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Wheat Crop Comments

Apr 17, 2014

Keep your acreage, weather and crop comments coming in! Use this link to send us your comments about your wheat production and marketing decisions. Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity. (Please keep your comments crop-related.)

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying

 

  • 4/17 - Pondera County, Mont.: 4 inches of fresh wet snow here. Winter wheat is just starting to break dormancy. Spring Moisture has been pretty good so far.

 

  • 4/16 - Cass County, N.D.: No planting here yet.....10° this morning!!!!! Hoping to start seeding wheat in the next 10 days to 2 weeks. Soil temps need to warm up dramatically before any corn can be planted!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • 4/8 - Wilkin County, Minn.: Fields drying out nicely. Once drainage ditches open fieldwork will start soon after. Could see wheat and sugar beets going in next week on fields without tree lines.

 

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

 

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

 

  • 4/4 - Richland County, Ill.: 1st 3 mo. of 2014,5.30". 1st 3 1/2 days of Apr. 4.68". It'll be last half Apr. before tillage begins. Wheat is green, but behind in growth.

 

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

 

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

 

  • 4/2 - Lamar, Colo.: Wheat should be 1 foot tall and green.

     
  • 14 Wheat should be 1ft tall green
    -- Lamar, Colo.

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  • 3/31 - Sargent County, N.D.: Out like a lion, that’s how March left us. Blizzard conditions will set spring planting back at least another week. Yuck. More snow to shovel in the morning. Frost was out a few inches. 40-50 mph winds has piled the snow up and that makes such a mess. No early start expected here so less wheat is the most likely result. Good luck to those with newborn calves.

 

  • 3/28 - Gage County, Neb.: 2 years ago we had already mowed our lawn. This year nothing is very green yet including the wheat. I don't think it will do anything until we get some rain. very dry here, even the henbit and chickweed are slow to green up.

 

  • 3/27 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Another very windy, dusty day here in central NE. It's been awhile since we had such a windy year. There are 40mph gusts on a regular basis this year. There is moisture below the surface of the ground, but the top 2" are bone dry and move which ever way the wind happens to be blowing. The temps have been very erratic as well. I am still waiting to see if my wheat has survived the winter. We have a couple of warm days that try to make it green up, followed by several frigid ones that burn it back. It appears that we will have another "interesting" year. Good luck to all.
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  • 3/26 - Falls Co. Texas: Corn planted and starting to emerge. Very cold winter and early spring so far. Very dry here with winter wheat jointing and cracks in the fields. Some freeze damage to wheat on 3/18 because of 17 degrees and ice from freezing rain. Hope you guys in the corn belt will keep the corn acres reasonable. We are in a corn/cotton/wheat rotation for years so let's all do what we can to keep the corn price up. We have tried to grow beans here but can only make 20-25 bu in a good year. Too hot!!!
     
  • 3/24 - Central, Neb.: Well, a few guys trying to fertilize. But our cold nights are putting in serious frost. It has been a long winter here. Just cold and dry. Talked to relatives out in western Neb., and they think this wheat crop is gone. I don't believe out here the ethanol plants are having problems getting rid of ethanol. They are all grinding over 100% and the rail cars come and go. Lots of corn has gone to town. Don't think the crop was as big as the trade wants us to think it was. Lots of guys here are finding out your corn yields aren't that great when it's continuous corn on corn. It's this thing called root worms. And it's becoming a serious problem. Last but not least. I agree with the man from Michigan. I'd like to see a list of farmers names who are letting the usda into their fields.
     
  • 3/24 - Bay County, Mich.: Snow melting slowly here with water all over the fields. The most water I have seen on fields in 40 years. Ditches starting to open up so water should start going down soon. Some wheat fields 1/3 covered with ice and water. Temps to be in 50's by weekend. Hope snow is gone by next week!Sugar beet and corn planting will be the end of April 1st of May.This is like years ago on a normal year.We have been spoiled the past 10 years.Hope you all have a safe year. Plant your normal crop rotations one crop will make you money and the rest will or break even as I see it.
     
  • 3/21 - Chouteau County, Mont.: According to FAPRI, wheat prices will average in the $5 range for the next 10 years. Seems like a good time to retire. Dont think I would encourage my son or daughter to raise wheat at so called "break-even prices," either. Maybe seed everything to grass and buy cattle.
     
  • 3/20 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Drove to Dodge City, KS over the weekend. Wheat mostly out of dormancy. Windshield survey on 2 routes down and back. Lots of corn in open piles at more than a few elevators. Wheat mostly looked pretty good.
     
  • 3/18 - Sumner, Kan.: Got 1/2" rain then winds blew, no fields lost any soil but it has been on some late wheat. Some wheat looks good and some not too good. You farmers with all that fancy tech stuff on your combines that know all, well USDA will know your bushels before you get it to town, another big brother watching.
     
  • 3/18 – Henry, Ohio: 10 degrees here this morning. Wheat still partially covered with ice and snow. Saw two fields being top-dressed. Not sure why. No warm weather forecasted soon.
     
  • 3/14 - Dickinson County, Kan.: Wheat in our area trying to break dormancy, but there is more winterkill in this area than I have seen in the last 30 years. Winterkill seems to be more prevelant in some of the Clearfield varieties, but it is not confined to them.
     
  • 3/13 - Douglas County, Kan.: We are not changing our normal rotation, which is some wheat (depending what we can get planted in fall) then all the rest divided between corn and beans as close to ½ and ½ as possible, right or wrong no one knows.
     
  • 3/3 - Norman County, Minn.: Too cold. Corn prices are too low. Just soybeans and wheat this year.
     
  • 3/1 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Extremely cold with little snow forecast for this weekend. The wheat has no snow cover again, I wonder how it will look when it finally warms enough to start to green up? If it winter kills, I will plant the field to corn, and switch a previously planned field to beans from corn. I will plant about a 50/50 rotation. We continue to be dry. Not sure how that will translate when it comes to pasture utilization this season. Good luck to all.
     
  • 2/10 - Ward County, N.D.: Winter wheat looks very poor. I haven't seen any fields yet that are going to make it in this area. I just booked soybean seed to replant the winter wheat acres that have failed. No snow and high winds and abnormally cold temps coupled with poor planting conditions took this wheat crop for 2014 out. No samples I have brought indoors and warmed up have been alive.

    winter wheat ND 021014

    -- Ward County, N.D.

     
  • 2/6 - Oliver County, N.D.: It has been a long cold winter. We have had lots of sub-zero temps. with not much snow fall. I am starting to wonder how this is affecting the winter wheat crop, not just in our area but nationwide. It has been bitter cold clear to Texas some days. Any thoughts???
     
  • 2/4 - Ottawa County, Kan.: Our crops are wheat, soybeans & milo. It is snowing pretty heavy right now. Forecasting 8 to10 inches.
     
  • 1/23 - Palouse, north central Idaho: Had some rain in November and December followed by very cold weather without snow cover. Now ground is frozen and any water that comes from the sky just runs off. Behind in normal moisture by four inches and time running out to catch up. Been in a constant inversion, so we have no idea how much the wheat is hurt from the cold weather. Did not like hearing about the wheat in North Dakota not greening up in the shop, not even sure if I want to go out and dig some up now.

  • 1/23 - Scott County, Kan.: DRY! No moisture in several months. Winds are moving more dirt each time they blow. Monday evening, visability was 1.5-2 miles, in the daylight! Once promising potential is fading fast on the growing wheat crop, which is fortunately dormant, we hope. 
     
  • 1/20 - Phillips County, Colo.: Our wheat has had no snow cover, plus above-normal temps except for a couple of cold snaps with -15 and wind, now we are on our 7th day of at least 40mph wind and today gusts of 60. So much dirt in air, lots of wheat fields blowing away. Don't know if chiseling them is even going to help as dry as top is now.

  • 1/20 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Another windy day (50mph gusts) here in central NE. We have had only a trace of moisture since we finished harvest, so there is dirt in the air. If there was a time to be dry, this would be it, but the drought seems to be trying to reassert itself. Although there is a lot of time between now and planting, this is not a good sign. I have some irrigated wheat that had no cover when it was -10 with wind, hopefully it didn't get hurt. Good luck to all.
     
  • 1/17 - Texas: Drought conditions continued to recede in Texas, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. According to the monitor, a large chunk of the state, comprised mostly of East Texas counties, had normal or better soil-moisture levels. About another 28 percent of the state was merely abnormally dry, which means though soil moisture was low, the areas were either not yet in drought or were recovering from drought.

    These numbers represent a large improvement from last January, when about 71% of the state was in one stage of drought or another, from moderate to extreme. However, many parts of the state still did not show improvement.

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    Dryland winter wheat was still struggling with drought and adverse weather in parts of the Texas High Plains. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Calvin Trostle)

     
  • 1/13 - Washtenaw County, Mich.: Winter wheat looked fair before the snow on Jan. 7.We had a low of -23, the lowest he have had since we have been recording.
     
  • 1/10 - Sampson County, N.C.: Rainy and wet but temps are going up. Some are still trying to finish soybean harvest, most are done. Wheat is a little behind size wise, but looking decent. Still not believing the markets. Last January they dropped 20 bushels off the corn yield and market was down the limit. Today they drop 1.6 bushels off and market goes up 20 cents. Then you have all these analysts telling you to get in the market. No way Jose'.
     
  • 1/10 - North Platte, Neb.: With little snow cover and below normal precipitation in many areas of central and southwest Nebraska for the last 90 days, growers have been concerned about the viability of their wheat crop. The greatest injury occurs when the soil is dry. Dry soil warms up and cools down six times faster than moist soil.

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    Field of winter wheat just south of North Platte on Jan. 9. Dry and below normal cold conditions may be putting the winter wheat crop at risk in some areas of the state. (Photo by University of Nebraska’s Robert Klein)

     
  • 1/10 - Ward County, N.D.: Took in samples of winter wheat planted and brought them inside and samples did not green up. It appears the winter has been too cold with lack of snow cover for too long, it appears it has damaged the crop here severely and it will not make it this spring. Failed winter wheat acres will likely shift to soybeans this spring. winds have been so strong this winter snow cover is blown off fields and dirt is blown in the ditches we have not seen so much dirt blowing in over 20 years.
     
  • 1/8 - Massac County, Ill.: Clear and 3 degrees, which is a heat waved compared to my brother at Centralia, Illinois checking in -12 degrees. Looks like all waterways are freezing, and any soybeans that are coming out of Midwest, will be from here. Everything else frozen over, and long term forecast is long cold weather for this area. Metropolis is closer to the Atlanta Merchandise Mart, than the Chicago board of trade. Wish I had a lot more wheat drilled before the fall rains hit the area, and ended wheat for this year.
     

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