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December 2010 Archive for Crop Comments

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

December Crop Comments

Dec 30, 2010

Use this link to send us your comments about the crops in your local area. Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity. (Please keep your comments crop-related.)

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying

  • 12/30 - Jackson County, Iowa: This is a very small line of trucks waiting to get dumped at ADM in Clinton, Iowa. Sometimes you drive through and sometimes you could wait 1-4 hours. I am guessing the day before these pictures were taken there were 120-150 trucks in line at 4 different staging areas. Most of the time their bid is 0.10-0.25 per bu. better than any other place around.
    12 30 10 1
    12 30 10 2

    -- Jackson County, Iowa

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

  • 12/29 - North central Illinois: Here's a rock music video...farming style. Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms.


  • 12/29 - Jackson County, Iowa: Here is another building that collapsed because of excessive snow load in Clinton, Iowa on my way to dump corn at processor. I am hearing pre-pay price of $760/ton for NH3.Thats only $250 higher that this fall, what a bargain!
    12 29 10 Iowa

    -- Jackson County, Iowa

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

  • 12/26 - Northeast Colorado: The wheat in Northeast Colorado is in need of some water.  The planting conditions in the fall were not great and the stands are quite variable in most areas.  Some fields look good but overall most would rank in the fair to poor categories.  Stands in most fields are very spotty with large bare spots.  Most of the wheat that has come up is small and could use a good snow cover to carry it through the rest of winter.  Everyone always says that wheat has nine lives and unfortunately I think we may have gone through several of those lives this fall already.  Spring will have to be very good to everyone in this area to have the possibility of above average wheat next summer.  I wish everyone a joyous and safe Holiday Season.  Merry Christmas!. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 12/25 - Jackson County, Iowa: Feeding cows Christmas brunch after another 6-9 inches of snow on Christmas Eve. I am hearing of some roof collapses because of excessive snow piling on the roofs. All this snow makes it a lot more fun hauling corn to town.
    12 28 10 Iowa

    -- Jackson County, Iowa

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

  • 12/24 - Union County, N.C.: It amazes me to look at different weather related photos around the country and think about how difficult it must be to deal with constant snow and freezing weather.   Here I am on Christmas Eve spreading poultry litter on soon to be corn land.  This is a picturesque conformation of how short on rainfall we are in the lower piedmont of NC. Years are few and far between when we see it dry enough to run spreader trucks in our fields at Christmas, and I've been at it 46 years.
    12 28 10 NC

    -- Union County, N.C.

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

  • 12/23 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Our farm slogged thru the mud during the past growing season, with about 28" of rain.  We went into winter very wet, but did manage to finish harvest...after the ground froze solid.  An early, warm spring would be a blessing. Our winter activity is cleaning the wheat and barley grown as certified seed.  The highest protein wheats have been moving quickly.  With Minneapolis wheat futures in the mid $8 range for new crop, spring wheat can pencil out to a nice profit.  But the canola and sunflower markets are very good also.  We will stay pretty close to our rotation of 50% cereals, 25% oil seeds, and 25% legumes (peas, edible beans and maybe soybeans). Merry Christmas to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 12/22 - Louisiana: As the season winds down, Louisiana sugarcane growers are hurrying to harvest their crop before the sugar deteriorates in the stalk. “It’s a race to the end,” said LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois. A hard freeze on Dec. 15 left farmers with about two weeks to finish harvesting before the sugar begins to deteriorate, he said. Cool weather slows deterioration – the sucrose in the stalk starts to deteriorate after the plant dies from a killing frost – and helps the crop maintain quality, sort of like “putting it in a refrigerator.”(Read more about Louisiana's sugarcane harvest.)

  • 12/21 - Jackson County, Iowa: It's snowing again! For those of you who are not going to have a white Christmas, I’ll send you some of ours!!!!! Merry Christmas and happy New Year.
    12 21 10 Iowa

    -- Jackson County, Iowa

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

  • 12/21 - North central Illinois: We decided to try out some strip-till this fall to see how it would work. Overall we are impressed with the way we can cover a lot of acres in an hour while making a seedbed for next years crop AND applying our fertilizer. If it is done right you can actually save alot of money by cutting rates because it is placed in the right spot. Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms.

  • 12/20 - Southwest Kansas: See the fall of 2010 on Southwest Family Farms. Video courtesy of Southwest Family Farms.


  • 12/20 - Wilbur, Wash.: The winter wheat along Highway 2 has been under a blanket of snow since min November.  We had a subzero event but had some snow cover, and the fall rains had the plant well hydrated so damage isn't expected.  Speaking of rains, we have had over 3" since the middle of October!  We have a full profile of moisture.  Quite a bit of the winter wheat was sprayed for cheatgrass late last fall, and the weather has been beneficial for the sprays to do their job.  Things look right on track for now, and with all that is going on in the world I will take a wait and see approach to marketing very much of the "11" crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 12/20 - Lewistown, Mont.: It's shaping up to be a real winter here in central Montana.  Luckily, we haven't gotten a lot of cold weather, but we have had pretty descent snowfall amounts already. In the middle of December we had a few chinook days which made for a lot of ice and than snow on top of that.  Hard to say how the winter wheat is doing, in our country it seems like a lot of our snow either turns to ice or gets blown into coulees. The no tilled ground is definitely holding snow better than the ground that was mechanically worked. A lot of wheat getting sold up here, but there’s a lot of producers who are watching the weather down south.  Seems like there is a pretty dry area down there, hope to hear more from the southern wheat scouts.  This forum has the potential for allot of us to get an idea what’s going on around the country.  Take care to all and Merry Christmas. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 12/20 - North central Illinois: Here in North Central Illinois, winter came with vengeance.  We received about 8 inches of snow December 4th.  In my mind it was a perfect snow.  The ground was not frozen, and the snow was a perfect insulation blanket on the wheat.  One week later, the 11th, the temp rose to the mid-30's and along came some rain, then temps plummeted to near zero for a couple nights. Warmed up today in the 20's, but more cold on the way. I don't feel nearly as good today as I did two weeks ago about my wheat.  We've had to tear it up 3 of the last 4 years.  But I will say that this crop went in better than those did, albeit much drier conditions!  Almost too dry!  Those that worked the ground were a little nervous until we got a good rain in early November. But with all of the sprayer ruts from the summer, some fields had to be worked.  The no-till wheat mostly came up even, just maybe a little longer to germinate! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 12/17 - Blanchester, Ohio: Thank Goodness our wheat is under snow. The plants are quite tender and we have been down near zero with some winds, too. I never saw wheat planted so dry.  The soil was like sand.  Got a little shower and some of it came up then we got an inch, our first since July and it pretty much all came up.

    I have one fifth the acres I had last year due to rotation, market and land leases. What I have looks good.  I have near my goal of 2 million plants per acre.I am thinking of getting a shot of dry urea and ammonium sulfate on between snows and thaws before greenup.  Wanted to do that last year but never got it done and I think it cost me bushels. I got Sabrex trichaderma on all my seed and it really help germination compared to the strips I left it out.

    I tried to get 2 lbs of radish on with my seed because it has made me 12 extra bushels three times and got as much growth as I ever have I think, not sure. It competed with the weeds and all I had was wheat and radish. This is a brand new concept I fell on accidentally when someone didn't clean the radish seed out of the drill before wheat planting but it has worked 3 times. I think it will work again.

    I will be pressed to beat the test weight I had this year of 61 lbs across 500 acres. I can still kill it and go to corn or beans but it looks like a go so I can double crop soybeans by July, God Willing. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 12/17 - Union County, N.C.: It is very interesting to read about the different methods used in Kansas along with other parts of the country when planting winter wheat.  I have no-till drilled wheat for the past 23 years but have now gone to spreading 2.5 bushels of wheat seed with a GPS guided spreader truck, then running a turbo-till implement at 10 mph to incorporate the seed.  This produces a beautiful stand with total ground coverage.  It also gives you a better chance for increasing yield if for some reason such as wet cold weather you can't achieve normal tillering, there are more stalks to produce additional heads.  This is a practice, I believe people would really like if tried.  It also gives an additional advantage of getting a large number of acres planted in a normal day, this time savings can make a tremendous difference, especially if bad weather is headed your way.

  • 12/15 - North central Illinois: Harvesting some excellent DRY corn in the fall of 2010 with me running the combine and Dalton in the graincart. Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms.

  • 12/14 - Kearny County, Kan.: I have to agree with the man from Lane County. Until you've farmed in western Kansas you won't understand our weather and our soils. Our rains all come at once and when it turns dry it goes on for months. When its dry the wind blows about every day. We got lucky and got our wheat up, but it doesn't have the greatest root system on it. You don't have to go far in any direction and its spotty stands or no wheat up at all.  We farm what I call minimal till. We spray and undercut our ground. If you don't work your ground at least once and it gets dry the ground turns into concrete and continues to dry out. If you work it shallow it only dries out to the hardpan. Then you can drill with a hoe drill and usually get most of your wheat up. In the last 10 years I can take you out and show you all the blow ridge humps. We've inherited from the no-till guys. They break all their cover loose with their no-till drills and then the winds blow it away. They don't get any wheat up and then the dirt starts blowing. These are guys that have been no-tilling for years. I like no-till row crops out here but not wheat. Also to the guy from East central Kansas, Dodge City is not Southwest Kansas. There is over 100 miles west of Dodge that has not had any rain since August. I know where it rained two inches and it sure wasn't western Kansas. If we don't receive any rain or snow soon there won't be much wheat in western Kansas or Eastern Colorado. Hope everybody has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  
  • 12/14 - Odin, Minn.: IT can still snow and blow in Minnesota!!
    12 14 10 MN 2
    12 14 10 MN

    -- Odin, Minn.

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

  • 12/14 - North central Illinois: Harvesting some excellent soybeans with a neighbor helping us. The beans were going so great that we just decided to go most of the night! Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms.

  • 12/13 - Union County, N.C.: 2010 soybean harvest after extremely dry conditions during blooming and pod fill.
    Union County NC

    -- Union County, N.C.

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

  • 12/13 - Lone Elm, Mo.: A recap of the 2010 events on Wieland Farms in Lone Elm, Mo.

  • 12/10 - Jackson County, Iowa: Sick of winter! This is 12 hours after first snow (8 inches)!
    12 10 10 Iowa

    -- Jackson County, Iowa

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


  • 12/10 - East central Kansas: Interesting that the man from Lane County sees No-Til as a disaster on wheat stands in his area. I am sure He knows what he is talking about for his area. My banker has family that farms in Ness County and he told me that they see no difference in their area between worked ground and No-Til, but stands are spotty in nearly all fields. "Holstein Wheat" as He called it. We were in SW Kansas to see family Thanksgiving weekend and they had gotten a 2" rain. Most of their No-Til fields were good, but some spots that had not came up in worked fields looked like they may have been crusted over in some of the lower spots where some water had stood a bit... (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 12/9 - Lane County, Kan.: No kidding, it's dry out here in western Kansas as well as the rest of the central and southern plains. I'd say 80% of our wheat is fair to poor. No-till stands are a disaster. They look like NASA photos of lunar surface. The ground turned into concrete after baking all summer long. Reduced till and conventional till stands are much better, but even there, stands are poor on the heavier soils or where you planted late. We also have very poor root development which could lead to winterkill. I'd expect much higher abandonment rates on wheat this spring. Land will then go into grain sorghum. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 12/8 - Texas: Most of Texas continued to experience a drier-than-normal winter. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s report of Nov. 30, those parts of the state that were either experiencing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions expanded both northward and southward in the last week.

  • 12/7 - BristolVille, Ohio: Watch Pierce Farms harvesting soybeans and corn with there two New Holland TR-85 combines.

  • 12/6 - Dundas County, Morrisburg, Ontario: 2388 with 30ft flex head cutting Sable spring wheat. Moisture was very high, 14-18% with high levels of fusarium. You win some, you lose some. Video courtesy of Cedar Lodge Farms.

  • 12/2 - Lorette, Manitoba, Canada: Watch some footage of harvest 2010.


  • 12/2 - Northeast North Dakota: Went into free-up very wet. Not a great deal of winter wheat seeded, in my estimation. The whole state is fairly wet. Fair amount of NH3 was applied. Going to be a long winter... (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 12/1 - Jackson County, Iowa: Here’s a photo of ripping a 105-acre field.
    12 8 10 Iowa

    -- Jackson County, Iowa

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


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