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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
- 11/28 - Buffalo County, Neb.: We continue to be extremely dry here in central NE. We have only received .5" of rain in the last 5 months. Despite this, many people are tilling fields. We had hurricane force winds in mid Oct that put drifts of dirt alongside my hay bales...we are set up for dust bowl like conditions next spring if we don't get abundant snow fall before then.
- 11/28 - East central Iowa: To the Wisconsin farmer about fall tillage: there has been some fall tillage around here, but a lot of farmers around here are on a no-till corn/bean rotation. I did do some v-ripping were I'm going corn on corn (mainly for chopping for feed close to home). We pulled a harrow with it to hopefully save moisture. We do turbo-till a lot on ground that is going to beans next year. It leaves most of the trash on top and only work it 2-3" deep. You are right, moisture is very short here too. If it doesn't straighten out next spring, the insurance claims will start in June! Plan for the worst and pray for the best.
- 11/28 - Cuming County, Neb.: VERY worried about the coming year. Yes it could rain a lot yet, but nothing is expected in the outlook. Those with irrigation should be thankful, they can at least get a crop. Yes they pay for it but so do the rest of us in a way. They are using up the water underground. What will happen when that supply dries up? I am scared of what our existence will be if this continues. Maybe the world IS gonna dry and burn up? They already scream about global warming. I try to stay on the positive; like thankfully we have decent prices for our commodities yet. But what about land prices.. when will that level out? Land at the prices they are will NEVER pay for itself. But what do I know right. Wishing everyone a prosperous New 2013. Merry Christmas.
- 11/28 - Sumner County, Kan.: Some fields look good and some not so good most looks good at sun down. Dry and remain dry for the next ? weeks was 18 last night but most temps will be back 60/40. All wheat and no oil wells yet.
- 11/28 - Northeast Nebraska: We are still very dry here. About 12 inches below normal.
- 11/27 - Trempealeau, Wis.: I am wondering why no comments lately? Maybe we should turn our focus away from harvest and look at 2013. As we in this part of the country and west of here and southwest have been experiencing some major moisture deficiencies. My concern is we all say it will rain. Will it, enough to replenish for proper spring tillage and germination. Last spring we had moisture to plant and submoisture to carry us through the summer drought. Now we are at the mercy of the weather, if we do not get significant snow and spring rain to replenish the sub-moisture we will be in dire straits come mid summer. Just by looking at some fall tillage and the dryness of the soil, I wonder if it was a good idea. Any input on fall tillage soil retention vs. spring.
- 11/27 - East central Iowa: Harvest is done. Some fall field work is being done, but that may slow down or come to an end around here as temps dropped to 11-15F overnight. A lot of fertilizer has been applied as well as a fair amount of NH3 in the county. It is supposed to warm up into the 40's-50's for daytime highs, but overnight temps are supposed to be in the low 20's. Now it's bookwork time to get ready for the taxman. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 11/27 - Hancock County, Ill.: Wheat was planted late and we’ve had limited fall growth. The soil is very dry, even after 2" of rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/27 - Lincoln County, S.D.: It was not all as bad as the photo, it only took nine hours to fill a semi. Only needed a combine and a truck no grain cart and the truck driver was on an on-call basis. The combine did not wait for the truck to return from the elevator.
- 11/21 - Freeborn, Minn.: Bean crop was average but corn crop was better than average. Wow best I have seen in my 40 years of farming. We were truly blessed and only had about 13 in. rain from April 1 till harvest.
- 11/21 - Peoria, Ill.: Had 50% normal summer rainfall. Corn on bean ground averaged 195, rotated beans 62. Corn on corn in area up to 150 bu less. Beans after 2+ years of corn mid 70's.
- 11/19 - Gray County, Kan.: Wheat is getting very dry. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/19 - Northwest Sauk County, Wis.: Well we were on the northern edge of the drought this year. Had 100 Bu corn and 41 bu beans on the rolling hills and on the ridge. Had some places the beans never took and would of been a waste to try and replant. Weed control was the most important subject here in our area. The later planted corn did the best. The ridge ground ran from 20 bu to 30 and the valley ground ran all the way up to 220 bu. Just a different year. Have a happy holiday.
- 11/19 - Essex, Ontario: Final yields Corn near 200 at 18% beans a hair over 70. Forages at average to slightly lower with record prices. Lots of moisture for the winter.
- 11/19 - Henry County, Mo.: Finished harvest finally thank god. We had 1100 acres beans 14 bu. average 500 acres corn 30 bu. average. I think the USDA needs to look at ALL the yields there are a lot of places that are bad. Ponds are really low just about as low as back in the summer this drought is long from being over.
- 11/19 - Butler County, Neb.: Here’s a new one. My crop insurance company is trying to get out of paying!!!! I took the spring price option with 70%. Some of my farms never quite made it to 70%. Out agent figured out what we should get and we agreed. Now they came out and said since the prices are higher than the spring you should make enough to cover your losses and we don’t need to pay you. I’m not taking this lying down. Has anyone else had problem like this?
- 11/14 - Larimer County, Colo.: Corn yields were outstanding if you had water (well and ditch). Corn silage yields averaged 32T/acre and corn grain averaged 220 bu/acre. Normal corn grain averages are around 170-180 bushels. We attribute the increased yields to increased heat units. If you couldn't get water to crops, they fried. Wheat in northeast CO looks pretty good, but will need good spring moisture to make up for a soil profile that is very dry. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/14 - Laurel, Mont.: Corn harvest is almost done. Corn running from 175-210 bushels per acre, not bad considering the dry spring and hot summer. But this yields are below what we are used to on irrigated ground. Nice fall so far, we have most of field work done and fertilizer applied for next year’s crops. Hope prices hold for next year, we need it for what fertilizer and fuel costs are.
- 11/14 - Texas: There’s no way to summarize the Texas cotton harvest situation this year, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cotton expert. "The Rio Grande had a pretty good year, and the upper Gulf Coast had a great year," said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist, College Station. "Right in between, with the Corpus Christi area, it was a complete disaster. And from what I’ve seen in the Rolling Plains, it is more or less the exact same thing. "And the South Plains, more or less the same thing. From my conversations with the regional cotton specialist there, Mark (Kelley), it just depends upon whether you were under one of those timely scattered showers and how much irrigation water you had." Read more: Variable Yields, Quality for Texas Cotton
A semi-trailer truck driver prepares to unload round cotton modules at the Avalon Co-Op Gin in Ellis County. The modules average 5,100 pounds each. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)
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- 11/14 - Henry County, Ohio: Had the highest yielding beans 80 Bu/ac and poorest corn yield 27 Bu/ac in the same year. Have been farming for 30 years and never would of thought that could happen.
- 11/12 - Robeson County, N.C.: Best bean crop that I have raised in my life. It is not uncommon to see 90 to 100 bu. to pop up on monitor in good land. Double crop behind wheat. Thank the good lord. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/12 - Waupaca, Wis.: 5 bushels beans, 3 bushel corn, and only one crop of hay. However, since the prices are so "high" you have other farmers stealing your rental ground for 100 to 200 a acre, the reason for this, the savior called crop insurance.
- 11/12 - Bulgaria: Wheat crops in us are in good and very good condition. A small part are in poor condition, caused by a lack of rainfall. Now the moisture is good and the weather relatively warm-from 0 to 20 degrees Celsius. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/12 - Henry County, west central Missouri: Harvest is winding down here, we have nothing left but double crop beans. Strange year, strange outcomes. My corn and beans yielded the same, about 35 bu/ac. Corn harvest was over in August, bean harvest only started last few days of October. Rain came back to our area about August 25, then hurricane remnants, then fairly decent weekly showers. Corn was already at harvest moisture, but beans re-flowered, set pods, filled, and made a decent crop. Some of the largest seeds I have ever seen on a bean plant, I suppose due to the great filling period and the relatively few pods to fill. I know we are not supposed to say these things out loud, but 80% revenue insurance at harvest price exceeded my last winter's budget income for a normal crop at the then-expected price.
- 11/12 - Northeast Iowa: Have you ever seen a combine harvesting 0 bushel corn? Here is your chance. This was a field that ran out of water and only went 30 bushel per acre. The majority of the farm was 10 bushels or less. Normally makes 190 bushel. Trey is combining. Video courtesy of www.neiafarms.com.
- 11/9 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: Late finish 11/2/12 to soybean harvest this year. Very tough cutting this year. Will finish last 20 acres of corn today.
- 11/9 - Runnels County, Texas: We’re still planting wheat, but topsoil moisture is getting short. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/9 - Grant County, Wash.: Dry land wheat is very dry. A cloud burst in June made seeding in August possible. No rain until Oct 23. Very short subsoil moisture. Some reseeding Nov 6. Corn harvest in Columbia Basin ongoing. Sounds like very good yields. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/7 - Chateau, Mont.: Done planting wheat on Oct. 22. Just a bit of kernel swell and SNOW is on the way! Same thing as last year and did well with late seeding so many seeded in dust and clods last year almost the same conditions repeated. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/7 - Dawson County/Lexington, Neb.: We raise meat goats in central NE. Wheat drilled a month ago has not emerged. With the window closing fast I doubt if it will since we have had no rain. We have had less than 6" of moisture in the past 16 months. Still watering alfalfa and will until the ground freezes. While we took 5 cuts most dryland alfalfa got 2 cuts. I would say that 50% of this year’s forage baled will mostly be corn stubble. One surprising note is the spring turnips planted in March are still alive although stressed and not growing. With pasture that burnt up in early June we have cut our goat herd by 30% and implemented a fodder feed system and have been feeding hay since June 1. If it hadn't been for a few acres of pig weed we would have sold more. If we get no snow this winter there will be a lot more animals going to market come spring. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/7 - Ward County, N.D.: Winter wheat did not get planted. Local elevators only sold 10% of their seed. Some of that seed they sold I purchased and it is still sitting in the trucks in the building. It was too dry to plant. We have a little precip now but it is too late. We will put the seed in the bin and try again next year. There was no opportunity to plant. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/7 - Clay County, Neb.: Wheat is just hanging on by a thread! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/7 - East central Iowa: We received 1/4 inch rain and snow showers yesterday. Harvest will resume today and with any luck just about everyone will finish before the rain /snow moves in by the weekend. Moisture running 16.5-20% yet. Heard of some late planted corn still at 30% moisture. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 11/6 - Sandusky, Ohio: Beans are done. We had some go 60 bpa and some 40 bpa. Corn on good ground was 198 bpa. The heavy ground does not look good, we are hoping for 100 bpa. We had 3.5" of rain last week. We plan on trying to shell corn the next few days.
- 11/6 - Union County, N.C.: History will be made in our county for the highest per acre yield ever recorded on soybeans double cropped after wheat. I would say the same should hold true for all soybean producing counties throughout the entire state of NC. Low 50s to mid-60s seem to be the going numbers, which is very impressive for dry-land beans after wheat in NC. My entire county is 100% no-till, and with rainfall being the major component, no-till for 20+ years as with most farmers is the next most contributing factor. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 11/5 - Northeast North Dakota: Crops are in. Average to above average yields on most crops this year. Over 4 inches of rain this last 30 days so there is quite a lot of field work yet to do. The way it looks now, much of it will not get done . Some have just started to fertilize. 7 inches of snow this past weekend.
- 11/5 - Clark County, Wis.: Corn harvest is done. We average 140 bu. per acre. Dry beans were 50 bu. per acre and wheat was 81 bu. per acre. Some fall tillage has been done, and there’s very little corn left standing. The fields are working very well 4.0 rain last 3 weeks.
- 11/5 - Johnson, Neb.: My dryland average was 65 bpa and my irrigated average was 238 bpa. I had 50 acres that yielded 305 bpa. Most dryland was in the 40 to 70 range, irrigated 200 to 220. Beans were in the 25 bu. range dryland irrigated was in the 55 to 65 range. We had a few 70 bu beans.
- 11/5 - Coles County, Ill.: FCStone does not live in the real world. They make their estimates with charts, graphs, weather patterns and rumors. The farmers have empty bins on the farms and empty bins at the elevators tell the real story. When you receive ads with yield results from major seed companies bragging about 70 to 90 bu. corn yields in their plots, it should tell you something about this short crop.
- 11/5 - Eau Claire, Wis.: Beans averaged 56.2 bpa on 254 acres. Corn went 175 bpa on 450 acres. Had a high of 250 and corn low of 125.
- 11/5 - Hutchinson County, S.D.: Crops are all harvested just a lot of fall clean up going on with the yields of 50 bushel corn and 20 bushel beans the rent crisis is still a lingering issue for local farmers and is now a scare. With local land being bid up to the price of over $250.00 per acre in western Hutchinson County, somebody fell of the truck this fall and hit their head! We live in South Dakota people not Iowa or Minnesota. Not good for any of the farmers surrounding the ground. Good luck to the rest of you farmers and stay safe.
- 11/5 - East central Iowa: Harvest 2012 will be almost 100% complete by the end of this week if weather holds. We have had a great stretch of weather here to allow everyone to be about 2-3 weeks ahead of normal (been able to run 11 days in a row). One good thing about lower yields is that storage hasn't been an issue. NH3 is starting to be applied as well as limited fall work. Right or wrong, there are a lot off stalks being bale for feed as guys try and limp through to next year. Can’t wait for this roller coaster year to get over so we can do it all over again next year! Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 11/5 - Perry County, Pa.: Early planted corn hit by drought and usual deer damage but double-cropped corn after barley was best crop ever !! Overall, yields ranged from 0 bu/ac to 120 bu/ac for early plant corn but a record high of 211 bu/ac for double-cropped corn which received only hog manure and timely rains!!! We are currently putting a system together to remove the solids from our liquid hog manure. This system initially reduced the phosphorus by 65% and with adjustments could get close to 90% Phosphorus reduction. With this reduction we will be better able to use the liquid manure, promote a safer environment thru less Phosphorus in field applied manure and sell the solids as an organic fertilizer!! Photo is of double-crop Hubner brand corn after winter barley.
- 11/2 - Lafayette County, Wis.: Harvest is done and yields are about what we figured in late August. 72 bushel corn average, (none chopped, all harvested), and beans around 45 bushel average. We were exceptionally dry and hot, but in September we got some rain and it helped beans and the corn test weight. I traveled a lot this summer and once you went south to northern Illinois, east into Iowa, and north into central Wisconsin and southern Minnesota...crops looked a lot greener and radar showed a lot more rain. I see the seed corn plots show decent yields for those areas, so its been a crazy summer of farming. The corn on soybeans yields were decent, with yields into the 140s, but corn on corn on tilled ground suffered the most. Some of this was due to moisture lost, BUT we had unprecedented rootworm feeding and damage on RW genetic resistant corn. We had applied no insecticide, but had used top rated RW corn. Smart stacked corns with 2 rw modes yielded 50-80 bushel more side by side with regular rw corns. Under these conditions in 2012 the RW corns failed to do their job, pruning roots back that had no chance of renewing in the dry soils... so we will be using insecticide on all our corn for 2013, and rotating back to more of a corn/soybean rotation. Good luck to all in 2013!
- 11/2 - Sudlersville, Md.: We were fortunate to not have anything worse than wet fields, a downed tree, and a flooded cellar. The rainbow popped out this AM over our combine and reminded me again how fortunate we are. Prayers for those just north of us who took the brunt of the storm.
- 11/1 - Winnebago County, Wis.: We’ve had the best corn and bean crop ever. I guess red and blue clay pays off for once. It was dry here all summer.
- 11/1 - Ingham County, Mich.: We finished our corn Saturday. The yield was 129 bpa., about what we thought it would be. Our beans yielded 47 bpa. With the weather we had very happy with them. Thank the Lord. Seeing the devastation on the east coast our prayers go out to you guys. Glad we live in mostly quiet Michigan.
- 11/1 - Eastern Illinois: Yields are better-than-expected. Illinois farmer John Kiefner says he expects to have soybean yields that are 80 to 90% of normal yields. Watch more reports from AgDay's I-80 Harvest Tour.
From Twitter: #Harvest12 Tweets
- 11/1 - @hayseedmike: On the last field of #corn #harvest12 and it is the wettest. 17%.
- 11/1 -@Sodbusterk: Finally done #harvest12 last dump.
- 11/1 - @dustinh2011: #harvest12 is officially in the books as we finished today! Now time for a lot more hunting!!!
- 11/1 - @bajacattle: The field from hell. Day 6. 320 acres. Mile long rows. All laying flat. #harvest12 #stillgoing.
- 11/1 - @AppliedAg: Go time. Chickpea harvest underway. #harvest12
- 11/1 - @morvenvale: Canola all finished last night. Good result av 1.8t/ha and 42%oil. Cleaned up machinery - now into chickpeas. #harvest12
- 11/1 - @kplkp1: The combines are back home #harvest12 complete