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August 2008 Crop Comments

Aug 29, 2008

What are your yield expectations?

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

  • 8/29 - Southeast Nebraska: Like many places we need rain also. Received only .9 inches since July 18 one rain of 1/2 inch and two .2 inch rains. Early corn will be pretty good with above average yields. Haven't looked at the later corn in the area but would say it will take a hit with the late season dryness that has occurred. Beans are hurting and need a rain badly. Aphids have been a problem and some fields have been sprayed. Beans could still make average crop if a real good rain fell quickly but forecast are very bleak for that to happen.

     
  • 8/29 - Northeast North Dakota: We are grinding thru harvest, with 3 rain stops the past 8 days.  Nothing major,  .6 inches, then a couple bothersome showers that stopped us for a day.  Barley continues to yield in the 90's to over 100 bu.  By far the best ever.  Haven't started the wheat yet, but some who have are VERY happy.  Canola is also very good, with many fields over a ton per acre.  We just paid for NH3 that  will put on in Oct. and Nov.  $1100/ ton.  P2O5 prices quoted at $1125 if paid cash by mid Sept.  We really need a big crop just to keep up with the inputs.  Who said inflation is under control?  
     
  • 8/29 - Northeast Nebraska: Missed our rain last night, got a whole .10. Dryland corn fired up to ears turning brown and dropping ears…only rain had was .50 in last 5 weeks. Beans are in need of rain bad...a lot of fields just turning yellow…won’t be any thing to harvest. Sure wish could have all that rain back in June now.
     
  • 8/29 - Miami County, West Central Ohio: Finished corn silage Tue. Moisture at 65%. Fields extremely variable-some places plants all brown but milkline was only 10% down on kernel, while other places plants all green with 50% milkline. Decent yields varied from 23 to 27 ton. Over three weeks now with no rain.

     
  • 8/29 - Larue County, Kentucky: The corn will be ready to shell in a week with probably a yield varying from 80 to 130 bu per acre depending on when it was planted the beans if they do not get rain in the next week will do good to make 25 bu/acre.  
     
  • 8/29 - Northeast Iowa: Corn maturity is well behind normal (2-3 weeks). Subnormal temperatures are making that situation worse. Stand and kernel counts are running apx 13% below average the past 4 years. Taken from the same areas of the same fields year after year. Expecting more 145 bu corn than 190 in the area.  During the past week there has been strong evidence of the corn crop just giving up—especially in areas where a large portion of the N was lost. Oh well, 145 bu of cornflakes per acre is still better than 0 bu per acre—even if hauling it to town cost $125/acre to get them to dry it from 25% to 13%.
     
  • 8/29 - Henry County, Ohio: 13 inches of rain fell in ten days prior to the 4th of July.  4 tenths since.

     
  • 8/29 - Harlan, Iowa: Prayers answered in NW half of Shelby County, Iowa, with 1 – 2 inches of rain. Hope it spreads and everybody gets a good crop to work with.

  • 8/28 - Northeast Oklahoma: I took a trip to Iowa last week through Missouri. I like to take back roads to see crops. Lots of beans that were late but looked good to me. But the corn was all over the chart. I saw 200 bu corn down to 50 bu a lot in the same section. My wife even commented on how sorry the corn was on the average. For a woman from Oklahoma to say that it must be pretty bad. Our corn will not dry down, wet spots are still green. Beans are looking better by the day. Just put on my first quilt application today on my earliest beans. That’s how far behind we are.


     
  • 8/28 - Between North Central and Northeast Iowa: Very dry the last 6 weeks except for a three, half inch shots including last night's storm.  Corn planted May 5th through 11th, in my estimation closer to three weeks behind 5 year average, it has good color yet but the kernels very shallow and the later corn tipped back more, the temps been ranging upper 40's to low 70's, they are not helping much  Beans have not made any progress in the last 2 weeks, lots of flat pods, and the lighter spots or compacted areas they have really shrunk.  The hay and pastures (which I found out yesterday has to be insured with the corn and beans on federal crop)  are really hurting. Here we need rain and warm weather. Got a price for N.P.K. to plant corn followed by beans $283 per acre.  
     
  • 8/28 - Fairmont, Minnesota: Got our biggest rain in 5 weeks yesterday.  It was less than 1/4 inch. Both soybean and corn crops conditions are declining quickly.  Most ears of corn have kernels missing from poor pollination, have a pull back at the end of the ear and have very shallow kernels.  We have had much denitrofication and now stalk rot has become present in the majority of fields.  It is likely we will raise about a 80 percent of normal crop this year. Crops are at least 2.5 weeks behind. We need a very late frost date!
     
  • 8/28 - Miami County, West Central Ohio: Finished corn silage Tue. Moisture at 65%. Fields extremely variable-some places plants all brown but milkline was only 10% down on kernal, while other places plants all green with 50% milkline. Decent yields varied from 23 to 27 ton. Over three weeks now with no rain.


     
  • 8/28 - Miami County, North Central Indiana: 15 miles north, northeast of Kokomo. Well, we got a big rain about three weeks ago. I thought that might carry us through. I don't think that will happen now. Bean yields are probably getting trimmed everyday. I saw beans wilting in low 80 degree temps today. Maybe that Hurricane will blow up here in a few days and dump a couple of inches to finish us off.  
     
  • 8/28 - Northwest Ohio: We are in desperate need of rain, with only 4 tenths of an inch in the past 7 weeks.  The corn crop will probably be in the 100-120 bu range.  The soybeans on the other hand need rain in the next 10 days or it will be to late to help them. If it doesn't rain yields will probably be 50% of a normal yield, which would put us around 25-30 bu. per acre.  It's frustrating looking at crop tours saying we have an average bean and corn crop.  Pod count in soybean fields may be misleading as many pods have no beans, and the ones that do the beans will be small.  And from what I've read its not just in Northwest Ohio, but across much of the corn belt.
     
  • 8/28 - Stearns County, Minnesota: Our crops need rain and heat units.

  • 8/27 - Mclean, Livingston counties, Illinois: Very dry!  Only .3 rain in august.  Beans are turning prematurely and the double crop beans are actually dying.  Corn is fired all the way up and ears hanging down.  We are getting ready to put this one away and look forward to sky high inputs for 2009.  Corn is looking to be a little below average and beans are really suffering-they will be well below average. Neighbors are beginning to wonder what happened to elite germplasm seed that could take the stress?  
     
  • 8/27 - Southwest Ontario: What a year, to put it into short sentence, this is a record year for the books and I hope I'll never see it again! June was the wettest month on record, July was next to the driest month on record, and Aug will be going down as the driest month on record. The crops? I need not have to expand upon it, you know the story........... :-(
     
  • 8/27 - South Central Minnesota: Very dry, corn and beans have really shut down in the last week.  Lots of beans are drying up on the lighter soil or leaves turning over.  Since the crops are 2-3 weeks behind we need rain and warm weather to finish them off.  Started corn harvest last year Sept. 12 last year and neighbors did some beans on the 9th. Be lucky to do any in Sept. this year.

  • 8/26 - Southeast Michigan: Looks like a lot of us are sittin' in the same boat. The boat just can't find any water. Six inches of rain overnight in early July and a couple .2" rains since. Wheat on the ground from the hail hasn't even sprouted yet. Corn is firing above the ear, probably run it, without needing a dryer, before the beans. Looks decent in spite of that. Beans are a disaster. Barely over 18" tall in many fields, low pod count, and shriveled up all day. Aphids or spider mites showing up in a few spots. Unless Fay decides to vacation in the Great Lakes, no real rain in the forecast. To spray or not to spray...Washed the truck tonight just to watch the wipers work.  
     
  • 8/26 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We had a very light shower this past week but no measurable precipitation since early August.  Our temperatures are below normal for the month with limited moisture.  I keep looking at the corn and remembering last year when I started harvesting at the end of August.  This year is going to be quite the opposite.  If the combine rolls at the end of September I will be grateful.  As each passing day goes by, I just don't see this crop making it to maturity throughout the Corn Belt.  If we see an early frost, we all know this is going to be a disaster.  The beans are setting pods but the pod counts are below average.  The recurring theme is we need rain and quite a few more weeks of summer.
     
  • 8/26 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Our unusually cool weather for August continues.  Surely this will wind up being one of the coolest on record for us.  I think we have had 3 days over 90 for the month.  Most years we are lucky to have 3 days UNDER 90.  Moisture continues to be ample and our crop looks good, except it is about a month behind.  Having walked quite a few fields the past week I think the May planted corn will be decent, probably 150-180.  Its so hard to predict because those fields have so much variability in them.  Much of that corn will be back layered in another week or so.  The June corn looks exceptional, but is way behind.  It is in or just past the roasting ear stage.  Kernel counts are very good, but I think depth will be shallow which will cut into its potential.  If we can catch another decent rain in the next week or two (none is forecast) I think this June corn could yield as much or more than the early corn.  That said an early frost would be devastating.  Given the late spring I never would have thought I'd be talking 150 bushel corn at harvest, but with some luck I think that is very attainable.

    Beans have finally grown and look very good.  My 2 observations are that there are a high percentage of 3 or 4 bean pods and a low amount of 2 or less bean pods.  While that is impressive, I am a bit disappointed by the total pod load on plants.  With most still flowering we will see that increase, but a bit disappointing so far.  I think first crop beans have the potential to be 50 with double crops looking as good as I recall in recent years and with another rain could easily run 40 plus.  As with the late planted corn the crop is behind and with a high percentage of the bean crop still flowering they will be very susceptible to frost well into the early part of October.  
     

  • 8/26 - Northern Louisiana: Pictures of double-cropped corn in Northeast Louisiana.  Planted during the first week of August.    The first crop was a RR/YGCB harvest in the last few days of July.  The new crop is a LL corn. The yellow in the middles is volunteer corn killed by Ignite.

     

    Northern Louisiana

    (Have any photos or video of the crops on your farm? Email them to cropcomments@agweb.com.)


  • 8/25 - DeKalb/Daviess Counties, Missouri: We had .4 over 2 rains last Thurs/Fri. I'm going to start staying home. Went to a field day last week north of Marshall, MO. It was in a second bottom and their stuff looked GREAT!!! We got lost and wandered around in that area a bit before we found the place and the part of the river bottom we saw was very poor. Guessing flooding or standing water really hurt that corn. Beans looked OK. General drive along the road in that area showed some stress but overall looked good. Did see some areas that weren't planted or wiped out due to floods. The closer to home we got the worse it looked. Went to Doniphan Co, KS on Sat and they had had 2 inches of rain on Friday. They're expecting a big crop. Talked to some guys from Brown Co KS there and they were expecting good crops or maybe better. They hadn't had rain for awhile but had hit the rest of the year. I won't even make a guess as to what ends up being our yield here. Beans need rain bad. I'd say corn is just cruising into harvest.
  • 8/25 - Winnebago County, North Central Iowa: Looked at some corn over the weekend. Hard to find any dented kernals.  Was very surprised to see how far the corn is tipped back when you get in the field.  Grain length on a lot of ears less than 6" with 1.5"-2" of barron cob at the tip. This doesn''t show from road.  The ears on the field edges with less competitioon are filled to the tip. On the plus side, ear counts are high, but the fields are so variable any yield will just be a guess.  The beans look excellent,  very tall and lush some over waist high.  When you start counting pods, however, what a dissapointment.  Most plants have a hard time making the low twentys,  20-21 pods per plant the most common.  This worked out to 3'x3' counts of 840 to 860 in solid seeded fields.  Sprayed for aphids and none have returned.  We missed the rains last week and desperately need some to finish filling these beans.  40 degree nites are not helping either.  
     
  • 8/25 - East Central Illinois: We are in east central illinois. The corn in our area will make 105 to 190. The beans are podded fair but they are in need of a rain or the seed in the pods will be small and shrunk up. The yeilds are impossible to estimate.
  • 8/25 - East Central Illinois: Crops are in bad need of rain. it has been in the forecast the last couple weeks but it does not happen. beans are in a critical stage trying to set pods and fill pods but the bean leaves roll up  mid morning and stay that way all day. double crop beans are at a stand still, looks like a waste of time and money. corn is dieing off on the higher & lighter ground but still green on the low ground. waterhemp came up late after last spraying and is growing like trees in the bare spots in the corn fields, the problem of farming ground down stream of a farmer that does not live nearby . some sds starting to show up in the beans.  
     
  • 8/25 - Huntington County, Indiana: We really need some rain for the soybeans.  It has been 3 weeks since we've has any rain on our farms.  The soybean's had good pod set after rains during early August.  Unfortunately, it has been dry since then.  No chance of rain until the end of the week.  The crop potential drops daily without rain. The corn crop is very uneven.  The April planted corn looks well above average.  The corn planted May 4th - 6th have very uneven ear size.  The replant corn, planted in late May, is under stress.  It is trying to grain fill under very dry conditions.  I looked at a field on Thursday that a neighbor spotted in; I found ears still at the blister stage.
     
  • 8/25 - West Central Ohio: No rain for several weeks. If those of you on the crop tour were back in Ohio today (Aug 24) you would not believe how things have deteriorated in just 6 days. 
     
  • 8/25 - Shelby County, Iowa: I took a road trip in four counties Sunday. It is burning up, to bad had good crop coming on, it just will not rain.

     
  • 8/25 - Northeast Indiana: Less than 8/10th of moisture in the last four weeks. The hot dry weather really took its toll this week. I saw one field of corn being combined on Wednesday the 20th, where the plants were brown all the way to the top. It now looks as if we will not have any of the rains that were forecasted for this weekend.  
     
  • 8/25 - Roseau County, Northwest Minnesota: It is supposed to be 40 above tonight.  Agronomists are saying there is no way the corn will make it this year and there is a lot of corn up here. Running out of heat units. The beans have a chance but are still late. Spring wheat crop is 35 - 40 bushels/a with 10 - 11 protein ($1.50/bushel discount). 
     
  • 8/25 - From Jefferson County in SE Iowa:I would say that the farm tour doesn’t much surprise us.  Our corn has some gigantic holes and has been getting yellower and yellower over the last week to ten days.  The only good thing I can say about the corn is that we have at least had timely rains – once it finally quit raining so we could plant.  In recent weeks we have traveled to NW Iowa, across Iowa and Nebraska on I-80, and over to north central Illinois.  The best corn we saw was in Illinois.  The worst was in Nebraska (at least looking from the road). As for beans, our last field was planted around July 10 or 12.  Beans around here are uneven and weedy.  Farmers around here are now spraying for aphids.  The crop duster we hired was having to clean his windshield every time he landed to reload because the aphids were so thick on his windshield and wings.  The taller beans are setting pods, the shorter ones are blossoming out.  There are pockets of exceptionally nice-looking beans, but for the most part, they look like they are about a month behind….which, of course, they are!  We have had about an inch and a quarter of rain over the last three days…We need a long summer and a late fall.
  • 8/25 - Northwest Wisconsin: There is nothing short of a miracle that will get our corn to maturity this year. We have just begun to get local sweet corn to eat.  Field corn is just starting to turn from white blisters to a faint yellow in 80 plus percent of fields. There are a few fields still yet to silk.....lots of corn silage this year...what a late y ear. We also are very dry.....many fields firing and rolled up during the day. Soybean aphids are prevalent throughout the area.  
     
  • 8/25 - East Central Illinois: Wow! I've been in my fields all week looking @ corn and finding. Tipped back as far as 3", nitrogen washout even where water didn't stand just soaked the soil, Population from 25K to 30K where 32500 was planted. I was hoping for an average of 155 and preparing myself for less. Glad to know things are better than I thought!!

  • 8/22 - Southeast Iowa: Where are they getting these numbers from? The crop tour must not have come in my neck of the woods (SE Iowa). Even on the best dirt the ears are short and only 16 around. Tons of yellow spots that I know from last year can really bring an average down quick. Cold weather will not help test weights either. I won't be selling til it all in the bin.  
     
  • 8/22 - Shelley Idaho: 240 acres, hard white wheat, 105 bpa, 14% protein.
  • 8/22 - South-Central Indiana: We are extremely dry here. Haven't had to mow the yard for a couple weeks. Looks like beans are not going to fill out good, just like last year. Corn that was not replanted looks great, replanted corn just didn't get enough moisture, and is struggling. Maybe we'll get lucky and get some moisture out of Hurricane Fay. If not, God will provide us with all we need to get by another year. Hope you have a great harvest. 
     
  • 8/22 - Greenville, Illinois: To date, I have some of the best corn I have grown in years, and the beans are coming on strong too.  Despite being an extremely late crop, stands are excellent, here, and rainfall has been perfect.  We are relatively disease free to date.   My corn is planted in 20 inch rows with standing population counts of 35,000 to 37,000.  The ears are well pollinated with 16 to 20 rows around and about 42 to 44 kernels in length.  I have not done any pod counts on the beans.  Crops seem consistently good throughout Southern IL.  Just keep the GDU’s coming and hold off the frost until October 4th, our normal frost date.

  • 8/21 - Northeast Kansas: We did a yield check of our corn fields today with an area agronomist. We found the yields to average between 120-125 bpa. We have a ten year average of 148 bpa on these fields. I guess I am surprised there is any corn at all because we have received less than one inch of rain in July and .04 in August. The rains have just missed us by anywhere from 40 or 50 miles to just a few miles all summer. We planted about 2-3 weeks late due to too much rain in March, April, May, and June. We were spared the searing heat for the most part and that is why we will have anything at all. The soybeans may be another story as they will have had to go thought their reproductive stage with around an inch of rain in July and August combined. They are turning white in the afternoons on the hill ground and some bottom land. The better ground (creek bottom land) could still make 30-35 bpa, but on the hills we could be grubbing out 20 bpa if it doesn't start raining very soon. 
     
  • 8/21 - Spencer, Iowa: It is dry here. This area is 68% of normal rainfall and the light soil areas are suffering and spreading every day, looks pretty good considering the amount of moisture but hasn't been overly hot.
     
  • 8/21 - Cuming County, Northeast Nebraska: Still haven't had a rain over .5" since early June. Dryland is firing up till the ear. 
     
  • 8/21 - Northern Louisiana: The corn harvest begins with less than anticipated corn yields. The very heavy spring rains and the extreme heat have cut yields. The fertilizer was leached during very wet weather. The early hope was for good yields however, this is not the going to be the case. Yields are running on good ground 125 bu. per acre and less.
     
  • 8/21 - Around Lafayette, Indiana: Report from Pam Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: Stomping through cornfields in north and west of Lafayette, Indiana, I found quite a bit of silk clipping on corn late last week.

Rootworm beetles and Japanese beetles seemed to be doing their fair share of dining.

 

So I was pleasantly surprised to pull back the ear and discover good kernel set..

Photos by Pam Smith,
Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor

(Have any photos or video of the crops on your farm? Email them to cropcomments@agweb.com.)

 

  • 8/21 - Southern Michigan: Crops looked good in July, but we have only had .6” of rain in the last 4 weeks.  The corn ears are fully pollinated but they have not filled out and are starting to dent. The beans are shutting down and aborting 4 bean pods.  The crop went from looking excellent and took a nose dive and is headed to average or below.  Everyone have a safe harvest.

     
  • 8/21 - Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: First field of peas ran 45b/a. Barley swathing is going full speed.  Some of the first barley came off this weekend with yields in the 70 to 80 b/a area.  Local elevator manager told me the quality was "pretty good".
     
  • 8/21 - North Central Indiana: We have not received a decent rain since July 19. A third of our corn will be 0 to 40 bu. The balance will be 70 to 150 I hope. Beans could be a bust with no rain in August. I believe northern Ohio and Michigan's crops are hurting bad as well??? Looking at a bummer of a harvest. It is no fun harvesting a drought-riddled crop..
     
  • 8/21 - Wheatbelt, Western Australia: 5-8 inches for the month of July. No rain for August so far and nothing on the forecast. Hot sunny days and we have the flag leaf emerging. If the next two weeks are dry as forecast Australia’s wheat crop will struggle to make the 24mmt forecast. Could easily slip below 20mmt. Western Australia is the largest grain producing state in Australia.
     
  • 8/21 - Southeast Ohio: Just as dry as last year, only plus is that it has not been near as hot as 07. Since Mother's Day we have only had 2.2 inches of rain. We have been feeding hay for 3 weeks and our pasture is completely gone.

  • 8/19 - Southwestern Illinois, St. Clair County: We have had below average temperatures almost the entire month of August. I can't believe I am going to say this but we could use an inch of rain and some of that normal August heat to move this crop along. Approximately 80 percent of the corn in this area was planted in the month of June and we need some summer weather to keep us from giving the LP man the keys to the house. I have some corn that was planted on Memorial Day Weekend that looks around 170 bpa. I have noticed quite a bit of leaf rust in the corn due to the cool and wet mornings we are having. I hope to have an estimate on the June planted corn in the next ten days or so. We have been growing 190 bpa corn in this area the past few years.  Using that metric, our corn production will be down 10-25 percent depending on how the rest of the growing season plays out. The USDA says 155 bpa is the magic number. I can only laugh because any clown can make an estimate. I had originally said 145 bpa would be the maximum, but I now believe it is going to be closer to 147 bpa. The USDA may have to swallow that nonsense if we get an early frost in the Midwest this year. God forbid that happens, but as wacky as this year has been anything can and will happen. The beans have grown quite a bit but the weed control has been extremely difficult. An average crop this year will be huge blessing based on all of the hurdles that have been sent our way. I am seriously considering planting 100 percent beans next year. 
     
  • 8/19 - Northeast Indiana: Very dry. Our light ground corn is fired up to the ear. The heavy ground looks better but is hurting. No rain in the 10 day forecast. I think it is time to go on vacation and forget the crops.
     
  • 8/19 - Northern Alabama, Madison County: I wrote a comment in May or early June about how great the corn was looking down here in north Al., Madison County. This year the farmers here had good winter wheat and the second crop soybeans are looking very good (waist high and making pods).  The acres left to cotton are also looking very good. Wish I had a farm here instead of Ky. (Not Really). Farm Manager called this morning and asked "Where do we lock in a corn contract?" I said "around $5.50 will give us a profit and something for your kids to grow on"! Last year was $3.24. We did not have the high costs of input last year. So we will do about the same! Old farmers and old airmen never die, they just 'smell' that way!!!! Don Freeman (Meridianville,Al.).
     
  • 8/19 - Northwest Ohio: Very dry shallow roots. 2 tenths of inch rain since 4th of July. Corn yield might make 110, beans 30-35.

  • 8/15 - Southwest Kansas: DRY, DRY, DRY here in SW Kansas. We are waiting on moisture so we can put on anyhydrous ammonia for the upcoming wheat crop and are 2 weeks behind.
     
  • 8/15 - DeKalb/Daviess, Missouri: We could sure use a couple inches of rain. Last rain here was .55 over 2 days July 28 & 29. We had a very hot spell in there but it was also very humid so that helped a little. Foggy mornings are helping beans. Saw some corn rolling 2 days ago. If it heats back up, things could start to deteriorate rapidly. Finished corn June 20 although mostly done by the 11th. Beans were planted July 3-7. Looking at a short harvest this year and hoping that it's not a total disaster..
     
  • 8/15 - Northwest Iowa, Lyon County: Originally sprayed for aphids on July 22 and they moved back in and had to spray again yesterday. Had done everything they say for good management (inoculants, fert, fungicide, insecticide, timely planting, great stand) and now-NO RAIN! Only 6 tenths in two showers in the last month(and none in forecast). Can see high spots burning up more every day now.
     
  • 8/15 - Lee County, Illinois: The last two weeks I have flown from Northern Illinois as far south as Marion Ill. I have also been to Brainerd MN, Northern and Central MI. & Southern WI. I don't believe the yields in the crop reports are there. Sure they appear so from the road, but from above, there are too many holes, and the nitrogen loss and skips where farmers ran out going through the field are worse and more widespread than I think I've ever seen, and I've been  flying over alot of these areas for 37 years.
     
  • 8/15 - Southwest Kansas, Kearny County: DRY DRY DRY!  We have parts of our farm that has had only 3 inches of precipitation since last August. Other areas are only a few inches more. Dryland corn was done here over a month ago. Dryland milo for the most part is a bust also. Most milo fields will not even head out. We have no subsoil or topsoil moisture. We've had chances of rain for over a week. We've received anywhere from nothing to 0.80". Most is closer to the nothing. Next years wheat crop is going to be a disaster if we do not start receiving some moisture soon. We're a little over a month away from drilling wheat. Pastures and CRP grass look worse than if it were winter here. I'm wondering if the CRP grass will come back. The only thing that saved us from blowing away last year was the CRP grass and now the government is going to do away with it. Everybody wants the almighty dollar. So grass will be broke out, prices will plummet and the inputs will stay where they are at. It happened in the 70's and as stupid as we all are, will let history repeat itself again. Hope everybody has a safe harvest and send any extra rain our way if you can spare any!
     
  • 8/15 - Central Illinois: Corn and soybeans all look great from the road, but when you look at the fields from say the top of a grain bin or from a tractor cab, you can still see the waves. Spraying corn with headline has been going on the last couple of week. Some are spraying beans for aphids. I was just out in Central Ill, and much of the same, good crops, and bad crops. I don’t buy the USDA’s yield predictions at all.
     
  • 8/15 - South-Central Minnesota: Corn crop started out looking very uneven. Looks great from the road now. But inside the field, the ear development is all over the place. Some are well advanced and some are just in the early milk stage. Our first frost date is October 6 but in the last half dozen years, it has been coming 2-3 weeks early--i.e. September 15, or just one month from now. Yikes!!
     
  • 8/15 - Northeast Iowa, Fayette County: We will not see 250 bushel corn or 70+ beans, and if anything, hay tonnage is short. April Fool's or not, don't believe everything somebody writes down. The proof will come this fall. I believe this forum was meant to share information, not blow a lot of smoke.

  • 8/14 - Yuma County, Colorado: Corn looks as good as it has ever looked. Shut off the pivotals last Thursday. We have had 7 inches of rain in August. This came in 4 separate storms. The eastern half of the county had some hail. The pinto beans and sugar beets are also looking exceptional. We had 4 days of 100 degrees + the first 4 days of August, that was not good, but thank God tempartures are in the 70's-80's now. Hope the rains keep coming, saves on irrigation cost. Crop maturity is on a normal schedule or slightly ahead for this time of year.
     
  • 8/14 - Shelby County, Iowa: Hot and dry. 1.5 inches in July. Corn will get push fast if does not rain soon. Beans are sprayed for aphids and need shower to wash off the aphid dew. LOL
     
  • 8/14 - North-Central Texas: Spotted showers, but mostly very dry. Cotton, milo and alfalfa are all in major stress.
     
  • 8/14 - Central Minnesota: The corn is late. It is in early silking. It can't get ripe on time. If frost comes early as it is predicted, we will have soft corn in Dec. Of no value other than silage. 
     
  • 8/14 - West Central Illinois: I agree with what I'm reading about the plane rides. You also need to walk way out in the fields. Hard to believe, but corn is nosing back a good inch or two, and it doesn't matter whose corn either - DK 785, Pioneer, Burrus all doing it. We are losing yield.
     
  • 8/14 - Central Minnesota, Benton County: I checked most of my corn today and if the 70-day rule from silking to maturity holds true, it had better not freeze until the 2nd week in October. But in MN, the average first light frost is around the 15th of September. If we get an early frost my corn will have to say in the field until spring unless corn is at $8.00. With the cost of propane it won't pay to dry it.
     
  • 8/14 - Central Minnesota: Corn just entering the milk stage right now and the soybeans are pushing pods but very little that are even filling yet. We need some warm temperatures and periodic showers to get a crop. If an early frost, we will be screwed.
     
  • 8/14 - East Central Illinois: The report was surprising. It was as if they forgot about all the flooded and drowned out acres that never got replanted or was planted late with beans. Everywhere I been around Illinois has 4 to 40 acre holes scattered in the corn and the bean fields and large areas of stunted corn and beans. Many can not be seen from the roads, but surely USDA checks the satellite views. But I wonder if they can tell 10 inch beans from 46 inch beans or 3 foot corn from 8 foot corn. Compaction and loss of nitrogen was and still is a big problem with this crop. The cool September like weather is not good for pod fill. It feels like harvest weather. we need some rain and heat with sunshine for the crop to fill and in many cases to put on pods. An early frost will destroy much of the bean crop as late as it is. I just find it hard to believe the good areas can make up this much bad.
     
  • 8/14 - Northeast Iowa: Here in Northeast Iowa, things really looking good. We are looking at some 250 bushel corn for sure. The soybeans will be over 70 bushels per acre at least and the maturity is about caught up to normal pace. I have never seen so much tonage per acre from hay cuttings as this year. We may see 40% more hay than average. 

  • 8/13 - Northeast Iowa, Fayette County: A nice string of days for the cattle but no so much for the crops. We need a lot of summer yet to catch up. I will never understand the USDA. They report on ideal weather conditions to erase completely all the flood damage and and even build near record yields and then more talk of ideal weather to mature the crop. That's all fine if it doesn't freeze until Thanksgiving. 102 day corn planted May 6 in full milk stage and 2.4 and 2.5 beans drilled around May 20 doing okay. First time I ever applied Roundup, insectacide and fungicide in one trip. We'll see.
     
  • 8/13 - Northwest Ohio: Have not had sizeable rain since 7/8. Things are dry. Have not mowed lawn for 4 weeks. We did have .3 of rain over 3 days, could use rain and soon.
     
  • 8/13 - West Lafayette, Indiana: At the Purdue Agronomy Farm in West Lafayette Indiana, crops are looking good. Come out and see them.

 

Purdue Agronomy Farm in West Lafayette Indiana

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  • 8/12 - Argentina: I write from Argentina. I work in a company whose principal activity is planting, trading and to export. The actual situation at international prices joined with the risks inherent in Argentina threaten local production. Falling production in general because of a setback area and a lesser use technology. The prices of grains in absolute form is not bad, but our costs have risen by 100% making it more difficult to encourage the production.

    More burdensome for Argentina is the situation within the South American context because besides cost has increased, credit has declined. Being farming very sensitive to the supply of credit. The most significant impact occurs in soils with low phosphorus content, taking into account tha fertilizers rose by 300 to 400%, which in turn matches with Brazilian farms which are geographically more distant from the port so the impact is still more negative.

    To give magnitude of the problem raised the following scenario margins is posed.  In Argentina the net price of soybeans is U$ 180 to 220 (at harvest) and in Brazil 300 to $ 350. Costs without the use of fertilizers vary between U$ 200 and 360, if we add to this the cost of adding 100 kgs. of phosphate, costs would increase by U$ 150.

    Our conclusion is that if our relative prices dont change  harvest not only won`t increase it will decrease and will have more volatility because they are more sensitive to the goodwill of nature because they are less protected by technology due to increased cost. The productivity in the South America have an average trend of about 2800 kgs, but with a significant diversion of + / -1800 kgs, we assume that the production areas where conditions are less favourable, not only the area of production will decrease  but also productivity will do so. With these costs local farmers will have to produce at least 2300 kg. to begin to obtain profitability. A year before this situation ocurred with the reaping of 1000 Kgs.

    Argentina and Brazil believed a month ago in an increase of the soybean area by 4% , from then until now prices are reversing that trend, there is still time that this may improve or worsen, but this is the situation today. 

     
  • 8/12 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois:  It feels more like early September instead of the middle of August. We survived two days of 95 degree weather last week with heat indicies around 110. It is barely 80 degrees here today and the crops are lush along with the yards. I am cutting my grass twice a week in the middle of August. I guess the bizarre weather for this year will continue. We need some August heat to help move the crop along. I am starting to get a little bit nervous about an early frost which would be an absolute disaster for this section of the cornbelt. Approximately 80 percent of the corn was planted in the month of June and we are expecting 150 to 160 IF the weather continues to cooperate. THAT IS A HUGE IF!!! The beans are growing like crazy after getting off to an abysmal start. Weed control has been an issue with multiple passes being made on some fields.

     
  • 8/12 - Cedar County, Iowa: Well the crop is not here like last year. Everybody needs to tour there fields in Iowa by a plane ride. Not from the road! Yellow spots from lack of nitrogen. drowned out large spots in every field. One heck of a lot of late planted crops. Not to mention the prevented planted acres the goverment has not reported yet.YES THERE WERE A LOT OF ACRES absolutely not planted.What is a 152 bushel yield without the acres planted? We are about 2 weeks behind in the crop stages. The cadiedids started to sing last week.6 weeks to frost the old timers say. Guess what, that is the 10th of September. Can we make a crop by then? I have 1 field of corn & 2 fields of beans that WON'T. We have a lot of time for a lot of things to happen to effect these markets. I hope the goverment and Chicago think about these things. Fertilizer in our area is more than doubled from last year. Did anyone else watch Letterman friday night with Donald Trump? The most exspensive house he ever sold in realastate was in palm beach florida in the last month for 100 million dollars to guess who! The fertilizer king in Canada.Talk about price gouging on all of our inputs. People, we are in a catch 22 . Be prepared for a rude awakening.We had better continue these high corn prices or we are going to be broke or looking for a lot of assistants.O well, we can break the banks again. HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT YEAR!

     
  • 8/12 - West-central Illinois: Overall, things don't look bad. Took a plane up and went looking at fields, its a little different story. A lot of uneven corn still with all the wet spots, but I think yields will be ok. Have started to see sudden death in beans. So much for the early planting theory. Beans aren't as clean as they once were either.

     
  • 8/12 - Northeast Oklahoma: Finally got a break in the heat this week. Corn is still way behind last year. It will be September before I shell any. I’d say 25 to 35 bu below last year. Beans look good but way behind. I’ve seen a lot of yellow stunted corn that will be lucky to make 60 bu. The  USDA must be short a lot of corn contracts or they haven’t seen what I’ve seen.

     
  • 8/11 - Central Minnesota: DRY...DRY...DRY !!!!  The nearly 2 inches we had 3 weeks ago is all but gone, except the lowest ground. Sprayed aphids last week, they had just exploded in populations mid last week. Corn and beans wilted during the day with some firing over the hills. One good soaking rain would really help these crops finish off. Everything behind 3 weeks as corn is in the blister stage only.   

     
  • 8/11 - Extreme Southeast South Dakota: Were about one day away from getting back in the field today and we got about 75 points of rain in about fifteen minutes along with some hail.  Needless to say this will keep us out until next week now.  A lot of water standing in the fields now.  Wheat is starting to look good now but no corn is up yet.  Some did get planted about 2 and a half weeks ago and it still is not up yet.  Ground is still wet and still very cold.  Would guess that ground temp is around 50.  Maybe 10-15 percent of corn planted if that much and no more will get done in the next 3-4 days. I imagine that people will start having to go around water next week if we get no more rain.  Still rain in the forecast about every three days.

     
  • 8/11 - Clarke County, South Central Iowa: Corn will be down about 15% in our area from to much water. There were too many yellow areas that never greened up, the results of course will some very small ears in the yellow spots. Soybeans? There is a lot of June planted beans in our area and to the south.

     
  • 8/11 - Latah County, Idaho: Our inter wheat harvest is 30% complete with yields very disappointing with yields on our farm 70% of last year's.  With the stories floating around the coffee shops dealerships, and elevators we should be thankful.  Reports within a 60 mile radius have yields 25 to 50% of normal.  Acres usually producing 90 to 100 bushel wheat is coming in at 25 bushel.  One farmer reported that the stand was average but nothing was in the head.  Early season heat and frost are being pegged as the culprit.  USDA needs to change their white wheat production estimates drastically.  Keep safe.

     
  • 8/11 - Southeast Nebraska: I will stay with my normal corn/bean rotation, 800 corn and 600 soybeans. 07 was just the opposite.    

     
  • 8/11 - Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Here are pictures of tobacco and corn that were destroyed by a hail storm on Sunday afternoon, 2 1/2 " of rain in half an hour along with hail and wind destroyed these crops in a five mile area between Strasburg and Quarryville.

 

Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennslvania

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  • 8/11 - Strasburg, 8/11 - Lawrence County, Northwest Alabama: I have cut 230 acres out of 3500 this week. The average so far is 86.5 bushels per acre. We had a very good start this year but June for the most part was extremely dry and hot, only hit-and-miss relief. Getting some rains now maybe we should plant later and catch the August rains which defy the average. Hope things get better, but not to optimistic.8/8 - Western Minnesota: If Dec. 07 corn stays at this level thru Feb., it will be a no brainer to plant more corn on troubled ground that can grow beans.  The crop insurance favors corn by 150-200 bucks an acre and as dry as it has been in our area, I will definitely load up on corn acres.   

     
  • 8/8 - Southern Cherokee County, Iowa: I don’t ever remember seeing so many airplanes & ground sprayers going after the soybean aphids as this year. There definitely is a bumper crop of the little pest. I wouldn’t be surprised if every soybean field gets sprayed in this area. If things keep growing the way they are I firmly believe this could be our best corn & soybean crops ever. I just keep crossing my fingers Mother Nature doesn’t do something to prove me wrong.

     
  • 8/8 - Northeast Nebraska: No rain over .20" here since early June. Corn is lighting up and beans are turning gray.   

     
  • 8/8 - Northeast North Dakota: The very cool months of May and June are showing up now in late turning barley and pea fields.  On a 'normal' year we would be harvesting both these crops, but after a good crop tour this evening, we are about 10 days away from anything being ready.  Dry beans are really growing now (about time) with pods just beginning to form.  We like to see sunflowers in full bloom by August 1, but we are finding just a few blossoms showing up.  We have had several .5 inch showers the past 2 weeks, soil moisture is plentiful, and temps are up to around 80 now, so hopefully the crops can mature in time to beat the frost that can come any time after mid Sept.  Yields on all crops look to be terrific.  Wheat, peas, canola and barley could be the best ever.......but this crop is not ours yet.  Corn looks like it might have a chance, but we are only 30 miles south of the border.....not exactly in the heart of corn country. We might be buying cows and fencing in the corn field this fall!!!

     
  • 8/8 - Rice County Minnesota: Crops look great we are month behind. Corn looks great but will it dry enough this fall. I'm thinking it may not make it to maturity. Corn is all tasseled by Aug. 1. But we can Expect frost after Sept. 15 it will not make it. Driers will be busy this fall sucking up high priced LP gas. Soybeans look good but behind by 2 weeks. It has been a challenged this year. Local coop wants us to book fertilizer for next year now it is hard to start new expenses for next year now. When you do not know the end result from this year?

     
  • 8/7 - Shelby County, Iowa: Aphids, lots of them. Corn looks good but could use a rain.   

     
  • 8/7 - Lake/Dyer Counties, Tennessee: We have been very dry since late May. This week brought 100 degree days. Lots of crop stress here. A lot of soybeans never got a stand. Several acres won't ever see a combine this fall. The crops along the Mississippi River area here are late and in bad shape. If we don't get rain this system, our better crops are going to nose dive.

     
  • 8/7 - Across Missouri: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: Riding I just returned from a trip across Missouri. I can't believe how green everything is for August. My destination was a field day in Southwestern Missouri on Kip Cullers farm--home of the record breaking soybean yields for the past two years. Like most of the rest of the Midwest, Kip had some trouble getting his crop in the field this year. He's had 50 inches of rain so far during this growing season and the rain clouds were forming up again last night. Most of the beans I saw were planted May 1. They were deep green and held as many pods as I've seen on a soybean plant. Kip likes to reach down and pull out plants to show the heavy pod load and how the plants just keep giving. The pods seemed stuck and he swears they'll hold and go ahead and make. Digging down through the thick leaf canopy, it was hard to find a yellow leaf and fungicides seemed to be doing their job. Time will tell on late season diseases, but the plants sure look healthy right now. There was evidence of some Japanese beetle feeding despite insecticide treatments. Just down the road from Kip's center pivots, non irrigated corn was firing up in the triple digit heat and I saw silage being chopped. The rolling hillsides were polka dotted with big round hay bales and other farmers were mowing another cutting. It was nearly midnight when I hit central Illinois, but lightning filled the sky like the 4th of July--reflecting off water filled ditch banks. The gauge at home (Decatur, IL) reads just shy of one inch this morning.

    A couple thousand farmers made their way to Southwestern Missouri this week to observe test plots and learn how grower Kip Cullers is pushing soybean and corn yields to new levels.

     

    Beans on Kip Cullers farms are loaded with pods despite a later start this planting season.

    Photos by Pam Hendersom Smith,
    Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor

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  • 8/6 - Northern Indiana: Rain was a bust here. Some how got missed and our crops will be hurt more if the weather man is right and no rain falls for another week. A little jealous of our Fulton County neighbor...our quarter inch will have to last till the next one comes along???

     
  • 8/6 - Southwest Illinois, St. Clair and Madison Counties: Another 1.5 to 2" of rain last night. Some small hail in pockets but no damage that I've heard. Some areas are reporting some tangled corn, but no rush on corn head reels just yet. We were already pretty moist so much of this event rain off. With cooler temps for the next 10 days in the mid 80's or less we are in great shape. After what was considered by most to be a disastrous start to the spring has turned into 9 weeks of nearly perfect weather. Before you get too excited, remember 80% or more of the corn in this area was planted June 5 through June 15 and the beans went in the last two weeks of June. So most corn is just polinating and beans are flowering. I do think we may have the chance at an average corn crop and with another late August rain we could see above average beans yields.   

     
  • 8/6 - Northeast, North-central Nebraska: Warm and dry. No rain for 3 weeks...corn holding on but sure losing top end every day. Beans still short. Alot of them only knee high. Unless get rain and perfect weather rest of aug beans will be a bust. Sure can't see why corn, beans took the big price drop they did. No big yields here.

     
  • 8/6 - Walworth County, Wisconsin: The good stands of corn look fair to good but almost every field has a sizable bad spot in it that going to be 0-40 bu yield. The beans are shorter than last year and like the corn needs a lot of good weather and time. The crop tour people need to really walk fields well. I have a field that was planted on 5-4 that is 101 day corn that is still pollinating. The same is true for many others. Ear size is the same to smaller than last year. Good luck to all and pray for a late frost.

     
  • 8/5 - Southeast Michigan: Here in S.E. Mich we are hurting from dry hot weather right at pollination. Corn was looking very good up till now. We really need some rain in the next couple of days. Some beans look ok, but many fields are spotty because of too much rain earlier. And I am pretty sure we are showing a lot of roundup resistant lambsquarter. Some bean fields have been sprayed three times with a full rate and still have lambsquarter showing above the beans. 

     
  • 8/5 - North Central Indiana Miami/Fulton Counties: Rain at last!! I do remember thinking that we'd be looking for a rain this summer as we were "mudding in" the corn and soybeans this spring. I'm sure we have been hurt by dry and hot weather here but last night's and today's rains here in north central Indiana really will help. My wife and watched last evenings light show between keeping up with Mike Hoffman's coverage of the hug storm coming into our area from Chicago. Corn on the high ground is fired two to three leaves from the bottom. High ground soybeans were rolling over leaves by late morning. We receive 2"+ last night and then some more this morning (8-5-08). This will help keep us going for a while. Over all things look good. 

     
  • 8/5 - West-Central Indiana, Montgomery County: Most of the comments I read appear too optimisitc for what I am seeing as I drive around western IN and eastern IL. Yes, the crops look good from the road now that the stunted and drowned out spots are hidden, but I think when the crop scouting begins they'll find smaller crops than they appear..

    From what I am seeing, the cool wet spring has the April planted corn down a pair of kernel rows.  Therefore, yield will be down approx. 12%.  Additionally, the ears a shorter so maybe another 5-10%.  Start adding in the drowned out, stunted, nitrogen deficient stands due to excess early moisture and I can see where some of those excellent looking crops will come up 20-25% short of what they look like from the road.  Even these early fields are still a couple weeks behind where they should be in maturity.  The early to mid June plantings are too early to even guess at this point.  They may set a good ear, but will it mature and have any test weight.

    Soybeans are just beginning to look good, but when you look at the calendar and see early August instead of mid-June, you have to question.  There are a lot of late planted first crop beans at 12-18" tall just really hitting canopy when they should be waist high with full bloom and setting pods.  Spotted in holes are not really that far behind and double crop coming in third.  It appears to me many farmers were planting soybeans low-input trying to get something to sell.  10-15 bu/A at $12-$14 will pay to combine the same as 20-30 at $5 but we still need a lot of good weather and late frost to even get that.  I see too many acres that at this point will be lucky to produce 35 bu/A.

    I look forward to the crop tour results, when I feel the numbers will surprise those think we are in for excellent crops.  Lucky one will hit a boom, most will do OK, but some may really be hurting this fall.

     
  • 8/4 - Northeast Iowa: Our crops look excellent too. We have been trucking and things look really good everywhere. No dry areas anywhere, even the grass is still green.

     
  • 8/1 - Winnsboro, Louisana: Corn harvest is underway.  Early reports are 10-15% under last year's.  Irrigated soybeans will be harvested in a couple of weeks.  Dryland beans, especially wheat beans, and cotton are cook.

     
  • 8/1 - Rock County, Minnesota: Looking very well in our part of the world. Had nice rains the last few weeks and we are enjoying one of the best looking crops in my 27 years of farming. I would assume we could see a lot of record yields this year if no bad weather comes. Not in the bin but looking good. Have had plenty of those bad years and now it is our turn hopefully. Aphids are here but nothing new just have to spray them like always.

     
  • 8/1 - Southeast Hanson County, South Dakota: Crops look good although with the cool spring are behind a couple of weeks. Silking is just beginning and we hope for a long fall without  an early frost so the corn will mature. Just received 62 hundreds rain yesterday. Winter wheat harvest got delayed because of wet weather but is in full swing now. Wheat is yielding very good. Got two good cuts of alfalfa and more to come with the rains we are being blessed with.  Pastures are looking very good.

     
  • 8/1 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Rainfall the past 24 hours ranging from 3/4 inch to around 2":  For once we got the most rain in an area we needed it.  We are really soaked up nice and actually some low lying bean fields are showing some water stress in a few spots.  The May planted corn is approaching the roasting ear stage and while it looks good from the road it is up and down through the field.  The June planted corn will pollinate over the next 10 days.  This corn actually looks very good.  Unfortunately it still needs a couple good rains and we are turning the calendar to August tomorrow.  Timely rain and August are two words that are rarely used in the same sentence, unless timely rains is preceded by the words "lack of".  I still have hope that the May corn is average or maybe a bit above.  I think our June corn has a shot to be average or close to it if we can get another good rain before the middle of August.  Beans still have a ways to go.  August will be the decider and we are at least entering the month with plenty of moisture.  As with corn, we will need a couple good August rains to make beans.  Double crops are a mixed bag.  For every good looking field there are two bad ones.  To summarize, if August is hot and dry with limited rain I think corn will be 10-30% below average and beans 25-50% below average.  If we get average rainfall and temps I think we may have average crops. 

     
  • 8/1 - Hidalgo County, Texas: Cotton fields damaged/destroyed by Hurricane Dolly.

     

    Photos by LeeRoy Rock, Texas AgriLife Extension Service

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July 2008 Crop Comments

Aug 04, 2008

Tell us about your fields...

What do the crops look like in your area? What would you like to order for your crops…sunshine, rain, fertilizer, etc.?

 

Use this link to send us your comments and tell us what cropping decisions are being made on your farm this year and what problems you are encountering along the way. Have any photos or video of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Don't forget to provide your location - and be sure to include your ZIP code. Comments will be edited for brevity, clarity and civility.

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

  • 7/31 - Montgomery County, Ohio: It is dry here, we missed every shower that slid through the past couple of days. Corn in the end rows showed curl yesterday for first time, beans on the hills are stressed and the rest is close behind. Replant beans are also showing stress.  
 

Flew to Albuquerque NM on July 21st and took some pictures from about 20,000 feet over west Texas. The first shows many pivots and some very green crops. A little further west I saw these terraced fields and when I adjusted the exposure for the haze the colors really popped out.  Does anyone know what is growing here? West of that I spotted these road networks and clearings.  Looks like theses fields might be growing oil wells

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  • 7/31 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: We can't seem to catch much of any rain here in the past couple of weeks. There have been good rains north and south of our location.  Even that has been very spotty with amounts less than an inch.  Subsoil moisture is still good but surface is dry.   Irrigators are running night and day. Corn and soybeans are showing signs of stress by mid day.  Corn is pollinated and still looks good overall. Soybeans have done some serious catch up in growth and are flowering. Pods should be coming on soon.  There are some signs of SDS in some soybean fields.  Foggy nights and mornings (typical for this time of year in this part of Indiana) may have an inviting influence on disease and molds in some of the corn and soybeans.  Several producers are flying fungicides on corn. Over all it still looks like a good crop but top yield potential has gone backwards in the past few days.
     
  • 7/31 - Giles County, Tennessee: Checked the first corn I planted today. Six checks in a 90 acre field averaged 95 bu. The corn is tall with good tassel extension. The killer was the harvestable ears! A 32K stand only produced 24K harvestable ears. First time in 25 plus years that I have seen corn miss the nick. Reports in the area suggest this is a wide spread problem. Farmers with irrigated corn have reported it will not be what they expected. With all the technology, precision, efficiency, management, genetics, etc...... it still has to rain!
     
  • 7/31 - Sully County, Central South Dakota: Winter wheat harvest finally in full swing. Hearing of a lot of record or near record yields. Our first two fields (250 acre) ave. over 100 bu./acre, normally happy with 50-60 bu. Test wts. of 61-62, protein from 11-12 %. Have had plenty of moisture this year and it never has been very hot this year. Harvest is about 3 weeks late this year but is was worth the wait. There has been a lot of hail in the area this year so not everyone is reaping this great harvest. Row crops look good also. Looks like Iowa instead of Pierre S.D., where by now we are normally burnt to a crisp.

     
  • 7/31 - Cedar County, Eastern Iowa: Here is an example of what can take place when crop ground is not planted to a crop.  This is not river bottom or low ground.  It is good production ground. Sold for over $5000.00/acre. Don't know why it didn't get planted when everything else in the area got planted. Maybe not on time but it did get planted. As far as we know there never was an attempt made to get this 100 plus acres planted. If this is prevented planted acres I would think it would or should be hard to collect the insurance money. 
 

The velvet leaf is waist to chest high and the ragweeds are head high or more. The corn that you see in the field is volunteer.

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  • 7/31 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: I am not as optimistic as the other writer from Northeast Iowa. Everything looks nice from the road, but don't forget about those sickly yellow spots from too much rain just a month ago, they didn't go away, they're just out of sight now. There are aphids moving in and there will be a host of disease move in from the wet weather earlier in the season.  

  • 7/30 - Northeast Iowa: Here in northeast Iowa everything is lush green. We may see our best yields ever. We should see a lot of corn acres over 250 bushels per acre. Soybeans are really looking good too. It may yield in the 80's bushels per acre. No aphids and no diseases this year, it is probably the healthiest crops I have ever seen. We have some major yields coming and it will be fun in the combine too see how high these yield can go. Their will be some major record yields topped in the record books this year.

  • 7/30 - Central North Dakota:  The crops are coming around. We are finally getting some heat, the corn crops are starting to tassel and the beans are in full starting to bloom. The aphids are starting to show up in the beans, 50-150 aphids per plant are showing up on Monday this week. Starting to spray spring wheat with roundup and barley will come down today.
     
  • 7/30 - Southwest Ontario: Rains very sporadic, haven't had a good soaker for a month now, corn firing and roping and doing a backwards flip, shallow rooted from a wet spring showing its ugly affects, soys are suffering, will be losing blossoms and yield potential if we don't get a water delivery today with a 40% chance of rain and a 60% chance we'll be missing it. It sucks when you were on the cusp of a banner year only to sit and watch Mother Nature take it all away in just a month’s time. :-( These 90 degree days coming will ramp up the damages. >:o Wheat yields all over the place, some getting caught with contract shortages again, however, and elevators are fortunately buying them out as most were contracted at higher prices, this is portending lower prices ahead for wheat. 60 bu/acre to 103 bu./acre variances. Guess it paid to spray fungicides for powdery mildew when wet, and army worm later when dry. :-\ Good luck to all in your times of strife and tribulation.
     
  • 7/30 - Western Illinois: Crops look great, but need some rain. Have been all over the Midwest this summer and can not figure where there is 65% excellent corn crop. I'd say 40-45% tops. If they are hoping for an average of 151 bu. Somebody is in for real surprise.

  • 7/29 - Northwest Iowa: Scouted four soybean fields for aphids. The lowest field average was 120/plant and the highest was 190. Planes are flying all the time spraying fungicide and are starting to spray insecticide.
     
  • 7/29 - Northwest Indiana: We are in dire need of rain. Have not had a 1" rain since May 1st. Irrigators are running full blast to keep up. Corn is firing and even low ground is showing stress.
     
  • 7/29 - Northern Indiana: Crops are starting to struggle here, no solid rains for weeks it seems. We had or have a great crop, it will basically depend if it rains tonight or not.....dry forecast after that. This country has a variable crop for 08 for sure.
     
  • 7/29 - South Central, Iowa: Went on a tour of my farms yesterday. Total devastation. Baseball-sized hail and 70+ mph winds pounded my corn and beans in 3 different storms on Sunday. We had 4.5 inches of rain that created flooding...again. We have had 35 inches of rain since May 1st. I went from some of the best crops in our county to my entire corn crop looking like someone took a cheese grater to every stalk in my fields. I have bean leaves pounded into the mud with nothing much left of them other than a stem with some blooms sticking out on them. I am pretty much sick to my stomach right now. 

  • 7/28 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Another .5 to an inch of rain overnight. That should put is in pretty good shape to handle the upper 90 degree temps tomorrow. Then another relax in the temps and more rain chances through the week. While our crop is late June and July have proven to be nearly ideal. Given the lateness of the crop I still think August makes or breaks us. Corn looks pretty good, but most has still not pollinated and probably won't for another 1-2 weeks. Beans seem to be growing and the first round of post spraying is mostly done. No real pests to report. 

  • 7/28 - Across the State of Iowa: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: Riding my bicycle across Iowa last week I learned a couple of things: wet spots are not hard to find, but hot spots for computers are more difficult. I'm back home, but wanted to follow up on my original post from the starting point in Northeast Iowa. I found a water world in central Iowa. Field ponding and full ditches met us as heading from Jefferson to Ames.  At least Iowans seem to have a sense of humor. Someone had strategically placed fake flamingos in a field near Grand Junction, Iowa. 

    Seeing the crops from the seat of a bicycle is a great way to get a bird’s eye view.  I found corn pollinating near Green Mountain. Evidence of flooding was all around the Iowa River near Tama. Last year during this ride I found a giant field of corn. This year, soybeans are back in full force—although many of the fields seemed a little yellow to my eye. From Tama to Tipton, I found a lot of late crops and flooded out areas were purely ugly. However, the range of fields is remarkable. Many areas seemed late, but there were some cornfields fully pollinated and well on track--even in the central and eastern area of Iowa.

    Driving home through western Illinois, my windshield assessment deemed it a garden spot. As I wound back to central Illinois, I encountered lots of unevenly emerged fields, short crops and drowned out areas between Lincoln and Decatur.  It seems interesting that some of the most typically consistent areas are those that seem to be struggling most.

    So crop conditions depend where you're standing, when the crop was planted, how wet the field was when it was planted, how much it has rained since and how well the land drains. Duh... One thing is for sure, you don't want to go to Illinois and Iowa without your sunglasses because I've never seen these states so green going into August. 

    Plastic flamingos find a home outside of Grand Junction, Iowa.

     

    Iowa was growing cyclists last week during the annual RAGBRAI ride. Given the news reports, I was surprised to find plenty of nice, normal cornfields as we rolled into eastern Iowa near New Liberty.

    -- Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal
    Crops & Issues Editor

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  • 7/28 - Cottonwood County, Southwest Minnesota: We received anywhere from an inch to 4 inches in the area surrounding our farms. The rain came in a period of 3 days and the crops look as good as we have ever. They are certainly behind but this could be a record year. I recently traveled from Chamberlain SD to St. Paul MN and wow the crops all have a lush green look all the way.  What a strange year ... about a month ago I would have been happy with trend line yields. We have noticed the aphids are beginning to multiply will begin spraying by plane this week. Too wet in some fields for the ground sprayer and with $13 beans I would rather not run down all the beans anyway.

  • 7/25 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: .2 to .5" early this past week added some moisture to the ground and broke the high temps we saw at the end of the week and over the weekend.  The lower temps will keep our crop growing.  All the may corn is finished or nearly done with pollination.  The June corn is probably a week away.  It has really grown the past 10 days and could use a good rain.  We aren't dry but getting drier every day.  With the relaxed temps we can probably go another week without hurting too bad, but when a crop goes in late you really need ideal conditions.  If it were the last week of June I rate most of the corn excellent, but since it’s the end of July I'd have to call it mostly fair to good.  If we get back into a hot and dry pattern without some rain we will go down hill faster than a roller coaster at a theme park.  Even with ideal weather the rest of the way I think about all can expect is an average crop of corn.  A little hiccup in the weather and we could easily be 20-40 bushel off the average.  If we have an August like 2007 we will be looking at 50 bushel corn. Beans are on the slow side.  Most have finished spraying, but you see a few stubborn weeds that won't die.  Bean potential yields will be determined by the rain we get in august.  We have the potential for a 20 bushel crop or a 50 bushel crop.  Some double crops are peaking out the stubble, but most are still pretty short and spotty. 

  • 7/25 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: All our corn is tasseled and silking. Last week was hot and humid. This week is cooler and dryer so far. Almost perfect for pollination. We've received a little over 3 inches so farm in July on most of our acreage. Corn has never shown signs of stress from the pick-up or tractor seat. We raise specialty corn (non-GMO Waxy & White) and have some insect damage but very little so far.  Japanese Beetles have been working some soybeans, but very few on corn. At this point we'll call the corn at 170+ and won't even venture a guess on soybeans. We could use another inch or so right now! Soybeans in our area got a very slow start and have struggled all season until the past week. We'll need rain in August to make anything over 40 bushel soybeans. 
     
  • 7/25 - Clinton County, Michigan: Crops in Central mi. are coming along nicely. Corn is in full tassel with excellent potential. We have been blessed with 80 to 85 degree weather and cool nights. Corn is about 7 to 10 days behind but not bad. Moisture is adequate and very little disease. Soybeans are coming along. The April planted beans are by far the worst, 12 inches tall and struggling due to root diseases. We are on our third pass to take care of the weed escapes and to foliar. Double crop soys look very good except for the deer damage. Mid-May planted beans are by far the best. Pod and blossoms are noded 1 1/2 inches apart with the beans pushing 28 inches tall. You don't have to go far to see some bad looking crops. West is very dry and south has had a total loss due to hail, 5 miles wide and 50 to 60 miles long. Our prayers are with the ones that are not as fortunate as us.
     
  • 7/25 - Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky: Wheat was good, about 80 bushels with some saying it was the best ever. Double crop beans look like they are growing slowly, the few full-season beans look good. Rain has been pretty good in many areas but there are dry streaks along U. S. Hwy 68 west of Hopkinsville. Corn around there never did get much rain after tasseling and the higher spots have fired and it is too late now. Low spots look good and are still green. Seems like now we have cold, wet springs and hot, dry summers with only spotty rains. Thirty five years ago we would have thunderstorms for 2 or 3 days a couple of times per month and everyone would get 2 or 3 inches of rain. I think the climate is changing, and though I know humans are doing it any good I am not convinced that is fully due to human actions.
     
  • 7/25 - West Central Minnesota: Crops look  good despite the lack of rainfall. If we get tagged with a week or 2 of hot weather the top will come off fast. If the weather cooperates and it does not freeze early it is quite possible everyone will be very surprised with their yields. Some corn is startiing to shoot silks looks like the bulk of it will come the first week of August. I would guess the yield to be above average it rains soon. Beans are quite variable, some Excellent some ok. Seem to be a little short yet. I would not be surprised to see a national average exceeding 155/ ac  on corn. Just think what that will do to prices.

  • 7/24 - Harrison County, Iowa: West central Loess hills and Missouri and Boyer river bottom soils: the loess soils look excellent. Most of the corn has silked and beans are blooming. Beans and corn that was replanted along the flood of the Boyer and Missouri rivers are growing well, but were planted late June. Several fields were left barren for insurance purposes. Waiting for August and September to clean the bin unless Cargill and Bungee will take contracts early. John Deere wants to trade combine right away and Co-op wants paid for the next year’s fertilizer. I guess we all know the meaning of cash flow. It is nice hearing from everyone. Keep on scratching. 

  • 7/24 - East Central Kansas: The corn was late because of all the rain this spring and now it is getting burned by the day. Only .30 rain from when it finally quit this spring. This is the 3rd year that they have had ample rain 30 miles west of us but we just can't get enough to make it work in our area. Do not understand the weather because we normally get more than west of us. Notice markets are going down fast but inputs are still rising. We expected this to happen. 
     
  • 7/24 - Northwest Iowa: The crops here are about 10 days to two weeks behind. We are sitting ok as far as moisture is concerned. The corn is beginning to tassel, with a majority of it to tassel the last few days of July to the first few days of August. The beans are short and in need of some warm weather as well as a late freeze to reach maturity. There are several area guys spraying for aphids, but it is still rather spotty. Not a bumper crop here, but if it doesn't freeze in September, we could be close to average.
     
  • 7/24 - Northeast Kansas: This is just like the bad old days of the 70's, 80's, 90's and early to mid 00's with grain prices seasonally crashing after the 4th of July and our crops deteriorating while we have to hear the reason for the crash in prices is because of ideal growing conditions. We have received .65 of an inch of rain in July and the corn here is showing it. We mudded this crop in and abused the soil unmercifully to get it planted and it has come back to haunt us. The cracks in the ground are approaching an inch and a half wide and the ground is hard as iron. We survived a June 9 hail that caused us to replant half our beans. The corn grew out of it nicely but has few leaves below the ear. We are silking now, but without rain soon, this crop will barely make crop insurance levels. The beans are late also and will need a wet august and sep. combined with a very late freeze to amount to much. I guess the good news is that Mother Nature is taking care of our soil compaction problems. The cracks will soon have the soil fractured enough that it will be good for next year’s crop.
     
  • 7/24 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: Wow, what a great summer. Last year we only recieved an inch of rain from planting until the middle of August, things were dry and yields weren't to great last year. This year is totally different. Just this last weekend we received more rain in about 1/2 hour then we did all last summer. Corn tassels are out and moisture is coming. Things are looking like we should get 200 bushel corn, and many fields look like they will be over 200. Beans are also looking great, don't know if it will be the 70 bushel beans we had 2 yrs ago but should be around 65 bushel or so. Growing degree days are showing us behind about a week and 1/2, but doesn't seem like it will be a factor with the moisture and warm days we have had.  Besides being a little wet earlier in the season, I don't think we could ask for better conditions for the crops. I'm really surprised corn prices are where they are, with the moisture and temps across the Corn Belt it looks like we will have a great year for corn crops. Sorry to hear about some of the luck your having in other areas, guess it's our turn to ring the bell this year. 

  • 7/23 - Cuming County, Northeast Nebraska: Our crops still look good but need rain soon. 20 miles north and 20 miles south of us have had some rain and also hail. We have not had over .20" in the last 30 days.
     
  • 7/23 - Northwest Minnesota: I was at a plot tour today and they told us corn was 3 weeks away from tasseling and that we need to be frost free until Oct. 10. Good luck! However I should note that hardly any corn is grown here. Beans are behind normal too but if we can get some rain soon we have the potential for a good crop. All of our beans have been sprayed for aphids now. Wheat looks to be good this year.

  • 7/22 - Giles County, Tennessee: Felt like the guy from Nebraska a month ago, great wheat crop, high expectations for corn and beans, ie…TAX PROBLEMS! NO rain on any of our crops for 34 days, N, NW winds, average daytime temps 95+, last two days over 100. We may still meet our projections with these prices, but the windfall we were hoping for will have to wait.
     
  • 7/22 - Northwest Bureau County, Illinois: Been keeping rainfall records last 22 years and this is the wettest all ready with august still to go. Corn is very uneven in its height due to excessive rain. Drowned out spots will make up at least 10 % of the acreage and that on the edges will be hurt as well. But corn is tasseling and has with 8 inches of rain so far in July lack of moisture is not an issue and so far we have missed the excessive winds that seem to come with every storm lately. Our beans got planted at the end of may and look good except for the drowned areas in the fields that will impact at least 10 % of the acreage.
     
  • 7/22 - How bad was the wind damage in central Iowa?
     
  • 7/22 - Phillips County, Northern Montana: Yesterday was our first 100 degree day of this growing season. Spring crops on summer fallow look to be about average yields 25 to 30 bushels per acre. Late planted crops on re crop will not be harvested. Burned up. Winter wheat is above average mostly in the hard dough stage 35 to 40 bushels per acre. Spring grains mostly in the milk to soft dough stage. 
     
  • 7/22 - Holdingford, Minnesota: Crops are about 2 weeks behind normal but look good. Some corn starting to tassel over the hills. Good moisture and temperatures in the 80's will almost guarantee a very good corn pollination this year. Much better than the upper 90's the last two years with a moisture shortage. Hopefully August will be a little warmer than normal. 
     
  • 7/22 - Franklin Parish, Louisiana: Corn harvest just getting kicked off on some early maturing (110 day is early for us). This was non-irrigated corn, yields are 100-125. Fair considering the drought we are currently in. Irrigated corn looks average or slightly above at best. Harvest will begin slowly, will be in full swing in 10 days, especially if the NE wind continues to blow and the temps stay at 102. Soybeans are fair where were planted early, fair wheat-beans where irrigation is present, and on the verge of death and an adjuster for the non-irrigated wheat beans.
     
  • 7/22 - Lincoln, Southeast Nebraska: Corn excellent could be best crop ever, beans coming along after slow start should be good but not great. Those comments are for the crops planted on time and dodged all the storms this year. We will also have average corn and beans in the area, later planted crops, some weed control problems in the area. The potential with these prices gets a guy pretty excited for the fall harvest and a new football coach at Nebraska doesn't hurt the fall expectations either. Time will tell on both of these subjects but things look very promising.
     
  • 7/22 - Winneshiek County, Northeast Iowa: Corn—mostly very uneven—very few uniform fields—scattered tassels in occasional fields – most fields observed should start to tassel later this week. Beans—the best comment here is that beans don’t like wet feet— beans appear to be in full bloom to later in maturity. Ground conditions—dug a few post holes—2 ½ feet of mud all the way down. Right now the crop needs time and the best possible weather to cooperate. At 60 days from full tassel to fully mature corn—we will not need frost anytime prior to October 1. 

  • 7/22 - Across the State of Iowa: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: I am currently riding my bicycle across the state of Iowa with about 15,000 other riders. We started yesterday in Missouri Valley on the eastern side of the state and rode to Harlan through the scenic and rolling Loess hills. I had not been to Iowa since the flood and I expected to see devastation. Yesterday was a reminder that while some may be suffering there are certainly garden spots. Everything was lush and green and in relatively normal growth stage for the season. I stopped a farmer to chat for a bit as he was moving large round hay bales. He was smiling big time--but maybe it was just in amazement at all the crazy people in spandex :)

    A violent storm rolled through Sunday night. I thought perhaps it was just my tent accommodations made it seem severe, but today we found the route from Harlan to Jefferson littered with downed trees and corn.  The day itself dawned clear and cool and I caught this aerial applicator spraying corn. He waved his wings at me, but that was the limit of our communications and I can only guess that he might have been spraying fungicides just north of Harlan. The spray planes have been almost as thick as the mosquitoes along the route.

    Near Jefferson, Iowa, I could see more of the impact of earlier flooding. It was obvious that many spots had been replanted and unfortunately, quite a few of those are now flooded again with last night's storm. On to Ames tomorrow.
     

    -- Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal
    Crops & Issues Editor

    (Have any photos or video of the crops on your farm? Email them to cropcomments@agweb.com.)


 

  • 7/22 - Miami/Fulton Counties, North Central Indiana: Corn planted in late April is tasseling. Corn planted in mid to late May will be this week. It looks very good at this point. (It's not in the bin yet!) We have needed every rain we've received. Soybeans finally did some serious growing this past week. They are flowering but no pods yet. We are in the process of our second application of weed control this week on soybeans. We have dodged all the bad weather so far.  

     
  • 7/22 - Floyd County, Iowa: On our farm in northern Floyd County, IA, only some 96 day corn planted 5/3/08 is tassleing, it was protected against those cold spring winds by trees on the west and north. Almost all corn looks good but is way behind with it's maturity. 

  • 7/21 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: 6.1 inches of rain since last Thursday afternoon, including 2.7 in forty minutes Thursday afternoon. They say to never turn down moisture in July or August, but please, make it stop. 102 day corn planted May 6 about 75% tasseled waiting for the Aiplane and Headline. Amounts of rain around the area last week extremely varied.
     
  • 7/21 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: The summer weather pattern has locked in this past week.  Temperatures are in the low to middle 90's and rain chances are few and far between.  We haven't had rain in nine days and it seems like an eternity after all of the moisture we have received in the past three and a half months.  Bean spraying has been going on in full force the entire week.  The corn planted Memorial Day weekend is starting to tassel.  The corn planted in June is obviously four weeks behind normal and starting to curl in the afternoon heat.  Some of the corn planted around the 15th-20th appears to be growing rather slowly.  We would definitely take an inch or two of rain to help our prospects with this corn crop.  My fellow poster from the area was correct last week when he said timely rains will be essential for this corn crop.  I keep waiting for the USDA to lower their estimate to 145 bpa for this year's harvest.  Their number is too high and I expect it will be revised down in the month of August.  The bean stands are thin here as I have mentioned before and the crop doesn't have the gumption to want to grow.  The planting season was so late here that maybe I am expecting too much out of this bean crop.
     
  • 7/21 - Ruddles Mill, Kentucky: Sitting on the Licking river irrigating Tobacco. Too much rain in June need a rain now. None in the forecast this week. Hot and dry. Everything needs a drink this week including myself.
     
  • 7/21 - Northeast Pennsylvania: Soybeans are looking nice here in northeast PA. Hot weather and regular thunderstorms are making this first attempt at soybeans nice. Hopefully this weather will continue and my cows will have plenty to eat this year.
     
 

Soybeans are looking nice here in northeast PA.

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  • 7/18 - Western Chouteau County, Montana: It’s amazing what winter wheat will survive. From a winter drought, to sub zero temps in late April, to a half foot of snow in June. After all of this, the crop looks amazing. Timely rains do wonders….Winter wheat in most of western Chouteau county will likely yield above average and in some cases, record yields? Heads are starting to fill and turn color. Should see combines in the field by early August in the sandier ground. Spring wheat looks good so far, but very late due to the cold spring. Will need more rain, unfortunately very little normally falls in late July in this neck of the woods. 

  • 7/17 - Southern Illinois, Missouri Bootheel and Southeastern/Central Arkansas: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: I just made a driving trip through southern Illinois, the Missouri Bootheel and southeastern and central Arkansas. While I certainly found some problem areas, I have to say I was surprised to find some really nice looking fields. It was a reminder that just because the crop at my backdoor looks a certain way, it is not that way all over. Possibly the worst crops I saw were east of Decatur, Illinois, in the Arthur area where wet spots make it look like the field has been bombed and the corn looks like it was planted on 10 different days. The weed issues in many of the soybean fields could keep kids busy with the hoe the rest of the summer.

    Southern Illinois was the biggest surprise. Fields along the Mississippi were flooded and water was still standing in those fields, but beyond these bottom lands, the corn and soybeans looked mostly gorgeous in that southern tip where Illinois comes to a point. I spotted a few guys still trying to plant double crop soybeans in the Missouri Bootheel. The dryland cotton looked like it might need a drink, but the corn looked pretty good from my windshield. The blackberries at Missouri's roadside stands are as big as your thumb--a sign of something I am sure.

    Arkansas farmers told me they had plenty of planting delays and that was obvious by the variety of crop conditions. I found some corn in the DeWitt and Brinkley area loaded with healthy size ears. You can also see delayed fields and that there was some replanting. A field of sunflowers at the edge of Stuttgart was in full bloom.

    Northeastern Arkansas is a reminder that not everyone is wet. This cornfield near Clarkedale, Arkansas, is definitely panting for moisture.
     

     

    The emergence on this doublecrop soybean field in the same vicinity was less than ideal. There was a center pivot idling in this same field, but maybe they were just hoping to get what they could without spending money to run the irrigation pumps.
     

     

    Across the road, cotton was happily lapping up irrigation water and beginning to flower.
     

     

     

    This pesky Palmer Amaranth poking its head through the cotton may seem like just one weed, but farmers in this area tell me one resistant pigweed will produce enough seed to create havoc in following years.
     

     


     

  • 7/17 - Appanoose County, Iowa: Took a drive around Appanoose and Monroe counties yesterday.  It is amazing how horrible most of this area looks.  I did see a few fields in both counties that had some nice corn that were starting to tassel and those were mostly in Monroe county on the north side of Lake Rathbun.  The corn overall in this area is dreadful and some corn isn't even close to knee high!  I would bet there is an overall 30% loss from normal in this area.  The beans range from just coming out of the ground to starting to shade in.  Overall I think the beans look to be crawling along.  Looks like most every field of beans sat with weeds choking out the beans until a sprayer could finally rumble through...where the weeds have been sprayed the beans seem to be coming out of their slumber and growing pretty well.  That might also have something to do with the hot, dry, humid weather we are having in this  area now as well!  Bean loss overall might be 25% of normal.  Most fields are bare in any area where a tile drain is located.  Those won't be replanted.  Believe it or not...there is probably a need for steady rain each week due to the shallow roots.  It will be interesting to see how long the first frost will hold off...if it comes early...this part of the country will have major crop loss.  

  • 7/16 - Davis County, Southeast Iowa: Corn and beans range in many different heights. While driving yesterday, the corn on the south side of the road was shin high, while the corn of the north was tasseling. The early corn (May 1st) is starting to look good and just beginning to tassel. All fields have drowned out/short spots especially above and below terraces. The early beans look good, but most beans in the area are really short for the middle of July and don't seem to be growing real fast. Most beans have not canopied the rows. Second crop of hay is just starting to be mowed and seems to be short as well. 

  • 7/16 - Oakwood, Illinois: Unbelievable USDA and the BOT…corn is only 13% silking as compared to 50+% a year ago! USDA does not have a clue and cannot buy a vowel! This crop is in big trouble and a normal frost will take out some soybeans.

     
  • 7/16 - Eastern Kansas: I think the corn crop looks excellent in this area for the most part. There are some fields with uneven growth, some wet pockets with thin or no stand, which will reduce average yields, but most is looking good. We have adedquate moisture so far and most corn is tasseled, silked, and some is as far as roasting ear stage. The strip-tilled corn looks the best. Could be an excellent crop, if nothing happens to it from here on out. Just praying that we do not get any hail with any rain coming thru. It is a "Wait & See Game Now" and we will just wait it out now. 

  • 7/15 -Central and Western Illinois: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: Weekend travels uncovered the good, the bad and the really, really ugly crops in central and western Illinois. The odd thing is all categories can be found in every region. Another 4 inches of rain or so (depending on where you were standing) dumped on central Illinois over the weekend. Walk into some of these heavy clay fields and you quickly gain a couple of pounds of dirt on your shoes.

    Heat units have kicked in and I'm finding some fields of tasseled corn with silky ears ready and waiting. Get out away from the field edges and there's lots of variation in many fields, but there's no question that it's greened up and matured over the past week. I saw the first aerial applicator of the season flying near Taylorville, IL, on Saturday. I assume the plane was putting down fungicide and I crossed my fingers hoping the applicator was turning off the spray over those low spots in the field where corn has been delayed.
     
 

South of Staunton, IL (just north of St. Louis), recent rains had creeks out of their banks and many acres of corn and soybeans were doing the backstroke. About the time I thought these were the ugliest crops I'd seen this year, I'd see a beautiful field of corn. Double crop soybeans were up and growing at about the same stature as regular beans in this area.

-- Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal
Crops & Issues Editor

(Have any photos or video of the crops on your farm? Email them to cropcomments@agweb.com.)

 

  • 7/15 - Isanti County, Minnesota: Just got done reading the weekly crop ratings, and they don't match what I've seen for myself as well as what I'm hearing from other parts. All across central & western MN over half the corn is no more than 36" high. And at least 10% is no more than 24" inches high. Now I know things are better in the Southeast & South central part of MN but even there most is no more than 48". And it is July 14th!! Yet the USDA somehow comes up with ratings that show MN at 13% excellent and 58% good. On the downside, they only find 2% very poor and 4% poor. Same thing with beans. Close to half of MN beans are no more than 6-8" high yet the USDA comes in with the same 2% very poor and 4% poor. Then they rate the good at 58% and very good at 11%. It has been dry up here, and if we don't see the forecasted rain this week we are going to need to start talking about how much corn is going to be cut for silage. I know beans can come back in August, but if we only have 12" plants at blooming time then we sure aren't going to get 40bu per acre.
     
  • 7/15 - West Central Hendricks County, Indiana: For those of you needing rain, wish I could send some of mine your way.  For July so far, we've rec'd about 10 inches into already saturated ground.  A couple of weeks ago my fence builder & sons were here & as they pounded posts into the ground, water splashed back on them, the deeper they went.  From May 30  thru July 1, we had over 23 inches of rain.  We'd get a few dry days & then another thunderstorm would roll in & dump 3 inches or so....Hay, beans & corn are growing well, wish we could get 1st cutting of hay done!   Soybeans have been planted in areas where corn was washed out, but I think it's for not, husband says a great uncle always said, flooded out once, it can do it again & so far that has proven correct.  This week is predicted to be dry & hot by mid week,  we hope to do some serious hay mowing/round baling.  I know if the predictions for 2008 had stayed on the right path, we would be having the drought that always seems to happen in years that end in "8", we had a very hot/dry summer last year after a wet Spring & the faucet turned back on Nov 1 which we've been wet ever since, either by rain or snow.  We were supposed to have a drier summer this year - so far, I don't think so.
     
  • 7/15 - West Central Minnesota: We need rain badly here. Last significant rain was June 12 (.9") to bring us to 6.9" since Apr. 6...we're 1.5" behind last years dry conditions. Corn rolls up early in the morning even though it was 56F this morning. Sandy areas are all but completely fired out. Beans still suffering from iron chlorosis without rain to help alleviate this. And despite the heat we've had, we're still 13% behind normal on Growing Degree Days.
     
  • 7/15 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We picked up an additional 1.00 to 1.25 inches of rain last week.  The outlook for this week is dry with temperatures in the low to mid 90's.  We need some drier weather to get the beans sprayed.  The handful of cornfields planted the first week of May are already tassled.  The corn planted Memorial Day weekend is about ten days or so away from tasseling.  The corn planted in June, which was about 70 percent of the county, is four weeks behind normal.  The bean crop has thin stands, but the crop is finally starting to grow.  I hope this summer turns out to be as long as the summer of 2007. 

  • 7/15 - St. Clair/Madison counties Illinois: Another 1/2 to 1.5 inches of rain in our immediate area.  That brings our total here to over 4" since July 1.  Given the start we had to spring maybe Mother Nature is trying to repay us with ample moisture in July and August.  We'll see.  Some areas in the southern part of St. Clair County have been dryer, but I don't think they are hurting just yet.  The May planted corn (what little is around) is pollinating.  Stands of this corn are marginal and the root structure has to be very poor.  With some rain in a couple weeks this corn has the potential to be average.  The June planted corn looks good, but it's only knee to waist tall.  I think it has potential but it will take a good rain around the end of the month and a couple good ones in August.  The late corn has the potential to make 50 or 150, just depends how the next 6 weeks play out.  Weed control is poor as pre-emerge chemicals didn't get rain to activate and post chem applications have been delayed with the rains.  Wheat harvest is complete and 99% of the stubble beans planted.  Some of those stands may be questionable with all the rain.  1st crop beans don't seem to be growing much.  In fact only drilled beans have the rows closed.  A lot of post spraying needs to be done this week once we dry out a bit more.

     
  • 7/15 - Washington County, Colorado: The high plains of Colorado are DRY. Our wheat yields in southern Washington County are running in the upper 20's which is surprisingly good considering that much of the region is experiencing the 4th driest year on record. We made it on last year's water. The next cycle looks grim with little sub moisture in the bank. Lots of feed being hauled in on semi's as there is very little grass this year. The grasshoppers are going nuts on anything green they can find! 

  • 7/14 - Butterfield, Minnesota: Most corn is two weeks behind. It looks ok (chest high) except for the drowned out and replant. Soybeans are coming fast although the replants are noticeably behind. Some farms experienced up to 15-20% loss due to the wet soils in early June. Now it's getting too dry with only 4 tenths of rain in 4 weeks.
     
  • 7/14 - East Central Illinois: Still raining. About every three days we get 1/2 inch to 21/2 inches. The ground is saturated and the crops need some dry weather. Beans already stunted are turning yellow again, ponds in the fields are drowning out again after being replanted once or twice. Enough already Mother Nature! Turn it off for a couple weeks.
     
  • 7/14 - Palo Alto County, Northwest Iowa: We could have an excellent crop if we can have 41 days in July. We are ten days behind average and three weeks behind some years. I have seen no corn tasseling, even the 92 day corn planted April 22.  The crops really have great color but we will need it to be warm the last half of August and all of September or it will be a ship wreck. I guess we will wait and see.
     
  • 7/14 - Yates County, New York: Most of the corn is planted here. It's cold and corn is emerging very slowly. It seems like it rains a little every other day but no real accumulations. We've had less than 3/4 of an inch so far this month. Soil is in good condition and small grains look excellent. We're ready to start planting soybeans but soil temp is only in the low 50's. 

  • 7/14 - Giles County, Tennessee: Hey Wisconsin, I wish it was that simple! Need rain yesterday! Corn fired to the ear, soybeans very stressed. Wheat averaged 92 bu. per acre with good quality. We have a good stand of double crop soybeans. They need a shower soon. Our top corn yield has been cut by about 30% at this points, and soybeans by about 20%. Rains the past few weeks have jumped us, to go on and redevelop in N. AL, N. GA and E. SC. I know they need it badly. Good luck to all!
     
  • 7/14 - Clay County, Northwest Iowa: Cold front just went through, but no rain. We could use a snort as corn on sandier pockets was wrapped up pretty tight and going backwards today in some areas. Tasseling is getting close on some earlier planted corn, sounds like a few chances for rain next week - but at this point not big chances. Much variability in both corn and soybeans.  
     
  • 7/14 - Extreme Southeast Nebraska: We need rain badly. We have had only sprinkles for 3 1/2 weeks after two months of rain which forced us to mud our crops in and now they are starting to suffer from lack of moisture. Nitrogen is short on the corn due to leaching. It doesn't have the color I would like in spite of side dressing. I'll be very happy with 2/3-3/4 of our usual yields. The dry weather has helped the people in the Missouri River bottoms to get a good deal of their land planted after flooding though July planted corn and beans are hardly a prize. 

  • 7/11 - Evansville, Rock County, Wisconsin: I would like to share some water with the most recent entries. We received 4 inches overnight. Water is over the road in places that it was not earlier this spring in the floods. It may subside soon, but does not help the side-dress nitrogen situation. It will aerobically be detrimental to surviving corn surrounding drowned out areas. Mother Nature just keeps nicking our crop potential.
     
  • 7/11 - Adams County, South Central Nebraska: Generally speaking, Nebraska is a bright spot both corn and soybeans. Weather pattern is turning to more normal for July. Irrigation is in full swing if you miss the scattered rain. There has been areas devastated by hail a larger % than usual, but doubt it will drag the state’s average down very much. If the corn and soybeans continue as of today’s conditions we are headed for a very good crop.
     
  • 7/11 - Little Falls, Minnesota: Crops need rain!
     
  • 7/11 - Greeley County, Western Kansas: Without a doubt, having a crop will be dependent on receiving moisture. Native pastures have not greened up, or have turned brown. Rainfall is not uniform. Wheat crop survived on 2006-2007 winter moisture. As of the end of June total rainfall for 2008 at the KSU Experiment station was 3.54 inches, nearly 5 inches below normal. Send rain, we have enough heat and sun and wind.

  • 7/10 - Just South of Decatur, Illinois: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: Soybeans mixed with corn -- like this one just south of Decatur, Ill .-- are common in central Illinois this growing season. Should make for an interesting harvest.
     
 

Soybeans mixed with corn.

-- Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal
Crops & Issues Editor

(Have any photos or video of the crops on your farm? Email them to cropcomments@agweb.com.)

 

  • 7/10 - Marion County, Iowa: The corn here is evening up, a lot of folks cultivated and side dressed to improve the look of our corn a couple of weeks ago, not sure if it was money well spent. Right now the corn is looking better but the bad spots are really short and not sure what yield potential is there. There have been some folks replanting bottoms to corn not sure what July 1 planted corn will make, most bottom ground has been wiped out this spring after two nights ago all of the bottoms have gotten it due to some 5-6 inch rains. The beans are from 18 inches tall to just emerging, our early beans have a very poor stand in areas, it’s hard to tell where to replant and where to not, I am hoping the later planted bean (June 20ish ) will be better they have emerged quickly had no stress and are coming on very fast. All in all the crop is looking ok it’s going to be a down year not sure yet just how much.
     
  • 7/10 - McLean County, Central Illinois: Just want to comment on the post containing the picture from Mendota IL. That 3-5 inch corn is most likely sweet corn as Mendota is home to Del Monte and the “Sweet Corn Festival”. I drive by Mendota frequently - the commercial corn looks good, albeit slightly behind normal.
     
  • 7/10 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: Crops in our area look really good. You do not have to go far in any direction and see crops that have and continue to struggle. We are a couple of weeks from silking and tasseling. We received about 0.9" yesterday in two different events. We were beginning to need it. We will need rain from here to the end of August to make full potential out of our crops.

  • 7/9 - Central, Northern and Eastern Illinois: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: I took a 400 mile driving tour along two-lane highways and country backroads in central, northern and eastern Illinois yesterday. The crop is evening out some, but there's still a lot of variability. I'm beginning to wonder if I remember what a "normal" field looks like for this time of year. To the north, west of Rochelle, corn is late, but growing nicely despite some obvious hail damage. So were the weeds. The smallest corn I spotted was near Mendota, Ill. Maybe it was the windmill growing beside it that made it look small, but I measured it about 3-5 inches. Maybe they are planning on harvesting it for silage?

    The best crop I found was south of Route 80 between LaSalle-Peru and Bloomington. The corn south of Oglesby was green, lush, evenly emerged and while not tasseling, it's close. Some soybeans were starting to close the row. I also encountered Japanese beetles in force. It was mid-day and the popping as they hit my windshield kept me so alert I didn't need another cup of coffee to get on down the road.

    I wondered if I was dreaming when I spotted four kids walking soybeans outside of Gridley, Ill.  I would have stopped to ask if they were getting paid a penny a row (the going rate when I was a kid), but the skies were clouding over fast. A real frogstrangler hit as I closed in on Gibson City. My car struggled to ford the road as I inched toward Champaign where fields were already wet from a downpour two days earlier. Even in the dark, I could see many of the replanted ponds are now under water again.

     

    Three inch tall corn on July 8 stands in stark comparison to a towering windmill near Mendota, Ill.

    -- Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal
    Crops & Issues Editor

    (Have any photos or video of the crops on your farm? Email them to cropcomments@agweb.com.)


     
  • 7/9 - Lyon County, Northwest Iowa: No rain so far this month. Sandy spots starting to show some stress. Thankfully had an inch the end of june to incorporate the urea spread over the top of corn acres. Early June gave us a 3 inch downpour that got many thinking some more N was needed.
     
  • 7/9 - Phillips County, North Central Montana: Grain crops look mostly good. Winter wheat will be above average yield. Spring wheat has been hurt from lack of moisture. Last significant rains came 20 days ago. Later planted spring wheat and those acres seeded on re crop will not be worth harvesting.
     
  • 7/9 - Henry County, West Central Missouri: We finished 1st crop soybeans last night--on a field that was supposed to be corn.  Still had to drive around some wet spots.  We planted most of our beans in the last week-hope for a good stand as it too late to think about replanting at this stage.  We will plant double crop till the end of this week, but heavy rain is in the forecast for tonight so what gets done today may be it.  Wheat has yielded from low 30s to upper 40s and we're half done that.  Corn is waist to shoulder high--no tassels yet.  Lots of unevenness but generally looks good.  If this was the middle of May, or even June, we'd be really pleased.

  • 7/8 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: A couple small storms rolled thru last night and left 1.1 inches of rain, kind of just what the doctor ordered for us. Corn on sod over my head and all the rest about waist high or a little taller. The tallest corn has 3 leaves to go before the tassel. Soybeans are coming along now also. Can't find a whole lot to complain about.
     
  • 7/8 - Western Washington: Light snow and hail today is latest ever in lowland western Washington. Fields are cold and wet, some plowed but most not. So this, a winter of record, continues: A hurricane on December 1st brought 130+ mph wind and 20 + inches of rain over 30 hours making for a 500 year flood and now the latest snow ever. Foresters have thousands of acres of trees flat; homeowners still repairing homes and farmers trying to get into fields that were flooded in December and the weather still won’t give us a break. Please send a dry, warm wind for western Washington.
     
  • 7/8 - Champaign to Rushville, Illinois: Report from Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor: Yesterday I drove from Champaign, Ill., to Rushville, Ill., and back, following I-74, U.S. 136 and U.S. 24. Turning from I-74 onto 136, the first field of corn I saw appeared to be about knee-high; but the rest of the way across 136 and 24, most of the fields appeared to be shoulder high, and about ready to tassel. HI was surprised to see how tall that corn was. Some heavy thunderstorms moved through central Illinois last night (1.6” in my gauge), and a few fields just off I-74 had water standing in them.

 
 

In one field, an area that had been replanted was under water again, which must be awfully frustrating. Fortunately, the area of standing water was pretty localized, at least along the route I traveled.

-- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor

(Have any photos or video of the crops on your farm? Email them to cropcomments@agweb.com.)



  • 7/8 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: 2-4 inches of rain pretty common around here.  Came in three shots over two days.  Those in the 4" range had some significant runoff on Thursday night but much of the first two inches soaked in.  The late corn is just under knee high while the earlier corn is in the waist to chest high range.  We had been getting on the dry side, but I kind of welcomed that stretch to encourage this young crop to lay down a good root structure heading into what is normally our hottest month of the year.  If this was the 7th of June I'd tell you we are on our way to a very good crop.  Unfortunately we can't turn the pages on the calendar so realistically we are still about 4 weeks behind normal.  Beans are slow to grow and some stands are thinned due to the poor quality seed many of us had to deal with.  Some post spraying has or will begin, but I suspect multiple trips will be in order as slow as the crop is going so far.  I think wheat is all over and yields were generally 60-90 bushel.  Rolling ground and fungicide seemed to be the ticket this year.  Most double crops are in but a few still remain.  Very hot today and tomorrow the cooler with some rain chances.  Maybe mother nature will try to make up the poor spring with a nice summer of moderate temps and frequent rainfall.

  • 7/7 - West Central Minnesota: No rain here which puts us 1.5" behind last years dry conditions and it's really starting to show. By Mid-day the corn leaves are rolling and the soybeans affected by iron chlorosis are turning from yellow to brown. We're 16% behind normal on Growing Degree Days and this is actually only a 1% improvement over last week. The previous week we improved by 2%. Can we catch up before the inevitable frost? Only time will tell. The second cutting of hay will be short and the 3rd non-existent without rain.
     
  • 7/7 - Southwestern Kentucky and Vandalia, Illinois: Report from Pamela Henderson Smith, Farm Journal Crops & Issues Editor: A tour of southwestern Kentucky over the weekend reminded me that you can almost detect the stage of the cropping season purely by smell. The clean scent of wheat met me even before I saw the already cut fields that are now polka dotted with large round bales of rolled straw. I couldn't see the alfalfa fields, but the unmistakable scent of hay curing told me the windrows were close by. I found corn and soybeans in a variety of  growth stages. A few corn fields are only a couple inches tall, but some of the early planted fields were already tasseling and pollinating. As the day heated up to humid, I could (as my grandfather used to say) hear and smell the corn growing. Heading back up into southern Illinois, near Vandalia, I caught a whiff of stirred soil and saw a guy on a cab-less tractor cultivating soybeans.
     
  • 7/7 - Central Eaton County, Charlotte, Michigan: Hail has damaged 1000's of acres across the county including corn soybeans wheat and oats on Wednesday July 2nd.  Hail was not the only problem we received 4-5 inches of rain in under an hour compounding the damage. We HAD great looking crops before the storm corn that was 5- 6 ft tall. Now its 12 inches and brown. Wheat was nearly all destroyed, and soybeans have nothing but a short stem left. This weather epidemic is really becoming a problem across the entire country hopefully it will not continue to spread.

 
 

Here are a few pictures of my corn fields. Every acre that my dad and I farm was hit such a disappointment to a great looking crop.

-- Central Eaton County, Charlotte, Michigan

(Have any photos or video of the crops on your farm? Email them to cropcomments@agweb.com.)



  • 7/7 - Renville County, Minnesota: Crops look good. Need rain.
     
  • 7/7 - Lee County, Northwest Illinois: Corn in the immediate area looks good, most waist to shoulder high. Some water damage but not a lot. Don't have to go far south and things go downhill.  Beans look OK, some finished planting the end of June.
     
  • 7/7 - Lancaster County Nebraska: Starting to see a few tassels (very few). Corn planted on time in this area has great potential if we can catch a rain now and then. We could see a lot of 160 to 180 bushel corn this fall normal yield for area 130 to 140. Beans are starting to look better early beans starting to take off with 15" rows just about ready to canopy or have canopied but we also have a few beans in the area that are just a few inches tall, better hope for a late frost. No wheat cut in the area looks to be average crop very few acres raised in this area anymore. Cut  brome hay last week 150% of normal crop heaviest hay I ever cut in my farming career.
     
  • 7/7 - Greene County, West Central Illinois: The first planted corn started pollinating over the weekend, but not many acres of that in the county. The rest of the corn is knee high to head high and looks good. Beans are slow growing and anywhere from being not planted to 15" rows canopied. The last month has been very wet and a challenge for planting and hay making. Wheat yields have been plus or minus 70 bushels with good test weights.

  • 7/7 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: Things look very good around here a few gullies and a few plants covered but 99% look real good, maybe a little behind but catching up lately. corn all sprayed and about waist high. beans 1/2 sprayed and really growing. Had 4 tenths rain last night first in about 2 weeks. very concerned about the way the markets are acting, not good for anyone long term, wish you all the best.

     
  • 7/7 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We received a total of 2.50 inches of rain between Wednesday and Thursday. Areas to the north and northeast had 5.0 inches. The rain was very welcome and the crops have definitely perked up. I would guess corn is four weeks behind normal due to the excessive rains that kept us out of the fields. The bean crop is not looking too hot in the area as most fields have very spotty stands. We are lucky to have a crop in the ground as tough as this planting season was. I received a brochure in the mail from the local co-op letting me know I could book DAP at $980 and anhydrous at $1100 per ton. One word came to mind after reading the brochure, WOW!!! I am already putting a budget together for next year's planting intentions and the input costs are making me sick.
     
  • 7/7 - East Central Illinois: Corn ranges from 8" to head high (many times in the same field)  Wheat cutting just started, yields after being nailed by hail were 62 bu/acre, about 30bu/acre on ground because of hail. 1&1/2 days cutting before 1.6"rain.

  • 7/7 - North Central Ohio: Most of Ohio just got 4-8 inch's more rain. Everything under water. 75% of beans look bad, 50 % of corn looks bad. Most have planted beans 3 times. Can't get chemicals on. Worst I have seen in 45 years of farming.
     
  • 7/7 - Southern Piedmont, North Carolina: We are in a severe drought, corn is shooting ears but impossible for grain to fill with no ground moisture. The stalks are about 60% of normal size with a minor percentage drying up and dying. The corn crop will be a total failure if rain does not come very soon. Early soybeans are about 30% of normal size for this time of year and look really bad, to the point of drying up and dying very shortly. Soybeans after wheat are not coming up very well due to lack of moisture, there could be replanting needed in a number of areas. This is the time God lets us know our existence is totally in his hands and prayer is all we have.
     
  • 7/7 - Nez Perce County, North Central Idaho: What started out as a good to very good Winter and Spring Wheat crop has turned to average or below due to blistering heat and no rain for the last 2-3 weeks.  Peas, lentils and garbanzo beans are suffering the worst as they try to grab any available moisture that is left in the ground.  This is the 9th year in a row of below normal rainfall in this area and we have lived on timely rains most of those years.  The lack of Winter moisture to fill up the soil profile comes back to haunt us every late Spring with most crops suffering moisture deficit in late June and early July. Harvest should start in 10 days to 2 weeks here.

  • 7/7 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: Most of the corn is 36 to 42 inches tall. Soybeans also look great. We really are in the “garden” spot of the grain producing area.

  • 7/3 - Eaton County, Grand Ledge, Michigan: Tonight we have received another 2.5 inches of rain of which over 2 inches came in about an hour. We have a flood watch at this time. Our corn and beans look great.
     
  • 7/3 - Lawrence County, Northwest Alabama: Four weeks ago we had the best start on a corn crop we have ever had. Now after hit and more miss showers we have a mess. The oldest corn looks like it might make 80 to 100 bushels and the younger corn nothing if rains don't show up soon. Soils here can not hold long this time of year. I guess on the bright side we won't spend as much money on fuel and trucking. Hope things get better for everyone.

  • 7/3 - Wayne County, Nebraska: The top soil is getting a little dry but very good subsoil all crops progressing very good and most areas look good if we get normal rainfall the crops should be good.

  • 7/2 - Stearns County, Minnesota: No rain for three weeks now. Lighter soils showing some stress while the heavier ground looks pretty good. Corn and Soybeans about 2 weeks behind normal. 2nd crop alfalfa is about ankle high due to drier weather. Could use an inch of rain to loosen up the hard soils.
     
  • 7/2 - Greene County, North Carolina: The corn has dried up no ears on the stalk, beans are dying and the tobacco is is knee high with flowers and drying up. Eastern N.C. is in a extremely severe drought. We can only pray.

  • 7/2 - Haakon County, South Dakota: Corn: Hailed off early came back looks good now but pretty short for July. Overall excellent. The same for all crops and pastures.
     
  • 7/2 - Boone County, Northern Kentucky: Corn that was planted before the cold wet weeks of early May looks great now. It stayed yellow and almost a purplish color for about three weeks until warmer temps brought it around. Soybeans are short but staying a good green color, probably about 10 -14 days behind. I would guess that all intended acres going to tobacco are set. We have been able to knife in our fertilizer on both corn and tobacco before some timely rains last week. The hay has been excellent, with yields more than doubling last years horrible crop (freeze and drought). One field we rolled 78 bales, while last year we rolled 34. Wheat, weather permitting, will be run this week, with yields going around the 70+ bushel mark. Spoke with a guy from the Co-op and he said he heard that one filed went 100+ bushels. Good luck and be safe.

  • 7/2 - Lyon County, Iowa: The corn in many places is knee to waste high. A few places where replanting was required are also coming along nicely. The beans are also doing great. Spraying is done for the most part. We received about 2” of rain last week which just right. Now if we could only get some summer temps! Over all we are very thankful and are very much aware of who really has control!!

  • 7/1 - Jasper, Indiana: Corn really greening up here, but still about 1/3 good, 1/3 thin, and 1/3 gone, with white river flooding!  We’ve replanted bottoms with all beans. High ground beans planted middle May look good! We're getting around 3/4 inch of rain per week now, we need that to continue.
     
  • 7/1 - Decatur County, Indiana: We were able to run our 30 acres of wheat in the past day and the yields are looking to be around the 105 bushel mark. Soon to put double crop soybeans in once the straw is baled and stored away. The corn is head high in many locations that were not affected by the floods that stunned the growth for days. The soybeans are coming along, but it seems everything is merely a few steps behind the average.

  • 7/1 - Cottonwood County, Southwest Minnesota: The corn in our area and surrounding areas look excellent.  Most fields have a wonderful dark green color and most corn fields will be arm pit high by the 4th and I have been in one field that is over my 6' 4" head.  Overall the corn crop is about 2 weeks behind our recent average but we have better than average soil moisture. The beans are finally starting to gain a robust green color, but seem to be taking longer to recover from the beating it has taken so far this year.
     
  • 7/1 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: It's after 10:00 PM on Monday and we just finished spraying the last of our corn. (I love "Mitch Time") The corn we were in was arm pit high and really too tall to be spraying. We ran the giant rag and some grass escape and got out of there. For the most part it is dark green and at this point very healthy looking. There are some spots here and there that show stress from compaction and wet soils at planting. We'll pay for that for a couple of years, maybe? Most of our herbicides put on at planting held very well. We have dodged many bullets compared to a lot of folks around the corn belt. Our soybeans have finally begun to grow and look better. I would say corn is 4-5 days behind and soybeans 8-10 days behind. One concern is how many degree days we'll get the rest of the summer and we will need moisture all season as this crop is very shallow rooted. As always we'll take what we get.
     
  • 7/1 - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Almost getting caught up. First week of May planted corn looks good, but not outstanding. Stands have thin spots in them, and not from standing water, but cool temperatures lead to 3-4 weeks till emergence. I believe many of the thin spots are due to compaction issues. What does that say for the areas with a 'normal' stand??? Soybeans look anemic. Beans planted in mid April are closed. Anything after that still is far from closing. Double crop corn and beans after barley were planted 10 days behind previous years and sprayed, but not emerged. Wheat will be harvested this week if the 30-40% chance of showers allow. Wheat will come off if it goes through the machine and will find a bin with air. Will fill the planter with beans and close our eyes and plant right behind the combine. Straw will stay in the field. Spot spraying as able. Truly a year to test the Pennsylvania Dutch saying “plant in the dust and the bins will bust.” Hope it is the bins that bust and not my wallet!!!!

  • 7/1 - Alger, Michigan: Corn stressed out on heavy ground due to excess rains but looks good on sandy ground. Some corn just went in ground June 20th started raining early June and hardly stopped -- had little to no rain in May -- ground was quite hard to work. Having trouble haying because it rains every day at 4 p.m. today looks good though.
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