October Crop Comments
Oct 31, 2011
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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
- 10/31 - Fulton, Ohio: When will we start corn harvest?
- 10/31- Northern Sauk County, Wis.: Finished soybeans and corn by the 21st of October. Could have used a little more rain in end of July but am happy with the yields we received. Corn 165.5 and beans 46.5. Beans average 11.5 moisture and corn 17.5. 100% no-till in the hills.
- 10/31- Allen County, Ind.: Finished beans, yields from 32 bpa to 63 bpa. Lack of rain except for storm that blew through around Aug 7th gave us 60+ beans but blew over a lot of corn in the area.
- 10/31- Caldwell County, Mo.: It’s dry, real dry. We’ve been plowing terraces – hardest plowing ever. The picture is my Mennonite neighbor picking corn, their corn is shelling off the cob terrible
- 10/31 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Still a lot of corn and soybeans to harvest. Wheat is planted and some fall plowing done. Still need to bale corn fodder once corn is harvested. Weather forecast is calling for 6-12 inches of snow tomorrow. This will hamper any harvesting in the next few days.
- 10/31 - Wisconsin: Joe Lauer, University of Wisconsin Extension Corn Agronomist, provides a diagnosis of corn harvest progress in his state and what affected yields this year.
- 10/28 - Nobles County, Minn.: DRY, DRY, DRY! We have not had any measureable rain since the end of July! Fall tillage is very tough around here. The ground is as hard as cement. Ripper points last about a 1/4 of normal. Coops are trying to custom apply anhydrous but that can't be working very good. No rain in site either. Crops were pretty good for as bad as the weather was this year. Corn averaged around 180 with beans in the low to mid 50's. Corn yields in our area are about 10 - 15 bu. less than a year ago and bean yields were about 2 - 5 bu. less than a year ago. SEND RAIN SOON!
- 10/28- South central Michigan: Farm Journal's Rhonda Brooks -- Harvest has started in Michigan, but it’s been a stop-and-go process this year, according to Missy Bauer Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist. While farmers were slow to get to their fields because of poor weather conditions, the good news is that yields are average to above average for both corn and soybeans. In the following video, Bauer shares more about what she’s seeing in fields in her area.
- 10/28- Reno County, Kan.: Done with bean harvest. 4 to 5 bu./acre except a ten acre patch on underflow ground that made 17 bu./acre. Worst crop in my 35 years farming. Wheat i planted after beans will need rain to come up and none in the 7 day forecast.
- 10/24- Texas Panhandle: Beef Today’s Steve Cornett -- There is moisture falling in some of the drought area this morning. I shot a picture a minute ago off the front porch. That is rain, I suppose, but it was snow not long ago. Not to suggest this is a “drought breaker,” mind you. It’s still awful dry over a very large part of the Southern Plains, but darned if some of us don’t have some wheat sprouted from an earlier round of moisture a couple of weeks ago. Keep reading about the snow in Steve’s Out to Pasture blog.
- 10/28 - Summit County, Ohio: We have come to a crawl here. If the harvest was going any slower we would be going in reverse. I was able to get a 35 acres of beans off this past Tuesday and thats it. I here that my fellow farmers in the area are all in the same shape as me. The fields are so wet that when we are able to get out its for hours, not days, before the rain comes back. I did run off 65 acres of corn awhile back, but it too was very wet, around 26-27%. The yields on the beans are running in the low to mid 50's and the corn was around 155-165 bu, all about average for N.E. Ohio.
- 10/28 - Henry County, Ohio: With a quarter inch of rain falling every other day this week. Along with over fourteen inches of rain since Sept. 1. Harvest is becoming a huge muddy mess with half the beans to go in county and almost all the corn.
- 10/27 - Tipton County, Tenn.: Corn harvest complete, yields were down slightly from last year due to the heat and lack of rain. Soybean harvest complete, early soybean yields were below average, later soybean yields were average. Cotton harvest 90% complete, yields have been average to slightly above average.
- 10/27- Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Watch a Case IH 2588 and 7120 harvesting corn in Iowa. Video courtesy of http://lefebure.com/.
- 10/27- AgDay Crop Watch: See the latest AgWeb Crop Comments and other crop updates as reported on AgDay TV.
- 10/26 - Stearns County, Minn.: Corn has been surprisingly great, with yields averaging just over 200 bu./acre, with moistures coming in at 14%-16% and test weights of around 58. Soybeans averaged 56 bu./acre, but lower test weights.
- 10/26- East Central Iowa: Soybean harvest seems to drag on forever around here. Another light shower went through this morning, delaying start time again today. We have two days left. The only good thing is that beans start out at 14%-15% and within one or two hours they are down to 11%-12%, 55-67 bu./acre. From what I hear, corn is down to 15%-21% moisture. 70% left to go and guys are having trouble getting through some of it (goosenecked or down). Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 10/25 - Renville County, Minn.: Corn: 115 to 175 bu./acre; soybeans: 40 to 51 bu./acre. Extremely dry here.
- 10/25 - Lancaster, Neb.: Bean harvest about finished in this area. We had farms average 44, 50, 62 and 63, it all depended on fertility. The 44 bu. farm was new this year and the 50 bu. new last year. Corn harvest moving fast, some guys about done, others have a long ways to go yet. Yields from 165 to 190, would say we will average around the 175 mark. Both corn and beans above our five-year averages. Co-op already applying fall NH3. Been a real dry harvest, only one rain event to slow us up, will need good moisture to replenish subsoil moisture.
- 10/25- Cayuga County, N.Y.: Half done with corn. The average so far is about 180 bu./acre. We have about 100 acres of soybeans done with an average of 45 bu./acre.
- 10/25 - Keith, Arthur, and Perkins counties, Neb.: Corn harvest is well under way, but we’re still waiting for some fields to dry down. In non-hailed areas, yields are good, with 100 bu./acre rainfed corn. Bean harvest is done and sugarbeet harvest is under way and appears to be about average. Conditions here are generally dry, with just enough spotty rain to settle the dust. Wheat planting was timely and normal. Alfalfa was cut in early October and will have a little regrowth before winter. Alfalfa got a slow start last spring, but ended a little above average. Provided by Doug Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension educator for University of Nebraska's Crop Watch. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/25- Harmon County, Okla.: The SUNUP crew travels to southwestern Oklahoma to discuss the recent rainfall with Harmon County Extension educator Lawrence Tomah and see the planting under way at the OSU wheat demonstration plots.
- 10/25- Dakota, Dixon, and Thurston counties, Neb.: Soybean harvest is essentially complete, there are always a few stragglers, but I would say it's 99% done. Corn harvest is going well, with almost one-third out already. They are going full tilt and may be done by the end of the month, provided they can find a place to sell or store it, if the dry weather holds. Speaking of that, it is still abnormally dry and a few more dry days could get us back into the fire danger category. A few fields have been tilled. Provided by Keith Jarvi, University of Nebraska Extension educator for University of Nebraska's Crop Watch.
- 10/25 - Gage County, Neb.: Recent rains have helped reduce dust and fire risk as we move through corn harvest at a fast pace. Wheat fields are looking good and cover crop trials are greening up fields of early adopters. Soybean yields ranged from 30-60 bu./acre (average 45 bu./acre) on dryland and 50-70 bu./acre (average of 63 bu./acre) on irrigated fields. Corn yields have been from 70 to 180 bu./acre on dryland (average 125 bu./acre) and 170-250 bu./acre on irrigated (215 bu./acre). Provided by Paul Hay, University of Nebraska Extension educator for University of Nebraska's Crop Watch. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/25 - Franklin Parish, La.: This Week in Louisiana Agriculture's Kristen Oaks speaks with one sweet potato farmer who says this year's crop has been anything but sweet.
- 10/24 - Fillmore County, Minn.: Beans yielded 52-53 bu./acre. We caught a 1" rain in mid-August that made the crop, otherwise fairly dry after mid-July. Corn is running 190-210 bu./acre, 16%-19%, on good bottom ground, and about 155-175 bu./acre, 15%-17%, on the hilltop fields. We had a lot of moisture early and very little late, especially after the July heat wave. Real surprised and thankful for the yields we have gotten. Now marketing, that’s another story.
- 10/24 - Putnam County, Ohio: Soybeans are running better than we expected considering the wet spring and dry summer. We are running 35-39 bu./acre.
- 10/24- East Central Iowa: Weather held out until right now. A thin line of thundershowers is rolling through as I am typing (Sunday, 9:10 p.m.). I think a friend and I are the only ones with beans left around here! (Three days left.) Video is from Saturday. A lot of corn is still out in the fields (my guess is 70%). The deer in the video from last week appears to be "gun-shy"! After further review, it appears to be injured, but not totally sure. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 10/24 - Yellow Medicine, Minn.: Corn is all over the board, depending on variety and genetic ability to withstand greensnap. Overall, disappointing corn yields, average to above soybean yields. By the way, the shot of the yield monitor is from last year.
- 10/24 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We’re on our last farm, minus a small field of clover beans.
- 10/24 - Clark County, Wis.: Beans in, about 53 bu. Started corn today (10/22), not running like we figured – maybe 170 bu.
- 10/24 - South Louisiana: Rice harvest in South Louisiana, before a hurricane hits!
- 10/24 - Malhuer County, Ore.: Weather is unseasonably warm. Corn harvest is 40% finished, yields are off 28% so far. Poor corn yields mixed with the highest input cost ever per acre means we are looking at severely cutting corn acres for next year. Winter wheat is planted, acres are down 20% from last year. The biggest challenges this year in order were weather, high input costs, USDA inconsistent data, market volatility. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/24 - Kearny County, Kan.: Combined 2,200 irrigated acres. Yield was 123.4. Five-year average is 197. Thought we might get 150. Very poor year that can't get over fast enough. This doesn't count the 2,600 irrigated acres we chopped after the insurance yield came in below 60 bu. It made 15 tons. We need rain and snow this winter desperately. Hay and corn trucks coming south from the north will keep the highways very busy.
- 10/24 - Union County, S.D.: All done, and yields were poor to slightly below average. Between Missouri River flooding, too much high temps and no rain from late July to now, has really hurt yields.
- 10/24 - Lewis County, Idaho: Wheat was infected with Cephlasporium stripe rust from too much rain, yields down over 30 bu./acre. Fall seeding is almost complete, should finish today and go help some friends finish up. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/24 - Louisa County, southeast Iowa: Beans were a little better than average, but corn was second worst I've ever had, although not devastating. Off by 25 to 30 bu. Beans in the mid 50s, corn in the 145-155 range.
- 10/24 - Central Lower Michigan: My name is Gary Fisher. My father (semi-retired), Wayne, and my son, Dayne, farm with me in central Lower Michigan. My son is the sixth generation to farm in the Fisher family. Five generations here in Michigan. A very proud tradition, hence the name of our farms is Fisher Tradition Farms. The first picture is of wheat harvest and the second is soybeans taken from atop our grain bins. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/21 - Henry County, Ohio: Three inches of rain since Tuesday afternoon. Will be a week till ground conditions will be good, if it would dry. Beans in county maybe half cut. Yields 25 to 60+ depending on location. Guys that finish by Sept. 30 are having a hard time with this fall. Very little corn out.
- 10/21- East Central Iowa: The sun finally made it out! Rain missed us (about time). Beans are 80% done in my area. I think a lot of guys will finish this weekend. If I'm lucky, I should finish early next week (if the weather cooperates and no major breakdowns). Corn is only 25% done. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 10/21 Red Deer, Alberta: Last Friday we got a helicopter out to shoot our last day of harvest. My family and my boyfriend's family both farm about 4 miles apart. We got all four of our New Holland combines together and two grain karts and finished up the last field. Video courtesy of sabrinajane100's YouTube channel.
- 10/20 - Finney County, Kan.: Corn we cut for grain made 128 bu./acre on 2,600 irrigated acres. Normal yield is 200. Thought it would average 150. Chopped 4,500 irrigated acres that was adjusted to 45 bu./acre and averaged 14 ton silage. Train wreck for the area. Drought and 56 days of 100+ heat took care of our crops. Most feedyards are scrambling for grain. Basis at record levels. Will be record amount of corn coming south, they will be fighting with road traffic from all the hay trucks going south. Unbelievable.
- 10/20 - Auglaize County, Ohio: We finished with the beans last night. Our average was between 58 and 60 bu./acre over 350 acres. This is slightly above average on a normal year for this area, but I would consider it outstanding for this year considering that we didn't move a single tractor for planting last spring until June 1. We tried 6 to 7 acres of corn over the weekend and we were averaging between 215 and 220 bu./acre dry. Moisture was 25% to 30%. Outstanding, considering the late planting. The late planting was probably a blessing because we didn't tassel until Aug. 1 and we started getting rain again and it cooled off about one week before tasseling.
- 10/20 - East central Iowa: Watch these harvest videos. In the second one, keep an eye out for one big buck in the bean field. Videos courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 10/20 - Clark County, Wis.: Beans averaged 52 bu./acre over 440 acres. Corn looks good, running 175 to 190 bu./acre.
- 10/19 - Murray County, southwest Minnesota: Soybeans on my farms were better than I thought possible. But later maturity varieties were nearly 10 bu. less because of the early frost. Finished corn on Friday and I had some bins remaining empty. This was the worst corn crop I have had since 1988. Yields were just enough that crop insurance will not pay anything. Beans were 10% to 8% moisture and the corn was 15% to 12.5%. The biggest story here is how dry it is. I have had a quarter inch of rain since Aug. 1. Lots of guys are waiting to do tillage and apply nitrogen until something falls from the sky. Plan on installing a bunch of tile on some rental ground, but with cracks in the ground 2" wide, am I crazy?
- 10/19 - Texas: Nearly all of the state received rain during the last two weeks, but even where the rains were substantial, the drought was far from over, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports. Since early October, the Rolling Plains, Central and North regions received the most rain, with accumulations of 6" and more, with 2" to 3" common, according to the National Weather Service’s daily precipitation analysis. San Antonio and surrounding counties received 2" or more. With a few exceptions, the rest of the state received from a trace to about 2".
- 10/19 - Logan and Menard counties, Illinois: William is harvesting soybeans in the last field. Just about done for the season. Video courtesy of http://farmandranchcountry.com.
- 10/19 - West Texas: This is my "good" cotton. Watered it all year. Full P and K application. About 75% of normal N. Reduced N rate to save money. I honestly wish I had not spent a dime on fertilizer at this point. See more photos and read comments about this farmer's West Texas Cotton.
- 10/18 - Southwestern Oklahoma: The SUNUP crew travels to southwestern Oklahoma to discuss the recent rainfall with Harmon County Extension educator Lawrence Tomah and see the planting under way at the OSU wheat demonstration plots. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/18 - Wright County, Minn.: First 100 acres of beans on sand = 42 bu. (30 bu. normal). Last 250 acres of beans on heavy clay = 38 bu. (50 bu. normal). The sand was planted 2½ weeks ahead of the heavy clay. The frost bit the later beans really hard. Conventionally tilled corn = 155 bu. Strip-till corn = 170 bu. Both are corn on beans.
- 10/18 - Louisiana: LSU AgCenter Correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that despite drought conditions, cotton and soybean yields have been better than expected. Video courtesy of This Week in Louisiana Agriculture.
- 10/17 - Jefferson County, N.Y.: Just finished harvesting the first 40 acres of corn. Field was planted on May 11 and then half replanted on June 7. 8" of rain in between. Field yielded 155.6 bu./acre dry. Much better than expected.
- 10/17 - Steele County, Minn.: Soybean yields are off 10 bu. from last year. Corn yields variable in the fields. Corn on corn was 93 bu., corn on bean ground was 160 bu. 40% left to harvest. Good test weight. Dry weather and frost were the nail in the coffin.
- 10/17 - East central Iowa: Harvest has been a challenge since Tuesday. Light rain fell then and Sunday morning. 1" to 2" fell Wednesday, and we had cloudy and cool weather Thursday, which didn't help either. Beans finally got fit Saturday afternoon. Guys started beans again Sunday midafternoon. Yields 55-70 bu./acre. I custom combined 35 acres that should have yielded 70 bu./acre. Corn moisture is running from 18%-24% from what I have been told. Corn that has the higher moisture is corn that was sprayed with fungicide. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 10/17 - Clark County, Wis.: Soybeans are mostly off 50 bu. average. Corn is at 21% and letting dry a little yet. Will start on 17th.
- 10/17 - Caldwell County, Mo.: The substation bright light keeps these beans green, the photosynthesis keeps them going till a hard freeze. Can you believe they are still blooming!
- 10/17 - Franklin County, Ind.: Heard of a couple of farmers with 40 bu./acre corn and another harvested 250 acres of corn at 48 bu./acre, some of the beans running average and some below.
- 10/14 - Darke County, Ohio: 100 acres of soybeans yielded 32 bu./acre, which seems average for our entire region that normally centers around 50 bu./acre.
- 10/14 - Griggs County, N.D.: Worst crop I have ever had. Wheat in the low 30s, soybeans in the mid 20s, corn in the low 90s. Too wet all year. Let’s get this year over and hope for a better year next year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/14 - Oneida, N.Y.: Soybeans 1/4 harvested, yields 30 bu. on wet ground and 55 on dry. Corn just started, 24%-26% moist. Yields look to average 155. Rain for the next week.
- 10/14 - Woodford County, Ill.: Most corn fields have some wind damage, some varieties are terrible and some corn heads just won’t take it. Yields about 20 bu. less than either of past two years. Beans are very good, some areas in the 70s, but can’t complain about our 65 average so far.
- 10/14 - Logan and Menard counties, Illinois: Theo is harvesting corn. One of the first times he's driven the combine. He is 13 years old. Video courtesy of http://biggreencombine.com.
- 10/14 - Ingham County, Mich.: We finished planting wheat yesterday. Ended up with more acres than we had planned. Ground conditions were great. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/14 - Cayuga County, N.Y.: Just starting harvest. 100 acres corn done, average 22%, 190 bu./acre. 1 semi of beans, 13%, 54 bu./acre. Better than we were thinking it would be. 12" of rain April and May, 3" June and July, 10" August and September.
- 10/14 - DeKalb, Ill.: Two days left of bean harvest -- then the corn harvest begins. Yields look average.
- 10/13 - Sibley County, Minn.: Soybeans averaged 37.3 bu./acre, 20 less than last year. Late planting, dry August and September, and early frost hurt yields. First 100-acre field of corn was 126 bu./acre. Planted May 24, severe greensnap damage from July storm, 12%-13% moisture, 59 lb. test weight. This field did 219 bu./acre in 2009.
- 10/13 - East central Iowa: We received 1-2 inches of rain of Wednesday. We’d baled cornstalks on Monday. 25% of corn and beans are out, by my estimate. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 10/13 - Houston County, Minn.: Three separate bean yield checks yesterday. Average ground is running in the low 50s and better-than-average ground is running in the upper 50s. On a side note, the fungicide that was applied to beans is showing positive signs. Anywhere from a 3 to 10 bu. advantage.
- 10/13 - Texas: Though large parts of Central and South Texas received substantial rains, producers should be careful about planning as if the drought were over, says a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. This is especially relevant for livestock producers who must rely on rain-nurtured pastures and rangeland, said Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension agronomist and a member of the Governor’s Drought Preparedness Council.
What's remarkable about this Washington County pasture, located about 75 miles northwest of Houston, is that there isn't any pasture whatsoever, not even stubble, says Miller. "Stock for drought; plan for opportunities," he says. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Travis Miller)
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- 10/12 - Stearns County, Minn.: Finished soybeans on Saturday with an average of 53 bu./acre. Hand-shelled some corn that is 16% and some that was 20%. Yield checks about 180-220. Probably going to start right after this rain moving through. I got 465 acres to do and the weather looks like it is going to change for the worse here by the end of the month.
- 10/12 - East central Iowa: Combined 20 acres of bottoms after a morning shower. Beans got tough in a hurry. The last 8 acres were really tough, but we finished them with heavy rain in the forecast (now it probably won't rain). Beans are running around 55- 65 bu./acre in my neck of the woods. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.
- 10/12 - Jeromesville, Ohio: Our soybean crop is a bit below average this year, at around 50 bu./acre average, though we have had some 70 bu./acre beans. We’re seeing them come in at about 14% moisture. This year isn’t the bumper year like last year, but we’re probably doing OK given how the season started out.
- 10/12 - Allamakee County, Iowa: Ran two separate yield checks yesterday, while getting the GreenStar set in the combine. The moisture was consistent at 22% and the yield was 188 on one check and 190 on the other. Overall, happy with that, just so everything stays standing...
- 10/12 - Sullivan, Ill.: This video uses many angles to document the 2011 corn harvest at Coon Creek Farms. Video courtesy of CoonCreekFarm’s YouTube channel.
- 10/11 - Woodbury County, Iowa: Got results on 320 acres seed corn yesterday. It ran about 53 bu., much better than we had expected by field inspection. Irrigation saved our crops from much yield damage this year in this area.
- 10/11 - West Tennessee: Corn harvest is over 2/3 complete and yields are doing very well on our family farm in Tennessee.
- 10/11 - Caldwell County, Mo.: They started on our beans Monday afternoon. Places they are really good, had some weak spots on the thinner ground, overall for the dry weather good beans.
- 10/11 - Boone County, Ky.: See a video from late September that documents the first day of corn harvest for a couple of Kentucky producers. The corn is making around 140 to 150 bu./acre and running around 21% moisture.
- 10/10 - Stearns County, Minn.: We started corn this weekend. Have never seen such a variance in yields in one field. You can tell exactly where the tile is needed. It goes from 170 to 80 in about 100'. But overall, the rest of it looks to be in that 150 range and about 15% to 20% moisture. Pretty happy with everything, considering the way this spring was.
- 10/10 - Western Walsh county, northeast North Dakota: This for the wheat grower in northern Montana who was questioning the grain companies' switch from bidding December futures (MGEX) to March. In my area, all but one grain company did the same thing. This morning's bids are 0.15 under the March. The one that still is on December is bidding $.60 under the December. The result is that this gives the farmer about a $0.30 better price. Guess who's getting the wheat? Mike Krueger, a well respected market analyst from Fargo, wrote last week that the grain trade is making a rumble about going to the May contract. The crooks!
Some sunflowers and corn are all that is left to harvest around here. Everyone is working on fall tillage and cleaning drainage ditches, burning, etc. Waiting for the soil temps to get down to 50°F so we can start with fall fertilizer. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/10 - Wright County, Iowa: Just finished soybeans. Yield right at 50 bu. at 9% moisture. Thought they would have yielded more. Too wet early and too dry in August. We need a rain.
- 10/10 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Our pasture sure went downhill this week. Notice other neighbors feeding hay also. Combine will be here Monday to cut our beans. Their corn was going down in spots, they wanted to finish it up. The picture is of my friend Joe, he switched over to corn as the beans got to 7% moisture. Joe will finish up corn Monday.
- 10/10 - Southeast Beadle County, S.D.: Done with soybeans, averaged 40 bu./acre, 10% moisture. Last year's were better. Too many wet spots in fields this year, with 0 to low yield in both corn and beans. 25% of cropland did not get planted (too wet). 1/3 done with corn harvest, with dryland at 125 to 150 bu./acre and irrigated 180 to 220 bu./acre. Moisture is very low, running below 13%. Test weight good, 57 to 60 lb.
- 10/10 - Allen County, Ind.: Wet spring and dry summer. Corn looks to be about 75% of normal, beans got some late rain that should help. Hope to start beans Oct. 8, about a month late.
- 10/10 - Butler County, Iowa: Beans averaged 55 bu., 5 bu. less than last year. 2.0 to 2.2 were 10 bu. better than 2.5's. Frost hurt them. Have done 200 acres of C/C averaging right at 190 across the scale, about 15-18 bu. better than last year. A lot of stalk problems from high winds. Thank God for the nice weather.
- 10/10 - Clay County, Ark.: Corn finished 15-20 bu. below average. Cut 210 acres of beans, yields from low 50 to 75 bu./acre (61 average so far, all irrigated). Dryland will be waste of fuel and manpower, might average 5 bu.
- 10/10 - East central Iowa: Started beans Wednesday, so far yields are good (52-62 bu./acre). I hear of 70 bu./acre, but have yet to find them (coffee shop talk?). Moisture is in the 8.5% to 10.5% range. Along with getting some custom work done, I have been trying to get some of the "fun to get to farms" done just in case it rains for an extended time. It has been a couple of weeks since it rained here and temperatures have been in the 70°-85°F range.
- 10/10 - Reno County, Kan.: Looked more like the Sahara desert here on Oct. 6 -- 50 mph winds really took out a lot of newly planted wheat. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/10 - Cambell County, S.D.: Here is a picture of a typical ear on Aug. 20, corn is now 22%.
- 10/10 - Southeast North Dakota: Responding to Northern Montana’s question on wheat futures. The elevators in this region are also using March 12 Mpls Futures to arrive at cash bids for the farmer. What I would expect is that the basis would be better than the -40 under they are currently bidding, since Dec. 11 is 25 cents better than March 12 futures they are using to give the farmer a price. I have found one elevator bidding -0.05 and would hope to see the others soon bidding that also for anyone wanting to sell. But it is corn and bean harvest now, so they probably don't want wheat right now anyway. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/7 - Graham County, Kan.: 50-60 mph winds moved through the area yesterday and all the milo that was dried down is now lying flat on the ground. Sure is a good year to have a row crop head!
- 10/7 - McLeod County, Minn.: Just finished beans. Average from everyone that I am talking to was about 30 bu./acre. Ground so hard and compacted that guys that are trying to plow are ripping them in half. Frost and late planting really hit this area hard. Corn moisture is running in the teens all the way up to the low 40s. We need some rain real bad. We went from flood after flood to drought in less than one month. Analysts keep saying bean crop better than expected. Well, everyone I know in Minnesota is saying 10%-50% worse than expected. The frost did way more damage than anyone is admitting.
- 10/7 - Northern Montana: I have a question for everyone out there. We grow spring wheat in northern Montana and had a somewhat challenging year. First too wet and then too dry. We ended up with less than average crops, but passable with the current prices. I went to the elevator to sell some of my production because the December futures have been doing so well, only to find out that two weeks ago the elevators began pricing grain on the March and not December board. In previous years, we could price grain up to a month before contract expiration. Is this happening all over the U.S. or just here? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/7 - Sibley County, Minn.: We will finish soybeans tomorrow, yields in the low 40s. Planted in the first week of June...too wet...froze 9-15 too soon. 8% to 7% moisture, I didn't think that was possible! Some corn to the south 12%. Can't wait till this year is over, and try again next year! Have a save harvest, everyone!
- 10/7 - Eernegem, Belgium: See maize harvest with New Holland and Claas Jaguar 880.
- 10/7 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Started first field of beans today, might make 40 bu./acre. Our normal average: 50 bu./acre on this ground. Looks like yields will be off 10% to 20% from normal, hope they get better as we go.
- 10/6 - Faribault County, Minn.: We will finish beans today. Yield has been disappointing, mostly low 40s with a few up to 50. Usually we average 55 to 60. The beans look like 60 bu., just all vine and no beans. Too wet in June, too hot and dry later and frost in September. Corn fields look completely dead and wind beaten with the tops broken off. Hope the lower part keeps standing. It is tinder dry and the fire danger is high. Makes me scared to take the combine into the corn fields. Slight chance of rain this weekend would be good.
- 10/6 - Streator, Ill.: I would expect the vast majority of the wheat to be planted in this area within the next week. A late soybean harvest is pushing the plantings back a bit. Most growers will no-till wheat behind soybeans. We are on a run of perfect harvest weather. I would also expect similar number of acres being planted as in the past years. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/6 - East central Iowa: Here are some videos of combining beans.
- 10/6 - Dickey County, N.D.: Finished soybeans today with a 43+ bu./acre average. Looked better than that, but drowned out low areas and frost trimmed the yield.
- 10/5 - Cleveland, Miss.: Farm Journal's Rhonda Brooks -- Joseph Crews was ready to move into soybean fields late last week when an untimely rain came through his area, pushing the start of harvest back a few days. Crews, who farms near Cleveland, Miss., says the soybean crop looks good and he’s pleased with how his season went. "We were particularly lucky this year in that we didn’t have much of an insect problem, and we got good control of weeds, too," he says. In the following video, Crews shares some agronomic details from his 2011 season.
- 10/5 - Illiopolis, Ill.: Farm Journal's Pam Smith -- Watch seed corn harvest near Illiopolis, Ill. (This video was part of AgWeb's "A Day in Agriculture.")
- 10/5 - Ransom County, N.D.: Finished beans today. Yields were OK but some 12 bu. less than 2010. It’s very dry here, it hasn’t rained since the end of July. Tillage is useless because it just brings up huge lumps of dirt. Corn moistures from 16% to 30%. Yields disappointing at 100-120 bu./acre. Lots of variability due to wind damage in July. Winter wheat hasn’t emerged because it’s just too dry for it to germinate. Our droughts usually begin in the fall, hopefully that’s not the case this year.
- 10/5 - Eyre Peninsula, South Australia: We here in South Australia have had a very dry and hot September and it really stripped a lot of yield. On the Upper Eyre Peninsula, yields would have ranged from 0.84 to 2.52 tn/ha, Lower E.P. would've ranged from 1.68 to 5.05 tn/ha. But over the last six days, we have received from 15 to 60+ mm, and the later sown crops which would've come to not much will be looking to be 1tn+/ha on the Upper E.P. and 2.52 tn/ha on the Lower E.P. Early sown crops will only gain a little from this rain, as they are ripening. Overall, we are looking at an above average year, but not a record breaker.
- 10/5 - Lincoln County, Mo.: I have harvested 30% of the soybeans and am getting a 23 bu./acre average. Last year’s average was 50.
- 10/5 - East central Iowa: Did 60 acres of high moisture corn. Corn is running 28%-30% mt. and 210/bu./acre dry (it is one of my better fields). It is very easy sometimes to get lost combining, because corn is really messed up in spots because of two windstorms earlier this fall. I know I'm not alone. Unofficial reports of 60-75 bu./acre beans.
- 10/5 - Ingham County, Mich.: Started beans today, much drier than I thought they would be. 12.5 yield was very good, better then expected. Hand shelled some corn and tested at 27 moisture. Hope all have a safe harvest.
- 10/5 - Clark County, Wis.: Wheat was light. We’ve had around 65 bu./acre in beans and now we’re running 65 bu./acre at this time. Corn looks good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/5 - Lincoln County, Minn.: Soybeans are running surprisingly decent considering the lack of rain from July on. Beans running 45 bpa + on ground that didn't get hail.
- 10/5 - Pipestone County, Minn.: Finished beans today, averaged 36.75. About 12 less than last year. Corn is still wet. Hand shelled a few ears and came up with 22% and 31%.
- 10/5 - Centerview, Tenn.: Farm Journal's Rhonda Brooks -- Tim Johnston wasn’t sure whether he would be able to get a decent corn crop off the river bottom he farms near Centerview, Tenn., this fall given the floodwaters that swept over his fields last May. "See that road over there? The water was just about up to it last spring," he says, pointing to a nearby highway overpass. Fortunately, the waters receded in time for Johnston to get his crop planted, and he is one of the first in his area to start running a combine. Listen as he gives an overview of his crop and harvest conditions.
- 10/5 - Henry County, Ohio: Nothing harvested around here. 9½" of rain in September along with cool weather has really slowed maturity. This is driving the guys crazy that need to be done with beans by Sept. 30.
- 10/5 - Texas: Another year of drought, or even five to ten years more drought? The first is highly likely, and the second, though harder to predict, a strong possibility, according to John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist. Regarding the drought continuing through this winter and spring, everyone is watching what appears to be a new La Niña developing, Nielsen-Gammon said.
A period of frequent Texas drought might "last another 15 or 20 years. It seems likely to last another decade," said John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)
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- 10/5 - McPherson County, Kan.: The end of September means just one thing on Baldwin Farms: It's time to plant some wheat. Video courtesy of Baldwin Farms. (This video was part of AgWeb's "A Day in Agriculture.") (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/4 - Howard County, Iowa: Soybeans went from 18% two days ago to 9% or lower. Yield low to mid 40s. A lot of corn is flat on the ground from 80-90 mile per hour winds. Moisture low 20s to low 30s. Yield 100 to 150.
- 10/4 - Central Illinois: This year’s harvest has provided the greatest variability Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie has seen in 20 years of conducting the Test Plots program.
"So far, we’ve been focusing on corn and are about to start soybeans," he explains. "But within one replication, we’ve seen 100-bu. swings. We’ll use the yield maps and NDVI maps to help understand this yield information better. Nitrogen is going to be a big factor in these plots, so we’ll need to make sure that if we are studying a fungicide, we identify how nitrogen also relates."
As for how harvest is shaping up across his area of central Illinois, Ferrie reports that it’s been a mixed bag.
"In the northern part of our territory, it has been kind of slow. But a long, slow grain fill tends to give us better yields. This can be frustrating for the farmer eager to get in the field, but the higher moistures have led to higher yields this year," he says. "In the southern part, we’ve had poor yields due to lack of rain. The low moisture has sped up harvest as farmers are chasing downed corn and some are already doing tillage."
(This video was part of AgWeb's "A Day in Agriculture.")
- 10/4 - Lebanon, Ind.: First field cut about 50 acres on the 21st of September. The beans are running about 13.5% moisture. (This video was part of AgWeb's "A Day in Agriculture.")
- 10/4 - McPherson County, Kan.: Highlights from the corn harvest that just wrapped up. Video courtesy of Baldwin Farms. (This video was part of AgWeb's "A Day in Agriculture.")
- 10/3 - Thomas County, Kan.: We are presently drilling HRW wheat and we are sending a ladder down with each seed as it is very dry and getting worse by the day. Have lived here my entire life and this looks like the '56-'57 years. Corn is drying down very rapidly and we will pick some dryland next week maybe it will rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
- 10/3 - Stearns, Minn.: Soybean harvest well under way with 66 bu. yields so far. Corn moisture dropped from 30% to 24% in one week! Should be harvesting corn by middle of October.
- 10/3 - East central Iowa: Finally got started with high moisture corn. This fall will be a long one (corn looks good from the road, but it is goosenecked enough to make it a challenge to stay on the right row). Combines will really start running around here this week. Livestock guys will be doing high moisture corn and the other guys will be running beans.
- 10/3 - Caldwell County, Mo.: On our farm this week we put lime on the pastures. Our well went dry this week that we water our cows from. Beans look ready -- waiting on the neighbor, be here this Thursday! Had 34 Saturday morning.
- 10/3 - Shelby County, Ind.: The weather here sucks! Been raining off and on for 10 days -- cut off low. Where was this rain a month ago? LOL! Did get about 20 acres shelled this week, got 250 of beans ready when low moves out, maybe cutting the first of the week.
- 10/3 - Calhoun County, Miss.: Brad Spencer of Spencer and Sons Farms in Calhoun County tests a bed of sweet potatoes near Vardaman on Sept. 28 to see if they are ready to harvest. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)