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March Crop Comments

Mar 31, 2011

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  • 3/31 - Nez Perce, Idaho: Winter wheat is variable according to seeding date. Early seeding is tillering and looking good. Late is just starting to come out of dormancy, 3 to 4 leaf stage. Very wet and looking like a late spring. This will lower spring wheat yields and move some acres to lentils or garbonzos. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/31 - Elwin, Ill.: Farm Journal Seed and Production Editor Pam Smith -- The smell of freshly tilled soil was working like a spring pheromone this afternoon. Those farmers that weren't in the field were pulling tractors from the machine shed in preparation. I caught this farmer using a field cultivator near Elwin, Ill., just south of Decatur in central Illinois.


     
  • 3/31 - Henry County, Mo.: Wheat looks good, best I’ve seen in awhile. Ground finally got dry enough to fertilize then turned off wet again. It'll be another rushed year of trying to get everything done in time. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/31 - Lancaster, Neb.: 50/50 corn bean in this area for the most part wet on surface but dry subsoil which is usually a concern come summer very cool so far this spring no spraying as of yet usually planting corn by the 10 to 15th of April don't think so unless weather changes could use a nice slow 2" rain.

     
  • 3/31 - McLeod County, central Minnesota: Took these pictures at noon today (3-30-11). Don't think we will be in the field for a month yet.
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    3 31 11 MN

    -- McLeod County, Minn.

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  • 3/31 - Maxton N.C.: Wheat is looking good. We’re starting to plant corn. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/31 - Harrisburg, Ore.: Winter wheat looks good even though the ground is saturated with moisture. Row crops are scheduled to go in, in the next couple weeks. We will need at least a week of dry weather to make this happen. How about some sunshine in the forecast! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 3/31 - East central Iowa: Just like every other year, pull it out of the shed and go. Getting ready to put in some direct seeding. Ground was worked last fall with turbo-till and worked better than expected (wouldn't want to put corn in, but will work for alfalfa).heard of some nh3 going on today to the south.
     
  • 3/31 - Scott County, Ind.: Still wet here, some dry out though. Checked ground temp. Last week it was 58 degrees. We are about two weeks away from planting corn. Wheat around here looks pretty darn good.

     
  • 3/31 - Piatt County, Ill.: The drainage ditches are running full with storm water runoff.  The cold temperatures and wet fields conditions have us anxiously waiting to plant corn and soybeans.  On the cattle farm, we have finished calving and now starting the breeding season for 2012 calves.   The family is quite busy with planting preparations and seed shuffling.

     
  • 3/31 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Last weekend, while driving thru the central part of ND, my wife commented that this was like being in Alaska....solid snow cover for hundreds of miles.  Our area has partially melted off, with large bare patches in the fields, but still plenty of snow in the ditches and tree rows.  Spring is still a long way off.  Any idea of getting in by April 20-25 is just a dream.

    Judging by the comments of the edible bean dealers in the area, the dry bean acreage will be way down from normal in North Dakota.......and we are by far the largest production state for dry beans.  Corn and soybeans are pushing other crops to the sidelines in cental and eastern regions.  Barley acres will also be way down. Wheat and canola will be the big acre crops in my corner of the state. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     

  • 3/31 - Barron County, Wis.: Starting to see some bare ground again after the 13" of snow we received last week. Hard to believe we were in the fields already at this time last year. On April Fools Day last year we hit 81, the forecast for this year is 40, just slightly below average.

     
  • 3/31 - Salem, Ohio: It’s drying up around here, no longer relying on morning frosts to get in fields. With luck will be able to spread cow poop all day tomorrow.

  • 3/30 - Daniels, Mont.: Not much winter wheat in this area of Canada (lol). HRS, peas, and lentils up here. Still lots of 6-8 foot snow banks. It will take 2-3 weeks of above normal temperatures to even think about field work. Late Easter, late spring? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/30 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Some wheat average or better. No-till is spotty, it did not emerge evenly last fall. Too dry. Looks to be about a 70% crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/30 - Gray, Kan.: Worst dry land crop in 30 years!!

     
  • 3/30 - Putnam County, Ohio: 75% of my wheat is excellent and the rest is fair to good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/30 - Washington County, Ore.: The wheat in my area is in need of some nitrogen; the past month has been very wet and has hampered application of both fertilizer and herbicide and fungicide sprays. Lots of fields with drowned out and yellow areas from to much water. Spring wheat planting is also delayed some farmers might switch to corn if the weather doesn't clear soon.(Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/30 - Fulton/Miami counties, Indiana: Wheat has looked better. It was very dry when we planted in October. We will throw some "N" at it and see what we have come corn planting time. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/30 - Butler, Neb.: Sowed wheat after soybeans on October 1st. Only fair emergence initially due to dry soil conditions and no significant rain until early November. Stand is decent right now and with the recent precipitation there is reason to be optimistic.
     
  • 3/30 - Dallam County, Texas: Wheat almost done! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/30 - Southwest Oklahoma: It is so dry down here that the non irrigated wheat in our area is probably going to zero out. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/30 - Nebraska: We will start planting corn the second week of April.

     
  • 3/30 - Texas: The drought continued to expand in Texas, stunting crop growth, delaying planting and putting additional stress on livestock producers, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. As of March 22, the U.S. Drought Monitor ranked 29 percent of Texas as being under an extreme drought, and more than another 30 percent as being under severe drought. Overall, according to the monitor, 98 percent of the state is abnormally dry.

     
  • 3/30 - Harrisburg, Ore.: Winter wheat looks good even though the soil is saturated. Row crop plantings are weeks away with a lot of field work to do. We are ready for some nice weather! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/30 - Cass County, N.D.: It looks and feels like February with the snow still piled high. Record flooding will come in April and a lot of PP in May.

  • 3/29 - Fulton/Miami counties, north central Indiana: All our 0-0-60 went on last fall. We spent the winter hauling hog manure at the rate of 4000 gal/ac. on ground going to corn analysis N-27, P-12, K-18 per thousand gal. We'll use some "pop-up" at planting with 20 gal of 28% N with pre-plant herbicide at planting, also behind the planter. We'll then side-dress 28% later in the season. Soybeans will mine the residual after corn. 

     
  • 3/29 - Jackson County, Iowa: Only field work around here is some spreading of fertilizer. We have had low temperatures, around 20-25 degrees and highs around 35-45.most guys have been hauling manure while it is frozen in the morning. Flood threat has been reduced for now with the cold temps here and up north. I need it to warm up so that I can get equipment ready (my shop is outside).
    3 29 11 Iowa
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    -- Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 3/29 - Winona County, Minn.: Some snow banks still around. Cool nights are keeping the area rivers from record-level flooding. I have about half of both 2011 corn and beans sold with HTA's. I will maintain my 50-50 rotation again this year. Best guess is that we will be able to plant by April 25.

     
  • 3/29 - Union County, N.C.: Finished spreading poultry manure on no-till corn land last Wednesday. Sprayed MTM, Gromoxone, Bicep II MAGNUM, and 15 gallons of 32% nitrogen over the top as the manure was spread. Started raining on Saturday and dropped 1.6 inches over a three day period; which was perfect for incorporation and mixing. The planters will start dropping seed within the next two weeks, weather permitting. I am real interested in seeing how the new product MTM performs in better utilization of applied nitrogen in liquid and manure form, along with changing the phosphorous structure for faster plant uptake.

     
  • 3/29 - Renville County Minn.: We had over 12" snow last week. The soils are saturated and the air temp is cool. Could be a late planting this year.

  • 3/28 - Blue Earth County, southern Minnesota: Snow is nearly gone, water puddles are going down.  April 11 crop insurance planting date is not totally out of the question.  We won’t be late like everyone thinks that’s for sure..

     
  • 3/28 - Henry, Ala.: Wheat was needing rain, got here just in time beautiful wheat crop heading. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/28 - Woodbury, Iowa: Rivers are very high. Won't take much precipitation to put the rivers out of their banks.

     
  • 3/28 - Rapides Parish, La.: I finished planting corn 3/25. Would say corn about 85% complete in central LA. Corn planted 3/18 up and marking row. Some grain sorghum is being planted. Wheat is starting to head. Looks like a good crop. I see lots of 100 car grain trains headed to the ports. Average 2-3 each day. Exports don't seem to have slowed down any.

     
  • 3/28 - Franklin, Mo.: Very wet. Able to fertilize pastures and hay ground, also wheat. Left some small ruts in wheat. Very little anhydrous in ground. From my point of view, about three weeks behind schedule. Wheat looks good but not excellent, many bare spots. Could be an interesting spring. May have to buy fertilizer spreader to finish spreading because they may be in short supply when weather breaks. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/28 - Clay County, Ark.: 100 acres down 400 to go, turned cool and wet will wait for better weather (I hope) to resume corn. SRW wheat looks good, but may is make or break around here. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/28 - Dawson, Mont.: Into our 6th month of winter. Still lots of snow everywhere. The winter wheat crops have had good cover all winter. March was below normal temps all month. Will be May before much field work is started. Fed lots of hay to livestock this winter, but they have held their own for the harsh conditions. Maybe we will get spring, a little summer and winter in October again.

     
  • 3/28 - Lancaster, Pa.: March rain of over 4 inches has the ground wet. Also very cool with days in the 40's and 20's at night. Small grain topdressed with nitrogen. Very little spring tillage done. Looks like a late spring. 

     
  • 3/28 - Baca County, Colo.: Last rain was Sept. 20! Starting to show large spots of winter kill! Need rain bad!!!!

     
  • 3/28 - Cass County, N.D.: It looks and feels like February with the snow still piled high. Record flooding will come in April and a lot of PP in May.

     
  • 3/28 - North central Oklahoma: Got the corn planting finished yesterday. Now if Mother Nature will just do her part. Winter wheat looks like the best crop in years.

  • 3/25 - Northeast Wisconsin: As of Monday we didn’t have any snow cover at all and we were waiting for a hard freeze to spread some ww--record acres planted in NE Wisconsin.  Wednesday (March 23) we received 14 inches of snow...looks like we won’t be spreading ww till the ground dries out. It looks like a late spring...just what we don’t need

     
  • 3/25 - Allamakee, Iowa: Last year towards the end of March we started applying some pre-emergent herbicide for corn on manure ground. I was also spraying prefix on bean ground the last day of March... For this year, we had a low of 18 last night and are expecting highs in the high 30's to low 40's for the next seven days with a couple chances of some mixed precipitation thrown in. Really hoping that we can start turning some wheels by the 7th of April.

     
  • 3/25 - Le Sueur County, Minn.: We plan to increase soybean plantings by 20% this year mostly seed production no spring wheat planted 100acres winter wheat less oats. Lots of water from rain and snow but frost is out, hope for a couple of sunny days (about 20!)

     
  • 3/25 - La Porte County, Ind.: This time last year we had half of our anhydrous put on about 2,000 acres, this year 40 acres so far. It looks like it might be a long spring.

     
  • 3/25 - Franklin, Ga.: Finished planting first of corn crop. Wheat looks real good with lots of chicken liter. Canola full of weeds, no good weed control. Hope the rain keeps on coming. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/25 - Redwood County, Minn.: 1.7 inches of rain March 22 and then 8 inches of snow on top, water, water everywhere...still have not lost the snowpack from last winter, 100+ inches. Lat year began planting corn April 12..

  • 3/24 - Barron County, Wis.: We are once again under a fresh blanket of new snow. Just after we began to see bare ground in places we received about 10 inches. Forecast shows cold and teens for lows nightly for the foreseeable future. Maple sap should run well. What a change from last spring when we were in the fields already. Corn acreage will be up soybeans will be down. I thought about cotton, but can't find a variety that grows in the snow. Maybe I should go ice fishing...the fish are biting well.

     
  • 3/24 - Dooly County Ga.: Corn planting is about done. Some up and growing. The past week we have had temps in the low 80's-mid 50's. Early spring so far. I hope freezing temp are over with.
    3 29 11 GA

    -- Dooly County Ga.

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  • 3/24 - Day County, S.D.: Another 8-10 inches of snow yesterday. Hoping to be in the fields by mid-may. There's going to be a lot of acres not planted due to flooding.

     
  • 3/24 - Lewistown, Mont.: A lot of farmers have there equipment pulled out trying to get ready for spring, but Mother Nature seems to have other ideas. I have had a Loral truck sitting in my yard waiting to topdress winter wheat for awhile, but six inches of wet snow has put a kabash to that. Talking to farmers in the northern part of Montana and they are sitting with a couple feet of snow yet. Mostly spring wheat grown in that area, but it is undoubtedly going to be later seeded. Got a glimpse of the winter wheat last week, when we had some fairly warm days, but were a long way from breaking dormancy, so even the winter wheat is going to get a later start. No sign of global warming here yet. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/24 - Brookings County, S.D.: Eastern South Dakota is wet and flooding is about as bad as it gets. This will not be an early spring, not much tile in a lot of area so need some warm dry weather.

     
  • 3/24 - Christian County, Ky.: Looks like ground work will start quickly around here if the rain holds off.  Really hadn't seen anyone working except an Amish farmer plowing and discing with a seven-horse hitch, but saw a couple of 4wds out yesterday. Went to Henderson and Daviess counties today, no work either but a fine crop of new gullies and looks like no field is too small, too oddly shaped or too steep.

  • 3/23 - Bellevue, Iowa: Here is a picture of the Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 12. We are supposed to see near record flooding within the next week or two (from the snow melt up north). There’s not much going on here as far as field work is concerned. That can change real fast with a few nice days. A lot of calves are hitting the ground.
    3 23 11 Iowa

    -- Bellevue, Iowa

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  • 3/23 - Texas: As the drought-like conditions continued for much of Texas, so did the threat of wildfire, according the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Forest Service personnel. The Forest Service warned that as of about midday, March 22 , there would be “extremely critical fire weather conditions … west of Big Bend, San Angelo and Wichita Falls, including major cities such as Lubbock, Childress, Abilene, Midland, Odessa and Amarillo.”

     
  • 3/23 - Erath County, Texas: Driest March on record. The last significant moisture we received was in September 2010 at 1.4 inch. From Dallas to New Mexico and south of the Red River there is little to no wheat, unless irrigated. What is left is likely not worth harvesting. The next 60 days are predicted dry by NOAA so dry land plantings of all crops are likely to be poor if the prediction is correct. The last patterns of weather like this were the 1930s, 1950s, and mid to late 1990s.

  • 3/22 - Hamilton County, Neb.: Temps are in the 60's & 70's windy and drying, snow is gone here. We are currently fertilizing bean ground, corn ground works if stalks were shredded last fall.  Ground is moist underneath but, with 30+ mph winds we will soon need a rain before planting. 
     
     
  • 3/22 - Ottawa, Kan.: There is quite a bit of wheat getting top dressed and herbicide applied. Nearly all the wheat looks good and has quite a bit of potential in my area. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/22 - Allen County, Kan.: Wheat is coming up and looking good in some areas, where other areas the crop is drowning in water. Lots of rain in the last few weeks, the ground is saturated to the point where the accumulation builds up on the surface and flows away. Making cattle feeding very tough to complete. Ready for ground work and planting---only if Mother Nature will cooperate now. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/22 - East central Indiana: Field working days are at a minimum. We have top dressed some wheat one or two days last week and some today. Wheat is looking good with some warmer weather. We have a lot of dry to get on before corn can get in the ground. Usually around 15th of April. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/22 - Iroquois County, Ill.: Still plenty wet here in east Iroquois County. No oats have been planted. Getting the drill and corn planter ready. we will plant more corn this but that just how our rotation is. About 1,600 acres of corn and 1,300 acres of soybeans.

     
  • 3/22 - Finney County, Kan.: Very dry, warm and windy. Dirt is starting to move around the area. Wheat stands are mostly poor to very poor in all of SW Kansas/Eastern Colorado. 20 to 30% didn't sprout last fall. New forecast has little moisture for us in next 10 days. We are running out of time on 2011 wheat crop. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/22 - West central, Shelby County, Ohio: The first half of March has been extremely wet. The creek that runs through our farm was out of its banks twice.(Only saw it out 4 or 5 times in the past 40 years.) Needless to say much erosion. Seldom do we vary from our crop rotation of 50% corn and 50% soybeans. This year will be no exception.

  • 3/21 - Day County, S.D.: It's going to be a very wet spring. We still have snow on the ground, but the hilltops are starting to show. We are hoping to be in the fields by mid may. Still undecided on what to plant. Looking forward to warmer weather!

     
  • 3/21 - Fond Du Lac County, Wis.: Spring thaw has begun.
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    Fond Du Lac County, Wis.

    -- Photos by Farm Journal's Margy Fischer

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  • 3/21 - McCook County, S.D.: The snow here is almost gone except for the shelterbelts and ditches, there is some standing water from the melt but i think unless we have a substantial amount of rain it is not going to be terrible wet, they are talking that we could get some rain in the next day or two but not a large amount. We are going to have a 50/50 rotation of corn and beans, corn on corn is to hard to raise here when we are not sure of the rainfall. We have been hauling grain to the local ethanol plant and the lines are very short. 
     
     
  • 3/21 - Kittson County, Minn.: It is going to be a late spring. The Red River is going to cause a big flood up and down the Red River Valley. Might be a lot of prevented planting. Growers will switch from HRS wheat to soybeans if they can get that planted, but it could all end up being PP. Not looking like a good start to the year at all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/21 - Gibson, Ind.: Fields are wet. Wheat looks fair to good.
     
     
  • 3/21 - West Texas: Dryland wheat is dead. Adjuster turned it loose last week. Irrigated wheat looks good, but we have pumped too much water. Hopes for dryland cotton is all but gone! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/21 - Langlade, Wis.: 31 degrees and raining here today, end of week is supposed to bring highs in the low 20's and lows in the single digits. Nothing going to be happening here for awhile.

     
  • 3/21 - Livingston County, Ill.: Most rotations are remaining the same – 55 to 45% to corn. 

     
  • 3/21 - Union County, N.C.: I should finish up spreading poultry manure next week in preparation for corn planting. I am using a new product sprayed over the top of the manure called MTM (More Than Manure), from SFP. This product is being used to stop the volatilization of the ammonia which supposedly saves around 30% of your active nitrogen. MTM also has Avail in its chemistry to help make the manures phosphorous more readily available to the crop. I am testing the product in an attempt to find if it has positive results in return on investment.

     
  • 3/21 - East central Indiana: Its 70 degrees today and I have the planter hooked up and ready to go.

     
  • 3/21 - North central Missouri: Lots of calves, no farm work yet. Still too wet and calling for more rain.

  • 3/17 - Denton County, Texas: Need Rain! Wheat trying to tiller. Had Red Spider Mites, sprayed, but not enough soil moisture for wheat to recover, turning brown and dying. Wheat wilts down by noon, then perks up during the night and wilts back down the next day. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
     
     
  • 3/17 - Renville County, Minn.: Things to a big boost this morning! Coming into today we were just under 5” rain since April 1st. This morning saw 1.9” rain, possibly the largest single day rain for August in this area in over 10 years. Amazing how the crops were still looking. Crops are about a week ahead of last year and it looks like we had a very good pollinating period.  Still 6” below normal on rainfall, so more is still needed, but things look promising that we will have a better crop than last year

  • 3/16 - West Iroquois County, Ill.: Lines at the terminal last fall were greatly diminished. Partly because of early harvest an low moisture content. I would like to see a summary of how much drying capacity, elevator storage and on farm storage has been added in the Midwest states in the past two or three years. It's very important in that one combine can now harvest maybe 5,000 bu./hr.
     
     
  • 3/16 - Darke County, Ohio: You want to talk about lines at elevator (ethanol plant). Our local plant dumped an all time record number of loads in 8 hours Monday. (450+) Last week they were only open 12 hours all week due to the influx of corn. You would think that the roads were closed since Christmas .

     
  • 3/16 - North Central Indiana (Fulton/Miami counties): We have been inching our way to more of a corn/corn/soybean rotation for a few years. We'll about 60% corn and 40% soybeans.  We raise waxy corn and as long as they'll keep letting us have the acres we'll keep growing it. We did plant a small amount of wheat last fall.  Surprisingly it came through the winter looking ok?  Not a lot of growth. It was very dry when we planted it. We'll feed it and see what it looks like in April. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 
     
     
  • 3/16 - Codington, S.D.: SNOW still here 60"to 80" winter wheat should be great. Four to five weeks until field work.

     
  • 3/16 - Throckmorton, Texas: Our wheat looks great considering how little moisture we have had this winter. We need a good rain to make a good crop, but as of right now it looks good. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

  • 3/15 - Richardson County, Neb.: For 2011:  30% Corn & 70% soybeans.

  • 3/14 - Otoe, Neb.: Corn and beans mostly, a few acres of winter wheat. Most of the winter wheat hasn't emerged as of March 13th, mine included, there are snow drifts behind the wind breaks as of today, I think 2 really good drying weeks away from any field work. most of the corn gets planted here between the 10th of April and the 1st of May, if corn isn't in the ground by 1st of may your "late" the only problem is that according to the long range I have one good week and then more precipitation on the way.
     
  • 3/14 - Tama County, Iowa: Normal late winter/early spring weather, lots of fieldwork and fertilizer done in the fall. If we get some heat and normal rain crops will go in quickly with today's equipment!

  • 3/11 - South Charleston, Clark County, Ohio: I made the decision to go 100% soybeans this year (1,800 acres).

  • 3/10 - Fillmore, Minn.: This year I will plant 50/50 corn and beans.
     
     
  • 3/10 - Brookings, S.D.: We are planning a 50-50 corn and soybean rotation. We quit corn on corn 3 years ago, more are following that pattern as we have both ethanol and soybean plants close by. Grain bins are not as full as they were last year at this time.

     
  • 3/10 - Cass County, N.D.: More barley and oats acres around here this spring. Finally a chance to get our crop rotation back online!
     
     
  • 3/10 - Lebanon, Pa.: Winter wheat has broken dormancy and top dressing activities have been occurring over the last week mainly in the early morning when conditions in the field allow for trafficking. Most growers are applying about 30-50lbs of N with a sulfur base with higher rates on the no till crops. For the most part the crops look ideal however some late planted stands that had drought conditions in the fall are behind and are in need of immediate n applications. Recent recommendations to monitor for ALS resistant chickweed have been advertised by Penn State Weed Specialist Bill Curran.. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/10 - Christian, Ky.: Wheat has really greened up and looks great in western KY, thought it never would. We had one stretch of dry weather about three weeks ago, have had some warmer weather in the 50s and 60s but lots of rain and colder, cloudy days. Several tractors and planters hooked up and parked outside the sheds but should be 30+ days before planting unless the weather really warms and dries. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com) 

  • 3/9 - Texas: Crops, pastures and rangeland continued to be stressed by drought in most of Texas. Adding insult to injury, the high risk of wildfire would last through April for most of the state, according Texas Forest Service and Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. The problem remains lack of moisture, combined with a heavy fuel load of dry grasses and high winds.

     
  • 3/9 - Jackson County, Iowa: This is the new 2012  Iowa pickup truck! Went to a sale and this what I saw. Hearing of a lot of $ 4.00 going to town (glad  to hear I'm not alone!). One pleasant surprise I had is that a bin that usually holds around 10,500 bushel, had just under 13,000 bu. (which was close to what the grain cart scales showed last fall, which I didn't believe). 60 lb. test weight, 15% mt. right out of the field. We have plenty of mud to go around.
    3 9 11 Iowa

    -- Jackson County, Iowa

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  • 3/8 - Bullock County, Ga.: Corn was planted on February 28. The ground is moist and today march corn is sprouted 1 inch. Also string beans planted on same day are sprouted I/4 inch.

     
  • 3/8 - Western Walsh county, northeast North Dakota: Winter is still here, 15 below this morning, with lots of snow yet. Crop plans are done for our farm; we will stay fairly close to our rotation of 50% cereal grain, 25% legume type crops (edible beans, peas, soybeans) and 25% oil seeds (canola, sunflower), maybe some flax.
    3 8 11 ND

    -- Western Walsh county, northeast North Dakota

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


  • 3/7 - Redwood , Minn.: I believe the crop mix won't change much here. sugar beets, canning crops, corn and beans all are at profitable levels and most people will keep the same rotations. As far as flooding, There is a lot of snow, and next week may add a lot more if forecasts are accurate. The ground is not frozen under the snow, so a lot of moisture is and will continue through the drainage system, but a quick melt will cause big problems here in southern MN.

  • 3/4 - Carter, Mont.: Buried winter wheat must be alive. It hasn’t seen daylight since October. . (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
  • 3/4 - Fayette County, Texas: Corn planted on Feb 21st is up and growing.  Soil is very dry on top but moist down deep to germinate. Thousand acres in and 1,500 to go.
     
     
  • 3/4 - Southwest North Dakota: Really cold and lots of snow all winter. A little break finally can haul wheat. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

  • 3/3 - Eastern Iowa: Getting distillers loaded in Dyersville, Iowa. We had our first run of nice days (no fog, drizzle, snow, rain). Temps in the 30's and teens at night. A lot of manure is getting hauled before the ground thaws. There’s some talk of spreading fertilizer next week if the ground is still froze. A lot of corn is moving to town. Some guys have started calving.
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    Getting distillers loaded in Dyersville, Iowa

    -- Eastern Iowa

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


  • 3/1 - Lewistown, Mont.: WOW...winter is not going to give up.  March 1, and we are still getting 20 below weather.  It is so hard to guess how the winter wheat is doing, because we haven't had a winter quite like this for a long time. A lot of bare ground and ice, but you never really know about wheat until it starts to green up. There is some top dressing going on the snow banks, but it's mostly just people hoping for spring and realizing what a rat race it will be if winter hangs on much longer. I'm guessing that it is probably going to be a late spring and that a lot of spring wheat will probably go in a lot later than usual.... So we will just do as usual. Expect the worst and hope for the best. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 3/1 - Darke County, Ohio: Most wheat in the area looks good. A couple of the best were tile ditched recently. Probably planned for summer but were able to move into the area sooner. I’ve never ever seen so much ditching done in one season before. Seems like some in every block. Everybody is sick of winter around here. Ground has only been bare a few days since Dec. 5th. I’m planting near 70% corn but every other year is big for us due to continuous corn on peat ground that doesn’t bode well for beans.
     
  • 3/1 - Cass, N.D.: Corn and soybeans. 50" of snow. An hour or more at the ethanol plant. 30% corn and 70% beans. The first half was tough with most of our snow and it has been fairly quiet the last six weeks around here.
     
  • 3/1 - Crawford, Wis.: Rent values are up considerably this area.
     
     
  • 3/1 - Putnam, Ohio: Wheat looks good. It is very wet, with rivers out of banks. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/1 - Franklin County, north central Iowa: Cash rent in our area is all $300+/acre. There is some $400/acre I am hearing about.

     
  • 3/1 - Northern Illinois: 09-10 crop, 200 plus corn, 60 plus beans. 11-12 share rent $381 at 200 bushel. Corn cash rent less. Possible wind fall profits that would make Wall Street blush. Crop insurance guarantees profit, probably "pay to play" next year.

 

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

 


 

  
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