to get any hay made still some 1st crop to finish there will be no bumper crop of hay because we sure won't get an extra cutting this year corn still need to be sprayed the first time and soybean are very weedy and have not been sprayed yet making deep ruts when spraying not good,water standing in all the low spots big patches of corn and beans drown out Corn that is taller looks Ok with yellow spots scattered around shorter corn looks bad all yellow need additional nitrogen already broke the bank getting the crop in and now we are adding more to the cost with additional nitrogen. I think you might find the crop isn't what you think. Chicago thinks it can't be to wet I have news for them it does and it will affect the yeilds

  • 7/9 - Stearns County, Minn.: Corn is knee to waist high and is looking better. Soybeans don't look too bad except drowned out spots. Cool again today. Crop is growing slowly and farmers in this area are starting to worry about early frost. We will need until at least October 20 without a frost to get these crops to maturity I'm afraid. We need some heat and humidity and we need it soon! Good soil moisture. Still recovering from the weekend activities...

  • 7/9 - Berrien County, Mich.: crops are coming along nicely but are spots all over the county with yellow holes some even dead. hope we have a record crop because 3.80 corn doesn't go far on 4.50 inputs. i don't know how or why ceo's make millions every year they aren't really that smart because when things get tight they need a bailout and us farmers cut back and make it work

  • 7/9 - East Central Iowa: For the most part we have been rain free for last week. A lot of hay and oats is being cut down. As of right now, the weather sounds good until Friday. This should allow anybody that has first crop left to get done. Corn and beans are enjoying the dry weather at the moment. Expect to see some tassels in a week, unofficially. Other then hay there is really no field activity.

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    --East Central Iowa

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  • 7/8 - East Central Mo.: looks good around here so IL must be absolutely fabulous!

  • 7/8 - Halifax County, N.C.: The spring moisture has long gone. Part of the county got rain from Aurther last week the other half of county has been 4 weeks with no rain. We have had to stopped planting beans and wait on some rain.

  • 7/8 - Northeast Neb.: Corn field south of Snyder in northeast Nebraska is 6-foot tall by the Fourth of July.

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  • 7/8 - South Central Minn.: I remember last fall when the cattleman's association and the grocer's association petitioned the EPA about the RFS and how ethanol was causing high food and feed prices. They wanted something done about it. As we sit here today cattle are at record high prices, and the price of cereal and anything that uses corn or wheat have not come down at all and ethanol is about $1 cheaper than rbob gas. Maybe the ethanol coalition needs to go to the EPA now and petition them about the high beef prices and how much corn we have. We should be able to blend even higher rates of ethanol now. In the midst of rising food prices we supposedly have plenty of corn, wheat and beans around. Whose causing these high prices? Not the farmers. Can't blame ethanol and the grain prices. Last time I checked there was no pork or beef in a box of cereal or in a loaf of bread yet they haven't come down at all in the store. Maybe someone at agweb could go to these organizations and ask them why this is. The hypocrisy with both these organizations is off the charts. You can't make it up. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/8 - Waupaca County, Wis.: Crops look good. Big variation though. From ankle high to almost tassel. Most of it towards the earlier. With all the potential sun and heat units lost, how can yields be record? The math amazes me. Beans and Cotton up 11 and 9% respectively and Corn And Wheat down 4 and 1%. Where did the extra acres come from? Getting dry with no rain in over a week (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/8 - Southeast Ind.: Crops look good, but we are dry and it will take rain to bring up double crops beans in our area. Wheat turned out great, around 90 b/a. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 7/7 - Southwest Michigan: Corn is doing well on most of our acres, roughly 5-6 feet tall at this point. We have had 7 inches of rain in the last 10 days. We can't get into the field to spray soybeans on the heavy ground. Some of the beans and even the weeds are turning yellow with all of the moisture in the soil. We had good moisture during the past winter and even this spring, so the sub moisture reserves are full, with no place for the excess rain to absorb into. Hoping for 7-10 days of wind and sun to help dry the ground enough to support a sprayer.

  • 7/7 - Dickey County, ND: Who is reporting this info. If you look on this website under crop conditions, it says North Dakota has soybeans blooming and corn in silk stage. I find this hard to believe. Everybody in the country planted late. How is this possible and where does this info come from.

  • 7/7 - West Wisconsin: Hired a BTO to come in and make 1st crop haylage. They will be chopping today. Planted the last field of corn on July 1st, if I'm lucky enough, and pray enough, it may have tassels by our normal freeze date. About 1/2 of first crop not made in my area yet, though alot went down the last few days. Crappiest, yellowest corn I have ever seen for July 4th. Beans look to be the best thing growing by far. We need a very late fall or it will be a disaster for many!

  • 7/7 - Washington, Kan.: Our wheat was planted late and got help from a 1/2 inch rain, then 4". Large kernals......43 bpa. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/7 - Polk County, Iowa: Many acres of drown outs in N Central Iowa. Way too wet and too late to replant. Where the corn has not drowned out, it is shoulder high with some starting to tassel. Area bean fields are barely knee high and showing some yellowing stress from too much water.

  • 7/7 - Central Neb.: Crops here finally looking good. Early planted corn not as well. Four nights of freezing really messed it up. Soybeans loll horrible. It's just like they don't really wanna take off. And then there was the good ol usda report. Isn't it amazing how they can keep comming up with more and more acres. But they won't say how many acres have been lost due to urban development. And no one wants to tell us how many beans have been imported. Like Grandpa says it ain't in the bin yet!!


  • 7/3 - Western Wis.: 16 inches of rain/cold in June crops are suffering can't spray or side dress,sunshine and warm temps needed!

  • 7/3 - Giles Tenn.: Had localized flooding early June. Have had very spotty showers since. Set a good crop with good pollination. Corn firing up,deteriorating daily with temps in the 90s. Soybeans look good but starting to show stress. Wheat harvest behind ,but crop is very good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 7/3 - Northumberland County Pa.: Just had two thunderstorms come through this evening, didn't look what we got yet. Crops looking really great and with the hot humid weather we've been having is making stuff grow. This rain will help a lot also. Had to replant some corn acres count of chemical damage. The chemical company that we worked with made the program up and stuff was good with reps and they said yes everything will be okay for us. Now we have massive damage in spots and now reps won't stand behind it. Even though they gave us they okay and go ahead for everything.

  • 7/3 - Pierpont, Ohio: Most corn here is looking good--lots of little showers--a Lot of first cutting around here still not made. We had 4.5 inches rain last week and the ground is drying out fast.

  • 7/3 - Putnam County, Ohio: corn excellent shoulder high soybeans good early ones starting to bloom: wheat very good will harvest in a week: alfalfa excellent looks like best tonnage ever. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 7/2 - North Central Neb.: Crops around here are looking good. Corn and beans have made a huge jump here in the last couple of weeks. Drove from home all the way to Omaha this last weekend and saw alot of pretty tuff crops. But also saw alot of VERY GOOD crops as well. The only places where crops look bad around here are places where you shouldnt have been planting in the first place. Everybody have a good 4th!

  • 7/2 - Richland County, N.D.: Who the reporting for my county? He is NOT even close

  • 7/2 - Berrien County Minn.: 3.5 in of rain last night nice dark green corn laying flat from strong winds hope it will stand back up. I was always taught not to count chickens before they hatch not that way in Washington

  • 7/2 - Pittsylvania County, Va.: Praying the tropical depression comes far enough inland to give us some relief. A few a farmers have had a small shower, but we've had less than three tenths of an inch of rain in over three weeks and temperatures in the upper 80's to mid 90's every week. Corn is tasseling now and double crop beans are struggling to emerge. We desperately need a rainy 4th of July.

  • 7/2 - Pine County, Minn.: Most fields so saturated cannot get all fields planted. Some corn planted, even less beans planted. Now trying to cut hay between rain storms. All in all not a great spring nor beginning to summer for farmers in the area.

  • 7/2 - Walsh County, N.D.:Finished seeding on June 18. Crops look pretty good despite all the rain. But when I drove 160 miles south and east to Fargo, we realized how lucky our area has been.The heart of the Red River Valley is REALLY WET. Rainy days and high wind has put us way behind spraying. We all need some warm temps and sunshine.

  • 7/2 - DeKalb County Mo.:USDA is amazing. I finished planting beans June 29th & they have said planting is over. They must watch me. It was a muddy mess and a battle for me. It's not surprising to me that acreages are up. If there's not a cow in a field, it's in soybeans. I'm surprised the acreages are as low as they are. Some of these fields are now relocating to the drainage ditches alongside the roads as this thinner ground is washing away rapidly. I'm guilty too. I've planted beans on some pasture ground we had but that was to provide me more acreage to spread my hog lagoons.


  • 7/1 - Pennington County, Minn.: Crops started late but came up good. The rain and cool weather has hurt small grains and the row crops are small. We have had 15+ inches of rain. We are going to need heat and dry weather soon. The grain crops are predicated to be a half crop.

  • 7/1 - Jackson County, Iowa: 6" of rain last week. 4.5" so far this week. Once again areas around us received a lot more. Last night we had 2 rounds of severe weather. Some corn took it pretty hard. All rivers are at or above flood stage. Both corn and beans are showing stress in parts of the field because of excessive moisture. Still a fair amount of 1st crop hay to be made yet. After last night, the only thing standing are the weeds in the hay fields.

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    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 7/1 - Oliver County, N.D.: Too bad usda doesn't tell us what percentage of those acres are underwater. Did some driving around the state this weekend and found a lot of the same everywhere we drove, WATER. I agree, rain makes grain, but in excess it makes for prevent plant and flooded fields. Seen some really nice crop, but also more shaky looking stuff than I thought was out there. Need sun and warm temps!

  • 7/1 - Palo Alto County, Iowa : It's been about impossible to spray soybeans and even try to replant where we still have lakes that fill up every couple of days. We will give up with the idea of replants by next week. Lots of acres under water and the rest are under stress because of too much moisture. We don't have to have a drought to have a poor crop. Obviously these markets have forgot this. Wind rain and hail ruin a crop way faster than drought!

  • 7/1 - Northeast, Neb.: ...seems every time we get rain we get a storm...lots of hail,green snap, tornadoes, high winds..crop looks good then mother narural beats it down again... had hail and lots of green snap and blown over corn this last weekend and monday...beans keep getting hailed off wont have to worry bout growing to tall this year...don’t under stand were all the 75% good corn is at????????

  • 7/1 - South Central Minn.: Another scandolus report out of Washington. This time from the USDA. Mysteriously finding more corn & beans. Apparently the bean increase came from underestimating last years crop. That's odd because we were told in the January report what the final yield was. Since the USDA is so good at mysteriously finding things maybe they could get hired in finding the missing emails from the IRS.

  • 7/1 - Polk County, Iowa: Inch of rain per half hour combined with 70 mph winds equal a lot of building and crop damage. More forecast for later tonight. Rivers and creeks out of their banks for the second time in just the last week.

  • 7/1 - Tippah County, Miss.: Soybeans off to a great start for the most part. Some localized areas have been wetter than others this spring but on average things look good!

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    --Tippah County, Miss.

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  • 7/1 - Pottawattamir County, Iowa: Another 5 inches this week, with some hail and wind. 15+ inches of rain so far this month. Water everywhere.


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Jun 30, 2014

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  • 6/30 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Rain+sun-hail-flooding-latefreeze=grain. #lakeallisgone

  • 6/30 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Crops are doing good

  • 6/30 - Dodge, Neb.: 16 inches of rain in northern Dodge county and hail to go with that soybeans look worst i have seen since 1993 not looking good.


  • 6/27 - Dallas County, Iowa: 6 inches of rain in 4 hours for Eastern Polk and Western Dallas Counties Thursday afternoon. Another inch plus, over night with more rain predicted for the next three days. Flash flooding everywhere and trouble coming for those areas that don't drain quickly or well.

  • 6/27 - Adams County, Neb.: crops look great in the area maybe record high yields . lots of rain , far better than drought and declining aguifers

  • 6/27 - Whitley County, Ind.: some winter kill an stanting water kill rest looks good about 70 bu wheat (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/27 - Rooks County, Kan.: Got a couple of fields of thinner continuous wheat cut and just when we get into a field of summer fallow and much better wheat, we get over an inch of rain. Panorama picture from a continuous field (like how it stitches the reel together).

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    --Rooks County, Kan.

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  • 6/27 - Lucas County, Iowa: Wide variety of emergence in fields in this area due to the wet weather. Most farms are planted down here, but many acres planted later then expected.

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    --Lucas County, Iowa

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  • 6/27 - Lucas County, Iowa: We planted May 4th and corn is 5-6 feet tall and soybeans are knee high. Fields got sprayed yesterday. Our crops look great, but it varies greatly among the neighbors. A wide array of stands down here, I'm not sure you will see the record yields that USDA predicts.

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    --Lucas County, Iowa

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  • 6/26 - East Central Iowa: last week, Jackson County received anywhere from 3 to as much is 10 inches of rain. We have been dry for the most part here since Monday. We do have a chance of rain everyday through next Wednesday. I would guess there is still 20% of the first crop hay needs to be made yet. A fair amount got rained on last week and still laying there yet. For the most part, corn and beans are taking the wet weather in stride. There there are some yellow spots in the fields, which I think will be there till the end.

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    --East Central Iowa

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  • 6/26 - Union County, N.C.: Wheat was very good this year averaging 72 BPA with no fungus pressure, and a test weight in the 60+ lb. range. The harvest weather was excellent for wheat, but corn could use more rain at this time. Soybeans double-cropped behind wheat are showing as a good stand in 5 days. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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    --Union County, N.C.

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  • 6/26 - Union County, N.C.: Wheat was very good this year averaging 72 BPA with no fungus pressure, and a test weight in the 60+ lb. range. The harvest weather was excellent for wheat, but corn could use more rain at this time. Soybeans double-cropped behind wheat are showing as a good stand in 5 days.

  • 6/26 - Macon County, Ga.: Crops are off to a good start, but a long way to go! Most corn is tasseling and early beans have been sprayed twice that need it as they are about to lap on 36 in rows. First cutting of hay done and have fertilized for the second. Weather is about as good as we could have hoped!

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    --Macon County, Ga.

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  • 6/26 - Fillmore County, Neb.: Corn looked good in the area but now it caught some new leaf disease and whole fields are turning brown and falling over. It is affecting fields at a fast rate. All I can say is if you need corn you better be buying it right now!!!!! Crop will not be there.

  • 6/26 - Berrien County, Mich.: 3.5 to 4.0 inches of rain within 5 miles of us we had a nice stand of beans until yesterday now we have a nice 3 acre lake in one field probably be re planting if it dries out soon corn looks good here if we can finish side dressing soon never a dull moment being a farmer.

  • 6/26 - Chippewa County, Wis.: I would say 20 percent excellent 40 percent good and 40 percent not planted or poor


  • 6/25 - Madison County, Ohio: Overall crops in this area look good other than being so far behind in development. Most years we are a week or two from tasseling but this year half of the corn is waist high and the other half is any stage from waist high to a foot high. Beans are in the same boat anywhere from 3-10 inches. We have been dealing with saturated soils in our area of east central Madison county and things got worse last night. We received another 1.5" of rain. Where the low spots were hanging on they are now under water so we'll have to see if they survive the wetness. Need some more sun. Seems like we haven't seen it much in the last two weeks.

  • 6/25 - Dallas County, Iowa: Probably one of the most variable crops ever produced in the corn belt this year. Maybe one of the best looking crops at this time in my area. Travel any direction from here and things change fast. This would be a good year for the Pro Farmer Tour to do us all a favor and stay home. Please! Every year you guys come rolling through and jack up the speculators with some goofy, Hocus Pocus, Voo Doo numbers you pull out of a hat. Between the Pro Farmer Troops and the USDA Crop Reports, it's a wonder any of us survive all the hype they generate. If this sounds "critical" it's supposed to.

  • 6/25 - Huron County, Ohio: Update from Huron County Ohio. As of 10 pm on the 24th we have had another 2.5 inches of rain and it is still raining! Over 4 inches total in 24 hours. Crops are covered with water in all low areas and standing water everywhere else. No above average crops here this year. Doubtful if side dressing N can be finished now before corn too tall.

  • 6/25 - Jo Daviess County, Ill.: 9 Inches of rain last week. We have ruts and gullies in all the fields and strips. Very uneven looking corn and beans. Still have to make first crop of hay. Going to be a very long summer if this keeps up...

  • 6/25 - Brown County, Wis.: Very wet, planting isn't all finished. New seeding to go in yet and 35% of corn in areas


  • 6/24 - South Manitoba Canada : Well southern Manitoba has joined the ocean of wet in western Canada. Crops are now stressed due to excess moisture no matter where you go in Manitoba and this is pretty general across western Canada. Crops are generally late and lots of unseeded acres lots of drowned out and lots stressed due to excess moisture. No bumper crop in Manitoba this year.

  • 6/24 - Stearns County, Minn.: Fields finally starting to dry out. Corn pushing knee high, spread dry nitrogen right before last rain, corn getting dark green. Sprayed 200 acres soybeans yesterday. They are finally starting to come around. Non-tiled land doesn't look very good, however. Still too wet to cut my grass hay meadows. Should be bumper crop on my winter rye barring any severe storms.

  • 6/24 - Huron County, Ohio: Wet here in north part of the county. We had over 1.5 inches of rain today. On top of the 2 plus inches last week. Lot of beans not planted. Most of those will be prevented planting from what I am hearing. We didn't get last 55 ac done. Ground is just to saturated. Beans that are planted are coming slow. Some corn looks good but starting to show effects of wet weather in places. A lot of nitrogen not put on yet in the area. Not sure when or if it will be. We spent a day spreading urea over top of the corn so at least that got done. Wheat starting to change color a little. Long way to go. Recent storms have knocked a lot of wheat down. Great thing about Ohio "wait 10 minutes and the weather will change". Hopefully for the better. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/24 - Kossuth County, Iowa: Sorry 20% of our soybean acreage and a like amount of our corn acreage got unplanted in the recent rains and flooding. As they are for the most part too wet to replant yet we are going to be lucky to get them replanted by the 4th of July which is pretty close to the drop dead date for any hope of a harvestable crop from those acres. With an early frost this Fall they could just become a green manure crop. Most of our prairie pothole neighbors in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota are in the same boat.

  • 6/24 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Total of .60" in May and now up to 9.35" since the 1st of June. Lots of pivots down and hail in many areas. Otherwise crops are looking really good if you were lucky enough to escape the perils. Our corn and beans are about average for this time of year.

  • NE corn cc062414   soybeans neb cc062414
    --Buffalo County, Neb.

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  • 6/23 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Crops look good for all the rain we have had. Over 10 inches of rain in the last 16 days. Plenty of wind but little hail. Good crop prospects, but no record.

  • 6/23 - Lee County, Iowa: Heavy rain again today now the river coming up from rain up north hope are best crop in years in southeast iowa don't get totally ruined like 93 or 2008 wheat hay need dry weather. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/23 - Sibley County, Minn.: 14.7 in of rain from may 31 to june 19

  • 6/23 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Corn crop coming along nicely, as long as you have dodged the "white rain" Beans have been slow to get going but last weeks heat will finally get them jump started. We had to replant 15% of our beans do to hail. We now have full profile of moisture and a few timely rains from here on out and we will raise a good crop....but this is always the problem in eastern NE is those timely rains in July and August. Received a beautiful 1.25 to 1.55 on Friday night.

 

  • 6/23 - Lincoln County, S.D.: Eight day rainfall total 10 inches in 6 hours

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    --Lincoln County, S.D.

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  • 6/23 - Marion County, Ohio: corn and beans off to a good start. A lot of rain but not a washout. Wheat is several wks behind in harvest which will probably affect acreage back to double crop beans. Fields too wet to sidedress and spray.(Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/23 - Douglas County, Ill.: Everything is mostly planted in the county. Our corn was planted on 4/18 to 4/27 and conditions have ben ideal for early growth. The corn looks as good as I have ever seen for this time of year. Maybe we see the full potential of the seed corn genetics this year. Local elevator managers have been doing there own surveys of corn/bean acres. One says soybean acres up 8%, another one up 13%. This makes sense to me given the winter run up in new crop bean price.

  • 6/23 - West Central Minn.: Record crops on the way!

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    --West Central Minn.

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  • 6/23 - South Centarl Minn.: With all the rain,flooding & below normal temps, MN will not be adding to the so called burdensome supply so many of the experts said we are going to have. The insurance adjuster called and said it would be at least a few weeks to look at my hail damaged field due to all the claims in MN, Northern Iowa and Nebraska. That seems odd when the USDA said we have some of the highest crop ratings ever. They couldn't possibly be wrong again predicting record yields and coming up short like they have the last 5 yrs in a row could they? Never underestimate the USDA though, the way they can manipulate the numbers and mysteriously find or loose bushels never ceases to amaze me.

  • 6/23 - Henry County, Ohio: Things look great around here. Another nice inch of rain this week. Waiting for it to turn the other way though.


  • 6/20 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Acres and Acres under water. Hail and wind damage. Rivers and creeks flooded, gullies washed everywhere. A lot of damage has occurred across widespread areas of MN and Northern Iowa this week. Forecast is for heavy rain today, tomorrow and on through the weekend. I’m not worried though, just read another article on agweb this morning telling me I will have all time record yields do to perfect greenhouse conditions.

  • 6/20 - Central Neb.: After the last 2 weeks of storms in neb you can take a bunch off this big crop the usda is projecting. Add in all the problems in Iowa Illinois Minnesota and the Dakotas. It ain't there fellas. Don't sell. This market is gonna come back with a vengeance.

  • 6/20 - Monroe Mich.: We were dry, but got a 1.2 inches of rain on June 18 crops are doing excellent.

  • 6/20 - Brown County, Wis.: Finished planting beans on 6/9-got 1st crop haylage put up by 6/14.Rained 1 3/4" 6/16-6/17. Still enuff land not planted in eastern Brown & western Kewaunee Co. Hope to make dry hay by July 4th- crops here have a long way to go-no bumper year for us. Our thoughts go out to the people of Pilger,NE-we got nothing to complain about.

  • 6/20 - LeSueur County, Minn.: Minnesota...land of 10 million lakes!

  • 6/20 - Southeast Ind.: The next generation starting on a dryer/storage site that should be more cost effective than what we are presently using.

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    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 6/20 - Sibley County, Minn.: This is before the last big rain of 5+ inches, yes that is a 30 acre lake in a 65 acre field. This is a very common sight in the county and throughout southern Minnesota.

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    --Sibley County, Minn.

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  • 6/19 - Big Stone County, Minn.: Another couple inches overnight. Minnesota now land of 100,000 lakes. Corn and beans underwater and yellow. Weeds as tall as crop with no sprayer able to get in fields anytime soon. This will be the 7th month in a row with below normal temps. I can sleep at night because the "experts" say big crop is coming.

  • 6/19 - Dallas County, Iowa: All crops planted around here, but condition varies a lot in both beans and corn. Corn knee high but lots of height and color variation with in the same field. SB anywhere from 3 to 6 inches tall with many skips. Even with ideal weather from here on out, only an "average" yield expected - a long way from a "record" yield.


  • 6/18 - Harper County, Kan.: Very good moisture for the soybeans and corn.

  • 6/18 - Sanborn County, S.D.: Ten oclock June 16 all of our corn and bean acres north of Mitchell. SD were hit by hail. Corn was close to foot tall. All we have left is stalk. We have beans planted in James River Valley, hopefully that does not flood. Thankfully we had hail and crop insurance.

  • 6/18 - Winneshiek County, Iowa: In our part of the country we went through the wettest spring in 50 years in 2013. We had a record amount of prevent plant acres in our state. But when other parts of the country have good yields the market doesn't care if you didn't get your fields planted. For those of you with prevent plant acres this year, I know exactly how you feel. Unfortunately when it's all said and done we'll probably produce a record crop everywhere else and your acres won't matter. It sure happened to us last year!

  • 6/18 - Dickinson County, Kan.: We have gone from one extreme to the other here in our area. We were dry all winter and spring, and now that the wheat is ready to harvest, we are way too wet. Our corn looks good and the beans just need some drier weather, but there has been very little milo planted in this part of the state. We have had 8-10 inches of rain since the first of June, which is usually the prime time to plant milo. Almost nobody in this area has experience with prevented planting, but this could be the year. We certainly need a change in the weather pattern, but the forecast doesn't look good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 6/17 - Sibley County, Minn.: All the good to excellent corn must be elsewhere than in this county. Many fields still not touched due to wetness, corn small and yellow due to oversaturation. I expect some big surprises on actual acres planted and the actual yields we are a long way from being in the bin with this "huge" corn crop, odds are it wont be huge in Sibley County.....

  • 6/17 - South Central Minn.: Corn Flat to the ground after last nights storm. Streak of Hail on some to our west. Many Acres under water. Corn was already yellow and uneven. Predicting severe storms every day this week. We don’t get record crops in this part of the country when it rains like this.

  • 6/17 - Southeast, Ind.: Finally finished 4 acres of corn we had skipped to allow us to get back to pick up a fence row we had torn out, we skipped it on May 27th! Was still probably too wet to be out there. Corn looks good and beans should take off with warmer weather this week. Everyone is behind spraying, and if dry enough, there will be quite a few acres of beans planted this week in southern Indiana and Ohio.

  • 6/17 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: extremely wet, 5.5"rain the last 2days on top of saturated soils. Have had 21" rain since may 1st. more on the way

  • 6/17 - Palo Alto County, Iowa : Had over 10 inches of rain the past 2 weeks. Some storms with strong winds and hail. Tornados to the north and south of us tonight. If this is el nino then give us a drought! Just replanted a bunch of corn Friday to only have those acres plus more under water again. Rain isn't making grain around here. Bet the markets will be down again tomorrow.

  • 6/17 - Wells County, Ind.: The good Lord has blessed us with wonderful looking crops. Have received timely rains just need some heat to really help this crop along. Sounds like highs near ninety this week should help a lot. Thanks to each and every farmer out there helping to feed this world. May God bless you!

  • 6/17 - Jackson County, Iowa: 2nd crop hay.

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    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 6/17 - Dunn County, Wis.: Another 3" of rain in 2 hours overnight Saturday. That has been the 3rd 3" rain event in the last 4 weeks. Still some planting to do. massive amounts of erosion and gullies all over the area, no-till or not! Some 1st crop has been harvested. Went to the inlaws Saturday in central Minnesota. South of Cokato to Glencoe and Spencer, Hutchinson, about 3/4" of the ground not touched yet. Ponds and ponds of water with ducks floating by in almost every field as far as the eye can see. What a disaster! Father in law said the prevent plant on soybeans won't even cover the rent.


  • 6/16 - Jackson County, Iowa: The weather finally cooperated towards the end of last week to allow some dry to get made Friday and Saturday. Second pass corn spraying is about done along with first pass in the beans if there was no preemergence applied. The first picture is of the "ugly corn". It is looking a little better. Had three crop advisors from my seed company out to look at it last week to help figure out what did cause the extremely ugly corn. It was not because of the nh3 being applied to wet, shallow or deep. It was a combination of our cool wet weather and too much residue keeping the ground to a lot cooler and wetter than places where there was less residue. He also said this would have been the year to apply 30 to 50 units of liquid with first pass spray. Unofficially, I would say 50% of the corn looks good ,25% ok and 25% poor. Overall a lot of the beans look really good.

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    --Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 6/16 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: Feeling very fortunate here as the rains were much heavier to our north. Same field as previously posted, next day. 2.5-6+ inches in the last 36 hours.

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    --Kandiyohi County, Minn.

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  • 6/16 - Siblely Co. Minn.: just got more rain 2.5 inches last to day, that puts the last week at 3.8 inches and the last 4 weeks at 14 plus inches!!! corn small and yellow, beans coming slow, too much rain and not enough heat to get crops going good, chance of rain 6 days of next 10,tough to spray when this wet, big crop coming not hear! need heat and less rain to get average crop maybe.

  • 6/16 - Lac Qui Parle, Minn.: Raining again today and forecasting rain for all next week. We are done side dressing and have most spraying caught up on. Thank God we put down preplant spray.

  • 6/16 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: Went on a 250 mile crop inspection ride on June 14th, through Henry, Rock Island, Whiteside and Carrol counties in Illinois. Saw some good corn, but was also shocked by the yellow beans, short corn, drowned-out spots, fields in need of spraying and 'empty' holes where germination or seedling survival failed. Saw several freshly planted fields, as well. By the looks of it, they've had a tough spring up in that neck of the woods.

  • 6/16 - Kandiyohi County, Minn.: The rain has just begun again, and the corn is going through its drowned out, ugly stage.

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    --Kandiyohi County, Minn.

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  • 6/16 - Sibley County, Minn.: Looks like a repeat of last year, too much rain, significant areas drowned out estimate it to be upwards of 10% of the overall crop land. Just replanted 20% of 2014 corn acres due to flooding...... May need to think about becoming a rice farmer in 2015

  • 6/16 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Roller coaster temps continue here. Several chances of rain that bring enough rain to make haying difficult, but does little to alleviate to drought. We are at about 60% of "normal" rainfall for the year. We have a "good" chance of rain tonight-I hope we get more than our usual .25! A lot of corn has reached "knee" high, and beans are mostly up and growing well. The cattle are out to pasture, and life is good. A Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there.


  • 6/13 - Carroll/Ogel/Whiside Counties, Ill.: We are across the river from East central Iowa. The rains have been very spotty and very from 2.5",1.25,0 within two miles. Beans planted on May 12 are sad compared to the ones planted on May 20 in the same field and same variety. Rain and cold was hard on the May 12 beans. Beans are yellow everywhere. Corn is good,bad and ugly also. This crop is totally unpredictable. Tiles are still dry even in the wet fields. I have seen the worst looking fields finish the best and be disappointed at the final yield of the best looking from this time of year. The Good Lord has humbled the best of us before. We might be in for a good laugh again this year when it is all said and done.

  • 6/13 - McLeod County, Minn.: Rain again. Just got 80 acres of beans in and it rains overnight- .60 and more in some places. That will hault any further planting for another week or more. Many acres took pp on corn and looking like the trend on beans too. Reading today's column by the market analysts. Huge corn crop expected. Funny how that works when you take o bushels/ acre out of production and possible turn them into bean acres, if they get planted. Any corn that got in is in desperate need of dry, hot weather and needs nitrogen. Good luck with that the way this year is going. 66 today and 20 mph winds- not even good haying weather...

  • 6/13 - East Central Mo.: tried every chemical to kill waterhemp. It even survived concrete! Guess we'll hit it again with another yard or two!

 

  • 6/13 - Somerset County, Pa.: Lots of rain here beans are to be desired and most of the corn looks great what was planted around May 20 th (between the showers) . Corn planted later has lots of stand issues no germination no corn. A lot of acres abandoned this year don't see 158 bu average yeild !!!!

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    --Somerset County, Pa.

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  • 6/13 - Southwest Ind.: Corn planted May 12 is mostly at V5-V6. Have had a lot of rain recently making it almost too wet for good crop growth. Beans look good just now getting 2"-3" tall.

  • Corn 2014   Corn at V6
    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 6/13 - Southwest Ind.: A lot of Winter Wheat this past week has turned golden. Harvest should only be a few weeks away if the rain holds off. Lots of head scab in wheat this year, knocked a good chunk off of the yield. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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    --Southwest Ind.

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  • 6/11 - Coles County, Ill.: cold and wet start then hot and dry then cool and soggy. corn was looking rough early then came out of it during the hot and dry couple weeks but now it is looking good above water but starting to yellow on the low areas in the fields. There is still unplanted fields around and fields need sprayed for weeds but we are flooded so all we can do is watch the rain pour down and wonder how much will have to be replanted.

  • 6/11 - Renville, Minn.: Crop mudded in and then heavy rain caused ponding and crop loss. very wet. not a pretty picture.

  • 6/11 - North Central Ind.: In regards to Iowa on 6/10 we had the same thing starting to happen in no till beans but they were roundup resistant marestail that were only 2-6 inches tall. Went in with roundup powermax and first rate to smoke the marestail. Round up cleared up the grasses and broadleafs.


  • 6/10 - West Carroll Parish, La.: Mostly all area corn is in the (roasting ear) stage. All corn has tassled, and is looking very good. Plants are not as tall as last year, due to a very cool,wet spring. Soybeans on beds are looking good,nearly knee high. Flat-planted soybeans are lagging behind and should lap during the next 2 weeks. Cotton is at 10 leaf and up stage. Rice is nearly a month behind, due to excessive rainfall in May. Corn will hit a home run this year.

  • 6/10 - Jennings County, Ind.: Can't seem to get a stretch of dry weather. Beans are yellow corn is starting to yellow. Lots of unplanted acres waiting for a window.

  • 6/10 - Lafayette County, Mo.: all planted, looking fair to good, moisture is good now with 2 in. rain on Saturday and more forecast for Mon, Tues. it is helping the crop and the weeds.

  • 6/10 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We got our beans in by May 20th and milo in May 30th, neighbors corn looks great, our beans really growing, as well as the milo, we sprayed 2/3 of our beans a 2cd time Friday

  • 6/10 - McLeod County, Minn.: Well, mother nature still not cooperating to get in the fields. Many areas of central MN are in the same boat- little or no corn in the ground, spotty at best if it is. Wet, wet, wet. Many areas just saw another 2-3" of rain over the weekend. Prevent plant for corn, beans just around the corner. Corn that did get planted in early May lacks nitrogen and weeds growing- can't even get in the fields to spray. What a year so far....

  • 6/10 - Iowa: I have a field of no till corn , I worked the headlands etc and planted May 14th. I didn't get a chance to get back into the field until Saturday June 7th. From road it looked good. But when I got over the hill I found rag weed from 6 inches to 24 inches. Some spots you could not even see the corn. I sprayed it yesterday with 2 quarts of halexgt I have soybeans adjoining this field to the east and so does the neighbor adjoining to the west have soybeans, everything else is corn. What should I come back in with again to knock these ragweeds down Thanks

  • 6/10 - Custer County, Neb.: We awoke to 2.1 inches in the rain gauge. It is still raining at this time. I think this is the most rain we have received in one event since October of 2012. This will help the grass and crops tremendously. Crops in this area look good. The no till looks uneven to me. The conventional looks better. The best looking corn to me is the strip tilled ground. Great stands and good color. Corn ranges in height from 2 leaf to ankle high. Soybeans are doing good also. The no till beans in heavy residue are just starting to turn the field green when you look across them. One thing is for sure, the corn is going to change amazingly fast now. Some will be knee high by middle of next week. In my conversations with fellow cattlemen, most have all the cows out to summer pasture. A lot of guys delayed turnout as long as possible in an effort to help the grass get established. We had late frosts that slowed development earlier, plus it was very dry and not much moisture in the ground. The recent rains have sure adjusted my thoughts on the potential for crops and cattle this summer. We are very blessed with the recent rains.

  • 6/10 - Berrien County, Mich.: .75 inch of rain this past weekend stop all field work again are ground is soaked I think a heavy dew will stop field work crops are not growing as good as they should be but are not bad. I think are soil is very wet and cold in the root zone still in the 50s at night. we will have good crops probably no bin busters.


  • 6/9 - Black Hawk County, Iowa : In regard to the "Ugly Corn" stage from the 2nd of June. That picture is a classic example of NH3 injury. It was not from applying it when soil too wet necessarily, it comes from NH3 being applied NOT DEEP ENOUGH and migrating up the slot and adversely affecting germination and emergence of the corn. The corn looks nitrogen deficient but it is from impaired rooting technically. if the roots regenerate you might be OK yet, if not??? What is your experience, I am guessing that this was a course soil field?

  • 6/9 - East Central Iowa: in response to a critic...........the NH3 was not applied when it was to wet and that field wasn’t planted to wet. a lot of fields around me have some issues(corn on corn mainly). I put on gas on other fields within the same day or two, but planted almost 2 weeks apart. they don’t resemble one another at all. how do you know what is going on in my area? unofficially I had 6-8" of rain on that field along with 2-2 1/2 weeks of 50-60F high temps and lows in the upper 30’s before it came out of the ground. the green corn is right over the NH3 zone and the yellow are not.the corn roots didn’t have to reach for mt. every year people swear they will never use NH3 again until later in the season when the dry and liquid run out of gas. I live in an area where side dressing is almost impossible. with our hills and contours, we would run over more corn than we would gain by side dressing. I’m not saying spreading some dry/liquid pre-plant wouldn’t be worth it, but normally the "ugly stage " isn’t as noticeable. around me, I would say we once again have "the good,the bad and the ugly"

  • 6/9 - Adams County, Wash.: Most corn in the area look very good right now. It has reached 85 degrees almost every day for the last 10 days. Thanks to irrigation, the crops are doing fine. Corn cultivation is underway.

  • 6/9 - Lafayette County, Wis.: It may be hard to believe but there are pockets in southwest Wisconsin, Northwest Illinois and Eastern Iowa that are still dry. Our water and creek levels are as low as they got in the drought of 2012. Tiles dry. Since April 10, we have had only 2.5 inches of rain. Got .4 and .33 last 2 weeks. Eastern part of the county had 1 to 3 inches of rain. Crops overall look good here, but no subsoil moisture for summer heat. Amazing how so many are too wet, yet there are still dry pockets from the last 2 seasons. Mothers day had a hard shower, crusted a lot of corn and beans, with one neighbor replanting soybeans today, due to a poor stand. Ground squirrels took out 8 pickup truck size pockets of corn, by going along corn rows and digging out seeds on growing corn. With all the no till, and perhaps less insecticide use, moles too are now a problem. Corn reprayed a second time, little weed pressure. Be safe.


  • 6/6 - Cuming County, Neb.: Hail and high winds have taken us from %100 good to excellent to %100 poor to gone. We have field 30 miles apart and everything got hit. I have heard that the hail tract was 30-40 miles wide and 200 miles long! Our 1500 acres is nearly wiped out.

  • 6/6 - Central Ill.: Corn all up and beautiful. No difference between rotational and continuous corn. The secret is 80 units of nitrogen applied 2 inches over and 2 inches down. Eliminates the ugly stage and corn is HAPPY all season unless we have a drought of course. It is more work but what are we working for???

  • 6/6 - Grant County, Wash.: The corn are growing nicely. The weather is finally warming up. The corn have really been puppin the last two week. First cutting hay is done in most areas.

  • Corn field cc060614
    --Grant County, Wash.

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  • 6/6 - Fillmore County, Minn.: Most of our corn at this point looks good. However, we do have some wet areas that have thin stands. It was another challenging spring in SE Minnesota as far as being to wet and cool and working in small weather windows. We have finally received some heat in the last couple of weeks. There were many corn fields that needed the crust broken for decent emergence. With that being said, it is far better than last year and I would say we still have potential for a very good crop if the rest of the year pans out. The late planted corn and beans in our area look great. The conditions were much better at during this planting period. We are currently spraying and cutting hay. The hay is the best we have had in 3 years.


  • 6/5 - Delaware County, Ohio: We have had about 9 inches of rain total since may 9th. first 700 acres of corn planted early may is spoty. We have 160 acres left to plant . Most of the area has 5% to plant yet but as of today are switching to beans. Beans are 60 to 70% planted, all the beans and mid may planted corn standesare very good.

  • 6/5 - Northeast Neb.: heavy rain wind and lots of hail....we were so dry before finilly got rain but a lot of crops gone...will have a lot of replant....some fields bare. pivots were upset... I think id rather been in the drough then have the mess we have now.. sure took the toll on crops....

  • 6/5 - Berrien County, Mich.: all our corn out of the ground looks good and stands are good some beans are up good start here sorry to read about everybody else's bad luck maybe price will help later when usda finds there isn't a perfect corn crop good luck to all

  • 6/5 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: The severe weather didn't materialize for us, but we did get 1.7 inches of slow rain which we desperately needed. Our no-till looks good. Regarding that "ugly" mottled, yellow-looking corn field. I'm seeing quite a bit of this. in some locales, maybe 30% of the fields have these symptoms to varying degrees. I've been trying to figure out what was causing it, because I've never seen it so widespread. It's everywhere you go.

  • 6/5 - Robeson County, N.C.: started wheat this week. yields in 60's with low test weight. no rain in three weeks. corn rolling up. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/5 - Richland County, Ill.: Finish plant May 23. Lots of white heads showing up in wheat last 2 days.(Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/5 - Cuming County, Neb.: Large area of eastern Nebraska was hit by strong winds and hail on the 3rd of June. Might not replant anything and take the crop insurance.


  • 6/4 - Perry County, Pa.: Finished corn on May 24, all now emerged. Finished beans on June 1, most emerged. Got new Great Plains drill this year, best bean emergence and stand ever, new planters are great!! Too many rain showers to make dry hay, will have to wait awhile. Grass hay short due to cold spring but I will not complain about rain, will need this summer!!

  • 6/4 - Dallas County, Iowa: News flash for the East Central IA guy that sent in a photo of his "ugly stage" corn. That aint normal and it aint going to grow through it. It may not be as noticeable later but yield potential has been lost because you put on your NH3 when it was TOO WET. There is an old saying that " a pound of nitrogen is a pound of nitrogen, no matter which form it is applied in ". That old saying is true as long as the application is done correctly. The corn in that photo is not getting full benefit from the N and it most likely has been injured. I suggest you look at how your soil conditions are instead of seeing if your neighbors are going to know if conditions are OK.

  • 6/4 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: We were 100% planted until 5+ inches of rain fell this afternoon and a wide spread hail storm surged through Pottawattamie county in Southwest Iowa looks like 100% of the beans will need to be replanted. Corn is cut off at the ground I don't know what I'll do with those acres... Well I guess you can't win them all. Good luck to the rest of you we're gonna need your bushels.

  • 6/4 - Morrison County, Minn.: Corn and Soybeans planted. Corn about 3" tall, soybeans just coming out of ground. We received over 3" of rain over the weekend. May have to replant a few spots. Need some heat to get this crop moving as we are a good 2 weeks behind normal. Will be cutting alfalfa during next dry spell, which might be a while.


  • 6/3 - Menominee County, Mich.: We are planting around the wet spots in some fields, but a lot of fields are too wet to plant at all. It rained yesterday and today, so it may not dry out enough to get any more corn planted by the 5th. I only have 40% of my corn planted, but all of my soybeans, since those fields were dry enough to plant. I managed to disk a field on Memorial Day, but it rained 15 min after I was done. There has been standing water in the field ever since.

  • 6/3 - Fairfield County, Ohio: 95% of the corn in and probably 90% of beans in. Most of the crop went in the last 10 days but is coming up really nicely!

  • 6/3 - Northumberland County, Pa.: Finished corn and soybeans yesterday. Suppose to get thunderstorms today, wouldn't hurt. But don't need a down poor. Other guys in the area are starting to wrap up planting also. Crops are off to a great start once again this year.Wheat pushed heads end of last week and now all fields are full heads. Have a safe summer everyone and good luck! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 6/2 - Stearns County, Minn.: Had almost 4" of rain over the weekend. Corn and soybeans are up but took somewhat of a beating. My hay strips and notill virtually eliminated soil erosion while my neighbor's fields are all washed out. Corn and soybeans don't work on hilly ground without conservation my friends. This heavy rain pretty much ended the planting here in 2014. Good luck folks.

  • 6/2 - East Central Iowa: Corn going through its ugly stage as I call it. So I'm finding N, some not.

  • ugly stage corn
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 6/2 - East Central Iowa: Got some rain over the weekend.

  • rain  storm clouds
    --East Central Iowa

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  • 6/2 - Cheyenne County, Colo.: On 5-30-14 got first real rain since Sept. 2013. One half an inch. Better than dust storms.

  • 6/2 - Christian County, Ill.: Corn all planted and at V4 stage with soybeans 90 % complete in area. Poor emergence from soybeans planted the May 5th through 10 week due to rain on the 12th. Taking 3 weeks to emerge.

  • 6/2 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Wheat started to head last weekend. The wheat that survived the cold and the wind looks pretty good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/2 - Venango, Pa.: My corn and oats are all planted I would say most farms in my area are 70% done.

 

 

 

 

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