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April Crop Comments

Apr 30, 2014

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  • 4/30 - Lucas County, Iowa : As of 4/30, not much in the ground. Checked soil temp this morning and digital thermometer at 2" read 41 degrees! 6 inches of cold rain over the last 10 days will require a lot of warm, sunny and windy days to dry the soil so it can be worked. Just the opposite of the long range weather forecasts! We had a disaster last year and this year is following the same path.

  • 4/30 - Towner County, N.D.: After weekend storm there is more water than after the snow melt. With the wet cold soil and the forecast planting by the 10th of May is all we can hope for.

  • 4/30 - Box Butte County, Neb.: Sugar beets are all planted. Haven't started planting corn yet, though 40 miles south has seen a lot of corn planting activity. Last 2 days have been cold and rainy/snowy.... And very, very windy.

  • 4/30 - Wells County, N.D.: Received 1.75 inches of unwelcome rain on April 27th and 28th. Follow that with 45 degree highs and we will sit another 10 days! No field work even started here yet. Corn acres will drop dramatically if we can't plant by the 10th of May.

  • 4/30 - Audubon County, Iowa: A lot of corn in the ground in this area. Being conservative 40 to 45%. Some beans in ground as well.Needed the rain we have a small tiling business and not much subsoil moisture.

  • 4/30 - Towner County, N.D.: Weekend storm put more water in our ditches and fields than after the snow melted. With cold soil, the recent rain and the forecast will be 10 days before we are in field.

  • 4/30 - Knox County, Ind.: Upland planted bottomland not planted about 50% of county planted up to april 27.

  • 4/30 - Wood County, Wis.: Farmers in central WI are starting to feel like it is going to be a repeat of 2013 and all that PP. A cold wet spring, manure storage reaching capacities, and nothing in the ground yet. The one bright spot, winter wheat and alfalfa appear to be in better shape than last year. 10 days without moisture and we will be rolling. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/30 - Red Wing, Minn.: WET. No planting or tillage. Soil very cold.

  • 4/30 - Lyon County, Iowa: Most farmers in northwest corner of Iowa are 50% done plus as of the 26th of April with corn.

  • 4/30 - Fayette County, Ill.: Planted corn 4-19-14, just now coming up. Cut worms and birds are working on the corn, plus 3in rain. I get whats left.

  • 4/30 - Anderson County, Kan.: I have 100% of my corn planted. Plan to start planting soybeans next week.

  • 4/30 - Oliver County, N.D.: 2014 starting to look like a repeat of last year. very cold and wet start. Just started seeding spring wheat and got blasted with yet another round of late april snow. most guys just getting going while others have not turned a wheel..just too cold and wet. already some good stuck stories at the local coffee spots. need sun!!!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/30 - San Diego, Calif.: A drought disaster out here in CA. Many farmers in central valley have water cutbacks of 90%, so fields will not be planted. Expect to pay more for a lot of produce. In the corn belt, it looks like another late planted crop. If weather turns unpredictable (which it almost always does) expect to see big rally. Don't sell corn, beans, wheat. Buy them & hope the crops come in. Ukraine mess could add to prices. South American crop situation bad because of heat & drought in much of Brazil & Argentina. Think we could easily have a 10-20% rally in grains over next month or two. God luck all!

  • 4/30 - Winneshiek County, Iowa: No ground worked except a few spots. Very little oats seeded yet! Soaking wet and cold! It will be 17 -20 may before any corn gets planted....

  • 4/30 - Pepin County, Wis.: It's Tuesday morning and have had 3" of rain and now it's snowing. No corn planted in our area and very little manure spread( road bands still on). Hard to even look out the window or at the weather on TV. Good luck to all.


  • 4/29 - Buffett Farms, Neb.: We take pride in what we do because we do everything with a conservation mindset. At times I feel that society has lost touch with our agricultural heritage and also the great work that American farmers are doing all over the country. I think it is important to know where we come from and where our food comes from.

  
-- Buffett Farms, Neb.

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  • 4/29 - Pondera County, Mont.: After the last snow fields are drying in some areas. With the new JD disc drill my neighbor has been seeding most of this week. Soil temps are still pretty cold. New storm coming in tonight and we will again be delayed planting our spring wheat and barley.

  • 4/29 - Hendricks County, Ind.: Corn planting a little over half done as of Sunday the 27th. Got 2 small fields of soybeans planted Sunday afternoon. The ground was working up nice. We got about 3/4 inch of rain on Monday the 28th. Thankfully we didn't get any storms like they have had in the South. Grateful for the Lord's goodness to us. Those affected by the storms are in our thoughts and prayers. Please be safe.

  • 4/29 - Orleans County, N.Y.: No crops planted anywhere near here ground cold and wet usually half planted by now

  • 4/29 - Charlevoix, Mich.: Finally got in fields to finish 2013 corn harvest. Only made it about 500 bushels before the field got too wet. Don't need anymore rain or snow. Has been very cold. No tillage work yet.

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-- Charlevoix, Mich.

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  • 4/29 - Southeast Ind.: My planting partner this weekend was on alert.... did get tot plant 2 1/2 days and ground was working great.

  Carter making sure rows are straight IND
-- Southeast Ind.

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  • 4/29 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Cold, windy, and rainy here today. Not a lot of moisture, about .25, but with the damp, cool forecast for the week planters will be stopped. I no-till, and it has been a difficult go this Spring. The ground under the trash is extremely wet, making it almost impossible to properly close the seed furrow. Hopefully next week will be warmer and dryer. Good luck.

  • 4/29 - Sauk County, Wis.: Not much is planted around here, or spring tilled for that matter. It's been cool and we've had over 9 inches of rain in the last 2 weeks, with more in the forecast. Soil temp is still cool. I hope to have a chance to get corn in by May 10th?? It should be a good 1st crop of hay with all this moisture.

  • 4/29 - Roosevelt County, Mont.: 900 acres seeded of 2,100 really wet now .50 of rain and 4 inches of snow last night and this morning

  • 4/29 - West Central, Kan.: We had 60mph gusts yesterday and more of that today. The wheat is done for. Had 4" of rain last September and almost nothing since. Concerned that won't be able to get spring crops germinated, let alone survive and produce. Now we know how they felt in the dirty 30s. I am a no-till farmer, but we still have to grow something to produce residue. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/29 - Wells County, Ind.: Have all the anhydrous applied now just waiting on better conditions to plant. Raining now and calling for rain all week. Very chilly glad corn is still in bag in shop. God is good all the time!

  • 4/29 - Winnebago County, Iowa: 0%

  • 4/29 - Meeker County, Minn.: The ground here has been too wet (and too cold) to start planting here and it doesn't look any better for quite some time yet.

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    -- Meeker County, Minn.

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  • 4/28 - Wallace County, Kan.: 50-60 mph wind all afternoon led to this site...supposed to blow just as hard the next few days....have had very little spring or winter moisture, feel blessed to have caught good rain at the end of the summer/early fall to get a good stand of wheat up to at least hold the ground on those acres. The dry land wheat is going backwards fast in Western Kansas Dust Bowl Part 2....My grandma use to tell me about dust bowl living in the 30s...now I don't have to wonder what it was like to see dust storms like she talked about...(Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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    -- Wallace County, Kan.

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  • 4/28 - Reno County, Kan.: I new it was bad but not this bad. Got first measureable rain of the spring last night. One quarter of an inch. Must have put the wheat in survival mode because its shooting a head today and its only 10 to 12 inches tall. Much of it is a blue color. I am 55 years old and have never seen this. The dirt from western Ks. and NW. Ks. blew in here today and supposed to blow this hard for the next 4 days. A landlord of mine that has ground in SW. Ks. said he has one of his farmers ripping pasture ground that has never been farmed to stop it from blowing away. HOUSTON WE GOT A PROBLEM. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/28 - McLeod County, Minn.: It's been a bit of a rough start to the year. After a long cold winter, we now have a cold wet spring. The marketing experts told me to sell my beans because of the big crop SA would have and China would be canceling a bunch of beans. Since then beans have gone up $3.00. Now one of these so called experts said I had a margin call and needed to send more money? Maybe another one of the experts out there could write in and tell me what I should do. I thought with a so called expert helping me my hedging account would be going up not down.

  • 4/28 - Pitt County, N.C.: I think most all of the corn is planted that is going to be planted .

  • 4/28 - Giles County, Tenn.: 80% planted corn ,20% planted soybeans, has been good so far ,corn emerging in 8 days, stand good. Beans in ground 2 days. Forecast 1-5" rain,tornados,flash floods,but warm....

  • 4/28 - Ingham County, Mich.: We started planting corn April 25. Some neighbors are really going at it. Even some beans in. One week ago I thought it would be well into May before we would start. Wheat looks fair. Heard some guys going to rip theirs up because its so bad. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/28 - Jackson County, Iowa: started corn last Thursday, got rained out.Thursday afternoon(1/2"). A quit a few guys started planting saturday. Spoty rain showers on Sunday morning kept guys out of the field until late morning. Storms rolled in again Sundaynight. Sounds like a very rainy week.

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-- Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 4/28 - Central Mich.: Nobody has done anything in fields yet. Very cold here in central Michigan and to topsoil is somewhat dry but underneath the top layer it is wet. Predictions of up to 2 inches of rain this week. So scratch this coming weak for field work.


  • 4/25 - Hancock County, Ohio: Cool and drying but more rain and cool in the forcast.

  • 4/25 - Hamilton County, Neb.: rain Wednesday night, planters back in the shed.

  • 4/25 - Brown County, Wis.: Made it to the upper 50's today, seems like we are finishing up our 6th month of winter,tomorrow & next week back to the 40's. Wheat & alfalfa just starting to green up-leaves afraid to come out on trees LOL! Hope to be planting something by May 10. ' (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/25 - East Central Mo.: we have been blessed with a perfect spring in this area....finally! Corn went in the best we ever had. Everyone is cautious as Mo weather is known for extremes....can go from really good to really bad over night. But we are giving thx right now.

  • 4/25 - Stearns County, Minn.: Where is the global warming when you need it?? 5 of the last 6 springs now have been colder and wetter than average. Yet liberals still believe in global warming. Ask a farmer to get a correct answer!

  • 4/25 - Clark County, Wis.: We got what a lot of people want rain but we could use 2wks of dry weather. The winter was cold long and a lot of snow. Alfalfa and winter rye looks great so far thanks to the snow cover.No progress in the fields maybe a little manure hauling on the high spots. All we can hope for is some good weather soon. At least the milk price is good just keep driving on.


  • 4/24 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Looks like no corn planting in April again this year. We normally like to start around the 24th. Can count the days near 60 degrees on one hand so far. Next 7 to 10 days looks cool and wet.

  • 4/24 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Looks like its gonna be another late planting season. Was out and fixed a couple tile holes today and had trouble driving across the field with the backhoe. Had to go around north facing slopes- they had no bottom, frost coming out. Driving by from the road I thought it would have been better. Forecast shows rain for Sunday followed by a couple of warm days then more rain and a cooling trend with highs in the 50s for next weekend, not near enough warm dry weather to get us in shape. We would normally like to start planting the week of the 21st.

  • 4/23 - Clay County, Neb.: Finally got a little rain until today. It's been so long since we've seen rain I forgot how to use the windshield wipers. Corn planting moving rapidly.

  • 4/23 - Berks County, Pa.: Thursday, April 23, we will get the planter rolling still a little cold but got to start sometime have the faith feels good to get at it let the good times roll.

  planting 2014
-- Berks County, Pa.

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  • 4/23 - Seneca, Kan.: A lot of corn has went in the ground the last two weeks. We finished planting 1900 acres of corn on Tuesday afternoon switched the planter over to beans and planted 160 acres Tuesday evening. Hopefully we get a nice rain and all the corn emergence is good.


  • 4/22 - West Central Minn.: Spring wheat, sugar beets and corn planting in full swing. Rain to likely shut us down Wednesday. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/22 - Yuma County,Colo.: Well, This year we have decent subsoil moisture. Planters are out of the shop and in the field. Planting conditions very good. Wheat looks very good and pastures should be excellent this spring. The winter snows were a blessing, will need regular moisture to keep lingering drought away. LIFE IS GOOD...(Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 4/21 - Platte County, Neb.: Big rain chances were a bust, was hoping for a rain to balance the fields out from being muddy along the fencelines and waterways after the snow last weekend. Will try to start planting Tuesday if conditions will work. Been really dry here since Oct 13 need rain but just seems they forcast rain days ahead and the closer it gets the farther away it is.

  • 4/21 - Hancock County, Ill.: 20% of counties corn is in and 2% of the beans are probably in.

  • 4/21 - Isanti County, Minn.: Had 25"" of Snow 16-17 April. Lakes still all frozen.

  • 4/21 - Douglas County, Kan.: I do not think that the freeze lasted long enough to hurt the wheat it dropped to 23* but it was almost sunrise at that time. Little corn planted but not much. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/21 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: More anhydrous and chems going on, but few have dared to plant corn. The soil is just too cold. We won't plant until the leaves on a burr oak tree are the size of a squirrel's ear...and right now, there's only the smallest bud. It's going to be another week for us.

  • 4/21 - Saginaw County, Mich.: 450 acres of sugar beets in the state then we got 2 inches of snow now waiting for warmer and dryer.

  • 4/21 - Clay County, Mo.: 4500 acres corn planted by tomorrow night in West Central Mo. What a difference a year makes, last year it was 400.

  • 4/21 - Southeast Iowa: NH3 being applied to some dryer fields. Worked some ground today but too heavy, although hope to seed it to alfalfa tomorrow. Soil temp at 7am of 48 degrees this morning, but with forcast it will rise quickly. Will see corn planted by middle of week if miss Monday's rain.

  • 4/21 - Jackson County, Iowa: Last Wednesday - Saturday there was a lot of field work done. NH3 , fertilizer and some preemergence spraying. Then we received 4-5" of rain Saturday night thru Sunday night. May be able to get back into fields today(Friday ). There will be some planters running to the south today . Some of those guys only received 1-2".

fertilizer anhydrous  
-- Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 4/21 - Meeker County, Minn.: We got 14 inches of snow yesterday. There is still ice in most of the lakes. It looks like 2011 and 2013 all over again. Both years had below average corn crops. With $2.00 plus propane and the problems we had last year with getting it already considering earlier corn varieties. Unless this weather turns soon there will be more soybeans planted here and north.

  • 4/21 - Northeast North Dakota: Still very chilly here in upper North Dakota ground is froze and what little water that is left from snow melt is frozen in little ponds. People are trying to get ready but machinery still has snow in it and still froze to ground. We had a low of 16 last night and projected low of 24 tonight. Weather forecast shows warming but with increased chances of rain/snow. Rural water is still having problems of frozen water lines we have frost depths of over 8 feet. It going to take some nice warm weather to get ground ready up here. My guess were still two weeks at best from major field work is done here.


  • 4/17 - Southern Morrison County, Minn.: 10" of snow yesterday. Going to be 2 weeks before we get back in the fields barring anymore more precipitation. Late springs=poor yields. 2011 was the exception, however so maybe it will be another year like that.

  • 4/17 - Wilkin County, Minn.: We missed the snow that everyone around us got. (Case County ND just on Wilkins northwest boarder) Monday and Tuesday morning we spread fertilizer on frozen ground. No more field activity until next week.

  • 4/17 - Custer County, Neb.: We received snow and a little rain on Sundays blizzard. It was a tough day for the cows and baby calves. I am working through the stress that it put on the younger calves now. Have to keep a good eye on them. I would say the crop progress in this area is behind normal. Not a lot of preparation done yet. However, we have about 60% of our strip tilling done. No corn in the ground (it is still early for that here). I am planning on seeding alfalfa tomorrow. My goal is to start planting corn on Monday.

  • 4/17 - Brown County, Wis.: 1 3/4" rain last weekend followed by 33" snow on Monday. 25 this a.m. Spring is just not happening this year-finishing up our 6th month of winter. Will be doing a lot of praying-the only hope we have left! LOL!

  • 4/17 - Meeker County, Minn.: At least a foot a snow on the ground and it is still snowing! Another 2-4 inches are in the forecast. I had hoped to plant corn in 2 weeks but I think that is now out of the picture. Still have frost in the ground also.

  • 4/17 - East Central Mo.: Drove west on I-70 to Columbia, MO saw a 300 acre field planted. My neighbor planted 40 acres in Montgomery Co. Heard of St. Charles, MO bottoms being planted. all got snow and freezing temps. Still have a blanket on my seed in the shed!

  • 4/17 - Pondera County, Mont.: 4 inches of fresh wet snow here. Winter wheat is just starting to break dormancy. Spring Moisture has been pretty good so far. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 4/16 - Cass County, N.D.: No planting here yet.....10° this morning!!!!! Hoping to start seeding wheat in the next 10 days to 2 weeks. Soil temps need to warm up dramatically before any corn can be planted! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/16 - Madison County, Ohio: No field activity in the area. Still standing water in some fields. One inch of snow overnight into this morning. Low of 25 tonight.

  • 4/16 - Tama County, Iowa: I have 61 acres corn planted as of 4-12-14. 5% of my crop.

  • 4/16 - Tippecanoe County, Ind.: Soils are cold & wet, but ponding in fields is gone with less rain recently. Had nice surge in soil temperatures this weekend, but snow today & 30s, knocking it back. Absolutely zero fieldwork done here. Drier pattern after late this week may bring out some anhydrous applicators we hope.

  • 4/16 - Union County, Ohio: Very cold and snowy here this morning. It will be a while before field work as it was very wet before today.

  • 4/16 - Bay County, Mich.: Ditches opened up and water on fields went down then 2-3" rain this weekend and standing water again in fields. 25 degrees and the ground is covered with snow again this morning. IF it warms up soon we should be in the fields by the end of the month. Wheat fields have alot of dead areas due to winter kill and standing water. Not many fields look like they have potential for 100 bu/ac this year. Some wheat fields were top dressed this last week but all the rain didn't do it any good. Lots of ice on the Saginaw Bay will keep our temps cold if wind is coming of it. Will be an interesting year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 4/15 - Berrien County, Mich.: 4-15 tax day 28 deg. this morning 1 in. snow it will be may 1 before we start any planting, maybe later. friday we saw a few spreader trucks moving but that has been it, idle again.

  • 4/15 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Close to a foot of heavy wet snow on Sunday-a blizzard with white out conditions for several hours. While I would have preferred rain, we desperately needed the moisture. The conditions made for a real long day calving, but the cattle should have grass to eat for awhile now. You learn to look for the good in every situation in our occupation. Safe planting to all.

  • 4/15 - Lowndes County, Miss.: April 14 and still wet and more rain coming. Virtually no field work done. Don't know if we will be able to plant corn this year or not.

  • 4/15 - Lancaster County, Neb.: First nice moisture in a long time 1-2 inches in area yesterday. Snow and cold and windy this morning with 25 predicted tonight 27 last night. Some planters rolling late last week will see how that corn turns out. Experience from 2 years ago is corn does not like to soak up cold moisture. Still way below on moisture with subsoil moisture very short, no tiles running this year. All fertilizer on and some pre-emerge. We planted 7 acres of corn Thursday just to check out planter and see how it does...?

  • 4/14 - Polk County, Iowa: It's April 14 and there is an inch of snow on the ground with 32 degrees and high winds. First meaningful rain yesterday amounted to a badly needed 2 inches. Many neighbors got started on pulling anhydrous and spreading fertilizer as the ground was dry ad working well. One field of corn planted. All of the frost is gone now, but the creeks were barely flowing and none of my tile lines had even a dribble. The rain and snow will help that, but there is a long way to go. Low temps predicted to be 25 tonight and then well below average for the rest of the week. Probably close to May 1 before seed should go into the ground.

  • 4/14 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Looking at the 7 day forecast makes us wonder if it is March or April? Some rock picking and spraying started the last couple of days but very limited. Gonna be awhile before corn goes in around here. Snowing and 28 degrees at the moment.

  • 4/14 - Reno County, Kan.: Im just west of Hutchinson Ks. Some wheat fields getting blue spots from drought. Some hills and hillsides getting a yellow green tint to them probably from cold winter or wheat mites or both. Our weekend 80% chance of rain was all from Wichita to the east as seems the norm now days. Ive never seen a year that from field to field there was such difference in yield potential. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/14 - Yellow Medicine County, Minn.: Need rain badly!!

  • 4/14 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: On April 11, rode from Elmwood (25 miles west of Peoria)to Atkisson (up near I-80 and 30 miles east of the Quad Cities)and back though Galva (SE Henry County)...about 200 miles in total. Some anhydrous and chemicals being applied, but no great flurry of activity noted. Not one planter running and no planted fields were found. It's dry...


  • 4/11 - Catawba, N.C.: First corn planters rolling in the county this week but moving slow. We will start planting corn around the 20th of april. Hope everyone has a safe spring.

  • 4/11 - Henry County, Ohio: Very wet and cold. Nothing will be planted here till first part of May if then.

  • 4/11 - Northwest Ill.: Tiles are not running. Driest subsoil I have seen in decades. Last year we had above normal precipitation in April and late June which got us through less than 1/2 the normal precipitation the other months. Anhydrous went on yesterday even though we still have some frost in the ground in places. This winter's snow melted ran off the frozen ground. The Lord knew we would have an average of 70 bushel beans and 215 bushel corn last year and he knows what this years yield will be also. That is good enough for me. Every year is different and we all enjoy what we do.

  • 4/11 - Halifax, N.C.: Hear lot of burn down completed. Most have fix tobacco land. Then we received 2 more inch of rain Monday. After having better than 22 in. since october of 2013. Should be getting back in the field today.

  • 4/11 - Jackson County, Iowa: Field activity is ramping up. A lot of fertilizer being applied. Some preemergence herbicide getting started. A lot of gas going on. Sounds like areas around us are still a little too wet.

anhydrous crop comments   anhydrous field crop comments
-- Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 4/10 - Morehouse Parish, La.: Corn planting has been slow, cold, and very wet. We received 6.5 in. of rain Sunday and a lot of corn went under water. I think that we are down by 25% on corn planted acres.

  • 4/10 - Ward County, N.D.: Winter kill in this area is severe! I have never seen such a large complete loss due to winter kill before. Winter kill is around 100% damage in all fields in this area. Stubble cover and maturity of the plants did not make a difference. It is 60 degrees and no sign of anything greening up. There is no sign of life in the crown of the plants. The fields smell like silage or rotting plants just driving past them on the road. The polar vortex this winter was just to much on it. Below normal temps are forecast for all of April and May. This will make for planting delays for spring seeded crops. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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-- Ward County, N.D.

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  • 4/9 - Giles County, Tenn.: 100 acres planted, soil temp 59, good moisture, look for emergence in 7 to 10 days.

  • 4/9 - Buter County, Neb.: Well, it's been cold and Very Very Dry winter. I didn't even have to use the snowblower this year. No rain just few drops of rain or a 1/4 inch of snow with each system. I seen a guy running his pivot on some hay ground today. Never seen that before at this time of year. Want to start planting about the 20th but not sure if we should plant into the dry soil or wait for rain?


  • 4/8 - Wilkin County, Minn.: Fields drying out nicely. Once drainage ditches open fieldwork will start soon after. Could see wheat and sugar beets going in next week on fields without tree lines. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/8 - East Central Iowa: Very limited activity started Monday. was able to work some ground that is going to be seeded down to alfalfa. Would not want to do much more, just fit enough to get ready for seeding. Did hear of some guys starting nh3.It would have been really nice to get that inch of rain last week to draw all the frost out of the ground.

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-- East Central Iowa

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  • 4/7 - Buffalo County, Neb.: We finally received some much needed rain over the last 24hrs...about .35 or so, and the temps are forecast to warm up by the middle part of the week. My wheat has finally started to green up. There are some thin spots, but it looks good over all. We are still plagued by gusty winds about every other day, so more rain is desired. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/7 - McLeod County,Minn. : After watching AgDay on 4/07/14, the analysis was talking about high frequency trading and there was no worries about trading. It's ok that someone else can see a report micro seconds before anyone else does and apparently that's fair to everyone else who's trading? I wonder if it would be fair to everyone who bought a mega millions lottery ticket but because I have a hft computer I could see the numbers right before anyone else and win the lottery? After all everybody was able to buy a ticket right? By the way did the computers that trade this stuff come right out of the box knowing how to trade the stock market or the grains or whatever you want, or did someone program the computers and tell it what to do? This is supposedly a fair playing field right? How is it different than someone who takes an illegal drug in sports like hgh or whatever to gain an advantage on someone else? While this may be legal to do, I'm glad to see this corruption and manipulation is finally being exposed.


  • 4/4 - Southeast Ind.: Wheat finally greening up and it looks good for the most part. Had 4" of rain the past 3 days and everything is saturated. Looks a lot like a later than normal planting season in this area as we'd like to start on corn around April 15th. Soil temp is only 44 degrees, so not in any hurry. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/4 - Richland County, Ill.: 1st 3 mo. of 2014,5.30". 1st 3 1/2 days of Apr. 4.68". It'll be last half Apr. before tillage begins. Wheat is green, but behind in growth. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/4 - Dallas County, Iowa: Supposed to have 1" plus rain in the past 3 days. Received less than one tenth. Soils very dry and we need those spring rains to start greening up the grass. Frost is pretty much out, except in north facing sheltered areas. 28 degrees this morning with 28 forecast for tomorrow as well. No field work being done as yet, but hoping to pull anhydrous late next week.

  • 4/4 - Pike County, Mo.: April 2 & 3, 5 in. rain, thats enough.

  • 4/4 - Southeast Minn.: 26 degrees and 4-5" fresh snow this morning.


  • 4/3 - East Central Iowa: Nothing happening around here yet. Still have a little snow in some ditches. Here of some water lines that have not thawed out yet. We were supposed to get between an 1 - 1 1/2" of rain this past 3 days, only received a couple tenths. Anybody doing dirt works says it's pretty dry once you get down couple feet. There is a lot of corn and beans heading to town, beings there is no field work. May see some field activity Monday, weather pending.

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    grain trucks
    -- East Central Iowa

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

  • 4/3 - McPherson County Kan.: Winterkill and drought taking a major toll on the winter wheat here. Much more dead wheat than I've ever seen. Some wheat looking good but needing some moisture. Overall crop condition is Poor to Fair. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/3 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: Brutal winter. Nothing happening here. Soils just started to dry out and a one inch rain came through. Looking at the forecast, we won't start making any real progress toward putting in a crop until mid-April...and that's being optimistic.

  • 4/3 - Seward County Neb.: Snow in the forecast for this evening. Total total precip for the calendar year 0.82". Cold/Dry winter. Soil temp 39 degrees at 4 inches, 38 degrees at 12 inches, 39 degrees at 24 inches. Anhydrous is on and ponds are drying up. Migratory birds kept flying north because of no water to roost in. Weeds hardly growing. Off to a great start here!!!

 

  • 4/2 - Berrien County, Mich.: Walked a farm on 4/1 that shouldn't have able to. I was amazed at how dry it was, forcast is for a lot of rain-2.5 inches. Maybe it will drive the frost out.

  • 4/2 - Lamar, Colo.: Another day in paradise .... ferocious wind/dirt storms continue ... 2012, 2013, 2014 in S/E Colorado. -- Without any significant rain, over a period of YEARS, the dirt is like "brown flour", any amount of wind (5 mph - 75 mph) causes DIRT STORMS throughout the region. While our elected officials can't make it rain, there are a number of measures (State & National) that could be taken to ease the extreme DROUGHT - DUST BOWL stress on agriculture producers in S/E COLORADO:
    Waive USDA/NRCS mandates, requiring farmers to disc CRP acres (destroying ground cover & loosening more dirt to blow) Waive costly CO State registration fees for farm vehicles, that have remained parked (for years) USDA/FSA agencies quit working against farmers and denying eligible disaster benefits to drought stricken producers

     
  • 01 Grass Land blowing April 25 2013   07 2013 02 09 County Rd DD closed by Dirt Drifts
    -- Lamar, Colo.

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

  • 4/2 - Southwest Okla.: I farm southwest of Enid, Oklahoma, 45 miles!!! Have wheat and canola !! Canola is holding up better than wheat... Had 2.5 inches rain late November 2013 and then nothing until 3 weeks ago had .05 tenths!! Chance for storms today 2nd of April ... Wheat curling real bad in this heat and turning blue. Satellite view shows small green area here and a few county's south to red river, rest of the state still shows brown!!! Western Kansas, western Oklahoma, western and central Texas brown by satellite map???? Wheat futures down 70 cents???? Taking out long positions!!! Robbery at its best. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 4/1 - Norman County, Minn.: Blizzard here yesterday. Got about 6" of new snow. 20 degree high today. no planting here for awhile.

  • 4/1 - Fillmore, Minn.: Long cold winter has dominated this year. Still some snow on north facing bluffs and in the wind blown areas. We hit 60 yesterday and back to 25 this morining with strong winds. Looking at accuweather this morning, it looks cold for the next two weeks, with highs in the 40's. Last year we seeded oats/alfalfa the 29th of April and started planting corn on the the 8th of May. Latest ever for us. Hoping not to set a new late planting record this year.

 

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