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Jun 17, 2010

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  • 6/17 - Waushaura County, Wis.: Got off to one of the earliest starts ever April 17, 2010 and since April 24, 2010 we have received 11.8" of rain Crops that were planted really look poor now with all the water even the well drained fields have gone back words. There is lots of standing water to date and there will be prevent plant in the area with some farmers wishing they wouldn't of pushed it the last short dry spell the last week of may as that seed would of been better off left in the bag. They say rain makes grain but probably not under water.

     
  • 6/17 - Boone County, Neb.: Only the 4th day in June we haven’t had to dump out the rain gauge. Around 15 inches since June1. What a difference 2 weeks of rain can make.  Everything was perfect until now. Not saying we don’t have any excellent looking Corn and Bean fields but majority of the low lying areas are flooded or have been saturated.  Most rivers and stream were and still are out of the banks several bridges and roads have been closed or washed out.  Not just Boone county most of Nebraska is fighting floods. We (the whole state) need some dry weather.  Spraying is far behind. The weeds will overrun everything if we can’t get to the fields soon.

    Most of this bottom bean field was under water 3 days ago. Notice all the corn stalks next to the road ditch.

    These beans were no-tilled into corn stalks. Several of the beans are covered by piles of stalks now.


    This stand on this corn field has been reduced. Even the hills have washed out. This corn is 6-8 inches tall the stand is just that poor

    Water standing in several fields around the area.

    We also have several fields like this one that made it though. Very nice looking field.

    -- Boone County, Neb.
     

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  • 6/17 - Livingston County, Ill.: I started planting corn Apr. 13th, and finished Apr. 21st. I started planting beans Apr. 28th and finished May 10th.  My crops have never looked better.  I still use 200 lbs. of starter on all my corn, so the early wet and cold didn't hurt me.  The no till corn, and beans, and the continuous corn looks like a disaster waiting to happen.  Hide it form your landlords boys, for your shortcuts finally caught up to you. Take the easy way out doesn't always work.  I have been conventional tillage my whole life, and always will.  You either farm too many acres, and can't get it done on time, or you are just lazy.  Farm like your suppose to, or get out.  I'm proud of my farming practices, I'm sure you can't say that.  Be a farmer, not a golfer.  Get back to work, slackers.Take pride in what you do. Stay out of the coffee shops and the malls, and cut your roadside like our previous generations did, so it looks good.  Are you trying to NO-Till them too?  Why don’t you just spray Roundup on them.  Then go do your house yard.

  • 6/16 - Altamont, Ill.: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Mark Burrow would have preferred to have his soybeans planted long ago, but the rain just won't leave him alone. The Altamont, Ill., grower raced to try to finish over the weekend, but another set of storm systems dumped more water on the area. We found him using a JD 1790 planter that he converted over the winter to a twin-row planter. He used it to plant 1,000 acres of corn with no problems and just kept on doubling up those rows with soybeans.



     
  • 6/16 - Williams County, northwest Ohio: Since it all began almost two months ago, the longest dry spell we have had is eight days and that was after a 2" rain and before another. Still have at least two-thirds of the beans to plant in our little corner of the world. Only received 0.15" of rain last night, still about two to three days away from running.


     
  • 6/16 - Champaign, Ill.: Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor: Here are some shots of a couple ducks enjoying a flooded soybean field southwest of Champaign, Ill., on June 15.  According to the Champaign News-Gazette, the city has received 5" of rain in June. About 1" fell yesterday afternoon, and there’s a severe thunderstorm watch in effect right now.

    -- Darrell Smith,
    Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor

     

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  • 6/16 - East central Arkansas: After a wet May, June has recorded little or no rain in a large part of the Grand Prairie. Many producers have stopped planting for lack of moisture. Some early beans haven't received rain since planting. DRY...
     
  • 6/16 - Putnam County, Ohio: We received another inch of rain last night. Still beans to plant and some of the corn is really starting to yellow up. The soft winter wheat has a lot of head scab in it and it is starting to look terrible.
     
  • 6/16 - Texas: Rain came to Texas, relieving drought conditions in many areas. It also slowed the wheat harvest in the Rolling Plains, but this year that might be a good thing, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Rolling Plains wheat producers were reporting above-average yields and average protein levels in most cases. But grain elevators in many areas were having a hard time handling the volume of wheat, says Steven Sparkman, AgriLife Extension agent for Hardeman County, northwest of Wichita Falls.

    High yields and big variations in the price offered to farmers in the Texas Rolling Plains have contributed to gluts of wheat at co-op elevators. (U.S. Department of Agriculture photo by Scott Bauer)
     

    (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.)



     
  • 6/16 - Northwest Iowa: Way too much rain in northwest Iowa. All the ponds in the fields are full of water and more rain forecast. I am wondering where the record yields are going to come from, because they sure won't be coming from Iowa this year.
     
  • 6/16 - Clay County, Ill.: Strong winds yesterday afternoon. Checked the corn crop this morning. Had some green snap in south part of the county due to rapid growth. Rain (0.25" to 1") daily for about the last five days. Still some beans to be planted and a lot of spotting in to do yet. Wheat is ready whenever it dries out.

  • 6/15 - Northeast Ohio: Very wet in NE Ohio. What started out as a great spring has turned miserable. Basically nothing done in the fields since Memorial Day. Many drowned out spots and lakes in fields of corn and beans. Still some beans left to plant and very little hay made. Rains about 1.5" to 2.5" every five or six days and it is so saturated that there is no place to go, so it floods all the low spots in fields. On a better note, was in North Carolina last week and the wheat was coming off and beans were being planted right behind the combine. Wheat looks very good, peanuts looked good and some early planted beans after rye (?) looked good. Appeared that a little rain could be used. Wish we could send them some of ours from NE Ohio, as it is supposed to rain for the next three days. Good luck to all.
     
  • 6/15 - Lee County, Iowa: Seven inches of rain over the weekend, and we’re losing river ground – they are losing much more in southern Iowa and west central Illinois. Northwest Missouri is in bad shape, because not all of the corn has been planted. Some people haven't started soybeans. Planting is getting late for the third year. The SURE program doesn’t work here.
     
  • 6/15 - West central Hill Country, Texas: Good wheat crop, horrendous basis of minus $2. Cash wheat with minor protein discount from $2.40 to $2.60. There is just no place to put the stuff here. The graze-out program worked way better as the cattle made money. Everything else looks good, just need a couple showers.  

     
  • 6/15 - Warren County, Ill.: Should be considered a disaster area! There are some real good fields, but the majority is crap. We’ve had close to 25" of rain since April 28. A lot of replant needed to be done and plenty of first-time beans not in the ground yet. We are ground zero this year.
     
  • 6/15 - Kearney County, Neb.: We had 2.6" of rain last night around 7:40 in 15 minutes. This was on top of 2.1" received the night before. I haven’t seen this many crops underwater around here since the 500-year flood of 1967. Conservatively estimated this morning that I had 250 acres out of 1,800 standing in or entirely underwater, with no place for it to go. The lagoons in the rainwater basin are full, and backed up on the fields everywhere. We had a lot of green snap also Friday night, from 70+ mph winds that blew through. The entire state of Nebraska is having flooding problems, with many roads and bridges washed out. I’d guess our crop ratings probably dropped 15%-25% over the weekend. We’re approaching 12" of rain in the past three weeks. The ground is more saturated than I’ve seen in years. We won’t be cultivating or ridging our corn this year either, as what’s left will be too tall to get through. I guess we'll have to just pray for timely rains in July and August on some of the gravity-irrigated ground.

  • 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 by severe weather the last couple days and I certainly feel for those guys.  Everyone have a safe harvest season. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 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. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/14 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: Things are still very wet here. All fields in the area have at least one flooded out spot in them, most more than one. Replanting these areas is fruitless as they just flood out again. There are still a few beans left to plant, but it seems to rain at least a half an inch every day or two. Of course the only fields left to plant are the ones that are generally wet anyway. Corn spraying is also way behind and size is becoming an issue, as the grand growth period is taking place.

    Since this picture was taken, more than 6" additional rain has fallen on this field, so you can imagine what it looks like now. NOT GOOD, WHAT A MESS. Local fertilizer dealers in the area estimate 15,000 to 20,000 acres in an area within 5 miles of this field will not be planted. As I write this, it is raining heavily.

    -- Mercer County, northwest Illinois
     

    (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.)


     
  • 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 - Fairfield County, south central Ohio: Corn looks very good to excellent. Soybeans are about all planted and up except in isolated heavy rain areas. Slugs have been an issue in some fields no-tilled after wheat especially. If no-till is to continue its growth, a pesticide that works (baits are a waste) is a must. Wheat was full of cereal leaf beetles and almost every acre was sprayed in the county. Now head scab is looking pretty bad. All in all, we have been blessed, even with short planting windows for later planted crops.

     
  • 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. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 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. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/11 - Southwest Ohio: You can tell my corn by the color. The neighbors have some real problems. The coulter killed some fields. Nothing like slabbing it in the mud. The beans are coming on, but that is just my best field. The others look good but planted after the floods.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    -- Southwest Ohio
     

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  • 6/10 - Barron County, northwestern Wisconsin: We will begin harvesting second cutting alfalfa in about a week. The corn and beans look good with the best corn about V6, earliest planted corn is actually lagging behind the crop that was planted around May 1. Soybeans and late planted corn are experiencing significant slug damage. We really need a good pesticide for this pest. Damp weather and lots of residue provide ideal environment for this devastating nemesis. Weeds are also growing well…a lot of herbicides being applied. We received an inch of rain here with more in the forecast later this week.

     
  • 6/10 - Callao, Mo.: We lost May for cropping due to too much rain and wet fields, and it looks like June is going to be a repeat. Have had two windows of opportunity to get a little corn and beans planted. The prospects for much of a crop this year are slim. Time is running out for us.
     
  • 6/10 - Northwest Ohio: The "everything is great" crowd has not been to northwest Ohio since late April 2010. The corn that was planted prior to the rain starting does look good. What was not planted prior to April 23rd just does not look good at all. Many drowned out spots, some did not emerge, most is very yellow and uneven. It is very wet and just received another 1.4" last night. Still many fields of corn to plant and replant. Most growers have a significant percentage of soybeans to plant also. Sidedressing of corn and spraying of corn and soybeans that have been planted have been a very big challenge. There are some good looking fields around, but on an overall look at the area, we are well under average because of too much water.
     

  • 6/9 - Sanilac County, Mich.: More video of rolling soybeans after planting. This is done to push any missed rocks back into the ground and make the ground more level for harvest. Sure takes the pressure off the combine operator in the fall. Rocks become "not an issue" during harvest.



     
  • 6/9 - East central Illinois: Still some unplanted fields in Coles County and it just keeps on raining and raining and raining. Also some water holes that need replanted. I can hardly keep up with the yard mowing. Corn is chest to shoulder high and growing rapidly and very brittle because of the rapid growth. (Please, no wind!)

     
  • 6/9 - Fulton County, Ohio: We feel lucky. With all other weather problems, our farm was wiped out by tornado Saturday night. Hope it don’t get worse.
     
  • 6/9 - Southeast Ohio: Corn in southeast Ohio is about 95% planted. Very little hay has been made. We had about 4" of rain over the weekend of June 5.

     
  • 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.
     
  • 6/9 - Livingston County, Ill.: Crops all over the board here. Northeast part of the county way too wet. Looks like some beans just merging and lots replant. I've spotted in 10 to 15 percent soybeans and mine look a lot better than most I've seen. Drove from Moline to Danville over the weekend. I'd say we're one of the better looking areas except by Streator. Seen lots of poor corn and bean fields and a lot yet to be planted or replanted. I'd say we need perfect weather here on out or we won't come close to last year. From what I've seen, Illinois looks very rough as a whole.

  • 6/8 - Hancock County, northwestern Ohio: Head scab and storms are putting the wheat down.

     
  • 6/8 - Northwest Ohio: A lot of soybeans left to go in northwest Ohio. Corn looks OK; a lot of spotty beans.
     
  • 6/8 - North central Illinois: Sidedressing during Memorial Day weekend! The tractor is a 4650 pulling a 24-row Progressive sidedresser. This was custom work, so that is why I am not using the autosteer. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms)

  • 6/7 - Goodhue County, Minn.: Crops look good to very good; 1" of nice rain over the weekend. First crop hay is mostly done in the area with most of the crop having been put up in good quality.

     

  • 6/7 - Williams County, Ohio: Still more rain, half inch to 3". Still some corn to plant, for first time a little replant. 150 @ beans yet. Still have some corn that has never been sprayed and was planted April 23.


     
  • 6/7 - North central Missouri: We were off to a great start planting corn in April until the anhydrous shortage hit. Barely finished corn before the rains came. Little to no field work for about five weeks. Finally got some beans planted. Will they come up? Got a big rain early this week, then another big one (with hail) last night. "Ya gotta be tough," we keep telling ourselves.

     
  • 6/7 - Grayson County, Texas: Finished up harvest on our 6,800 acres of wheat. Wow, what a great year it was this year. Last year we lost 4,550 acres to all the freezing weather and this year the rain and snow helped out. Getting calls every day to harvest other fields in the area with 11 combines -- looks like we are going to be busy. Corn is standing about 5' 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. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 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 in 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. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     

     
  • 6/7 - Wilbur, Wash.: In the last two weeks I have received over 3.5" 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 combine's in the shop. Looks like she will have lots of straw to deal with! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/7 - Sanilac County, Mich.: Comments regarding fungicide research trial and some application recommendations. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 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. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 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. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

    -- 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.
     
  • 6/4 - Huntington County, Ind.: Planted 60% of our corn and one field of beans April 19-22, then sat still for five weeks. Finished corn on May 27-28 and planted and drilled about 450 acres of beans from May 28 to June 2 while dodging showers and storms. Early corn and beans look pretty good with some drowned-out spots and thin spots.  Started anhydrous last night.

  • 6/3 - Shelby County, Iowa: Rain, first good rain over 0.25" in 30 days, 1.25", both corn and bean looking good.  

  • 6/2 - East central Illinois: Still raining and more rain in the forecast. There are still fields unplanted, and beginning to see more and more ponding in the fields.
     
  • 6/2 - Adams County, northeast Indiana: 2-1/2 inches of rain yesterday. Just finished replanting beans, which were drowned out from earlier rains. Many fields of corn replanted and under water again. What started out as a good spring in April has sure changed.


  • 6/1 - Williams County, northwest Ohio: Started back up on Thursday, May 27, with corn and beans still about two days away from ready. Then rain on Monday morning, 8-9 tenths in about 20 min. Still raining. 20% corn to plant, 60% beans in area to plant yet.
     
  • 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. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
     
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