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February Crop Comments

Feb 26, 2010
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  • 2/25 - Bremer County, Iowa: I also feed cattle, and this test weight thing is a big deal. I use a scale on my mixer, and past years my batch of feed would not come close to filling the mixer. Now I can barely get my ration into the mixer. Multiply this by all the bins in Midwest.  Come on USDA wise up. 40# corn might take up as much room as 56# but do the math how much is there.
     
  • 2/25 - Franklin County, north central Iowa: Auction Results: Franklin County, IA, February 11, 2010 – 253 acres sold for $1,777,325 ($7,025/Ac.) (and they will only go higher).
     
  • 2/17 - Morrisburg, Ontario, Dundas County, south of Ottawa: Back at the corn after a rain delay. As you can see the plow is right behind the combine. (Video courtesy of Cedar Lodge Farms)

  • 2/24 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: There recently was a bare 73 acres, away from town, so not for future development, that sold for $8500.00 p/a. This farm was bought by a farmer, not an investor. Then, a rough farm rented for $300.00 cash rent with a 3 yr lease. How do these work at $3.60 corn? I don't know what I'm doing different, but there is no possible way I could make this work. Anybody else?
     
  • 2/25 - Spink County, S.D.: I talked to a couple feedlot guys in the area and they are buying wet corn out of the field for 50 cents to a dollar a bushel.

  • 2/25 - Lewistown, Mont.: Feels like it could be a late spring here in Montana, however the weather man does say that it could start warming up.  If you’re a believer in the NASS, they report that Montana's winter wheat acreage will be down 22% compared to last year.  That number would seem right, with what I have seen here, locally, in central Montana.  Most people who seed winter wheat did not seed there intended acreage, not because of excessive moisture, but more the fact that it was extremely dry last fall, with lots of grasshoppers and cheatgrass that didn't sprout. I know that the majority of the winter wheat that went in here last fall, did not have a lot of time to root and is going to be susceptible to winter kill. We have winter wheat fields that are completely bare and 6 feet of snow in the coulees. It is going to be awhile before any of the winter wheat breaks dormancy, so we'll just expect the worse and hope for the best. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 2/24 - Brown County, S.D.: I agree with the person from Cavalier County, N.D.:
    There is a lot of corn left in field. I know most of these guys are trying to find a feedlot that will take this low test weight corn directly from the field.  Most of the fields the snow is too deep to combine and deer and pheasants are eating it. No elevator or ethanol plant wants 40 pound or lower test weight corn. I wonder what test weight UDSA used to estimate this standing corn? 56 pounds a bushel or the 40 pounds it really weighs?
     
  • 2/24 - Texas: More snow came to parts of Texas, contributing more moisture to already saturated fields, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. It’s the wettest winter many can remember, but for the most part, it's good news, especially after years of drought or near-drought conditions, said some AgriLife Extension agents.

    More snow came to parts of Texas, making feeding livestock difficult and raising the death rate of newborn calves. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Mike Berry)
     

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  • 2/23 - Cavalier County, N.D.: It’s upsetting to me when I see the USDA making crop predictions for the upcoming year when in fact they can’t even get the past year's crop right. There is still a lot of corn in the field in the northern plains yet. And with the snow that has and will continue to accumulate thru March there won’t be much left to harvest! But yet they put it all in their report in January which collapsed the market...wish I could spew out misinformation which could cut their salaries by 30% then they would understand what it feels like!

     
  • 2/17 - Morrisburg, Ontario, Dundas County, south of Ottawa: Working our way through harvest. Snow is just making everything SO MUCH FUN! Sorry if you caught some sarcasm spray there. I should have mentioned that the first 10 rows of the audience might get wet. (Video courtesy of Cedar Lodge Farms)

  • 2/22 - Kane County, northern Illinois: Having a huge problem with insects feeding on eartips during early grain fill period. Problem is always found on first year corn following soybeans. Been growing corn for 44 years and have never dealt with this before. It's such a problem that I'm thinking of growing beans on beans. Any help would surely be welcome. Hard hit fields had 60% of the ears damaged. All fields in that area had at least 5% damage.

  • 2/22 - McPherson, Kan.: We had another half foot of snow forecast for this weekend.  Ended up with the .57" of moisture this morning, but is was primarily sleet and wintery mix with 1.3" on the ground.  If I had my choice, I would have saved it until August, but the weather and international politics are two things I have fairly little control over. 

    I have been quipping this winter that I never did finish drilling wheat last fall: I just quit.  I had about 5% more that I really intended to plant and another 5% that I would have liked to have planted if the weather had allowed.  Meeting talk sounds like those were typical numbers here.  The "prevented planting" provisions on fall crop insurance are not worth much to me, I will plant a few more acres of soybeans and milo this spring instead. 

    My wheat is looking fairly good, especially considering how poor the conditions were when I mudded it in.  Most of it tillered and had good roots when it went into dormancy.  Even the stuff I put in the ground the last day of reduced crop insurance coverage (Nov 14) seems to have all germinated.  It didn't have a chance to develop any ground cover, but looks OK.  Of course, my yield expectations are lower for anything drilled that late around here.  Then again it could be just the thing if we get a very late freeze.

    I normally get my herbicide on in January, but not this year.  Still too wet, and spraying snow does not do anyone any good.  I have visions of co-op still working on wheat acres when they want to start on corn pre-plant.  We have several more weeks before that is reality though. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 2/18 - North Dakota: How you know your corn is wet!

    -- North Dakota
     

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  • 2/18 - Wilbur, Wash.: All the acres intended for wheat were planted last fall in E WA.  There were some untimely rains at seeding time, and some was reseeded.  It is looking very good right now.  We have had recent rains and unseasonal warm temps so the grassy weeds should start to show. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 2/11 - Faulk County S.D.: The deer and pheasants sure love these standing corn fields, but by spring it will be just stalks with empty cobs. Have heard a lot of bad news about the stored corn, some that think they had corn cooled down and froze are surprised when they open the lid and find corn growing on the tops of the bins.
     
  • 2/18 - Vernon, Texas: All of the wheat in our area got planted. Ours was a little later than we'd like due to wet weather, but we got it all in. The crop is looking good. It is still small, but I am very optimistic because of all the moisture we have. This time last year we were in the middle of a drought. We will start to put out our topdress N and herbicides in the next couple of weeks, whenever the ground will hold equipment. Now we just need some warmer weather. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

    -- Vernon, Texas
     

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


  • 2/18 - Minto, N.D.: My wheat seed is all safe in the bin, waiting for the ground to thaw.  So far this year we are planning to plant Samson, Briggs, and Faller. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 2/17 - Morrisburg, Ontario, Dundas County, south of Ottawa: 8440 decided to roll over and play dead so the one T7060 came off the plow and was put on grain cart duty. (Video courtesy of Cedar Lodge Farms)

  • 2/16 - Plains, Kan.: Strip-Till with a 9630T, 2510S Residue Manager. (Video courtesy of Southwest Family Farms)

 

  • 2/9 - New Zealand: Excellent looking corn crop in New Zealand on both islands.  200 bu plus corn is common but it is all consumed by livestock here, mainly dairies and corn is still imported. Beats the two foot of snow back home.

    -- New Zealand
    Photo submitted by Ed Winkle.

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


  • 2/12 - Ottawa County, Ohio: How bad is the corn that is in storage? I noticed the photo from Iowa and am concerned about it. Our farm was lucky no Gibb in our corn and in very good shape. That will make our 70 sow farrow to finish operation work for another year. Good luck to you all.

  • 2/11 - Whitman County, Wash.: I was able to do some field scouting today and the winter wheat in this area is enjoying an open and mild winter. Overall the stands are beautiful, with the wheat on fallow ground looking the best. The wheat that followed legumes is rowed up and averaging three leaves. Not to bad considering it did not emerge until December due to dry soil conditions. The forecast looks to remain mild for the next ten days, with highs in the upper 40's! A blast of cold air from the north could be devastating. We are definitely not in a surplus of moisture. The tile lines at 36" are not flowing very full at all. We are lacking sub-moisture. A good part of it went in the creeks when the ground was frozen and we had heavy rains in early Jan. We will need timely rains, especially in June to produce any sizeable yield and quality crop. I plan to start soil testing next week when the weather allows, and will report on 2' moisture levels in the soil. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 2/9 - Versailles, Mo.: Here in central Missouri the wheat that was planted was mostly late and some of it just barely emerged. The warmer soil and the current snow cover is the best thing we could have. Several  producers have put a touch of N on before the snow with the hope that if we get a little warm weather in February the N will be there if the conditions are right. Appropriate seed treatment at planting seems to be helping survival of the wheat under stress. I am finding very few actually dead and brown plants if the seed was treated. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 2/8 - Wilbur, Wash.: The weather is the big story in the Pacific Northwest this year! Very mild temps with some scattered rain. There is some soil erosion after the runoff events we have had through the winter. It seems to be worse south of Hwy. 2 and in Spokane County. Field cultivators and tractors are coming out of the shed, looks like some are getting ready for spring work. Ordered a load of fuel last week and the price fell a nickel. Wish I could buy fuel like I sell wheat, at the bottom of the market! Wheat looks great and has grown some all winter. Let's hope for rain in June! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 2/8 - Marion County, Iowa: My cousin sent this to me of a pile of corn estimated to be 1.5 million bushels near Latimer, Iowa. After opening it, I went out that day and checked all of my bins -- it really gave me a chill thinking of how bad it could get this year with questionable quality grain in storage.

    -- Marion County, Iowa.
     

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

  • 2/8 - Logan County, Northeast Colorado: Received 6” to 12” of snow last night with temperatures getting down to 15 degrees tonight. Could do some major damage to sugarbeets, unless the snow is a good enough blanket. No corn is being harvested yet.

  • 2/8 - McPherson, Kan.: We have another half foot of snow forecast this weekend. There is still about an inch of snow covering 75% of the ground from the last system. That should keep us in good shape for a few more weeks.

    I often quip that the two things that affect my farm the most are the weather and politics, and I do not have any control over either of them. I spent a couple days in Topeka (the state capital) this week.  Budget is definitely the issue, and all of the "easy" solutions have already been implemented. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 2/4 - Shelby County, Ill.: Finally caught a weather break and was able to finish '09 corn harvest Feb. 2 of 36 acres down corn which had been remaining since just before Christmas. Figuring shrink, yield should come in at 131 bu./acre from that field. Do not know test weight but moisture was around 19%. Dad farmed this ground for 40+ years and I have been at it since '76. Never has harvest finished this late in two generations! Bring on warm weather and Spring planting!!

  • 2/3 - Morrisburg, Ontario, Dundas County, south of Ottawa: Demoed a CIH 690 ecotil disk ripper. This is our first time using a disk ripper and the results were very positive. Really like the way it handles the unchopped stalks and levels behind. We'll have to see what it looks like in the spring after some seedbed prep. (Video courtesy of Cedar Lodge Farms)

  • 2/2 - Homer, Neb.: Jenkins Farms - Harvest '09 pt.2 Homer, NE This is from late corn harvest 2009.



     
  • 2/2 - Morrisburg, Ontario, Dundas County, south of Ottawa: With all the very wet poor corn this year, fines were a bigger issue than normal. As a result, our small fines bin was not enough at the elevator. In fact, it was filled four times over the course of harvest. So we have had to empty it and move the fines to other small bins scattered around the countryside. The fines will be fed to the cattle in our feedlot.

    For those who don't know, fines are anything that is not desirable in the grain sample: small kernels, cracked kernels, dust, dirt, cob, leaf, red dog (beeswings). This is all screened out of the grain. The heavy material, cracks, and small kernels are blown into a bin, where the lighter material is blown into a forage wagon and spread in the fields. (Video courtesy of Cedar Lodge Farms)

  • 2/1 - McPherson, Kan.: Winter returned Jan 28. I ended up with about half a foot of snow and half an inch of moisture. Also dropped back to the single digits for temps. There was little wind (at least by KS standards) so the snow is fairly even and should have protected the dormant wheat plants. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 2/1 - Hobbsville, N.C.: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Will Hudgins from Hobbsville, N.C., provides a crop report from his area.


     
  • 2/1 - Northeast Arkansas: 2010 going to be interesting year.

     
  • 2/1 - Calumet County, Wis.: To Banner County, Nebraska: Join us dairy farmers with your corn price woes. We are a 150 cow operation that had to borrow $200,000 last year just to stay afloat. The government could care less about farmers in general. All they want is cheap food for the consumer, my dad always said this 50 years ago and he was right. Should have listened to him and stayed out of farming. We are the 57 year old average farmers and can't wait to go to the store and buy a gallon of milk that somebody else busted and/or lost their ass for.
     
  • 2/1 - Fayette County, Iowa: Have any of you decided to plant non-gmo beans this year? I tried it last year, not all bad, but the seed and chemical combinations don’t add up. They offered us 1.25 prem, and I think everyone said stick it. Now they offered 1.75 prem, and everyone is jumping on the wagon. When are farmers going to learn, hold your ground. They will pay for it when they need it.

  • 2/1 - Livingston/LaSalle County Ill.: Generally seed 1200-1500 acres annually for myself and custom planting for neighbors.  In 09 planted 450 acres total.  Wet spring lead to delayed harvest.  Got my wheat planted by insurance date into good seed bed.  All germinated, and is poking through.  Not much heat after seeding.  Looked decent until Christmas week when it received 4-5 inches of rain follwed by sub-zero temps.  Then  received 6-8 inches of snow.  Earlier this week, snow was melting off, and today is getting freezing rain, temps near 30.  Gonna be interesting. Have torn wheat crop in 2 of 3 last wheat crops.  Probably going to be looking for straw to bale/buy to fill contracts. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
Where can you find the latest wheat production news? It is just a click away at AgWeb’s www.VirtualWheatTour.com.


  
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