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May Crop Comments

May 31, 2013

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

 

  • 5/31 - O’Brien County, Iowa: We have had 9" rain since the 25 of May, most it that night. With all of the flooding and washing of soil we only have about 2 acres that will be gone most covered in silt and water standing. Otherwise corn is 3-4" tall and beans can be rowed if the weather will cooperate I’ll cut hay in about 3 days as the alfalfa is about ready to shoot blooms.

 

  • 5/31 - South central Nebraska: The crops in this area are off to a great start and looking very good. Isn’t it a bit early for farmers to be writing off good yields? I’m just saying.

 

  • 5/31 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Cut hay last night in the rain cause I could not plant. At least last year I had a crop to fail. #Addicted to pain.

 

  • 5/31 - Richland, N.D.: There has been two days of planting progress this week in some areas of North Dakota.  We received heavy rain mid-week which will set back the planting progress another week.  Corn is pretty much out of the picture in our northern counties and beans will now be the focus. 

 

  • 5/31 - Olmsted County, southeast Minnesota: Ag lender held a "prevented planting" risk management meeting here yesterday, they expected about 200 to show up, they had over 600. I'd say county wide only about 30% of the corn is in, maybe 5% of the soybeans. LOTS of guys with nothing in the ground yet.  Rain, ...cloudy, ...rain...  Since April 28th, we've had only 4 days of POTENTIAL ability to plant, and that was only on well drained ground when it was still marginal soil conditions  (4/28 & 29, 5/15 & 16).  Without tile, forget it.  I got about 40% of my corn in, and it is all up now, stand seems just OK, but looks pretty yellow.  Installing more tile right now on about 50 acres (ground that has needed it anyway), this is only the third job the tiler has been on all spring... too wet for him to go too.  His equipment has been here for almost two weeks now, was only able to run one day so far.  Used a pull cat on a lot of it.  Guess I will plant corn up to the 10th of June, and then switch the remaining acres to beans.  Looking like we might get a couple of halfway decent days this next week.

 

  • 5/31 - Ward County, N.D.: 3.2" of rain fell the 30th of May. Heavy rain forecast for all day the 31st of May as well. About 10%-15% of the ground in the area is planted . Very little wheat in, some corn but it looks very poor and will be destroyed. Drown out bad in planted fields. Wheat is far behind and most is not out of the ground. Flooding and crusting on most fields very poor crop right now.
    5 31 13 ND

    -- Ward County, N.D.

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  • 5/31 - Richardson County, Neb.: Everything planted and now half of it is under water as rivers running into the Missouri are flooding. 4-5 inches of rain this week.

 

  • 5/31 - Morrison County, Minn.: Most of the corn is in and coming up in this county. It is nearly impossible to get started on soybeans, however, because every time the soil gets close, it rains. I can't believe the soybean market isn't over $18.00/bushel with this extremely slow planting.

 

  • 5/31 - Lucas County, (south central) Iowa: Very little corn and almost no beans in the ground around here. My own is 0-0. Over 15 inches of rain this month-after a wet April. Flat ground has standing water, sloped ground has sustained heavy erosion damage. Rained again today and heavy rain expected tomorrow. Some sunshine predicted after next week but soil extremely saturated so it will take a full week of sun and wind before venturing into the field. PP a distinct possibility. More likely - a probability!

 

  • 5/31 - Brown County, Wis.: We were able to get our alfalfa planted by May 19. Corn all in the ground on May 27- just have beans to go. We are lucky to sneak in crops between rains. We seem to be missing the heavy ones- thinking of the farmers who are not so lucky.

 

  • 5/31 - Delaware, Ohio: Corn is all up from V2-V4. 90% of soybeans up . Rains are short but sweet. Hot weather made good growing conditions.
    5 31 13 Ohio

    -- Delaware, Ohio

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  • 5/31 - Winnebago County, Wis.: Planted corn May 21 not been in since! 300 acres of corn and 300 acres of beans to go. Looks like PP for corn June 10 is deadline for beans.

 

  • 5/31 - Western Kentucky: Tobacco has emerged!
    5 31 13 KY

    -- Western Kentucky

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  • 5/30 - Polk County, Wis.: I'd say 60-70% of corn planted in our area and maybe 20% of beans are in. Most of what has been planted was mudded in or at least planted in less than ideal conditions. Rain last night, today, and Friday means the rest that will be planted will be in June. No record yields this year.

 

  • 5/30 - Loyal, Wis.: Corn 10% planted, beans 0% planted. Hay 65% winter kill. 2 inches of rain last night looks like we will have the weekend off again.

 

  • 5/30 - Boone County, Mo.: I’m going to take pp on corn 400 acres. It's rain every day since I can’t remember. I've only planted 125 acres and had to replant 40 of that. I have 300 acres of beans planted on the rolling ground and now more rain. 5 inches in the forecast by Sunday. I have1500 more beans. Now the wheat looks good, but may have to mud it out not in the truck yet. God speed to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/30 - East Central Iowa: We have been fortunate to miss the heavy rain and severe storms last 3 days. It has been sunny last 2 days, but we have a chance for 1 to 3 inches this afternoon and Friday. Checking fields now to see if we can sneak something in. Pictures are of some 30 inch corn and 15 inch corn.
    5 30 13 Iowa
    5 30 13 Iowa 2

    -- East Central Iowa

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  • 5/30 - Richland, Wis.: We are only 40 to 50% planted and with rain every day it is unlikely we will be in the fields in the next few weeks. Some farmers are going to switch over to soybeans (from corn) on June 1st while others will plant corn for silage until June 15th and then switch to another crop. Last night we had 2 1/2 inches of rain and tornados in the area. They are saying severe storms this afternoon and evening tonight with flooding.

 

  • 5/30 - Lower southeast Michigan: Corn is in and up and growing, beans are coming. Got 8ths rain over weekend. Spraying wheat with fungicide now. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/30 - Dunn County, Wis.: 42 acres planted on Memorial Day. In my area there is about 50% of the corn in and about 5% of corn in. The ground here is saturated and I'm worried that if we get any more rain, we will have standing water. The neighbors to our west in St. Croix County are worse off. They have heavier ground and I know some farmers that haven't even put one seed in the ground. Farmers are running out of hay and are talking about not planting after June 1st and taking the insurance. I can see $7 corn at harvest time.

 

  • 5/30 - Cuming County, Neb.: Got 80 acres of beans in before today’s rain!!!!!! It was a bit wet but it's in. I guess we wait for the next window and try again. Beans now 60% done and planter full of mud.

 

  • 5/30 - North central Iowa: The rain just does not quit. At first we went with rain about every 5 days, but we did get most of the corn in between the rain. Now it rains and rains and rains every day. The small corn plants are either under constant water or is in very water logged soil. Yields are in big trouble with the extended forecast. Most of the soybeans are yet to be planted, but how far in June will it be. If I were an processor of grain I would getting very nervous.

 

  • 5/30 - Sibley County, Minn.: Planting of corn is almost done. Not too many soybeans planted.

 

  • 5/30 - Kossuth County, Iowa: 25% planted soy 100% planted corn Fields have many ponds and drowned out areas More rain coming for next 24 hours.

 

  • 5/30 - Hancock, Iowa: AgWeb is reporting that 40% of soybeans are planted in Iowa. This past weekend I traveled from Mason City to Fort Dodge to Indianola and if there was 4% planted, I would be shocked! Where do they get these crazy numbers??

 

  • 5/30 - Eaton County, Mich.: We received 2.6 inches of rain in the last 48 hours. There are lots of lakes where there should be fields.

 

  • 5/30 - Bay County, Mich.: Corn, soys and sugar beets 98% planted in my area. Corn all emerged, sugar beets up and growing, soys emerged and some still coming up. Lots of rain 3"-6" last 2 weeks. Low areas water standing. With heat and moisture things will really grow even the weeds.

 

  • 5/30 - Richland County, N.D.: We had a brief 6 day run in the field and I would say 85 % of the corn is planted here but less in some areas of North Dakota. The beans are 50% done but it is raining and is very wet conditions now. Some areas byt he Canadian border have almost nothing planted.

 

  • 5/30 - Henry County, Ill.: I would estimate nearly all the corn is planted and about 60-70% of soybeans are planted in this area. Things were starting to shape up nicely and look good until this past weekend. Have received 5.35" of rain since Saturday morning, giving us 7.95" for May after receiving 7.6" in April. We got about three inches in three hours on Sunday afternoon resulting in some horrible erosion in some area fields and a lot of ponding. On our farm we have 90 acres of Green River bottoms left to put into beans. Forecast calls for heavy rains on Thursday and Friday. Don't see us getting back in field until June 10 if that happens.

 

  • 5/30 - Eastern Morgan County, Ill.:  Jacksonville-Springfield area 90% corn planted 10% beans.

  • 5/29 - Hamilton County, Ohio: Our soybeans are in as is the corn on the next farm. A few miles west, closer to Indiana, though, they've had so much rain that they aren't planted yet.

 

  • 5/29 - Rice County, Minn.: Possibly 30 percent corn planted in our county. Maybe five percent beans. Emergence slow. People had to plant what fields were fit to plant and try to run both bean and corn rigs with our four day fieldwork/planting window. Moisture excessively abundant with overcast/mist/fog in between showers. You know it has reached a critical point when even our metropolitan people notice the fields are barren yet. I tell them they may want to find an investment fund to buy grain futures.

 

  • 5/29 - Hancock County, Ill.: Very drenched. Most but not all corn in.....but maybe only 25% of soybeans planted. Most fellers haven't planted beans yet around the "Capital of the World" Fountain Green, IL.

 

  • 5/29 - Ward County, N.D.: Rain has started the 16th of May and has not let up. Every morning it is foggy and raining. It has been cloudy and no sunshine. Crops that are planted look very poor. No field work has progressed since the 16th of May. Forecast calls for rain all the way into June. Not much planted here right now and forecast does not look good.
    5 29 13 ND

    -- Ward County, N.D.

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  • 5/29 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: 2 1/2 in. of rain in two thunderstorms this evening. It came hard and fast, visibility less than 1 city block at times, probably a lot of runoff. The growing wheat will slow the runoff. Hopefully the hail mixed with the rain didn't hurt what's left too badly. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/29 - Lac qui Parle County, Minn.: We are behind normal. All of my corn is up, but I only have about 2/3 of my beans in the ground. I was able to plant a little this evening after 4 days of inactivity due to rain.

 

  • 5/29 - Henry County, Ohio: Things could not look better. Nice three quarter inch rain on Memorial Day was just what was needed.

 

  • 5/29 - Madison County, Ohio: Most everyone is done in our area. We haven't had any measurable rain in 2 weeks. Most stands look good. But we haven’t even had enough rain to work in our 28 or chemicals. The later planted crops are going to have emergence problems due to lack of moisture. Hard to believe it's only may and we're already this dry.

 

  • 5/29 - Mitchell, Iowa:  50% corn planted 0% beans. It is very wet, there will be a lot of prevent plant corn here. Several guys don't have any corn in the ground.

 

  • 5/29 - Johnson County, Iowa: Corn and beans about all in, but now we have flooding all over.

 

  • 5/29 - Polk County, Iowa: Soggy but overall look good with good emergence. 100% planted with corn. 70% planted with soybeans.

 

  • 5/29 - Buffalo County, Wis.: Took a ride to Zumbrota, Minn., from Wisconsin Tuesday. There was only about 20% planted. Along the roads water was sitting everywhere, and a week of rain. All the hay was ripped up and nothing planted in it yet not much hay to been seen anywhere.

  • 5/28 - Southern Morgan County, Ill.: Nothing planted yet, only one day suitable for fieldwork so far. It remains very wet in this part of Illinois. 

 

  • 5/28 - East Central Iowa: We received 2 inches since Saturday morning, looks like more is on the way. Most guys are finished planting, I have two days left of beans. Most corn is up and looking good, but is now waterlogged. Thanks to all those who have served and are serving in our military.
    5 28 13 Iowa

    -- East Central Iowa

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  • 5/28 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: Should finish beans today. Corn stands look good. Didn't get preplant spray on because of rain. Will have to deal with that later.

 

  • 5/28 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: Anywhere from 3.5 to 5 inches fell across the county in the past 48 hrs. Great looking fields of corn are now partially submerged, as well as fields that have yet to be planted. Many acres of beans left to go in, and a few fields of corn. Forecasts call for another 1 to 2 inches in the next 24 hrs., with possible severe weather. Replanting of drowned out spots will be needed. Unfortunately in some fields, that means the entire field if rain continues.
    5 28 13 IL 1
    5 28 13 IL 2
    5 28 13 IL 3
    5 28 13 IL 4

    -- Mercer County, Ill.

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  • 5/28 - Coles County, Ill.: Finally muddled in the corn and planted beans one and a half days before the rain started pouring again. There are still a lot of unplanted corn fields and even more unplanted soybean fields in the area.

 

  • 5/28 - Iowa County, Wis.: We can row most corn in our area. Most corn has a great stand, just need some heat now.

 

  • 5/28 - Lucas County, Iowa: 1 1/2 inches of rain in the rain gauge virtually every other day for the last 3 weeks! None of my corn or the beans are in the ground. Lots of rain forecast for next week and then we're past the prevented planting date for corn and getting precariously close on beans (15th). Flat ground has standing water and anything with slope is seeing heavy erosion. The ground can't take any more water without a week of wind and sun - and that's not in the forecast! Decision time is hours away.

 

  • 5/28 - Dallas County, Iowa: As of 5/27 only 120 acres (25%) soybeans planted. 3/4 of that under standing water. Received 5 inches of rain in the last 5 days. Heavy rain predicted for the next 5 days. Probably won't be plant-able before the prevented planting date of 6/15.

 

  • 5/28 - East central Missouri: If rain makes grain we should have a bin buster. Last weekend 3.5 inches, this Memorial Day weekend add another 3.5! Planting in May 2013 is over. June corn and beans will have to be good enough this year. Calling for more heavy rain mid-week.

 

  • 5/28 - South central Minnesota: Rain, Rain, and more rain.  Forecast shows rain all week with the first chance of sun next Sunday. It does not look like rest of corn will get planted. Lots of prevent planting talk.  Things are really getting messy now with washing and ponding. The corn that’s up looks sickly and yellow. Very few beans in the ground. We will suffer yield losses rapidly on beans planted after June 1. Hope we can get them in by June 15.

 

  • 5/28 - Southwest Richland County, Ill.: This area, maybe 5% corn, no beans. We haven't been out of shed yet. Wheat is headed, 2 weeks behind. Some tillage and anhydrous done. Most say, we shouldn't been in field. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/28 - Marshall County, Iowa: RAIN everywhere 5-7 in, Friday and Saturday. Some places 7 to 9 inches. We are at 1993 levels, any waterways flooded. Forecast rain every day till next Saturday.

 

  • 5/28 - Steele County, Minn.: Still only 30% of corn planted and no beans. It rains everyday. I will take crop insurance on June 1st for rest of corn crop. There will be thousands of acres sitting idle. This is not poor land, but land that was selling for around $10,000/acre over winter.

 

  • 5/28 - Nobles County, Minn.:  Got all the corn and beans planted, finished May 20th. I am one of the fortunate ones. A lot of beans yet to plant. Now it rains every night. Who'd a thought? It is cold here now also. Never gets above 60 during the day, always cloudy. Corn looks like yellow crap, beans slow to emerge. Just sitting waiting for sunshine. Better hope for nicer weather in June. USDA is way too high on their crop estimate. Doing their best to hold crop prices down.

 

  • 5/28 - Houston County, Minn.: Corn in, but by the skin of our teeth. No spraying done. Beans not planted. Hay crop is slow growing. Pastures, on the other hand, beautiful. Cows belly deep in grass. Wish we had more cows and more grass.

 

  • 5/28 - McLean County, Ill.: Corn planted for the most at 100% here with approx. 50-70% done with beans. I am done with both. All no-till. 60 units of 28% that went on with burn down has really helped my corn. Trying to get the rest of it on currently as side dress.

 

  • 5/28 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: 100% corn planted and 85% soybeans planted and now we have received between 6 and 8 inches of rain in the last 36 hours. It's ugly!! I have never had prevent plant acres before but this may be the year. We have a lot of repair work to do just to spray and then harvest this fall.

 

  • 5/28 - DeKalb County, Ill.: Finished soybean planting Sunday May 19.

 

  • 5/28 - Bureau County, Ill.: We had 8 days of relatively dry weather and run mining around the clock. We managed to get the majority of the crops planted. Then after week we got the last of the corn mudded.

 

  • 5/28 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Done with corn (wet spots and all). Beans all but done. One to two acres of beans left. The corn is all up and beans ready to pop through.

 

  • 5/28 - Cottonwood County, Minn.: We've finished corn and one field of soybeans.  There is very little corn left to plant in our area and most are just getting going on soybeans.  Now we have a week of rain forecast so we are at a standstill.

 

  • 5/28 - Beaver County, Okla.: Most all of the corn is planted and emerging. Even though the corn is small irrigation is in full swing, have only had around 2.5" of moisture so far this year...we are desperate for moisture.

 

  • 5/28 - St. Croix County, Wis.: The alfalfa in our immediate area is wonderful. Harvest will be about 10 days. Many areas close to us had severe winter kill and the stands are 50-100% loss. Lots of late season snow and continued rains have kept us from doing field work. Our soils are heavy also with no irrigation. About 10% of the crops are planted including small grains.

 

  • 5/28 - Olmsted County, Minn.: Have only had two potential 2 day windows (28th of April and 15th of May) for a total of 4 days to even begin to plant corn, and both of those were only if you were ready to run when it was still a little sticky. Otherwise it’s been entirely too wet. I've been keeping busy picking rocks with a tracked skid loader... it's the only way to get across without getting stuck. I am installing another 45,000 feet of tile right now on May 25th, and this is only the second job for the tiller this spring. I have about 1/3 of my corn planted, have already traded for shorter season hybrids, and am considering moving to more beans.

 

  • 5/28 - Freeborn County, Minn.: We only need 3 more days to get back to planting corn and it is raining again! 4/5 inches on the way next week, getting very old. We need to do pre-emergence spraying and start 2nd application of 32%. We may have to do the prevent plant and go beans, but don’t like that option.

 

  • 5/28 - Fayette County, Pa.: Weatherman says we once again have a 2-night chance for frost. Beans made the last time, don't think they will make it this time. Praying for a windy cloudy kinda night...

 

  • 5/28 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Would love to send our excess water to people that need it. We were still saturated today after a couple good drying days and it’s raining again. According to the extended forecasts, we have thunderstorms for the next two weeks straight (40% or better). Some in the area have a lot of corn left and there are hardly any beans planted in the area. I hope the weatherman is wrong.

  • 5/24 - Jackson County, Iowa: Corn planting all but done. Beans 85-90% done. Rye and some hay being cut. Most have been able to stay in the fields every day since May 13. Some of us have had 1-2 days of rain delays, but with good drying right behind the rain we were able to get back at it. Most corn has emerged and looking good. Sprayers are trying to play catch up because of the rapid planting pace the last 1 1/2. Word on the street is that some other areas in Iowa have been rained out since Sunday. Good luck to all.

 

  • 5/24 - North central Indiana: The farmers that mudded there corn in here have a great stand, believe it or not and that corn was planted around the first full week of May. Now that corn is at v 4 stage and is turning more yellow every day. We have had almost no rain in the month of May in this area and the mud farmers say that the corn didn’t pick up the nitrogen. I have dug after to see what is really going on and I have found compaction problems and mostly side wall compaction. We have the corn in and every day that it is under stress it will take a toll in the final yield on the mudded in acres. Corn planted when it was fit is smaller but looks great!

 

  • 5/24 - Burt County, Neb.: Most corn is planted, approximately 95%. Few acres left. Soybeans are going in slower, approximately 50%. Our farm’s acres are done, 3,400 acres corn and beans.

 

  • 5/24 - Brown County, Kan.: 95% corn planted, 60%soybeans planted. Lots of spraying happening.

 

  • 5/24 -Putnam County, Ohio: We could really use some of that excess rain from the west. Showers seem to dissipate at the IND/OH state line. Early no-till corn and beans are OK, worked ground dried out maybe 25-50% germination. The rest is laying dry, hopefully dry enough not to rot.

  • 5/23 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Crop adjuster earlier in the week. Released about 25% of the wheat at 1.4 bu.per acre. The balance will go to harvest, barring hail. Wheat acres harvested in this area will be down considerably from the last 2 years. A lot of corn still being planted. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/23 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: We have 120 acres of corn left to plant and haven’t planted a bean yet. Every time it gets close to getting dry enough, it rains again. Field conditions vary in a quarter of a mile greatly, depending on where the sky opened. One end of the field is dry and the other end is mud! Planted in less than optimal conditions last week (mudded it in) but it is emerging. Everyone knows you don’t get your best yields when planted in those conditions. Switching 24 row over to beans today and will finish last 120 of corn with 16 rows, if it ever dries up. Planters are at opposite ends of the county. Good luck. RAINING NOW!!!

 

  • 5/23 - Richland Parish, La.: We will finish planting beans on Monday. Wheat will be ready to cut in 2 to 3 weeks. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/23 - Sampson County, N.C.: Corn is about 16 inches, applied nitrogen today. About an inch of rain day before yesterday.

 

  • 5/23 - Eau Claire, Wis.: 45 percent of corn planted and 10 percent of beans. Very little hay growing. The low ground is 10 to 15 days before planting. A lot of dairy guys going to be out of feed one to two weeks.

  • 5/22 - Montgomery County, Mo.: From Sunday night to Tuesday morning, we got 3.5 inches of rain on newly planted crop. Wheat looking better in spots, yellow and thin where water is standing. Some corn trying to come up. Guys hit it very hard last week. About 60-70 % planted in one week…but replant now in spots?? It’ll be awhile now. Gave safe Memorial weekend with family, pray for Moore, Okla., people. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/22 - Cuming County, Neb.: Corn went in fast but we are a month behind. No beans in yet, last year everything was up and growing by now. Love the rain but harvesting a month early last year and planting a month late this year should make for an interesting fall market unless the USDA already knows what our crops will be.

 

  • 5/22 - Ward County, N.D.: 5.6" of rain fell here from May 16th to May 22nd. One day after wheat planting began. Final plant date on Canola corn and peas May 25th and wheat June 5th. Temps 39 degrees this AM. It will be at least 10 days before drills run again. Rain in the forecast this weekend also. This area has received twice the normal amount of Precipitation. There will be record Prevent plant in "WHEAT COUNTRY" winter wheat seed looks Good. Seed is still in the bin from fall of 2012 when it was too dry to plant. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/22 - South central Minnesota: Our area is probably sitting at about 70 percent done planting corn. A few are done but some only a little over half. It is very wet with 5-9 inches of rain in the last week. There will have to be some replanting in some areas due to wash outs and standing water. It is even worse a few miles south of us in Northern Iowa.  There is rain likely today and tonight, a day of sun tomorrow, with more rain over the weekend.  The corn that’s left to plant now won’t go in for at least a week or it won’t go in at all. We are seriously late on what’s left to be planted and could end up switching to beans to avoid dealing with 40% 40# corn this fall. I remember 1993 all too well.

 

  • 5/22 - McLeod County, Minn.: Raining again this morning. This makes it 6 days in a row. We have gotten over 4" now. Last week was a big week for field work here. I would say close to all of the corn is in and about 1/3 of the soybeans.

 

  • 5/22 - Rice, Minn.:  After talking with insurance agent prevented plant corn will garnish about the same as 40 bu acre beans @ $12/bushel. Remember, I don't have many inputs to consider for this option. The "smart people" are saying $10 beans this fall, and $4 corn. So why would I want to try and plant yet? Do basis levels screaming demand and no product to be found signify anything? Tell me where the carryover is? It sure looks good on paper but so do a lot of fantasy football teams. Market bears: There is an elephant in the room.

 

  • 5/22 - Lawrence County, northwest Alabama: Wet and muddy. It almost gets dry, then rains again.

 

  • 5/22 - East central Iowa:  Corn is all but finished in my area. Beans 75% done. Will be cutting rye tomorrow. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.

 

  • 5/22 - Dane County, Wis.: The planting progress this past week has been astonishing. From what I've seen I expect that 80% of corn and at least 50% of beans have been planted this week.

 

  • 5/22 - Freeborn County, Minn.: 10 inches of rain in the last 2 weeks only can wait to get back to planting corn. What a year!!!

 

  • 5/22 - Steele County, Minn.: 30% planted corn and no soybeans planted. I might take prevent plant insurance. I’m expecting the worse crop ever.

 

  • 5/22 - Huntington County, Ind.: We started planting corn and beans May 6 and finished 425 acres of corn May 13 and about 600 acres of beans on May 17. Everyone in our area was mostly finished by May 20. Early corn and beans are up and looking good. We could use a shower of rain to help get the last of the beans up.

 

  • 5/22 - Grundy County, Iowa: Most all corn in except in some areas in northern part of county where it is really wet. We’ve had 14-15 inches of rain in last 3 weeks. The beans are probably half done and my hybrid seed production maybe half done. Hard to get delays in with all the recent rain.

 

  • 5/22 - Scott County, Iowa: All crops are in. Got a jump start in April on strip till ground and was able to get 80% of the corn in before the monsoons. Finished corn and all beans this past week. Beans are already up thanks to tropical weather.  Best of luck to all!
    5 22 13 Iowa 1
    5 22 13 Iowa 2

    -- Scott County, Iowa

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  • 5/21 - Nicollet, Minn.:  I wish the markets would just drop down to where the market needs to go to support a two million bushel crop carryover. I think $3.00 corn would do the trick. $2.00 for the 2014 crop. We all know this crop is made now.

 

  • 5/21 - Buffalo County, Wis.: We had 3 inches Sunday night and another .35 Monday night and into Tuesday morning. We are very wet here only maybe 50% corn and 0% beans. Some people didn't even start yet and now there is standing water all over, not good.

 

  • 5/21 - Macoupin County, Ill.:  We are all planted, but the neighbors to the east are only 25% done. They just had really wet ground. Going to be another interesting year.

 

  • 5/21 - Sanilac County, Mich.:  Finish corn 5/20. We had six tenths last night. The hills need it, but low grown doesn't.

 

  • 5/21 - Lyon County, Minn.:  Lots of corn in the ground and beans too. We have 1 day left of planting and will have 3500 Acres of corn and beans in the ground.

 

  • 5/21 - Hendricks County, west-central Indiana: Finished planting last night. Had a storm come thru early this morning. Only got about a 1/4 in. of rain. Corn emergence looks excellent. Some beans starting to emerge. My guess is corn in our area is pretty much planted. Soybeans are about 70% complete. Please continue to pray for those affected by the recent tornados.

 

  • 5/21 - O’Brien County, Iowa: All corn is planted. It took 3 weeks to get it done -- April 30 thru May 6 & 13. All is up. First corn had 5" snow on it, but it looks good. Beans are all in we'll see what the rest of the summer brings.

 

  • 5/21 - Northeast North Dakota: Since Friday night, our area has received from 3 to 8 inches of rain. Some of smaller rivers are back to spring flood stages as like the snow melt. The fields are totally saturated and lots of standing water. Most people here had just got started seeding and planting or were applying fertilizer because of very wet conditions before this rain. My best guess is it’s going to take at least a week to 10 days before any major field work starts again. We’re getting terribly late here and any more rain could get to point that crops may not get seeded here this spring. June 5 and 10 are deadlines for all crops in our area and if seeding much past June 10 quite risk on the crops getting froze in the fall.

 

  • 5/21 - Sibley County, Minn.: 100% done on corn and 15% done on beans, very little emerged - less than 5%.

 

  • 5/21 - Story County, Iowa: Corn planted Apr. 29-30 is up & looks good. 11 in. of snow on May 2. Couldn't go again 'til May 13-18. Conditions were strange with many wet, soft spots. Like driving on a waterbed. 3" of rain on the 19& 20 will keep us from finishing this week.

 

  • 5/21 - Crockett County, Tenn.:  I finished last night. 5/20/13 I know of 1 farmer 66% done as of 5/20. Getting heavy rain today.

 

  • 5/21 - Thomas County, Kan.:  Before you complain about too much rain, check out this photo from Thomas County, Kan. Hope history is not repeating itself.
    5 21 13 Thomas Co KS

    -- Thomas County, Kan.

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  • 5/21 - Rice, Minn.:  By what I am reading on this page and what I see from the USDA progress data something doesn't seem right.

 

  • 5/21 - Fillmore County, Neb.:  Farmers that got after it are done with corn here and many beans are in. Had 1.25 Sat and Sun. Time to cut alfalfa but I can wait for the rain. Have enough grass to turn cows on pasture. Have had nice rains this spring but they need to keep coming because there is not much subsoil.

 

  • 5/21 - Union County, Ohio: 792 acres of corn planted and 852 acres of beans planted. Just finished tonight and glad to be done. All the corn is up and looking strong. Some of the first beans we planted are coming up also. I would like to see about half inch of rain now. Hang in there to all the guys trying to get things planted in the mud. I have been there before and I know it is not fun.

 

  • 5/21 - Montgomery County, Ill.: 100% corn planted by May 18th and now one inch plus of rain on May 20th. Warm days are helping germination off the a great start. Praying for tornado victims.

 

  • 5/21 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Finally done with corn. We got an inch ten last night and a whole lotta hail from crushed ice to chicken eggs. Would guess corn here is 80% done we got 1250 acres of beans to put in along with 460 acres of seed corn. Lots of unhappy people because of weather. West of us three miles it was baseball sized hail, and lots of wind. Let’s see how far down the trade wants to drive the markets based on all this late planting. This one is a long way from being made.

 

  • 5/21 - Kossuth County, Iowa: Been raining excessively since last Thursday night and since this is prairie pothole country 20% of the corn that got planted will have to be replanted again later or converted to soybeans. The guys spent all winter worrying about drought and now no more then get planted and are drowning out!

 

  • 5/21 - Juneau County, Wis.: 350 acres of corn planted with 350 to go, no beans planted yet, some farmers are planting some beans because to wet to plant their corn, when we can get a day of sunshine to dry the fields enough t plant we get another 1" or more of rain

 

  • 5/21 - Morrison County, Minn.: Done with corn & beans as of 5/17/13. 2" of rain since.

 

  • 5/21 - Iroquois County, Ill.: Corn planting is pretty well finished north of US 24 in east central Illinois. We finished corn on the 13th and beans on the 16th. We got a jump on corn planting with a good share of our corn planted in fall strip tilled bean stubble. It has never worked better and early too.

 

  • 5/21 - Johnson County, Iowa: Done with corn and have third of beans in.

 

  • 5/21 - Carroll County, Iowa: Corn 80% planted. 5% in poor soil conditions, wet & muddy. 10% marginal soil conditions. 85% good to excellent soil conditions. Soybeans 10% planted.

 

  • 5/21 - Grand Forks, N.D.:  It was too wet to seed before all this. Over three inches now. Maybe 50% of the corn in.
    5 21 13 ND

    -- Grand Forks, N.D.

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  • 5/21 - Story County, Iowa: Corn about 65% done, beans less than 10%. Area received more rainfall Sunday night, over 2.5 inches in some spots.

 

  • 5/21 - Lucas County, Iowa:  Heavy weekly rains equal very little corn or beans planted anywhere in this area. If 70% of the countries corn has been planted, then 30% most likely will wait till June or never get planted at all! Guess we'll see in Nov as to how accurate the predictions are.

 

  • 5/21 - Ouachita Parish, La.: 100% planted here.

 

  • 5/21 - Mower County, Minn.: Severe storms May 19 -- 6 to 9 inches of rain in 4 hours. Lots of top soil erosion a lot of corn fields either washed out or under up to a foot of erosion. I have never seen so much erosion in 45 years of farming.

 

  • 5/21 - Cayuga County, N.Y.: Corn in our area about 2/3 planted. Some of it is up. Hay crop looks good. Most of it will be chopped by the end of the week.

 

  • 5/21 - Wright County, Minn.: We have 100% corn planted on 1175 acres & 95% soybeans planted on 2400 acres. Corn planting in our area is 95% done; 25% soybeans planted.

 

  • 5/21 - Douglas County, S.D.: Corn 100% complete, soybeans 50-75% complete. Hrw looks BAD! Very dry here but have just received about 1.2 inches of MUCH NEEDED moisture.

 

  • 5/21 - Walsh county, northeast North Dakota: Have 400 ac. seeded, 5300 to go, My gage showed 1.5 inches over the weekend, only a few miles away we heard reports of 4-5 inches. Huge (millions?) acres of North Dakota are not seeded yet. Not looking so good on the northern prairies.

 

  • 5/21 - Seneca, Kan.: 2300 acres of corn in the ground and all emerged. 50 acres of early corn planted April 5. Started bean planting on Saturday before mother’s day and got 1500 acres of beans in the ground with about 350 left to go after the rain we had this weekend.
    5 21 13 KS

    -- Seneca, Kan.

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  • East Central Iowa: We had 3 rounds of strong to severe storms yesterday. Some got rained out, while others only got a few drops.


  • 5/20 - Northeast Nebraska: I'd say maybe 2/3 corn planted. Had big storms Thursday. Got 2 inches in 15 minutes...cleaned all the ditches out that haven't been there for 2 years. Going to have to replant a lot of no-till acres; cleaned the rows out where the planter went. A few just started on beans. Looks wet all week. It is getting late now...will be no early corn this fall. A lot of cattle feeders and ethanol plants are wondering how they're going to have corn in September, early October. Very little corn in bins as we didn’t raise any in this area last year.

 

  • 5/20 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Got four days in of planting in the mud before we got rained out Thursday night. Creeks are out of their banks and water standing everywhere. Heavy thunderstorms forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Gonna be awhile before we get back in. This is getting ridiculous.

 

  • 5/20 - Thomas County, Kan.: We have already cut our wheat 3,000+ acres at 1.05-4.5 bu. per acre. All our irrigated corn is in and 80% of our dryland corn, and it went in excellent. We will start milo in 2-3 days. Let's all pray for rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/20 - Rice County, Minn.: We have had four days to plant. Weather appears set to lock us out of the fields into the end of May or more. Record huge crop on the way, in case you didn't know.

  • 5/17 - Southeast Minnesota: 30% done with corn and all of that went into ground so wet I never would have thought I would be working/planting it. 3" of rain yesterday, chance of rain every day through Wednesday. Looking like it will be a prevented planting claim for crop insurance unless Memorial Day weekend is beautiful. I would guess 40% of the corn is in here and 0% of the beans.

 

  • 5/17 - Freeborn County, Minn.: Rained out on 5/16 at 11 p.m. and with only 43% in the ground, will be another 7-10 days before we go again. This is going to be tough year to get corn seed planted and do it right. Some are already changing plans, and I may have to think hard also. I remember the '80s as a kid and don't want to relive it. Everyone that is having trouble with the weather, just use good judgement and be safe.

 

  • 5/17 - Southwest Minnesota: I'm guessing 80% the corn is planted here (mostly this week). A few guys planting some soybeans but not many. Hay and pastures very slow if not dead. Two weeks ago we had 8 inches of snow, tonight tornados. If we were a month early for crops last year and a month late this year, doesn't that mean old crop bushels need to last 14 months?

 

  • 5/17 - Livingston County, Mich.: Here it is, "Rain in May, barn full of wheat and hay." We won't see either. Does anyone believe USDA forecasts? Read Crop Tour reports from Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Canada...hardly any spring wheat planted! Reagan said, "If someone shows up from the government and says they are 'here to help' run the other way." Can't believe the yield forecast. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/17 - Southern Mille Lacs County, Minn.: We began planting on Monday and finished last night (Thursday). All soybeans and hit it just right as it is raining a nice soft gentle rain today. Good luck to all.

 

  • 5/17 - Columbia, Pa.: Most of the corn in area is planted, around 85%. Soybeans are 50% planted.

 

  • 5/17 - East central Iowa: Rain has held off, hopefully until tonight or better yet Sunday. 75 percent of the corn is planted. 25 percent of beans (my best guess only). Some guys have finished corn and some guys are finished with everything.

 

  • 5/17 - Eastern Nebraska: Corn planting full bore since the 11th some started later. Some guys done and on beans other just getting started this week on corn. Hit 108 in a town in southeast NE on Tuesday the 14th. We have gone from winter to summer with no spring. Would est. 70% of corn in and around 5% of beans, great planting conditions but will need timely rains all summer as moisture in soil profile is short.

 

  • 5/17 - Western Walsh county, northeast North Dakota: Finally got started seeding today...put in 200 acres of peas. Tomorrow we will get rolling on the wheat. Local coop fertilizer plant had one of the biggest days ever. Soil was working real nice today. Hope the rain forecast is wrong. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/17 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: Finished corn this afternoon. Mudded in a few little spots but most okay. Started on beans this evening. At least 75% done on corn and a few beans planted in this area.

 

  • 5/17 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Finished with both corn and beans today,...and started up pivots to water the crop up. We received about 1/3 of normal rain last year, and we are already behind for this year. When the wind blows hard, there is a fair amount of dirt that moves too. I have seen what seems to be an abnormal number of dust devils this year,... Pastures are extremely slow in greening up, with large areas that look like they are dead. A lot of feed resources are being used up while we await being able to turn cows out, with some throwing in the towel and selling down further, or out completely. Another dry year will devastate the cow herds in central and western NE.

 

  • 5/17 - Stoddard County, Mo.: On our farm, 100% of corn, cotton, and rice has been planted. 35% of our full season beans have been planted. Working last year’s rice ground now to get remainder of full season beans planted by next week.

 

  • 5/17 - Central South Dakota: Spring wheat is all looking above average thus far. 100% done with corn with first planting just starting to poke through, and 50% done with beans. Just started raining and rain forecasted for next 5 days. We could sure use a good 3-inch soaker over that time frame. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/17 - Northwest Kansas: Crop adjuster just finished and the whole farm appraised average for the 2013 wheat crop is 0.45 bu. It didn't germinate until mid-March. Wheat that is being left is stressed, it was 96 Tuesday.

  • 5/16 - Southwest Kansas: Hot and dry! It's starting to sound like a broken record. It is now official that it is drier here than it was in the thirties. In the last 17 months here, we have received less than 8" of rain. Most of those rains were 0.20" to 0.30" of rain. Thousands of wheat acres are being abandoned out here. What wheat is left is thin and short. I don't know if it will make it if we don't get a rain here quick. Pastures are horrible and many have been chissled to stop them from blowing. We have many insurance farmers though that have planted dryland corn out here. I think something needs to be done about this. Native pastures can't even green up out here and we have guys wanting to plant crop after crop out here that fails. In the thirties they figured out that summerfallow was the one way to raise a crop out here. Now everybody has forgotten that and I believe if it doesn't start raining out here, this next winter is going to look a lot like the thirties again. Why do we never learn from our past? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/16 - Lucas County. Iowa: Field work started yesterday, the 15th. Intended to start planting this morning, the 16th, but 1 1/2 inches of hard rain came overnight and it's still raining as I write this. We're back to waiting and may be for some time as more rains forecast in 3 and 4 days.

 

  • 5/16 - Perquimans County, N.C.: Corn is all planted. Will start to drop nozzle N tomorrow. Finished planting full soybeans today.

 

  • 5/16 - Eastern Iowa: 2nd shift is made it. I now have a 24 row! 50 percent chance of rain Friday. I would guess 70 percent of corn is in.
    5 16 13 Iowa

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 5/16 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Small corn crop still possible.

 

  • 5/16 - Ward County, N.D.: Wheat planting started the 15TH of May now shut down one day later. 4" of rain forecast for out area for the next 5 days. It is getting LATE LATE LATE!!! Wheat yields will be greatly reduced with the late planting here. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
    5 16 13 ND

    -- Ward County, N.D.

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  • 5/16 - Brown County, Kan.: Planters running everywhere here. Many will get done with corn this week. Not heard of any soybeans being planted.

 

  • 5/16 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Finished up corn except for an acre of wet spots. Even the bottom swamp is done. Missed out on the 2 plus inch of rain last week.

 

  • 5/16 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: After two days of 90+ temps, some of the wheat fields are beginning to show some moisture stress. We have another 90 deg. day forecast for later this week. Isolated showers are in the 10 day forecast but usually don't amount to much. With warmer temps spring crop planting will get going within a week. Pray for rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

  • 5/15 - Billings, Mont.: Hot, dry, UGLY -- to sum up our crops. Sugar beets have been mostly replanted and now being irrigated up. Corn is in, some is up. Now hot dry weather has hurt it. On heavy ground dried out and needs water, but no time for it as grain growing so fast. Gotta water it first, don’t know which crop to help first. Hope the Midwest sends some rain our way, we need it in a bad way!

 

  • 5/15 - Plymouth, N.C.: All corn has been planted, along with full-season soybeans.

 

  • 5/15 - East central Iowa: Full steam ahead…finally. Most fields are in great shape, with the occasional tacky or wet spot. Rain in the forecast from Thursday thru every day next week. The last 2 evenings we had a line of showers just miss us. We know what that means around here, by next week we could be praying for rain. Good luck to all.

 

  • 5/15 - East central Iowa: Finished planting corn on Sunday the 12th. Real happy with the condition corn went in the ground. Started beans on the 13th in near perfect condition. Hope to finish beans by Friday. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.


    5 15 13 Iowa

    Sure is getting hot out! Looks like a good day to take a nap!

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 5/15 - Ward County, N.D.: First day of wheat planting started today. We normally have all of the spring wheat in by the 15th of May. Nothing is planted all around our area. Forecast shows 5 days of rain. Wheat planting is way behind normal. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/15 - Freeborn County, Minn.: Planted the first 75 acres today. Conditions was far at best.

 

  • 5/15 - Lafayette County, Wis.: SW Wisconsin estimate that 60 to 75% of corn is planted and could row some last Sat. Beans being planted, estimate 15 to 25 % is done with excellent planting conditions.

 

  • 5/15 - Jay County, Ind.: Running hard to get corn finished up before rains come through Wednesday night. Many in the area hoping to be done with corn before the rains. Many getting a good start into their soybean acreage as well.

 

  • 5/13 - Texas: Texas cotton planting intentions may be affected by the replanting to cotton of freeze-damaged wheat acreage, but a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert doesn’t expect the change to be significant on dryland wheat acres. "Most of the shift will occur on irrigated wheat fields lost to late spring freezes in the Rolling Plains and Northern High Plains," said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist, College Station. "The optimum planting window for cotton has passed in South Texas and the Blacklands." However, cotton planting has just begun in the Rolling Plains, South Plains and Panhandle regions, but there are other factors — not the least of which are precipitation expectations — that will limit producers replanting to cotton, he said. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
    5 15 13 Texas cotton seedling

    This cotton seedling is representative of much of the cotton in the Brazos Bottom and Blacklands, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cotton expert. The on-and-off cool spring has the crop off to a slow start and thrips were causing some major damage. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Gaylon Morgan)

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  • 5/14 - Jefferson, Wis.: A little over 1/3 done, 1,000 done 2,000 to go corn. No beans yet. First corn planted is up. With upcoming heat corn in ground should pop. But we keep getting untimely rains which keeps delaying our progress.

 

  • 5/14 - Allegan County, Mich.: A lot of acres were put in the last week here. I am done with corn and soybeans. Corn is ahead of last year here, soybeans well, I finished earlier than last year with soybeans, as well.

 

  • 5/14 - Sioux County, Iowa: Just got started planting corn. 200 acres and some minor glitches calling it a day.

 

  • 5/14 - Grundy County, Ill.: Finished planting corn on Sunday the 12th. Real happy with the condition corn went in the ground. Started beans on the 13th in near perfect condition. Hope to finish beans by Friday.

 

  • 5/14 - Will County, Ill.: We are about fifty miles south of Chicago. We been in the field seven out of last ten days, probably 90 percent of corn is planted. There have been a couple guys planting soybeans, we will finish corn tomorrow and start beans Wednesday.

 

  • 5/14 - Hendricks County, west-central Indiana: Corn is about two-thirds planted as of today. Hope to start on soybeans in the morning. Field conditions not the best but could be a lot worse. What a difference a year makes. We had all the corn and soybeans planted by 4-26 last year. The Lord knows what we need!!!

 

  • 5/14 - Callaway County, Mo.: Trying to squeeze first cutting alfalfa in between the rain. Supposed to be 90 and windy today. 

 

  • 5/14 - Hamilton County, Ohio: Our soybeans aren't in the ground yet...too wet to plant. Some corn around us was planted early, and last week the fields were flooding.

  • 5/13 - Lycoming County, Pa.: Temps in the low 40s. Soil wet. Cannot plant. Snow flurries sun showers . Cannot wait for tomorrow. Frost in the forecast.

 

  • 5/13 - Henry County, Ohio: All corn in and up. Beans in but not up yet. Some beans in area are up. It got down to 30 degrees with frost, don't know if there’s any frost damage yet, but very possible.

 

  • 5/13 - Putnam County, Ohio: My 2 sons, 1 daughter and I farm around 320 acres and we are finished planting. Soybean seed is sprouted and should be up in a week. I also operate a livestock farm, beef cow herd and sheep and we should be close to baling hay by the end of May.

 

  • 5/13 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Finally got going Saturday working ground. Definitely not ideal conditions but if guys can make it across the field without getting stuck they are going. Hope that this crop isn’t going to be a dud since were planting in the mud. This is definitely one of those years people will talk about for generations in this area.

 

  • 5/13 - East central Iowa: Areas around me received between .5 and 3 inches of rain Thursday evening. Some guys were able to get back to planting Sunday evening, with most going again today (Monday). Almost everyone seems to not be looking at the calendar. Most don’t want to take a chance of mudding it in, only to have the rain start missing them and then having a mess the rest of the year. The hay really took off the last 10 days, taking advantage of the warm spells that were in between the cold periods. Now it will be fun trying to get dairy quality hay made in the next 7-10 days and try and plant at the same time.

 

  • 5/13 - Wells County, Ind.: Finished corn Sat the 11th will start beans after switchover from corn to beans on Kinze split row planter.

 

  • 5/13 - Fayette County, Pa.: 40 percent corn planted.  50 percent beans planted. Conditions were great until Tuesday, it’s been raining off and on since.  Too windy for any spraying.  First beans are up and praying that it doesn’t frost either of the next two nights. 
    5 13 13 PA

    -- Fayette County, Pa.

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  • 5/13 - Christian Country, Ky.: I have planted 100% of my corn and 80% is up. I might have to replant 20 acres because of rain. The county is about half planted and 90% up. We’ve had over 15 inches of rain this year so far.

 

  • 5/13 - Corson, S.D.: Half mile visibility yesterday from blowing dirt. Most farmers are canceling their seed corn orders. Spring wheat is coming up but in trouble, only 2" of rain here since July & Aug. of '12'. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/13 - Coles County, Ill.: Still have standing water from the last rain and we got another 1 3/4" and now it is cool and cloudy with more predicted for Thursday. We’ve had 9.5 inches the last half of April and 3.4 so far in May, so it is soggy. So even if we would see some dry weather, it will take a while to dry out enough to do any field work. I have nothing planted and I am not alone. All of the green you see on the satellite maps are weeds, not crops. We reached the saturation point for what the soil can absorb and every little rain now floods.

 

  • 5/13 - South central Nebraska: Corn planting is crossing the finish line in this area. Some beans being planted.

 

  • 5/13 - Lincoln County, Mo.: Another 1 inch rain. Nothing planted. Wheat yellowing in standing water areas. Have not seen much sunshine in weeks. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/13 - Green County, Wis.: Hoping to plant about 110 acres of corn and 120 acres of soybeans. As of 5/8 I had 70 acres of corn planted. Around 25 projected corn acres might have to be switched to beans, because it's still too wet.
    5 13 13 WI

    -- Green County, Wis.

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  • 5/10 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Neighbor tried to put in his test plot today, planted eight rows and quit. The planter was solid mud. We gotta have ten days of drying to get this to work somewhat decently. Some guys have really mudded it in and it doesn’t look pretty.

 

  • 5/10 - Benson County, N.D.: Text message from my son driving today from Devils Lake to Grand Forks, N.D. (90 miles): 1 planter seeding, 2 stuck, four wheel drives stuck and 3 fertilizer floater spreaders stuck. Ya think we’re are getting nervous?

 

  • 5/10 - Southeast Minnesota: Had a few nice days prior to relinquishing any drying progress to rain the past two days. You know the ground is saturated when your basement seeps water that hasn't happened before. Goal was to plant as much corn as possible but glad I have the flexibility to switch to beans. Then again, prevented plant guarantees a decent return with no risk, if it comes to that. It worked for many two years ago in our area. Our optimum planting date for corn is May 10. Zero, nothing, nada done in our area. Our ten day forecast leaves me uneasy. The real question is when is it appropriate to say "Houston we have a problem."

 

  • 5/10 - McIntosh County, N.D.: Top soil on the soybean and sunflower ground is dry. The discs on the drill are shined up. Could use rain. Some corn is planted in the area.

 

  • 5/10 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Planted 4/28-30. Corn’s almost up. 2-3 days out from planting again.

 

  • 5/10 - Pepin County, Wis.: Finally!! Got the new planter going Tuesday and Wednesday, got 250 acres done before Thursdays rains came.

 

  • 5/10 - Spartinburg, S.C.: 120 acres planted of 150 at Caroland Farms. This has taken three weeks. We should finish today or tomorrow. It has been very wet.

 

  • 5/10 - McDonough County, Ill.: New word to get use to here. Variability or perhaps more closely volatility. It describes the weather, markets and politics. No planting done my farm, some have planted corn. They must have good tile system or as I suspect once surface dry, tramped her in anyway! 10.5"rain since April 1 and raining again today. Every rain event seems to give us the larger amount. What a difference a year makes. Roast to soup. Lots of flood debris to clean up in river bottoms yet.

 

  • 5/10 - Bedford County, Pa.: Planters were rolling until over 2" of rain last fell in the last 2 days. Some corn spiking after 10 days in ground, neighbors planting soybeans. Temps still dipping to lower 40's. Forecast for cold front to move thru tomorrow, possible frost in places. Hoping to make first crop alfalfa next week. Small grain (barely) headed out so this moisture timed it perfectly. Warmer temps and less moisture forecasted for end of next week.

 

  • 5/10 - Cole County, Mo.: Almost no corn planted and no beans planted. Hay fields are wet, with very little harvested. More rain today (5/09/13).

 

  • 5/10 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Full season corn, 66% of acreage, finished 5/7/2013. Some of the best overall soil moisture conditions in my 38 years of planting corn. 33% of acreage in barley and wheat will be double cropped in to additional corn and soybeans. Small grains look healthy, with no signs of disease currently, in spite of cooler and damp conditions. All small grains had one application of fungicide, preparing for second application on wheat. Frost in the forecast for Sunday night. Stay tuned...BE SAFE. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

  • 5/9 - Fayette, Ind.: We have put in only 200 acres of corn and now have to stop, no seed. Purchase seed from DYNAGROW last November and has not arrived yet. They can't even tell me when it will get here. Never buy DYNAGROW again, too big of a risk!

 

  • 5/9 - Faribault County, Minn.: Virtually no corn planted here, maybe 1 or 2 percent.   Raining right now.  10 day shows sunny and warm temps after a possible frost Sunday morning with a new chance for a thunderstorm next Wed.  If we miss that rain, it shows a wet weekend after this coming one.  Seems like the "clear" long range forecast always changes to a slight chance of showers every time we get close.  Our ground needs several days of drying to get in shape.  We normally start around April 21-22 and hope to finish by May 10, tomorrow is the 10th and have not started yet.  Even in 1993 our worst crop ever, we planted some corn in April and our last field on May 23. 

 

  • 5/9 - Tuscola County, Mich.: Sugar beets are nearly all in and corn has been underway since early week. It seems to me that conditions have just now approached ideal as it's been a game of finding the lightest best tiled ground to date.

 

  • 5/9 - Chicot County, Ark.: The heavy clay soils are still wet to plant rice. Some farmers are having trouble getting the rice crop in without getting stuck. But as they fiercely try to plant the crop before June 1st, and with rain in the forecast this weekend, many farmers are planting what they can.
    5 9 13 AR

    -- Chicot County, Ark.

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  • 5/9 - Wisconsin: Mother Nature – she is the QUEEN!

 

  • 5/9 - Louisville/Alliance, Ohio: Just started planting 5-5-2013. We have 120 acres of 250 acres of corn in, but the rain came. We hope to have our plowed ground done tomorrow. We have to go back and do the no-till ground. No beans in the ground yet, maybe two weeks until we start.

 

  • 5/9 - Fayette County, Pa.: Planted 11 acres corn May 3. Very little planting yet.

 

  • 5/9 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: This is what our equipment has been doing for the past week. Planted 200 hundred acres May 2nd in less than good conditions. Then came another 2.6 to 4 inches of rain on Friday the 3rd.  Still mud here with another inch forecast for tonight and tomorrow.
    5 9 13 IL

    -- Mercer County, northwest Illinois

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  • 5/9 - Snyder County, Pa.: Planting corn and soybean got in 121 acres of soybean and 115 of corn. Great weather here. Rain today (1.6 inches). Everybody hard at planting.

 

  • 5/9 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Wet and getting wetter tonight and tomorrow. Planting in the area is very spotty mostly on sandy soil. Next week looks like it will be dry for a few days but in most of our area it will take until mid-week before it will be fit. It’s gonna be hard not to mud it in with the 20th creeping up on us.

 

  • 5/9 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Switched all beans. I feel better all ready. The market is night right right yet, but by the time I apply manure, fertilizer, spray, tillage and plant just not going to kill myself with all-nighters. After 40 years bottom line is I just can't do it anymore. Going to enjoy working cattle today because I have plenty of time now.

  • 5/8 - Henry County, Ohio: Calendar farmers have been going full speed with corn and soybean planting. Some have not started still waiting on ground conditions to improve.

 

  • 5/8 - Grant County, Ind.: Field cultivated all day and the ground is really wet underneath. The planters are running all around here. If the land could talk back to the farmers it would be saying you are compacting me! Planting corn we are, but not in ideal conditions and it will equal lower yields. Hope USDA UNDERSTANDS that planting corn in wet conditions does not mean bin busting yields!

 

  • 5/8 - East central Iowa: Most planters started running Tuesday afternoon. I think just about everybody will hit it hard today. 1/2 to 1 inch on the way for Thursday. Planting on top of the bluffs next the Mississippi River.
    5 8 13 Iowa
    5 8 13 Iowa 2

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 5/8 - Carroll County, Md.: Planted on 5-6 to 5-8, now raining and cold. Very little corn up here even after in the ground for 3 weeks.

 

  • 5/8 - Huntingdon County, Pa.: All finished planting corn and beans. Sure could use some rain. Hope you guys in the Midwest send us some soon. The wheat is growing but it is not a deep green. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/8 - Northwest Saskatchewan: What a difference a week of Sun, Heat and Wind makes. 3 days ago the frogs started croaking, a sure sign! Now the farmers here are Quading around to see which is the best navigational route. I'm sure everyone will be rolling and spinning around here by next week. Busy times are good times, good luck to all.
    5 8 13 1 week thaw 003
    5 8 13 1 week thaw 2

    -- Northwest Saskatchewan

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  • 5/7 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Wheat in SW Cheyenne County and N Logan County, Colo., has nonexistent spots and thin spots throughout. Very, very few fields are consistently looking uniformly good. Wheat is at least 3 weeks behind normal. We now have a longer period of hail risk and damage from excessive heat. Looks to be a very interesting summer. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/7 - Woodbury County, Iowa: Very few acres planted in this area. There has only been one day this season, April 30, where conditions were fit but few went to the field because of the cold weather. I planted 12 acres and then had 2" of snow the next day. Corn has not sprouted yet. Too wet to plant today. Thunderstorms predicted for this evening.

  • 5/7 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: We are about 40% planted on corn before this last snow event. First we planted on Sat the 27th is sprouted and should be up in 2 or 3 days if we can keep 75 degrees in the forecast. More rain on Wed and Thurs in the forecast on top of the 12.9 inches we have had since April 8. Now we are wet!

 

  • 5/7 - East central Iowa: 2" of rain (no snow, thankfully) last Thursday/Friday. We have been fortunate enough to have had the sun Saturday, Sunday and Monday with rain in the forecast Wednesday night. I think today (Tuesday) it will be balls-to-the-walls fieldwork. I plan on starting the planter back up later this morning and run as hard as I can until the rain moves in. We all know what that could mean...the rain doesn’t materialize, and then 10 days from now we are praying for it to cover up some mistakes the were made. Time will only tell. Once again, we feel luckier than most to hopefully make some progress. By the way, are the traders trying to tell us something by not caring that virtually no corn is in the ground yet as of May 7th?

 

  • 5/7 - Wells County, Ind.: Running anhydrous should get done tomorrow, then we’ll start planting corn.

 

  • 5/7 - Rapides Parish, La.: Finished fertilizing milo 5/1 right ahead of 1 inch rain. Today, I hope to get layby herbicides out on milo. Have 60 acres of bean land left to plow because of wet conditions this spring. Should get started planting soybeans this week. Good luck and be safe.

 

  • 5/7 - Kimball County, Neb.: None planted here.

 

  • 5/7 - Grant County, Minn.: Floaters and planters started rolling on select fields on 5/2/13. Wheat, beans, corn and sugarbeets all being planted. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/7 - Mower County, Minn.: 15" in snow last Wednesday. It is mostly gone now, water standing all over, and very, very little corn in the ground! Tile vent pipe's flowing water!

 

  • 5/7 - Montcalm County, Mich.: Planter is headed to the field on our farm today. We have 900 acres of corn and 450 acres of beans to get in. Right now we have about 300 ready to plant with another 300 - 400 we can start getting on if this weather holds. The rest is still really wet with some standing water still.

 

  • 5/7 - Boone County, Ky.: 65 acres of corn planted last Friday and Saturday. There was a 30% chance of rain on Sunday….we got 2.5 inches.

 

  • 5/7 - Otoe, Neb.: 20% done planting. The forecast is not good for 2 weeks.

  • 5/6 - Kossuth County, Iowa: 100% in the bag, unplanted that is, both corn and soybeans. Climates change...

 

  • 5/6 - Northern Stearns County, Minn.: Hauled manure this weekend and chiseled it in. I am going to pick rocks this week and start planting corn Thursday and hopefully be done by Sunday. Ground is cold but yesterday's sun helped dry things out. Supposedly to be around 70 degrees all week. Soil moisture is excellent.

 

  • 5/6 - Montgomery County, Mo.: We've been having cold rain, so no planting. 3.5 inches rain over weekend. drove across state to KC, saw 1 field planted next to I-70, couple more at KC. Can't imagine how they'll get a stand. Heavy snow flattened the wheat. Calling for 60% more rain Thursday. Old saying "when it's tough to get it planted, it'll turned out good." Worked last year. Went in beautiful and turned out horrible. So I guess we got perfect weather after all!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/6 - DeKalb County, Ind.: 7 acres of corn planted with 16 row planter so far. It is wet, wet, wet. Just a lucky few are planting, those with sandy soils. Need 3 to 5 days of decent drying to dry up some of these fields.

 

  • 5/6 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: No corn in the ground yet. Next week weather sounds better. 750 acres fertilizer spread and 500 acres worked.40 degrees this morning again.

  • 5/6 - Franklin, Pa.: Cool here and a little dry. Planters in the fields and running full steam. Looks like small grains are going to be a little short.

 

  • 5/6 - Greeley County, Neb.: Virtually no planting in area as of 5/4/2013. 6 inches of beautiful moisture since April 9th. 30 degrees this morning and 26 degrees yesterday morning. Was done with corn planting at this time last year.

 

  • 5/6 - Bulgaria: Targovishte wheat is in very good condition. Zaâvaneto is in progress of hybrid sunflower seeds. Rain is not having 25 days, but is very necessary. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
    5 6 13 Bulgaria
    5 6 13 Bulgaria 2

    -- Bulgaria

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  • 5/6 - Marion County, Iowa: Had 4-5 inches of snow yesterday (Friday) some corn planted Monday through Wednesday, some guys didn't start others near compete, even some beans planted. Progress maybe 25%, normal would be 90% here. The agronomists and farmers are very nervous here with snow on the ground and rain forecasted for next week.

 

  • 5/6 - South central Minnesota: No planting here 5-8’’ of snow.

 

  • 5/6 - Polk County, Iowa: Drove from Des Moines to Kansas City this Friday afternoon. 33-34 degrees and snowing all the way. Snow covered all the ground in Iowa, spotty snow cover to KC. Standing water everywhere. Saw only 3-4 fields that had been planted and they were wet, wet, wet. 8 inches of wet snow in Central Iowa since this started and half has melted. Forecast for 1-2 inches of rain to come and very slowly warming temps. We had planted 100 acres (of 600) corn before the rain started. Suspect that as wet and cold as it has been, and will be, it will need replanting. It will be mid-May before we get back in the field - that is if the sun comes out, as forecast, by mid- week.

 

  • 5/6 - Greene County, Ohio: Anyone in Iowa or Minnesota look at the extended weather forecast? Or do they have frost proof seed out there?

 

  • 5/6 - Eaton County, Mich.: Nobody doing anything in the fields yet! We are wet and we are going to get a dry stretch this next week, maybe next week we can get started.

 

  • 5/6 - Saunders County, Neb.: This Saunders County field was planted to corn Wednesday (May 1), followed by rain and then snow on Thursday. See this week's story on how cold soil water can affect the imbibitional process in soybean.  (Photo by Mark Schroeder, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
    5 6 13 NE

    -- Saunders County, Neb.

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  • 5/6 - Pepin, Wis.: Received 10 inches of snow and I know rain going to start as soon as snow is gone on our irrigated sands up near Eau Claire.

 

  • 5/6 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Cool and windy here today. Had about 1" of moisture in the rain/snow event on 1May.The moisture is very welcome, but the temps stink. At least there will be some grass when it finally warms up enough to allow it to grow. No leaves on any trees, and the plum bushes are just starting to show blooms-last year they had already set plums by now. About 50-60% planted on corn. Good luck to all.

 

  • 5/6 - Corydon, Iowa: This picture was taken this morning in the yard of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Corydon, Iowa near the Iowa/Missouri Border in South-central Iowa. 9-12" snowfall totals from last night. Was near 90 degrees on Tuesday. I have a little corn and beans both planted but the worst part is the cow/calf on green grass with little hay left in the drought stricken area.
    5 6 13 Iowa

    -- Corydon, Iowa

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  • 5/6 - Lancaster County, Neb.: It must be the southern part of Lancaster County that is half planted (see comment below) because in the North maybe 5% planted on corn and no beans. Planters 1 or 2 rolled a little on Sat. the 27 and a few more by Monday and Tuesday. Then hit with 1" of rain, then sleet then snow and below 32 temps. Will be a while, next rain predicted for Wed. at 70% chance. It was plenty wet when we started Sunday morning. Fields that haven't had any spraying done are looking pretty ugly.

 

  • 5/6 - Hancock County Iowa: 10 inches snow yesterday. 8 1/2 inches rain last three weeks, but we needed it all. Less than 1/2% of corn planted. This to shall pass. Be careful all, let's enjoy harvest.

 

  • 5/6 - Runnels County, Texas: Our wheat is dry and has some freeze damage, a very poor crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

  • 5/3 - Chippewa, Wis.: We were just getting dried out enough to maybe start spreading manure. 81 on Monday and then we get socked by Achilles and are left with 8+ inches of snow and up to 16 inches to the west. Will be a couple of weeks before anything is planted around here. I sure do miss that "global warming" of last year.

 

  • 5/3 - Brown County, S.D.: Some tillage but last two nights’ temps were record lows. No planting yet.

 

  • 5/3 - Buffalo County, Wis.: Corn planters still in the shed yet. Nobody planted corn here yet and some small grain was put in last Sunday. We just had 8 plus inches of snow Thursday and going to rain for the next 2 days. Not good things are going to be late here.

 

  • 5/3 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Planters started rolling in our area on April 25th and with the large planters and 7 days of warm weather most farmers have at least half of their corn in. Soybean planting also started but less than 10% is planted. Cold wet weather is back and we probably won't get back in the fields before May 6th.

 

  • 5/3 - Stanton County, Neb.: A few young guys planted on April 29 and 30. One guy was planting at 2 A.M., I suppose to beat the snow and the freezing temperatures. We are to be in the mid-twenties tomorrow morning. Most are waiting Mother Nature out a bit longer (a week or two) before panic mode sets in.

  • 5/3 - Moultrie County, Ill.: Big thunderstorm this P.M. dumped 1.5" in 10 min. We were within 48 hours of being dry enough to plant our first field of corn. Forecast for another 2" by Sunday pm!

 

  • 5/3 - Freeborn County, Minn.: We’ve had 10+inches of snow. We can't haul manure let alone start to plant corn yet. Some have started: but on light ground

 

  • 5/3 - Chicot County, Ark.: Wheat looks good, and the corn looks good, but a little thin in some places. Soybeans look great. We started planting last day in March/first week in April. I have finished planting I got an inch of rain May the first. When I went to get my first bean seeds, my seed dealer told me he was going to dig a hole and put me in it with no cloth on to see how I liked it (referring to the to the bean seeds). But as of today, I have beans about six inches tall. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/3 - Kearney County, Neb.: Lot of corn planted around here last week. We're 85% done but questioning my sanity for doing so with the cold temps and a slow warm-up in the forecast. Got a quarter inch of rain so I have taken the last couple of days off the tractor.

 

  • 5/3 - DeKalb, Mo.: Yard is white. T-shirts yesterday. Lot of planters rolling since last Saturday. Some corn was planted early April, can't see any of it up yet but heard that crop adjusters are telling them to wait and see. Any piece of ground that can handle a 4wd and 16-row planter is being planted. Some ground that has never seen daylight is now being broken. 1 good crop and corn is back to $2. God forbid if something happens to the ethanol market.

 

  • 5/3 - Manitowoc, Wis.: We have a huge amount of winterkill on our alfalfa and SRW in EC WI. Our extension agent says it is all across WI into MN. Guys are scrambling to try to find emergency forage seed here in dairy country.

 

  • 5/3 - Ottawa County, Okla.: Only had 5 corn planting days since March 15th. Got 1/2 my planned acres in and insurance closed April 30. Remaining corn acres will switch to milo. Most here got zero corn planted. However, my winter canola seems to like this weather!
    5 3 13 OK

    -- Ottawa County, Okla.

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  • 5/3 - Saunders County, Neb.: Had 3-4" snow Wednesday night plus 1" rain during the afternoon. Just planted part of Monday and Tuesday. Not too many farmers going yet because of the cold temps. 30 degrees this morning.

 

  • 5/3 - Sibley County, Minn.: Several inches of snow last night. Corn planting continues to be delayed, at least two weeks from any seeds going in the ground, expect yields to be reduced 10% to 15% and that is if we get decent weather the rest of the year.

 

  • 5/3 - Mitchell County, Iowa: We have not been to the field as of May 2 and we are receiving snow today. We have currently 8-10 inches on the ground and still snowing schools closed for the day and it is supposed to be a high of 39 degrees tomorrow with rain. I am considering on chaining my 103 day corn in for some 99 day corn if I get my hands on some. We probably won't be the field next week this time unless there is a drastic change in the weather.

 

  • 5/3 - Hancock County, Iowa: No planting in northern Iowa for a while! Picture taken May 2nd!
    5 3 13 Iowa

    -- Hancock County, Iowa

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  • 5/3 - Seward County, Neb.: The field in the picture is planted.  Soil Temp at 4", 40 degrees this morning.  This area is 10% planted.  Five more days of cold wet weather before it even dries out here.  No measurable snow in May here since 1967.  We had about 2" snow yesterday and last night.  We completed corn planting on 4/26 last year.  Our farm has not planted an acre yet.  This weather will not be good to planted seeds as temps are going to remain well below average. 
    5 3 13 NE

    -- Seward County, Neb.


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  • 5/2 - Wabasha County, Minn.: Over 12'' of snow overnight. No small grains planted or anything yet. A lot of winterkill in 2nd year or older alfalfa stands, plowing mine all up. Will be 10-14 days till we can start anything. Good luck to all this year.

 

  • 5/2 - Kent County, Ontario: This time last year corn planting 100% complete. This year 0%. If last year was global warming, I want more.

 

  • 5/2 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Rain, hail, sleet and thunder snow, the only thing we haven’t gotten outa this one is a twister. Couple guys planted a little, but most are still trying to put on fertilizer. Tomorrow night’s lows in the lower twenties. No planting here until possibly late next week if we get good weather.

 

  • 5/2 - Southwest Nebraska: Wheat is poor. Insurance adjuster put my uncle's at 3 bu./ac. and a neighbor had his at 4 bu./ac. It will be destroyed ASAP. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/2 - East central Iowa: I finally started planting corn, even though I shouldn’t be. They are talking about a low of 38 degrees…with cold rain. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.

 

  • 5/2 - Graves County, Ky.: 875 acres of corn in the ground. This time last year we were done. A lot of farmers are thinking this will be a repeat of 09, will see. As of now, I would cut my corn yield by 15 to 20%.

 

  • 5/2 - Southeast Minnesota: Maybe the USDA can correct some optimum planting dates in that magic hat.
    5 2 13 MN

    -- Southeast Minnesota

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  • 5/2 - Sac County, Iowa: Planted corn April 28/29 but stopped on the 30th because of weather forecast. On May 1 we had 0.8 inches of rain and 3 inches of snow, with a forecast of 6 inches and temperature of 32 degrees. Estimate 15 % of corn in the ground.

 

  • 5/2 - Kossuth County, Iowa: Neighbor planted corn in this field yesterday (4-30-2013), might be a while before you can row it!
    5 2 13 Iowa

    -- Kossuth County, Iowa

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  • 5/2 - Winona County, Minn.: 4-8 inches of snow tonight through tomorrow. Storm to affect us for several days. .001% with seeds in the ground here. Top surface was just about getting where we could have done something. All mud under the surface. Lots of Terra Gators buried around here along with manure spreaders buried to the axles. 1 inch of rain last night. It’s gonna be a while before we get going here. At least 10 days min. Be safe.

  • 5/1 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: We have 3 in. snow in the ground, more to come. We have 28 degrees with light snow. We'll take the moisture. Isn't global warming wonderful?

 

  • 5/1 - O’Brien County, Iowa: Over 70 degrees last couple days. A lot of corn went in but, we’re not done. Now snowing and high of 40. It could be a week before we are back in the field. Gotta love spring!

 

  • 5/1 - Canton, Mo.: From Farm Journal Media’s Pam Fretwell: I found some emerged corn in Canton, Mo. It was planted about 2 weeks ago. It is not looking good, but you can row it in some places.
    5 1 13 MO
    5 1 13 MO 2

    -- Canton, Mo.

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  • 5/1 - Lincoln County, Wash.: Only 2.2 inches of moisture the first 4 months of the year! 30+ mile an hour winds the last several days and 16 degrees this morning. The winter wheat has been slowly deteriorating. Temperatures expected in the 80's and no precipitation for the next couple of weeks. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/1 - Nobles County, Minn.: May 1st in southwest Minnesota and it still look like February. And we're going to plant more corn acres according to USDA. I don't think so! There will be NO corn planted here until mid-May. And the little bit of corn that is in the ground will get a tough start. Enjoy your Spring?
    5 1 13 MN

    -- Nobles County, Minn.

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  • 5/1 - Meeker County, Minn.: Nothing moving and snowing today.

 

  • 5/1 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Started planting yesterday to check out our new planter. The dealer said to hold off because of cold rain. Planters have been rolling since Saturday P.M.

 

  • 5/1 - Warren County, Ky.: Hay has dramatically been cut in terms of production. Fescue and or chardgrass has already started to head out at about ten inches tall. This will not yield much tonnage per acre. We need some warm weather real quick.

 

  • 5/1 - Pennsylvania: 0 planted. The soil is too cold.

 

  • 5/1 - Oliver County, N.D.: Air seeders are starting to roll in the area. We started this afternoon with spring wheat. Going on sunflower ground and was working nicely. Stubble ground is still pretty wet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

 

  • 5/1 - Hancock County, Iowa: Today was the 1st day we might have been able to plant. However, crop scouts & Monsanto discouraged it because of the rain and cold for the next 5 days. We've had 9+ inches of rain over the past month and not a pond sitting in the fields. That is how dry we were. 75 degrees today and snow predicted for the week, only in Iowa!

 

  • 5/1 - Cuming County, Neb.: Weather coming in, 2 to 4 inches of snow for May 1! Looks like the USDA should think about the record crop of snow peas this year.

 

  • 5/1 - Balcarres, Saskatchewan Canada: We still have a lot of the winter snow left on the fields here. some areas got about 10 inches of snow again today. We usually start the 1st week of May. With all the snow and water on the field now could be the 1st week of June if at all. In 43 years of farming never seen the winter snow left on fields on the 1st of May. This will be our 4th year of poor seeding conditions. Good Luck to all!! May God send his Blessings

 

  • 5/1 - Franklin, Pa.: Some corn planted, small grains are short. The hay is growing. Last year was two weeks earlier than average, this year is a week behind average.

 

  • 5/1 - Livingston County, Mo.: As of April 30, no corn has been planted. 80 today some nh3 go on. May 1 calling for 80 dropping to 36 overnight.

 

  • 5/1 - Saline County, Kan.: 10% planted corn. We started April 3. It is just now coming up.

 

  • 5/1 - East central Iowa: There are three types of farmers over here: 1. Those who are planting full bore. 2. Those were waiting until after this cold and wet weather goes through. 3. Those of us who don't know what group to join.

 

  • 5/1 - Northern Indiana: In northern Indiana, where temperatures are in the 80s this week, area farmers may get a small window to plant, according to an I-80 Planting Tour update from AgDay’s Tyne Morgan. Jason Wykoff farms around New Ca

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      • 5/20 - Northeast Nebraska: I'd say maybe 2/3 corn planted. Had big storms Thursday. Got 2 inches in 15 minutes...cleaned all the ditches out that haven't been there for 2 years. Going to have to replant a lot of no-till acres; cleaned the rows out where the planter went. A few just started on beans. Looks wet all week. It is getting late now...will be no early corn this fall. A lot of cattle feeders and ethanol plants are wondering how they're going to have corn in September, early October. Very little corn in bins as we didn’t raise any in this area last year.

         
      • 5/20 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Got four days in of planting in the mud before we got rained out Thursday night. Creeks are out of their banks and water standing everywhere. Heavy thunderstorms forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Gonna be awhile before we get back in. This is getting ridiculous.

         
      • 5/20 - Thomas County, Kan.: We have already cut our wheat 3,000+ acres at 1.05-4.5 bu. per acre. All our irrigated corn is in and 80% of our dryland corn, and it went in excellent. We will start milo in 2-3 days. Let's all pray for rain.

         
      • 5/20 - Rice County, Minn.: We have had four days to plant. Weather appears set to lock us out of the fields into the end of May or more. Record huge crop on the way, in case you didn't know.
         

      • 5/17 - Southeast Minnesota: 30% done with corn and all of that went into ground so wet I never would have thought I would be working/planting it. 3" of rain yesterday, chance of rain every day through Wednesday. Looking like it will be a prevented planting claim for crop insurance unless Memorial Day weekend is beautiful. I would guess 40% of the corn is in here and 0% of the beans.

         
      • 5/17 - Freeborn County, Minn.: Rained out on 5/16 at 11 p.m. and with only 43% in the ground, will be another 7-10 days before we go again. This is going to be tough year to get corn seed planted and do it right. Some are already changing plans, and I may have to think hard also. I remember the '80s as a kid and don't want to relive it. Everyone that is having trouble with the weather, just use good judgement and be safe.

         
      • 5/17 - Southwest Minnesota: I'm guessing 80% the corn is planted here (mostly this week). A few guys planting some soybeans but not many. Hay and pastures very slow if not dead. Two weeks ago we had 8 inches of snow, tonight tornados. If we were a month early for crops last year and a month late this year, doesn't that mean old crop bushels need to last 14 months?

         
      • 5/17 - Livingston County, Mich.: Here it is, "Rain in May, barn full of wheat and hay." We won't see either. Does anyone believe USDA forecasts? Read Crop Tour reports from Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Canada...hardly any spring wheat planted! Reagan said, "If someone shows up from the government and says they are 'here to help' run the other way." Can't believe the yield forecast.

         
      • 5/17 - Southern Mille Lacs County, Minn.: We began planting on Monday and finished last night (Thursday). All soybeans and hit it just right as it is raining a nice soft gentle rain today. Good luck to all.

         
        • 5/17 - Columbia, Pa.: Most of the corn in area is planted, around 85%. Soybeans are 50% planted.
        • 5/17 - East central Iowa: Rain has held off, hopefully until tonight or better yet Sunday. 75 percent of the corn is planted. 25 percent of beans (my best guess only). Some guys have finished corn and some guys are finished with everything.
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        • 5/17 - Eastern Nebraska: Corn planting full bore since the 11th some started later. Some guys done and on beans other just getting started this week on corn. Hit 108 in a town in southeast NE on Tuesday the 14th. We have gone from winter to summer with no spring. Would est. 70% of corn in and around 5% of beans, great planting conditions but will need timely rains all summer as moisture in soil profile is short.

         

        • 5/17 - Western Walsh county, northeast North Dakota: Finally got started seeding today...put in 200 acres of peas. Tomorrow we will get rolling on the wheat. Local coop fertilizer plant had one of the biggest days ever. Soil was working real nice today. Hope the rain forecast is wrong. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/17 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: Finished corn this afternoon. Mudded in a few little spots but most okay. Started on beans this evening. At least 75% done on corn and a few beans planted in this area.

         

        • 5/17 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Finished with both corn and beans today,...and started up pivots to water the crop up. We received about 1/3 of normal rain last year, and we are already behind for this year. When the wind blows hard, there is a fair amount of dirt that moves too. I have seen what seems to be an abnormal number of dust devils this year,... Pastures are extremely slow in greening up, with large areas that look like they are dead. A lot of feed resources are being used up while we await being able to turn cows out, with some throwing in the towel and selling down further, or out completely. Another dry year will devastate the cow herds in central and western NE.

         

        • 5/17 - Stoddard County, Mo.: On our farm, 100% of corn, cotton, and rice has been planted. 35% of our full season beans have been planted. Working last year’s rice ground now to get remainder of full season beans planted by next week.

         

        • 5/17 - Central South Dakota: Spring wheat is all looking above average thus far. 100% done with corn with first planting just starting to poke through, and 50% done with beans. Just started raining and rain forecasted for next 5 days. We could sure use a good 3-inch soaker over that time frame. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/17 - Northwest Kansas: Crop adjuster just finished and the whole farm appraised average for the 2013 wheat crop is 0.45 bu. It didn't germinate until mid-March. Wheat that is being left is stressed, it was 96 Tuesday.

        • 5/16 - Southwest Kansas: Hot and dry! It's starting to sound like a broken record. It is now official that it is drier here than it was in the thirties. In the last 17 months here, we have received less than 8" of rain. Most of those rains were 0.20" to 0.30" of rain. Thousands of wheat acres are being abandoned out here. What wheat is left is thin and short. I don't know if it will make it if we don't get a rain here quick. Pastures are horrible and many have been chissled to stop them from blowing. We have many insurance farmers though that have planted dryland corn out here. I think something needs to be done about this. Native pastures can't even green up out here and we have guys wanting to plant crop after crop out here that fails. In the thirties they figured out that summerfallow was the one way to raise a crop out here. Now everybody has forgotten that and I believe if it doesn't start raining out here, this next winter is going to look a lot like the thirties again. Why do we never learn from our past? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
        • 5/16 - Lucas County. Iowa: Field work started yesterday, the 15th. Intended to start planting this morning, the 16th, but 1 1/2 inches of hard rain came overnight and it's still raining as I write this. We're back to waiting and may be for some time as more rains forecast in 3 and 4 days.

         

        • 5/16 - Perquimans County, N.C.: Corn is all planted. Will start to drop nozzle N tomorrow. Finished planting full soybeans today.

         

        • 5/16 - Eastern Iowa: 2nd shift is made it. I now have a 24 row! 50 percent chance of rain Friday. I would guess 70 percent of corn is in.
          5 16 13 Iowa

          -- East central Iowa

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        • 5/16 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Small corn crop still possible.

         

        • 5/16 - Ward County, N.D.: Wheat planting started the 15TH of May now shut down one day later. 4" of rain forecast for out area for the next 5 days. It is getting LATE LATE LATE!!! Wheat yields will be greatly reduced with the late planting here. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
          5 16 13 ND

          -- Ward County, N.D.

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        • 5/16 - Brown County, Kan.: Planters running everywhere here. Many will get done with corn this week. Not heard of any soybeans being planted.

         

        • 5/16 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Finished up corn except for an acre of wet spots. Even the bottom swamp is done. Missed out on the 2 plus inch of rain last week.

         

        • 5/16 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: After two days of 90+ temps, some of the wheat fields are beginning to show some moisture stress. We have another 90 deg. day forecast for later this week. Isolated showers are in the 10 day forecast but usually don't amount to much. With warmer temps spring crop planting will get going within a week. Pray for rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

        • 5/15 - Billings, Mont.: Hot, dry, UGLY -- to sum up our crops. Sugar beets have been mostly replanted and now being irrigated up. Corn is in, some is up. Now hot dry weather has hurt it. On heavy ground dried out and needs water, but no time for it as grain growing so fast. Gotta water it first, don’t know which crop to help first. Hope the Midwest sends some rain our way, we need it in a bad way!

         

        • 5/15 - Plymouth, N.C.: All corn has been planted, along with full-season soybeans.

         

        • 5/15 - East central Iowa: Full steam ahead…finally. Most fields are in great shape, with the occasional tacky or wet spot. Rain in the forecast from Thursday thru every day next week. The last 2 evenings we had a line of showers just miss us. We know what that means around here, by next week we could be praying for rain. Good luck to all.

         

        • 5/15 - East central Iowa: Finished planting corn on Sunday the 12th. Real happy with the condition corn went in the ground. Started beans on the 13th in near perfect condition. Hope to finish beans by Friday. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.


          5 15 13 Iowa

          Sure is getting hot out! Looks like a good day to take a nap!

          -- East central Iowa

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        • 5/15 - Ward County, N.D.: First day of wheat planting started today. We normally have all of the spring wheat in by the 15th of May. Nothing is planted all around our area. Forecast shows 5 days of rain. Wheat planting is way behind normal. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/15 - Freeborn County, Minn.: Planted the first 75 acres today. Conditions was far at best.

         

        • 5/15 - Lafayette County, Wis.: SW Wisconsin estimate that 60 to 75% of corn is planted and could row some last Sat. Beans being planted, estimate 15 to 25 % is done with excellent planting conditions.

         

        • 5/15 - Jay County, Ind.: Running hard to get corn finished up before rains come through Wednesday night. Many in the area hoping to be done with corn before the rains. Many getting a good start into their soybean acreage as well.

         

        • 5/13 - Texas: Texas cotton planting intentions may be affected by the replanting to cotton of freeze-damaged wheat acreage, but a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert doesn’t expect the change to be significant on dryland wheat acres. "Most of the shift will occur on irrigated wheat fields lost to late spring freezes in the Rolling Plains and Northern High Plains," said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist, College Station. "The optimum planting window for cotton has passed in South Texas and the Blacklands." However, cotton planting has just begun in the Rolling Plains, South Plains and Panhandle regions, but there are other factors — not the least of which are precipitation expectations — that will limit producers replanting to cotton, he said. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
          5 15 13 Texas cotton seedling

          This cotton seedling is representative of much of the cotton in the Brazos Bottom and Blacklands, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cotton expert. The on-and-off cool spring has the crop off to a slow start and thrips were causing some major damage. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Gaylon Morgan)

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        • 5/14 - Jefferson, Wis.: A little over 1/3 done, 1,000 done 2,000 to go corn. No beans yet. First corn planted is up. With upcoming heat corn in ground should pop. But we keep getting untimely rains which keeps delaying our progress.

         

        • 5/14 - Allegan County, Mich.: A lot of acres were put in the last week here. I am done with corn and soybeans. Corn is ahead of last year here, soybeans well, I finished earlier than last year with soybeans, as well.

         

        • 5/14 - Sioux County, Iowa: Just got started planting corn. 200 acres and some minor glitches calling it a day.

         

        • 5/14 - Grundy County, Ill.: Finished planting corn on Sunday the 12th. Real happy with the condition corn went in the ground. Started beans on the 13th in near perfect condition. Hope to finish beans by Friday.

         

        • 5/14 - Will County, Ill.: We are about fifty miles south of Chicago. We been in the field seven out of last ten days, probably 90 percent of corn is planted. There have been a couple guys planting soybeans, we will finish corn tomorrow and start beans Wednesday.

         

        • 5/14 - Hendricks County, west-central Indiana: Corn is about two-thirds planted as of today. Hope to start on soybeans in the morning. Field conditions not the best but could be a lot worse. What a difference a year makes. We had all the corn and soybeans planted by 4-26 last year. The Lord knows what we need!!!

         

        • 5/14 - Callaway County, Mo.: Trying to squeeze first cutting alfalfa in between the rain. Supposed to be 90 and windy today. 

         

        • 5/14 - Hamilton County, Ohio: Our soybeans aren't in the ground yet...too wet to plant. Some corn around us was planted early, and last week the fields were flooding.

        • 5/13 - Lycoming County, Pa.: Temps in the low 40s. Soil wet. Cannot plant. Snow flurries sun showers . Cannot wait for tomorrow. Frost in the forecast.

         

        • 5/13 - Henry County, Ohio: All corn in and up. Beans in but not up yet. Some beans in area are up. It got down to 30 degrees with frost, don't know if there’s any frost damage yet, but very possible.

         

        • 5/13 - Putnam County, Ohio: My 2 sons, 1 daughter and I farm around 320 acres and we are finished planting. Soybean seed is sprouted and should be up in a week. I also operate a livestock farm, beef cow herd and sheep and we should be close to baling hay by the end of May.

         

        • 5/13 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Finally got going Saturday working ground. Definitely not ideal conditions but if guys can make it across the field without getting stuck they are going. Hope that this crop isn’t going to be a dud since were planting in the mud. This is definitely one of those years people will talk about for generations in this area.

         

        • 5/13 - East central Iowa: Areas around me received between .5 and 3 inches of rain Thursday evening. Some guys were able to get back to planting Sunday evening, with most going again today (Monday). Almost everyone seems to not be looking at the calendar. Most don’t want to take a chance of mudding it in, only to have the rain start missing them and then having a mess the rest of the year. The hay really took off the last 10 days, taking advantage of the warm spells that were in between the cold periods. Now it will be fun trying to get dairy quality hay made in the next 7-10 days and try and plant at the same time.

         

        • 5/13 - Wells County, Ind.: Finished corn Sat the 11th will start beans after switchover from corn to beans on Kinze split row planter.

         

        • 5/13 - Fayette County, Pa.: 40 percent corn planted.  50 percent beans planted. Conditions were great until Tuesday, it’s been raining off and on since.  Too windy for any spraying.  First beans are up and praying that it doesn’t frost either of the next two nights. 
          5 13 13 PA

          -- Fayette County, Pa.

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        • 5/13 - Christian Country, Ky.: I have planted 100% of my corn and 80% is up. I might have to replant 20 acres because of rain. The county is about half planted and 90% up. We’ve had over 15 inches of rain this year so far.

         

        • 5/13 - Corson, S.D.: Half mile visibility yesterday from blowing dirt. Most farmers are canceling their seed corn orders. Spring wheat is coming up but in trouble, only 2" of rain here since July & Aug. of '12'. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/13 - Coles County, Ill.: Still have standing water from the last rain and we got another 1 3/4" and now it is cool and cloudy with more predicted for Thursday. We’ve had 9.5 inches the last half of April and 3.4 so far in May, so it is soggy. So even if we would see some dry weather, it will take a while to dry out enough to do any field work. I have nothing planted and I am not alone. All of the green you see on the satellite maps are weeds, not crops. We reached the saturation point for what the soil can absorb and every little rain now floods.

         

        • 5/13 - South central Nebraska: Corn planting is crossing the finish line in this area. Some beans being planted.

         

        • 5/13 - Lincoln County, Mo.: Another 1 inch rain. Nothing planted. Wheat yellowing in standing water areas. Have not seen much sunshine in weeks. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/13 - Green County, Wis.: Hoping to plant about 110 acres of corn and 120 acres of soybeans. As of 5/8 I had 70 acres of corn planted. Around 25 projected corn acres might have to be switched to beans, because it's still too wet.
          5 13 13 WI

          -- Green County, Wis.

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        • 5/10 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Neighbor tried to put in his test plot today, planted eight rows and quit. The planter was solid mud. We gotta have ten days of drying to get this to work somewhat decently. Some guys have really mudded it in and it doesn’t look pretty.

         

        • 5/10 - Benson County, N.D.: Text message from my son driving today from Devils Lake to Grand Forks, N.D. (90 miles): 1 planter seeding, 2 stuck, four wheel drives stuck and 3 fertilizer floater spreaders stuck. Ya think we’re are getting nervous?

         

        • 5/10 - Southeast Minnesota: Had a few nice days prior to relinquishing any drying progress to rain the past two days. You know the ground is saturated when your basement seeps water that hasn't happened before. Goal was to plant as much corn as possible but glad I have the flexibility to switch to beans. Then again, prevented plant guarantees a decent return with no risk, if it comes to that. It worked for many two years ago in our area. Our optimum planting date for corn is May 10. Zero, nothing, nada done in our area. Our ten day forecast leaves me uneasy. The real question is when is it appropriate to say "Houston we have a problem."

         

        • 5/10 - McIntosh County, N.D.: Top soil on the soybean and sunflower ground is dry. The discs on the drill are shined up. Could use rain. Some corn is planted in the area.

         

        • 5/10 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Planted 4/28-30. Corn’s almost up. 2-3 days out from planting again.

         

        • 5/10 - Pepin County, Wis.: Finally!! Got the new planter going Tuesday and Wednesday, got 250 acres done before Thursdays rains came.

         

        • 5/10 - Spartinburg, S.C.: 120 acres planted of 150 at Caroland Farms. This has taken three weeks. We should finish today or tomorrow. It has been very wet.

         

        • 5/10 - McDonough County, Ill.: New word to get use to here. Variability or perhaps more closely volatility. It describes the weather, markets and politics. No planting done my farm, some have planted corn. They must have good tile system or as I suspect once surface dry, tramped her in anyway! 10.5"rain since April 1 and raining again today. Every rain event seems to give us the larger amount. What a difference a year makes. Roast to soup. Lots of flood debris to clean up in river bottoms yet.

         

        • 5/10 - Bedford County, Pa.: Planters were rolling until over 2" of rain last fell in the last 2 days. Some corn spiking after 10 days in ground, neighbors planting soybeans. Temps still dipping to lower 40's. Forecast for cold front to move thru tomorrow, possible frost in places. Hoping to make first crop alfalfa next week. Small grain (barely) headed out so this moisture timed it perfectly. Warmer temps and less moisture forecasted for end of next week.

         

        • 5/10 - Cole County, Mo.: Almost no corn planted and no beans planted. Hay fields are wet, with very little harvested. More rain today (5/09/13).

         

        • 5/10 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Full season corn, 66% of acreage, finished 5/7/2013. Some of the best overall soil moisture conditions in my 38 years of planting corn. 33% of acreage in barley and wheat will be double cropped in to additional corn and soybeans. Small grains look healthy, with no signs of disease currently, in spite of cooler and damp conditions. All small grains had one application of fungicide, preparing for second application on wheat. Frost in the forecast for Sunday night. Stay tuned...BE SAFE. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

        • 5/9 - Fayette, Ind.: We have put in only 200 acres of corn and now have to stop, no seed. Purchase seed from DYNAGROW last November and has not arrived yet. They can't even tell me when it will get here. Never buy DYNAGROW again, too big of a risk!

         

        • 5/9 - Faribault County, Minn.: Virtually no corn planted here, maybe 1 or 2 percent.   Raining right now.  10 day shows sunny and warm temps after a possible frost Sunday morning with a new chance for a thunderstorm next Wed.  If we miss that rain, it shows a wet weekend after this coming one.  Seems like the "clear" long range forecast always changes to a slight chance of showers every time we get close.  Our ground needs several days of drying to get in shape.  We normally start around April 21-22 and hope to finish by May 10, tomorrow is the 10th and have not started yet.  Even in 1993 our worst crop ever, we planted some corn in April and our last field on May 23. 

         

        • 5/9 - Tuscola County, Mich.: Sugar beets are nearly all in and corn has been underway since early week. It seems to me that conditions have just now approached ideal as it's been a game of finding the lightest best tiled ground to date.

         

        • 5/9 - Chicot County, Ark.: The heavy clay soils are still wet to plant rice. Some farmers are having trouble getting the rice crop in without getting stuck. But as they fiercely try to plant the crop before June 1st, and with rain in the forecast this weekend, many farmers are planting what they can.
          5 9 13 AR

          -- Chicot County, Ark.

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        • 5/9 - Wisconsin: Mother Nature – she is the QUEEN!

         

        • 5/9 - Louisville/Alliance, Ohio: Just started planting 5-5-2013. We have 120 acres of 250 acres of corn in, but the rain came. We hope to have our plowed ground done tomorrow. We have to go back and do the no-till ground. No beans in the ground yet, maybe two weeks until we start.

         

        • 5/9 - Fayette County, Pa.: Planted 11 acres corn May 3. Very little planting yet.

         

        • 5/9 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: This is what our equipment has been doing for the past week. Planted 200 hundred acres May 2nd in less than good conditions. Then came another 2.6 to 4 inches of rain on Friday the 3rd.  Still mud here with another inch forecast for tonight and tomorrow.
          5 9 13 IL

          -- Mercer County, northwest Illinois

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        • 5/9 - Snyder County, Pa.: Planting corn and soybean got in 121 acres of soybean and 115 of corn. Great weather here. Rain today (1.6 inches). Everybody hard at planting.

         

        • 5/9 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Wet and getting wetter tonight and tomorrow. Planting in the area is very spotty mostly on sandy soil. Next week looks like it will be dry for a few days but in most of our area it will take until mid-week before it will be fit. It’s gonna be hard not to mud it in with the 20th creeping up on us.

         

        • 5/9 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Switched all beans. I feel better all ready. The market is night right right yet, but by the time I apply manure, fertilizer, spray, tillage and plant just not going to kill myself with all-nighters. After 40 years bottom line is I just can't do it anymore. Going to enjoy working cattle today because I have plenty of time now.

        • 5/8 - Henry County, Ohio: Calendar farmers have been going full speed with corn and soybean planting. Some have not started still waiting on ground conditions to improve.

         

        • 5/8 - Grant County, Ind.: Field cultivated all day and the ground is really wet underneath. The planters are running all around here. If the land could talk back to the farmers it would be saying you are compacting me! Planting corn we are, but not in ideal conditions and it will equal lower yields. Hope USDA UNDERSTANDS that planting corn in wet conditions does not mean bin busting yields!

         

        • 5/8 - East central Iowa: Most planters started running Tuesday afternoon. I think just about everybody will hit it hard today. 1/2 to 1 inch on the way for Thursday. Planting on top of the bluffs next the Mississippi River.
          5 8 13 Iowa
          5 8 13 Iowa 2

          -- East central Iowa

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        • 5/8 - Carroll County, Md.: Planted on 5-6 to 5-8, now raining and cold. Very little corn up here even after in the ground for 3 weeks.

         

        • 5/8 - Huntingdon County, Pa.: All finished planting corn and beans. Sure could use some rain. Hope you guys in the Midwest send us some soon. The wheat is growing but it is not a deep green. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/8 - Northwest Saskatchewan: What a difference a week of Sun, Heat and Wind makes. 3 days ago the frogs started croaking, a sure sign! Now the farmers here are Quading around to see which is the best navigational route. I'm sure everyone will be rolling and spinning around here by next week. Busy times are good times, good luck to all.
          5 8 13 1 week thaw 003
          5 8 13 1 week thaw 2

          -- Northwest Saskatchewan

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        • 5/7 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Wheat in SW Cheyenne County and N Logan County, Colo., has nonexistent spots and thin spots throughout. Very, very few fields are consistently looking uniformly good. Wheat is at least 3 weeks behind normal. We now have a longer period of hail risk and damage from excessive heat. Looks to be a very interesting summer. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/7 - Woodbury County, Iowa: Very few acres planted in this area. There has only been one day this season, April 30, where conditions were fit but few went to the field because of the cold weather. I planted 12 acres and then had 2" of snow the next day. Corn has not sprouted yet. Too wet to plant today. Thunderstorms predicted for this evening.

        • 5/7 - Poweshiek County, Iowa: We are about 40% planted on corn before this last snow event. First we planted on Sat the 27th is sprouted and should be up in 2 or 3 days if we can keep 75 degrees in the forecast. More rain on Wed and Thurs in the forecast on top of the 12.9 inches we have had since April 8. Now we are wet!

         

        • 5/7 - East central Iowa: 2" of rain (no snow, thankfully) last Thursday/Friday. We have been fortunate enough to have had the sun Saturday, Sunday and Monday with rain in the forecast Wednesday night. I think today (Tuesday) it will be balls-to-the-walls fieldwork. I plan on starting the planter back up later this morning and run as hard as I can until the rain moves in. We all know what that could mean...the rain doesn’t materialize, and then 10 days from now we are praying for it to cover up some mistakes the were made. Time will only tell. Once again, we feel luckier than most to hopefully make some progress. By the way, are the traders trying to tell us something by not caring that virtually no corn is in the ground yet as of May 7th?

         

        • 5/7 - Wells County, Ind.: Running anhydrous should get done tomorrow, then we’ll start planting corn.

         

        • 5/7 - Rapides Parish, La.: Finished fertilizing milo 5/1 right ahead of 1 inch rain. Today, I hope to get layby herbicides out on milo. Have 60 acres of bean land left to plow because of wet conditions this spring. Should get started planting soybeans this week. Good luck and be safe.

         

        • 5/7 - Kimball County, Neb.: None planted here.

         

        • 5/7 - Grant County, Minn.: Floaters and planters started rolling on select fields on 5/2/13. Wheat, beans, corn and sugarbeets all being planted. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/7 - Mower County, Minn.: 15" in snow last Wednesday. It is mostly gone now, water standing all over, and very, very little corn in the ground! Tile vent pipe's flowing water!

         

        • 5/7 - Montcalm County, Mich.: Planter is headed to the field on our farm today. We have 900 acres of corn and 450 acres of beans to get in. Right now we have about 300 ready to plant with another 300 - 400 we can start getting on if this weather holds. The rest is still really wet with some standing water still.

         

        • 5/7 - Boone County, Ky.: 65 acres of corn planted last Friday and Saturday. There was a 30% chance of rain on Sunday….we got 2.5 inches.

         

        • 5/7 - Otoe, Neb.: 20% done planting. The forecast is not good for 2 weeks.

        • 5/6 - Kossuth County, Iowa: 100% in the bag, unplanted that is, both corn and soybeans. Climates change...

         

        • 5/6 - Northern Stearns County, Minn.: Hauled manure this weekend and chiseled it in. I am going to pick rocks this week and start planting corn Thursday and hopefully be done by Sunday. Ground is cold but yesterday's sun helped dry things out. Supposedly to be around 70 degrees all week. Soil moisture is excellent.

         

        • 5/6 - Montgomery County, Mo.: We've been having cold rain, so no planting. 3.5 inches rain over weekend. drove across state to KC, saw 1 field planted next to I-70, couple more at KC. Can't imagine how they'll get a stand. Heavy snow flattened the wheat. Calling for 60% more rain Thursday. Old saying "when it's tough to get it planted, it'll turned out good." Worked last year. Went in beautiful and turned out horrible. So I guess we got perfect weather after all!! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/6 - DeKalb County, Ind.: 7 acres of corn planted with 16 row planter so far. It is wet, wet, wet. Just a lucky few are planting, those with sandy soils. Need 3 to 5 days of decent drying to dry up some of these fields.

         

        • 5/6 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: No corn in the ground yet. Next week weather sounds better. 750 acres fertilizer spread and 500 acres worked.40 degrees this morning again.

        • 5/6 - Franklin, Pa.: Cool here and a little dry. Planters in the fields and running full steam. Looks like small grains are going to be a little short.

         

        • 5/6 - Greeley County, Neb.: Virtually no planting in area as of 5/4/2013. 6 inches of beautiful moisture since April 9th. 30 degrees this morning and 26 degrees yesterday morning. Was done with corn planting at this time last year.

         

        • 5/6 - Bulgaria: Targovishte wheat is in very good condition. Zaâvaneto is in progress of hybrid sunflower seeds. Rain is not having 25 days, but is very necessary. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
          5 6 13 Bulgaria
          5 6 13 Bulgaria 2

          -- Bulgaria

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        • 5/6 - Marion County, Iowa: Had 4-5 inches of snow yesterday (Friday) some corn planted Monday through Wednesday, some guys didn't start others near compete, even some beans planted. Progress maybe 25%, normal would be 90% here. The agronomists and farmers are very nervous here with snow on the ground and rain forecasted for next week.

         

        • 5/6 - South central Minnesota: No planting here 5-8’’ of snow.

         

        • 5/6 - Polk County, Iowa: Drove from Des Moines to Kansas City this Friday afternoon. 33-34 degrees and snowing all the way. Snow covered all the ground in Iowa, spotty snow cover to KC. Standing water everywhere. Saw only 3-4 fields that had been planted and they were wet, wet, wet. 8 inches of wet snow in Central Iowa since this started and half has melted. Forecast for 1-2 inches of rain to come and very slowly warming temps. We had planted 100 acres (of 600) corn before the rain started. Suspect that as wet and cold as it has been, and will be, it will need replanting. It will be mid-May before we get back in the field - that is if the sun comes out, as forecast, by mid- week.

         

        • 5/6 - Greene County, Ohio: Anyone in Iowa or Minnesota look at the extended weather forecast? Or do they have frost proof seed out there?

         

        • 5/6 - Eaton County, Mich.: Nobody doing anything in the fields yet! We are wet and we are going to get a dry stretch this next week, maybe next week we can get started.

         

        • 5/6 - Saunders County, Neb.: This Saunders County field was planted to corn Wednesday (May 1), followed by rain and then snow on Thursday. See this week's story on how cold soil water can affect the imbibitional process in soybean.  (Photo by Mark Schroeder, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
          5 6 13 NE

          -- Saunders County, Neb.

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        • 5/6 - Pepin, Wis.: Received 10 inches of snow and I know rain going to start as soon as snow is gone on our irrigated sands up near Eau Claire.

         

        • 5/6 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Cool and windy here today. Had about 1" of moisture in the rain/snow event on 1May.The moisture is very welcome, but the temps stink. At least there will be some grass when it finally warms up enough to allow it to grow. No leaves on any trees, and the plum bushes are just starting to show blooms-last year they had already set plums by now. About 50-60% planted on corn. Good luck to all.

         

        • 5/6 - Corydon, Iowa: This picture was taken this morning in the yard of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Corydon, Iowa near the Iowa/Missouri Border in South-central Iowa. 9-12" snowfall totals from last night. Was near 90 degrees on Tuesday. I have a little corn and beans both planted but the worst part is the cow/calf on green grass with little hay left in the drought stricken area.
          5 6 13 Iowa

          -- Corydon, 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.)

         

        • 5/6 - Lancaster County, Neb.: It must be the southern part of Lancaster County that is half planted (see comment below) because in the North maybe 5% planted on corn and no beans. Planters 1 or 2 rolled a little on Sat. the 27 and a few more by Monday and Tuesday. Then hit with 1" of rain, then sleet then snow and below 32 temps. Will be a while, next rain predicted for Wed. at 70% chance. It was plenty wet when we started Sunday morning. Fields that haven't had any spraying done are looking pretty ugly.

         

        • 5/6 - Hancock County Iowa: 10 inches snow yesterday. 8 1/2 inches rain last three weeks, but we needed it all. Less than 1/2% of corn planted. This to shall pass. Be careful all, let's enjoy harvest.

         

        • 5/6 - Runnels County, Texas: Our wheat is dry and has some freeze damage, a very poor crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

        • 5/3 - Chippewa, Wis.: We were just getting dried out enough to maybe start spreading manure. 81 on Monday and then we get socked by Achilles and are left with 8+ inches of snow and up to 16 inches to the west. Will be a couple of weeks before anything is planted around here. I sure do miss that "global warming" of last year.

         

        • 5/3 - Brown County, S.D.: Some tillage but last two nights’ temps were record lows. No planting yet.

         

        • 5/3 - Buffalo County, Wis.: Corn planters still in the shed yet. Nobody planted corn here yet and some small grain was put in last Sunday. We just had 8 plus inches of snow Thursday and going to rain for the next 2 days. Not good things are going to be late here.

         

        • 5/3 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Planters started rolling in our area on April 25th and with the large planters and 7 days of warm weather most farmers have at least half of their corn in. Soybean planting also started but less than 10% is planted. Cold wet weather is back and we probably won't get back in the fields before May 6th.

         

        • 5/3 - Stanton County, Neb.: A few young guys planted on April 29 and 30. One guy was planting at 2 A.M., I suppose to beat the snow and the freezing temperatures. We are to be in the mid-twenties tomorrow morning. Most are waiting Mother Nature out a bit longer (a week or two) before panic mode sets in.

        • 5/3 - Moultrie County, Ill.: Big thunderstorm this P.M. dumped 1.5" in 10 min. We were within 48 hours of being dry enough to plant our first field of corn. Forecast for another 2" by Sunday pm!

         

        • 5/3 - Freeborn County, Minn.: We’ve had 10+inches of snow. We can't haul manure let alone start to plant corn yet. Some have started: but on light ground

         

        • 5/3 - Chicot County, Ark.: Wheat looks good, and the corn looks good, but a little thin in some places. Soybeans look great. We started planting last day in March/first week in April. I have finished planting I got an inch of rain May the first. When I went to get my first bean seeds, my seed dealer told me he was going to dig a hole and put me in it with no cloth on to see how I liked it (referring to the to the bean seeds). But as of today, I have beans about six inches tall. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/3 - Kearney County, Neb.: Lot of corn planted around here last week. We're 85% done but questioning my sanity for doing so with the cold temps and a slow warm-up in the forecast. Got a quarter inch of rain so I have taken the last couple of days off the tractor.

         

        • 5/3 - DeKalb, Mo.: Yard is white. T-shirts yesterday. Lot of planters rolling since last Saturday. Some corn was planted early April, can't see any of it up yet but heard that crop adjusters are telling them to wait and see. Any piece of ground that can handle a 4wd and 16-row planter is being planted. Some ground that has never seen daylight is now being broken. 1 good crop and corn is back to $2. God forbid if something happens to the ethanol market.

         

        • 5/3 - Manitowoc, Wis.: We have a huge amount of winterkill on our alfalfa and SRW in EC WI. Our extension agent says it is all across WI into MN. Guys are scrambling to try to find emergency forage seed here in dairy country.

         

        • 5/3 - Ottawa County, Okla.: Only had 5 corn planting days since March 15th. Got 1/2 my planned acres in and insurance closed April 30. Remaining corn acres will switch to milo. Most here got zero corn planted. However, my winter canola seems to like this weather!
          5 3 13 OK

          -- Ottawa County, Okla.

          (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.)

         

        • 5/3 - Saunders County, Neb.: Had 3-4" snow Wednesday night plus 1" rain during the afternoon. Just planted part of Monday and Tuesday. Not too many farmers going yet because of the cold temps. 30 degrees this morning.

         

        • 5/3 - Sibley County, Minn.: Several inches of snow last night. Corn planting continues to be delayed, at least two weeks from any seeds going in the ground, expect yields to be reduced 10% to 15% and that is if we get decent weather the rest of the year.

         

        • 5/3 - Mitchell County, Iowa: We have not been to the field as of May 2 and we are receiving snow today. We have currently 8-10 inches on the ground and still snowing schools closed for the day and it is supposed to be a high of 39 degrees tomorrow with rain. I am considering on chaining my 103 day corn in for some 99 day corn if I get my hands on some. We probably won't be the field next week this time unless there is a drastic change in the weather.

         

        • 5/3 - Hancock County, Iowa: No planting in northern Iowa for a while! Picture taken May 2nd!
          5 3 13 Iowa

          -- Hancock County, 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.)

         

        • 5/3 - Seward County, Neb.: The field in the picture is planted.  Soil Temp at 4", 40 degrees this morning.  This area is 10% planted.  Five more days of cold wet weather before it even dries out here.  No measurable snow in May here since 1967.  We had about 2" snow yesterday and last night.  We completed corn planting on 4/26 last year.  Our farm has not planted an acre yet.  This weather will not be good to planted seeds as temps are going to remain well below average. 
          5 3 13 NE

          -- Seward County, Neb.


          (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.)



        • 5/2 - Wabasha County, Minn.: Over 12'' of snow overnight. No small grains planted or anything yet. A lot of winterkill in 2nd year or older alfalfa stands, plowing mine all up. Will be 10-14 days till we can start anything. Good luck to all this year.

         

        • 5/2 - Kent County, Ontario: This time last year corn planting 100% complete. This year 0%. If last year was global warming, I want more.

         

        • 5/2 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Rain, hail, sleet and thunder snow, the only thing we haven’t gotten outa this one is a twister. Couple guys planted a little, but most are still trying to put on fertilizer. Tomorrow night’s lows in the lower twenties. No planting here until possibly late next week if we get good weather.

         

        • 5/2 - Southwest Nebraska: Wheat is poor. Insurance adjuster put my uncle's at 3 bu./ac. and a neighbor had his at 4 bu./ac. It will be destroyed ASAP. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/2 - East central Iowa: I finally started planting corn, even though I shouldn’t be. They are talking about a low of 38 degrees…with cold rain. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.

         

        • 5/2 - Graves County, Ky.: 875 acres of corn in the ground. This time last year we were done. A lot of farmers are thinking this will be a repeat of 09, will see. As of now, I would cut my corn yield by 15 to 20%.

         

        • 5/2 - Southeast Minnesota: Maybe the USDA can correct some optimum planting dates in that magic hat.
          5 2 13 MN

          -- Southeast Minnesota

          (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.)

         

        • 5/2 - Sac County, Iowa: Planted corn April 28/29 but stopped on the 30th because of weather forecast. On May 1 we had 0.8 inches of rain and 3 inches of snow, with a forecast of 6 inches and temperature of 32 degrees. Estimate 15 % of corn in the ground.

         

        • 5/2 - Kossuth County, Iowa: Neighbor planted corn in this field yesterday (4-30-2013), might be a while before you can row it!
          5 2 13 Iowa

          -- Kossuth County, 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.)

         

        • 5/2 - Winona County, Minn.: 4-8 inches of snow tonight through tomorrow. Storm to affect us for several days. .001% with seeds in the ground here. Top surface was just about getting where we could have done something. All mud under the surface. Lots of Terra Gators buried around here along with manure spreaders buried to the axles. 1 inch of rain last night. It’s gonna be a while before we get going here. At least 10 days min. Be safe.

        • 5/1 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: We have 3 in. snow in the ground, more to come. We have 28 degrees with light snow. We'll take the moisture. Isn't global warming wonderful?

         

        • 5/1 - O’Brien County, Iowa: Over 70 degrees last couple days. A lot of corn went in but, we’re not done. Now snowing and high of 40. It could be a week before we are back in the field. Gotta love spring!

         

        • 5/1 - Canton, Mo.: From Farm Journal Media’s Pam Fretwell: I found some emerged corn in Canton, Mo. It was planted about 2 weeks ago. It is not looking good, but you can row it in some places.
          5 1 13 MO
          5 1 13 MO 2

          -- Canton, Mo.

          (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.)

         

        • 5/1 - Lincoln County, Wash.: Only 2.2 inches of moisture the first 4 months of the year! 30+ mile an hour winds the last several days and 16 degrees this morning. The winter wheat has been slowly deteriorating. Temperatures expected in the 80's and no precipitation for the next couple of weeks. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/1 - Nobles County, Minn.: May 1st in southwest Minnesota and it still look like February. And we're going to plant more corn acres according to USDA. I don't think so! There will be NO corn planted here until mid-May. And the little bit of corn that is in the ground will get a tough start. Enjoy your Spring?
          5 1 13 MN

          -- Nobles County, Minn.

          (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.)


         

        • 5/1 - Meeker County, Minn.: Nothing moving and snowing today.

         

        • 5/1 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Started planting yesterday to check out our new planter. The dealer said to hold off because of cold rain. Planters have been rolling since Saturday P.M.

         

        • 5/1 - Warren County, Ky.: Hay has dramatically been cut in terms of production. Fescue and or chardgrass has already started to head out at about ten inches tall. This will not yield much tonnage per acre. We need some warm weather real quick.

         

        • 5/1 - Pennsylvania: 0 planted. The soil is too cold.

         

        • 5/1 - Oliver County, N.D.: Air seeders are starting to roll in the area. We started this afternoon with spring wheat. Going on sunflower ground and was working nicely. Stubble ground is still pretty wet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

         

        • 5/1 - Hancock County, Iowa: Today was the 1st day we might have been able to plant. However, crop scouts & Monsanto discouraged it because of the rain and cold for the next 5 days. We've had 9+ inches of rain over the past month and not a pond sitting in the fields. That is how dry we were. 75 degrees today and snow predicted for the week, only in Iowa!

         

        • 5/1 - Cuming County, Neb.: Weather coming in, 2 to 4 inches of snow for May 1! Looks like the USDA should think about the record crop of snow peas this year.

         

        • 5/1 - Balcarres, Saskatchewan Canada: We still have a lot of the winter snow left on the fields here. some areas got about 10 inches of snow again today. We usually start the 1st week of May. With all the snow and water on the field now could be the 1st week of June if at all. In 43 years of farming never seen the winter snow left on fields on the 1st of May. This will be our 4th year of poor seeding conditions. Good Luck to all!! May God send his Blessings

         

        • 5/1 - Franklin, Pa.: Some corn planted, small grains are short. The hay is growing. Last year was two weeks earlier than average, this year is a week behind average.

         

        • 5/1 - Livingston County, Mo.: As of April 30, no corn has been planted. 80 today some nh3 go on. May 1 calling for 80 dropping to 36 overnight.

         

        • 5/1 - Saline County, Kan.: 10% planted corn. We started April 3. It is just now coming up.

         

        • 5/1 - East central Iowa: There are three types of farmers over here: 1. Those who are planting full bore. 2. Those were waiting until after this cold and wet weather goes through. 3. Those of us who don't know what group to join.

         

        • 5/1 - Northern Indiana: In northern Indiana, where temperatures are in the 80s this week, area farmers may get a small window to plant, according to an I-80 Planting Tour update from AgDay’s Tyne Morgan. Jason Wykoff farms around New Carlisle and Granger, Ind. He says it’s been a frustrating year, especially considering the record planting pace in 2012.


         

         

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