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A Year of Crop Comments

December 24, 2013
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
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Enjoy this trip back through the last 12 months, provided by reports from across the country to AgWeb’s Crop Comments.

It’s that time of year when it’s fun to look back and reminisce about the previous 12 months. The calendar will soon turn to 2014. Before it does, let’s remember the ups and downs of the 2013 growing season.

Read the following AgWeb Crop Comments from this year.

January

1/21 - Union County, Ore.: First time we have reached a temperature above freezing in 10 days. Winter wheat is frost burnt down to bare ground. Not looking good. Summary: Dry and cold.

1/2 - Northeast Oklahoma: The wheat looks great. We have had just enough rain to keep it going. The ponds are lower now than in September.

February

2/21 - Dublin, Ga.: Middle Georgia is very wet. We have had around 10 inches of rain in the last 10 days. The water is draining well and should be drying up over the next couple of weeks.

2/15 - Sevier County, Tenn.: We are primarily a forage producing county. What started out as a dry fall has turned into a wet winter, with over 12 inches of rain in January alone. Not complaining though, especially with the way the folks in the Corn Belt have suffered.

March

3/19 - McLennan County, Texas: Finished planting corn the 5th of March. Corn is coming up some is already at 3 leaves; wheat looks good and will be heading in a couple of weeks. Milo planting is starting with good moisture we got 2 inches of rain last week. Starting to spray for weeds and will sidedress after that so far so good.

3/7 - Charlotte County, Fla.: Wild hogs are destroying crops. They captured 10 in one night. Now we have to start all over.

April

4/11 - Horry County, S.C.: Most farmers in the area will start transplanting tobacco this week with a few braving the cold nights of last and starting. With warm weather and good soil conditions, everybody has to pull together to get the crop out. Hoping for some light rain the end of the week to get the crop off to a good start. Most will try to have all the tobacco out within the next 2 weeks.

4/1 - Lawrence County, Ark.: It is wet and cold, and there’s not much rice or corn planted yet. Will be middle of next week at best and more rain predicted this weekend. Corn acres are reducing along with prices fast! Happy Easter!

May

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.

5/30 - Boone County, Mo.: I’m going to take prevent plant on 400 corn acres. It has 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 have 1,500 acres more beans. Now the wheat looks good, but may have to mud it out not in the truck yet. God speed to all.

June

6/18 - Rapides Parish, La.: All our corn is past roasting ear stage. Milo is about 75% headed, soybeans all up. Started spraying middles in beans. Some narrow row beans have herbicide damage. A little too much Valor, I think. Starting to come out of it. Overall, crops in this area look pretty good. Be safe and good luck this year!

6/27 - Billings, Mont.: Everything looks good so far. We have had a few hail storms and lost 20 - 30% of the wheat. Corn looks great – knee-high already, which is good for us this time of year!

July

7/26 - Northeast Kansas: We have had a total of .45 of an inch of rain in the month of July. It took three rain events to total that amount, including last night’s .10. The soybeans are kind of at a standstill, but corn on anything but the best ground is all rolled up and looks like a pineapple plant. I am not sure that abundant rain would even help the worst of it now. Maybe if a few more of us burn up the USDA will just go ahead and pencil in a 15 billion bu. corn crop.

7/22 - Tippah County, northern Mississippi: Crops look really good here. We have mostly soybeans, not much corn due to wet spring. The weather has been overall cooler than normal except for a few days with frequent showers. Very blessed!

August

8/13 - Sargent County, N.D.: Just 1.5 inches of rain in July and August combined. Cooler weather has helped the beans hang on to this point but now the stress is apparent this week. Even in the cool 45 degree morning air they look tough today. Corn was dented last year at this time, this year it’s still pollinating. We’ve been 2 weeks behind all year and now we’re 3 weeks behind. I know the market guru’s say sell but I’m not sure what I have to sell yet. I wish the rest of you all the best.

8/12 - Howard County, Ind.: Crops look good now that water has moved through the soil. Beans are starting to fill and corn looks like yields will be anywhere from 190 to 235 bu./acre, according to pulled ears.

September

9/3 - Pipestone County, Minn.: Spring wheat went 55 with 12.4-13.2 protein and 60-61 test weight. It was planted about five weeks later than last year but yielded about the same. Corn looks great and beans look good but starting to get dry. No rain in the last three weeks. Last week’s heat brought us a long ways. The 99-day corn that was planted May 18 is just starting to dent. Early beans are just starting to turn.

9/5 - Livingston County, Ill.: I was standing in my corn field today feeling very down about how horrible it looked. Then I was pleasantly surprised by a visit from two high ranking USDA officials. They said I have nothing to worry about. They informed me that my corn will be way better than it appears, despite the fact we've had only a couple inches of rain in the past 2 1/2 months. I said, "Guys, we have just experienced the driest August on record in the Midwest." They said, "Don't worry, you will have a Bin Buster here and across the whole Midwest." I said, "Thanks for the reassurance. You've restored my confidence!!" (Just Funning!)

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October

10/29 - Berks County, Pa.: What a difference a year makes! Corn yields ranged from 145-270. Beans 55-90. Harvest is winding down and elevators are full and closed some days, open others.

10/22 - Southwest Michigan: Rain has put soybean harvest at a standstill. The weather forecast had us set for three straight days of sunshine and inside of 12 hours it now has us set for 3 days of snow and rain showers. Started running corn while beans are drying down, so far the yields have been very good. Moisture levels are running 19% on corn planted the first week of May.

November

11/27 - Eau Claire, Wis.: If you need bin room, bring it to Wisconsin. There are a lot of empty bins and everybody wants to buy it.

11/18 - Ottawa County, Mich.: 350 acres of corn left (65% done). I’m doing a little turbo-tilling, sold chisel plow for scrap a couple years ago – best move ever!

December

12/2 - East central Iowa: We finally finished the harvest of 2013. The end! And for once I wasn't the last one or second to last one done. There are a few guys still trying to finish up. I would guess 2 or 3 days would finish just about everybody. Sounds like kind of a rainy and snowy week, followed by real cold weather moving in this weekend. Pit pumpers are also having trouble getting guys finished because of the real cold weather last week, just guessing there is 3 to 4 inches of frost in most of the cornfields.

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12/2 - Northern Stearns County, Minn.: Messed up year. Extremely wet until June 21, then no rain whatsoever until mid-September, then over a foot of rain this fall. Our corn average was 130 bu./acre and soybean average was 30 bu./acre, much lower than average.

 

How will you remember 2013? Share your report with AgWeb’s Crop Comments.
 


 

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