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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
- 8/30 - East Central Missouri/West Central Illinois: Click the past 30 days cumulative rainfall amounts. See that big area of blue right in the center of the country? Add the last 2 weeks of 100* temps. This current forecast for 40% chance for a tenth is no hurricane Isaac! We are not in a "flash drought". We are in a full fledge "blast drought". A couple tenths and cool temps won't save this big area like Isaac's 2 inches did last Labor Day!
- 8/30 - Guthrie County, Iowa: Central Iowa area gave up yesterday, in mid-day heat. Just about every field of corn is flaming out, and this crop is done. An early frost wouldn't find any greenery left to kill. Pastures are also gone.
- 8/30 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Hang on boys and girls we are one day closer to rain and tomorrow will be one day closer too. That rain no matter the amount will make the yields go up and prices go down. Gonna be cooler too and frost will help also. Did I mention my bins are empty and have been for two years. Counting this year I have a three year avg. of 94 bu. an acre corn.
- 8/30 - Coles County, Ill.: It is very dry and hot, with no rain for weeks. Rain forecasts have not appeared. Soybeans are falling down and looking pale, corn is turning pale also. We need a good rain to fill the bean pods.
- 8/30 - Caldwell County, Mo.: These beans were planted on the same farm same day, one plant has 29 pods the other has 81, some has 1 bean lots has 2 beans some with 3. They were planted May 17th.
- 8/30 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: The lack of rain and high temps have already taken their toll and the damage grows with every passing day. Of course, the corn is baking and dying prematurely across all soil types, but it's the beans that are the main worry...flat pods on stressed plants. IMHO, there is no way to accurately estimate this crop to any degree of rational certainty at this time. The national crop is shrinking by the day and Lazarus is not in the seed business...so a dead plant that receives rain is just that...a wet, dead plant. Wish I could be more optimistic, but it is what it is.
- 8/30 - Lincoln County, Neb.: Very dry. Dry land crops are toast. Irrigated crops that had plenty of water look great. Crops are maturing quickly. Pray for rain and the USDA!
- 8/30 - Monroe County, Wis.: Our last corn planted just pollinated. The corn borers ate up the triple stack corn hybrids, 3 waves of hatches, 20 acres of brown corn on just one side of a 100 acre field. No silks left in this field. No rain in July or August. It is very dry and the cattle pastures are gone.
- 8/30 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Just finished walking corn soybean fields, taking populations and grain checks. We are 90% irrigated. On corn I take several 25 foot counts and multiply by 4 for 100 ft. and then multiply by 174 since we are in 30 in. rows. My counts are averaging 42 per 25 ft. of row equaling a pop. of 29200. I have dried and weighed sample ears coming up with .42 lbs. per ear. This figures out 219 bu./A. This is about 15 to 20 bu. below last year. On soybeans I take several bean counts/stem which are averaging 112 beans and multiply by 7 stems average /ft. 784 beans /ft in 30 in. rows times 17400 ft. divided by 3000 seeds /lb. divided by 60lbs/bu in soybeans equals 75.8 bus./A. This is in line with last year’s yields. Overall our corn looks good but probably lacks some yield whereas soybeans planted the 1st half of May will be higher than average. All our corn was in the ground the last 4 days of April.
- 8/30 - Ward County, N.D.: Very late maturing crops in the area. Wheat harvest will not begin until Sept. 9, at the earliest. Very uneven, lots of bare spots, looks like below average yields. Soybeans have cupped leaves and have very few pods on them, ankle high, heat smoked them the last 10 days, no way they will make it before a frost. There will be a lot of corn chopped, there is not enough days on the calendar for this crop to make it. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/30 - Columbia County, Wis.: Received 1.9" rain one morning last week. First in a month. Corn looks very good. Early sweet corn yields excellent, over 9 ton/acre. 15% over average. Beans look a little short on pods, but should be close to average crop. For this year's weather extremes, I'll take that.
- 8/30 - Madison County, Ohio: It's getting very dry around here. Haven't had any rain since the first week of august when we got 6 tenths. Corn is pretty much finished but the dryness is definitely hurting the beans. Had potential for 50-55 bu but now heading for the mid 40's. Has been the same pattern for us in the last 5 out of 6 years, get a rain first week of August then we don't see any more until the combine hits the field. It would be nice for once to see the beans finish up with moisture instead of burning up in the field. I feel bad for everyone out west sounds like you guys are in worse shape than us.
- 8/29 - Appanoose County, Iowa: The late corn is in trouble. A lot of the beans have pods that are flat and few pods on a lot of the later beans planted in June. I think they might want to take a new Tour in a couple of weeks. It will be a lot lower yields than they predict. People need to wake up. These crops can't take heat like this for 2 weeks and not be devastating to yields.
- 8/29 - Walsh County, N.D.: I went to scout my soybean and canola fields to see how the heat hurt the crops and the results were not good. The soybean plants had just 3 to 10 pods per plant and the pods were only one and two bean pods. The canola has about 35% of the pods aborted. I think this will be the worst soybean and canola crop I've ever had!
- 8/29 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Thinking my beans are in trouble and it was the cool wet spring and cool dry summer. Rain this weekend will put on blooms that have no chance of producing a pod. The flat pods that are there have twos and threes and number under 800 in 3 by 3. Very similar to the ones I raised last year that averaged 22 bus. an acre.
- 8/29 - Southern Kandiyohi County, Minn.: For the last three years in a row now, we have had very wet Junes, followed by the spigot shutting off in July and August. No rain at all the last three weeks. Although the weather forecast calls for rain quite often, nothing develops. Some fields still look good from the road while others are drying up. Out in the field the ears on the corn are small in diameter. Soybeans have been sprayed for aphids, and are on the short side. The marginal soils to the north and south are burning up fast.
- 8/29 - Central Missouri: These soybeans were planted on June 12 in a central Missouri River bottom. There are still very few pods on
Corn on gumbo ground in the river bottom. It was planted at 29k on May 13. Only 2 inches of rain since June 5.
-- Central Missouri
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- 8/29 - Buffalo County, Neb: Dry land crops gave up the ghost this week. Cattle come out next week. Irrigated corn isn't as good as everybody thinks. Looks good from the road but get 125 yards into the field and it’s not there. My guess is the fuse on the powder keg has been lit. The million dollar question will be. When it gets to the powder keg. How high will the markets go? Only a few days till Sept. 1. Where the heck is the 700 million of old crop corn that were supposed to have? Have a great day.
- 8/29 - Lucas County, Iowa: Here in South Central Iowa it hasn't rained in weeks. Temps have been 95-100 for days on end and AccuWeather forecasts more high temps and no rain into the 4th week of Sept. It will be far worse than last year because the late planted crops are underdeveloped and much more vulnerable.
- 8/29 - Polk County, Iowa: 4th straight day of 94+ temps and the next 2 are forecast at 97+. Huge areas composed of many acres are dry and have died on lighter soils. Huge holes are showing up in both beans and corn and no - these are not the wet spring drown out holes!
- 8/29 - Boone County, Ky.: Corn ears are starting to tip down and bottom leaves are shedding, looks like 150 will catch the overall crop, with 200 bu. on better ground. After a 3 to 4 inch rain at the beginning of the month, we have had less than a half inch of rain. Last 2 weeks cool and no humidity, so the moisture really left the ground, This week 90+, so we could use a shot of rain to finish everything out. Soybeans are having a hard time right now filling pods. Tobacco is starting to go into the barn, appears to be a good crop, hopefully with the heat we do not have problems with "houseburn".
- 8/29 - Slater, Mo.: Corn is denting and looks good. The beans have pods and still putting on blooms The pods don't have much in them yet. Weather is still hot and dry, no rain in forecast, we may be in trouble with the beans around here.
- 8/29 - Sibley County, Minn.: Very dry, crops hanging in there. Beans seem to be taking it worse than the corn. Time will tell on the corn as far as tip back. Beans will not have that top cluster of pods. Yields are being reduced without a doubt.
- 8/29 - Sargent County, southeast North Dakota: Finally it rained a little. It just wet the ground but at least its rain. A week of temps in the 90’s looks just like a frost, all the beans are looking very stressed even the corn is tipping back because we’re 2-3 weeks behind normal. What a strange year, cold and wet to start and a historic heat wave at the end of august. Also no rain for 7 weeks. There are a few big land sales coming up north of here in Ransom County, I wonder if the weather will have an effect on the bidding?
- 8/29 - Johnson County, Iowa: Stick a fork in us - we're done.
- 8/29 - Jackson County, Iowa: Want to go to a corn boil? Just go to the middle of your corn field, no need to bring hot water, it'll be around 90 again.
- 8/29 - Halifax, N.C.: Rain has been hit and miss for me a miss. Early beans are being sprayed for worms and kudzu bugs. Double crop beans very short and blooming. Some prevent planting hear with the wet July. Having some cool night into the low 60's not helping the late beans.
- 8/28 - Dallas County, Iowa: In this sophisticated age of computerized brilliance, satellite technology, an infallible USDA, and don't forget the watchful eyes of folks like the Pro Farmer Fiasco, why is it going to have to be several months into 2014, before the price reflects that our corn production in 2013 is going to be a shade over 12 Billion Bu??? I can answer my own question....production agriculture is totally at the mercy of the traders and speculators and we are being flimflammed. Central Iowa corn and soybeans yields are going down about 11% each day the temp is over 91.8 degrees without rain. I'm not complaining, just stating the facts.
- 8/28 - Sumner County, Kan.: After a foot of rain in the month of August fields are now so full of weeds and grass its now getting dry but some fields are sticky. Late milo is now burning but early looks like 100+. Temps are 97 to 99 and muggy.
- 8/28 - Davis County, Iowa: Out in some corn this afternoon. Shucks turning white and ears turning down. No worry about frost will be done in 10 days. Beans blooming but no pods.
- 8/28 - Clark County, Mo.: Corn and soybeans looked good, but hot weather has killed yields. I am a farmer and crop land real estate broker selling in Iowa and Missouri. Yields are dropping everyday all over Missouri and Iowa some corn hasn't even tasseled yet and early corn has already been hurt by early heat and now it’s over.
- 8/28 - Columbia, Pa.: Corn looks excellent form the window of the pickup truck but get out and walk in these fields, big surprise for a lot of farmers that it’s not so good in the middle of many fields. We did many yield checks for corn silage with very tall stalks but small ears, 2/3 of a crop.
- 8/27 - Steele County, Minn.: In response to the post from the Logan County, N.D.: I sympathize with your situation - there is nothing worse than to have invested in growing a crop with little or no return. I have hunted in Logan County for over 20 years and have seen the land use changes from wheat, pasture, and CRP to predominantly corn and soybeans. Perhaps growing more wheat, and maintaining CRP on the marginal cropland would be less of a risk and more profitable. I do not believe that farming with a dependency on crop insurance will be sustainable in the long term. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/27 - Alexandria, Minn.: Hot and dry. The soybeans are really hurting here...worse than last year.
- 8/27 - Scottsbluff, Neb.: It is very dry here. Where some rain did come through hail devastated corn and dry beans. Looks to be a tough year.
- 8/27 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Very late wet spring. Started seeding May 17, quit on June 21. The first wheat planted has resulted in a really nice crop. Combined only 50 ac, but it seemed to yield in the 65-70 range. But with very little rain in July and August, the late edible bean, soybeans will be nothing more than a cover crop. Sunflowers are just now beginning to flower. They have the ability to go deep for moisture, and look good, but the calendar is telling us they will most likely get frozen out long before they mature. Afet 20 years of excess moisture, we are truly in a drought now. The ducks will have to look for new areas to feed this fall, there aren't any sloughs left with water in them. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/27 - Douglas County, Minn.: Hello I farm with my brother in west central Minnesota. We had 3 inches rain 3 weeks ago. That has really moved the corn along but it still needs a lot of time. Most of our corn is in the dough stage. a small percentage starting to dent. We have about sixty acres of a latter variety still in the blister state. It has been extremely hot here the beans have not done much. Some seem to be filling a little but a lot of them the pods are completely flat. We need rain to get a bean crop and that goes for a very large area covering several counties
- 8/27 - East Carroll Parish, La.: Corn harvest is 90% complete. Some early group 4 soybeans are being desiccated with burndown. Red-wing blackbirds are showing up in the rice fields, doing damage as normal. Overall, corn yields were comparable to last years. Lot of non-irrigated corn ground being land-leveled this week. Without irrigation, yields are below break-even.
- 8/27 - Putnam County, Mo.: Personal crops starting to fill pods in excellent condition, they just need rain. Local area bean and corn crops behind a few weeks and showing some stress, heat wave starting.
- 8/27 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Most tip back I have ever seen. 1-3 inches depending on planting date. Then big ear, small ear, no ear. Did anyone think it would be any different? Everyone has been saying get the corn in early for the last 20 years. And if you don't, subtract bus. every day after May 1. Well I planted corn in June and knew it would be a short crop. Same with beans. Just not an ideal year for either.
- 8/27 - Marquette County, Wis.: We’ve missed all of rains in the last 2 weeks. We haven’t had much rain here since July 4. We had the best bean crop coming ever but now no rain and 90+ heat = the prettiest 25 bushel beans ever.
- 8/27 - San Diego, Calif.: Would be great to have some reports from Georgia & the Carolinas, where there have been flooding rains. What has been the crop impact? The main Corn Belt appears to be a developing harvest disaster, if the hot, dry conditions continue to wilt the crops. Good for the Farmer's tour telling the truth. USDA still clueless!
- 8/27 - Southwest Michigan: Corn is starting to dry down. Checked some corn on light ground and found a few ears with some tip back and aborted kernels at the end. Heavy ground pollinated very well, 22 kernels around and 42 long. Soybeans are doing well, pods are filling out at the top and still flowering. A couple more showers should help carry the soybeans until harvest. Checked the ground moisture between the rows, it still presses into a ball and holds together. Needed some heat with all of the cool temps the last 4 weeks, looks like the next 10 days will provide us with some hot days and maybe a pop up shower.
- 8/27 - Benton County, Ind.: Great crop potential "Crop Tour words," is going down in fire this week. Looking like 2012 all over again.
- 8/27 - Lincoln County, Wis.: Finally receiving much needed rain, corn and soybeans look good in our area but you don't have to go far to find ugly crops. Will need all of September to make this crop.
- 8/26 - DeKalb, Mo.: Worse and worse every day. Can't believe the corn rolls out at night and looks OK in the morning. Will be an entirely different story by the end of the week. Talked to a guy at church who said some farmers had already called their insurance adjusters who told them to chop the corn and bale the beans.
- 8/26 - Lancaster County, Neb.: North of Lincoln we have missed the nice big rains that have gone south and north of us. Last few days in the 90's with 90 to 100 predicted for this upcoming week and strong south winds. Corn will be done by weekend, thank goodness for the cool last 4 weeks corn will be average for this area around 150/acre some better some worst. Beans which I think could have been a great crop will really suffer this week still too early for yield projection on them. Native hay crop was best ever raised about 30% more than average. Last year corn 60-90 per acre and beans 20-35 per acre.
- 8/26 - Logan County, N.D.: Wheat ran pretty good 40 bushels/acre, 65 test weight, 15 pro. As for corn and beans both will be done after this week (90+degrees all week). Hoping beans will do 10 but don't think that will happen. Corn: we are starting to chop it this week ranges from 1 ft. to 8 ft. ( average around 6) drying up real fast. The corn that will get combined hoping makes 30-40 but don’t think that will happen either and will be really light. Had to dig down 5 1/2 feet to find moisture. Total of less than an inch of rain since June. Pasture are brown running out of water fast. WE NEED MOISTURE BAD. My brother made the comment "Wish it would hail already then we would know what we should do." I’m beginning to think he is right. I believe corn and beans will hit all times highs this year and next. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/26 - Lee County, Iowa: Dry need rain now. Beans look good but won't be worth combining if we don't get rain. Corn looks like last year with a few more ears.
- 8/26 - Canyon County, Idaho: I was curious about the Pro Farmer Virtual Crop Tour calculator, so I decided to give it a try. On a third year corn-on-corn field under furrow irrigation it gave me a 240 bu yield estimate. That seems a little low since the first two years averaged 280 and 305 bu. But it has been dry here, with no rain since June 27th and above average temperatures. Otherwise, crops are all looking good, if a little tired from the heat. Hope to start harvesting onions around Labor Day (they look really good), and potatoes not long after. Sugar beets are starting to get some powdery mildew, even where fungicides were applied at the right time.
- 8/26 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We had rain over 2 weeks ago, since we have highs in the low 90's. The fields that where cut for hay and cows turned in on them are toast. Neighbor is chopping corn. The beans we planted May 17th and 18th I believe they are done if we get rain. Went to Brookfield, Mo., and the corn east of us is short and looks burnt up. I just hope the beans yield decent.
- 8/26 - Lucas County, Iowa: It's official - Central and South Central Iowa are in a drought! No material rain for weeks. Yesterday’s temp was 91, today (Sat. 8/24) it was 93, tomorrow is forecast for 94/95 and 98-99 expected thereafter with no rain chances for 10 days. Our very late planted crops are giving up by the minute and even if 2 inch per week rains started tonight - it's too late, the damage is done. Let Chicago keep dropping those grain prices, at least we'll increase the insurance claim.
- 8/26 - Cherokee, Ala.: Plenty of rain so far, and the cotton looks very good. Early soybeans look very good, but everything is a couple of weeks late. Pray for late frost.
- 8/26 - St. Croix County, western Wisconsin: Light ground is toast heavy ground losing yield by the day. Would take last year over this year any day, no crop, low price, traders forget corn was planted late dry August will be the same damage as a dry July in most years!!
- 8/26 - Burnett County, Wis.: It has been extremely dry in the northern third of Wisconsin a lot of the crops are burnt up to the top of the plant.
- 8/23 - Summit County, Ohio: I am in the NE part of the state and we have gone from a very good summer with great looking crops to needing a rain bad. Our soils are light around here and when you go without rain for 3 weeks and the warmer temps they can start to turn south quickly. We should still have a good crop but no records. What I thought was going to be a late harvest is not looking that way now as I see no rain in the 10 forecast. Good luck to all this harvest.
- 8/23 - Pottawatomie County, southwest Iowa: Hope everybody realizes that the pro farmer tour numbers will only be realized if we have perfect weather from here on out. Anything less than ideal weather and the yield numbers will fall substantially in a hurry. What are the chances of perfect weather for 6 weeks in a row for the whole Corn Belt. My bet is that the crops get smaller every day from now until harvest is complete. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!! GOD BLESS
- 8/22 - Jackson County, Iowa (east central): It was either feast or famine in Jackson County yesterday. We had some fields that received 1/10" and one that received 2", with most around 1/2" to 3/4". Talking to friends of mine in Clinton County and southern Jackson County you can tell how dejected they feel (along with everyone else who didn't get a drop, but could see it on the radar). We are forecasted to be in the mid 90's all of next week with no real chances of rain in that time period. Corn and beans were really showing stress in some fields here this past week. Soil types and nitrogen sources are becoming very evident in the corn. With some who used dry "N" having the wave effect (uneven spread pattern), liquid running out of gas and NH3 looking a lot better for now. Hope we can make it through next week as well as the livestock.
Crop scouts on the eastern Iowa leg of the crop tour.
Rained 6/10" on this field in the morning. picture taken at 4 PM. It was dry between the 15" rows that was planted at 80K population (oops) for silage.
-- Jackson County, Iowa
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- 8/23 - Livingston County, Ill.: Last year I questioned the Pro Farmer results. This year it seems they are even more ridiculously optimistic than USDA. It is ludicrous to think we can grow a great corn crop when 75% of the entire Midwest hasn’t received a significant rainfall event in the last 6 weeks. Six weeks of the most important period in our corn crops life. If growing corn is this easy and bullet proof then why do any of us buy crop insurance? I have driven hundreds of miles in every direction and I see more stressed out and fired to the ear corn than perfectly green beautiful corn.
- 8/23 - Washburn County, Wis.: Very dry. Can't remember the last significant rain. Corn and beans on light soils are toast and on the heavier soils are holding their own but yields are taking a big it. No rain in sight either. Second and third crop hay yields were very poor.
- 8/23 - Chickasaw County, Iowa: Looks great but very far behind! Milk stage and was planted May 15.
- 8/23 - McDonough County, western Illinois: WANTED! Water! Will pay premium prices! Prayer hasn't helped. Apr/May = 20" June = 2.71" Last week of July, 4 rain events = 1.66", August = 00000.00. Today, some rain is way north of I-80 and last week south of I-70. Many years have seen this scenario play out in western Illinois, spring flood and desert August. Might as well be western Texas. May corn got its roots down and some of it not too bad, my last mid-June corn just pollinating last week and July beans with no pods yet. Late June beans some pods on bottom 1/3 with no beans. And of course with N. Iowa and LaSalle Street getting rain, so the prices are dropping. And how is your day? Crop tour finding good and bad where crop conditions much better than here but they never get this far south and west with tour. Will take a miracle for late planting to produce anything and that miracle just passed by as wind just shifted to north and rain to northeast!
- 8/22 - Northwest Sauk County, Wis.: Well we received about a half inch of rain today and very much welcomed. This should finish our beans out now and help the corn also. Wouldn't hurt to get a little more but just thankful we received what we did.
- 8/22 - Madison County, Ohio: We did some yield checks with our seed salesmen and the range was from 160-200. We were a bit disappointed we expected to be 200 plus with all the moisture we've had since the middle of June. Just wonder if all the cloudiness this summer could have been a factor because everything else has been nearly perfect. Beans look good. We need some rain pretty soon to help finish pod fill. Ready to get in the combine!
- 8/22 - Pepin, Wis.: Heavy ground corn and beans are holding their own but with the forecast of 90 degrees for next week, they will start to suffer. Sand ground is pretty much done for. The sand farmers have started to chop corn silage.
- 8/22 - Clark County, Wis.: Very dry in central Wisconsin. We’ve had 0.5 inches of rain in four weeks. Thought last night would get a good rain, but once again seem to break up before it got to us. Some people in northwestern Clark did have a nice shower. Crops are at a standstill or some has gone backwards.
- 8/22 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Soybean aphid populations exploding this past week. I’m not sure our bean crop is worth spending the money on but I’m spraying anyways. On sandy soil have seen heavy spidermite populations as well.
- 8/22 - Henry County, Ohio: Turning very dry here...no rain since the end of July. Corn will be excellent, beans and veggies need water now.
- 8/22 - McIntosh County, N.D.: Wheat harvest is in full swing with yields from 40 to 70 BPA. Protein content is from 12 to 15%. Test weights 58 to 63 lbs per bushel. Corn and beans are drying up , no rain in 6 weeks. Corn choppers are running next county north of us. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/22 - Adams County, Iowa: I can't speak for the irrigated fields the Midwest tour scouted, but I can speak for mine -- very disappointing. Ears are only 12 to 16 rows around lots of aborted kernels.
- 8/22 - Dallas County, Iowa: Need rain badly. Major creeks stagnant with no moving water and our pond's water level is as low as that of last year’s drought. No reasonable chances for rain in the next 10 days, but 100% forecast for temps in the 90-95 range. Crops are going downhill in a hurry.
- 8/22 - Henry County, Ind.: I can't send in Virtual Crop Tour corn yields as I'm losing bushels every day with no rain. Would be too inflated the next day. This WAS a "garden spot" Jul 1 as advertised,200 bu corn even on poor ground. 1-1/2in. rain in Jul &1-1/4in in Aug. These rains came in ten "drizzles" with only 2 getting middles wet between corn rows. With hot & dry forecast corn now closer to 150bu. and beans going down daily. 2" tip back on corn in black bottom ground. Will send in Virtual Crop Tour yields when yields have hopefully bottomed out and more realistic!
- 8/22 - Middleton, Mich.: Very dry here!! Trees are starting to look like fall. I was worried about frost but with this heat and dry weather harvest may come early.
- 8/22 - Sargent County, N.D.: Put on over 700 miles this past weekend traveling across northern North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. None of the corn north of highway 2 will make it to harvest it needs 50 days and that’s October 10th. There’s just lots of very late corn out there. Back here in Southeast north Dakota, Tuesday’s blast furnace took 20 –30% of our soybean yield in one day, the crop looks terrible here today. No rain here in 6 weeks. None.
- 8/22 - San Diego, Calif.: Avocado farmer in San Diego County, CA. Coolest summer I ever remember. Weird. So wet in southeast U.S--how many crops will survive that flooding? Now turning cool & dry in northern corn belt. Because of late planting, think yields will be way below expectations. Expect major rebound in corn/beans/wheat prices. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/22 - Polk County, Iowa: April 21 planted corn looks extremely good from the road. Walked 100 feet into the field and pulled 3 random but representative ears. #1 14 rows, 20 kernels long, no tip back, some denting. #2 16 deformed rows, long ear with severe tip back, 25 rows of OK kernels, milk stage. #3 18 X 35 with small kernels and uniform denting. Sandy pockets observed with "0" ears. No way of knowing yield until the combine is finished. I suspect that area corn that was planted later, as most was, will be similar or worse.
- 8/22 - Lewis and Clark County, Mont.: Cut irrigated winter wheat it went about 75 bu. Dryland spring wheat 1st field 18 bu. (hail damage 30%)2nd field maybe 24. Spring wheat usually not a bumper crop here. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/22 - Pike County, Mo.: Fields of green in the morning turn white as it gets hotter and drier each day. Calling for at least two more weeks with hotter each day. We may soon think 2012 was a better year? Everyone worrying about early frost which means then record breaking heat and dryness for Sept. more likely. The dome of doom is back.
- 8/22 - Texas: Thanks to recent rains, South Plains corn is in good shape, as is grain sorghum, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. "The rains we’ve had since mid-June have been a tremendous benefit," said Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist specializing in corn and sorghum, Lubbock. "Certainly, producers are pushing corn as best they can with irrigation and close attention to spider mite and corn earworm control." Producers planted more grain sorghum in West Texas because of earlier projected high prices, but then there was considerably more planted on fields after failed dryland cotton, according to Trostle.
Like most grain sorghum in the South Plains in August, this Hale County hybrid forage seed production field was in excellent shape due to recent rains. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Calvin Trostle)
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- 8/21 - Jackson, Ohio: The best corn soybeans and hay crops that I have raised. Just finished second cutting hay had 12 acres make 40 round bales and 400 square. and we hoping to get a third cutting.
- 8/21 - Henry County, Ohio: 70 bushel plus beans last year. Loosing yield every day now without rain. Will be lucky if yield begins with a number five.
- 8/21 - Lucas County, Iowa: The majority of our corn is just starting to pollinate. The fields are uneven with some ears just showing silks and a few browning. Some neighbors with no silks as yet and a few with fields of browned silks. SB's just as varied with ours very short and just starting to bloom. No signs of pods as yet. Less than 1 inch of rain in the last 6 weeks and none forecast for the next 10 days. Temps in the low 90's this week. What's next- an early Mid Sept frost?
- 8/20 - Jones County, Iowa: We grow corn and soybeans.
- 8/20 - Lee County, Ill.: Walked some fields yesterday the 19th. Will have a decent crop but sure need a rain.
- 8/20 - Martin County, Minn.: First cutting of hay was over month late! Second cutting wasn't worth cutting because of lack moisture. Corn was planted at least month late. Temps were cooler this summer. We're going to need a late fall freeze. Soybeans look good.
- 8/20 - Dunn County, Wis.: Very dry. Need rain badly. On sandy ground corn turning yellow without cobs.
- 8/20 - Monroe County, Wis.: Some brown silks are just showing up in fields, but not even, corn is started to wrap. Beans are flowering some with flat pods. The ground is crack open again this year. Fall colors are starting in Wisconsin. They didn't for labor day weekend, we need a warm rainy August-September and no frost till November.
- 8/20 - Dallas County, Iowa: Too bad the Chipster and his Pro Farmer gang aren't headed to this part of Iowa, or even remotely close to it. They might find that there is big chunk of Iowa that won't be meeting the yield standards set by the USDA or the traders. Here in west central Iowa we have a different formula to measure our corn yield potential. Step off 10' of cracks in the ground between the corn rows. Take the deepest depth of the crack (in inches)times the widest measurement of same crack and multiply them. Add the anticipated number of days till frost and add the predicted amount of rainfall in that same period. Subtract 18.4 bu. for test areas that are corn on corn. Example: Crack depth, (27" x width 3.5") + 31 days to frost + 1.2" of rainfall = 126.2 bushels per acre. If you subtract the 18.4 bu. for corn on corn that yield would be 108.3. Beans yields can be predicted by taking your corn estimate and dividing that by 4. Example 126.2 / 4 = 31.55. Go gettem Chip!
- 8/20 - Chippewa County, Wis.: Drier this year than last year. Only one inch of rain in July and August together. Good first crop hay, fair second, disaster third crop. Corn and beans need rain this week or will be done.
- 8/20 - Deuel County, S.D.: Very little rain to speak of in last 3 weeks. Crop about two weeks behind normal, with corn in late blister to early milk. Soybeans with flat green pods and very few new flowers. Crop trying to fill under tough conditions. Praying for rain and late frost. Glad that I backed off on my corn population this year. (Didn't learn that at Corn College, but at the school of hard knocks.)
- 8/20 - Vigo County, Ind.: No rain for weeks. Crops needed rain two weeks ago. So much for a bumper crop here.
- 8/20 - Monroe County, Wis.: Farmers are gearing up to start chopping corn in the silk, no-grain silage. They will have to let 6 rows stand to see true mature if any. I am told you can't appraise milk line in corn.
- 8/19 - Warren County, Ill.: Without any rain the last two plus weeks the corn kernel fill will continue to suffer. The bean pods are ready to fill but with no rain in sight are heading for a real yield hit at this critical stage.
- 8/19 - Chariton County, Mo.: Very dry, no rain in sight, feeding hay for 2 weeks now. After next week's 90s will be able to see ground between rows of 15 inch bean rows. Spotty good corn, in river bottoms just good, upland could be worse than last year. Everybody pray for rain.
- 8/19 - Shelby County, Iowa: Finally got a good rain. It has been six weeks with little or no rain. Looked at corn today and it shows the lack of moisture for sure. At this point yield hard to determine, but will not be as good as last year.
- 8/19 - Otter Tail County, Minn.: Most crops are irrigated here and are excellent but late. Cool weather the last two weeks have slowed progress but improved yield prospects. Earliest planted early varieties are roasting ears. 10 or 20% of corn would be ready at average frost date. Dryland corn is toast, beans are nearly done and not much chance of not much rain in our forecast.
- 8/19 - Colfax County, Neb.: Hail storms wiped out 20-30 percent of the acres in the county. Otherwise timely rains has us and surrounding counties on track for a bumper corn and soybean crop on dryland fields.
- 8/19 - Logan County, Ill.: Some corn looks good some have significant tip back 6 ot 10 kernels. Lack of recent rains and too much rain in April, May and June cause nitrogen losses. Good stands in general. 160 to 180 may be optimistic in yeilds.
- 8/16 - Plymouth County, Iowa: 59 degrees at 1 o'clock. How many growing degrees is that. 45 the other night.
- 8/16 - California: We grow corn, wheat, rice and walnuts. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/16 - Meade, Kan.: Irrigated corn and milo looks great! Dry land milo should do real good too. Been getting nice rains the past 3 weeks.
- 8/15 - Logan County, Ohio: We are having a dream year. We started the middle of May but once in the ground everything grew very fast. Weed control was good WE had nearly six inches of rain in June and July. Corn is very close to denting. Beans are filling pods.
- 8/15 - Livingston County, Ill.: I struck out a deal with Tony. He wants my "field toasted" corn. He says it looks GRRRRReat!! He must work for USDA!
- 8/15 - Shelby County, Iowa: We haven't had only 1/2 inch in 5 weeks. Corn still looks ok. I planted some artesian corn and it looks great.
- 8/15 - East central Iowa: No rain in sight. We've been missing our chances like most everybody else. The only saving grace right now is the somewhat mild temperatures. We are starting to show some signs of moisture stress, especially in the re regrowth of alfalfa on the lighter soils. Some spots in corn and bean fields are also showing up. I can't help but think that our yields are going to start turning downwards.
- 8/15 - Hibbing, Minn.: My 72 day corn looks awesome if had to guess I would say 140 bpa later corns look good too but I'm sure they will all get chopped. Beans looking good to lots of pods really very from top to bottom in pod fill.
- 8/15 - Central Indiana: The corn looks great driving down the road here and the farmer conversation is where are we going to put all of this corn. However, when you get out of the pickup truck and walk into the field you might start to think something a little different because we had a lot of kernel abortion going on around here. You see corn was planted in very wet conditions, corn emergences was great and then came the rains. Most corn was under water three times by the time the crop was knee high and we lost a lot of nitrates in our fields corn leaves on the lower part of the plants have been dying for weeks now. I believe that we may have a normal to slightly above normal corn crop here but not the bin busting corn crop that USDA says that we are going have. Example of ears found in most fields in the picture.
- 8/15 - Western Winona County, Minn.: Monday morning's one and a quarter inches will save a lot of 180 bu/ac corn. Some fields have started to lose their green color. Beans a bit short but look good.
- 8/15 - Mason County, Ky.: Corn and beans that were planted mid-May look great. We’ve been blessed with rain at the right time. It looks like we’ll have 175-200 bu corn 55-60 on beans.
- 8/15 - Richland County, N.D.: Our crops were on the way to be a good year. We have now had three weeks of cool weather and no rain. Our beans haven't moved an inch in that time. The predicted corn harvest is for October 22 for the earliest planted corn 5/12. Corn condition varies greatly across the state from just tasseled to nearing roasting ears in the very southern part of the state. We are dry and the forecast is now for a week of 90 degrees. There will be few good crops in ND due to late maturity an d moisture.
- 8/15 - Holt County, Neb.: Crops here in Northern Nebraska and Southern South Dakota are looking good. Dryland crops are going to produce the best crop they have in the last 5 to 6 years. We are still a little behind on the corn and beans but all of the ears I have pulled off have between 16 to 18 rows and are filling out nicely. Bean pods are setting but some warmer weather would helpful. Irrigated will produce well over 200bu on corn and anywhere from 50bu - 70bu on beans. Dryland anywhere from 140bu - 170bu corn and 40bu - 60bu on beans.
- 8/14 - East Carroll Parish, La.: Cotton is filling out bolls, and blooming out the top. Most soybeans, dryland and irrigated, should be at R7 here in the next week. Monster corn harvest underway. Full season hybrids still not giving up the moisture yet. Still hearing and seeing very good yields. Some rice fields are being drained. Know all about the flooding, young corn cannot stand wet feet!
- 8/14 - Plymouth County, Iowa: 60% of the time USDA is right every-time.
- 8/14 - Franklin County, Pa.: After the inch of rain today, it looks like the early corn and now the later planted corn will probably be the best in years. Beans are all close to shoulder high.
- 8/14 - Texas: While parts of the state have seen some rollback of the worst drought conditions, Lower Rio Grande Valley farmers continue to endure another year of extreme and severe drought, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Brad Cowan, AgriLife Extension agent for Hidalgo County, said he’s lost count of how many consecutive years the region has suffered from drought, or of the losses incurred. Cotton producers, in particular, have had very "frustrating" years.
"It won’t take long for the cotton harvest to happen in the Rio Grande Valley this year," he said. "There’s just not that many acres. For what did make a crop, it’s going to be a good year—where irrigators had some water." Traditionally, about half of Valley cotton and other crops are irrigated, according to Cowan.
In early July, dryland cotton between Rio Hondo and Sebastian in Willacy County showed signs of severe heat and drought stress. Under normal rainfall conditions, plants should have been almost waist high and wide enough to obscure the furrows between the rows, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Danielle Sekula)
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- 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.
- 8/13 - Montgomery County, Mo.: 1.5 inches rain to date since the flooding stop end of June. No rain in forecast now for over 10 days. Wonder if the St. Louis weather people can miss this latest forecast as bad as they miss the 90% chances for 2 inch soaking rains each time?? Beans will really start to wilt like the flowers you forgot to water for your wife.
- 8/13 - Mclean County, Ill.: Rain missed us again. What I thought was going to be excellent crop prospects a month ago are starting to shrink every day now. No rain in forecast for next 10 days!
- 8/13 - Knox County, Ind.: The corn and beans that were planted from May 1st to the 4th, have never looked better. The yield estimates are for corn is over 200. the beans are 5' tall and podded heavy. Everything after that from 20th of May on needs rain.
- 8/13 - East central Iowa: This is what the crops look like around here.
- 8/13 - Clinton County, Pa: Crops vary here with the pattern of thunderstorms, but in general the best overall crop growth in several years. Corn is not showing much stress, but many places could use another shot of rain to finish kernel fill. Soybeans well over waist high with excellent pod development. Unless mother nature throws in a hurricane or other natural disaster, we should be able to produce above average yields.
- 8/13 - Northeast North Dakota: Did some crop inspection today wheat has scab in it with even being fungicided the later seeded wheat so far hasn't shown scab. Canola looks good and it continues bloom but worried that disease could start showing up with wet mornings and fogs past several days. Corn is going need miracle to make it to maturity running out of time. Will be lot of wet immature corn this fall. Beans are short and I haven't looked to see how they are podding. Seems Mother Nature is fighting us all the way not going be bumper year and pp ground may turnout to be still best alternative. Also market is not responding its going wrong way with poor crop prospects were experiencing. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/13 - Lancaster, Pa.: Everyone here hoping the bin busting crop can make it till harvest without a tropical windstorm. Silage yields could easy top 30 tons/acre and shelled corn over 200 bushels if the lord provides favorable weather till harvest. The growing season has not seen moisture stress any time this year. hay and pasture grew right thru the summer although making dry hay has been a challenge. prayers for those who have been toughing it out this year. Have been there and it tries one's faith. It is why we store up treasure in heaven not earth.
- 8/13 - Huntingdon, Pa.: Sold a couple loads of wheat. It passed all the tests. It has a test weight of 61 pound. It looks like the yield will be around 80 bushel. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/12 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Late planted corn should yield 150. Later corn 100. I planted 5/20-6/3. I think 130 will be close for an average. I planted late and we had no rain in July (strikes 1 & 2. It rained in Aug or it would have been strike three. Beans are flowering but no pods. Tell me what the weathers going to do and I'll make a guess
- 8/12 - Monroe County, Wis.: Very few good looking corn fields. A lot of corn is knee to hip high. We’ve seen 10 fields tasseled in 150 miles of corn most will never make an ear. Going north of Tomah, a lot of pp areas big year for crop claims.
- 8/12 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Missed rain again. Average corn at best and below on beans. No rain in forecast for the rest of the week. Inch and a half since July 1st. Fog and dew keeping crops as good as they are.
- 8/12 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Still too cool around here. Beans just don’t grow any pods. No aphids been too cold. Corn is mostly pollinated and blistered, although I drove into southern MN yesterday and saw some fields just starting to tassel. We are set up for some very wet poor quality corn around here.
- 8/12 - Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Missed the rain again, we had 0 " in July and so far none in Aug. Corn is starting to dent looking at the ears and stand counts I would say yields will average in the 130's. Areas that got a little shower will be a 10-20 bu. better. Soybeans are really starting to show a lot of stress and with basically no chance of rain in the two week forecast I would say our bean yield will likely be under 30 bu. Per acre. Late planted corn around June 1st and mid-June planted beans will likely get zeroed out. Its going to be a tough year, high inputs, low yield, and low price. Thank the good lord we still have crop insurance! NO BUMPER CROP HERE!!!!
- 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/ac according to pulled ears.
- 8/12 - Outagamie County, Wis.: The crops that got planted look fair to good. Should be an average yield. Need some heat because it has been rather cool this summer. An early frost would be a disaster because crop development is so far behind.
- 8/12 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Need rain as of 8/11 corn crop hills are short average, bottoms are good, all in all less than average crop. For the soybeans, it’s the GOOD, BAD and the UGLY.
- 8/12 - Staunton, Va.: Our corn crop is excellent this year along with the joining counties I have seen. Our county average bu. per acre is 135. Most of our crop looks to be in the high 170 to 200 bu range.
- 8/12 - Juneau, Wis.: 27" of rain in May and June, .5" of rain since. Our early planted corn is not bad but needs rain. Crops on sand really struggling, beans are very short…be lucky if they make it.
- 8/12 - Marshall County, Iowa: Corn ears are quite small, I don't remember when we had the last rain. Keep getting forecasts of possible thunderstorm and not a drop falls.
- 8/12 - Baltimore, Md.: Corn looks real good. Above avg. yields expected for the area. Seeing some leaching do to the big rains we've had.
- 8/12 - Woodbury County, Iowa: Lowest rainfall on record in July. Crops look worse than last year. Pollination is very inconsistent. Brown silk and yet to be pollinated on adjacent plants. Seeing open kernels on brown silked ears. Beans are short and are trying to set pods. Several fields are turning yellow. Some beans are tipping leaves and appear to be giving up. Sand spots are bigger than I have ever seen. Crops would have been finished without the cool weather. University was spot on this past winter when they said prices would be lower and the drought would persist.
- 8/12 - Caldwell County, Mo.: The beans are growing but so is the weeds, we got almost an inch of rain this week...I am not spraying the weeds its waterhemp. I think if I burn them this late it will hurt them terrible.
- 8/12 - Owyhee County, Idaho: Dry year. We are short on water in much of the state. Crops doing reasonably well where there is water.
- 8/12 - Ransom County, N.D.: Received half inch rain this week. First rain in a month, beans have a lot of pods and flowers could be a good crop if we get more rain.
- 8/12 - Grand Forks County, N.D.: Well figured out the forecast for our corn yesterday and need an average of 17 growing degree units for 46 days to have full maturity corn on the irritation that was planted 5-14. Other corn planted 5-25 needs more help.
- 8/9 - McDonald County, Mo.: Pretty second cutting of hay, but river is over almost all of 100 acres. Will not complain about to much rain after the last two years of worst drought I have ever seen but I did not need muddy hay again first cutting was also muddy and lots of fence down and cows on very limited pasture. First time ponds have been full since May 22, 2011.
- 8/9 - Montgomery County, Iowa: Had bumper crop middle of June, since then had 4/10th total of moisture out of two supposed run for your basement storms, you know the thunderstorms likely ones, should have been a weatherman, good night sleep might have been easier to come by this time of year. Corn is shrinking more every day, went from 2 ears on every stalk to one ear that's having a hard time of it. Beans are stalling out with very few pods. Bumper crop is gone, still time for descent crop unless no rain next couple weeks. Below normal tempts buying some time but that could end up getting us in the end. Grandpa always said it isn't supposed to be easy or everyone would farm. A little easy once in a while wouldn't hurt any feelings though.
- 8/9 - West central Wisconsin: Corn and beans look good, barring early frost, but not a record.
- 8/9 - DeKalb County, Ind: Help! We need rain. Send rain. We want that whopper corn crop that USDA says is out there. It has turned very dry around home here.
- 8/8 - Polk County, Iowa: Central Iowa forecast was for 90% chance of badly needed rain on 8/7. Received not enough to wash the dust off the windshield. No chances for rain predicted for days. Huge dead areas appearing in neighbors corn fields. How many more are there that can't be seen from the road?
- 8/8 - Berrien County, Mich.: Walking corn fields most have decent ears but no record breakers. Heat units behind need 900 to finish some long day corn.
- 8/8 - Yuma County, Colo.: July and August finally brought us some rain, we are still very dry. We mostly irrigate in Yuma County. The corn looks about as good as I've ever seen it look, after 47 years of farming, yields could be fantastic. Cattleman are hurting due to the lack of earlier rains. Too late in season to rectify damage done.
- 8/8 - Henry County, Ill.: Rainfall for April-7.60", May-8.65", June-5.70", July 2.55", also received between 1.25" to 2.50" on our farms between 8/2 and 8/5. Rainfall for July was less than normal but perfectly spaced and cool temps. really kept these crops looking terrific. Last planted corn has just tasseled. Most corn was done pollinating a couple of weeks ago. Soybeans look good, have been behind all season due to late planting but are catching up. Have not seen much insect pressure this year. Corn yields in this area should be tremendous unless we get an early frost.
- 8/8 - McDonough County, Western Illinois: Very short on rain! Last rain over 1" on June 16 and that was not welcome due to still drying out from 20" in April and May. June total = 2.71 and last 10 days of July = 1.66. Thankful to have gotten that and cooler helped but am afraid there will be no miracle like last year to save a very late, short bean crop on this farm. If Frosty shows up before October 15 even beans planted 2nd week in June will be green seed but at least will have beans to sell. Not much hope for July planting. In fact, may not even make a BB! Requesting a reprieve from the weatherman as soon as possible. Will except any amount of excess rain SW Missouri has to offer. We can smell it, so close but yet so far!
- 8/8 - Western Michigan : Corn and beans are looking good in most places, the majority is pollinating and has seen good rains lately. Some yet to reach pollination. Beans are slow due to the cool weather and corn too. Need heat to push beans and corn to maturity, also my garden. Starting to wonder about a early frost. Shaking my head at the reports and market talk of record yields, not seeing it happening.
- 8/7 - Guthrie County, Iowa: Rain chances dropped off tonight to a wing and a prayer. Put a fork in it, the beans are finished in this county and state.
- 8/7 - East Carroll Parish, La.: Corn harvest has begun. Yields anywhere from 140 up to 230. Moisture from 15 up to 19. Pioneer and Terral varieties. Rice stink bugs are giving us a fit. Not bad considering we had frost on our corn during the first week of April. Soybeans are being irrigated big time! We are reaching 100 degrees nowadays, burning up.
- 8/7 - Southwest Indiana: Double-crop beans looking great. Sprayed today for bugs and weeds. Saw a few plants flowering down low. We will need some sun and heat to get these beans to maturity before frost. Have not had much rain but have had about a week of cloudy and cool weather. We are looking good as far a moisture goes. Plenty out there if not a little too much. Early planted corn is well into dent stage. Should be a September harvest if we can get some heat and sun. Corn is excellent, and early beans look pretty good. Compared to last year, this year is awesome. (pictures: July 6 planted double crop beans).
- 8/7 - Obion, Tenn.: Just when I thought it might be the best corn crop ever, today I discovered serious pollination issues in fields planted May 8 through the 16th. Other producers in my area are reporting finding the same thing. Nitrogen loss due to an extremely wet spring and a two week period of hot dry weather during pollination must have been the reason.
- 8/7 - Boone County, Iowa: Central Iowa has missed any meaningful rainfall for weeks on end. Storms seem to split and go north and south of us. But even those are spotty and extremely short. Our corn is varied, with some silks dry and brown, but there is a sizeable percentage of acres, where silks are just emerging, in the same field. Some neighbors fields have no tassels showing, and at best, appear to be tasseling after Aug 15. Beans vary greatly from 12 to 24 inches tall. Even the best have not closed up 30 inch rows as of 8/6. Pods are forming but appear to be much smaller than normal. It will take lots of sun, warmer temps and an extended frost date to make anything close to average yields - and that is in addition to the 1 inch plus, rains we must have every week from here on out. I hope our end users are taking advantage of these low prices, because I can't imagine how those acres that are doing well, can make up for the unfortunate, who will fall so short.
- 8/7 - Bremer County, Iowa: Looks very good - was kind of dry but got a good 2" rain Monday morning!
- 8/6 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Corn and beans look very good in this area but I've always said you can't sell looks. Walking fields I'm not finding anywhere near our record crop of last years corn. Soybeans are shorter and narrower than normal, even beans planted in first half of May. Even though its early I'm not looking at a super crop at this time. More will be known in 2-3 weeks! Will report back then.
- 8/6 - Plymouth County, Iowa: No gamble year for me this year. All bushels I store on farm will be sold before 12-1. Have bushels I could not store sold already. Think I am at least 10,000 bu over-sold by the way things look, but time will tell. At today’s price I would have to raise 164bu to meet my guarantee and have 180 bu sold . Have a dollar cushion. Not many times in your life you need prices to stay steady or go down.
- 8/6 - Coles County, Ill.: Much of the crops look good from the road unless you are on a high vehicle. There are a lot of big holes and stunted yellow crops in large areas of the fields and traveling around Illinois I seen quite a few unplanted fields. Soybeans have only a few pods so far. They do not like this cool wet weather. We need some sun and heat to get this crop producing. We have a lot of plant growth but not much seed production. My sweet corn was a bit of a shock, it had long cobs but spotty kernels and bare sides with no insect problems, I hope my corn pollinated better. I am wondering if the 5.7 inches of rain in two days during pollination did this to the corn?
- 8/6 - Northwest North Dakota: Cereals look fair to great, wheat has 25% more spikelets than normal and some is filling 4-5 seeds across, barley heads appear larger than normal also, canola appears short everything within 75 miles that I have seen, longer season canola appeared to flower after the 4-5 days of heat we did have, the rest was not as fortunate with pod abortion, the grain corn looks phenomenal, yet it is only a week into tasseling, we need to get close to October without a frost for any hope on a good crop, Field peas look very good where they didn't get too much rain, something I never thought I would say here twice in 3 years, still acclimating to moisture, as are most here. Normal rain is 6-9 inches over 2.5 months, we are closing in on 16 inches. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/6 - Rice County, Minn.: Went from St. Paul, Minnesota to Wisconsin via 94 & 29 to Stevens Point this past weekend. Eau Claire area tasseled for the most part but saw significant rolled & graying. Anything east of there is way behind. Lots of waist high and less (give & take) corn, beans mid shin. Rough looking stands as well. Thinking either these producers do not have insurance, need the crop for forage/contracts, or both. I have a feeling the churches have been full on Sundays in these parts because I do not see a good outcome for these crops. Our local grain buyers have been disregarding the CBOT recently with flat pricing, ignoring the market's declines all together. They flat out need the grain. Anyone recall the phrase "Wag the Dog" in regard to the disconnect with reality we have been observing in reports and markets?
- 8/5 - Southwest Michigan: Our corn fields have set the first ear and the second one is doing well at this time. With adequate moisture form Mother Nature and low heat stress the corn crop is progressing well. The soybeans however have slowed down due to the low temps at night (46 degrees this morning). Some of the 30 inch rows have not closed canopy, yet they are 36-40 inches tall. Last year I contracted corn for over $8, hard to believe that the price would fall this far on speculation by the USDA. I also find it hard to believe that we have so much corn carry over. We haul to several different areas in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, and none of them had to put corn on the ground to store it last season. We plan on holding onto the 250,000- 300,000 bushel corn that we average every year, at the cost of input and cash rent it will be hard for some to make a profit with the low prices. It helps to own your own ground when prices are taking a nose dive.
- 8/5 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: Went west from Peoria, across southern Iowa, Nebraska and the Colorado front range...and back on I-80. Never seen the corn in Nebraska and Colorado look so good. Short beans all across Iowa, some dry spots west of Des Moines, some fields that never got planted. From the road and at 70 mph, everything looks hunky dorry, until you realize that you’re wearing a heavy wool shirt and leather jacket just to stay warm...and it's the first week of August!
Arrived home to find 1.5" in my gauge and wished I'd have left on vacation two weeks sooner. Went out the next day to check the crops and was generally pleased.
However, there are many signs that point to the approach of Old Jack Frost. The insects, cockle burrs, black berries and apple trees are all in agreement...the Ice Man cometh. Even NOAA forecasts the very high probability of below normal temps for the entire mid-west over the next 30 days.
With a late-planted crop, the below normal accumulation of growing degree days (ggd) during the month of August only increases the chances that some significant portion of this year's crop will not be mature when Old Jack Frost pays his unwelcome visit on some freakishly cold night.
The 10 day average ggd accumulation at Monmouth in western Illinois, from 7-26 to 8-4 was 167 ggds actual vs. a normal accumulation of 220 ggds. In other words, that ten day period was 24% below normal for accumulated ggds.
As of today and at a sustained rate of 16.7 ggds/day, corn planted near Monmouth on May 30th will need another 77 calendar days to reach maturity at a total accumulation of 2,700 ggds...that's October 20th. My prediction is that all those who are betting on a big crop? Well, they are going to wake up one morning to find that their furnace is running and that they are on the wrong side of the market.
- 8/5 - East central Iowa: We cut sorghum/sudan Saturday. We baled most of it Sunday.6/10 of rain on Monday. Definitely need the rain, we were just starting to show some signs of moisture stress. If temps would have been in the upper 80's and 90's we would have really been hurting. Everything is looking pretty good crop-wise. Fungicide application has started.
- 8/5 - Union County, Pa.: We have been so blessed this year. We have had an excellent growing season, with the exception of one rain event of 5" just after starting planting. We did need to replant a few acres. Pollination looks good and our first planted is now starting to dent. We have always had adequate moisture, but never excessive which has cut down on disease issues. Looks like an above average crop, but last year is going to be difficult to beat.
- 8/5 - Grundy County, Mo.: 1/2 inch on June 23 then another 1/2 inch on July 29 is all we have rain we have seen here. Missed a 90% chance of rain one night. Looks like a big dud again this year.
- 8/5 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We need rain. Beans didn't canopy and now the waterhemp is regrowing. Seems like where we disked our corn stalks in the fall the beans has less waterhemp and canopied. Rains all around us, sister in south Mo they are having water standing in their yard....
- 8/5 - Wells County, Ind.: God has truly blessed us as he always does whether we have good crops or not. This year with the timely rains we have very good looking crops. Thanks to all the farmers who work so hard to feed the world.
- 8/5 - Allamakee County, Iowa: There are thousands of acres in this area that won't silk til Aug 20 or later. If mother nature hands this to jack frost before Halloween we will get another huge kick in the pants. Get your dryers ready this might one ugly mess!
- 8/5 - Kossuth County, Iowa: The only time that you get an early frost is when you really do not need it! This year any frost before Thanksgiving will be too early.
- 8/5 - Dodge County, Minn.: Early corn and bean plantings look good and beginning to tassel. The late planted stuff is short, stunted, yellowed and extremely dry. Unfortunately only about 20 -25% was planted early, the rest was planted from June 10 - 20.
- 8/5 - Plymouth County, Iowa: 0.9 of rain Aug.3, plus 0.5 from last week in June. No rain in July equals 1.4. Thinking pretty average corn and bean crop (120-150 corn 30-40 beans). But also thinking could be hard to get to maturity. Not excited about doing 20% corn with snow on the ground. This stuff did not bother me 20 yrs. ago.
- 8/5 - Henry County, Ohio: Friday night brought another inch and half plus of rainfall. Bumper crop of corn on the way. Record yields blew away in July 10 wind storm. Soybean yields all over the chart. Drainage and resistant varieties due to all the rainfall will be the big winners, not planting date.
- 8/5 - Australia, Queensland: Wheat is mid tillering and looks average. We've had a inch of rain in the last two months. Crop stand is a bit patchy, it was too long between planting and the next rain and we only planting on half an inch of rain so moisture was limited. My wife and I will be in the States in a couple for a JD tour. We will be hiring a car in Fargo and driving south to Denver, we would like to see good cropping country and see how the crops progressing. We'd also like to go onto a couple of farms and have quick look around to see how it's done. Which way should we go? Please email us if you have an idea? firstname.lastname@example.org (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/5 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Harvest done on Aug. 2. Last year parked the combine June 30. This year a very cool, late spring delayed crop development. Hail the 28th of May wiped out 80% of the wheat. Yield estimates on what was left 15-20 bu./ac. Thank goodness for RA Insurance. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/5 - Houston County, Minn.: Wow…what to say... Corn looks okay, soybeans, not so much. Since the day they were planted(6/11) the weather has been terrible. 12 inches of rain in 2 days several weeks ago but but nary a drop since. That rain pounded the soil down like cement. Pastures can't grow because of the compaction and 2nd crop hay was a joke. We need a freeze thaw to undo the damage done. 2013 can head off into the sunset at any time as far as we are concerned.
- 8/5 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: Was fortunate to catch a spotty thunderstorm Thursday night. On our fields we got anywhere from a half inch to an inch. Little hail and wind blew the outside rows of corn over on a couple farms but well take it. Could use some heat to get this late pitiful crop going. There is a lot of corn that has yet to pollinate and last field of beans are only a few inches tall. My replanted corn that was planted the end of June is knee-high.
- 8/5 - Across the Country: We have been traveling west across I-80 from IN to CA the past couple weeks & then up I-5 to WA. Those who say their crops look great must not be near where we've driven. If it's not irrigated, it's not much. You can tell within a few feet where the sprinkler quit. Everything else is DRY, DRY, DRY. Will be interesting to see what there is along I-90 on the way back...
- 8/5 - Clark County, northeast South Dakota: No secrets here.[where's the Beef] and should I say [where's the Bins] Corn crop is looking mighty stud. But of coarse the perils are still in affect wind frost hail diseases & last the suffocating Basis -58 cents. License to steal!
- 8/2 - Saint James, Minn.: PLEASE RAIN! In July 2013, we’ve only had 1.32 inches.
- 8/2 - Washington County, Miss.: Our crop is getting closer to harvest. Some corn was shelled at high moisture because of big basis for July Delivery! So who is telling the truth about the crop, the USDA or the people on this site? I am going with the farmers.
- 8/2 - Wilson, Kan.: June and first half July was way too dry. Now it won’t stop raining here in southeast Kansas – we have rain forecasted all next week with up to 3 -6 inches on top of the 7- 10 inches in last 10 days. Double-crop soybeans in wheat straw are turning yellow in spots already. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/2 - Shelby County, Iowa: Missed rain again, it’s been over 4 weeks with nothing but a trace.
- 8/2 - Lycoming County, Pa.: Crops look the best in many years, pollination about complete and moisture is perfect, along with temp. Big crop coming and the new crop price is reflected, but I feel near its lows.
- 8/1 - Central Missouri: Crops green and great from St. Louis to KC. Locusts say frost first of Sept. Dark of the moon at that time means a killing frost. Best folklore tho, watch the very small cockleburs for setting burrs. They always survive for the next year and know when frost is coming!! Never has grandpa seen a cocklebur get hit by frost w/o any burrs on it. Even those a few inches tall. Forecast just as good as weatherman who said we had 90% chance of 2" soaker Tuesday. Got 2 tenths dust settler for about an hour! LOL!
- 8/1 - Washington County, Ore.: Wheat yields have been good, 100 to 125 bu, ryegrass seed was over a ton per acre. The field corn is moving along nicely, pushing through pollination, looks good now, keeping the irrigation running, haven't seen any rain since June 26th. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 8/1 - Central Indiana: After three years of drought, nice to see everything green. Green beans, corn, trees, everything! Grass is growing like crazy. Hope we keep getting some moisture in August, August will be very important with the later than normal crops.