The following commentary does not necessarily reflect the views of AgWeb or Farm Journal Media. The opinions expressed below are the author's own.
Read the latest crop reports from the fields across America! Also, submit your own comments.
Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
-- Canyon County, Treasure Valley, southwest Idaho
(Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)
Most corn growers in the Panhandle strip-till, a conservation method where only a narrow strip that is to be seeded is tilled and fertilized, said Dr. Brent Bean, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. (U.S. Department of Agriculture–Natural Resource Conservation Service photo)
-- Modesto, Calif.
I scouted the fields many times and couldn't make a decision so I called him. By the counts it will make zero to 80 bu. per acre, sounds like a speedometer.
No wonder farmers don't like to plant wheat in these parts of the country!
I have some herbicide issues from non GMO soybeans but it was planted deep enough, sprouted, came out of the ground and heaved out in this last thaw. The herbicide did kill some plants; I am not sure how many.
This looks like another wet cool year as some predicted. I hope your crops and mine do better than this. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
-- Blanchester, Ohio
As wheat begins to go through the jointing stage, most producers should have pulled cattle off winter wheat grazing. At the jointing stage, this wheat plant has left the vegetative stage, where it was primarily growing leaves, and has entered the reproductive stage. A tiny wheat head has likely already formed at the topmost joint of this wheat plant. (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Dr. Lloyd Nelson)
-- Moniteau County, Mo.
Corn Silage for Dairy Delivery
Weevil Damage to the Alfalfa
-- California's Central Valley
Vince Saladino, Texas AgriLife Research assistant, plants corn in the Brazos river bottom at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service/AgriLife Research Farm using a GPS-guided system. (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Blair Fannin)
No top dress has been applied because of this winters weather.I know that crop insurance has been called for adjustment already in some cases so it really has a while to go before we know much of anything.
-- Nueces County, south Texas
-- Lincoln County, S.D.
Field preparations continued in the Brazos River bottoms near College Station. Extremely wet conditions have put field work and corn planting far behind the optimal date in the eastern half of the state. (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Blair Fannin)
-- Pocahontas County, Iowa
Wet weather continues to delay fertilization and other field operations in much of Texas. (Natural Resources Conservation Service photo by Lynn Betts)
We have had unseasonably warm weather after last year's record snowfall (123 inches). We had 55-plus degrees today and have had a few nights in February without freezing. Moisture is adequate and many are getting out and into the fields. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)