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

September Crop Comments

Sep 30, 2010

How's the weather in your parts? How do your crops look?

Use this link to send us your comments about the crops in your local area. 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
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  • 9/29 - 12 miles south of I 70, 5 miles east  of Illinois state line: Finished corn yesterday, first time in my life time we have got done before Oct. , second time before the 10th of Nov. We had help from the weather , lost a third of our corn(500+)  and 60 % of bean crop in June due to flooding. I can echo what you all have been saying about corn, the flat heavy soils(even pattern tiled)  , 130 to 170 , the drier, higher and rolling ground (180-230 - with spikes to 270), we should average 180+, thankfully, moisture 13.5 to 15.5. The first 150 acres of beans are disappointing ,yield  monitor only in the 50s on plants that look like 75+. The 9770 and 40' mac are not running  like a scared rabbit this year. There are a lot of excellent bean yields being reported in our area, a lot of yields in the 70s if you had no wet spots, SDS  and your subsoil still had the moisture when it turned dry in August. Several reports  of combine  and field fires , weather man said last night driest last few weeks in 38 years.

     
  • 9/29 - St. James, Minn.: We got 11” of rain in the storm last week.
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  • 9/29 - Brown City, Mich.: Video shot September 21, 2010 while calibrating Ron Gerstenberger's and Randy Parrent's yield monitors. Soybean yields have been excellant so far. Windy weather moved in.....have not hardly had a calm day since.?


     
  • 9/29 - Jackson County, Iowa: Most guys are just getting started with corn. Moisture is running between 19 and 26%; yields are 150 to 200 field averages from what I am seeing and hearing. I think beans are going to get started around here within a day or two. I hate to hear of the losses do to the heavy rains and flooding!

     
  • 9/29 - Texas: The time to plant winter pasture and wheat is here for many Texas regions, but either a lack of moisture or a plenitude of armyworms is causing producers to hold off, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
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    A steer grazes winter ryegrass grown in East Texas last year. Short hay stocks are likely to make establishing winter pastures critical this year, but agricultural producers will need rain to successfully establish stands, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Vanessa Corriher.)

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  • 9/28 - St. James, Minn.: Everything flooded. 11.75" in St. James. Truman, Minn. had over 11 also.

     
  • 9/28 - Lancaster County, Pa.: We are thankful to have safely finished corn on Friday evening. 15 days from start to finish. Looks like a 160 bushel per acre crop over all acreage. 5 year county average is 165.8. Last year test plots were 208 bushels per acre. Did a few beans Saturday afternoon. It looks like we will struggle to make 40 bushels per acre. A mix of green beans and VERY small beans make for a difficult combine setup. Moisture test was 12%. The beans had only about an inch of rain the last 10 weeks. And many days of 90+ degree heat. Just another inch of rain before Labor Day would have made a significant difference.
     

  • 9/27 -Lebanon, Ind.: Finally the grain bin is built. It is a MFS 11 ring 36' diameter 25,000 bu. bin.
     

     
  • 9/27 - 60 miles north of Indy: We got our corn planted early. Great stand. Looked as good as any corn I have ever had. First field around 100 bu./a. I was shocked. Beans made 55. So much for the wonders of triple stack.
     
     
  • 9/27 - Fulton/Miami counties, north central Indiana: Into corn in a serious way.  Yields continues to surprise us, in a good way. Anything over 150 BPA average is pretty good on our soils, and so far yields are slightly better than that.  Some numbers full of disease some not so bad.  Some falling over but so far able to get it picked up just slows us down.  Wind blowing today so we expect more of it to go down.  This year's corn crop has a very shallow rut system.  Add that to weak stalks and over they go. Or, as we go down to get it, the whole plant breaks away from the soil and runs through the combine. We should be into our early beans this week. They look really good. A good rain would be a welcome site. Knock a few leaves off and help with a recharge.  We just don't what our fellow farmers received in MN and WI.

     
  • 9/27 - Northwestern Taylor County, Wis.: We are very tired of getting rain! We hope that there's a dry fall and winter. Our hay crop is has been looking excellent this year. However it is sad to say that we are still trying to get the first cutting done! Since the end of may it has done nothing but rain, rain, rain. As of today it is still raining! Enough. Maybe the weatherman will stop saying that we are still in a drought! 
     

  • 9/24 - Beardstown, Ill.: The old saying "rain makes grain" hasn't panned out for Chet Esther, who farms west of Beardstown, Ill. Rain drops have fallen a little too frequently and corn yields are coming in considerably under average. He's hoping those late rains benefited soybeans. The Esther family is participating in Farm Journal's Legacy Project.
     


     
  • 9/24 - Jackson County, east central Iowa: Started corn today, corn following beans. Field is average ground that has some pretty good hills. 26 % moisture, 111 day corn, planted 4/29. It is averaging 187 bu. on 23 acres before we got rained out. Corn reports I have heard are between 165 and 220 bu. per acre.

     
  • 9/24 - McLeod County, Minn.: Last night and today (9/22 & 9/23) the southern half of MN had a major rain event. Here in eastern McLeod we had about three inches, which was nothing. You don’t have to get very far south of here and the rain totals and the damage really starts to add up.Went for a drive today and saw many thousands of acres under several feet of water. Town and roads are flooded out and people are sandbagging. South of Mankato we heard reports of 12-14 inches of rain with a major portion of the area getting over 10 inches! This band stretched all the way from the Worthington/Marshall area in western, MN into Wisconsin. Every low spot we saw had water standing well above the tops of the beans and corn cobs were submerged in the flooded water. Under ideal conditions it will be a couple weeks before southern MN gets back in the fields. I think a good size chunk of the Minnesota corn and soybean yield just died. We are praying for a late Fall. (please send life jackets).
     
     
  • 9/24 - Jackson County, Heron Lake, Minn.:I dumped 9 inches out of the rain gauge today which is mounted on a 4 ft steel post. There was a night crawler wigging inside. It must have been trying to find higher ground ha ha. Ok I guess a bird must have dropped it inside. It will be a couple weeks before we think about going again. You can’t drive a mile without having water over the road somewhere. We were looking at record yields, now I’m sure they will be popping out of the pods. All of southern Minnesota is in the same shape.

     
  • 9/24 - Trempealeau County, west central Wisconsin: We finished off corn silage last weekend or mudded it out, between last weeks rain and before we got the pounding rains of this week.  All in all very good yields, we are working with some new silage specific hybrids for the dairy and had some lodging, in some areas severe but the Kemper head got most of it up, yields were around 30t/a with 1-2 tons left due to the lodging but we can deal with some of the lodging if it means more milk per ton of silage.  Overall crops look great, we yield checked a couple silage fields and several that will go for high moisture corn, yields ranged 225-260 bu./A, with a couple spots well over 300 bu.  Beans look very good as well, have been hearing about 55-65 bu. beans and are hoping that once we start we will get good yields as well.  With the 5-6” of rain we got last night we will be waiting to take high moisture corn, dry corn and beans for a long time I think, but we should be done before December this year.  Have a safe harvest everyone.
     

  • 9/23 - North central Illinois: We are looking for a new way to get through fall tillage a little quicker and use less fuel so we decided to try a chisel plow. So far we think it is working pretty good! With the chopping Drago cornhead even if there is some residue not buried it breaks apart very easily in the spring once the field cultivator goes through it. Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms.
     


     
  • 9/23 - Odin, Minn.: Started Raining yesterday after lunch, this morning rain gauge showed 6 inches, with 1-2 more coming today!  Never ever a good time for this much water. Ground was about saturated before this, hope for a wonderful October and November!! I don't ever remember water running across my driveway in my 54 years!
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    -- Odin, Minn.

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  • 9/23 - 60 miles due north of Indianapolis: Corn is off 20%. Beans are doing above average. Some SDS may have cut yields in some beans.

     
  • 9/23 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Rain and more rain.......We have about 180 ac. of wheat left standing. Very small percentage of edible beans have been harvested, and now the ground conditions are really getting muddy. Along with saturated soil comes white mold in the sunflowers.  The fun never ends.  Just north of us, along the Canadian border, there is a lot of wheat and canola harvest remaining John Deere just laid off 55 workers at the air seeder factory in Valley City, ND.  A sign of the times?

     
  • 9/23 - Boonville, Mo.: Hill ground in Mid Missouri is pretty impressive to the thoughts we had going into harvest. Flat/Bottom ground is pretty poor. Bottom Ground is avg anywhere - 130-190. In the hills running 150-200. (This is based on people ive talked to and what we are experiencing.) Harvest is in full run, few people starting to cutting beans now.

     
  • 9/23 - Southwest Ohio: Good dry corn, good quality.  Turned out better than I thought it would.  This is corn on corn; don't know the yield yet but close to the corn after beans.

    I do have the corn after beans result and got just over 18,000 net bu., 57 test weight, 16.6 avg. moisture.  I hope the replant helps it make 180 avg.  Also about 10 ac of drowned out corn on the 110 tillable acres.  For the first year on new farms, you find the trouble areas. 

    This is no-till of course but we ripped one field and it made more corn, more than enough to pay for the cost of it.

    Just a few miles north they will make 200 bu. Beans around 60 so far, the ripped areas made more.
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  • 9/20 - Downs, Ill: Here are some of the videos from our 2010 corn harvest. We built a small plastic box to put the camera in. Then, we buried it and ran it over with the combine! Some of the shots turned out pretty good I think. I was hoping those shots would be a little better, but the plant debris covered up the lens quickly. We had a lot of fun making this video and hope you enjoy it too!

    The fall harvest has been going well so far. There have been some good yields and bad yields. That seems to be the story for most of McLean County too. A lot of rain in early June followed by five weeks with no rain tends to have that effect! Our "high yield plot" that took second place last year at 286 bu/ac only had 236 bu/ac this year. We were a little disappointed with that, but we will try again next year.

    This is a new combine for us this fall, and we have been very pleased with it. We had the corn whiskers installed on the new corn head and have been adjusting those so the combine will steer itself through the field. We have been very fortunate that the guys at Central IL Ag have been helping us out a lot with this new system. I think it's a relatively new system for them too, so hopefully, they are learning about this new technology just as much as we are! Video courtesy of Wentworth Family Farms.
     


     
  • 9/22 - Dekalb County, Ind.: About 1/2 done with my corn and yielding from about 165bu/a to 102 bu./acre. Lots of 130bu down to 85bu corn, a lot worse than anyone though.  Run my first bean field and it average 35, this is about 10bu below average for the field, hearing from elevator that most beans running from 30 to 40 bu., poorer yields are expected from the later planted crops.

     
  • 9/22 - Texas: Intense armyworm infestations continue to consume pastures and hay meadows, but there's no indication that population counts are any larger than in previous years, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. "I don't think they're worse, but it's probably more intense (sudden) onset," said Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist. Substantial rains, like those much of the state has recently had from hurricanes and tropical storms, often trigger armyworm outbreaks, he said. The perception that armyworms are worse this year is probably because dry weather seems to inhibit their reproduction.

     
  • 9/22 - Blue Earth County, Minn.: Took out 150 acres beans yesterday was disappointed 5-6 bu. less than last year. Thought they really looked good. Bean size was a little small. Talked to a seed rep he said that the seed beans coming out have been 3200 - 3300 seeds per pound. Hope the next field is better.

  • 9/21 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: Started picking corn last week on the 14th. Early yields in our area are very disappointing. Started  a field of corn on corn, with 105 day corn on ends and it is only averaging about 160 at this point. I hope it gets better as we get into the field and get into the 113 day corn. Moisture is still at around 20%.

    We had the other machine running 25 miles away, on the other side of the county. This machine was in a 120 acre field of corn on beans 105 day corn also testing 18 to 20 %. When finished the field only averaged 150 dry. A neighbor said I was lucky as there is a lot of 100 to 130 bushels corn in the area and surrounding counties. Both fields are usually highly productive acres, and lay flat, just too much water this year. I hope things improve as we get deeper into harvest. STAY SAFE!

     
  • 9/21 - Allen County, Moran, Kan.: The rain has stopped for now after a three week span and a total of 12.5” which stopped corn harvest dead in its tracks.  The ground is firming up and corn harvesting has moved into full swing all be it in mud.  Yields seem to be varying from around 85 – 92bpa to some impressive 125-198bpa.  The corn harvest is approximately 82% competed with some ground already worked and being prepped for wheat.

    Soybeans are looking really good. 72% of the field leaves have begun to turn color and start dropping off.  Harvesting could begin within the next three weeks – depending on the weather!  
    Daily temperatures have risen to the lower 90’s again with accompanying humidity – the real nice factor is the overnight temperatures withdraw to a nice cool (upper 60’s) level allowing for the plants to rest and recover. It is nice to see the sunshine doing its job with the fields.

     
  • 9/21 - Johnson County, Ind.: Corn averaging 115-160 bu./acre coming out of the field at 12% moisture. Soybeans- April planted 38-50 bu./acre. Mid-May and later planted 15-28 bu./acre coming out of field at 7-9% moisture. Field fires occurring daily. .3" of moisture since mid July.  Heard of one loss of 19 acres of standing soybeans.

     
  • 9/21 - Watonwan County, Minn.: Took some 1.8 maturity soybeans yesterday, no yield check but from what was in the grain tank looks like 55 or maybe a shade better.

  • 9/20 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Picking corn with a Case IH 7120. Video courtesy of www.lefebure.com.
     

     
  • 9/20 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Started harvesting 105 day corn Thursday p.m. and Friday.  Corn very even through the field with the first 48 acres yielding 203 and between 18-19% moist.  Yield is dry wt.  Would like to get another 50 acres out before starting on beans about Wed.  Looks like the longer season corn will be very good in this area and beans should be record yields.  Test wt on corn is much better than last year!

  • 9/16 - Williams County, Ohio: Harvested first field of beans, planted 4/22 group 3.1, yield about above avg. May very well be one of our better yields. We received 0.2” of rain on our farm today, north of us 3 mile 1.2 in. Will start sowing wheat next weak on our P.P. ground.

     
  • 9/16 - North central Indian Fulton/Miami counties, Indiana: Ran the plot 9/15 and we were presently surprised. 7 different Waxy numbers from 99 day to 114 day, Yield 149 to 199 BPA.  Moisture 15% to 24% Test Wt. 54-58 lbs.  Ragweed came on late in season we guess dinked us at least 10 BPA.  Corn giving up moisture in bin really well.  Have to watch it or it gets too dry.

  • 9/16 - McLeod County, Minn.: Most of the corn on our farm was planted between April 20th, and May 1st. It is anywhere from 16 to 30 percent moisture (90-102 RM). Test weight is coming in right around 54 so it is better than last year. We have a couple fields that we would love to combine and run straight in the bin if it would ever quit raining. It is 90-day corn on some really sandy soil. Ours would be the first combine rolling in the area if the rain would quit. We have had well over an inch today, and there is a lot more in the forecast.

    A lot of guys are going to be surprised by the yield once they get into the field. We planted one hybrid that is going to out yield all the others by quite a bit. Most of everything else has tip back. The nights were just too hot. Our biggest concern right now is that the husks on the cobs have opened up, but they aren’t tipped down and they are collecting a lot of water. We have noticed quite a bit of mold and sprouting on some of the cobs.

    Beans in the area have really turned in the last 10 days. I saw one farm taking some early beans. Other than that everyone is getting ready to go.

    From what I am seeing there is no way Minnesota will make what USDA is saying for a bean yield. There was just to many disease issues with the beans in this area. I could be wrong. Our plants got really tall, but there was too much space between pods for a top-end yield around here. We have had better.

    Most guys are done taking corn silage, some are debating taking a fifth cutting of alfalfa, and most are ready to start high moisture corn and earlage. We are hearing about guys being offered over $300 per acre to rent land next year. And inevitably fertilizer prices are on the rise along with the corn prices. We booked and prepaid all N for next year at $500, but since Aug. 1, it has gone closer to $600. And finally, it has been a banner year for the state bird, the mosquito. There have been so many of them in the last month that a guy can barely stand to be outside once the sun starts to disappear. Frost please hurry up and take care of the things!

     

  • 9/16 - Renville County, Minn.: Soybeans are maturing, some have been harvested in the area; also some corn. It is raining now and the forecast is not good.

     
  • 9/16 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: See some corn harvesting. Video courtesy of www.lefebure.com.
     

     
  • 9/16 - Brookings County, eastern South Dakota: First quarter out with yield at 49.5.  Hauled to town.  This is an early bean and about average on yield.  Normal is 45 to good at 55.  When riding up high looking at adjoining corn fields the yield will not be large.  Even SD can get too wet.

  • 9/15 - Holdingsford, Minn.: Corn and Soybeans are mature and safe from frost.  I Checked corn moistures yesterday and they were from 25-30% moisture.  However, cold wet weather may make this another difficult harvest this year will some drying of the corn needed unless the weather straightens out.  200 bushel corn/60 bushel soybeans.  Tile lines running full.

     
  • 9/15 - Prairie, Monroe counties, Arkansas: Rice harvest nearing completion. Long grain yields are down 15% from average. Milling yields are the worst ever. Not from the lack of inputs. Medium grain yields are very good. The dry weather was broken by a 2 inch rain in early September. Still the dryest year since 1980. Soybeans have been through a tough time with lack of moisture, worms, disease, and lack of herbicide effectiveness. Rice gross income will  be roughly 2/3 of last years fall rice income.

     
  • 9/15 - Van Wert County, Ohio: Corn is between 160 to 190 beans anywhere from 35 to 65.

     
  • 9/15 - Kossuth County, Iowa: There are a few reports that I’ve gotten, beans 13% 55 bu./acre; Corn 101 day was 230 bu./acre and one field was a 102 day running around 225. Rain coming tonight then everyone will be doing beans, not to bad on SDS, just a few acres.

     
  • 9/15 - Texas: Rains from tropical storm Hermine a week ago greened up pastures and rangeland, and provided soil moisture for fall planting through many parts of the state, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. However, in South Texas and the Coastal Bend, AgriLife Extension agents reported that the cotton harvest was put on hold, and in some cases damaged by wind and rain.
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    Cotton status varied widely across the state. In some areas, bolls were just beginning to open. In Southwest Texas, the harvest was finished, with about 20 percent of the crop remaining in field-stored modules. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photos by Dr. Todd Baughman.)

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  • 9/14 - Carroll County, Iowa: Most of the beans are getting to harvest, only a couple fields out. There will be a lot done this week but heavy rain is in the forecast. Corn is wet yet, 110-113 day corn is about 29-33%. The 105 day is around 25% and under.

     
  • 9/14 - Putnam County, Ohio: We started corn harvest. Corn yielding 150 to 170 bu./acre. Beans are at 45 to 65. Some beans have been harvested.

     
  • 9/14 - Cedar County, eastern Iowa: Just completed 100 acres of corn over the weekend and yields are down 30-40 bushels. Most corn is coming in at 170-180 bu./acre on ground that over the past 5 years has been 200 - 230. Moisture is anywhere from 17% - 20% depending on where you are in the field. My next door neighbor finished a 30 acre field that did not average 100 bu./ acre. Was 102 day corn that could just not handle the excessive moisture and heat. No beans combined in our area yet, probably at least a week away.

     
  • 9/14 - Auglaize County, Ohio:We were able to get all the corn in this area planted in April, had abundant rain in May and June and then it turned dry and hot in July.  Would have thought that the hot period during filling stage of the corn would have pulled back yield some, but doesn't seem to be the case here.  We started shelling corn on 9/10 in 113 day corn and are seeing above average yields.  Shelled a 65 acre field that averaged 245 with moisture around 19 to 21%.  We took the ends off of two other fields and they were averaging 205 and 215.  Last year we saw yields in this area in the 165 to 170 range, but we were a lot drier last year.

  • 9/13 - Tripp County, S.D.: Started taking high moisture corn yields excellent 120 plus. I think for every bad field somewhere east, there is one good one where there never used to be in fringe corn country.

     
  • 9/13 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: Corn harvest is just starting here north of I-80. Surprising moisture at 19% to 23% and yields of early varieties in the 175 to 200 bu./acre area. We had 40" of rain for the growing season, with at least 10" to 15" more than that just to our south. A few bean fields getting close to harvest, but most are two weeks away. It looks like spraying corn fungicide paid this year!

     
  • 9/13 - Buffalo County, Neb.: —Soybean harvest about a week away. I have never seen beans look so good! Most will run 70 to 100 bu. Corn, on the other hand, will be pretty average. Drying down too fast to make top yields. The exact opposite of last year, when we couldn’t get corn  to dry out. I’m thinking the report by USDA is a little too heavy on the corn and light on beans. Will pass yields forward in a couple weeks. 


     
  • 9/13 - Hardin County, Iowa: Started harvesting corn Friday. Yield monitor reads 220 bu. per acre at 22% moisture. Knew it was gonna be a good one!


     
  • 9/13 - Northeast Indiana: Opened up one corn field and is averaging about 112 dry bu./acre. I usually average around 170bu/acre. This is poorer than I thought.

     
  • 9/13 - Daviess County, southwest Indiana: Sand ground 130 to 135 bu. per acre, last  year 160+.

  • 9/10 - Putnam County, Ill.: We harvested our first field of corn today. It was a 105 day Smartstax, continuous corn fall ripped and spring anhydrous and 10 gal. of 32%. I knew this field suffered from the close to 20" of rain from the 1st of May to mid-June. The yield was about 50 bu. less than last year. If these yields continue for us, it will be a short fall and a long winter. I hope to have a better report on yields in a couple weeks. Our beans are at least 2-3 weeks away from harvest.

     
  • 9/10 - Western Minnesota: Did some yield checks on corn, certainly not the bin buster I was expecting. You have to look hard to find 200 bu. yields, most came in the 170 to 180 range. I thought we had cool enough nighttime temps to help keep our top end, but seems that was not the case. Starting to wonder if the national yield will make 160 bu./acre.

  • 9/9 - Southwest Ontario: The late summer heat along with a dry August, I'm afraid, has taken a toll on the corn crop in most parts of our area. Early planted corn has not tolerated the two dry spells it had to endure. Anything planted after May 20 seems to be alive and well and still has potential to make good weight, 3/4 milk to black layer stage. The early planted longer varieties are falling over after the wind that hit us the beginning of the week. Ears are hanging straight down and kernels are past the point where they might fill out. Have seen a lot that gave up before black layer. Would imagine we'll see yields all over the board, 115-190. We'll see!

    Soys are all over the place, some along the shores of Lake St. Clair are coming off a week ago and some are still green as grass. I would guess that soy yields are going to range from 25-65 bu. depending on where the patchy rains fell this year. Some of our corn will be coming off before soys (which is unusual for these parts), then into soys and jump back into corn. Gonna be way too dry to seed wheat without some typical autumn rains. Hope everyone has a safe harvest.

  • 9/8 - Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky.: It's getting hard to find a corn field around here. You see several combines and grain carts sitting outside the tool sheds, so most farmers are done with corn. I heard about a lot of 120 bu. corn, with some down to 70 or so. That's a lot lower than the 180 to 200 last year. The late beans looked good since we got some rain for about three weeks in a row, but that was three weeks ago and we haven't had any since. Now the late beans are turning and many didn't get over knee high. It's too late for rain. But there's always next year. At least we don't usually have back-to-back droughts around here.

     
  • 9/8 - Fulton/Miami Counties, north central Indiana: Checked corn (hand shelling method) six days apart. Corn had dropped from the mid 30s to the mid to high 20s in moisture by Saturday, Sept. 4. Some sustained winds over 20 mph have some verities laying over and somewhat twisted up. Tough walking! We'll be getting after it here pretty quick and be checking some other fields for similar damage. Yield and quality look good. Soybeans are all over the place in our area as to maturity. We have soybeans planted in April that are 50%+ defoliated to soybeans that are greener than grass. Sometimes in the same field.

  • 9/6 - Holdingford, Steams County, Minn.: Did some yield checks on my corn yesterday. Looks like 200-bu.-plus corn and soybeans look the best I ever had, though some are twisted up from all the wind we have had. VT3 corn really stands nice in spite of the storms. Should pay big dividends this year.

     
  • 9/4 - Jefferson County, southeast Indiana: Started into corn today. Yields running around 180 bu. and moisture at 15%.  If this weather holds, it will be a very enjoyable harvest.

     
  • 9/3 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, southwest Illinois: Corn harvest just getting going. Yields vary depending on rainfall, but in general are considered good for the conditions. Some of the drier areas in the southern part of St. Clair County are harvesting a lot of corn in the 120-170 bu. range, with a lot of 140-150 bu. As you move north, yields increase to the 160-220 bu. range, with a lot falling in the 180-200 bu. range. In general, most will probably find this crop not as good as '09, but probably better than their five-year average. Moisture ranging from 15% to 22% on the mid-April planted corn.

    Beans welcome the 1" to 2" of rain the past day, which should really help fill out pods. I think most in our area will see at least average beans and I think a fair number will be very good. A few very early beans are starting to turn, but most are still grass green, so bean harvest is at least another three weeks away for most. I look for first crop bean yields to run in the 40-60 bu. range, again kind of depending on August rainfall being the difference between 40s and 50s.

    Lots of guys are planning to sow a fair acreage of wheat with the early fall and attractive price. However, short wheat seed supplies may keep large acreages from being planted.


  • 9/3 - Miami and Fulton Counties, north central Indiana: Thursday morning brought the welcome sight and sound of rain hitting the roof on the toolshed. This should go a long way to help put some bushels on our soybean crop. Corn is done! No harvest yet in our area, but both corn and soybeans look good and are racing to maturity. Walked some corn fields earlier in the week and shelled off a few ears of corn. Moisture was in the mid 30s. This was a 109-day waxy hybrid planted April 21. I'd bet we are losing 1/2% or more of moisture/day. We'll shell a bunch of corn before we run any soybeans. Be careful out there!


     
  • 9/16 - Central Illinois: Combines are starting to roll throughout central Illinois. Farm Journal crops and production editor Pam Smith finds fall in the air and in the field east of Morton, Ill. Rain Thursday night and Friday morning will slow down things a bit, but harvest is on here.
     

  • 9/2 - Tripp County, western South Dakota: Getting dry here now but crops look great. 100-plus bu. corn is going to be common.

     
  • 9/2 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: We had a run of great harvest weather up to the 29th of August. Much of the hard red spring wheat was yielding over 50 bu. with reports of 60 to 70 bu./acre not uncommon. Canola was also very good, and the price kept creeping up as we moved into harvest. The heavy June rains had done some damage...we found a lot more drown-out once we got on the combines than we first thought. Now we are having a rainy week. This farm still has about 800 acres of the late seeded wheat yet to harvest. The edible beans are drying down. I hope we can finish the wheat before bean harvest. Sunflowers look great. We locked in some NH3 for fall application.
     
  • 9/2 - Coles County, east central Illinois: Very dry for weeks. Corn is running 15% to 20% moisture, 40 to 120 bu./acre on good low ground and 140 to 250 on high, light soils. Diplodia is fairly bad on several varieties from different companies, stalks are weak and brittle. SDS is common in some of the soybeans and some pods aborted due to the drought. Too much rain, then too much heat, then no rain, and intense heat has really hurt the yields. The first 160 acres harvested averaged 151 bu./acre with the good and the bad and the ugly.

     
  • 9/2 - Allen County, Kan.: Rain finally came today...er, LOTS of rain! Total rainfall today as of 5:30 p.m.:  6½", with 5" coming in a time span of three hours! Beans were very dry and pods are filling, albeit slowly. Could have used the rain about two weeks ago. Plants are standing strong with some of the early bean plantings beginning to drop leaves. Corn harvest has begun and seems to be moving along well. There are rumors of reported harvested corn bu./acre of around 225! I find that suspicious, as the ground is not irrigated! Anyway, southeast Kansas is in the moisture business with the welcome rains and looking forward to the bean crop moving into the final stages of harvesting. Now if the rains can be a little more moderate, hopefully bean harvest will have reasonably dry surface to combine on! NO RUTS this year -– LOL.
     
  • 9/2 - Butler County, Iowa: We had almost an inch of rain last night, which should fill out late beans. We are looking at excellent crops, possibly our best ever. Harvest should begin on corn in 7 to 10 days -- beans are still two weeks away.

  • 9/1 - St. Francis, Lee, and Crittenden Counties, Ark.: The National Weather Service marks a new record of 59 consecutive days over 90° or higher temperature (nighttime lows in 80s) in Little Rock. Worse than the drought of 1980! In the August Crop Report, the USDA raised the 2010 Arkansas state soybean average yield to 49 bu./acre. An increase of 2 bpa over last year, 2009. That's a farce! I knew that things were bad, but when I heard that one farmer south of me cut for three days to fill one truck, that's really bad!

    We have not had a rain in five weeks, along with 100° heat. One big problem this year is that it was so hot that rice farmers could not divert any water over to soybeans because the water level in their rice kept evaporating in the heat. They had to constantly pump water to the rice and couldn't switch over to beans. I talked to a relative who runs a grain terminal 20 miles to the south, they have taken in three loads of beans. That's all.

    Farmers are plowing under most dryland Group IV (early) soybeans. Some milo is cutting in single digits. Aflatoxin is off the charts at 1,000 parts per billion, even in some irrigated fields, worse than 1998. I've been farming for 35 years. In 1980 we averaged 12 bu. across the farm on soybeans. When the Sept. 10 crop report comes out, you can trim 10 to 15 bu. OFF the state average, and reduce acreage! That's 25 to 30 million bu. off production and carry-out just from this state. I'll call Mark Gold to verify this.
     
  • 9/1 - Texas: Got hay? It depends upon where you are, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. In the Coastal Bend and South Plains, hay and forage supplies were reported to be plentiful, but in large swaths of the state, it was a different story. Throughout East Texas and parts of North Texas, stocks were either short or critically low, according to AgriLife Extension agent reports.

 

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