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April 2009 Archive for Crop Comments

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

March Crop Comments

Apr 06, 2009

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about the crops in your local area.  Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity.

What's happening in your fields? When will you start planting? Will your crop mix be the same as last year? Send us your photos and video! (Please keep your comments crop-related.)


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

  • 3/31 - Codington, South Dakota: Normally we always have spring wheat in the ground by 4/11 and usually have started by now but not even close yet. Nothing going on in this area, it is to cold and wet both. We usually start some corn planting by the third week in April and the beans as soon as we are done with the corn.
     
  • 3/31 - Kiowa County Kansas: Fertilizer prices are very high.  I have been checking a web site (www.mpxaplus.com) that looks promising to me.  If your inputs are to high check out this web site.
     

  • 3/31 - Bremer County, Iowa: Corn in good years starts as early as April 20th for the big guys. Personally I can start corn by the 26th of April or so. I like to be done with Corn by May 1st beans start as soon as the planter is switched over. It’s setting up like last year.  Cold temps, and then click…Summer time.

     
  • 3/31 - Lafayette County, Wisconsin: Just wondering what the rent prices have done, and what they are around the rest of Midwest?  We are 130 per acre here, in the 3rd and final year of a 3 yr agreement.
     
  • 3/31 - North Central Iowa: Normal corn planting date around here is usually April 23-May 5.  Last 4-5 years has been earlier, as early as the 16th. Last year planted one field on the 23rd and the rest went in the first week of May. Last year all the fertilizer was on in the fall. This year very little was fall applied.  We need a week of good weather soon to get the Nh3 down.  We will plant without potash on most ground and just use starter for phosphorus this year. Cutting nitrogen 15-20 pounds also. At $3.25 cash new crop it will take 25 to 30 bu. just to pay the $95/ acre potash bill. I guess its time to go back to the old Marginal Cost Charts from micro econ class.
     

  • 3/31 - Near North Dakota Highways 3 and 11: Cows on an island of hay waiting for a blizzard to hit near North Dakota Highways 3 and 11. Picture taken on March 23, 2009. Photo submitted by Lawson Jones of Webster, N.D.  This was on the Grand Forks Heald Web Site.

    -- Photo submitted by Lawson Jones of Webster, N.D.

    (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.)

     

  • 3/31 - Johnson County, Iowa: Did custom harvesting for my neighbor last fall, triple stack was the lowest yield. The next lowest was bt, and the regular out yielded them all. I think they should charge more for the triple stack. 


  • 3/30 - Northeast Iowa: I always heard you could skip P and K for a year because nitrogen was the only thing applied that is used up the same calendar year, everything else applied is for the next year, or in the case of a 50/50 rotation, P and K applied in 2009 is for the 2011 corn crop and if you try to fertilize completely with the planter, there's more risk of burning the seed than providing all the nutrients.  Nice day today, we missed that huge blizzard that was forecast; although we are about 10 degrees below normal temps.
     
  • 3/30 - Louisiana: Field report from Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: The corn is already in the ground in Louisiana, says Daniel Stephenson, LSU AgCenter weed scientist. Listen in as he describes this nearly tropical environment and how weed control can be a year-round job.

  • 3/30 - Northeast Nebraska: I agree with the person from Iowa. My seed cost has seen the largest percentage increase on my farm Think safety first!!!
     
  • 3/30 - Northeast Arkansas: I don't think a lot of corn will be planted here. No planters hooked to tractors yet, and this is primetime planting season here. Of course it is really wet here, so planters would be just sitting out in the rain. As far as cost goes, probably seed and fertilize is scarring a lot of producers from corn, because it looks a lot like cotton. Cotton is like saying a four letter word in church, here.
     

  • 3/30 - Ransom County, Southeast North Dakota: On Monday or Tuesday of this week the entire state of North Dakota was in a flood warning. I'm sure I have never seen that before. In Ransom County we have lost a number of roads due to culverts being washed out. The number is far greater than in 1997. The big difference between this year and 1997 is that in 1997 we went 8 days without electricity. It's unusual if we're not farming by Good Friday or April 15th but I can't imagine a scenario where we'll be in the fields for at least a month.
     

  • 3/30 - South Central Nebraska: Just was wondering how many are thinking about not putting on any K and P this year and if you think it will work. Going to cut total N by about 20% and hope for the best. If we don't get the top 5 bushel and every farmer is like that maybe we will get our price back up. So milo is going in this year in place of the corn and beans. Have fun!!! 


  • 3/27 - Wright County, Iowa: Here are my projected input costs for 180 bu. corn on corn. On a per bu cost. Dry Fertilizer 70 cents, Nitrogen (32%) 65 cents, Seed 55 cents, All costs added up (Machine, rent, insurance, Herb, etc) equals $686 per acre or $3.81 per bushel. Local fall price $3.72  Book the Cruise Hun!!!!!
     
  • 3/27 - Bremer County, Iowa: The highest price per acre this year is seed. Oddly enough, even with attention on fertilizer, seed @ $250-$300 per bag is the highest cost per unit. Followed closely behind is N  in any form (nh3, 28%, or uera) the price per unit is high.
     

  • 3/27 - Cass County, North Dakota: Northeast Kansas, I called 701-318-0690 and they sent out info on Azos test results from the last 5 years.  It showed it works for raising protein on wheat also.  Best of luck this season.


  • 3/26 - Douglas County, Washington: We normally get about 80% of our moisture from the winter snows, this year we maybe received about 15% from the snows. What we did have was real dry powder, it went away in early Jan. We have had very little moisture since. Going to need a lot of spring showers, that we normally don't get to make up the difference. We went into the winter very dry also, could be along hot summer and very short crop this year.
     

  • 3/26 - Northeast Kansas: Cass County, North Dakota, Could you please tell me where to buy azos? I am very interested in it’s uses. What data did you utilize to help decide how, what, and where to use it? I am having trouble trying to find it in our area. Thanks.
     

  • 3/26 - Dodge County, Minnesota: The past two have been pretty wet, with the chance of snow and colder weather coming soon.  If the 60 and 70 degree temps don’t get here soon, the field work will be delayed to at least three weeks.  Also a lot of fall tillage was missed last year due to the long duration of harvest and early freeze, adding even more to the delay.  People are wondering what they should do for spring, whether It be no till, moldboard, or conventional tillage of some sort.
     
  • 3/26 - Douglas County, Minnesota: WET! WET! calving weather from hell, but have saved all so far, Will see more beans in this area, planting timing will be about normal as we are east of flooding & most snow, Robins have been snowed on 2 times already, old timers say 3 times is normal, then spring is here for good.
     
  • 3/26 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: I'm not sure if spring will be late or not. We had just a scant quarter inch of rain through this past front moving thru, and while not dry, we've missed several predicted moisture events the past couple of months. That either means that the weather forecasters are idiots or it's going to get really dry and I wouldn't want to bet on either. Like allot of producers, I am frustrated with fertilizer prices that should have gone down. The retailers are better at organizing than farmers, and I have heard that a major bank that finances co-ops threatened against retailers that started to drop prices although I don't know that for certain.  I think a good growing season is in store and I think soybean prices will average in the 8.00-8.50 range and corn, 4.25 to 5.00, depending what is on USDA's crystal ball.  Demand is still there, the end users are just putting off purchases until absolutely necessary. That's what I think, but what do I know, I'm just a dumb farmer.
     

  • 3/26 - Nueces County, South Texas: Very dry. We got 1/2 inch last week, but with 45mph winds and 80 degree temps... Its long gone. Drought clock is ticking. April 15 is final planting date for insurance.  About 15% of the county is planted (Grain Sorghum). Some dry planted, some all the way down as deep as the planter will go without moving dirt. I got 2 fields up. 5 fields planted deep with a little hope. 8 fields: all hope is lost.

    -- Nueces County, South Texas

    (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.)


  • 3/25 - Cass County, North Dakota: Once the water drains off, field work will be two weeks away assuming it doesn’t rain or snow anymore, and the sun shines. (Yeah I know, 100% chance that won’t happen)  To help control my fertilizer costs I’m going to try this new bacteria that produces N for corn.  Azo..something, but they say it can produce 20# of N for the crop.
     

  • 3/25 - West Central Kansas: Checked crops in Scott, Wichita, Greeley and Kearny counties in the last week.  Without rain soon, harvest will be questionable on many acres.  Wheat is dying, brown areas ranging from a few feet across to several acres.  Everyone says these spots are expanding.  Experiment Station at Tribune lists total moisture for 2009 at 0.76 inches.  Weather reporter for Scott City lists only 0.20 inches for 2009.  Scott County has been presented as a drought disaster area by the Kansas Governor.  Wheat has broke dormancy and cannot grow fast enough to tap the declining subsoil moisture.  Last rain was end of September, over 6 months ago.  Most wheat still has a good stand, but the drought clock is ticking faster with 60-80 degree days and winds gusting to 45 mph.
     

  • 3/25 - Southeast Iowa: Raining and wet here, no field work done yet. Saw one tool bar and tank yesterday while driving 250 miles through farm country. Many farmers are getting corn out of bins before it warms up too much. Some is still testing 17-19%, elevator mixes it with dry corn then grinds it for livestock, but still charges the farmer to dry it...maybe that will help pay for their mistake of buying overpriced fertilizer. :)

  • 3/24 - Buena Vista County Iowa: Fertilizer prices still high $950 ton anhydrous. The local dealers made a mistake and bought fertilizer when prices were high.  Now they want us to bail them out a buy their mistake.  I told my salesman, I would buy it at those prices if they would take $6.00 corn I did not get sold to pay for it.  I will eat my mistake but I will not eat theirs.  Will just skip the P & K this year if prices do not come down.


  • 3/23 - Northeast North Dakota, Devils Lake Basin: Not looking good here for any type of planting this spring.  We had so much rain last fall and the snow kept piling on so much that this area may not dry out until June.  Especially with the rain coming now and predictions of up to a foot of snow this week.  Maybe next year.
     

  • 3/23 - North Central Iowa: Getting our first spring rains this morning, heavy at times.  The forecast is wet and cold for this week. There was very little fertilizer or NH3 applied last fall.  How much corn we plant will depend on when we can get in and start to fertilize.  When you look at April you generally get a short span of nice days in the first two weeks to get on some fertilizer.  After that any good weather days better be devoted to corn planting.  If we have to apply NH3 as we are planting it will slow down the whole process and limit corn acres. The coops also need a lot of time to get dry spread.  They cannot be at everyone's field at the same time.  If we can't get our dry spread in a timely manner we will plant without it and save the money.
     

  • 3/23 - Haskell County, Southwest Kansas: Out here in western Kansas, there hasn't been a week since last fall that farmers haven't been in the field doing something. I've been out here 23 years and this is the most open, probably the driest, and possibly the warmest winter in those 23 years!!! No moisture since the last rain in October and that dropped anywhere from 4-10" on specific locations in one day. We are dry to the bone.

  • 3/23 - Hancock County, Indiana: Believe me the crop insurance program is a much safer bet than the ACRE program.

     
  • 3/23 - Simcoe County, Ontario: I ran a load of soys too Goderich Friday morning.  I saw 3 combines taking 08' corn off and 1 farmer spraying UAN on some winter wheat.  Fields that normally would have a few duck ponds from the spring thaw this time of year are looking dry.  It may be an early spring, but I’m sure we'll see another snow dusting before the corn planters start seeding.

  • 3/20 - Decatur, Illinois: Field report from Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor -- The tractors are starting to roll in central Illinois. I spotted this anhydrous rig on Larry Garver's farm west of Decatur this morning. The field was in sunflowers last year and will be planted to corn this season. (Send in your photos and videos. E-mail them to cropcomments@agweb.com.) 

    -- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor



     
  • 3/20 - Iowa: We started beans tonight.  Temperatures in the very low 40's.  I don't know where the "experts" say the crop is but it sure ain’t around here.  Have a safe start to harvest and a safe harvest.  It almost happened again around the area where guys are getting equipment ready and had to send some to the hospital.  Be safe and be careful!  It will be a long season, so no need to rush.
     
  • 3/20 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: Should I participate in ACRE or use crop insurance?  Well boys and girls it's a little late in Indiana to buy crop insurance for 2009, so that is already a default, you either have it or you don't. Still you can participate in ACRE with out crop insurance. So if you are looking for "revenue protection" it is about the only game in town for 2009. (More comments in Sound Off!)

     
  • 3/20 - Fayette County, Iowa: Something is fishy about crop insurance.  The feds are supporting enterprise units big time this year. I hate to say it, but crop insurance is almost cheap compared to other years, when you consider enterprise units. More risk is put on the farmer, I understand that, but if a guy went with all 80% RA and enterprise, his cost could be about a third of last year. Obviously some of the price drop is due to the markets being down.  I’ve been to the ACRE meetings.  It all looks good on paper, but sit down and do the real math.  The SURE part of it touts 15% increase to your crop insurance, but later on in the figures there is a 60% multiplier.  So it’s not really a true 15%.  The ACRE part of it has the potential to pay out more than the standard Counter Cyclical payments. You give up 20% of your direct payments and 30% of your loan rate. (don’t quote me on theses)  When prices were tanking, people began to do the math.  The 30% reduction of your CCC loan rate affects LDP rates too.  Acre program needs your farm, and the state you live in to both fall below the set yields which count as triggers. To me there dangling another carrot out there. If we all jump on this ship, whose to say they manipulate the state yields to a point where Acre would not kick in and help you.  Once again it’s more government and less control of you the farmer.  We’ve all seen the USDA’s phony reports.   Just choose wisely.


  • 3/19 - Massac County, Illinois: Most of the land I'll be planting is pretty good as far as ph and major nutrients - if I plant any corn at all, I will only use a little starter fertilizer. I may just go with all soybeans and not use any - there is too much risk. Time to take a little back from the soil, as I've spent a lifetime trying to build it up anyway.
     

  • 3/19 - Southwestern Indiana: We had every acre grid sampled last fall and are putting on just what is needed.

     
  • 3/19 - Southern Shelby County Illinois: Planning on cutting back on fertilizer this spring. All the bean ground was soil tested last fall and will only apply to fields showing pore readings. Also not applying potash to no-till beans, had done this over the last several years. Few tractors running, applying some preplant anhydrous, some manure being applied. Guys, for the most part, are taking it pretty easy with what seems like an early spring. Good luck everyone and be careful.

  • 3/18 - Decatur County, Southeastern Indiana: We are hoping to reduce the amount of fertilizer that we buy and put on this year.  Our operation has taken a very active step to utilize animal waste and place it over as much of the farm as possible this year.  This requires better timing and longer hours when the field conditions are ideal in certain areas compared to others.  The whole effort on our family farm is to lean the production process creating or sustaining margins due to increased input cost.
     
  • 3/18 - Stearns County, Minnesota: Planting corn where I have enough manure and soybeans where I don't.  Might buy a small amount of 10-34-0 starter, say 3 gallons/acre for my corn, otherwise not using any commercial fertilizer.  My P and K levels are good for my soybeans so I should be fine.  Snow is almost all melted, standing water everywhere.  Expect the frost to go out around April 5th, though a warm thunderstorm would help it go out even earlier.
     

  • 3/18 - Northeast Arkansas: We still wet here, not much field work done.  We will use same amount of fertilize as usual.  I think all farmers know that fertilize prices are inflated, but we can't do much about the price, other than not use it.  Crop mix here is soon going to be known, planting will start here in next few days.  I think it will be less cotton and corn, more soybeans and rice. I also want to note farmers are still very undecided in general on what they will plant.

     
  • 3/18 - Briscoe County, Texas (TX panhandle): Very dry here, 1" of rain since October.  Dryland wheat is gone, irrigated looks good but have too much invested in it.  Guess we need to keep the USA in cheap food.  Would hate for hamburger buns to cost too much.  Checked on fertilizer prices today.  AA is $450. ton, 11-52-0 is $525. ton and 32-0-0 is $250. ton, $260. delivered.

  • 3/17 - Erath County, Texas: Thank the Good Lord in Heaven it finally rained in Central Texas (Erath Co). I have heard anywhere from 2-5 ½”, THANK GOD!
     
  • 3/17 - St. Clair County, Southwest Illinois: March has been a bit drier than normal, though I wouldn’t classify our area as dry.  However, with a few sunny days ahead and only limited chances for rain I expect to see some field work start mid-week.  A bit a wheat around that needs top dressed and still a good deal of fertilizer to be spread.  I’ve seen a few NH3 toolbars out of the sheds as well.  Most growers I know are planning a near 50/50 rotation with some thinking about maybe 60% corn.  We may see some mild changes in that, but it just seems that no matter what the talk, when the planters roll we see a lot of 50/50 rotation around here.  Fertilizer prices at the coop level running in the 400-450 range for DAP, 800-850 for Pot and 600-700 for NH3, depending on who you talk to.  In general most think prices are probably about as low as we’ll see for the next couple months.
     

  • 3/17 - Buena Vista County, Northwest Iowa: Not as much corn on corn this year around here, UNLESS Fertilizer prices drop big in price by early April, and or corn market goes up about a buck, we have just rechecked with 5 different suppliers in the area and Nh3 is still $ 1032 to $ 925 a Ton & 28-32% from .60-.72 a unit.  Still some undecided acres out there.

  • 3/16 - Northeast Arkansas: I don't think I have ever talked to so many farmers that haven't got a clue on what to plant yet.
     

  • 3/16 - Lawrence County, Northwest Alabama: These crop estimates now are not worth anything. This is a ploy to get the price up to change the acreage to where they want it. Then when the acreage is up enough the market will crash and burn. Don't tell any body anything and keep ‘em guessing. No other smart business person or (persons collectively) would reveal such a trade secret. It is to cold to plant corn or anything yet in Alabama, rain and 38 degrees F on March 13. I doubt there will be any corn at all this year in the Southeast...ha ha.

  • 3/13 - West Central Texas: RAIN – 3-4” across the area.  Too late for wheat as we only had 1” since August.   Lifesaver for all the cow-calf guys.  Failed wheat acres will either go to sorghum, feed, or may just be fallowed.   Too far west for corn here, and cotton won’t work either.
     

  • 3/13 - Jackson County, Michigan: We have gotten a lot of water in the past week. The tiles can’t keep up and every low spot in the fields are full with water. Where the wheat isn't under water it looks good. We would like to be out getting some urea on the wheat but there is just too much water. We usually get in the fields in the last few weeks of March but this year we won’t be able to get in the field until April. We’re getting kind of anxious waiting.

    -- Jacob Faist, Faist Farms, Inc.

    (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.)


  • 3/12 - South Central North Dakota: We are undecided what to plant. Today’s report doesn't help matters. We received 12" of snow the last 2 days along with 40 MPH winds, snow is piled up where it doesn't belong. Calving is a nightmare with the temps at -20 and the winds blowing. This morning we had 6 calves born in the barn and every calf had frozen ears. Spring will be very late here. The roads are blocked, soon load limits will be in effect.
     

  • 3/12 - South Central North Dakota: Finished sunflower on Nov. 1, we never did find any field dry, under 12% moisture, yields were good at 1600-1800 pounds per acre, oil content at 44-46%. No corn, so we are all done, most corn in the area will yield well but is still at 25-30% moisture. Hope everyone can get their harvest finished soon and be safe.

  • 3/11 - Lapwai, North Central Idaho: Winter moved back in for a few days as we woke up to a couple inches of snow with some cold wind whipping it around.  The Winter Wheat has started to come out of dormancy and looks amazing good at this early stage.  The weatherman is calling for low temps tonight but says it will warm up later in the week and turn into more Spring-like weather after that.  It's about the usual time to start seeding Spring Wheat and barley in this location but it will have to wait a week or more.

     
  • 3/11 - Northwest Oklahoma: Well wheat looks poor here!!!!!   It will be a short crop..   Noticed wild rye rapidly trying to head or produce grain before it dies.  Wheat just now in boot stage . It’s dry with sprinkles here today. Just enough to wet the top soil. Going to take much much more to make grain. If the rye is any indication what the wheat will make it will a very short crop.   Wild rye usually 5 to 6 foot tall at harvest might make 12 to 18 inches in height.  Head is half way up the stem 6 inches off the ground. Rain predicted but has just been sprinkles. Good luck all ??????
     
  • 3/11 - Linn County, Iowa: 3+ in rain in 3 days. Having calves. Trying to feed cattle.  Lots of frost still in the ground.  "How's the weather"?  It sucks.
     

  • 3/11 - Ransom County North Dakota: POW ! Just when you thought it was safe to start thinking about spring we're getting hit with another Blizzard. Can't haul grain to town today because 4' drifts make access to the bin impossible and nearly all the roads are blocked with snow drifts. Best of luck to all the cattlemen. Hopefully this will blow over quickly. The forecast is for temps Wednesday to be well below zero. I still have no idea what to plant, Should have a better idea in 2-3 weeks.

     
  • 3/11 - Lincoln County, Harrington, Washington: We are usually in the field around the 21st of March...Looks like it could be the 21st of April this year....still snowing off and on and expected to get near zero degrees one night this week. We could use a little  "global warming" around here.....

    -- Lincoln County, Harrington, Washington

    (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.)


  • 3/10 - Northeast North Dakota: Ten below zero and a howling wind this morning – January all over again.  The good news is that our northern part of state is missing 7 to 14 inches of snow and the raging blizzard that is burying the rest of the state and western Minn. The cattlemen in the middle of calving are having a bad day. Many farmers have not locked in on a crop plan yet, but some are saying they won't change much. Malting barley new crop contracts in the $4.25 to $4.50 range are getting some attention, although it isn't a great big deal.
     
  • 3/10 - Fayette County, Pennsylvania: No-till drilled 20 acres of grass, alfalfa and clover seed with oats on Saturday for my neighbor. Field conditions were perfect at least for us. The other neighbors say we were jumping the gun, I say that we were just prepared. Few guys spreading potash, and lime is being spread daily.
     

  • 3/10 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: Not much of anything going on here. We received in some locations over 3 inches of rain March 7 and 8. Expecting more on the 10th. We have lakes. That is to be expected in our area this time of year. Our subsoil is recharged and when this goes away we may begin to see some field action.

  • 3/9 - Menomonie, Dunn County, West Central Wisconsin: Land being prepared for coming crops. Very dry, rain needed. High temp for early March.
     
  • 3/9 - Decatur, Illinois: From Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor -- I sacrificed a good pair of shoes to get this shot this afternoon. I heard a rumor somebody was working ground west of Decatur. The deed was done by the time I got there. I thought perhaps the outfit was buried since it was shut down mid field. Nope...hanging out in the waterway where it was safe. My walk across the tilled ground was more than difficult. The muck kept trying to pull me down like quick sand.

    -- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

    (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.)


     
  • 3/9 - Codington, South Dakota: Yes, the tractors are moving as they do everyday to feed the cattle! Oh yah we did drive our 9230 from the neighbors shop home to ours. We have snow cover and 35 degrees!
     
  • 3/9 - Dodge County, Minnesota: This is my first year in MN, and I have never seen a spring that has been so wet; water standing in fields, and running out of tile lines. This is not my first dealing with mud and rain. Last year I had to deal with June floods of Southwest Wisconsin. All of this weather is just holding off people to get plans in place for spring.  I have read that 40% of farmers don’t have any final plans, and up to a million acre swing in planting intentions. If things are turn out like last year, I don’t know what could happen to the final corn numbers.  God Bless for a little relief of the wet, muddy conditions. Hope the planters start rolling soon.
     

  • 3/9 - McCulloch County, Texas: The wheat crop is a complete disaster here. High winds and no rain in months. Tremendous feed bills to keep cattle alive. Conditions are the worst I have experienced in my 47 years in the farming business.

  • 3/6 - Howard County, Texas: Dryland wheat has been taken out with 90 degree temps and 45 mph wind.  Bring on the insurance, this crop of wheat is finished.  Irrigated wheat is growing at warp speed.  Field work started for the cotton crop.  This is the slowest start in my 35 years of farming in my area.  Just not any excitement for a loan price crop.  The cattle feedlots around here are losing $100 per head.
     

  • 3/6 - Lynn County, Texas: Land being prepared for coming crops. Very dry, rain needed. High temp for early March.

  • 3/5 - Decatur, Illinois: From Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor -- No field work here. It's too wet. But we're moving grain. I shot this photo early this morning. Brian Falk was loading corn to take to ADM-Decatur. He was a little shy about me shooting his truck because he said it needed a bath after hauling all day yesterday.

    -- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

    (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.)


     
  • 3/5 - Paulding County, Ohio: The wheat in our area looks good. A lot of top dressing was done this week.
     
  • 3/5 - Lincoln County, Washington: Wheat was very spotty last fall due to persisting drought. Aortic blast in Dec. didn't help things but the snow we received a week after that persists from here to the north of the county. Snow mold is a real possibility at this point. Most of the snow to the south melted in a day or so with plenty of erosion in some areas. To the north we have been spared so far, depending on whether the farmers were using good or bad  farming practices. Around the area some of the wheat looks pretty good, some not so good. Time will tell.
     

  • 3/5 - St. Mary's County, Maryland: We had 12" of snow Sunday. Wheat looks good in this area. I agree with the guy in IA, we all should plant nothing and live off what we made last year.

  • 3/4 - Gilman, Minnesota: My local coop has raised its prices on fertilizers within the last week. Don't they see what is happening to the markets? They are shooting themselves in the foot. The small town co-ops will not exist in a few years because of poor management. There is going to be a huge surplus of fertilizer in this country come summertime.
     
  • 3/4 - Jackson County, Michigan: The snow is pretty much gone and many farmers are starting to think about putting some urea on the wheat before the ground gets too soft. It seems like everyone around here is going to plant more soybeans this year than last. Our farm on the other hand is planning on planting very few beans and concentrating mostly on corn. Also many people have gotten out and seeded clover in the wheat fields already. The tiles are sure running lately; we have gotten a lot of water this winter and many low spots are flooded. Most of the wheat looks good up here and I hope were done with snow so we can get in the field sometime in the next three to four weeks and finish up any tillage that we couldn't get done in the fall.
     

  • 3/4 - Charles Mix County, Southeastern South Dakota: We have been to Texas via Hwy 281, wheat looks tough in western Nebraska, Colorado, western Kansas, western Oklahoma, and western Texas. We came home on I35 and same poor look in all states, yet wheat price keeps inching down, where is their a good crop? Unless weather changes, we will be tearing ours out for corn and beans. She looks like the toughest year in the last 25.
     

  • 3/4 - Northeast Indiana: Let’s not plant anything this year. My guess by May 31, the government would step in. Talk about things changing. It would make this recession look like nothing compared to the economic impact this would have. How fast do you think seed, fertilizer and other prices would drop? Then the banks would really have something complain about. And crop prices WOW.

  • 3/3 - Decatur, Illinois: From Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor -- First Sign of Spring: (from 2008) A robin built her nest on a water hose that was hanging on the outside of our shed. I waited until she left and snapped a shot of her babies. Send us your photos of spring!

    -- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor
    (Photo from spring 2008. Send us your photos of spring.)

    (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.)


  • 3/3 - Southwest Kansas: Dry and windy weather are taking a toll on a very good looking wheat crop.  Dead spots are growing daily. There is no rain in the forecast and too much heat. We are trying to keep the dirt from blowing edges out of the fields. Wish things would change.
     
  • 3/3 - South Texas: Most of the corn is planted in the Lower Rio Grande Valley irrigated) Grain sorghum at probably 60% planted. Cotton will start going in next week. All the dryland is very dry on top with some moisture deep, not a significant rain since October '08. Some dryland planted to grain looks like ground was rebedded. It’s going to be a tough year getting our crop up and growing.
     

  • 3/3 - Lauderdale County, Tennessee: I like to plant my corn in March. Will be tough with 16 in. snow.

    -- Mike Escue, Lauderdale County, Tennessee

    (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.)


  • 3/2 - Northeast Arkansas: Topdressed wheat with urea $400/ton. Land leveling with $1.75/gal fuel. Soybean seed $45/unit. Corn seed $175/unit. Cotton seed $400/unit. Finished signup at FSA office...priceless!!!!!


 
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