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June Crop Comments

Jun 29, 2012

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  • 6/29 - Goshen County, Wyo.: One for the record. I have had family in this area since the late 1800s, never heard of a year so dry. Rangeland grass is nonexistent. Our county has just been approved for emergency grazing of CRP acreage. Cows will be eating last year’s growth from record rain and snowfall. Nothing is green outside of the irrigated land. Corn is anywhere from 13 leaves and great to 3 or 4 if emerged at all. Some farmers are interseeding poor stands with sudex to make silage. Dry beans and alfalfa are doing well but heavy into irrigation to keep the three crops going. We are lucky since most of our water storage systems were filled two years ago and we went into this year with full allocations. A tough year for all of us in ag.

  • 6/29 - Bedford County, Pa.: Hot and dry, corn ranging knee high to some ready to tassel. Barley is doing well in most places. First and second cut alfalfa was awesome, third looking short due to no rain. Corn is holding on but needs rain soon. Temps are near 100 this week. Early plant beans look good, second crop beans not emerging well from lack of rain. Have a safe year.

 

  • 6/29 - Huntington County, Ind.: We finished wheat harvest June 25, which is by far the earliest ever. It yielded about 71 bu./acre, which is very surprising due to the lack of rain. I had planned to double crop beans after wheat, but it would be a useless waste of seed and fuel. I am seeing a few tassels starting to appear and it is definitely not prime pollination conditions. Virtually no rain since April 30 and the next 10 days are all to be 90° or higher with no rain in sight.

 

  • 6/29 - McDonough County, Ill.: I may be all wet (yes, trying to maintain a sense of humor), but this bull market is acting more like a pussycat waiting for Friday's acreage and stocks. 1, 2 or 10 million extra acres times 50 to 100 bpa on 50% of USA acres will yield far from 166 bpa. Yes, I am being very pessimistic, but another week like today's 99.3° temp and no rain, I fear, will transform my label into a realist. Beneficial rains week one in May, last week of May and June 16 have been "just in time." We are behind in saves going into this 90°-100° 6-10 day forecast. Media this eve are saying maybe better odds of ECB getting H20. NOAA and I don't think so. Done venting for now, and now I'll take that Pepto-Bismol!

 

  • 6/29 - Wichita County, Kan.: 0.60" rain since April 2. We’ve had six days straight of 110° to 114° with 20 to 30 mph wind. It’s the threshold of hell here! Small dryland corn is hanging on, but looks bad. Waist-high corn is gone. A lot of irrigated fields are starting to fire. A whole week of 100°+ to go yet, the writing is on the wall if things don't change quick.

  • 6/29 - Peru, Miami County, Ind.: The sign on the bank with the afternoon temperature and the grass underneath the sign shows how dry it is here in north central Indiana. The corn is curled tight but still seems to be holding its own. Considering soybeans were still being planted at this time last year, I guess I really don’t know what to think at this point. If the weather were to turn tomorrow, I would assume we would still have very good yields. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.
    6 29 12 IN
    6 29 12 IN 3
    6 29 12 IN 2

    -- Peru, Miami County, Ind.

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  • 6/29 - Paulding County, Ohio: We've received 0.55" of rain since April 27 with few chances in the next 10 days. The corn crop is starting to tassel at a height of 3'-4' and soybeans are just hanging on. With little submoisture going onto planting, our reserves are about depleted.

 

  • 6/29 - Fayette County, Ind.: 100° corn twisting up tight and beans planted in April not over 8". Hasn't rained since 1st of May...
     
  • 6/29 - Boone County, Mo.: Temps 102 yesterday and 105 or 106 today with south wind. All crops around here are screwed -- yes, I said all. With no rain in the forecast for 10 days and this heat, ALL crops are screwed, without rain!

 

  • 6/29 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Thursday, 4:30 p.m., it's 110° here, crops looked bad this morning before the heat hit us, do not want to even look at them now. God help us.
     
  • 6/29 - Morgan County, Ill.: Forecasts of 110° today and with the low of 100° till midnight. The forecast for the next few days is a repeat of the same. With this much heat at night, the corn and beans are just going to shut down. Looks like central Illinois is going to be 100 bpa under USDA projected yields for corn. Looks like the Corn Belt is all in the same boat. Hope everybody bought insurance. If not, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
    6 29 12 IL corn field
    6 29 12 ILBeans and Corn

    -- Morgan County, Ill.

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  • 6/29 - St. Joseph County, northern Indiana: No rain in six weeks with hot temps equals maybe 30 bu. corn. Worst I have ever seen in this area. Hope to have a few soybeans to harvest to pay the bills. Corn is toast.

     
  • 6/29 - Henry County, Ohio: Like everyone else, we need rain. Crops are much better in southeast part of county than the northwest part. Wheat is gone, with most yields 60 to 80 bu./acre. No double crop beans here, as it is too dry. Lots of leftover seed beans planted in wheat stubble, with no intensions of harvesting.
     
  • 6/29 - Macoupin County, Ill.: We've had about 1½" rain in the last two months. Corn doesn't seem to want to grow beyond 3 to 4 feet. At this rate, we are just praying for 50 bpa corn and 15 bpa beans. Most beans are 6", the lucky ones that planted earlier are 1'6" tall. The beans are just in limbo, waiting for rain. But instead of rain, we're getting nothing but 100°-plus temps. No bin busting yields this year.
    6 29 12 IL corn
    6 29 12 IL corn drought

    -- Macoupin County, Ill.

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  • 6/29 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Yield checks on the wheat yesterday at 116 and 132 bpa, verified with the help of a Pioneer seed representative and a CNH engineering representative. Corn looks as good as we can hope, for this time of the year. Crop is a long way from the bin, however. Tassels began to show four days ago. Double crop soybeans emerged in less than four days. Moisture adequate so far, but 95° will have an effect on everything, both crops and livestock.

  • 6/29 - Benson County, N.D.: Some of us in central North Dakota are just barely hanging on because of lack of moisture. We don’t have a crop yet. Barley and wheat hurt. Corn and beans hanging in there. We haven’t had larger than 0.6" rain at any one time. No rain in sight.

 

  • 6/29 - Sevier County, Ark.: Hay and pasture is green after a good rain two weeks ago, but we did not get the second cutting of hay. So far we are about half of normal production. Hot and too dry.

 

  • 6/29 - Stanly County, N.C.: Much corn is tasselling here now. Ten days ago it looked good, but with little or sporadic rain, it is deteriorating fast.

  • 6/29 - Dodge, Neb.: No-till beans into standing cornstalks is half the size of the beans planted into disked and field cultivated corn stalks. Why?

 

  • 6/29 - Dallas County, Iowa: We had 101° yesterday with 35 mph winds all day. Every corn plant within sight was rolled up tight all day. Overnight temps in the 80s. 95°+ for today and the 10-day forecast is for temps to be in the 90s every day, with small chances of spotty showers (less than 0.10" if at all). How severe will the pollination damage be? But reportedly, we are better off than most of the Corn Belt that is not irrigated.

  • 6/28 - Reno County, Kan.: We had decent looking crops a week ago -- key word HAD. 105° to 114° temps for a week really changed things. Forecasting 100° plus for next seven days and no rain.

  • 6/28 - Sumner County, Kan.: Triple digit temps and no rain is making beans and milo curl up. Most corn far enough along, maybe.

 

  • 6/28 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Finished wheat harvest today -- have never even started by this date before! Wheat yields (irrigated) were excellent, over 100 bpa. Will bale the straw and plant a short season corn with hopes of making silage out of it. Extremely dry here now, about 1" of rain this month. Hot, dry winds have taken a toll on pastures and dryland crops. I pasture cattle in the sandhills, it is really dry there, they may come home early this year. Irrigated corn will tassel soon, and it is fairly short. Irrigated beans are in decent shape so far. What an interesting year.

 

  • 6/28 - Douglas and Osage counties, Kansas: 100°-101°, south wind 10-20 mph, April 25 planted corn in tassel and silk. Soybeans 2", 12" tall in the same rows. Corn is still green, but is history. Double crop soybeans 50% up. 1" of rain in last 30 days.

  • 6/28 - Northwest Saskatchewan, Canada: All the water you want is up here. We are double our summer average rainfall and the clouds keep coming. Some farmers have already lost half their crop due to flooding. Lots of land in Saskatchewan is unseeded due to the excess moisture, and the crops seem late for this time of year.
    6 28 12 Canada

    -- Northwest Saskatchewan, Canada

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  • 6/28 - Pindar, western Australia: At present we are on track for an average season. We sub soil moisture and had 25 points at the start of the week. Crops are at the till wring stage. We are flat out spraying for weeds and applying nitrogen.
     
  • 6/28 - Mount Vernon, Ind.: May 6 of 2011, this field had 10 ft. of floodwater on it and we still planted it on June 5. It made right at 100 bpa. This year we planted it on March 30 in PERFECT conditions and it is going to make less than 50 bpa. This is good dirt, capable of making 150-200 bpa year in and year out. We have had 1.5" of rain since March 15 and it came in six different rain events. It's a sad sight to see in my neck of the woods.
    6 28 12 drought corn

    -- Mount Vernon, Ind.

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  • 6/28 - Menard County, Ill.: Corn planted March 17 has pollinated well and could be the best corn in the area. 16 to 18 rows, 40 to 45 long. Other fields are really starting to look bad. Maturity is from just finishing pollination to beginning to tassel.

     
  • 6/28 - Columbia, Wis.: 1.2" of rain in last six weeks, corn is knee high in places but dry and fired. Beans are very short.
     
  • 6/28 - Bartholomew County, Ind.: 1" of rain in May, 0.15" in June, corn planted April 11 and 12 is 3 ft. tall and tasselling. 93° today, over 100° forecast for Thursday and Friday, I think we are done!

 

  • 6/28 - Stephenson County, Ill.: Corn is starting to roll. No rain in sight. 95° today and almost 100° tomorrow. Beans are 10" and at a standstill. Need rain soon.

  • 6/28 - Benton County, Ind.: Disaster forthcoming. Even if USDA is counting extra planted acres, it looks like they need to look at the drought monitors and conclude that we are far below a 13 billion corn crop. Good crops in some areas can't make up for the good yielding areas that are not going to produce very well.

 

  • 6/28 - Dakota County, Minn.: Our crops looked really good until we got 18" rain and hail. The hail was about 30 miles wide and 20 miles long. Some areas hit hard. I think it did 5% damage on corn, soybeans are getting replanted in spots.

  • 6/27 - Polk County, Iowa: 200 acres of April 15 planted corn at the height of silking. 3/10" rain last weekend and less than an inch in the last three weeks. Outer rows of corn showed leaf rolling yesterday. Will be a lot more of that today when the temps will hit 100° and the winds pick up. Local weather forecast to be 95°-100° and no rain for the next week. Beans planted 1st of May are 10" tall and at a standstill.

  • 6/27 - Warren County, Ky.: Thursday and Friday we’ll have 100+. I rotate my pastures 90+ cows two weeks from feeding hay. Those who do not rotate have already started to rotate.

 

  • 6/27 - Fulton County, Ohio: Corn planted ahead of schedule with 50% completed by May 4. On June 26 we have received only three rains since planting, which consist of a total 0.8". Corn has been under extreme heat stress for 2½ weeks and the next 10 days has five days reaching 93° or higher. Early corn is just beginning to tassel. Long-term projection of corn/soybean yields is fading each day.
     
  • 6/27 - East central Iowa: Corn and beans have had a 5-7 day break from the heat, but today (Wednesday) the recess is over. 95°-100°F projected for the next 6-7 days. Started to see some corn rolling again on Tuesday. 15" beans have finally started to canopy (not good). Early corn has been living off of last fall’s subsoil moisture, I’m not sure how much is left. We have been spoiled here the last seven (or so) years to always pull the rabbit out of the hat to get a good or great crop. I still have hope, but every day, that looks like a bet that Las Vegas wouldn't even put odds on. Hope I am wrong. I am starting to see a lot of bin doors swung open around the area, I don't think there will be a lot of corn here come August.

 

  • 6/27 - Richland County, N.D.: Crops are doing OK, but will need more rain soon.

     
  • 6/27 - Washburn County, Wis.: The corn is looking very good, a lot is already waist high or more. Have been getting ample rainfalls. The beans are also looking very well, no real bug issues at this time.
     
  • 6/27 - Prowess County, Colo.: Irrigated? We depend on mountain snow for river water to irrigate. River and canals already dry for the year and now 105° to 112° temperatures with south wind. Will bale 3 ft. tall corn next week.

 

  • 6/27 - Yellow Medicine County, Minn.: Iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) is taking a heavy toll on soybeans here and points east. This condition has been exacerbated by droughty conditions...the plants are going from green to yellow and then brown in large areas of the fields. The iron chelates used can only help to a certain point. After that, adequate rainfall is needed.

  • 6/27 - Gallatin County, Ill.: It's a huge disaster. Only about 2" of rain in April and May, none in June. It’s already too late for a rain to do much good. Probably looking at 20 to 50 bu. corn averages in this area. 25-day forecast is bleak as well.

 

  • 6/27 - Billings, Mont.: Hot and dry! 97° today with a 25 mph wind! Ugly is what crops look like -- corn rolled by noon and grain ripening way too fast. Our only savior we have is irrigation water for now! Water might get short later in the year. Be safe and have a good year to all.

 

  • 6/27 - Jones County, Iowa: Southwest half of the county got beneficial rain (½" to 2½") on Sunday and northeast half got little or none. Some corn cooked already and some looks great. Soybean stands very poor to excellent. This was not the year to no-till. Never had extremes like this before. One of my farms has had less than 1½" of rain since May 1.

 

  • 6/27 - Texas: While crops were doing reasonably well in Central Texas, much of the rest of the state is backsliding into drought pretty quickly, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. "The area north of Waco, up through the [Dallas/Ft. Worth] metroplex and a bit east of there, is in probably as good a shape as anywhere," said Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension program leader and associate head of the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department. "Go a little south of there, into the Williamson County/Georgetown area, and it’s pretty darned dry."
    6 27 12 Texas sunflower

    Sunflowers bloom in the Texas Blacklands. Sunflowers have a wide planting window and are often used as a "catch" crop to replant when other crops have failed, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

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  • 6/26 - Montgomery County, Ill.: Rain has been 30% of normal and so subsoil moisture is found down at about 12". The early April planted corn is able to reach the moisture, but the soybeans are just waiting for a drink. The corn planted on April 3 has pollinated this week, just before the predicted heat wave. No rain in the forecast for the next 10 days. Praying for 140 bpa corn and 30 bpa beans.

 

  • 6/26 - Maharashtra, India: We grow maize and wheat. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/26 - Coles County, east central Illinois: We had less than 1/10" last week, the last good rain was April 12. Only a few tenths in May and a couple tenths in June. Corn is short and withering on the light soils. Wake up Chicago, no rain, no grain.

 

  • 6/26 - North central Iowa: We had almost 2" of rain on June 20. Our crops look good, but soil moisture is very much below normal.
     
  • 6/26 - Clay County, Neb.: from Jenny Rees, University of Nebraska Extension educator: Drought conditions have affected much of Nebraska. In our area in south central Nebraska, particularly in our southern tier of counties, we’re seeing brown pastures and alfalfa that stopped growing. I’m unsure how many planting dates we currently have in Clay County. The spring planting season went so well with corn and many beans being planted in April. April-planted soybeans that weren't hailed are forming a nice canopy. Corn that hasn’t received hail should be tasselling by the beginning of July. One Clay County field planted in March was only three leaves from tasselling this week. The field looks great and is probably two leaves from tasselling by now!

    There are also the hail-damaged fields. The hail pattern has been fairly similar all year for this area of the state, with some producers receiving four consecutive hail events on their fields. Some farmers got through the first two hailstorms, but the Memorial Day weekend storm did them in. I had never seen hail like that at ground zero of this storm. They replanted after that weekend, but were hit by yet another hailstorm last week with the wonderful deluge of rain we received in the county.
     
  • 6/26 - Fayette County, Pa.: Very dry here. Less than ¾" of rain in the last 30 days. Corn has been stressed for the last 10 days. Last June, we had over 6" of rain.

 

  • 6/26 - Sargent County, N.D.: Have received half our normal rainfall for June and that is our wettest month normally. Forecast is for no rain for the next seven days and temps in the 90s. Lots of corn acres here this year, 20%-25% more than last year. July is the critical month for corn and August for beans, so there is still hope. It would be better if the temps stayed below 90. Lots of weeds this year, more than normal it seems.

  • 6/26 - Plainview, Texas: There are no words to adequately describe the impact the rain has had on our land but even more so on our souls. The cotton is really ragged up and has been through wind, hail, blowing dust, cool temps to scorching heat. I would rate the irrigated crop in our area as a 6 out of 10. The dryland crop is really struggling and I don’t expect it to make it much past the middle of July. The ground was simply too dry, too deep for the moisture we did get to stay in the root zone!
    6 26 12 Texas sunflowers
    6 26 12 Texas sunflowers 2

    -- Plainview, Texas

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  • 6/25 - McDonough County, Ill.: Sunday a.m. 1"+ rain just west of Moline to Havana line about a county wide, Bushnell to Peoria. Our farm in the northwest part of the county received 1.2". Our home farm 4 miles southwest received less than 0.1". Home still in pretty good shape with just in time, three events since April 29, total 4.6". A trivial amount to Minnesota farmers but a flood compared to southeast of here in Illinois and Indiana. Very thankful for what we have received. By Thursday may be begging again at home.

 

  • 6/25 - Branch County, Mich.: We had to wait 4-5 weeks for soybeans to germinate, as the wind sucked all of the moisture out of the top 2" of soil. The beans finally came up and looked decent, considering the lack of rainfall. We then got a freak storm on June 21 when the cold front passed through, it brought golfball size hail and 80 mph winds. The corn is shredded and the soybeans have no leaves on the plants. Should have gotten crop insurance this year, but hindsight is 20/20.
     
  • 6/25 - Johnson County, Ind.: March planted corn tasselling, few shoots and bottom leaves are burning off. The only things not dying of thirst here are the irrigation generators. 100° weather forecast for late week and no rain for 23 days now. Gonna be '83/'88 all over again.
     
  • 6/25 - Dyer, Tenn.: Our soybeans are hurt and rapidly deteriorating.

 

  • 6/25 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Soybeans are very poor. I’ve heard of 6" soybeans blooming in this area, lots of poor stands, just too dry. The good fields are few and far between, corn losing yield fast.

  • 6/25 - Macoupin County, Ill.: Most of the corn is in dire need of some rain. We have a major problem with Japanese beetles. The beans were looking good up till a week ago. Went on vacation and they decided to hit. 40% of the farm's beans look like this. We will be lucky this year just to pay input costs.
    6 25 12 IL soybeans
    6 25 12 IL soybeans beetles

    -- Macoupin County, Ill.

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  • 6/25 - Edwards County, Ill.: Early planted corn will make 5 to 10 bpa. Some is already being disked down. Early beans are 8" to 12" tall; later beans still lying in the ground.
     
  • 6/25 - Cole County, Mo.: It’s very dry. We had 0.70" rain in the last month. Corn is tasselling and shriveling up on end rows and compacted areas of the field. Pastures and hay are burnt up. Soybeans were replanted and trying to come up. Our gumbo ground has 2" cracks in it. We’re hoping maybe Tropical Storm Debbie will break things up a bit.

 

  • 6/25 - Smith County, north central Kansas: Very dry and hot here. We have had a total of 5.30" of rainfall for the year. Our average at this time is 12.56". Early planted corn and beans are burning up. Late planted crops (planted after May 22) did not emerge until we received 1.25" of rain 10 days ago. Have had seven days over 100° already with extended forecast for seven more days of 105°-109° highs.
     
  • 6/25 - Hardin County, Ohio: 50% stand of soybeans. Corn is knee-high, but should be head-high since it was planted April 15.
     
  • 6/25 - Williams County, Ohio: Still dryyyyyyyyyy. We had 22 drops on Thursday. Thanks for crop insurance.

 

  • 6/25 - Lorain, Ohio: Corn and soybeans are looking good but need a rain. Hay crop has been a disappointing 50%-60% of normal yield through two cuttings. COULD be a record grain crop with continued timely rains.

  • 6/25 - Lincoln County, S.D.: We need rain now, none in the forecast. Had 80% chance this past week with less than 1/10". Corn rolling with 75° temps, what will happen when we get to 100° next week? Beans standing, getting shorter.

 

  • 6/25 - Henry County, Tenn.: Our crops are burning up. No second cutting hay. All of our hill pasture is burnt up.
     
  • 6/25 - Ottawa County, Kan.: I have never seen poorer, more uneven soybean stands. We planted on May 15 and we have areas with no beans, some 10" tall and others 2" tall. We replanted 250 acres this week. Seen lots of others replanting this week. Others are leaving what they have. Some corn fields are the same, but most look good. Supposed to be over 100° all week and some corn is starting to tassel. Moisture is getting short.

 

  • 6/25 - Evansville, Ind.: Corn that was looking so good went backwards this year. It is worse than '83 and '88. This is not going to be a good year. Hope next year is better, but I guess that's what we say every year! Our white corn is looking better than the yellow corn.
    6 25 12 IN corn

    -- Evansville, Ind.

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  • 6/25 - Bedford, Tenn.: Corn in reproductive phase in extreme drought condition. Few soybeans blooming less than knee-high, most have germinated and drying up.
     
  • 6/25 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Corn is starting to tassel, it’s just over 6 ft. tall, need a soaking rain.

 

  • 6/25 - Henry County, Tenn.: Very, very dry. Crop insurance adjusters are 0 some corn yields in Obion County. Soybeans still have time, but need rain badly.

  • 6/25 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Wheat harvest is starting. It's 2-3 weeks early. One field the top kernels in the head did not fill. Frost damage? More hail reports around the area. 1½" dia. in Deuel County last evening. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/25 - Ottawa County, Ohio: Our crops look good, beans about 6" to 8" tall, corn about 30" tall. From May 1 till now, June 24, 7" rain. Good day to all.

 

  • 6/25 - Pope County, Minn.: Beans look good, are at the fourth trifoliate. We will start to foliar feed this weekend.

 

  • 6/25 - Sac County, Iowa: Best crops in my 30 years of farming.
     
  • 6/25 - Cole County, Mo.: We are getting very little rain. It's hard to get soybeans up, planting about 2" to 4" deep to find moisture, then maybe half the stand. Corn is holding on, setting ears, tasselling in near 100°, pastures are dried up, short hay crop looks like Texas last year.
     
  • 6/25 - Carroll County, Iowa (west central): We received 2" the 20th of June. This is a dry cycle. You can pray till your teeth fall out but it's a dry year, and very likely one more year. Add and/or multiply number seven, God's number. I've done it for 40 years. It's been 77 years since the great Dust Bowl year of 1936 (beginning in 1935). 1956 was another dry year. For those that get no crop this year, the welfare bowl will cover costs to stay afloat (like 1956).

 

  • 6/25 - Madison County, Neb.: Irrigated crops look great, the pivot tracks by fall might be 4 foot deep but at least a crop. Dryland not so good, we need rain bad. Won’t need the yield monitor this fall to see where irrigation quits on the dryland corners pretty evident!

  • 6/25 - McLeod County, central Minnesota: Crops are looking good here except for the drowned-outs and the weedy bean fields. It has been raining so much and so often it is hard to remember how dry it was earlier this year. From May 2 to June 20, I have had 17.5" of rain. Wish we could save some for later.

 

  • 6/25 - Essex, Ontario, Canada: Corn and beans starting to show stress from lack of water. Rains keep breaking up over the lakes and missing us. Second cut hay is boot-top high and flowering, not worth harvesting.

 

  • 6/25 - Northwest Illinois: Crops look good for the most part considering we have had about 15% of normal precipitation. We have been the garden spot of the state the last three years even though the corn went flat after strong winds last year. Looks can be so deceiving this time of year. Rain makes grain! $13,000 land still needs timely rain to produce. The clock is ticking. We need rain every week for the rest of the year. Subsoil moisture has carried us to this point. The bright spot is the lack of soil erosion and crop insurance.

 

  • 6/25 - Northern Indiana: Rain fizzled again, everything is struggling. Some early April corn is only knee-high and gray. Hope the beans pan out because the corn is not going to be good at all.

  • 6/22 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Well, we missed most of the rain again last night, got about 2/10". Just south of us, they got up to 2" of rain in a small strip, the lucky few. Most missed the rains again.

 

  • 6/22 - Clinton County, east central Iowa: Need rain soon. Corn and beans on life support and the plug is about ready to be pulled out of the wall. No rain last night (June 20). Rain stopped at Cedar Rapids. Some (30%) chances for rain on Sunday and none after that. Crops, hay and pastures are burning up. Even on these cool days, corn is rolling its leaves.
     
  • 6/22 - Putnam County, Ind.: Turn out the lights, the party is over. We might be able to work out a swap of a combine for a mower this fall. That Coles County, Ill., picture looks all too familiar. Rain went north tonight. I felt real bad for the famers on the plains who had 5 bu. corn last year, we might join them this year. Definitely a bumper crop, corn comes up to the bumper!
     
  • 6/22 - Simpson County, Ky.: Dryyyyyy!!! Praying for rain! I saw a sprayer running in 12" early soybeans today with dust clouds rolling off of wheels and almost lost sight of sprayer! Praying we all get rain.

 

  • 6/22 - Boone, Iowa: I'm taking a short vacation in Iowa. I'm from north central Indiana (Miami County).The early planted crops look good. Some later planted stuff has poor stands. But most looks good. It's Wednesday evening and there has been a decent rain go through and the radar looks like it caught a large part of the state and hopefully will move on east and help those states out.

  • 6/22 - Henry County, Ill.: Our 60% rain chance for last night turned into a big zero. Rain chances look slim in the 8-14 day forecast. Thank goodness for cooler temps the next few days, but I'm afraid that our corn yield prospects will now start declining.

 

  • 6/22 - Morrison County, Minn.: Crops in decent shape. Corn will be waist high by the weekend but yellow and not even knee high in the low ground. Last fall's tiling sure is paying off. What was little cattails last summer looks good this spring. Soybeans should be canopied next week and look OK. Finished spraying as well.

  • 6/21 - Fillmore County, Minn.: 0.8" of rain last night in our area. Rochester, Minn., had a close 2". We were very fortunate after three very hot, windy, and humid days. We are not getting rich, but getting by for moisture. Corn and soybeans are looking good. Heights of crops are all over the board when one travels through Fillmore County.

 

  • 6/21 - Central Indiana: Corn rolling from 9 a.m. to 7-8 p.m. Moisture levels are down 15"-18", too far to help all the soybeans that have yellow leaves showing up at the bottom of the 6"-8" plant. Sweet corn tasselling at 18" to 24" height.

 

  • 6/21 - Lincoln, Wis.: We have had almost 6" of rain in the last week. Crops are catching up. Corn looks good and we have had to spray for cutworms. Fields are very wet, some water standing and some fields had some washout from the heavy rain Tuesday. Had 60 mph winds. We have more rain tonight. We haven’t went more than two days without rain. Soybeans are looking very good. Oats are starting to head. We could use a week with no rain.
     
  • 6/21 - Henry County, Ill.: Have been fortunate getting rains, as we need it -- about 1.75" last week of May, but only about 0.6" so far in June. Still poised to have a very good crop, but need rain soon -- calling for 60% chance tonight. Last three days have been 90° with 20-30 mph winds.

  • 6/20 - East central Illinois: It is hot and dry here and rains are few and far between. It's pollination time now, so desperately need a rain and some cooler weather!

 

  • 6/20 - White County, Ind.: We too missed the rains over the weekend. Only good news is that we had good soil moisture to start and supposedly milder temps are to come. But we are dry. Need a good rain soon.
     
  • 6/20 - Southeast Indiana: Still extremely dry here. Finished wheat harvest on June 19, earliest ever. Yields ranged from 53-87 bu./acre. Averge of 81 bu./acre. TW's in the 60s. Planting double-crop but will have to rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/20 - Gray County, Kan.: 98° with 40 mph winds. You do the math.

 

  • 6/20 - Christian County, Ky.: Days like today make you think it will never rain again -- hot, windy, with a few clouds but none near the sun. The corn has been amazingly green, but now it is beginning to whiten and wither, even around my home where we have had more rain than most. Yields are surely dropping daily. Wheat was pretty variable. I am surprised to see the double-crop beans coming up so well. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/20 - Allegan County, Mich.: We are very dry and very hot. Corn is rolling and soybeans are wilting. We have not had any significant amount of rain in three weeks.

 

  • 6/20 - Huntingdon, Pa.: After a slow start, the corn is looking great now except for some areas that have thin stands because of the slugs several weeks ago. Soybeans are 6" to 8" tall and ready to make a growth spurt. Top 2" of soil is dry, but deeper down still has moisture.
  • 6/20 - New Richmond, Wis.: Not perfect corn stand -- lost about 10%. Beans are good if planted early. Have had good rain recently. Have good potential if rains continue.

 

  • 6/20 - Ogle County, Ill.: Early planted corn and beans doing fair, but need rain soon. Later planted corn and beans are not doing well. Some spotty stands, mostly beans. Have had about 1" of rain in the last five weeks.
     
  • 6/20 - Ohio County, Ky.: We didn't get much rain this weekend. Very spotty at most and short-lived. We are dust bowl dry and much of my corn is dried up and twisting. Kentucky doesn't get a mention on most crop condition reports.

  • 6/19 - Hoven, S.D.: Our crop outlook for spring 2012 is OK. All crops are reported to be planted, with corn about 6" high. Rain seems to be continually missing our area and we have only had about 1¼" year to date, so rain is welcomed. Without it, crops will be turning out small yields and tops of corn may soon look brown.

 

  • 6/19 - Nicollet, Minn.: Everything has been looking pretty good until we got a large band of hail through the area. Where it didn't hail, the crops look great! Time will tell if any of those hail damaged fields pull out of it.
    6 20 12 MN

    -- Nicollet, Minn.

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  • 6/19 - Hendricks County, Ind.: We have missed all the rains since the 1st of May. Corn starts rolling about 9:00 a.m. Soybeans showing stress on the rolling ground. Temperatures in the 90s and the winds blowing 20 mph or more. I don't know how the crops are surviving as well as they are. Planted pumpkins last Wednesday. Some are starting to emerge. Continuing to pray for a good soaking rain. Sweet corn tasselling but won't amount to much without some rain soon.
     
  • 6/19 - Montgomery County, Ill.: The drought has crops in poor condition with little subsoil moisture, and there is no rain likely in the hot 10-day forecast. To make matters worse, July is not a good month to hope for a soaking rain. In short, this will be an ugly year for those without the right kind of crop insurance.

 

  • 6/19 - Texas: There’s good news and bad news when it comes to vegetable and melon production in the Winter Garden area of Southwest Texas, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. "The crops are actually doing pretty good, though it’s getting extremely dry again," said Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist specialist, Uvalde. "Our water tables are dropping, and some of our wells are pumping a bit of air," he said. "We need runoff to replenish rivers and reservoirs, although we will finish the spring and summer crops OK." The situation is becoming reminiscent of last fall, when growers worried if they’d have enough water to plant and to get crops emerged, he said.
    6 20 12 Texas onions

    Field hands harvest onions in the Texas Winter Garden area. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Larry Stein)

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  • 6/19 - Charlotte County, Va.: Wheat looked better from combine cab, finished on June 16 with a turnout of 58 bu./acre...very pleased! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/19 - Dakota County, Neb.: We are very dry here -– even the weeds stopped growing.

 

  • 6/19 - Yakima, Wash.: Just finished second cutting alfalfa. A little light because of the cool temps this last month. Lots of irrigation water. Corn looks good and is waist high. Most other crops in this area look good. Cherries are coming off in real good shape. Wheat is turning. Asparagus is done for the year. Mint will start next week. I love this time of year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/19 - Barron County, Wis.: I think we have had only four days without rain so far in June. We have received about 4.5" in the last week and there are more heavy storms predicted for this afternoon and into tonight and tomorrow. Would like to send some of this rain south, where it is needed more. The soil here can't handle anymore and there is water standing in every field. We had quarter-sized hail last Thursday morning that piled up in spots and knocked paint off the barn. It also stripped the leaves on the corn, but within a few days the plants had new leaves out and you could barely tell we had hail. The crops look excellent except for the low spots that are drowned out. Hopefully we will be able to get in the fields next week and do some sidedressing on the corn before it gets too tall, but with this heat the corn is growing fast, with most of it about knee high. It will take a week of good drying to get into many of the fields with the heavy soils that we have. If the weather clears up later this week, we should be able to start cutting second crop this weekend.
     
  • 6/19 - Chippewa, Wis.: Crops look good up here. Been getting ½" of rain almost every other day lately. My beans are flowering already, corn's about V7. Only issue I’ve seen is a little rootworm and cutworm issues in a few of my fields.
     
  • 6/19 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Really dry here. Dryland corn needs rain. Wheat harvest should start this week. Five sections of rough ground pasture burned from a lightning strike. The smoke was visible from Sidney, 30 miles away cross-country. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/19 - Wright County, Minn.: Way too much water. Have had over 20" of rain in the last month. Crops suffering from excess water.

  • 6/19 - East central Iowa: We are silage baling our third crop of hay, which is very early. The quality is excellent. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.

 

  • 6/19 - Mitchell County, Iowa: Planted thin with best drought-tolerant corn I could find and it is just hanging in there, getting dryer every day with strong winds -- cupgrass is doing OK, though. Rain dates predicted go around and up to Minnesota.

 

  • 6/19 - Jackson, Wis.: Wow, it's feast or famine here. It’s dry, then wet, then dry. Now we have had 5" of rain in four days. Everything was at a standstill till this week, now crops look excellent. What happens next is anybody’s guess, only Mother Nature knows.

 

  • 6/19 - Carroll County, Iowa: 95°, 30 mph wind from the south, no rain. A couple more weeks like this will finish the crops off. Six tenths of an inch of rain since May 5. Worst I've ever seen so far.

 

  • 6/19 - Richardson County, Neb.: Spotty rains Saturday, June 16. Inch and a half here, nothing two miles away. Go a few miles and corn rolled tight. Extremely dry overall and today 95° and a 30 mph south wind.

 

  • 6/19 - Henry County, Ohio: Missed the rain today and yesterday. Crops are hanging on. If we need a dry month, June is the month to be dry. Save the big rains for July, August and September. No-till is the one taking a beating in both corn and beans.

 

  • 6/19 - Coles County, Ill.: Temps in the 90s, windy, crops cooking. March planted corn is tasselling and rolling up and cooking. Very hot and dry.
    6 20 12 IL corn

    -- Coles County, Ill.

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  • 6/19 - Yankton, S.D.: Over the last five days, the corn has taken a hit. A lot of high population corn is rolling dramatically. We need rain on non-irrigated corn soon. Luckily it is early and the corn is not pollinating or we would be in trouble.

 

  • 6/19 - Butler County, Iowa: We have been missing the rains, but the crops seem to be hanging in there with corn rolling on the light ground. Need to spray beans next week, but the weeds are getting hard to kill with the dry hot weather and some Roundup resistance.

  • 6/19 - Southern Faribault County, Minn.: We missed another round of rain, corn really starting to show stress! North of us 10 miles, they have water standing and creeks overflowing. What a crazy weather year, hope we pick up some moisture in the next couple of days because the long-range forecast sounds dry! Anybody know a good rain dance?

 

  • 6/19 - Robertson County, Tenn.: Hills did not do as well due to the late frost. We need rain now. Corn is developing the ear.

 

  • 6/19 - Southern Indiana to Memphis, Tenn.: I drove from southern Indiana to Memphis, Tenn., this past weekend and I could count the number of fields of dryland corn I would consider good to excellent with the fingers on one hand...and still have a few fingers left over. Everything except the irrigated fields were under major stress. When you can see a gray tinge on the corn field, you know it is going to affect yield. Haven't contracted 1 bu. of my corn for this fall and I'm banking I'll come out ahead.

 

  • 6/19 - Allamakee County, Iowa: Extreme northeast corner of Iowa. We got ¾" of rain Saturday night and needed it bad. Corn was still looking OK, though, and this will get us by for a little while yet.

  • 6/18 - Winnebago County, Iowa: We missed all the rains over the weekend. All went to the north across central Minnesota again. Getting seriously dry. Supposed to be 90s and windy again today and tomorrow.

 

  • 6/18 - East central Iowa: We received 0.3"-0.4" Saturday night. Seeing first signs of heat/moisture stress on Friday, with some corn starting to roll leaves. I think we joined a lot of you who are getting really dry. Crops around here are now "on life support."
     
  • 6/18 - DeKalb County, Ind.: We got about 0.1" rain yesterday in my area, corn was taking a beating this weekend, lots of beans still not up due to dryness, in another week might as well call the beans double-crop. They probably won't yield much around here. I looked at the wheat, heads not filled due to the dry weather and small kernels, will be poor yields. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/18 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Timely rains and nice temps are making for a good looking crop in this area. The canola came up very spotty because it has to be seeded so shallow, some of the seed was in dry ground, but it's really come on lately. Hard red spring wheat is already heading out. I can't remember wheat heading in mid-June before. We'll be harvesting barley and field peas by the end of July. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/18 - Coles County, Ill.: Still no rain in gauge. Corn is tasselling and only chest high. It looks like the end of the road for March planted corn. The tassels are lying over and the leaves are rolled tight. A little rain to the west and north Saturday night, but it died before it reached I-57. It is very, very dry and no subsoil moisture to fall back on. Trees are even shedding some leaves and rolling leaves. Not much hope in the forecast either.

  • 6/18 - Northern Barren County, Ky.: Beginning to get dry here. Corn looking good right now, but we need some rain in the next few days. Beans are uneven: short on hills, better in low spots.

 

  • 6/18 - Northeast central Nebraska: We are very dry here. We missed the rain last week. Southeast Nebraska got some, but none here...last rain was three weeks ago. Today is 95° with 30 mph south wind. This crop not going to last long, no subsoil moisture at all. When this crop starts needing 3o hundreds a day, it will be gone fast. That means we will need 1" of rain every three days...don’t think will happen. Pivots been running nonstop for a week. Good luck to all. Going to need it.
     
  • 6/18 - Lee County, Ill.: Got all of 0.3" of rain last night. Very dry, and corn and beans going downhill every day. Forecast for wind and 95° the next three days will really take a toll. Most of us figure at least 25 bu. has been taken from our potential now, and soon to be 50.

 

  • 6/18 - Haywood Country, Tenn.: Crops in our area are doing well. We have only had one soaking rain since planting, but the ½" events have been frequent enough to keep us in good shape and our temps have NOT been overly hot. Pretty tame summer for us thus far. Corn is planted everywhere, it's three weeks early, and we are definitely going to have a much better corn crop than we did last year by a country mile. Beans are young, stands are good, but it is way too early to say anything about them.
     
  • 6/18 - Lac Qui Parle, Minn.: Corn and beans look really good, all spraying done. Need to sidedress some corn. Rain in the forecast and could use an inch or two.
     
  • 6/18 - Gibson County, Ind.: Waist high corn trying to tassel in spots. Corn turning gray in other places. Does not look like trend yields.

 

  • 6/18 - Cavalier County, N.D.: Most people have switched to more profitable crops rather than wheat, but the wheat looks good. Canola was looking pretty rough for a while, but we received some timely rains and the crop looks good. Low spots are not growing, so yield could suffer some. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/18 - Warren County, Ill.: Corn starting to roll on hills and hard spots. Beans are all over the place, most no-till just seems to be hanging on. Worked ground looks pretty good. I think the CBOT better stick their heads out the window next week if no rains get here, cause it's Katy bar the doors if it don’t rain soon!

 

  • 6/18 - Williams County, Ohio: Very dry here. We’ve had 2/10" since May 1 and we were dry before. Looks like fast wheat harvest, not a lot of dumping. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/18 - Lenawee County, Mich.: It is dry here in southeast Michigan, corn needs a drink now, a lot of beans are thin, some were replanted but are laying dry waiting for a rain. Wheat about a week off. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/18 - Jasper County, Ill.: Extremely dry here, 4/10" in last five weeks. Crops extremely stressed. 

  • 6/15 - Deuel County, Neb.: Pivots are running non-stop. Very dry. Wheat harvest should start next week. Looks about average, maybe 40-45 bu/acre. Dryland corn needs lots of rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/15 - Genesee, in western New York: We have been overrun with armyworms. Major damage to wheat, hay fields, and pastures. The mild winter is blamed. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/15 - Darke County, Ohio: Very dry here. Early planting looking better but next week forecast calls for 90s. We will suffer regardless of planting date. Wheat will be in full swing on Monday. Second-cutting hay wrapping up. If no rain, no third cutting will happen. Dairies are already sourcing hay to get ahead of the rush. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/15 - Polk County, Iowa: 2/10" of rain in last two weeks, very dry! Less than 2" since the 1st of April. Corn rolling hard today and lighter soil pockets with extreme stress to the point of stalks greatly discolored/dying. Beans basically at a standstill. Mid-May planted beans less than 3" tall with less than 3" of root -- all in dry dirt. Won't make it another week without substantial rains. 1/2" won't do! My farms, in four different central Iowa counties, won't come close to last year. Hang on!

 

  • 6/15 - Texas: A special AgDay report: Last year’s drought in the Southern Plains had the biggest impact on the Texas cowherd.

 

  • 6/15 - Champaign County, Ill.: Corn is rolled by 9 a.m. The NWS’ 6-10 and 8-14 day forecasts keep saying it will rain...but the local office keeps saying the models are wrong and it isn't going to rain anytime soon. The next week of 90+ temps will begin to hurt yield. I'm afraid we'll be dragging the trendline down off that 166 number without rain soon.

 

  • 6/15 - East central Iowa: Sorry if my last update sounded contradictory, I meant to say we aren’t hurting as bad as some in the Corn Belt for moisture, but it would not be turned down. The good corn is looking a little better as it grows, and it covers up the compromised stands. The marginal and bad corn is looking worse. Beans seem to be waiting to take off.

  • 6/14 - Summit County, Ohio: We got about 1/10" of rain Monday night and that’s been about it. Rain shows up on the radar and fizzles out before it gets to us. We have just finished sidedressing 350 acres of corn today with N, and also did 90 acres of beans with Roundup and ENC too. I hope to heck I haven’t made a mistake because we need the rain to get these to work well. I see none in the next several days. I strip-till my corn, so its root system is really able to reach down for the little bit of water that’s there, beans are just hanging out. We need the rain bad around here.

 

  • 6/14 - Pettis County, Mo.: We are west of the Sedalia area. We had 6/10" Monday morning. Beans that have been laying since the 10th of May beginning to come up. No-till looks good, worked ground all over the place. I didn't have any wheat, but from what I hear it is good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/14 - Evansville, Ind.: Need rain bad or I don't think the corn going to put an ear on it.
     
  • 6/14 - Huntington County, Ind.: We have had 0.4" rain since April 30. Early planted corn and beans still look pretty good, but growth has been severely stunted. With these long days corn should be shooting up, but it is barely growing and just trying to survive. Beans are pretty similar. Early planted look OK and late (May 10 or later) are really hurting. Just looked at the 10-day forecast and temps going to upper 80s and mid 90s with no rain. Going to get serious for all the crops by this time next week.

 

  • 6/14 - Texas: A special AgDay report: This picture to many seems dreary. Each round on a tractor kicks up a miniature dust storm. And every drop of water from a pivot provides a taste of a precious resource that could soon diminish. In years like 2011, it’s a reminder that farming in the Texas Panhandle has to be a passion, especially when Mother Nature sets you up to fail. Keep reading: Southern Plains Drought Continues to Challenge Row Crops

 

  • 6/14 - Rooks County, Kan.: How do you know when it's too dry and windy? When you have to chisel strips in your planted milo in no-till ground because the previous year’s wheat stubble has already blown off the field when 80 mph straight line winds moved through and the soil is trying to follow it every day the winds are over 20 mph. There are multiple fields in the county that have had to do this! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/14 - Richland County, N.D.: Crops are under stress. We have have not seen any decent rain in a month.

  • 6/13 - Livingston, Ky.: We’ve had 1.3" since April. Our pasture is gone, we’re feeding hay and hauling water to cows. Hay made one fourth. Our crops are dying, with no rain in sight.

 

  • 6/13 - Reno County, Kan.: Dry - dry - dry. And hot, hot, hot. Rain better come soon or we are in real trouble here. All row crops hurting but corn is probably the worst. when you drive by in your tractor and look down on 5 foot tall corn and you can see most of the dirt between the rows, you have got a big problem. I’m dusting in what left over soybean seed into wheat stubble and that will be all I will double crop. About 30 acres. The moisture is 2½" to 3" down, so I’m putting it in 1" to 1½" deep of dry dirt. Not very promising. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/13 - Richland County, Ill.: 0.16" June 11, biggest rain since May 5 (0.7"). Corn roll every day, uneven. Soy fields spotty. Both growing, but slow. Done with wheat, 70 to 80 bu./acre, test weight 63.7 to 64.7. Best wheat we've had, period. Corn knee high to tasseling. Like other areas of the state, we need rain. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/13 - East central Iowa: This has to be one of the strangest years I can remember. Beans seem to be at a standstill. Corn is all over the board. Drive from one field to the next, and you go from good to terrible right across the fence or across road. Planting dates, crop rotation, weed control and/or tillage practices (including no-till) seem to have played a major role in our variability, but I personally can't put my finger on why things are so variable. We are not hurting for rain, but could definitely use it. Finishing second crop hay, so far yields are OK.
    6 13 12 Iowa hay

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 6/13 - Newton County, Ind.: Do not farm, but I own farms. Drove through Newton County today and seen three fields that were destroyed because of March frost.

 

  • 6/13 - Wabash County, Ind.: No rain since April 27. Starting to get serious.
     
  • 6/13 - Cayuga County, N.Y.: Corn planted April 18-20 is above knee-high and looks real good. I did not plant again until May 7 because of cold and wet weather. Then it turned hot and dry, so May corn and beans are spotty with uneven emergence from sitting in dry soil. We are 2" to 3" below normal for spring because of no snowmelt. 45" this past winter, normal winter around 140". But it sounds like we are getting more moisture than a lot of you guys out west. Hope you get some soon.

  • 6/12 - Stearns County, Minn.: Corn, soybeans and alfalfa all look good. Plentiful rain up here in central Minnesota for now. Usually we get dry about now and it rains 300 miles south of here, but this year the jet stream has pushed further north right over us. A lot of severe storms in our county this year, but we have lucked out SO FAR! Got some knee high corn already (two weeks ahead of normal).
     
  • 6/12 - Benton County, Ind.: Crops got a good start. But dryness and heat are taking their toll. No rain and more heat in the forecast makes one wonder if they'll have to not include this crop in the trend-line yield as well.

 

  • 6/12 - Marquette County, Wis.: We had excess rain in April and very little rain since. Corn is behind and very uneven, making our yield potential poor.

 

  • 6/12 - Henry County, Ill.: We had potential for best crop in 35 years! Losing plants on lighter soils by the day. Have never seen farm ponds this low.

 

  • 6/12 - Benton County, Ind.: We had 0.25" in June, only 2.5" April 1-June 12.

 

  • 6/12 - Defiance, Ohio: 1.1" of rain here since April 15. Many acres of soybeans replanted, corn feeling the stress. Soybeans are hanging in there, but beginning to feel the heat as well.

 

  • 6/12 - Williams County, Ohio: Missed the rains, been five weeks since we had a hard 1½" that led to replanting. Lots of spotty beans, corn looks OK. Wheat harvest will be early, look to start in 10 days. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/12 - DeKalb County, Ind.: We got rain!!! USDA trend-line yield = 166 raindrops per windshield, actual = 133 raindrops per windshield.

 

  • 6/12 - Bucks County, Pa.: It rained every day last week but one. Expecting another 1.5" in next 24 hours. Half the corn is planted and no soybeans yet.
     
  • 6/12 - Clinton, Ind.: Looked like we would get rain. But it did not happen. We are looking at 80 bu or less.
     
  • 6/12 - Jasper County, Ind.: 0.3" in first 12 days of June. We had less than half of normal for March, April and May. We need rain, the crops are looking very uneven now.

 

  • 6/12 - Hancock, Iowa: Driest I have seen it in 40 years in our area. No subsoil moisture left. Corn is rolling up even in the low ground. Rains come within about 20 miles and then dissipate. Last night’s storms went right around to the north again. Even the weeds have stopped growing.

 

  • 6/12 - Nobles County, Minn.: Our corn looks OK but for Minnesota to have the highest rated corn crop in the country is baffling. Apparently the rest of the country is truly burning up. Our corn is nothing to brag about. We had 12" of rain in May and we have a lot of drowned out corn and yellow spots. As for the beans, not good! They are soooo slow. Hope they hit their stride soon. The boys in Chicago think we have trend-line yields already in the bin. Boy, are they in for a rude awakening!

 

  • 6/12 - Stephenson County, Ill.: Received ¼" rain early this morning. Some very uneven stands from planting into dry ground. Cutworm caused some replant and now rootworm pressure is being seen. Sulfur deficiencies are seen in corn and alfalfa. Second cutting alfalfa starting. Wheat about two weeks ahead of schedule. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/12 - North central Iowa: I'm not too sure how "beneficial" the rain was this weekend. But I'll take anything Mother Nature will send our way. Where I'm at, in north central Iowa, rain fell at maybe 4/10" to 2/10" four miles away. Beneficial rain is different than make up rain, in my opinion. We were/are very dry, almost to the point that leaves are starting to curl and wrinkle (defensive mode).

  • 6/11 - McDonough County, Ill.: Sprinkles at dawn, more rain was still to cross the Mississippi, but as usual she dies as she crosses the river, still some hope! We still have the potential for a whopper crop but with no subsoil reserve, will need a soaker each week. Were lucky to get 0.5" to 1" last week of May, but yards continue to turn white with healthy plantain stalks and corn has begun pineapple impersonations again!
     
  • 6/11 - Adams County, Neb.: Most crops are excellent. What little wheat there is, is poor to very poor. For those who are dry, your crops haven’t lost yield yet -- corn rolls to protect itself, saves water use. As far as beans go, early drought actually adds yield if it rains in July and August. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/11 - Brandon, Wis.: Drove to Green Bay on Sunday; crops starting to look tough. April planted corn is starting to roll with daytime heat. Both corn and beans have emergence issues, corn from pounding rains in May. Beans have no moisture to get started. Wheat is looking good, but a lot can change, would expect harvest to begin about July 1. Alfalfa yields about average for first crop, new seeding emerged well but also needs a big drink. Will start harvesting seeding this week and roll into second crop (looks short). If we don’t get rain soon, can probably put hay equipment in the shed for the year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/11 - Southeast Indiana: Extremely dry. Only cooler than normal temps have saved us from extreme yield loss. Late planted soybeans are extremely spotty for emergence. Wheat looks like it will be ready in 7-10 days, two weeks ahead of normal. Hoping for rain Monday-Tuesday. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/11 - Darlington, S.C.: Done with wheat harvest and soybean planting. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)



 

  • 6/11 - Evansville, Ind.: Corn is tasseling here, but we could use some rain.

 

  • 6/11 - Lancaster, Neb.: Corn looks good, especially earlier planted, waist to chest high. Bean germination was good. Now for the bad news: Though crops look good, we are getting very dry, corn rolling every day and beans not growing much. I haven't mowed the lawn in two weeks and now is pretty much dried up. Today (June 9) it is 94° at 3:18 and blowing 20-30 out of the south, looks like 2002 all over again. Corn made 65-75 bu./acre that year and we had better subsoil moisture going into spring planting that year. Some wheat in area about one week from harvest, which would be two weeks earlier than normal. No chance better than 40% for the next two weeks with temps in the upper 80s to mid 90s. No irrigation on this farm, so we will let Mother Nature determine what happens from here on out. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/11 - Nez Perce, Idaho: Winter wheat heading and continues to rain. We are applying rust control in light of first showing of rust. Yields could be exceptional--one month+ left. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/11 - Ward County, N.D.: Storms ripped through the area, dropping heavy amounts of rain and wind gusts over 90 mph. The winter wheat was looking fair until this wind laid it flat on the ground. It is not filled, was just starting to flower, we just finished spending money on the crop. THE STORM GOT 100% OF MY ACRES. The soybeans were up now, lots of drowned out, and they are now covered with dirt. Spring seeded crops are not in good shape, too much rain kept us out of field early just to end up mudding beans in, in June, been prevent plant too long. We need a break! Too hot, too cold, too dry and too wet…all in one growing season!
    6 11 12 ND flood
    6 11 12 ND wheat

    -- Ward County, N.D.

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  • 6/11 - Leelanau County, Mich.: Well, the official numbers confirm what we already knew. 90% loss of tart cherries and apples in Michigan and significant loss to all other fruit crops. In my area, a few harvesters will take some sweets on good site, but I don't know anyone who will harvest a tart cherry. Tart cherries are uninsurable. NAP will take out some of the sting, but the next pay day in Fall 2013 is a long way off.

 

  • 6/11 - Grant County, Minn.: Crops are looking very good. Have had timely rains. Started spraying for cutworms in the corn this week.

  • 6/8 - Waupaca, Wis.: Starting to get dry, having problems with the last corn planted germinating in the dry soil, beans did not germinate the best, corn is growing very slowly. Make sure if you have crop insurance to contact your agent with weather events as soon as damage is evident or you know it's affecting your crop, or the company could deny your claim for not reporting sooner, they are very picky.
     
  • 6/8 - Phillips County, Kan.: We are very dry.

 

  • 6/8 - Dodge County, Wis.: We’ve had no rain since early May, corn curling, soybeans germinated very uneven, lots of beans still not growing.

 

  • 6/8 - Carroll, Iowa: We have had 2/10" of rain for May, none in June. Corn is looking tough, lots of beans sitting in dry dirt. 80s and 90s with wind most days. Need rain soon!

 

  • 6/8 - Lincoln County, S.D.: Corn is all sprayed and first planting (April 18) has shaded the rows, beans look great but need Roundup and Select. Last week we finally got a good soaker over four days (3.5"), first time tiles ran since last July! Couple more rains and we could have a record crop!

 

  • 6/8 - Watonwan County, Minn.: Our corn is yellow due to too much water. We replanted 10% of our acres. We received 15.3" rain in the month of May. Drought over in south central Minnesota.

 

  • 6/8 - East central Iowa: We pulled the planter out again. Planting beans into failed new seeding that was seeded March 19. Late freeze, then warm and dry seems to have ruined a lot of seeding. Even seeding planted in April doesn't look good. Oats are heading out 1"-1½" tall (not good).
    6 8 12 Iowa

    -- East central Iowa

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  • 6/8 - Scott County, Iowa: Early planted corn looks good where it didn't get drowned out. Later planted is short, slow growing and desperately needs rain. After big rains in early May, less than an inch since then with high winds and high temps almost every day. I have never seen a May like this before.

 

  • 6/8 - McDonough County, Ill.: The crops look good for no more rain than we have had. The early planted crops look the best, some of the later planted beans in the area are just emerging after the last 0.5" to 0.7" of rain a week ago.
    6 8 12 corn field

    -- McDonough County, Ill.

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  • 6/7 - Vigo County, Ind.: Our last three rain events totaled 0.5", corn rolls during day. Never seen it this dry so early in the season. Local TV weatherman says 8" below normal from first of the year.

 

  • 6/7 - Bedford County, Tenn.: Planting is 100% completed.

 

  • 6/7 - Western Fresno County, Calif.: Cotton looks great and is squaring. We're starting pollination in seed alfalfa, and the tomatoes and onions are sizing well. We'll start cutting wheat next week and then we'll plant almonds in some of those fields. The orchards we have in production now look like we're on schedule and going to have a good harvest. We don't have any corn this year, but some of our neighbors planted some and it's about 3-4 feet tall already. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/7 - Wooford, Ill.: Corn looks good, generally good stands, one exception on our farm is slow late planting by seed company. Bean stands planted early are good, late planted not great due to dry soil. We are short on rain in our area, but north and south of us have ample moisture.

 

  • 6/7 - East central Iowa: We’re currently making our second-crop hay. We did receive some much needed rain. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.


 

  • 6/7 - Benton County, Mo.: No rain in almost six weeks. Corn is still taking it fair, beans that were planted early look good, the later they were planted the worse stand they have. But it's still plenty of time to replant beans if we can catch some rain. If not it's going to be worse than last year. Either way – pray for rain and good luck to all.

 

  • 6/7 - Huntingdon County, Pa.: The wheat is just starting to show some sign of turning yellow, which is a couple weeks early for here. With all the rain, there is some concern of head scab or mold. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/7 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Extremely dry here, only got 1/10" of rain last week, done putting on nitrogen, corn starting to show lots of stress in areas, lots of spotty beans, running out of moisture, losing yield every day now, not much forecast for rain soon.

 

  • 6/7 - Noble County, Ind.: Dry, dry, dry is the thing here. No rain in the month of May.
     
  • 6/7 - Eastern Nebraska: Very dry here. We need a rain to bring beans up, corn is rolling.

 

  • 6/7 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Over the weekend, passing thunderstorms dropped scattered rain some places over 1", others nothing. Millet planting has started. We have enough moisture to get the crop up. More will be required to finish. East of Cheyenne, Wyo., wheat is said to be 6" tall with 3/4" heads, they're hoping for hail to finish it off so they don't have to run their headers in the dirt. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 6/7 - Evansville, Ind.: Need rain, we’ve only had 2" since March 20.

  • 6/6 - Henry County, Mo.: Dry! No rain since May 1. We quit planting and the last we did came up very spotty or not at all, as we planted in the dust. No double cropping either until rain. Such a waste of early wheat. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/6 - Boone County, Mo.: No rain in six weeks, 10% OK, 90% worst ever! This beats last year, dry all the way down, not enough moisture to sprout milo, corn with no roots! Sold some wheat yesterday, 1.97 discount on top of 5.40 price and 45 bu. yield, not so nice. Pray for all in this area, we will need it after this year! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/6 - Clarke and Adams counties, Iowa: Not enough moisture for beans to germinate. Replanted, but crop still not up. No rain prospects for 7 to 10 days. Never seen it so dry, so early. Small hoppers everywhere in grass.

     

  • 6/6 - Nicholville, N.Y.: Corn all planted and first cut hay all done before the first of June. Never happened before.
     
  • 6/6 - Bartholomew County Ind.: Crops are severely short on moisture. The next chance of rain is in a week. I've never seen it this dry so early in the growing season! Corn looks like pineapple in the daytime but unrolls at night. What the trade needs to understand is that the yield is being determined now. So much for record yields that USDA is predicting.

 

  • 6/6 - Barber County, Kan.: Wheat is 50% done here. We hit a pocket where yields are higher than normal. Nearby, yields drop off quickly to well below average. We sprayed all of the irrigated wheat with fungicide and 2/3 of the dryland also. We got into some that was not sprayed and saw a 5-10 bu./acre decrease in yield. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
    6 6 12 Kansas

    -- Barber County, Kan.

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  • 6/6 - Blaine County, Mont.: Several hard frosts last two weeks of May will compromise yields on winter wheat. Winter wheat is from flagging to heading. Spring wheat from 5 leaf to still in drill, depending on rains/snow in May. 30s last week with areas of snow, 90° with wind today. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/6 - Washington County, Miss.: We had anywhere from 2" to 4" of rain last night. Found some corn starting to dent, cool weather for the next couple of days will take the corn a long way! So far so good here, good luck to all!

 

  • 6/6 - Montgomery County, Ill.: Without an inch or two rain in the next 15 days, the corn is in real trouble. The soybeans will not be more than two weeks behind in need for a drink. The forecast only has one day in the next 10 with a chance greater than 50% of rain. There could be some BIG crop insurance claims this year.

 

  • 6/6 - Douglas County, Neb.: Starting to show signs of stress due to lack of moisture. Crops in southeast Nebraska starting to burn up.
     
  • 6/6 - Benton County, Ind.: Crops look good at the moment, but we're hanging on by a thread. All the rains we've received have 2/10" to 4/10", with 6/10" being the largest. Our lawns all look like mid-August instead of June 5th.

 

  • 6/6 - Texas: The drought situation in the western half of Texas remained largely unchanged, but abnormally dry weather reclaimed large parts of the eastern half of the state during the last week of May, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports. After good rains a few weeks ago, South Texas also turned drier, with moderate drought to abnormally dry weather stretching from the Lower Rio Grande Valley up the Coastal Bend area. A drier trend is hard on all crops, but it comes at a critical time for cotton in many parts of the state, said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension statewide cotton specialist, College Station.
    6 6 12 Texas

    Cotton ground in the lower Brazos Valley near Snook was beginning to crack by June 5 from lack of rain. (Texas AgriLife Extension photo by Dr. Gaylon Morgan)

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  • 6/6 - Wyoming, N.Y.: All planting is finished. We have had cold temps and rain for the last seven days. Army worms are now showing up all over the area in corn, hay, and wheat fields. Some entire fields of corn that were in 3 or 4 leaf stage are now just rows of skinny sticks. Second cutting grass hay fields are turning brown, with as many as 20 worms in a square foot. Also in wheat and along roads and ditches. Basically everywhere. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
    6 6 12 armyworm

    -- Wyoming, N.Y.

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  • 6/6 - Lamoure County, southeast North Dakota: Wheat is beginning to suffer from the lack of rainfall. Last week, five out of seven days were forecast with chances of rain, we received 0.20". Corn will need moisture soon also. I expect those with irrigators will begin watering soon. Bean stands are generally OK for now.

  • 6/5 - McLennan County, Texas: Corn is starting to dent, it could use one more rain. Wheat is mostly all cut, yields in the mid 50s. Cotton is knee high and looks real good, fleahoppers have been bad. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/5 - Extreme northeast Kansas: Corn and beans pretty ugly here. Last significant rain was May 6 with 0.52". Most corn is knee to waist high and has had less than an inch of rain since planting. Corn has been rolled up and blue looking for a week or so on the good ground. The tough spots are yellow and look like pineapples. A lot of beans are waiting on a rain to germinate. The ones that are up are basically just in a holding pattern with little or no growth. We are just in a very dry pattern here with little hope of rain in the forecast. We never lost a crop in May before, but this may be the first one.
     
  • 6/5 - Coles County, Ill.: It’s still very dry. Some sprinkles Sunday and Monday perked up the crop, but much more is badly needed. Most field tiles are dry and we will be entering our hottest and driest months with no subsoil moisture to see us through.

 

  • 6/5 - Northwestern Hamilton County, Ind.: We need rain. We had 0.4" more than a week ago, 0.2" last week, and only a smell of rain today!

 

  • 6/5 - Clarksdale, Miss.: Corn is standing tall on the Williams Farm, just north of Clarksdale.
    6 5 12 Clarksdale MS

    -- Clarksdale, Miss.

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  • 6/5 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We missed more rain. The corn has moisture and ground is mellow, but this yellowing, not growing, is unreal. It's waist tall and 50 feet later it's ankle tall...it’s not just my field, it’s in several.
    6 5 12 MO

    -- Caldwell County, Mo.

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  • 6/4 - Crawford County, west central Iowa: We are very short on moisture! The corn began to roll today, that is good indication things are going to get worse if rains do not get here soon. The beans seem to be holding in there. We got 0.15" from an 80% chance of receiving 1" last Thursday.

 

  • 6/4 - York County, Neb.: From Gary Zoubek, University of Nebraska Extension Educator: It's been dry, but last weekend we finally had a million-dollar rain. We received 2"-3" mixed with some reports of hail.

 

  • 6/4 - Swift, Minn.: Most everything is looking very good, with moisture coming at just the right time to really get this crop going.

     

  • 6/4 - Scottsbluff, Neb.: From Jeff Bradshaw, University of Nebraska Extension Entomologist at the Panhandle REC:  We have some young grasshoppers from the second hatch, and populations could be getting heavy in parts of Garden and Sheridan scounties. I have received some reports of weevil damage in alfalfa.
     
  • 6/4 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Overall, crops look decent, most have had at least one dose of hail. We have had lots of wind, and temps have been a roller coaster, way too hot followed by almost cold. And we are starting to get dry. It will be nice when more uniform temps arrive.

 

  • 6/4 - Madison County, Neb.: From Wayne Ohnesorg, University of Nebraska Extension Educator: From Wednesday, May 23, through Tuesday, May 29, I measured a total of 4.1" of rainfall in my gauge in Norfolk. Some areas have received more, while others have received less. Prior to the rain, many producers were busy spraying fields. Most planting is done in the area.

 

  • 6/4 - Saunders County, Neb.: From Keith Glewen, University of Nebraska Extension Educator: We've had isolated cases of millipedes, thousands of them, causing stand establishment problems in soybeans. In some cases, the stands have been reduced to the point that replanting was warranted. In all cases, it was in high-residue, no-till environments.

 

  • 6/4 - Southeast Missouri: We finished wheat harvest in May -– for the first time ever. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
    6 4 12 Wheat Harvest SE MO

    -- Southeast Missouri

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  • 6/4 - Robeson County, N.C.: We harvested first field on winter wheat, and the average was 101 bu./acre at 13.2 moisture. Corn looks great, some already silking. We are having a hard time planting soybeans, as it's a little wet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/4 - Scottsbluff, Neb.: From Drew Lyon, University of Nebraska Extension Western Nebraska Crops Specialist: It's quite dry and corn growers are watering up the crop with gravity flow and sprinkler irrigation. Wheat is in its high-water-use stage and badly needs rain. Fallowed wheat is faring a little better than that which followed a crop. Some corn is up in the Platte River Valley, while planting continues in other areas. Dry beans haven't been planted yet, but soon will be. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/4 - McIntosh County, N.D.: Corn in our area froze on Thursday morning. Today the leaves are brown or black. Hopefully the plant is young enough to grow out of it. We have received 1.8" of rain the past week. The winter wheat is heading and looks good. We need some warm weather. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/4 - Dakota, Dixon and Thurston counties, Neb.: From Keith Jarvi, University of Neb4aska Extension Educator: We got a reasonably good rain over the weekend with some hail. The Wayne area had 2" and others reported more.  It's been a long time since we've had this kind of rain, but even with it, the soil moisture profile is 1"-3" short. Corn is up, soybeans are mostly up, and farmers are spraying. Even if we get normal rainfall from now on out, we could have a lack of soil moisture by pollination. Unless we get a lot of extra rain, we won't get those top yields this year.

     
  • 6/4 - Burt County, Neb.: From John Wilson, University of Nebraska Extension Educator: We had been quite dry, but received 3"-4" of rain in the last 10 days. We also got some hail, but damage should be limited as the growing point of corn was still belowground. Planting is basically done. We've had some minor cutworm feeding, but nothing near treatment thresholds.

 

  • 6/4 - Mercer County, Pa.: Planting has went extraordinarily well this year. I was finished this year before I had even started last year. Everything's out of the ground and we're getting some rain today, which we need.

 

  • 6/4 - Nemaha County, Neb.: From Gary Lesoing, University of Nebraska Extension Educator: Conditions are very dry. Our last significant rain was May 6. Corn still looks surprisingly good.  We had good rains over the winter that soaked in since the ground wasn't frozen. There have been reports that brace roots aren't developing in corn in some areas, corresponding to areas that were particularly dry last year. In Richardson County, we're seeing some insects and centipedes. Alfalfa has stopped growing in some areas. We don't have a lot of wheat, but what we do is turning. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/4 - Prospect Valley, Colo.: My family farms in Prospect Valley, which is northeast of Denver. We grow corn, wheat, sugar beets, sunflowers and onions on 2,400 acres. Conditions here are very dry -- less than 1" of moisture since late March. Irrigation water supplies are dwindling rapidly in our county (Weld) with the exception of those who have access to irrigation wells. Soil moisture has not been helped with recent 65 mph wind gusts experienced about a week ago. In some locations, growers are idling nearly half of their irrigated acres in order to supply water to the remaining planted acres.


    Dryland wheat looks good, but could use one last rain to finish the crop, which appears to be two to three weeks early. Sugar beet and corn stands are adequate and confectionery sunflowers are just beginning to emerge. Hopefully we will be able to keep up with water, given the forecast of temperatures climbing into the low 90s, some 15° above average. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

 

  • 6/4 - Thayer, Neb.: In the southern part of the county, we had a total of 0.2" of rain in the last five weeks. Wheat looked great for a while, probably lost a third of yield. Some could be cut next week. Some corn has no roots and falling over. Beans are mostly up but some lying in dry dirt. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 6/1 - Caldwell County, Mo.: We missed a really good chance of rain -- it went around us. The corn has yellow spots in it, the soybeans are growing somehow and look good for now.

 

  • 6/1 - Fillmore County, Minn.: We had 3/10" of rain overnight on May 30. Some of the beans in the area in dry ground that were slow to sprout should push through today. Very cold this morning again (46°). Was over in Houston County yesterday (one county east) and noticed some poorer stands in corn fields also, especially in end rows. There are also several spots of 6'-8' of no corn in some later planted corn fields. Germinated or dead? Time will tell, I guess. Our neighbor replanted most his beans after a hard rain eight days ago. There are some nice looking fields around the area, but also some that do not look so great.

 

  • 6/1 - East central Iowa: We received 1"-1¼" rain Thursday. I think it was fairly widespread in eastern Iowa. Corn and bean crop is what I call "the good, the OK and the ugly": 25% good, 50% OK and 25% bad. Poor stands are looking like more of an issue every day because of the early cold and wet weather in early May, then warm and dry the rest of the month. Hope to pull off a normal crop as of right now (with normal weather the rest of the year). Long way to go until it’s in the bin. Watch crop report videos from this farmer at scotthinch’s YouTube channel.

     

  • 6/1 - Lancaster, Pa.: So far we have received timely rain, which we need since subsoil moisture is scarce as we are 6" below normal for the year. Excellent stands, and early corn is knee-high. Sidedressing and post spraying being done. Second cutting if alfalfa will soon be started. Barley is turning yellow.
     
  • 6/1 - DeKalb County, Ill.: Rain today was a lifesaver! Early planted corn looks very good after a tough week of wind and dryness. It has tremendous potential. Late planted corn has some "rootless corn" problems.

 

  • 6/1 - Logan and Menard counties, Illinois: I am showing hail and wind damage to corn after storm came through. The damage wasn't too bad and the corn should recover OK. Video courtesy of http://farmandranchcountry.com.

 

  • 6/1 - Boone County, Ill.: 2" of rain in last seven days. Crop is off to a great start and best stands ever!

 

  • 6/1 - Evansville, Ind.: Corn that is over 7' tall!
    6 1 12 IND corn

    -- Evansville, Ind.

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  • 6/1 - Juneau, Wis.: Worst crop I have ever had. We had 7" of rain, then not enough moisture to even germinate. We have a thousand acres and we have replanted 500.

 

  • 6/1 - Dickinson County, Kan.: Cut 200 acres so far. Wheat on soybean ground, 42 to 48 bu. per acre. Wheat on wheat, 64 bu. For the hot and dry conditions, we are pleasantly surprised with the yields. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 6/1 - Nicollet County, Minn.: Rain makes grain, and we have had too much as many fields are ponded. Good thing prices are dropping. We need to get the prices low enough to get rid of all the excess grain that is left over from last year as well as the record one this year.

 

  • 6/1 - Alexandria, La.: "This Week in Louisiana Agriculture"'s Avery Davidson travels to Alexandria to give us an update on this year's soybean crop and explain how the recent dry weather might cause problems. Video courtesy of http://www.twilatv.org.

     
  • 6/1 - Winnebago County, Ill.: Crops look for the most part very good. Corn planted April 15 is about a foot tall. Beans are up and look great, all no-till on beans. Weeds are going to be a problem in corn, didn’t receive needed rain in time for initial herbicides. Finally a wonderful general rain today instead of spotty ones. Very dry here also.
    6 1 12 IL planter
    6 1 12 IL planting

    -- Winnebago County, Ill.

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