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Read the latest crop reports from the fields across America! Also, submit your own comments.

May Crop Comments

May 28, 2010

Welcome to your one-stop source for wheat information, where wheat producers across the country communicate with each other and provide up-to-date information about their crop.

Keep your acreage, weather and crop comments coming in! Use this link to send us your comments about your wheat production and marketing decisions. Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity. (Please keep your comments crop-related.)

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying


  • 8/4 - Ransom County, N.D.: Wheat harvest is under way. Early planted wheat yields were 20% less than the bumper crop of 2009. Quality is excellent and protein levels have been 13.8% to 14.9%. No discounts this year. Basis levels are nearly $1.00/bu. If I sold today, I'd dollar out about the same as last year. Beans and corn look GREAT.

  • 8/2 - Livingston/LaSalle Counties, Ill.: I've been a little lax in making comments lately since I ended up destroying 240 of my 250 acres of wheat. We did combine the remaining 10 acres on July 2nd. Yielded right at 40 bu., then double-cropped soybeans. Wasn't really worth keeping, but one never knows. Hope the beans make up the difference. They've had plenty of rain and are growing well. Last year, I planted a total of 500 acres of wheat for myself and custom planting. So far this year, neighbors have contacted me to plant 500 acres, and my own 220. I really feel there will be a lot more planted this fall than the "experts" predict, due to an earlier fall harvest of soybeans than last year and a huge price increase. Hope everyone has a safe harvest!


  • 7/13 - Ririe, Idaho: Brigham Cook: The wheat in Idaho is progressing. The irrigated crops are completely headed out and looking about average. The dry farm crops are still looking good, though as is always the case in July, a rain would be very beneficial as the areas in the weakest soil are starting to show stress due to lack of water. The progression of the crops is a little behind normal this year. I expect to start harvesting around the 10th-15th of August instead of the 8th. So far, this has been a pretty good growing season, with above-average rainfall early on, but has turned off warm and dry lately. With no further rains, I expect to have an average harvest with dry farm yields between 30 and 35 bu. per acre and irrigated between 100-115 bu. of dark northern spring wheat and 120-140 bu. of hard red winter wheat. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.

  • 7/13 - South Haven, Kan.: Tim Turek: Combines are cleaned up and some are in the shed. About half of the wheat ground has been disked. Hot dry weather and crabgrass growth was making the fields dry and hard, but we received a 4" rain and have been out of the field for several days. This rain was right on time for our row crops that we have planted. Our next wheat project will begin Monday, cleaning seed wheat. I have Robert Henry of Grain Conditioning Inc. coming from Colorado for this work. It will probably take five or six long days to accomplish this task. Samples will be sent to Kansas Crop Improvement after cleaning for testing and final certification. Varieties that my brother and I will have for sale are Jackpot, Art, Tam 203, Everest, Fuller and Endurance. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.


  • 7/12 - Northeast Colorado: Wheat harvest is finally getting underway in NE Colorado.  Early yield reports are in the 40’s and 50’s for bu./ac. Haven’t heard any protein contents yet.  It is about a week later than normal getting started.  Sounds like the weather should be good for the next week so a lot of acres will get harvested.  Areas further south in Colorado are also going with some yield reports as high as the 70’s.  Overall there should be a lot of bushels out of Colorado this year.  I hope everyone has a safe harvest.



  • 7/12 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson: Applying fungicide to wheat to take care of scab. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.



  • 7/9 - Perkins County, northwest South Dakota, and Adams County, southwest North Dakota (small wheat farmer with planted acres @1,000): Our "early planted spring wheat" (snow still on the ground in late April and early May) looks OK. We completed planting in Perkins County prior to May 15. We completed two quarters in Adams County by month's end. We were unable to plant two other quarters, so the same will be chem fallowed ground. On average, we have all spring planted on or before April 30. My memory is that we have not planted this late since the last part of the 1970s when I started farming.

    The "late planted spring wheat" will need miracle weather to mature for harvest. We have no grain drying system, so a wet fall would make harvest difficult. The hot, dry weather prior to July 4 with high winds was hard on our crop since we had excellent moisture going into planting, but we could use some slow, soaking rains. I have no expectations that the spring wheat we planted in Adams County will yield anywhere close to the average county yield.

    My neighbor's winter wheat in Perkins County looks excellent. I would guess that it could yield between 40 to 50 bu. per acre. I believe that a spring wheat yield might be 20 to 25 bu. per acre if we get some more rain and some average temperatures.

  • 6/14 - Northeast Colorado: The wheat crop in this area looks good.  We were just beginning to get a little dry but have received around 1.5” of nice rains the last three nights (6/11 thru 6/13).  It should finish out the wheat and keep the test weights up.  Who knows about the protein?  There has been some strip rust and disease in the area but we have had enough warm weather to keep most of it at bay to be able to let the wheat finish.  Some areas of Colorado were hit be severe weather the last couple days and I certainly feel for those guys.  Everyone have a safe harvest season.

  • 6/14 - McPherson, Kan.: There has been wheat cut not too far south of me last week.  I suspect it was still high moisture and run through a bin.  We should be cutting by the end of the week, depending on the weather.  We are forecast for heavy rains the next few days.Local price is down to $3.35 a bushel.  We are getting to the point I may have a revenue insurance claim, even with decent yields.  We'll see.

  • 6/14 - Kingfisher County, Okla.: SUNUP's Clinton Griffiths takes a trip to Kingfisher county to check on how wheat harvest is progressing for wheat producer Tom Glazier and his family.

  • 6/14 - Briscoe County, Texas: Cotton and corn are off to one of the best starts in years.  All crops look great with no real insect or weather concerns. Wheat harvest has been going for about a week.  Yields and test weights are good but basis is terrible.  A lot of it should have been grazed out.

  • 6/11 - Henry County, northwest Ohio: We are all pretty much aware of the challenges that we have faced this spring with too much rain, beans that have not been planted, yellow corn, etc., etc., and to make matters worse the head scab in our wheat is as bad as any that I have ever seen. I estimate at least a 25% loss and of course that depends on average test weight, which looks like a long shot. I have a bad feeling the word vomitoxin will surface at harvest.
  • 6/11 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Wheat seeding started on April 22 and we finished on June 1st. Harvest will be very spread out… Everything seeded prior to April 29 has been sprayed, and is looking great. All of it was planted on last year's prevent plant cover crop, or pea and bean ground. No leaf disease has showed up yet. We did not include fungicide with the herbicide application because it all looked so clean. But about 400 acres of the later wheat was put back on wheat ground, and now it's raining again, so I know we will be adding Headline to the weed spraying on those fields. Sunshine and market boost would both be welcome. This morning we had wind, rain and 46 degree temps. Last spring we had to leave 30% of the farm in prevent-plant... This year we got every acre planted.

  • 6/9 - Texas: While the Rolling Plains and other parts of Texas experienced near-perfect conditions for the wheat harvest, other parts of the state became further parched, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. The North, Southeast, Panhandle and nearly all of East Texas remained dry, with dryland crops not growing or stressed due to lack of moisture.
  • 6/8 - Hancock County, northwestern Ohio: Head scab and storms are putting the wheat down.

  • 6/7 - Grayson County, Texas: Finished up harvest on our 6800 acres of wheat, wow what a great year it was this year. Last year we lost 4550 acres to all the freezing weather and this year the rain and snow helped out. Getting calls everyday to harvest other fields in the area with 11 combines looks like we are going to be busy. Corn is standing about 5 ft tall and some milo is starting to head. Several farmers in our area planted cotton this year and all the fields look good just need some weed control.

  • 6/7 - McPherson, Kan.: I am two weeks away from wheat harvest.  We usually start within a couple days of June 20, and it looks about on par.  I am still predicting average yields.  There is disease pressure, but not out of the ordinary.  Cash price is at a contract low of $3.65 and still dropping.I was chatting with a famous wheat breeder at a wheat school is Hayes the other day.  He commented that many people switch to corn when the price difference is less than $1.50.  We are currently only $.80.

  • 6/7 - Wilbur, Wash.: In the last two weeks I have received over 3.5 inches of rain! It’s been years since we have had one of these weather events.  The pasture grass is still nice and green, and the wheat is looking good.  The spring wheat is growing too and needs to be sprayed now, but too wet to do so! The combines in the shop.  Looks like she will have lots of straw to deal with!

  • 6/7 - Sanilac County, Mich.: Comments regarding fungicide research trial and some application recommendations.


  • 6/4 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: We finished wheat and sunflower seeding on June 1. What started out so good turned into a long spring, with several rain delays. About half of the edible beans were planted the past three days, but now we are held up with another rain overnight...only 0.7", enough to make a delay again. The early wheat and canola has been sprayed, but we have a bunch of acres to go over when it's dry again.

    The peas look as good as we have ever had. I also put in 40 acres of lentils...just to see if we can get them to maturity here in the wetter, eastern part of ND, without losing them to diseases. Our plan is to use an agressive fungicide program, spraying on a regular schedule. The legume "pulse crops" have been a big plus for the small grain rotation. They are a good option for us, where the lack of heat units and short growing season  really limits soybean production. This our 15th year of pulse crops in the mix.

    A fungicide will be added to all our herbicide mixes when spraying wheat.

  • 6/4 - Southwest Ohio: I talked to several wheat producers across the 30-mile path of our little wheat area yesterday. We are optimistic the wheat will harvest by July 4, our normal goal with decent yields and quality. Cereal leaf beetle larvae reduced some yields, Septoria and Staganospora leaf spots reduced more total yields, with many moderate to severe field ratings. There was not time to get treatments on and no incentive to, at $4 wheat. I think we will average 70 bu. per acre again this year with yields as low as 60 and a few over 100. Scab and quality is still a concern but reduces each day of maturity. There are very few white heads showing in SW Ohio.

    -- Poison Ivy in a southern Ohio wheat field.

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  • 6/4 - Northwest Cherry County, Neb.: Rain delayed corn planting, but lots of days of high winds and we are now really dry. Too dry to dig a post hole on the hard ground. Running pivots nonstop except for the one the wind took out. Corn looks OK, grass and oats are slow with all the cold weather and lack of sunshine.
  • 6/1 - Lewistown, Mont.: I think most of Montana picked up some pretty good precipitation this Memorial Day week. We had 2 inches here and it sounds like it was pretty general all through eastern Montana, as well. The crops in general look good, but late. Our early seeded spring wheat looks as far along as the winter wheat. I would estimate the winter wheat in our area to be a good 10 days behind normal in maturity. We had started to notice some grasshopper hatches prior to this rain, so hopefully it has put the kibosh on them. Always nice to avoid the hot weather, but the weatherman is forecasting a freeze for tonight, which probably wouldn't hurt us, but the freezing at night is starting to get old.



  • 5/28 - Sherman, Texas: Chad Wetzel: Wheat is coming along nicely.  Earliest planted wheat should be ready in just a few more days.  Finishing up getting the combines/trucks/grain carts serviced and ready to hit the field.  Approximately 1,500 acres planted this year.  Expecting a pretty good wheat crop this year.  Probably will not be a record breaker, but will definitely be better than last year. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.


  • 5/28 - Vernon, Texas: We have had a wet, cool spring which has been good for the wheat, but bad for diseases. Wheat looks pretty good, I am a little worried about the rust, but it came so late we didn't think we could justify a fungicide application. Wheat was already flowering when it showed up. I think yields will be average, between 40-50 bu/ac. Unless the rust dings it pretty bad. Harvest should be the first couple of weeks of June.

    -- Vernon, Texas

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  • 5/28 - South Haven, Kan.: Tim Turek: The wheat in South Central Kansas is progressing on schedule.  We have had several rains over the last couple of weeks, with the last one measuring 1 to 5 inches depending where you were at.  I have managed to dodge most of the hail stones.  The kids are all out of school, and we have been working on harvesting equipment.  We have been rouging fields for feral rye, much to the crew’s dissatisfaction!  Today we had 10 people walking seed wheat fields including my daughters Whitney (15) and Paige (12).  The wheat on corn is showing small signs of head scab, but other than that they looked pretty good.  We will be walking other fields in the next few days to get ready for the seed inspector from Kansas Crop Improvement Association, so I should have a better handle on the wheat condition.  The leaf diseases finally have taken hold with the damp weather, but I think they were late enough not to do too much damage to the untreated fields. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.


  • 5/27 - Blanchester, Ohio: Certified Hopewell SRWW Highland Co Ohio, 80 bu. est yield, moderate to heavy Seporia Leaf Spot, moderate Cereal Leaf Beetle larvae damage.

    -- Blanchester, Ohio

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  • 5/27 - Tioga, Texas: Getting combines ready to hit the fields here around Tioga, TX. Outcome looks good for high yields, 6,800 acres planted, good heads and if rain stays away low moisture. Corn and milo looking great, sprayed corn and milo for weeds, calling for rain later in the week and should help corn and milo but may slow wheat harvest.



  • 5/25 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson: Wheat is starting to grow. Just sprayed and used our tramline system to minimize traffic patterns. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.




  • 5/25 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson: Planting corn on last year's wheat stubble. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.


  • 5/24 - Southeast Montana: More rain, they're talking rain through Monday. Spring wheat is finished and about half of it is up and looks good. The early winter wheat looks good. Late winter wheat does not look so hot, it’s all got disease, so we're spraying fungicide. Got safflower left to plant. Hopefully the weather can straighten out for a week to finish up.
  • 5/24 - Nuckolls County, Neb.: In response to comments about wheat height from Pottawattamie County, Iowa: I have planted 2,145 in the past, but don’t think your “problem” is variety specific. We also had good snow cover this past year. A lot of wheat is planted no-till after beans. Our wheat looked good last fall and early this spring, but then started showing signs of yellowing and poor growth. I had taken tissue samples of the wheat pre-joint (when it was looking normal) and at flag leaf (after the systems appeared). They revealed adequate to excessive nitrogen early and low nitrogen later. even though the fields were adequately fertilized. I have had university personnel look at the fields, and they cannot find any diseases that are causing the problem. The theory now is that with the residue, snow cover, and excessive early spring rains, the soils became saturated and waterlogged, causing poor root development and consequently, poor uptake of nutrients. I haven’t taken soil samples to determine if the fertilizer leached out, but am inclined to believe that it was the timing of two rain events on the heels of the spring snow melt that caused the problem.
  • 5/24 - Williams County, northwest Ohio: It has been 30 days since the corn planter has moved. The driveway to the planter has never dried out to get to the tractor. There’s still plenty of corn to plant. A few beans were planted on May 10 but need replanted. We did get the fungicide on wheat. Good thing sprayer has lots of power. Another rain last night, half inch. More rain tonight. Any thoughts on rice in Ohio?



  • 5/21 - Sherman, Texas: Chad Wetzel – An update on wheat conditions for our hard red wheat. We’ve had good rain, avoided the hail and everything is looking great so far. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.



  • 5/21 - South Haven, Kansas: Clearfield wheat, we’re treating for rust and stripe rust. We finally got an inch of rain, and avoided the hail. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.


  • 5/21 - Richland County, Ill.: The last wheel we turned was April 23rd and it's raining now, the 20th. Took a 100-mile loop last week, could count all the wheat fields on one hand. All headed out. Lot of corn was planted in April, some will be replanted. Like everyone else, we need sun and heat.
  • 5/20 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: I grow wheat every 2-4 years here in southwest Iowa. We had the big snows of winter, which kept most fields covered, though we did have some exposed areas. My concern is that I have wheat heading now (mid-May) at very short to medium heights. I have never seen wheat start to head at calf to knee height. And, my fields are quite variable in height. Variety is 2145, after decent beans. As we don't have much wheat here, can someone advise me as to whether they have the same "problem" this year?
  • 5/20 - Nebraska: Cool, wet conditions have led to the development of stripe rust in eastern Nebraska, with severity levels from minimal to 70%. Damage can destroy a field, thus timely response is advised

    -- University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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  • 5/19 - St. Clair/Madison counties, southwest Illinois: Generally most have received 2-4” of rain the past seven days. A lot of 3-4” totals. For the most part it has come scattered .5" to 1.0" at a time, but the last few fell on saturated soils and it looks like a lot more rain that it actually was. Corn in general looks pretty good. The fields planted before April 20 are mostly 3-5 leaf stage, but growth has slowed with the cool damp conditions. The corn planted the very end of April is around 2 leaf but is showing some water stress in some fields. All of this corn has very good stands with some isolated bird damage and some very limited cutworm feeding. The corn planted a week to 10 days ago is going to have some issues as low areas would seem to be certainly lost. Fortunately, a very high percentage of the corn was in by May 1. I would put corn planting at 99%, but 5% of that may be at risk. Some that elected to sidedress NH3 are probably going to start sweating here before too long if it stays wet. With the sunshine and 90 degree temps predicted Saturday and Sunday, the corn will really take off. About 10% of the beans are planted. At best, many of them will need low areas replanted. I suspect there will be some fields that will need complete replanting. As wet as it is now, we will be doing good to get back into plant beans by the 25th or 26th, and that goal will take some pretty good drying weather to make happen. With significant rain events scheduled the end of this week and the middle of next week, I would say June 10 may be here before we get many beans planted. Most wheat was destroyed, but the few fields remaining look anywhere from marginal to pretty decent. It would appear to be fairly early with a harvest somewhere around June 10-15, depending on the weather the next few weeks.

  • 5/18 - Blanchester, Ohio: The soft red winter wheat belt is coming along nicely, what little there is. Some went to corn or soybeans. I am thinking around 800,000 acres in Ohio, after talking to Pierce Paul from OARDC Ohio State Saturday. Seed acres are the lowest recorded, 10,000. The lowest found was 14,000 acres in 1953. The wheat is in Feekes stage 10.5 or beyond now with some flowering in the rain, but the scab concern is the seven days before heading. Time will tell. I will try to get some pictures up soon and a video if possible.

    -- Blanchester, Ohio

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  • 5/18 - Haxtun, Colo.: Our farm in northeast Colorado received 1” of rain over the last few days. The wheat looks good. Maybe a little small with all of the cool weather we have had so far this spring. The wheat has not stressed yet and disease pressures are very light at this time. If we get a few 75 degree days, it will really take off. We still have good subsoil moisture to carry us for a while. Right now the chance of having an above average crop is still in the cards, but time will tell. From reports I get around the state, a lot of areas look good at this time but some are beginning to need some moisture.
  • 5/17 - Western Walsh county, northeast North Dakota: We were rained out on April 29 and just got back to the field work on Saturday May 15. Crops planted prior to April 29 came up very slowly, but since it's warmed up, they are looking good--at least it's all out of the ground now. We have 1,500 acres of wheat left to seed. The canola will be finished tomorrow, then it's back to the wheat. At the same time, we will putting down chemical and start planting sunflowers, then the edible beans. Looks like the hard red spring wheat handled the cold, wet soils and rain better than other crops that were planted at the same time, but now everything will sprout will the weeds. No doubt we will be spraying while finishing up seeding.

  • 5/17 - Wilbur, Wash.: Winter wheat in this area looks great! Timely rains and moderate temps are helping. We had a hard frost a week ago two nights in a row that burnt the leaf tips, but I think it was early enough that no yield damage took place. We have a month to go to worry about frost here in the "Big Bend Country," though. Harvest will take place around July 25 south of US 2, about the 1st of August north of US 2. I am betting yields will be 10% above 10-year averages without frost. It's a dry climate here in Lincoln County and long-range forecasts don't call for wet weather to dominate, so rusts and other diseases shouldn't be a problem. Tractors are busy preparing summerfallow, and we are busy getting the sprayers ready for the summer weed season!
  • 5/14 - McPherson, Kan.: It is springtime in Kansas. McPherson County had over 4" hail and funnel clouds earlier this week. Fortunately for me, the main storms were south and east of my farm. Most wheat is still in the good to excellent category, although the Kansas Wheat Quality Council Tour a week ago still only put the state estimated yield on par with last year (40.7 bu./acre). That was surprising for those on the tour since the wheat is rated higher than last year, yet that is the number they got as they did actual head and kernel counts across the state. Of course, the weather for the next month always plays a huge role in how the wheat actually fills. There is stripe rust and other diseases, but about what I call normal levels. I am waiting to plant dryland soybeans and milo until after the rain this weekend. 

  • 5/13 - Lewistown, Mont.: Weatherman finally has some 70 degree temps in store for us next week. We have had a very cool, windy spring. Several large storm systems passed through central Montana the last couple of weeks, and some local areas in Montana received significant moisture. However, where I farm, 40 miles north of Lewistown, Mont., we have been just getting light showers and lots of wind. Our subsoil moisture is fine, mostly because the wheat crops have been doing very little because of the cold weather. But surface moisture will get short very quickly. I was told that in northeast Montana it is very dry. Definitely too early in our area to predict yields, but all in all, the wheat so far looks pretty good. Just a little worried about the weather pattern that we seem to be in. Wind wind wind...
  • 5/13 - Minto, N.D.: This spring came up on us real quick; we were still dealing with a lot of flooding from the Red River when we got in the field April 7th. Soil conditions were dry and got even dryer through the month, making planting real easy on the nonflooded ground early in the month. The flooded land dried out nicely later in the month, allowing us to get all the wheat in before the rains started the 30th of April. Planting was made even easier by the reduction in acres due to the market conditions. Along with almost all of our neighbors, we redirected land away from wheat into other crops where the markets are favorable. Other than rotational purposes, I can't see any reason why any wheat is getting planted at all; the grain buyers must have a vacation planned during harvest this year or something. With all the sugar beets and wheat in, the 3" we have gotten so far have soaked in real nice, letting the wheat come up evenly for us and looking good; a lot of wheat in the area is emerging uneven or spotty due to the dry conditions this spring, however. The earliest wheat isn't very far from being ready to be sprayed; weed pressure at this point is modest; with the recent rains, I'm sure we will see increased weed pressure. Being in early this year, we are hoping to start harvesting during the hotter days in late July if everything continues to go smoothly

  • 5/13 - Scotts Bluff County, Neb.: It began snowing in the Nebraska panhandle a few moments ago, the grass is already covered and, if the weatherman is correct, by morning we should see a depth of 3" to 6". The forecast high for May 12 is mid 30s. May temps usually range in the 60 to 70 degree range; this year they’ve rarely exceeded the high 50s. Corn planted April 19 lies dormant in a cold seedbed (soil temperature is lower than it was three weeks ago)...sugar beets are either burned off by last week’s high wind or killed by the hard freeze which followed; alfalfa is yellowed by cold and lack of sun; winter wheat looks miserable. Our first snow of 2009 fell in September and we’ve had measurable mounts of snow each and every month since. We’ve had a bellyful of winter and are fed up with the local version of "global warming."
  • 5/13 - Livingston/LaSalle Counties, Ill.: My 250 acres of wheat have dwindled to 10 acres. The insurance adjusters calculated my wheat might make the 17 to 32 bushel range. The 10 acres I have left is back in behind a hay field and is protected by a grove of trees, so it wasn't as brutalized by the winter! There is very little wheat around this area. And what is here is shorter than normal. I'm sure the cooler, wet weather we are having now has slowed the maturity. No heads have poked out yet. Even with the warmest April on record, the current cool spell has gotten us back in sync with the calendar. I would expect a normal timing for wheat harvest, generally over the 4th of July weekend, or during that week. I am still looking for wheat straw to get trucked in for my contracts!
  • 5/12 - Henry County, northwest Ohio: Rain and more rain. Since April 23 over 6" have fell. Today another inch with a temp of 43 degrees this afternoon. Progress on planting ranges from corn done to some that have not started. Most have corn to plant yet. Soybeans that were planted in April the frost got and some hail damage for others. Severe hail destroyed lots of wheat on May 5 and 7. Also did not help corn either. What started out looking like a good year has went the other way pretty fast.
  • 5/12 - Texas: With high winds and little or no rain, topsoils were drying out quickly throughout the state and stressing forages and other crops, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. In most areas, the situation was reported as being troubling but not yet critical. Wheat was heading out, and thanks to earlier wet weather promised good yields in most areas.

    Winds bend pine trees and scatter sprinkler spray at a Texas AgriLife Extension Service irrigation test site near Overton. Strong winds and lack of rain are drying out pastures in East Texas, according to AgriLife Extension agents. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

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  • 5/12 - Dickey County, N.D.: Frost was prevalent here both Saturday and Sunday morning. We had an extended period of temps below 32 F. By 11 p.m. on Saturday night the thermometer outside read 31 F. There was not a lot of corn up but what was, is now black. If it doesn't "tie up" it'll regrow, but history tells us there will be some stand loss. Friends at Bottineau, N.D., had temps below freezing three nights in a row with a low of 19 F on Saturday; they are very concerned about all their crops, even the wheat. Soybean planting will begin in earnest once we dry out. Nine of the first 11 days in May have seen rain showers. Hopefully, warm dry weather is on the way.
  • 5/6 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: One week ago today we had 0.6 inch rain--just perfect. But it didn't stop, and we now have 2 inches and have not turned a wheel since. Temps are in the 30s to 50, cloudy, windy, and damp...not much for drying weather. We have 2,000 acres of wheat and canola left to seed before starting on the edible beans and sunflowers. On the positive side, we have never had as much seeded in April before.

  • 5/6 - Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas: Wind blowing and 99 degrees is taking a toll on the crop. Wheat has started turning and we should be in harvest possibly 24th of May. Crop looks above average with rust issues still a big concern on quality of wheat.



  • 5/4 - Sherman, Texas: Chad Wetzel: Wheat crop is progressing along nicely.  We just finished up a foliar fungicide application last week for rust control. Soil moisture has been more than adequate this year and so far the earlier planted wheat is looking strong, while the later planted wheat has a slightly thinner stand but should be an average crop. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.


  • 5/4 - Martinsville, Ohio: Most of the soft red winter wheat in Ohio is past Feekes Stage 10.8. It is time to scout wheat for disease and pull tissue tests to see nutrient relationships, if you haven't already. The wheat I have checked shows good nutrient balance, even though it has been cool and wet where some nutrients don't flow as well.  Paying attention to sulfur, NPK and micronutrients has given us a good-looking, healthy crop. Potential for disease is there. I have not seen any leaf diseases or barley yellow dwarf virus showing up yet. After heavy rains, our corn is germinating or is up. Earlier April fields are in the four-leaf stage and a week later is two-leaf stage. The beans behind my house planted April 24 are emerging and we have several fields planted before then. Crusting is not a problem after the rains, but could be later on. With the predicted rainfall in the near future, I don't expect any problems. Weed control is working and I have not seen any insect problems to speak of.
  • 5/3 - McPherson, Kan: Spring arrived and I have been busy getting corn, soybean and milo acres ready. The wheat head is in the boot and we are 6-7 weeks away from harvest. It usually starts within a couple days of June 20 here.  We only had 1.53" rain in April and 1.46" in March, but then we had excellent subsoil coming into it.  There has been strip rust, etc., found in the wheat. A number of people are spreading fungicide. Of course, at $4 wheat and $20/acre treatment, it is not an easy decision.


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May 04, 2010
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  • 4/30 - East Central Iowa: Anamosa area very dry. No rain in two weeks. First wave of rain came in Friday 23, April with just light rain…..light rain…. and dampened the top inch of soil. Dug up the garden area and it was dry as a rock, hard and dry. You could see the one inch penetration of rain but dry for a foot down. Fields look the same. All that nice rain in the winter all ran off during melt. Corn inputs are in around our area. We have not planted yet though.

  • 4/30 - South Haven, Kan.: Tim Turek -- The wheat here is mostly headed out.  I have been scouting for aphids and leaf disease.  We are getting dry, and desperately need a rain soon as the wind has been blowing 40 mph for the last two days.  I would estimate half of the wheat is good, and the other half is fair.  Some of the wheat should have had more Nitrogen, but it is really too late to do anything about that, especially since the uncertainty in the moisture department.  Dry weather tends to keep leaf diseases at bay, but stripe rust has been reported as far north as Belleville, Kansas.  Rust comes from the south, and I know it didn't just skip us.  There are beginning to be lesions on the leaves that look to be the start of leaf and stripe rust, and I have also seen tan spot and powdery mildew.  So, the rust is here waiting on damp weather to make it explode.  Stripe rust can quickly become devastating.  University reports suggest the strain this year has adapted to resistant varieties as well.  I have treated all of my seed wheat with 14 ounces of Quilt fungicide.  Most of the other wheat is getting treated with a generic Folicur fungicide. This is much cheaper, but probably not as good.

    Weed pressure is also a concern.  Fields were scouted and treated earlier in the season for weeds as needed.  One problem weed in our area that comes up late is Buckwheat.  Generally a good stand of wheat will keep it shaded out until harvest, but many fields where the wheat is thin have Buckwheat growing in them now.  Time will tell, but there may have to be some herbicides used more toward harvest.  Feral rye has had a good year.  I have started swathing some areas of wheat for hay that has a lot of rye in it.

    Mostly just boundaries and other small areas, trying to keep it from spreading throughout the fields.  I have a couple of fields that I planted Clearfield wheat on and sprayed with Beyond herbicide.  4 oz. in the fall, and 4 oz. in the spring.  BASF offers a 2 oz. rebate on this program, but it still costs $40 per acre.  Too expensive for wheat country in my opinion.

    The dry weather has allowed us to get corn and milo planted, and will start on soybeans soon.  We also have a couple fields of winter Canola that look good so far.  This is sort of a new crop for our area, and I am anxious to see how it turns out.  We have also been able to repair and complete some conservation work lately.  The last couple of years have been hard on terraces and waterways due to a lot of rain fall.

    Hopefully the wind lies down, we get some rain, and I can get back to applying fungicide and feel better about the money it is costing! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 4/30 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson -- Replacing points on equipment in the field. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 4/30 - Dickey County, N.D.: Only 20-25% of the ground is planted. Very little wheat was planted, way less than '09. Corn planting is 1/2 done but its wet here now. Soybeans will be going in just as soon as it dries out again. Pastures are in the great shape for late April and the alfalfa is nearly a foot tall already. We've already mowed the lawn 4 times in April.

  • 4/30 - Vernon, Texas: We received 8.5 inches of rain from 4/17-4/22. Then temperatures stayed cool for 3 or 4 days after. We are seeing quite a bit of leaf rust. The worst is actually on the variety with the best resistant rating against leaf rust. Wheat is headed and beginning to flower. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 4/30 - Central Illinois: Attendees of the 2010 Corn College will see changes around the Corn College campus. Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie explains that the corn has been planted and the campus is laid out for more hands-on, in-the-field activities during the event. (Video by Farm Journal's Margy Fischer)

  • 4/30 - Northern Buchanan County, Iowa: Finished planting corn April 22 and the soil conditions were excellent. Will wait till next week to plant beans as the forecast looks good for next week.  This is the earliest we have started and finished in 30 some years.

  • 4/30 - Lebanon, Ind.: Spring went great, had good weather and all of the equipment ran great! Enjoy the video.

  • 4/30 - Collins, Iowa: We are pulling 46.5 ft. dmi tigermate 2. Pulling it, but not very fast. Desparate times call for desparate measures.

  • 4/29 - Collins, Iowa: One final pass to lightly stir the soil and seed. Now we cross our fingers and hope the seeding gets established before we have heavy rains. Yeah, it rarely works that way, but it is the best chance we have to control erosion.
  • 4/29 - Southeast Iowa: We were fortunate to get all of our corn planted this year by April 13th.  We had 4.30" of rain last weekend but the corn is all up...except for where it washed out of course.  We felt it was just way to early to put beans in after we finished corn so we shut it down and were hoping that we could go this week and hustle the beans in the ground.  So here we are back in the monsoon pattern...more rain coming tonight and into the weekend!  One thing we know here...beans can go in the ground the 1st of June and still yield as well as they do if they are put in the 1st of May!

  • 4/29 - Holbeach, South Lincolnshire UK: Vining pea drilling. (Video courtesy of Worth Farms)

  • 4/29 - Lebanon, Ind.: Some picture I found of late summer ditching the wheat field. We had them ditch 62 acres every 80'.

  • 4/28 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Seeding is going full throttle around here.  We started last Thursday evening, and have about 1300 acres in; wheat, peas, and canola.  There isn't a wet spot to give any trouble.  Only one drainage ditch has water standing in it.  I've never seen a spring come so early, stay so nice, and planting go so well.  Our soils have good submoisture, with a little dry dirt on the surface.   A light rain would be welcome.

  • 4/28 - Montgomery County, Mo.: 5-6 inches, replant is certain all over east central Missouri. fish all drowned. 
  • 4/28 - Texas: With a few notable exceptions, Texas agricultural producers were gifted with spring rains and sunny days, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Where soils were beginning to dry, the April showers bolstered moisture levels and encouraged flushes of grass and forbs in pastures and rangeland. Row crops and small grains benefited as well. The condition of livestock improved in response to better grazing, and many producers breathed easier as their hay supplies were all but exhausted.

    Thunderstorms brought hail and high winds to Southwest Texas, but the storms missed many vegetable fields, such as these onions, which are vulnerable this time of year. (Texas AgriLife Extension photo by Dr. Larry Stein)

    (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.)

  • 4/28 - Southwest Illinois St. Clair and Madison counties: We finished corn on our farm on the 18th.  Not sure I ever recall finishing that early or being able to plant it all in 9 consecutive days.   We had almost 6 days in the ground before getting 1.1” of rain spread out over 3 days.  Surely something has to go wrong.  But I guess for now we’ll enjoy our early planting season and near perfect stand establishment.  In the immediate area I would put corn planting at 90%.  A few waiting for rain and some just wanting to spread the planting window out some really about the only thing holding us up.  A far better start than we have had the past 2 years. 

    A very few beans planted.  A week ago I’m sure it seemed like the thing to do with favorable soil conditions and warm temps.  However we have had 3-4 days of mostly cloudy, cool and wet which isn’t the perfect recipe for stand establishment.  The majority of the folks finished with corn were pretty content to let the calendar progress a bit before planting beans.

    Warmer temps over the next couple days with some chances of rain along the way, but I suspect with a couple days of sunshine we will see some field activity again.

  • 4/27 - Ottawa County, Ohio: We received 3.3 inches of rain this weekend. There is a little corn planted in our county. None on our farm but I'm glad with water standing everywhere and crusting is always an issue.

  • 4/27 - Henry County, northwest Ohio: Almost three inches for the past weekend. The first shower of four tenths was enough but the rain just kept coming. Lots of ponding in planted fields. We will need rain if and when the corn or beans decide to come up. Look for lots of replanting for the guys that could not get it done fast enough and hopefully the rest of us will only have to do it once when calendar reads May.

  • 4/27 - Central Illinois: Planting progresses at the Farm Journal Test Plots. Watch this video to head to the field in a starter fertilizer placement plot. (Video by Farm Journal's Lindsey Benne)


    4/27 - Sherman, Texas; South Haven, Kan.; Coleharbor, N.D.; Ririe, Idaho: The Syngenta cereals Voices Across the Plains campaign will follow the production practices of several wheat growers throughout the 2010 season. This sponsored series, which will be posted on here as part of the Virtual Wheat Tour, will feature updates from Bruce and Chad Wetzel, Sherman, Texas; Tim Turek, South Haven, Kan.; Paul Anderson, Coleharbor, N.D.; and Clyde and Brigham Cook, Ririe, Idaho, as they report about their winter wheat crop, preparations for spring wheat planting, production management strategies and other farming insights. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.

  • 4/27 - Fulton/Miami counties, north central Indiana: We did the "shake down cruse" with the new corn planter on Thursday 4-22.  After about 5 ac. of working with the planter and monitor we got the plot in and about another 20 ac in before dark.  Saturday and Sunday brought about 1.5" - 1.7" of rain, depending on which side of the 40 you were standing on.  Nice rain.  All pre-emerge/burndown on acreage going to soybeans and working well.  It's a nice start compared to the past couple of springs. Be careful out there.

  • 4/27 - Poweshiek County, central Iowa: We finished planting corn on 4/21 in near perfect conditions. I'd estimate 85% to 90% of the corn planted in this area. A few beans went in the ground before the rain started on Friday. I dumped 4.8 inches out of the gauge over the weekend.  It all averages out, doesn't it!!

  • 4/26 - South of Assumption, Ill.: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Farmers in this area received a much-needed rain this past weekend.

  • 4/26 - Greene County, Ill.: This spring has been one that we dream about having, but seldom receive!  Field work started April 10th and it has been nonstop since.  NH3 went on fast and with hardly any of it put on last fall, product was short at times.  Our co-op has a mini terminal and went through 35 rail cars in a week's time.  There is still more corn to plant, but 85% is in the ground and emerging. Temperatures have been in upper 70s to low 80s during the day, and upper 40s low 50s at night.  We received 1/2 inch of much needed rain overnight and the weather forecast indicates rain through the weekend.  Some ground really needed rain, and the suppliers needed a rest.  Many long days were nonstop for them.  There are a few beans planted, and with dry warm weather more will go in the ground.  The weather is quite a contrast to what we have worked with in the past.  Stay safe and have a great spring!

  • 4/26 - South Central Minnesota: Finished corn on 4/23, only got 2 tenths of rain on Friday night/Saturday morning.  Was hoping for more. Has been awfully dry March and April.
  • 4/26 - Modesto, Calif.: Here in California we are behind by about 4 weeks, and are looking at another week of storms. Our last recommend date for planting corn in this area is June 15th and we are still waiting for the storms to stop so we can get our winter crop off. Back east corn is already planted and we are going to struggle to get ours planted on time. Without the availability of many driers in the central any wet corn is docked very high, so it will be a struggle to get our corn planted and harvested before the fall rains.

    On a brighter note our winter wheat is looking good and we will only have to irrigate one time. We are hoping that after the next forecasted storms the rain will halt so we can begin and get our summer crops planted.

    -- Darrell Smith,
    Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor


    (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.)

  • 4/23 - Olmsted County, Minn.: Finished planting corn 4/20/2010. Earliest ever. Our first planted corn has 1 ½ inch sprouts. Need rain.

  • 4/23 - Downs, Ill.: We have had an awesome spring so far. As of April 22, 2010, we are about 80% done with corn planting. This is up from about 20% this time last year. We are using a new Case IH 24 row 60' planter this year. So far, we are very happy with it. It has been doing a fantastic job with seed placement. We have the row clutches installed on pairs of row units. Once the corn emerges, it will be interesting to see the seed placement and how accurate it was in shutting down the paired row units when we reached the end rows. A special thank you to Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens for their music "Preparing for Battle" from the movie "300." Also, thank you to the great composer John Williams for his theme song from the movie "Jurassic Park." We are still keeping our website up to However, the past two weeks have been very hectic, so we will get it all back up to date ASAP. We hope everyone is having a great spring! (Video courtesy of Wentworth Family Farms)


  • 4/23 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Driving across Central Illinois yesterday afternoon I found farmers actually wishing for rain and we got a dribble over the night. Corn is beginning to emerge in the Northwest corner of Macoupin County near Palmyra, Ill. (see photo). Planters were rolling and sprayers were spraying, but one farm worker told me that he was ready for a "rest and repair rain." After two years of cold, wet spring, the warm conditions have taken some growers by surprise. Several are remarking that tree leaf canopy has never come on this fast. Still, the biggest complaints I heard yesterday were the presence of pesky buffalo gnats and the lack of morel mushrooms (both from supply and lack of time to go foraging.) Much needed rain started Thursday night with more on the way.

    -- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

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  • 4/22 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: With all the dry weather, water around my last ten acres of 2009 beans went down enough to finish cutting them. Our planters were also rolling in corn the same day. We still have a 300 acre field with water lying on parts of it, far to wet to work or plant. Meanwhile, our upland planted corn needs a rain. We also have 240 acres of spring chiseled corn on corn that will need a rain before being planted, as it is dry with BIG CLODS!!! I need a nice gentle 1.5 inch rain in the central part of the county, and none on my ground in the western part for now. I don't think the Good Lord will let me order it that way.

  • 4/22 - Texas: Most of Texas got exactly what it needed in the last week, either rain or a drying spell, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. In most cases, what was needed was rain, and agricultural producers got from light drizzle to as much as 10 inches in a few areas. "Lubbock County received 4(inches)to 5-plus inches during several rainfall events last week," said Mark Brown, AgriLife Extension agent. "Although low-lying areas received some temporary flooding, these rains came at a very beneficial time for wheat producers and cotton producers alike."

  • 4/21 - Bond County, Illinois: Finished planting our corn on Monday, April 19th.  By far the earliest we have ever completed. Weather has been ideal. Our first 300 acres are up and out of the ground. Our earliest corn took 7 days to emerge. A bit eerie to be so dry this time of year. A good half to three quarters of an inch of rain would not hurt a thing.

  • 4/21 - Modesto, Calif: Corn planting in the central valley. We started planting our corn grounds and the next day we got almost a inch of rain. We plant in the moisture and this much rain will crust the top layer and seed will not be able to break through without breaking open the ground but we risk damaging the sprout.


  • 4/21 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Tillage just before planting. Case IH STX385 pulling a 42' field finisher. (Video courtesy of

  • 4/20 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Beautiful weather the past two weeks has given us about the earliest start in many years, maybe decades.  We started in the field today!  Should have some ground planted by the end of the week. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 4/20 - Southwest Kansas: The wheat looks great here.  Weather has been wet for past 11 months.  Some of the wheat was needing rain but got it last week.  Wheat is jointed for the most part and has a good color.  There are no poor fields this year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 4/20 - Lewistown, Mont.: We finally quit freezing at night, so the winter wheat is really taking off.  Stands look good. But definitely going to have a little more cheat than we like because of the dry fall we had.  We don't have an abundance of surface moisture, but the crops are fine for now.  It's been a fairly dry spring, so even the most procrastinating farmers are getting some seeding in.  Lots of peas and hay crops going in versus spring wheat.  I still would venture that the spring wheat numbers, locally here, will be down quite a bit from last year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 4/20 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Third corn planting video -- side view. (Video courtesy of

  • 4/19 - Wilbur, Wash.: The spring wheat seeding is about 50% completed.  Some of the early seeded winter wheat got too big to ground apply herbicides so the airplane will be used.  The winter wheat took a real beating with sub freezing temps overnight for about 3 weeks.  Yellowing and leaf tip browning made it look rough.  The nice warm up we are having is bringing it out of it though.  Looking forward to spraying some Glyfos. and making summerfallow! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 4/19 - Lone Elm, Mo.: Spring anhydrous application.


  • 4/19 - Brown County, northeast Kansas: NH3 being applied as it comes in. Dry applied same. Frustrating at best. Had .70 rain Friday morning, really needed as wind and warm temps drying out top soil. Probably 40% corn planted.

  • 4/19 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Planting more corn, another windy day. (Video courtesy of

  • 4/19 - Chapin, Ill.: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Ride along with Dean Werries to see and hear his corn planting strategy this season.

  • 4/19 - Sedgwick county Kansas, just west of Wichita: We have had a dry month or so after a very wet January and February.  Field work was delayed and much ground was worked too wet.  Now there is a question about corn emergence.  The wheat looks good at this time but really needs a rain, especially the late planted wheat.   Very light showers all day today netted about 0.15 inch.  Sure did not do much good.  We need a rain in the next week or so to keep this wheat going and to allow us to get fields in shape for beans and early milo. 

  • 4/19 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, southwest Illinois: We are going on 1-2 weeks of rain free weather.  Some areas that caught the last rain are just getting going, other areas that missed the last rain are well into planting.  Some of the dryer areas are probably 60-70% planted on corn, other areas maybe 10-20%.  Overall I would have to think around 50% in the ground.  Progress is slowed a bit by lack of anhydrous supply, but most have quite a bit on or all of it on so it may only hinder the last 10-20% of planting.  Conditions so far have been pretty ideal.  I would put corn on corn acres at around 10% which is a bit more than I expected.  For most a shower would probably be a good thing. 

    Most of the late planted wheat has or will be destroyed.  What little there was. Outside of corn planting many are taking this time to work corn stalks and get those ruts worked shut and do some spraying, though the wind has slowed that some.

  • 4/16 - Lebanon, Pa.: Way ahead of schedule this season on corn and soybean planting.  Alfalfa and Winter wheat and rye are ahead as well due to a early warm spell.

    GS 6-7 looks great coming out of winter.  Some frost might impact some tips.  We are experiencing some cool conditions ideal for wheat growth and development.  Conditions are on the dry side this week. The most notable issue in wheat is the presence of ALS resistant chickweed. Some commercial applications of Harmony Extra have failed where they should not have. Penn State Extension is collecting samples to grow out and confirm in the lab.

    Some growers elected to plant beans last week and some beans are beginning to swell.  It is on the early side for beans in our area. Growers are nervous with the forecast of below normal temperatures in the coming weeks. The enclosed picture shows beans on top of the wheel track where the planter unit should have been set deeper in the wheels to ensure soil coverage. Units running out of the wheel track look fine.
    A lot of corn was planted in the last week.  For the most part field conditions were ideal to avoid sidewall compaction and ensure soil coverage. The dry conditions has offered a window to get a lot of field activities out of the way.  

    Rye – Cover crop rye will need to be harvested shortly as the heads are rapidly pushing. This is early for our area.  We are ahead in total heat units since the beginning of the year.  We had some 80 degree weather that really pushed our crops ahead.

    I just turned out my cattle on new grass to begin flash grazing . Rapid growth of the grass will be tough to keep ahead of.

    -- Del Voight, Lebanon, Pa.

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  • 4/15 - Chapin, Ill.: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: The penalty for a late 2009 harvest is still apparent in the rush to get anhydrous applied this spring. John Werries, Chapin, IL, was trying to keep ahead of the planter this week. He and his son, Dean, have 600 acres of corn planted so far this year.


  • 4/15 - Wellington, Ill.: Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor: Planters are moving in eastern Illinois.

    Mike Pitts, left; Delmar Graham, middle; and Dale Graham, back, dig to check seed depth.

    -- Darrell Smith,
    Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor


    (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.)

  • 4/15 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Planting Corn with a Case IH MX275 and a Kinze 3800 24 row planter. (Video courtesy of

  • 4/15 - Audrain County, Mo.: Lindsey Benne, Beef Today, Dairy Today and Implement & Tractor Art Director: Spring planting is in full swing in central Missouri. Look closely at the photo and you can see anhydrous application, spring tillage and planting.

    -- Lindsey Benne, Beef Today, Dairy Today and
    Implement & Tractor Art Director

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  • 4/14 - Southeast Iowa: Planters are rolling full speed here.  Oddly enough...just a mile down the road a neighbor is still combining last years corn while we are planting this years!  There is good moisture just below the surface so we put on NH3, field cultivated, and planted without issues.  We are about half done with corn right now and with a big day tomorrow we will be close to done.  We will probably slow down and hold off on putting beans in until the last week of April.
  • 4/14 - Mt. Pulaski, Ill.: Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor: April 13 marked the first full day of planting for Jeff Martin and his son Doug of Mt. Pulaski, Ill. “We tried a few fields earlier, but it was too wet,” says Jeff.

    For the Martins, like many other farmers, 2010 started off differently from former years. “For the first time in 20 years, we weren’t able to get strips built in the fall,” Jeff explains. “So we’re trying several things.”

    Although the photo shows the Martins’ planter in a field of soybean residue that was worked last fall with a Salford tool, they grow mostly continuous corn. In some stalk fields, they are applying anhydrous ammonia with a John Deere 2510S Strip-Till Residue Master applicator, at an angle to the old rows. They will level with a Salford tool, wait awhile and then plant.

    On some fields, the Martins were able to apply ammonium sulfate last fall. “In some of those fields, we’re thinking about running the strip-till bar, without ammonia, between the old rows, to make a seedbed,” says Jeff. “We’ll let the ground dry for a day or two, and then plant [using RTK auto-guidance].”

    One thing the Martins won’t do is spring strip-till with ammonia and then plant over the strips. “I once applied ammonia on March 1, didn’t plant until April 20 and still burned some corn,” says Jeff. “It was dry, and the ammonia stayed in the bands. Planting over strips of ammonia is too risky. In terms of setting the stage for a good crop, planting the seed is the most important thing we do.”

    -- Darrell Smith,
    Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor


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  • 4/14 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Planted 10 acres corn April 8th and 30 more April 12th. The corn from the 8th has 1 inch spike up from the seed already. Ground was in good shape to no-till.
  • 4/14 - Texas: The flooding may be over, but it seems like it's raining weeds down in Texas, according to reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. A combination of factors from a wet winter to lower fertility rates on improved pastures are behind the extra-heavy flush of weeds this year, they say.

    Texas groundsel is a winter weed common to much of Texas. Because of a wet winter and spring, and reduced fertility on pastures, weeds are a big problem this year, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

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  • 4/13 - Decatur, Ill.: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: The earth might not have been shaking, but you can definitely see it moving west of Decatur, Ill., where father and son duo Duane and Joe Beyers have been working to install land improvements on the Howard G. Buffett Foundation farm. The custom contractors had already installed a tile line and waterway and were creating water basins and terraces to put this field into fine form. The structural improvements should help solve the ugly gully that had etched into the field over time. Seventh Son Excavating, specializes in this kind of work from their base in Pana, Ill.

  • 4/13 - Clay County, Iowa: 2-3" of rain here yesterday, we really didn't need that much this soon.  Fields were shaping up well.

  • 4/13 - South Central North Dakota, near Bismarck: Started harrowing down sunflower stalks. Potholes have the same amount of water as last year, but fields are definitely firmer if no big rains in the next couple of days seeding will be in full swing by next week ,15days earlier than last years start.

  • 4/13 - Crooks, S.D.: We finished 2009 corn crop in spring of 2010. We had record amounts of snow but surprisingly had an extremely dry spring. We got stuck a few times finishing up mainly because we deep ripped this field in spring, as it was CRP the year before. It was really soft but there wasn't a lot of mud. We had to stop a couple times as the combine was overheating- it was 80 degrees that day.

  • 4/13 - Bremer County, Iowa: What a spring we have had, just about all of the NH3 is on or is going on, no real backlogs for product. Fields have been fit for spraying and dry apply fertilizers. Livestock guys have been able to clean up cattle lots, and hog pits have been applied.  Timely showers have allowed for products to dissipate, and now it seems with in the week planters will begin to roll.  Be safe all.

  • 4/12 - Butler County, Iowa: Planters will be rolling this week, myself included. Every field is just about perfect. Fertilizer man spread 32% on enough acres for two days of planting Saturday. Everyone have fun and be safe.
  • 4/12 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Spring Tillage 2010. Incorporating Treflan into the ground with a STX385 Quadtrac and a 42' field finisher. (Video courtesy of


  • 4/12 - Boone County, Mo.: Spreader just started in a field but it wasn't quite as dry as it first looked.

    -- Margy Fischer, Farm Journal Machinery Editor

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  • 4/12 - Champaign County, Ill.: Applying spring anhydrous in Champaign County, Ill. Most of the fields in the area were too wet, and some had standing water.

    -- Margy Fischer, Farm Journal Machinery Editor

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  • 4/12 - Mississppi: A cold winter may have delayed strawberry harvesting, but it did not affect the quality or taste of berries. Mississippi strawberry harvest usually begins in mid-March, but this year, cold weather pushed harvest back to the second week in April.

    The shortened strawberry harvest has not affected the quality of the berries. Growers report that they are harvesting berries of excellent quality. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

    (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.)

  • 4/9 - Southern Ohio: I made the big decision on 540 acres of SRWW.  I will kill 160 ac and plant it to beans.  The stand wasn't adequate.  They don't pay for this on enterprise units, the whole thing would have to qualify to destroy and it doesn't.  There is 10 bu wheat and 80 bu potential across these farms.  So I will count the planting as a cover crop to my next crop, soybeans.  Legume after grass works well.

    The little bit of wheat in southern Ohio looks from poor to excellent, such a range of conditions.  The winter was hard on it, the planting date was late enough and there was some heaving.

    I think most of the wheat and barley has been topdressed.  It should really come on now.  We all wish the price would.  Record low acreage since 1913 but a world oversupply of wheat.

    That is how it looks in southern Ohio. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 4/9 - Fulton/Miami counties, North Central Indiana: Best 24 hours of field work we've had in two years! Fertilizer spread and tillage done that we usually get done in the fall. Not much decomposition of corn stalks over the winter.  Our corn on corn will take a different approach. We did have one field that caught fire and that took care of the corn stalks. Not what I had in mind for a "different approach." Best to all this spring. Take care.

  • 4/8 - Morrisburg, Ontario, Dundas County, south of Ottawa: This video was taken on January 13th 2010. We were on our second week of shipping corn. Blending corn from the small bins with corn from the big bins. Three of the bins at our elevator cannot be unloaded into the central dragline, so and auger and wagons is used to put the corn in the overhead to load the truck. (Video courtesy of Cedar Lodge Farms)


  • 4/8 - Middlesex County (Northeast) Massachusetts: March ended as the second wettest month on record with over 15 inches of rain, second only to August 1959. It was also warmer than normal as was most of February. As a result my peach orchard is in blossom fully 27 days early than 2009. Today was in the mid 80's which is 20 above normal. Looks like 2010 is going to be as unpredictable as 2009. I'm staring to miss "normal".

  • 4/8 - Cavalier County, northeast North Dakota: Starting to look like a normal spring for once, the snowmelt is much farther along than last year at this time.  High spots in some fields are starting to gray off but the low areas are still very wet.  Looking like it will be 2-3 weeks if the weather holds before we turn a wheel.  The prevent plant ground from last year is still a concern...

  • 4/7 - Douglas, Ottertail counties west-central Minnesota: Fair amount of spring wheat planted in last few days. Earlier than normal. Will be less wheat acres due to low prices. soybeans will get the acres. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 4/7 - Texas: With good soil moisture, warmer weather -- unseasonably warm in some areas -- and generally low insect and disease problems, wheat growth really took off in most of the state, according to reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

    "Temperatures have been reaching the 90 degree mark during the day with lows around the high 40s," said Ryan Martin, AgriLife Extension agent for Motley County, southeast of Amarillo. "These conditions have helped out the winter wheat tremendously; it looks like it came alive overnight. Some producers have started moving cattle back to wheat ground." (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

    Wheat jointed as early as two weeks ago in some parts of Texas. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Todd Baughman)

    Throughout most of the state, wheat responded to warmer weather, more than adequate soil moisture, and low disease-and-insect pressure. This picture of Panhandle wheat was taken in late March. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Brent Bean)

    (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.)

  • 4/6 - Stoneville, Miss.: Sunny skies on March 26 provided perfect conditions for planting this corn on George Ray Walker’s farm near Stoneville. This 12-row planter is preparing a plot for a nitrogen-rate plant population study for researchers with Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center.

    -- Photo by Rebekah Ray,
    Delta Research and Extension Center

    (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.)

  • 4/6 - Wisconsin: We have are oats planted three weeks ago. The field is starting to green.

  • 4/5 - Mercer County, northwestern Illinois: Still have 10 acres of beans to cut from 2009. They are still in surprisingly in good shape! However, they are still also surrounded by water as they were last fall. It just doesn't seem to be drying out in the Mississippi River Basin, with water tables higher than I have ever seen. With river levels above flood stage water has nowhere to go. We still have several hundred acres with water laying on it! That's worse that last year! Also, no barge traffic due to late river opening not allowing grain to move to the river terminals.

    Above the bluff seems to be better. However, conditions are still wet with between 1 and 2"s of rain over Easter weekend, just as things were beginning to dry out. Unfortunately at this time things look very similar to last year. Actually, even worse. There is a lot of NH3 and tillage left to be done locally.

  • 4/5 - Clay County, Iowa: To the Osceola Co commenter - the farmer who planted corn on March 31 had better hope he has no problems as his crop insurance won't cover him if he does.  Earliest covered planting date for your county is 4-11.

  • 4/5 - North-central Illinois: This was the last day of knocking down ground and was taken on April 1st 2010. We hope to strip-till next week then start planting corn shortly after. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms)

  • 4/5 - Northeast South Dakota: WOW!  What a year getting stuck all the time in NE SD harvesting but the yields are huge here 60 to 75 bushels on beans and 200 plus on corn its just too bad its costing so much to get it into the bin, and what about next spring if we get snow this winter?  We may only be planting half our acres.

  • 4/5 - Nez Perce County, Idaho: Crops are slow coming out of winter with little freeze damage but it is very dry in the lower part of the county; almost 4 inches below normal.  We are receiving limited but quite timely rains at this point as spring planting draws to an end.  Soil temps continue to be low and spring crop emergence is almost nil.  Too cold to plant peas & lentils still but hoping for a wet April as the winter wheat starts to take off. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 4/5 - Brown City, Mich.: We are done planting sugar beets for 2010. See a Seed Sense 20/20 equipped with AirForce and a GS2 2600. We use the GS2 for RTK autosteer. This is a 1992 John Deere 4055 equipped with an ATU 200 steering unit.


  • 4/5 - Vernon, Texas: Wheat is looking good. Neighbor's canola is starting to bloom. Putting fertilizer on cotton ground and first cutting of hay this week. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

    -- Vernon, Texas

    (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.)

  • 4/5 - McPherson, Kan.: My wheat is FHS.  No, that is not an obscene Tweet: First Hollow Stem.  It is jointed and the growing point and future head are now above the ground, so it is fully tillered and vulnerable to any April Freezes that sometimes happen.  It is a bit behind normal, especially the late planted, but generally a good stand.  I do not do yield estimates this early because too many things will happen before June harvest. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 4/2 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Yep, some harvest was really happening in central Illinois on April 1.


  • 4/2 - Livingston/LaSalle counties, Illinois: Almost another year gone!  Summarized 09 today but 2010 could be high on income, tax load could be huge for us.

  • 4/2 - Modesto, Calif.: Wheat reports. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

    The wheat fields are just starting to break boot, starting to flower. There is a touch of yellow stripe leaf rust.


     Overall the wheat looks excellent.

    -- Modesto, Calif.

    (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.)

  • 4/1 - Osceola County, Iowa: Wow March 31 and someone already planted some corn today. A lot of the things that didn’t get done last fall are getting done now. Fields are drying very rapidly seem to be in great shape. Not to sure about planting corn here though??

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