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June Crop Comments

Jun 30, 2011

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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:

  • 6/30 - East central Iowa: Sorry for picture quality (cell phone). Silage baling 1 day behind windrower. Wrapping silage bales. Raking day hay with 2 rakes for a friend. Missed rain on Monday, a lot of hay has been cut down since Monday.


     
  • 6/30 - Gray, Kan.: Hard red wheat yielded a third of last year on dry land and one third less on the irrigated ground. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/30 - Chouteau, Mont.: Winter wheat is headed out with nice long heads!! Spayed for rust and spot 2 weeks ago and we have a bumper crop coming on!!! SW is coming along nicely and another good shower will take care of that.. SF is sprayed and caught up on most everything. Just waiting to put it in the bin. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/30 - Sao Paulo, Brazil: Frost reaches big areas of corn, wheat and coffee crops in Rio Grande do Sul,  Parana and Mato Frosso do Sul states, this overnight. In Sao Paulo state vegetables also were reached (see photo). (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
    frost Brazil

    Panhandle and South Plains irrigators were pumping 24 hours a day just to keep up with crop water needs and evapo-transpiration, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Kay Ledbetter)

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  • 6/30 - Randolph, Ark.: 3.5" of rain in 45 min with 75 mph winds snapped what the 80 mph wind didn't get two weeks ago. Corn crop cut in half in a matter of minuntes.

  • 6/29 - Northeast Oklahoma: Seed reps came out and walked some of my cornfields yesterday. Most of my corn is pollinating and it is supposed to hit 100 tomorrow. The corn in this area is really short this year. We went from wet and cool to hot and dry in about a week. A lot of the corn here is fully tasseled and around 5 ft tall. It looks like we all planted sweet corn by mistake.     

     
  • 6/29 - Union County, N.C.: Helicopter spraying Headline and Baythroid on what at this time is a very strong corn crop.  The ears have sized and kernels are in the fill process. The corn is of excellent size and stalk strength.  This is my first year using a new SFP trial product called MTM. This new technology has enabled me to spread poultry litter, then in one pass spray 15 gallons of nitrogen along with all burn down and pre-emergent herbicides. The corn was no-till planted (25th year of continuous no-till farming) with no additional attention given until flying on the fungicide and insecticide.  Tissue samples proved all corn to have more than sufficient macro and micronutrients.
    HELICOPTER SPRAYING CORN 6 27 11

    -- Union County, N.C.

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  • 6/29 - Marinette, Wis.: Just can't seem to find the dry days needed to get any hay in. With all the rain and cool weather here my Tomatoes and peppers have hardly grown at all in 1 month.
     
  • 6/29 - Texas: Because of the drought, there’s going to be no such thing as dryland crops in the Panhandle and South Plains this year, said Nicholas Kenny, Texas AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist based in Amarillo. Despite some areas receiving rain, in most of the state, record-breaking temperatures — above 110 degrees in some places — continued to hammer agricultural production, according to AgriLife Extension personnel.
    irrigation crop weather

    Panhandle and South Plains irrigators were pumping 24 hours a day just to keep up with crop water needs and evapo-transpiration, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Kay Ledbetter)

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  • 6/28 - East central Iowa: We finished 9 acres of beans on Saturday, in the rain (hauled manure on it for the last 2 weeks). Missed all the heavy rain again. Corn looks good overall, but some seems to have stalled out (I think compaction is starting to take its toll). Beans look as good as they have in the last 3 years at this stage. Dairy guys are at 2nd crop and some are still trying to get 1st crop.


     
  • 6/28 - North Dakota: FSA in North Dakota said 6 million acres in ND did not get planted.
     
  • 6/28 - Logan/Menard counties, Illinois: Bill shows the progress of the best field of corn. even stand, corn on corn, fertilizer. Video courtesy of http://farmandranchcountry.com.



     
  • 6/28 - Oklahoma: SUNUP's Lyndall Stout talks with OSU Extension canola specialist Josh Bushong about how the canola harvest shaped up for 2011 and challenges producers faced this year.

  • 6/27 - McDonough, Ill.: Received more of that benign and beneficial weather last night! Makes >7 inches so far this June. Heck that ain't nothing compared to 2010 11+". We also had some beneficial wind with two storms with more to come later today. Yellow corn, drowned and continually under water low ground won't be planted or replanted for another week to two weeks if it would stop raining now. Like yogi said, "I'ts deja vu all over again"

     
  • 6/27 - Davis/Van Burean County, Iowa: Another 4 inches of rain last night. That makes 15 inches in June. Corn has a lot of yellow and drowned out spots. Beans are short but take the rain much better. All bottom ground looks terrible
     
  • 6/27 - Southern Iowa: Cut hay last Tues.(10-21-11). No rain was predicted thru Sun. the26th. Had light mist all day Wed. No measurable amount. Cloudy all day Thur. We tedded the hay late Thur. as it started to clear. Low humidity, nice temps, and nice wind Fri. and hay dried in hours. Some of best hay I've baled in years. Neighbors can't believe it. Proof a hog finds an acorn once in awhile.

     
  • 6/27 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: Rained again last night. That makes 4.5 inches in the last week. Corn is 1ft to 2 ft high. Beans 4 to 6 inches. We had about 70 acres that didn't get planted. Rains every week. When is USDA going to wake up and tell the truth about this crop.

     
  • 6/27 - Scott County, Ind.: Beans around look pretty good if it would stop raining all the time. Beans in are feild look good but to much rain. Got and inch this morning.
     
  • 6/27 - Billings, Mont.: Corn was starting to really grow the last few warm days here , but still behind , grain looking really good, needed some water until thunderstorm dropped an inch to inch half last night with hail, defoliated corn! What a year! Probably gonna freeze on Fourth of July to top things off!

     
  • 6/27 - Central Montana: Wheat is struggling in central Montana. The cool wet weather has taken a toll that will be measured later. Tons of fungicide spraying going on. We have pilots from Iowa flying off the highways to try and catch up as ground rigs are mudded in. I have gotten some fungicide on my own wheat, but it has already taken its toll.  I will bet that you will see at least a 20 percent reduction in yields already. Wheat is behind and trying to head, but way behind. Waiting for the hail storm to top off this mediocre year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/27 - Southwest Wisconsin: Crops look very good, rained 6 straight days last week but finally stopped on Friday. Still a lot of first crop hay to be made but corn and beans look very good.
     
  • 6/27 - East central Iowa: Started cutting 2nd crop again, even with a  little rain in forecast. 1 week behind schedule, still can't complain, at least I have an opportunity to get a crop(as of now),unlike some of you who couldn't plant ,have poor crop conditions or are getting flooded out. I am speaking for everyone here in Iowa, our hearts and prayers are with all of you.



     
  • 6/27 - Eastern Iowa: Farmers in eastern Iowa planted like gangbusters and put in the majority of their crop during the first week of May, says Terry Mente, AgriGold regional agronomist. "Farmers won't be going back to small machinery any time soon," says Mente. Although behind on GDU's, Mente says the crop is coming on strong. Here's a news flash--did you know lightning bugs can tell you something about your corn crop. Listen as Mente explains....

  • 6/24 - Fairfield County, Ohio: Corn is looking good with warm nights after the N has been put on. Beans are still on the slow side.

     
  • 6/24 - East central Minnesota: Looks like May 23rd instead of June 23rd around here. Talked to my jnsurance agent yesterday and he said he is seeing about 10 to 15% PP acres and the acres that did get planted look "really pitiful". Most fields have lots of drowned out areas. Took a road trip to Yellowstone last week. Went thru MN., North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota. It all looked at least a month behind. Today's high 55 degrees!
     
  • 6/24 - Liberty County, Texas: After going 142 days with .79 total rainfall we finally received 1.2-1.5 inches farm wide. Soybeans had been dry planted and now should make a stand--at least we are still in the game this season.

  • 6/23 - Northeastern Montana: Here in northeastern Montana the rain just keeps coming and the wheat planting has come to a halt with only about one fourth of the normal acres planted.  Out of our 2500 acres we have only been able to plant 400 acres and this is typical of the area.  North of here in the Canadian prairie provinces the situation is dire for the farmers as the central provinces significant agricultural crops are either ruined, or won’t be able to be replanted in time for a harvest.  Flooding extends from eastern Alberta to Manitoba turning the provinces into one large lake.  Much of this water is entering the US in North Dakota causing major flooding of the City of Minot along with large areas of farmland adding to the already flooding agricultural lands in other areas of their state.  This is a historical flood event for the northern plains. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/23 - Beadle, S.D.: We only got 90 percent of the crop in the ground. That isn’t to bad but just recently we got 4 to 6 inches of rain and now we are going to lose another 10 to 15 percent of that. What we have left looks good. Corn is looking really nice but are staring at the same pp numbers and now drown out areas also. We need heat units really bad or this crop simply is not going to mature.
     
  • 6/23 - McLeod County, Minn.: To say that it remains extremely wet here would be an understatement. The best word to sum up the crop around here is PATHETIC! There are thousands of acres that have drowned out and there are thousands more in the area that went to preventative plant. Personally I had 22% PP. I am sure glad I did cause those fields are under water as I type this. Corn acres are way down 50 miles in every direction from me, and the ones that planted beans might be regretting it. Everyone is having major trouble finding a window to spray the bumper crop of weeds that we have, and we are having little luck. Stands are severely reduced from compaction, excessive rain and trying to plant in the mud. We have lost way too much Nitrogen and don’t have the plant count to even make a decent crop. Most guys I talk to are hoping and praying for 120bu corn. Last year everyone around here had 200+. The consensus seems to be that we are looking at 100bu corn and 25bu beans.

    If we get a little heat wave it is going to lock up our shallow roots and that will be the end of our crop. 2012 can’t get here soon enough. And finally, I have to take real issue with the latest USDA crop condition rating. How the hell you come up with 75% good/excellent in MN is beyond me. The crop is 5-6 weeks behind, thousands of acres that didn’t even emerge or have and washed away, and we aren’t getting any GDUs. Maybe next week you can flip your numbers over and some of us will believe you.

     

  • 6/23 - West central Illinois: Crops here are decent so far. Some bad areas from too much rain butnot as bad as last year. I do think from reports of farmers who have been on trips that there are some real bad crops out there that are not being giving attention in the crop ratings reports. They raise the ratings to more good to excellent when it should be going the other way!

     
  • 6/23 - Sibley County, Minn.: Minnesota just went from the land of 10,000 lakes to 100,000+ lakes. Lots of standing water in many fields. Rain makes grain though, just have to keep reminding myself of that. Now if we can just get our crops above that water. Heart goes out to all those affected by the flooding of the Missouri River and elsewhere.
     
  • 6/23 - Brown County S.D.: Lost some planted corn and bean acres yesterday due to the heavy rains up here! 5 percent or more generally. In the last 10 days pretty general 5 to 11 inches of rain on already soaked soils, 50 degrees today not helping much. Really in need of some heat units and drying weather, we are really falling behind on growth.

     
  • 6/23 - Fond Du Lac, Wis.: We were very dry, now we get 2 tenths every other day, corn is looking really good, knee high in few more days! Beans are not as good but coming along.

     
  • 6/23 - South central Minnesota: Lots of yellow spots and ponding water here.  Too much rain.  Replanted low spots once, but that is gone now.   Most corn is sprayed, but the beans are really looking messy. We need sunshine and a long dry pattern.
     
  • 6/23 - East central Iowa: Compare pictures. One taken 5-15-2011 of corn planted 5-4-2011, one taken today. Corn on corn, 4-5 foot tall, best ground I farm with father-in-law, looking real good. Beans are now going threw there ugly stage (pale looking),but stands appear to be real good. Tuesday was 85F and humid, Wednesday was 65F, cool and damp. Air conditioner one day, furnace the next .been lucky to miss all the heavy rain, so I shouldn't complain too much. Deciding whether or not to cut hay has become the
    6 23 11 Iowa2
    6 23 11 Iowa

    -- East cetnral Iowa

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  • 6/22 - Extreme eastern Iowa: Cut hay on Father’s Day. We got somewhat lucky and only received .6 inches Monday morning. Silage baled on Tuesday. Corn looks better, but looks can be deceiving with some reduced stands. Beans look as good overall. Coop has had trouble getting second pass corn sprayed because of rain that has fallen every couple of days.

     

     
  • 6/22 - Beaufort County, N.C.: Corn crop has dried up some starting to mow it down cotton still hanging on no significant rain since April 16 wheat crop was good 70 to 90 average no soybeans planted too dry. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


 

  • 6/22 - Chester County, Tenn.:Cotton here has been blessed to have avoided the drought faced by our friends on the High Plains. We're fortunate to have only faced a few weather related curve balls. We are thankful that according to NASS statistics, we have 70% of our cotton acres in good to excellent condition, trailing only AZ and VA. Here's a picture of some of our good-looking, no-till, dryland cotton.
    6 22 11 Cotton11a
    6 22 11 Cotton11v

    -- Chester County, Tenn.

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  • 6/22 - Sioux County, Iowa: Corn and beans look great on well drained soils. Lots of wet spots with yellow corn. Ponding in low areas. Ground is saturated with 10-15 plus inches of rain over last 3 weeks.
     

  • 6/21 - Holmes County, Ohio: Corn looks reasonably good, all different stages from just planted to 3ft. tall. Soybeans looking pretty good also Rain's every whipstich, hard to make hay this yearr!

     
  • 6/21 - Union County, N.C.: Corn crop is looking very good up to this point. It is now in the ear sizing stage and needs adequate soil moisture from this point through grain fill. Stalks and leaves are showing the plants to be in excellent condition. Tissue samples have shown the corn not lacking for any major or minor elements. I am now hoping the rainfall continues at timely intervals.
    6 21 11 NC

    -- Union County, N.C.

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  • 6/21 - Pipestone, Minn.: We received 3 plus inches last week. Hauled some corn to catch up on some old contracts. Sprayed last 30 acres of corn did one field of beans today and planted beans on about 7 acres would like to put in 15 more then call it quits. Talking heavy rain tonight. Stand on corn mostly fair some very poor beans pretty good.

     
  • 6/21 - Northwest Hancock County, Ind.: The morning of 6-20 our area received 3.5 to 4" of rain. We will be replanting some drowned out soybeans now.  

  • 6/20 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Rain the evening of June 14, varied from .5 to 1.5 inches across our farm, made the decision to stop planting easy.  It's time to quit trying! Finished with  78% planted.  We got in only 55 acres of sunflowers, and no edible beans.  We finished with more barley than planned, and an extra 100 acres of field peas, just because both of these crops are the quickest maturing crops we can raise.  We will need a really nice (frost free) Sept. and good weather in October to finish harvest and get any fall's work done. Our next job is spraying, and then in July to clean up the PP ground and get a cover crop seeded on those fields. It will be interesting to see how the crop comes on the many thousands of acres that were seeded by blowing the seed on, mixed with fertilizer, thru the floater fert. trucks, then harrowed in. Huge acres of canola and some wheat was done this way. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/20 - Hart County, Ga.: We have had a few timely showers at the Bramblett Angus farm. Corn is over 10 feet, irrigation has played a vital role this year.
    6 20 11 GA

    -- Hart County, Ga.

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  • 6/20 - Warren, Ind.: Planted corn on May 6-12. First fields are 42" tall. Last fields 30" tall. Drilled beans from May 18 to June 10. All have emerged but early stands are a little thin.

     
  • 6/20 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Watch a time-lapse video of a thunder storm in Iowa. Video courtesy of lefebure.com.


 

  • 6/20 - Washington County, Iowa: Looks like a repeat of last year. Corn looked very good on June 1, but continued rains on an almost daily basis plus a few 3+ inch soakers are starting to take their toll on the corn. At this point its hard to tell if its a lack of nitrogen or just the roots being locked up in saturated soils. We're not going to see the top ends again this year. Hoping for the 150's again, as we won't get things sprayed the second time. Beans looking decent seems like their made at a later time.

     
  • 6/20 - Brown City, Mich.: Watch a video of sidedressing a corn field that was planted late this season.

  • 6/17 - Chickasaw County, Iowa: Corn in our area is looking excellent but need to keep the heat to keep growing. Seed quality is so great it will actually grow through rocks. (Photo was not set up, I found this picking rocks). Courtesy of www.lantzkyfarms.com.
    Iowa corn rock
    6 17 11 Iowa

    -- Chickaway County, Iowa

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  • 6/16 - Northeast North Dakota: Finally gave up planting on Tuesday for this year getting too late to plant and probably should of quit few days earlier. Preventative planting -- this land is worst thing we could do for its productivity. We need dry spell but rain in the forecast everyday for next week. Crops that are planted are slow in development were going need late fall to get this crop finished and harvested. The reports that 75% of the crop got planted in ND I think is optimistic just by looking around and talking to people I think PP acres could grow a lot of fields look planted but when you start looking closely a lot of acres were to wet and were left unplanted in planted in fields and where there are potholes size has increased as well the number so planted acres may fool onlookers that more is planted. I think things could get real interesting before this year is done a lot of bushels counted will never be produced because of unplanted acreage and late planting.

     
  • 6/16 - Northeast Louisiana: The dryland corn is not gonna do much. I am expecting 50 bu. If it does more than that, I will be shocked. We have received 9 inches since we planted corn, but only 2 in the past 7 weeks. And have been at 98-102 degrees for the past 3 weeks. I think I saw a cactus this morning… Read this discussion thread: Loozeanna Crop Pics. In order (from top) the photos are: Cotton irrigated once, planted May 5; Irrigating corn for the 8th time, planted March 21; Dryland corn. Planted March 24; Ears on the left from dryland corn, on the right from irrigated; Another shot of irrigated corn.
    polycorn
    burnt
    lil ears
    irrcorn

    -- Northeast Louisiana

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  • 6/16 - Pipestone County, Minn.: Corn planted 5/16 is ankle high. A lot of spots with less than 50% stand. Finished beans on 6/9. Very little alfalfa done yet.

     
  • 6/16 - Audubon County, Iowa: Crops look very good here. Probably the best crop I've seen in several years. We still need some sun and heat to catch the corn crop up. Beans look great also. Some of the early planted corn (4/11-4/13) had to be replanted. We replanted on 5/18 and its canopied already.

     
  • 6/16 - Southern Illinois: Here are some photos a farmer from southern Illinois posted in the AgWeb Discussion Board. Read this discussion thread: Crop Photos from So IL. In order (from top) the photos are: Wheat on Rolling Pasture Ground, Replanted Corn, Mid-May corn, Corn on cattle pasture. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
    pssture wheat
    replant
    shop corn
    corn pasture

    This corn is pushing 9' in height at 42 days of actual growing time, this is over 1' growth per week on dry land corn.

    -- Southern Illinois

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  • 6/16 - Jackson County, Iowa: Some corn is looking better as it canopies, but it can't increase the reduced stands that we have with some fields. It rains every 2-3 days making it hard to even make silage. Some second crop and new seeding is due to cut, but can't because of soft field conditions. I still feel lucky compared to those of you who can't get it in or got it in late. This photo is corn on corn that was planted 5-4-11.
    6 16 11 Iowa
    6 16 11 Iowa 2

    Ooops...when cleaning out a bin, don't loose track of time and forget to move the truck!!!! At least nobody got hurt.

    -- Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 6/16 - Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada: Finished first cut hay today before the rain tomorrow. Yield and quality good. Finished planting beans last Thursday. Good emergence considering the amount of rain we had last week.


     
  • 6/16 - Jackson County, Okla.: SUNUP's Lyndall Stout visits Clint Abernathy's cotton farm southeast of Altus to see how the new cotton crop is coming up and concerns about the availability of irrigation water.

  • 6/15 - Lee County, Iowa: Crops were OK, but after two nights of 5 to 7 inches of rain (some areas seen 15 inches in one night!) and hail, we have some large problems. We lost a lot of ground in NE Missouri and SE Iowa for the third year in row. Little hay has been cut. Rivers are flooding and it’s starting to look like 1993 or 2008. More rain Thursday rain don't make grain wheat, its going bad in fields. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/15 - Weld County, Colo.: We prepared seedbeds this spring with very dry conditions, only 1" of precipitation from Christmas until planting. In late April and early May we planted deep to try to find moisture. Then the rains started May 11 and continued into June. Temps were in the low 30's every night and highs in the 50's so most fields didn't green up until late May as seedlings struggled against the cold, depth of planting, and crusting. Many stands here are 70 to 80 percent at best. Most fields are 2 weeks behind in growth and we need heat units. We often grow 200+ bushel corn but this year will be a challenge.

     
  • 6/15 - Jackson County, Iowa: Went on robotic dairy tour to Caledonia, Minn., yesterday. Over 3 hour drive one way. Some of the corn looked good, but most looked fair at best (40% good to excellent). Beans looked like here, overall pretty good. We received 1-2.5 inches of rain last Wednesday through Saturday, and another 3/4 inch last night. A lot of hay turned to crap laying in the field (wasn't suppose to rain until late wed. night last week, but it came wed a.m.). Finished my last 5 acres of corn that we were hauling manure on Monday. Still have 9 acres of beans left to haul manure on and hope to finish within a week. Will have to replant 25 acres of beans that were no-tilled into sod (planted 5-24-11) because of crusting.
    6 15 11 Iowa

    -- Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 6/15 - Southeast Iowa: Most of the area was planted between May 5-19, since then the weather has been cloudy with plenty of rain. Last night the area received between 4-6 inches of rain. The corn fields look about the same as last year, most farms averaged 80-100 bushels. Yellow corn that doesn’t seem to be growing. Too wet to side dress and not enough heat/sunshine. Still several fields left unplanted, but will probably still be planted even into July as the bean crops have been really good around here the last few years. I would guess a lot of insurance claims again this fall along with wet corn.

     
  • 6/15 - Union County, N.C.: We were fortunate to receive 2.93" of rain, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.  The corn crop looks great at this point, with root systems and stalk size at 42 days of age second to none.
    6 15 11 NC

    This corn is pushing 9' in height at 42 days of actual growing time, this is over 1' growth per week on dry land corn.

    -- Union County, N.C.

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  • 6/15 - Texas: With the ongoing drought, livestock producers throughout the state continued to cull herds or liquidate them entirely, according to reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Hay stocks were dwindling across the state, though the reports from some areas, such as East Texas and the Coastal Bend, seemed direr than others. Read more: Water, Hay and Livestock Supplies Dwindling in Texas Drought


     
  • 6/15 - BristolVille, Ohio: Due to all the rain we were finally able to get on the fields. For 2011, Pierce Farms bought a Case 4890 that came with a 26 ft. John Deere 726 Field Finisher and a 28 ft. Brillion Packer.

  • 6/14 - Hettinger County, N.D.: 12 inches of rain here since April 1, a fair share of the crop is in, but a lot of it got mudded in and the stands are fair at best, the western, northwestern and north central part of state are less fortunate as there are going to be tens of thousands of acres that cant be seeded and rain forecast for rest of week, and most of acres that did get planted were within the last week. We need sun and dry weather here.


     
  • 6/14 - Bond County, Ill.: Our crops are very poor! Late planted, worked wet, and now drowned out!
    boys

    Two little boys waiting for the truck to fill up. Too bad the truck will not fill up this fall due to wet and late planted crops!

    -- Bond County, Ill.

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  • 6/14 - Renville County, Minn.: Our crop is planted and has emerged.  Damage was done in the planting process due to very wet conditions. Now we need some heat units.

 

  • 6/14 - Brown County, S.D.: Everyone done planting corn and beans up here {the acres they could get into} the crops are way behind on growth at this point in the season! Looks like 2 to 3 weeks Need some heat units bad!

     
  • 6/14 - Lebanon, Ind.: Had a good spring and had some lucky rains that saved us. Only had to replant 10 acres, so no complaints.


     
  • 6/14 - Bourbon County, Kan.: Wheat is looking good here in southeast Kansass -- my only problem is my farm tenant has been laid up drunk for the last week! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/14 - East central Iowa: Pictures are from the same field (extreme variability). A fair amount of corn has reduced stands.50% of corn look good and 80% of beans look good. Cooler temps are not going to help with the game of catch up.
    6 14 11 Iowa
    6 14 11 Iowa 2
    6 14 11 Iowa 3

    -- East central, Iowa

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  • 6/14 - Ogle, Ill.: Corn and soybeans were planted on time. Heavy rains since planting have saturated soils causes nitrogen loss and ponding.
     
  • 6/14 - East central Iowa: Excessive rains are taking the top end off our corn crop, looks like a repeat of last year.

  • 6/13 - Rapides Parish, La.: Wheat harvest finished 2 wks ago. Very good wheat crop. Rest of the crops need rain badly. Corn, milo, sugarcane and soybeans that were planted, all suffering for water. Most of the double-crop soybeans yet to be planted. Cotton seems to be holding its own. Rice seems to be doing ok. 100 degree days don't help any crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/13 - Jasper, Ind.: Very well-drained acres are looking ok, a month behind on average, all low spots yellowing from wetness, still have corn to plant, probably going to give up and go to beans, hear neighbor is taking prevented planted on several fields-saw bunch water damage that will need replanted-worst planting ever-no record yield here-won't be average

     
  • 6/13 - Northwest Ohio: Finished the corn and beans on Tuesday. Replanted about 60% of corn 40% beans that was planted 2nd week of May, it was a very uneven crop. Good thing we did not use much LP last year, we will this year. Just hoping to break even.

     
  • 6/13 - Hamilton County, Ind.: I was shocked to see our tiny soybeans showing through on Saturday in Hamilton County. Corn looks excellent over in Vermillion County, IN, almost that good in Vermillion County, IL, almost as good in Champaign Co., IL, and great in Ford County, IL. 

     
  • 6/13 - Clark County, Ohio: We finished June 9th but it rained another 1.7 inches. Flooding things again probably no replant now.

     
  • 6/13 - Northwest Iowa: We are supposedly in one of the garden spots of the Corn Belt. Normally by the 10th of June a lot of cornfields have the rows nearly filled in.....definitely not the case this year. There are no perfect cornfields that I have seen anywhere in this area.    Every cornfield has areas of yellow corn, corn that is very uneven in height, and some populations are very lacking in uniformity. There just has been too much moisture saturating the ground. A lot of planting was done around wet spots. Driving around this area wet spots are in most every field and  water running out of wet spots can be seen everywhere. We had two days of 100 degree heat and now the past two days we are back to wearing sweatshirts because of below normal temperatures. Going to be a challenging year for most everyone!

  • 6/10 - East central Iowa: Loaded corn Thursday and had to put on a sweatshirt. Temps struggled to reach 60F.this was after a week of 85-95F.heard of some storm damage from wed. nights storms. Corn and beans liked the drink but not the wind and some hail. Did not see major crop damage here, but I bet others were not so lucky.
    6 10 11 Iowa

    -- East central Iowa, Iowa

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  • 6/10 - McCone County, Mont.: A real battle to get the crops in. Spring wheat planting is anywhere from 20-50% planted. We are starting to give up. It just isn't worth the bills to get unstuck. Will start pp wheat acres today.
    6 10 11 Mont crop comments

    -- McCone County, Mont.

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  • 6/10 - Antler, N.D.: We never planted anything very little around us. Thousands of acres went prevent plant.

     
  • 6/10 - Fallon, Nev.: Raking first cutting alfalfa. The first crop was late because of our cold spring.
    6 10 11 Nev 1
    6 10 11 Nev 2

    Chopping alfalfa for silage.

    -- Fallon, Nev.

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  • 6/10 - Brownsburg, Ind.: We had our crop scout take this picture out in the field. He said the plant fell over as he was taking population counts!
    6 10 11 Ind

    -- Brownsburg, Ind.

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    • 6/10 - Ritzville, Wash.: Mike Miller of Ritzville, WA explains how he protects his winter wheat crop against the infection of stripe rust. Visit www.VoicesAcrossthePlains.com to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses.

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  • 6/9 - Moran, Kan.: Finished with the first half of planting of 700 acres of soybeans as the weather has cooperated and jumped right into mainstream summer with well above ambient temperatures – humidity and winds..  The ground virtually came to us as there was plentiful moisture as the seed was drilled in.  However as the days progressed so did the weather, mainly the high heat and southerly winds.  The ground has dried so much that production has stopped for now – just not enough moisture to jump start the seed to sprouting.

    The regional area is anticipating moisture (rains) over the next couple of days – hopefully but the models look s if the rains may be scattered.  Moisture is beginning to stress the corn just a bit and the wheat has turned color to a nice golden brown.  No issue of scab or any other predatory issues to date on the wheat crop. The best to all of our corn belt and northern states for drying, planting success and a prosperous year.
     

  • 6/9 - Lone Elm, Mo.: Here’s some footage of 2011 spring planting on Wieland Farms in central Missouri.


     
  • 6/9 - Allen County, Kan.: Half way through soybean planting. The weather has been supportive as the ground had moisture in it as the seed was drilled. However the above normal heat and relatively strong southerly winds has dried the ground to the point of halting progress for now as the ground is now too hot and dry for seed sprouting. The area is anticipating possible rains over the next few days but the forecast models tend to lean towards scattered rains. We are in need of moisture as everything is beginning to show signs of stress. The corn crop is looking real good but showing signs of heat stress, the wheat has changed color to a golden brown and there does not seem to be any reports or news-gossip of wheat crop issues with scab or other invading deceptions. A heartfelt hello and supportive note to our brothers ands sisters in the corn belt and northern states.

     
  • 6/9 - Hudson, Iowa: This is the hail that was left after last night’s storm.
    Hail
    Hail2
    Hail3

    -- Hudson, Iowa

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  • 6/9 - Lewistown, Mont.: Most of Montana catches another big rain. I'm pretty sure this is the straw that will break the camels back in regard to anymore spring wheat seeding. I would guess that somewhere between 20 and 30 percent of intended spring wheat acreage will not get seeded. I would also say that up to 50 percent of the seeded acreage could be considered late.  I have not seen any good to excellent winter wheat. A lot of the winter wheat is yellow from cold and excessive moisture. Also, tan spot and septoria are starting to show up in many fields. Very little crop spraying done, summerfallow is a mess. I know it will get hot and dry soon, but for now, I'm gonna say we could use some good old fashion drought for awhile.
     
     
  • 6/9 - Lorette, Manitoba: Spring 2011 on the Raynaud Farm.


     
  • 6/9 - Hancock and Wyandot counties, Ohio: 90% of corn is in the process of being replanted. Very few beans planted as of 6/8/11. Water still laying in fields w/tile on 20' spacing. Been stuck so many times I've lost count, this is the worst I've seen in 47 years, or my Dad's 68 years of farming. What we've planted would not have been planted in a normal year, we'd have waited another 3-4 days to dry out. When you park a loaded semi on a county paved road and you have to get a tractor to move it because it sank 8-10" into the asphalt IT'S WET! 
     
     
  • 6/9 - East central Iowa: Area received some severe weather last night. Large hail north of me, haven't heard how widespread the damage is. I had some pea to marble sized hail, damage doesn't appear to be too bad. Hauled beans 50 miles south to Clinton, Iowa and 30 miles north to Dubuque, Iowa yesterday. Only 50-60% corn towards Clinton is what I would say is good to excellent (this is some real good ground in this area).some because of poor stands, cold weather in May, lack of nitrogen or loss of nitrogen because of excessive rain. Corn looked better towards Dubuque. Stands around me do not look as good as I thought a week or two ago, but overall should be OK.
    6 9 11 Iowa
    6 9 11 second crop

    Second crop hay. Due to cut 6-14. First crop was cut 5-17.

    6 9 11 first beans

    First beans that I planted on May 11 2011.

    6 9 11 corn

    Corn planted May 6 2011.

    6 9 11 barge

    Dubuque, Iowa: Salt off of the barge, beans on.

    6 9 11 new driver

    New driver taking a break to stretch his legs.

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 6/8 - Calloway, Ky.: Combine come out of shed beans planted. 50 acres of beans in Bottoms and 100 acres of wheat beans left to plant. Corn trying to take off but still slower than it should be. Finished running anhydrous in the corn today. Hoping for a good rain! would be nice.

     
  • 6/8 - Golden Valley County, N.D.: 3/4 of the county or more will remain unplanted. Normally done 2 weeks ago. Will try to seed for another week.

     
  • 6/8 - Lewis, Idaho: So much water here, the draws in fields have drowned out, and thousands of acres that didn't get planted this spring. Now looks as if we are going to have to start spraying for rust. Some farmers close by that are spraying for rust the third time.

     
  • 6/8 - Irwin, Ga.: Corn post tassel. Dry land crop is gone -- falling in field. Driest I have experienced in my 40 years or farming. Irrigation cannot keep up . All southeast in bad trouble!
     
  • 6/8 - Stutsman County N.D.: Finishing up on beans. Quit on spring wheat and corn. Will be 35-40 prevent planting losses! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/8 - Daniels County, Mont.: Finished seeding sun 6-5-11 with much difficulty and long hours 1.5 inches of rain 6-7-11 literally thousands of acres around me yet to be planted fields are saturated and ponding.

     
  • 6/8 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Warm, dry weather the past 4-5 days allowed us to make some good planting progress. Our farm is only 33% planted.....last year we were at this same percentage on April 29th.  A quick, spotty, thunderstorm last night has us held up today, but we should be going again somewhere on the farm by this evening.  The favorite question asked between farmers around here is "how long will you seed before giving up?"  We are only 30-40 miles south of the Canadian  border, and September frost is always a big concern.  Seed, gamble on the crop and weather, or take the prevent plant insurance?  But we are in much better shape than those in the western half of ND.

     
  • 6/8 - Ingham, Mich.: Early planted corn has lots of yellow spots where it was to wet after planted. early beans fair. The rest corn and beans are in the ground yet. Hay looks great. Wheat looks good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/8 - Pembina County, N.D.: Worst spring anyone can remember, too many acres not planted. Many are trying to seed wheat a lot of acres in county and surrounding counties. We’re in worst shape. Many acres of seeded crop received heavy damage from 4 to6inch rains last Thursday night. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/8 - Golden Valley, N.D.: People are getting stuck trying to plant crop. water is setting in the fields and if anyone is planting they are NOT planting the whole field. Skipping around. Hardly any corn being planted here. we are near Montana border and we haven’t seen any crops planted there. Do NOT know where they are coming from dropping the price of wheat, etc.. There isn’t gonna be much if this keeps up. We are getting late in the year to be planting anything now. It is dry in the south as our daughter just came back from Texas. Majorly dry there and majorly wet in the Midwest.. a sad deal. These crops need to be planted to put food on the table for the world and IT ISNT THERE. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/8 - Union County, N.C.: This is corn that is over 6' tall in exactly 35 days growing time since its emergence. To see this type growth in that time period is remarkable, I contribute some of the fast growth to the new MTM product I used over top of the poultry litter. We are beginning to need rain, the 90°+ heat is really taking its toll on ground moisture, and it makes no difference the size of the stalk if there is not adequate moisture to finish the grain.
    6 8 11 NC corn

    -- Union County, N.C.

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  • 6/8 - Divide County, N.D.: 13% planted on our farm. That is ahead of the county average for this year. Many have not turned a wheel. Crop Ins. deadline has come and gone and now we have gotten another 1.3 inches and still raining. Planting is over in this county. Some will still put some late barley or oats in but most will take prevent plant payment. Was able to seed for parts of four days. Was stuck three times and got rained out twice. This far north 3 miles from Canadian border you can't plant wheat much past June 10th and expect to beat the frost. Oh well on to next year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
    6 8 11 ND stuck

    -- Divide County, N.D.

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  • 6/8 - Texas: May marks the end of the driest eight-month period on record in Texas. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 50 percent of the state remained in what is termed an "exceptional" drought, which means a once in 50-year occurrence. More than 90 percent of the state was experiencing either a severe or exceptional drought. Only parts of north central and northeast Texas were not at least abnormally dry as of May 31. Keep reading about Texas’ drought

     
  • 6/8 - Owatonna, Minn.: The snake in question is a Bull (Gopher) Snake.

  • 6/7 - Perry, Pa.: Finished corn on May 25, finished beans yesterday!! No till bean ground was like concrete from all the heavy, pounding rain. Will have to get new no till disks and seed openers for next year (hope I don't have to replant any)!!! Hay will have to be made old and between showers!!

     
  • 6/7 - North central Iowa: Sprayed some corn yesterday. Over all pretty good stand.  Had to replant a few low spots. Hate to say it but we are going to need some rain after all this 95 to 100 degree heat.  Sprayed over a couple hills yesterday that looked a little wilted.  After so much this spring I wouldn’t be surprised if rain gets a little scarce now.

     
  • 6/7 - Wellington, Kan.: Here’s the first day of wheat harvest in Wellington, Kan. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


     
  • 6/7 - Daniels County, Mont.: Finished spring wheat today. Lots mudded in and crusted from rain. still fortunate to be done. Elsewhere, 20-30% remains to be seeded, but will not stop sowing till mid-June. Rain tomorrow, so I’ll go to Fort Peck to witness historical flood gate release. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/7 - Sparta, Mich.: Spreading fertilizer on soybean ground, May 2011. See more of Jeff Vander Werff’s videos at how “Through The Windshield” blog.
  • 6/6 - Robeson County, N.C.: Finished wheat Friday. 69 bu ac. planting double crop beans. Corn is twisting from 90 plus heat. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/6 - East central Iowa: We have had the best first crop hay making that I can remember in 3 years the last couple of days if you are trying to make dry hay. Temperatures around 90F. Second pass corn spaying has started. Not sure what kind of snake this is, but it was the second one I saw yesterday.
    Iowa   snake

    Iowa   baling hay 2

    Iowa   baling hay
    Iowa   baling hay 3

    I'm not sure who wrote this.

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 6/6 - Henry, Ill.: Had a crop off to the best start in 35 years of farming. Looked to hit a home run , all changed in matter of hours. 8 to 10 inches of rain, 15% corn gone nitrogen loss on remainder. Our problems seem small after seeing sadness in Missouri.

     
  • 6/6 - Williams County, Ohio: The eastern part of county went back to work on June 2 touch and go water in some parts of field. Started to replant corn and beans early corn 50% stand beans 60% .Still need 2-3 more days to finish first time for corn and beans. It pays to have a good sense of HUMOR this year. BE SAFE!

     
  • 6/6 - Trempealeau County, Wis.: Well we got everything in the ground about a month later than last year but fortunately things have dried up enough that even the low fields were planted.  The corn is growing extremely fast and the beans aren’t far behind.  I hate to say it but we really could use some rain to help with the second crop hay since a lot of the first crop is now off and there are a lot of bean fields that are emerging unevenly from crusting.  The weeds seem to be loving this spring first it was to wet to put any early spray down so things get really green and now its hot so they are growing faster than the corn.  Overall I think we are very lucky once again that a lot of the big rain storms went south and allowed us to continue with field work. 
     
  • 6/6 - Bee County, Texas: Corn in dent stage almost black layer yield est. 40bu. Milo will kill with roundup in 10 days yield est2500lb./ac. Cotton at 6 to 7 nodes above white flower 1 bale/ac. est.
     
  • 6/6 - East central Iowa: On the road to cut hay next to the Mississippi River in Bellevue, Iowa. Some good hay should have gotten made over the weekend with warm temperatures and only a sprinkle on Sunday morning. Corn is going through it's "ugly stage" as I call it -- poor spacing, missing plants, some that are a little behind are  giving some field's an uglier appearance than it really is. You can also tell who used dry or liquid nitrogen vs. nh3 right now. The nh3 corn hasn't quite reached the goodies and is behind for now just like every other year. Bean stands look really good overall.


     
  • 6/6 - Clinton County, Mo.: AgWeb Business & Crops Online Editor Sara Schafer – Brad Bray, a farmer near Cameron, Mo., says his corn crop was planted early but had a slow start. “Due to the cool weather, the corn is shorter than it should be at this stage,” he says. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
    6 6 11 Growing Corn

    Bray says his corn is not as tall as it should be at this stage, but looks healthy and uniform.

    6 6 11 Wheat

    For the first time in around 20 years, Bray says he’s growing wheat on his farm. He’s hoping they can double crop beans after they harvest this field.

    6 6 11 Replanted Corn

    Some of his corn did have to be replanted. But, he said since he wasn’t crunched for time, he’s happy now to have a much stronger stand. With this field he replanted the entire field, since he couldn’t spot it in.

    -- Clinton County, Mo.

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  • 6/3 - Island County, Wash.: Our biggest issue has been our lack of degree days. Yes our precipitation is 50% above normal but without heat we are a month behind. Lots of acres yet to be planted and running out of options. There are no good looking crops here or in Skagit county we are very diverse here with about 100 different crops grown. Some potatoes have been in the ground 40 days and yet to see green. All of the berries are way behind lucky to have strawberries by July 4th. The only thing that is really growing is grass and there is no weather breaks to get it chopped for silage. Eastern Washington is suffering as well friends that farm my in-laws farm walked away from 4000 acres to late to plant spring crops and get them mature this far north. Pasture is one of our major crops for grass fed beef and that is the best we have ever seen. The cattle are getting fat on grass.

     
  • 6/3 - Livingston/LaSalle counties, Illinois: Most of the wheat is all headed out.  Some has been headed for a week or so.  The hopes of getting the wheat combined early (Late June) have subsided because of the cooler, wetter spring. Most growers are still somewhat optimistic to get the wheat combined, straw baled and double crop beans planted timely.  Looks like that could be early July.  Hoping it doesn't go later than the 7th to 10th. And moisture will be a concern.  As we all know, at the end of the year, it usually averages out. With that in mind, it is gonna be a hot, dry July and August!  Had 5 inches of rain last Wed and Thursday, and another 1/2 inch on Sunday.  Most growers are done with corn, and have only a day or two to finish soybeans.  But you don't have to go very far and corn planting progress is much delayed. Finally mowed first cutting hay today.  Been so wet and cool, it didn't make sense to mow. Forecast cleared up for a couple days so it was time to cut. Not may flowers, but the second cutting is starting to emerge from the crowns. Wish there was a way to improve this distribution system, because we sure would share some of this moisture with those who have missed it! Be Safe!!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/3 - Smith County, north central, Kansas: We live in an area that receives 22" of rainfall annually, we have gotten from 9.5"-18" in the past 9 days on our farms. We farm sloping ground with 3.5-8 degree slopes, never in 52 years have I seen erosion like this year.
     
  • 6/3 - Sacramento Valley, Calif.: Northern California has PLENTY of water
    Southern Calif

    -- Sacramento Valley, Calif.

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  • 6/3 - East central Iowa: Making balage Thursday. I once again think we here in Jackson County are extremely lucky (for now). Corn is showing some signs of compaction or is growing to fast (some yellowing in spots, I am not an agronomist so I could be way off). Stands look good overall. Most all beans are up and growing. A lot of hay is being made, most is not good with periodic rain.

  • 6/2 - Ward County, N.D.: Mother Nature you have won, we surrender. The fat lady has sang. This is game over for most producers around here. We were lucky enough to get 3% of our acres in. Of that, half is drowned or washed out, and really looks bad, no sun, no heat, to late, and to much water. Most producers did not turn a wheel with 100% of their farm not planted. 2.8" in the gauge this morning. Some areas up to 5" of rain. Very slim chance that any planting will happen now. Severe storms in the forecast tomorrow. The garrison dam is going to release water through the spill way. This is the first time this has ever happened since it was built. Equipment dealerships under water, combines up to the bottom of the cabs in water. This is a major wheat growing region in the worst shape in history. Dikes in Minot not supposed to hold back the river. They have evacuated houses and many people looking for place to live. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
    6 2 11 ND
    6 2 11 ND 2

    -- Ward County, N.D.

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  • 6/2 - Texas: A few areas received rain, but except for parts of north-central and extreme northeast Texas, the state continued to suffer from moderate to exceptional drought, according the U.S. Drought monitor. Even where the drought had lifted, Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel reported shortages of hay and damaged crops from lack of rain earlier. All of the Panhandle remained in a severe to exceptional drought. A report from Mike Bragg, AgriLife Extension agent for Dallam County, northwest of Amarillo, was typical of agent reports from the region for the last week of May.
    6 2 11 Texas

    As the drought continued in most of Texas, livestock producers were concerned about loss of water sources. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

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  • 6/2 - East central Iowa: I would say just about all the corn and beans are in. Corn really took off this weekend with the warmer temps. Hay making has been a real challenge again with rain every couple of days. Here are some pictures and videos of our sweet corn planting party on Memorial Day (was delayed because of .5-1.25 inches of rain on Sunday) Thanks to all who served this country.

  • 6/1 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Finished planting about noon on Saturday 5/28. Started with beans on 5/7 then went to corn 5/10-13. Last corn planted 5/27-28. Beans look very acceptable. Most of the early corn stands are OK, some look good, but you can tell the soil was not perfect when planted and therefore not the emergence desired. Some issues with populations. Probably an acceptable compromise however. Waiting more than 2 weeks to get acceptable stands may not have resulted in higher yields. Time will tell if a 90-95% stand with holes in it beats a picket fence stand planted 21 days later. Still have over 30,000 plants per acre in the worst cases. Barley harvests seems likely to be early, who would have thought. May actually be able to harvest barley for grain, bale straw, haul manure and plant corn before prevent plant date 6/10. That is an undeserved blessing in a year like this one. Double crop beans for the rest of the barley and all the wheat. Be safe everyone. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/1 - Johnson County, Mo.: Our spring has been much like the reports on here so far. Continual showers spread out enough not to have a dry window. Most all of the corn is done except soggy bottoms. It is hard to find good looking corn. The beans are getting started but replanting is a concern with it too. We are forgetting what a normal spring is. We are just glad the Good Lord is in charge of the weather because we would mess it up!
     

 

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