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September Crop Comments

Sep 30, 2011

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  • 9/30 - O’Brien County, Iowa: Yesterday was a wild day with 50 mile/hour winds there were at least 15 combine fires in this corner of IA. one sheriff's department was asking farmers to stop combing and wait for the wind to die down. Our corn is coming out at 16.5 to 23% moisture, yields for have been 120 in down corn to 200 plus. Starting beans today.
  • 9/30 - East central Iowa: I live 7 miles from the Mississippi River and it always seems like we start harvesting as late as anyone in the country. We received over an inch of rain on Monday. High moisture corn may start this weekend (25-30% mt.). Beans around me may be ready by next week. Beans still appear to be one of the best ever (we will see next week....). Picture is of my hired help watching gates for me feeding cows.
    9 30 11 Iowa

    -- East central Iowa.

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  • 9/30 - Pipestone County, Minn.: Beans mudded in on June 7 went 38. They were really good over the hills, but there wasn't much in the bottoms.

  • 9/30 - Seymour, Ind.: Ben Thompson of Seymour, Ind., found this 5-bean pod this season in his field of Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans.  Farmers who plant this second-generation soybean technology from Monsanto have reported seeing more 3, 4 and even 5-bean pods, which results in higher yield potential compared to original Roundup Ready® soybeans.  Thompson planted the technology in the Stewart™ Seeds brand.
    5 bean pod photo

    -- Seymour, Ind.

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  • 9/30 - Roaring River, N.C.: Were still working on harvesting silage, need 4 more days of dry weather to finish. Oh well, after that we crank up the combine, on the farm the fun never ends, just a #DayinAg.
  • 9/30 - Renick, W.Va.: See a chopping corn video. This video was part of AgWeb's "A Day in Agriculture."


  • 9/30 - Texas Panhandle: See a sorghum harvest day, from sunrise to the evening. These photos was part of AgWeb's "A Day in Agriculture."
    Sorghum 1
    Sorghum 2
    Sorghum 3
    Sorghum 4
    Sorghum 5

    -- Texas Panhandle

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  • 9/30 - Vardaman, Miss.: Watch a video of sweet potato harvest. This video was part of AgWeb's "A Day in Agriculture."

  • 9/29 - Gratiot County, Mich.: Still cloudy and damp, checked our driest corn today...29% gonna be another late harvest like 2009!
  • 9/29 - LaGrange, Ind.: My soybeans are green and have probably a good three weeks but looking at them they will make maybe 40-50 bushel. My fall seeded hay field is up out of the ground very nice and doing good

  • 9/28 - Texas: “Our trees are dying!” Reports like this are coming from throughout the state, but don’t write off that shade tree or loblolly pine just yet, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. “It’s really a wait-and-see kind of a game,” said Dr. Eric Taylor, AgriLife Extension forestry specialist, Overton. “Just because a tree’s leaves have turned brown – or that the leaves have shed from the tree – doesn’t mean the tree is dead.” Trees respond to moisture stress and heat with natural defense mechanisms, and these responses vary from species to species, Taylor said.

  • 9/28 - Lyon County, northwest Iowa: Good crop for sandy soil. Beans went 48. Corn came out at 16% moisture and made 150.

  • 9/28 - Knox County, Mo.: My farmer decided to cut corn for silage, as the insurance review expected 60 bu./acre.  

  • 9/28 - Barber County, Kan.: Wheat drilling has barely started here. Conventional tillers are struggling with choosing between drilling with rapidly depleting topsoil moisture and praying for rain, while no-tillers have marginal/fair moisture to establish a stand. Both are facing the fact of absolutely no subsoil to carry the crop into winter months. When digging, moisture is found in the area of 1" to 6" down and dry from there on out. Everyone is saying that if a stand is established and no more rain comes, the remaining crop will be dead by November. As I wrote a couple weeks ago - as expected; corn harvest has almost wrapped up with whole farm average on irrigated around 145 (usually 180+) and dryland at 0 (usually 60-100). (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  
  • 9/28 - Wabasha, Minn.: We just finished combining 140 acres of high moisture corn, yields were above average, moisture at 26 to 30, yields at 205 to 210 bu./acre adjusted to dry bushels.

  • 9/28 - Allen County, Kan.: Rain finally made a measurable appearance last weekend to the tune of 1.25", received an additional 0.25" yesterday morning. Not enough to close the soil cracks, but enough to help the beans. Beans are starting to turn and drop leaves. Some plants are full of beans and then there are sections where there is nothing on them. Right now unsure of yield potential, but hopeful for as much as possible. There are also reports of worms on the beans with a fair amount of pod damage too.

    It is nice to have a break from the unrelenting overbearing high temperatures. Most of the corn is harvested and yields are all over the place -– from 0 bu./acre to a small section in a lower creek bed grossing 100 bu./acre. Biggest issue is aflotixin –- seems there is no consistency with the sampling and dockings are taking huge tolls on loads.  

    Trying to decide to invest in planting wheat, reports of La Niña resurgence coupled with the extensive drought in the region makes a decision even tougher to expense for planting and care for a wheat crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/27 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Our area received 2.6" of rain last week, but nice weather moved in and we have enjoyed a great run of beautiful harvest days. The wheat that we had left has lost some test weight, but the moisture levels are down to 15%-16%. Yield on the wheat seeded out until June 14 has been holding in the 45 to 50 bu./acre range. We should finish this week, if a stray rain shower stays away. During last week's rain and windstorm, our sunflowers blew over flat!

    The day after the rain, most of the custom combine crews loaded up and headed south to start on soybeans. Some farmers were left to scramble to find combines. Lots of late canola harvest going on in the northern tier of counties, with a pretty good crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  
  • 9/27 - Orange County, Ind.: 50% on corn, yield is 80% of five-year average. No beans cut yet.

  • 9/27 - Montgomery County, Ill.: Harvesting corn today on 35 acres with the combine readings of 160 to 170 in the field. Positive surprise, to say the least, given the lack of rain this summer.
  • 9/27 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: View a time lapse from a grain cart. Video courtesy of

  • 9/26 - Eau Claire County, Wis.: Harvest has not yet started.

  • 9/26 - Washington County, southeast Iowa: Thought things weren't going to be quite as bad as we did in mid-August. Yield checks before combining looked decent. Started harvesting Friday and hopes started to fade quickly. First field was "good" at 155 to 165 bu./acre, then started second, bigger field and very disappointed at maybe 135. Only got to 135 by working in the best area of the field just to keep my attitude good for the rest of the weekend. Been a tough two years. At least this year we were able to have weed control. Makes it easier to combine, at least. Beans are not going to be fun, especially the early ones. Too hot for too long. Go 10-15 miles north (I-80), where they got at least periodic rains in July and August, to see any sort of good yields. Normally we are in the 180 range.

  • 9/26 - Northeast Nebraska: What the first frost didn’t kill on Sept. 15, the frost on Sept. 21 did. All beans that were grass green are dead. Green pods are just drying up to nothing. Corn that froze lost a lot of test weight...took the first corn out on Sept. 23. 23% moisture and 54 test weight, too hot, too dry in September, then froze too early. Not a good year. Yield was 15% less than five-year average.

  • 9/26 - Watobwan County, Minn.: Beans got hit hard with frost. Poor pod count from heat and the pods in the top two to three nods are done. Be happy with low 40s bu./acre. Corn took frost better but heat during pollination. Tip back ears kernel count of 15.2×28 on average. Hoping for low 150s. EVERYBODY STAY SAFE.

  • 9/26 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Walked my beans today, lots of beans with one bean in the pod, still they will do good... My Best Friend Joe started cutting beans today. They were making 45 to 50 bushels, his corn he thought made 120, he said there were great spots and terrible spots. The pictures are of Joe cutting beans.
    9 26 11 Missouri soybeans
    9 26 11 Missouri soybeans 2

    -- Caldwell County, Mo.

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  • 9/26 - Gordon County, Ga.: Things are busy this fall. We are in the process of planting winter canola, and will be planting oats, barley and wheat later this fall. We are 3/4 done with corn harvest and soybean harvest is two to three weeks away. Our sunflowers benefited from the most recent rain events and will be ready for harvest after the first frost. We have included pictures of canola crop last year at bloom and close to harvest. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  
    9 26 11 Georgia
    9 26 11 Georgia 2

    -- Gordon County, Ga.

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  • 9/26 - East central Iowa: Finally finished 2011 hay crop Saturday. Heard of a couple guys who started high moisture corn. (190 to 210 bu./acre. I assume that was dry bushels.) Corn was 25% to 30% moisture. I may be able to start the end of this week. The forecast changed from nice and sunny to chance of showers and cooler last Friday for this week. I thought beans would go this week, but not anymore.

  • 9/26 - Grant County, Okla.: Corn, milo and beans are toast. Wheat was average. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/26 - Barton County, Kan.: Corn was all chopped, beans 10 bu. or less, milo good north end of county, south end none, started planting wheat with small amount of subsoil moisture, not a good year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/26 - Thomas County, Kan.: We are planting wheat and it is DRY, about as dry as I can remember. There are a few spots of good moisture in NW Kansas, but there are a lot of dry ones. The dry land corn on our farm so far has been from 85 to 115, so not all is bad. I think that the real problem is coming next year, but as you all know, God will never send you more pain than you can stand. Hope all have a safe fall. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  
  • 9/26 - Putnam County, Ohio: Recent rains did help the corn and soybeans and the crops should average close to normal.

  • 9/26 - Knox County, Ill.: Harvested a 146.7 acre field, yield 204 bu./acre at 24% moisture. Dry moisture readout set in monitor at 14%.
    9 26 11 Illinois Farm

    -- Knox County, Ill.

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  • 9/23 - Livingston County, Ill.: Haven't started harvesting yet. You need to blow up the state that we choose, so we can click on each county. It is too bunched up.

  • 9/23 - Kosciusko County, north central Indiana: 37 degrees this morning, light frost on the beans. Tonight is supposed to be colder. Beans in the southern part of the county gave up weeks ago due to lack of rain, nearly all leaves are dropped. Soybeans in the north half or those planted later are just starting to turn yellow. Need a couple more weeks without a harder frost. ¼" of rain yesterday should help the green beans and corn. Hoping for 40 bu./acre bean average and 150 bu./acre corn. Last year averaged 52 bu./acre beans and 194 bu./acre dry corn.

  • 9/22 - Blue Earth County, Minn.: It froze the crap out of things here. I am tired of hearing how it didn't freeze. Get out of the concrete jungle in the cities and smell the silage. Our green beans are brown now.

  • 9/22 - Bellevue, Iowa: Corn chopping is winding down. Saw two small fields that were combined. They look like they shut down early or were an early variety and didn't appear that it yielded very good (poor weed control). Beans will start next week. I finally found some corn that has black layered. I think high moisture corn will also start next week (hopefully, it sounds like we will be one of the last to start and last to finish again).the picture is of goosenecked corn that I think we will see a lot of this fall. Corn does appear to still look good. Heard of 200 bu./acre corn the county south of me.
    Iowa Corn Field
    view from silo

    View from 60 feet up. We finished last silo on Saturday.

    -- Bellevue, Iowa


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  • 9/22 - Logan/Menard counties, Ill.: Moving the auger around from bin to bin. Watching grain dump. Video courtesy of

  • 9/21 - Ward County, N.D.: All crops that have been harvested have been well below average yields. Wheat seems to be the most affected with yields 80% less than average for the area, canola yields are very poor and the peas did not get planted, the beans froze. To much rain, disease, hail, and severe weather. Areas of drowned out twice as big as est during acreage report deadline. Roads still not fixed. Access to fields is still a problem. Very poor harvest all around, Just got 2.25" rain yesterday. Where is USDA getting there production numbers? The acres are not there and the yield is not there either. In my opinion USDA is very high on production est. I see this from the seat of the combine... (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's 

  • 9/21 - Linn County, Kan.: Corn is making about 25 bu/acre and has Aflatoxin in it. Not good at all!

  • 9/21 - Ward County, N.D.: HRSW in the area was 10-15 bu and winter wheat ran as high as 20 bu. Allot of prevent plant and some late planted soybeans went in. They all froze last week. Fields are black and turning grey now. More fields not planted here. Not much for winter wheat going in. Too much water resulted in the worst crops we have seen in years. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's 

  • 9/21 - Texas: Many parts of the state received from a trace to 4 inches of rain, but as welcome as the moisture was, people rushing to plant winter wheat or pasture may be setting themselves up for an expensive failure, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. From Sept. 13 through Sept. 20, much of the state east of Interstate 45 received from 1 to 2 inches of rain, according the National Weather Service. Parts of the Panhandle and North Texas received similar amounts, as did San Antonio and surrounding counties. The Coastal Bend and South Texas areas had large pockets of 3 to 4 inches of rain.
    Texas winterpasture

    Ryegrass could be a less high-stakes gamble than other winter forages this year as it can be planted later and disked in. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

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  • 9/21 - Logan/Menard counties, Ill.: Bill gives a crop update while driving the combine in a field of corn. Video courtesy of

  • 9/20 - Eyre Peninsula, South Australia: We have had a severe week of weather for our crops. Field Peas and Faba Beans still flowering had there flowers blown off (70% have finished flowering) and if that didn't upset the growers enough, frost earlier wiped out 100% of some individual Pea crops. 90% of Canola is past the flowering stage as well. Growers are reporting Wheat and Barley has been tipped from the hot strong winds, up to 1/3 of the grain heads are useless. This is from individual growers reporting this. We are forecast to receive good rains next week from 27th onwards, but that forecast is a long way out. We have retreated from a possible fantastic year to just above average by our calculations. Also any rain now could be too late for the earlier crops. Harvest could only be 4-6 weeks away from starting for us.

  • 9/20 - Hancock County, Ohio: Crops look excellent this should be a bumper crop if the frost holds out. Only a few beans have been harvested but I expect harvest to be well under way in 2-3 weeks. The Roundup 2 look really nice 4 beans to a pod.

  • 9/20 - St. Clair County, southwest Illinois: Corn harvest is just getting going.  Moistures have been running from in the high teens to low 20’s for the most part on the early May planted corn.  Yields have been and will continue to be varied.  In general yields so far are a bit better than expected with much of the early may corn running in the 150-180 range.  Given that we received about 1.5" of rain since July 8 I think those yields are much better than what we would have seen with the genetics of just 15 years ago.  The corn planted the middle of May looks like it will be 10-30 less based on some headlands we shelled.  A lot of that will depend on the amount of greensnap in the field and from the looks of some fields I suspect there could be variances between varieties of 50+ bushels per acre.  The late May/early June corn will surely be less. 

    We have had nearly 3" of rain over the past 5 days which will help beans to an extent, but really came a couple weeks too late to make a significant impact on yields.  I think the early June planted beans still have a chance to be in the 40-50 bu range but I think the later planting the end of June and into mid-July will fall well below that.  I would think many of those fields will be in the teens to 30 bu. depending on rainfall.       

  • 9/20 - Sanilac County, Mich.: June 5th planted plot! Frost alerts for next two days! Here are some before pictures........ Hopefully we dodge the severe bullet that could be coming. Video courtesy of eagerjeffrey’s YouTube channel.

  • 9/19 - Lincoln County, S.D.: We had spotty rains this year and it shows. Sand ground is gone and 5% to 15% lost to too much water. 1.9 beans are turning and losing top leaves and 2.2 beans are just starting to turn. The rest turned black Friday after the frost. Yield will be determined after the combines roll. Corn guess from 200 bu. to 0 bu./acre, too uneven too even guess yield.

  • 9/19 - Morrison County, Minn.: Crops got some frost last week. While out looking at the corn and soybeans, it looks like about half the canopy froze. Corn is still alive at the cobs and below, and the lower half of the soybeans are still alive. Got about 0.5" of rain today, which was welcome. The frost probably took 10% of the yield, which could be 20 bu. of corn and 6 bu. soybeans. Could be worse, I guess. East of the Mississippi River in this county, the frost killed everything.

  • 9/19 - Richland County, Ill.: Started shelling corn on 9/14 with lower than expected moisture (15.2) and disappointing yields. Doing yield checks, I knew the heat and dryness were hurting the crop but expected the earliest corn to be the best. What we shelled so far was between 85 bu. and 100 bu./acre versus 160 bu. to 185 bu./acre last year. Beans look terrible because of no rain in august and are almost all ready. They just seemed to give up and die overnight. Finally, we have just received an inch of rain with more still coming. Good to settle the dust, just too late to help the crops.

  • 9/19 - Caldwell County, Mo.: The picture is from last week. We drilled ryegrass into pasture, trying get some fall grazing. We got an inch of rain this past week, we had 38° also. Can't believe the bean price dropped. I am not one to sell something I don't have. I am not "contracting'' -- might get me divorced if I fail!
    9 19 11 Missouri

    -- Caldwell County, Mo.

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  • 9/19 - Daniels County, Mont.: Finished seeding spring wheat June 5. Had some frost damage area. Farmers seeded until June 15 or later, major frost damage. Wheat turning white five to six days after freezing, thousands of acres. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/19 - Southwest Kansas: Wheat harvest, corn planting, soybean planting, farm life. Video provided by (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's 

  • 9/19 - Golden Valley, N.D.: Crops are below average, 25-30 bu. No rain since July 5. A lot of light test weight.

  • 9/19 - Lebanon, Ind.: We started cutting beans today. They are running about 50 and 13%. Some has been shelled, but our corn just started to black layer. We are setting up our draper this year and we are starting to get used to it and starting to love it. Hope corn is about 150 and beans stay at 40's-50's.
  • 9/19 - Barron County, Wis.: Corn grain yields generally follow corn silage yields. This would indicate that our area yields would be down 15%-20% from 2010 even before the hard freeze of Sept. 15. Soybeans and corn are pretty much nailed in every direction from here. I expect that with the frost damage, our ending yields will be lighter test weights and final numbers in the 30's for soybeans and in the 120-130 range for corn. Potato crop is poor, while the hay season was well above average.
    9 19 11 Wisconsin Silage

    -- Barron County, Wis.

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  • 9/19 - Southeast Minnesota: We had a good frost. Some beans had started to turn while others had wilting leaves on the 16th. My beans dropped a foot. Field corn was close to maturity, so just hastened the process.

  • 9/19 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Beans mostly green on the 15th and all brown on the 17th. My late corn mostly green, now all dead. We will never know how much yield was lost. But between the late planting, heat and now frost, it was not an ideal year. Heard on the radio the frost wasn't widespread. That makes me feel better. Temp was at 32° at 12:30 a.m. and 29° at 6:30 a.m. Dug some feedlot post holes yesterday and had a hard time augering dirt out of holes. Had to finish holes by hand because the dirt was like flour. We are going to have to have some rain and a lot of it to get soil moisture back. Thought I was 50% sold in corn and beans, but now maybe 75%.

  • 9/16 - Boone County, Mo.: Well, I lowered my corn from 180 earlier to 120 and now the combine is reporting 40/75. Will start soybeans today, with any luck at all. I lowered them earlier from last year’s average of 58.6 to about 40, then to 30, and now I hope to get 10. Absolutely the worst crop I could have imagined! Thank God for crop insurance!

  • 9/16 - Mower County, Minn.: The day after effects of frost yesterday morning are evident. Corn was finished by the frost and beans look to be killed halfway down. We are just 15 miles off the Iowa border.

  • 9/16 - East central Minnesota: The beans are turning color here today. They are turning black after the hard freeze Wednesday night. We needed another two weeks on the beans and corn. Called my crop insurance and they said that thousands of acres were affected and most likely will be zeroed out. 

  • 9/16 - Hamilton, Ohio: Started shelling corn on Sept. 14 because of stalk concerns. Ran about 60 acres with an average of 150 bu./acre. Yields anywhere from 0 bu. to over 200 bu./acre within the same field, with moisture averaging 20.5%. Pleasantly surprised with better corn and better stalks yet to run about one to two weeks away.
  • 9/16 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: On my way home from a parts run last night, I noticed several pickups parked at the local tavern. Every farmer in there, including me, had a lot of harvest left, but we had all run up against high-moisture wheat and canola.  Big combine crews were parked in the fields...our late planting spring season is showing up now, with a harvest delay. Our wheat is running 45 to 50 bu./acre. Canola ranges 1700-2200 lb./acre. The big wheat crops of the past two years are not happening this year. Others have had some wheat down into the high 20's if they caught a heavy rain at the wrong time. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/16 - McLeod County, Minn.: The frost from two nights ago really took its toll on our crops. Yesterday while chopping silage, we could watch the beans start to look worse and worse throughout the day. By the end of the day, they looked real pathetic. Lots of freeze-drying for pods that were just beginning to fill. For as hard as it froze, we are looking at some lower test weights on our corn too. The damage is very widespread. It goes from southern Minnesota into South and North Dakota and Wisconsin. I talked with the local agronomist. We are thinking somewhere around a 30% reduction in bean yields from the frost for everyone within 50 miles. Don’t have much to report outside that.

  • 9/16 - Morrison County, Minn.: We got nipped with some frost last night, but it shouldn't affect yields too much. Things looking pretty good!

  • 9/16 - Perry County, Pa.: We had 12.5" of rain last week. We're hoping for some dry weather now to prevent ear mold. Overall it looks to be a decent harvest, especially the beans. Possibly 55-60 bu. in beans.

  • 9/16 - Barber County, Kan.: Corn harvest has slowly started here. We are only picking irrigated corn; all the dryland was zeroed out by insurance. Irrigated yields have been all over the board. 125-140 will probably be average. Had a big well yield 186, while a shorter well a half mile away yielded 83. Have heard the same from locals - all the short wells have been under 100 yield (some under 50) while large wells are 120-180. Typically irrigated yields on large and small wells will range from 175-230 in our area on a normal year. Looking for yield on dryland beans around 5-10. Looking for yield on dryland milo from 20-45.

  • 9/16 - Roberts County, S.D.: It was a solid freeze last night.

  • 9/16 - Benson County, N.D.: Pinto beans are probably a total loss. Needed another 10 days. 800 acres down the drain. Hard hit.

  • 9/16 - Barron County, Wis.: Had a hard freeze this morning. Thermometer had 30° at 4 a.m. and by 7:00 it was down to 27°. Don't think it will hurt the corn much, but the beans will take a hit on yield as they had just started turning yellow. Time to get the corn head on the chopper and start making corn silage.
    9 16 11 freeze soybeans

    -- Barron County, Wis.

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  • 9/16 - Posey County, southwest Indiana: Walked corn fields this morning, covered about half of our corn fields and came up with 350 acres that need to be replanted. After lunch will scout the other half. Large rains and cold temps are to blame. Some farmers will lose 50% to 100% of their corn crop that was planted to the rains and the large flooding river. With rains forecasted for all weekend, it looks like 10 days to two weeks before any field work will get done.

  • 9/16 - Winnebago County, Iowa: Smells like silage out this morning. Got to 27° last night. Beans hurt bad, as most were still green. Corn was mostly far enough along, might hurt a little test weight.

  • 9/16 - Northeast Nebraska: Everything had frost on this a.m. Beans were still grass green where they were irrigated. Dryland one had been dead and drying up for the last week...not a good end to the year.

  • 9/16 - Nobles County, Minn.: Our growing season has come to an end this morning. We had enough frost yet at 7:30 a.m. that the kids had to clean their windows to go to school. I’m guessing that 75% of the crops were mature enough to handle it here, even though we are two weeks early for an average killing frost. Lots of silage being chopped and I'm guessing some early beans will go this weekend. Have a safe harvest, everyone.

  • 9/16 - Franklin Parish, La.: Had good and bad corn yields, some cut 200 bpa down to 110 bpa. First soybeans cut 60 bpa. Just getting ready to cut some wheat beans. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/15 - McLeod County, Minn.: Well, it froze very hard last night. My digital thermometer outside says 26°. Our beans needed at least two weeks without frost yet. The disaster crop of 2011 just got a whole lot worse!

  • 9/15 - Montgomery County, Ill.: Beans starting to yellow but not halfway yet. Four weeks without rain. Rain may have helped yesterday and today. Hope for up to 40 bu./acre. Corn harvest next week. Expect 145 bu./acre.

  • 9/15 - East central Iowa: The 2011 hay crop is almost complete. Some bean fields are really starting to turn, some have lost a few leaves. Most all of the corn is still a week from black layer (an odd field may  be mature). Guys chopping corn are having a lot of trouble with breakdowns because the corn is goosenecked and not cutting or feeding like normal (causing chains, sprockets and gearbox issues). Had scattered frost this morning.
    9 15 11 Iow

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 9/15 - Northeast Greene County, Iowa: Had 38° today. Will have black smelly crops tomorrow.

  • 9/15 - Northern Coles County, Ill.: Corn crop is about what I expected, 120 to 160 bu./acre. We had 4/10" of much needed rain -- that puts us at about an inch since the end of June. The cracks in the field could swallow a golf ball.
    9 15 11 IL dry

    -- Northern Coles County, Ill.

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  • 9/14 - Northwest Kansas: Started to harvest wet corn and the yields were about what we expected 85+ and these two half sections were hopefully some of our poorer corn. Started on another field and it is much better. We were lucky -- no hail and timely rains in our part of NW Kansas.

  • 9/14 - Bon Homme County, S.D.: The crops look OK from the road. But step inside the field, the yield is definitely NOT there. The ears are very small.

  • 9/14 - Pepin, Wis.: Beans are coming along very nice, most of the leaves are off. Looks like I will start combining around the 25th of September. I have found some early corn that has black layered. Yields on beans look like around 50 and corn around 190.

  • 9/14 - Eyre Peninsula, South Australia: Eyre Peninsula is in the western half of South Australia and its country ranges from high rainfall 700mm to 280mm. (FYI, S.A. is the driest state on the driest continent.) Throughout the 2000's we had some shocking droughts and nearly sent some farmers to the wall. But the last two years, seasons have been kind and last year was a record breaker for S.A.

    This year started with a bang again and we were off to a flyer on the Eyre Peninsula, the rest of the state was either too wet or too dry. There were two schools of thought this year, some farmers went in early and those crops are looking good. Then there's the farmers who went in late looking for a good weed kill, and those crops will need a big finish to get over the line. Of late, the rains have stopped, since early August was the last decent rain event. There was good subsoil moisture for crops to call upon this season, which they would've sucked on a fair chunk of that by now, makes you wonder what is left?

    All in all, we at worst on the E.P. should be looking at an average year. I notice ABARE, our version of USDA, has pegged our wheat crop  at 26 mmt, some private analysts have it currently pegged at 24-25 mmt. I go with the later. Our spring can be severe and we are already experiencing warm windy days. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/14 - Logan/Menard counties, Ill.: In this crop update, Bill talks about his field of irrigated soybeans. Video courtesy of

  • 9/14 - Henry County, Ohio: Six inches of rain from what was left of tropical storm Lee last week. Will help lots of beans that are still green or just turning. A few fields around that could be ran in the next ten days. Yield guess 25 bushel as they are very thin and short. The green fields could easily yield in the 50 plus range if they get ripe. Most corn planted in June has a long way to go. This will be a long harvest season.

  • 9/14 - Union County, Ohio: Some beans are just starting to turn in the southern part of the county but none here. All the corn here was planted the first week in June and needs 4 weeks before it is safe from frost. But it does look excellent. Fingers crossed.

  • 9/14 - Texas: Many agricultural producers in East Texas are feeling caught between a rock and a ‘hot’ place, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. The agricultural losses from the extended drought are extreme. But added to those costs now are frequent wildfires which have destroyed fencing, hay supplies and barns, and scorched what sparse grazing there was left, said Aaron Low, AgriLife Extension agent for Cherokee County. "Talking with people who are more experienced with drought than I am, they’re anticipating that even it if starts raining right now, it’s going to be at least two years before our grasses are able to recover from this," Low said.
    Texas dry pond

    Lack of water and lack of hay and grazing continued to force Texas livestock owners to sell out herds statewide. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

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

  • 9/13 - Dickey County, southeast North Dakota: Not much rain of late. We were very wet in June and the first half of July and then nothing for moisture. Corn that survived the wind and hail is fine. The beans will be average because we just didn’t get that last rain and it’s been way above average for heat, we’ll be 10 bushels less than 2010. The best wheat yields were right at 40 bu/ac with the average at 25 bu/ac. I can’t figure out how USDA comes up with an average wheat yield of 41 bu/ac when that’s the top end? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  
  • 9/13 - Hettinger County, N.D.: Spring wheat harvest is just wrapping up in our area, yields varied with 10-30 bushel an acre, the statement that rain makes grain was not true this year, to much disease and shallow roots, now we are dry on the topsoil so cant fire up the drills yet to put the winter wheat in. Have heard very similar yields on the spring wheat throughout the state. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/13 - Western Winona County, Minn.: Beans starting to yellow and drop leaves. Corn in advanced milk stage with a few days left to maturity for 98 day corn planted before May 1. Both crops look great. I'm estimating 50 and 170 plus on the two crops. Our area has really never been dry, a real garden spot again this year.

  • 9/13 - Marathon County, Wis.: Soybeans are starting to turn brown here and there but mainly drying up not mature. A few fields in with earlier varieties are 50% yellow. I am still finding blossoms. Probably doesn't matter. They are predicting frost for Wednesday and Thursday nights. Corn is predominantly dented if it freezes we will have light test weight corn. Need two weeks of good weather with no frost.
    9 13 11 Wisconsin Soybeans

    -- Marathon County, Wis.

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

  • 9/13 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Beans turning as of 9-9. Had some rain in August but either not enough or too late to help. Most late pods not filled and dropping or one small bean. Not like last year when the late pods on top filled completely. Had half in. rains 8-2 ,8-10,and an in. the last of August. Shelled corn today and all I have to say is it is the smallest kernel size I've ever seen.

  • 9/13 - Yellowstone County, Mont.: Corn almost made, looks like no frost anytime soon , but you never know around here! Walked corn today should average 185-220 depends on day corn. We picked a few ears of 85 day corn 16 rows around and filled almost to tip, the 93-95 day corn yield looks a lot better.
    9 13 11 Montana corn

    -- Yellowstone County, Mont.

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


  • 9/12 - McLeod County, Minn.: Hot dry weather has moved up to us now after the torrential rains this spring and early summer. Our shallow-rooted corn, and especially beans are frying up in a real hurry. Walked some of my fields yesterday and the pods are starting to fall off the beans. They have a couple weeks left to go.

    Doesn’t look good. On Wed and Thurs we have a good chance of seeing some frost. It would be a disaster for us. Just found out yesterday that McLeod and Renville counties had over 11,000 acres of PP combined. There is something I never thought I would say. Still baffles me where USDA got extra corn acres in MN.

  • 9/12 - Day County, S.D.: Wheat harvest was looking good, but we ended up with half-filled heads due to extreme heat and a 30 bushel average. Soybean fields are burning up fast and some of the top pods are not filling. Yields are going to be reduced due to the extreme heat as well. We will be content with a 30 bushel average. Corn fields have some tipback, slight pollination issues and some smut. Yield estimates are 175-180 in the heavier soils, but the low spots where we had early season flooding suffered, giving us an estimated overall average of 120-125 bushels. The crops looked good from the road all season long, but once you get in the fields it’s a whole different story. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/12 - Wilbur, Wash.: Crops are all cut!  Quality was outstanding.  Some dockage due to foreign material was heard of.  Yields were very good as well. Winter Wheat seeding is going on now with some earlier seeding up and green!  All in all a good year to be a wheat farmer in WA State. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's 

  • 9/12 - Robeson County, N.C.: Finished corn last week with a surprising 105 av. Started beans today. Disappointing 30 bu. usually 45 to 50.

  • 9/12 - Logan/Menard counties, Ill.: Harvesting corn field and showing the GreenStar monitor in John Deere combine. Displaying the yields and moisture. The pasture and cows. Follow our daily harvest. Video courtesy of

  • 9/12 - Putnam County, Ohio: Started chopping silage Tuesday, 15 tons per acre, checked at 124 bpa. 3"rain will stall us for a few days, should help later beans

  • 9/12 - Henry County, Mo.: Just had two tenths of rain about 4:00. Shelled about 20 acres out of 115. The monitor was ranging from 30 to 150 with a lot of 70-80. Tried some down corn surprising test weight was 50. Yields are still pretty good. Beans look awesome we fertilized real heavy this year looks it will pay off. A few podworms and grass hoppers but not enough to spray yet.

  • 9/12 - Caldwell County, Mo.: This past week we seeded rye grass into existing pasture trying to get some good fall grazing, even though we gotten some rain. Pasture are getting short. Beans are really turning, Neighbor started shelling corn Saturday, hadn't heard about any yields yet.
    9 12 11 Missouri
    9 12 11 Missouri 2

    -- Caldwell County, Mo.

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

  • 9/12 - Stillwater, Okla.: SUNUP's Dave Deken talks with Oklahoma State University's Canola Specialist, Josh Bushong about what producers need to be thinking about with dryer than normal conditions at canola planting time.

  • 9/9 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Whatever happened to normal? First we had a wet spring, then July was dry with scorching heat and humidity. Now we have come full circle and temps are cool and we have been inundated by tropical storm Irene giving 5" of rain and now one week later tropical storm Lee gives us another 8" of rain with historic river flooding. Corn silage harvest was just getting started and now we have a mess. Manure storages are full and fields are a soggy swamp. We need a break!

  • 9/9 - Holt County, Mo.: The mismanagement of the Missouri River and the environmental interest groups pushing the Army Corps of Engineers to buy our land for fish and wildlife habitat led to the fourth flood in five years for much of our farm ground.

  • 9/9 - Jackson County, east central Iowa: Silage baling hay in east central Iowa. Weather has been great. A lot of hay has been cut down and the weather sounds like it should hold for the next 3-5 days.

  • 9/8 - Independence, Ark.: Corn 40 bu. dryland/150 bu. irrigated. Soybeans looking good but having to water late to fill pods. Rice yield looks to be down because of hot weather at flowering.

  • 9/8 - Western Oklahoma: Wheat was near disaster this summer -- yields 20%-35% of 2010 yields. Summer crops all near disaster -- I expect only 10% of cotton planted to be harvested. No dryland corn, milo, beans or sesame will harvest. Range conditions pitiful -- probably 70% of cattle sold out of area. Fall 2011 wheat crop in serious trouble without rain soon. DROUGHT bad in western and SW Oklahoma. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/8 - Logan/Menard counties, Ill.: We'll see how the corn yields with very little rain. Combine is ready. Setting up the auger to the grain bin. Video courtesy of

  • 9/8 - Lincoln, Kan.: North of me, crops survived the heat well. South of me, the drought and heat were devastating to the crops. Corn failed, beans failed, sorghum failed. I70 seemed to be the border between rain and drought. Everyone had heat, just that the crops hung on better with the moisture. Big variations in yields here.

  • 9/8 - Freeborn County, Minn.: Crops look decent. Heat took its toll in July and August. 150-160 bu./acre corn, 50-52 bu./acre beans from early scouting. Silage cutting just starting. Third crop hay cutting coming up short of expectations.

  • 9/8 - Texas: Cotton is a "mixed bag" in the Panhandle and South Plains, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Most dryland cotton has failed, and in some areas growers have given up on partially irrigated cotton as well. Also, there have been reports of odd plant development, most likely due to heat stress and lack of moisture. Read more about the Texas cotton crop.
    Texas cotton

    Row-watered cotton was doing better than some center-pivot irrigated cotton in some areas of the Southern High Plains. Most cotton in the Southern High Plains is subsurface drip or center-pivot irrigated, according to Dr. Mark Kelley, Texas AgriLife Extension Service cotton specialist, Lubbock. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Mark Kelley)

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

  • 9/7 - Jackson County, east central Iowa: We started cutting last of hay crop for 2011 Tuesday. Some is 2nd crop, some is 3rd crop and some is 5th crop. We received 2" of rain on Saturday. Corn chopping is in full swing. Corn is 1/2 to 3/4 milkline and starting to show some signs of turning, with diseases starting to show up in some fields. Beans still look real good and are also starting to show signs of turning. It will be 3-4 weeks before any combines will be rolling here if weather holds (with the exception of high moisture corn).

  • 9/7 - Howard County, Iowa: The fun has stopped for us.
    Howard County IOWA

    -- Howard County, Iowa

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  • 9/7 - Arthur, Ill.: Farm Journal's Darrelll Smith -- "I’m amazed at what this field is yielding, considering what the crop has been through," says J.D. Kuhns of Arthur, Ill. The field was averaging 175 bu. per acre, although it had received only 0.4" of rain since June 23 and endured many nights when temperatures refused to fall below 80°F. Kuhns combined a small amount last week and began harvesting seriously on Labor Day. "If all our fields yield this well, I’ll be elated," he says.
    Arthur IL 2
    Arthur IL 3
    Arthur IL

    -- Arthur, Ill.

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  • 9/6 - West central Iowa: What a year! It’s been one weather event after another! First the cold during planting. Then we got hit with severe heat in July. Then came the baseball sized hail. Now last week we had 70 mph winds. Corn that survived all this looks great, but we have 400 acres that didn't fare so well with hail. We plan to start harvest next week on those acres.

  • 9/6 - Montgomery County, Iowa: Two weeks ago, hail went through our area and damaged at least half of the county. On our farm we have 1,000 acres or so flattened by wind or hail. Guessing 300 hailed completely out and won't have to combine it, the rest we will start combining in a week or so when it is under 20%.

  • 9/6 - York County, Pa.: Hurricane Irene flattened some corn. Early yields are coming in 30% below normal in corn and some worse off than that. Later planted corn looks a lot better. Just too dry and way too hot for the early corn. Beans look to be about average yield.

  • 9/6 - Muscatine County, Iowa: I'll be harvesting when the moisture content is low enough. I'm guessing the end of September. Maybe later.

  • 9/6 - Alamance County, N.C.: Crops look good. Rain has been real spotty. Some guys had plenty and some burned up. We have been lucky.

  • 9/6 - Mahaska County, Iowa: We will probably start cutting some group 1.9 soybeans by the 12th of September. The rains that we got Aug. 29 and Sept. 3 will help the group 3 soybeans finish.

  • 9/6 - Reno County, Kan.: We were supposed to have a 50% chance of rain today. Best chance in a long time. Front went through with no rain. It did build up on east of us but looked spotty on radar -- not a line of storms. I haven’t put down any fertilizer yet and didn’t want to till I see rain, but we're getting so close to planting time and I don’t want to get there and then have to spend a week running fertilizer before I can plant, so I’m thinking about doing some next week. Very stressful trying to decide whether to spend many many thousands of dollars on fertilizer with no moisture to even get wheat sprouted, let alone keeping it alive if it does come up. Seven-day forecast has no rain chance at all in it. Soybeans and milo are toast. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/6 - Sumner County, Kan.: No corn to harvest, most green chopped or baled. Soybeans mostly toasted. Milo will yield very little. Prospects to plant wheat are not good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/6 - Clay County, Ark.: Corn is off about 15% yieldwise, still feel blessed. Tough year for it. Soy looks very good if irrigated, dryland is toast. Have cut about 125 acres. Corn yields vary from 175 to 190.

  • 9/6 - Hartley County, Texas: 500 acres irrigated, 120 bu./acre. Last year made 235 bu./acre.

  • 9/6 - Montgomery County, Mo.: Hot and dry. Early corn is going to be fair but low test weight. Late and replant corn is pretty bad, with serious pollination problems. Beans will be done very soon without rain. Possibly worst bean yields since mid 1980s if no rain soon.
    Missouri Corn   Heat Damage

    -- Montgomery County, Mo.

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  • 9/2 - Benton County, Minn.: Crops look horrible (too much rain, not enough good drainage). Tile plow is coming Tuesday on my prevent plant acres. Done planting Producer's and Pioneer seeds for good! Not maturing and smut on the ears. My "other" corns will at least make very good silage with decent ears.

  • 9/2 - Logan County, Ill.: I have 20 acres planted on April 16th that will make 200 or better. The rest of my corn was planted May 16th and later, I will be lucky to make 150! The high 90 degree heat while pollinating really cut my yield. 

  • 9/2 - Pipestone County, Minn.: Corn varies from a nice roasting ear in the bottoms to 1/4 milk line on the higher ground. We really need a warm September. Early beans are starting to turn. Later beans were sprayed for aphids a second time today.

  • 9/2 - East central Iowa: I went to the Farm Progress Show Wednesday and came to a couple of conclusions:  1. East central Illinois needs rain (cracks in parking lot could have swallowed car keys, cell phones, etc.).  2. Everything is getting too big and too expensive (in my opinion). A crop adjuster did a yield check on a marginal farm that I'm going to chop for silage and came up with 145 bu./acre. Corn was 1/2 milkline and yield could be a little higher or lower. We received  0.8" of rain on Tuesday afternoon.
    Farm Progress Show

    -- East central Iowa

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


  • 9/1 - Prairie County, Ark.: Beans look good until you take a close look at them. They dropped a lot of blooms when we had the hot weather. We are having to spray for worm. The worms are eating holes in the pods. Rice harvest has started and yields are down.

  • 9/1 - Brown Couny, Minn.: Corn tough start, replant 15%, some green snap, guessing 150 bu., last year 190+. Beans came up good, hoping for 45 bu., last year we had 52 bu. We need some rain and good weather through September and October. Hope for the best.

  • 9/1 - Hoople, N.D.: Watch a John Deere 9630T with 16 bottom JD plow turning wheat stubble in Hoople, N.D. Video courtesy of slimfarms. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's  

  • 9/1 - Wright County, Minn.: Wet spring, planted a majority around June 1. It rained moderately to excessive all summer. The sand ground has a once-in-a-lifetime crop on it. The heavy ground suffered from too much rain. It definitely paid to use an "N-Serve" type product this year. We expect corn and soybean yields to be above average: 175 bu. and 55 bu., respectively.

  • 9/1 - Beaufort County, N.C.: We had 16" of rain and 80 mph winds that lasted for 17 hours.
    hurricane irene NC 4
    hurricane irene NC 3
    hurricane irene NC 2
    hurricane irene NC

    -- Beaufort County, N.C.

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

  • 9/1 - Henry County, Mo.: Severe drought in central, southern and eastern parts of the county. Some corn being harvested now, making from 10 bu. per acre in the drought part of the county to 90 bu. in the northeastern part of the county, where they got rain. We haven't started harvesting corn yet, but the estimate is 20 bu. Beans are holding and starting to bloom with some rainfall. We're waiting to see if they fill out.

  • 9/1 - Caddo Parish, La.: This Week in Louisiana Agriculture's Kristen Oaks travels to Caddo Parish to see how extreme heat and drought are affecting corn and cattle in northwestern Louisiana.


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