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Wheat Crop Comments

Apr 17, 2014

Keep your acreage, weather and crop comments coming in! Use this link to send us your comments about your wheat production and marketing decisions. Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity. (Please keep your comments crop-related.)

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying


  • 4/17 - Pondera County, Mont.: 4 inches of fresh wet snow here. Winter wheat is just starting to break dormancy. Spring Moisture has been pretty good so far.


  • 4/16 - Cass County, N.D.: No planting here yet.....10° this morning!!!!! Hoping to start seeding wheat in the next 10 days to 2 weeks. Soil temps need to warm up dramatically before any corn can be planted!


  • 4/16 - Bay County, Mich.: Ditches opened up and water on fields went down then 2-3" rain this weekend and standing water again in fields. 25 degrees and the ground is covered with snow again this morning. IF it warms up soon we should be in the fields by the end of the month.Wheat fields have alot of dead areas due to winter kill and standing water. Not many fields look like they have potential for 100 bu/ac this year. Some wheat fields were top dressed this last week but all the rain didn't do it any good. Lots of ice on the Saginaw Bay will keep our temps cold if wind is coming of it. Will be an interesting year.


  • 4/14 - Reno County, Kan.: Im just west of Hutchinson Ks. Some wheat fields getting blue spots from drought. Some hills and hillsides getting a yellow green tint to them probably from cold winter or wheat mites or both. Our weekend 80% chance of rain was all from Wichita to the east as seems the norm now days. Ive never seen a year that from field to field there was such difference in yield potential.


  • 4/10 - Ward County, N.D.: Winter kill in this area is severe! I have never seen such a large complete loss due to winter kill before. Winter kill is around 100% damage in all fields in this area. Stubble cover and maturity of the plants did not make a difference. It is 60 degrees and no sign of anything greening up. There is no sign of life in the crown of the plants. The fields smell like silage or rotting plants just driving past them on the road. The polar vortex this winter was just to much on it. Below normal temps are forecast for all of April and May. This will make for planting delays for spring seeded crops.


  • 4/8 - Wilkin County, Minn.: Fields drying out nicely. Once drainage ditches open fieldwork will start soon after. Could see wheat and sugar beets going in next week on fields without tree lines.


  • 4/7 - Buffalo County, Neb.: We finally received some much needed rain over the last 24hrs...about .35 or so, and the temps are forecast to warm up by the middle part of the week. My wheat has finally started to green up. There are some thin spots, but it looks good over all. We are still plagued by gusty winds about every other day, so more rain is desired.


  • 4/4 - Southeast Ind.: Wheat finally greening up and it looks good for the most part. Had 4" of rain the past 3 days and everything is saturated. Looks a lot like a later than normal planting season in this area as we'd like to start on corn around April 15th. Soil temp is only 44 degrees, so not in any hurry.


  • 4/4 - Richland County, Ill.: 1st 3 mo. of 2014,5.30". 1st 3 1/2 days of Apr. 4.68". It'll be last half Apr. before tillage begins. Wheat is green, but behind in growth.


  • 4/3 - McPherson County Kan.: Winterkill and drought taking a major toll on the winter wheat here. Much more dead wheat than I've ever seen. Some wheat looking good but needing some moisture. Overall crop condition is Poor to Fair.


  • 4/2 - Southwest Okla.: I farm southwest of Enid, Oklahoma, 45 miles!!! Have wheat and canola !! Canola is holding up better than wheat... Had 2.5 inches rain late November 2013 and then nothing until 3 weeks ago had .05 tenths!! Chance for storms today 2nd of April ... Wheat curling real bad in this heat and turning blue. Satellite view shows small green area here and a few county's south to red river, rest of the state still shows brown!!! Western Kansas, western Oklahoma, western and central Texas brown by satellite map???? Wheat futures down 70 cents???? Taking out long positions!!! Robbery at its best.


  • 4/2 - Lamar, Colo.: Wheat should be 1 foot tall and green.

  • 14 Wheat should be 1ft tall green
    -- Lamar, Colo.

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  • 3/31 - Sargent County, N.D.: Out like a lion, that’s how March left us. Blizzard conditions will set spring planting back at least another week. Yuck. More snow to shovel in the morning. Frost was out a few inches. 40-50 mph winds has piled the snow up and that makes such a mess. No early start expected here so less wheat is the most likely result. Good luck to those with newborn calves.


  • 3/28 - Gage County, Neb.: 2 years ago we had already mowed our lawn. This year nothing is very green yet including the wheat. I don't think it will do anything until we get some rain. very dry here, even the henbit and chickweed are slow to green up.


  • 3/27 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Another very windy, dusty day here in central NE. It's been awhile since we had such a windy year. There are 40mph gusts on a regular basis this year. There is moisture below the surface of the ground, but the top 2" are bone dry and move which ever way the wind happens to be blowing. The temps have been very erratic as well. I am still waiting to see if my wheat has survived the winter. We have a couple of warm days that try to make it green up, followed by several frigid ones that burn it back. It appears that we will have another "interesting" year. Good luck to all.

  • 3/26 - Falls Co. Texas: Corn planted and starting to emerge. Very cold winter and early spring so far. Very dry here with winter wheat jointing and cracks in the fields. Some freeze damage to wheat on 3/18 because of 17 degrees and ice from freezing rain. Hope you guys in the corn belt will keep the corn acres reasonable. We are in a corn/cotton/wheat rotation for years so let's all do what we can to keep the corn price up. We have tried to grow beans here but can only make 20-25 bu in a good year. Too hot!!!
  • 3/24 - Central, Neb.: Well, a few guys trying to fertilize. But our cold nights are putting in serious frost. It has been a long winter here. Just cold and dry. Talked to relatives out in western Neb., and they think this wheat crop is gone. I don't believe out here the ethanol plants are having problems getting rid of ethanol. They are all grinding over 100% and the rail cars come and go. Lots of corn has gone to town. Don't think the crop was as big as the trade wants us to think it was. Lots of guys here are finding out your corn yields aren't that great when it's continuous corn on corn. It's this thing called root worms. And it's becoming a serious problem. Last but not least. I agree with the man from Michigan. I'd like to see a list of farmers names who are letting the usda into their fields.
  • 3/24 - Bay County, Mich.: Snow melting slowly here with water all over the fields. The most water I have seen on fields in 40 years. Ditches starting to open up so water should start going down soon. Some wheat fields 1/3 covered with ice and water. Temps to be in 50's by weekend. Hope snow is gone by next week!Sugar beet and corn planting will be the end of April 1st of May.This is like years ago on a normal year.We have been spoiled the past 10 years.Hope you all have a safe year. Plant your normal crop rotations one crop will make you money and the rest will or break even as I see it.
  • 3/21 - Chouteau County, Mont.: According to FAPRI, wheat prices will average in the $5 range for the next 10 years. Seems like a good time to retire. Dont think I would encourage my son or daughter to raise wheat at so called "break-even prices," either. Maybe seed everything to grass and buy cattle.
  • 3/20 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Drove to Dodge City, KS over the weekend. Wheat mostly out of dormancy. Windshield survey on 2 routes down and back. Lots of corn in open piles at more than a few elevators. Wheat mostly looked pretty good.
  • 3/18 - Sumner, Kan.: Got 1/2" rain then winds blew, no fields lost any soil but it has been on some late wheat. Some wheat looks good and some not too good. You farmers with all that fancy tech stuff on your combines that know all, well USDA will know your bushels before you get it to town, another big brother watching.
  • 3/18 – Henry, Ohio: 10 degrees here this morning. Wheat still partially covered with ice and snow. Saw two fields being top-dressed. Not sure why. No warm weather forecasted soon.
  • 3/14 - Dickinson County, Kan.: Wheat in our area trying to break dormancy, but there is more winterkill in this area than I have seen in the last 30 years. Winterkill seems to be more prevelant in some of the Clearfield varieties, but it is not confined to them.
  • 3/13 - Douglas County, Kan.: We are not changing our normal rotation, which is some wheat (depending what we can get planted in fall) then all the rest divided between corn and beans as close to ½ and ½ as possible, right or wrong no one knows.
  • 3/3 - Norman County, Minn.: Too cold. Corn prices are too low. Just soybeans and wheat this year.
  • 3/1 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Extremely cold with little snow forecast for this weekend. The wheat has no snow cover again, I wonder how it will look when it finally warms enough to start to green up? If it winter kills, I will plant the field to corn, and switch a previously planned field to beans from corn. I will plant about a 50/50 rotation. We continue to be dry. Not sure how that will translate when it comes to pasture utilization this season. Good luck to all.
  • 2/10 - Ward County, N.D.: Winter wheat looks very poor. I haven't seen any fields yet that are going to make it in this area. I just booked soybean seed to replant the winter wheat acres that have failed. No snow and high winds and abnormally cold temps coupled with poor planting conditions took this wheat crop for 2014 out. No samples I have brought indoors and warmed up have been alive.

    winter wheat ND 021014

    -- Ward County, N.D.

  • 2/6 - Oliver County, N.D.: It has been a long cold winter. We have had lots of sub-zero temps. with not much snow fall. I am starting to wonder how this is affecting the winter wheat crop, not just in our area but nationwide. It has been bitter cold clear to Texas some days. Any thoughts???
  • 2/4 - Ottawa County, Kan.: Our crops are wheat, soybeans & milo. It is snowing pretty heavy right now. Forecasting 8 to10 inches.
  • 1/23 - Palouse, north central Idaho: Had some rain in November and December followed by very cold weather without snow cover. Now ground is frozen and any water that comes from the sky just runs off. Behind in normal moisture by four inches and time running out to catch up. Been in a constant inversion, so we have no idea how much the wheat is hurt from the cold weather. Did not like hearing about the wheat in North Dakota not greening up in the shop, not even sure if I want to go out and dig some up now.

  • 1/23 - Scott County, Kan.: DRY! No moisture in several months. Winds are moving more dirt each time they blow. Monday evening, visability was 1.5-2 miles, in the daylight! Once promising potential is fading fast on the growing wheat crop, which is fortunately dormant, we hope. 
  • 1/20 - Phillips County, Colo.: Our wheat has had no snow cover, plus above-normal temps except for a couple of cold snaps with -15 and wind, now we are on our 7th day of at least 40mph wind and today gusts of 60. So much dirt in air, lots of wheat fields blowing away. Don't know if chiseling them is even going to help as dry as top is now.

  • 1/20 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Another windy day (50mph gusts) here in central NE. We have had only a trace of moisture since we finished harvest, so there is dirt in the air. If there was a time to be dry, this would be it, but the drought seems to be trying to reassert itself. Although there is a lot of time between now and planting, this is not a good sign. I have some irrigated wheat that had no cover when it was -10 with wind, hopefully it didn't get hurt. Good luck to all.
  • 1/17 - Texas: Drought conditions continued to recede in Texas, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. According to the monitor, a large chunk of the state, comprised mostly of East Texas counties, had normal or better soil-moisture levels. About another 28 percent of the state was merely abnormally dry, which means though soil moisture was low, the areas were either not yet in drought or were recovering from drought.

    These numbers represent a large improvement from last January, when about 71% of the state was in one stage of drought or another, from moderate to extreme. However, many parts of the state still did not show improvement.

    1 17 14 TX
    Dryland winter wheat was still struggling with drought and adverse weather in parts of the Texas High Plains. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Calvin Trostle)

  • 1/13 - Washtenaw County, Mich.: Winter wheat looked fair before the snow on Jan. 7.We had a low of -23, the lowest he have had since we have been recording.
  • 1/10 - Sampson County, N.C.: Rainy and wet but temps are going up. Some are still trying to finish soybean harvest, most are done. Wheat is a little behind size wise, but looking decent. Still not believing the markets. Last January they dropped 20 bushels off the corn yield and market was down the limit. Today they drop 1.6 bushels off and market goes up 20 cents. Then you have all these analysts telling you to get in the market. No way Jose'.
  • 1/10 - North Platte, Neb.: With little snow cover and below normal precipitation in many areas of central and southwest Nebraska for the last 90 days, growers have been concerned about the viability of their wheat crop. The greatest injury occurs when the soil is dry. Dry soil warms up and cools down six times faster than moist soil.

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    Field of winter wheat just south of North Platte on Jan. 9. Dry and below normal cold conditions may be putting the winter wheat crop at risk in some areas of the state. (Photo by University of Nebraska’s Robert Klein)

  • 1/10 - Ward County, N.D.: Took in samples of winter wheat planted and brought them inside and samples did not green up. It appears the winter has been too cold with lack of snow cover for too long, it appears it has damaged the crop here severely and it will not make it this spring. Failed winter wheat acres will likely shift to soybeans this spring. winds have been so strong this winter snow cover is blown off fields and dirt is blown in the ditches we have not seen so much dirt blowing in over 20 years.
  • 1/8 - Massac County, Ill.: Clear and 3 degrees, which is a heat waved compared to my brother at Centralia, Illinois checking in -12 degrees. Looks like all waterways are freezing, and any soybeans that are coming out of Midwest, will be from here. Everything else frozen over, and long term forecast is long cold weather for this area. Metropolis is closer to the Atlanta Merchandise Mart, than the Chicago board of trade. Wish I had a lot more wheat drilled before the fall rains hit the area, and ended wheat for this year.


Wheat Crop Comments - 2013

Dec 31, 2013

Keep your acreage, weather and crop comments coming in! Use this link to send us your comments about your wheat production and marketing decisions. Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity. (Please keep your comments crop-related.)

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying


  • 12/23 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Merry Christmas to all. Harvest was 'officially' over for us on Dec. 13, with the last round of sunflowers going into the combine. Even with a mid-May start to field work this spring, it's been a very long season. Our 2014 crop plan isn't complete yet, but we will not make any big changes from our regular rotation. Barley acres will get cut to just a quarter or two, and we may change the mix of peas, dry beans and soybeans some. A percentage of new crop canola is priced, and some wheat hedged, but looks as if we could have been much more aggressive with new crop marketing. Easy to look back, isn't it?
  • 12/23 - Red Willow County, Neb.:  I have not raised any dryland corn in two years. Irrigated crops were limited as the state of Nebraska stole our surface water and limited groundwater pumping. Wheat came up this fall but is already out of gas. Nasty drought started in the fall of 2011 and shows no signs of stopping.
  • 12/2 - Texas:  Driving through Central Texas recently, Dr. Travis Miller said he saw a lot of green that wasn’t there this time last year. "There are certainly still some severely dry areas in the state," said Miller, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agronomist and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head, College Station. "But over the last month to 60 days, we’ve had significant rainfall in a lot of Texas, and it’s made a lot of difference."

    The rains have perked up winter pastures and given wheat and oat crops a boost across much of the state, he said. The raised soil-moisture reserves, though still low in some areas, are much improved, giving farmers optimism for next year’s plantings.

    12 4 13 TX
    Icy, wet weather in West Central Texas brought much fieldwork to a standstill, but made for some great views. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, photo by Steve Byrns)

  • 11/8 - Northeast Missouri: Corn was ok. Beans are disappointing, in the 20's. New wheat looks good. Have a lot of 2nd crop beans to go, rains so easily now! They're making about the same as 1st crop! How in the world soybeans made anything with no rain and hot temps day after day! Yes all glory to God. A miracle.


  • 11/6 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Finished the 2013 harvest today! Very thankful to be done, with a chance of snow in the forecast. Overall, yields for corn, soybeans and wheat were pretty good. Did a good job selling the wheat and beans, and a lousy job of marketing corn. The rest of my cattle are coming out of the Sandhills tomorrow (weather permitting) and after the calves are worked 2013 is in the book. Good luck to all who are still in the field!


  • 11/4 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: 5.25 inches of rain in September and into October. All the wheat is planted, some replanted. Emergence is slow due to cool soil temps. Thousands of acres of proso millet either in the windrow or still standing. You can’t lay millet on wet ground. Millet still standing has been shattered out due to high winds. Millet swathed in Sept. has sprouted in the windrow making it questionable as to marketability. Have never seen a fall like this one.


  • 10/28 - Central Missouri: Drove to KC over the weekend, and harvest looks 60% done out that way. To me, nothing is as beautiful as soybeans ready to cut set against a clear October sky! Our soybeans fell short in yield to around 30 bu./acre. Corn was pretty good at 150 bu./acre. Have lots of wheat yet to come up. Been in the ground 30 days! Looks ragged but again weatherman man says 90% rain....again....


  • 10/23 - Charlevoix, Mich.: Combining is still at a standstill. Moisture still around 30%, and not dying very quickly. Over the inches of rain in last ten days. Winter wheat was looking good, but has had too much rain. Maybe we should have planted rice!!!!!


  • 10/22 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Last spring we gambled on a nice October and seeded until June 21. As a result, we have 400 ac. of wheat left, 650 of beans (soys and edible) plus some sunflowers. So far our gamble on a nice fall isn't working out very well. Yields are good to excellant, but the combines haven't moved for 10 days. The dryer has been running steady.


  • 9/18 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: At least 5 in. of rain in town last week. Terraces are full of water. Only 10% of millet in the windrow. Ground must be dry on top to lay more of the crop down. This could be a fall that makes the dryer bins hum. What wheat that was planted before the rain is coming up. Wheat planting will proceed at rapid pace when things dry out. We now have the best fall moisture that we have had in years.


  • 9/16 - Western Walsh county, northeast North Dakota: Mr. New York, N.Y.: I, for one, really appreciate hearing from you. Thanks for your input and insight into our world of (trying) to market commodities into what has always felt like an uneven playing field. Please stay involved. Our wheat, barley and canola yields are very good. Soybeans are a sorry looking crop. I counted pods on a few plants yesterday, and came up with an average of less than 18/plant...and some of them had only 1 bean. Bring out the disk or the combine??
  • 9/12 - Meade County, Kan.: Corn harvest getting started, high moisture and early corn. Decent yields. Full season corn started stressing 2 weeks ago and plant health detoriated. Hope it don't fall down. Need rain to plant wheat.

  • 9/11 - Western Dickey County, N.D.: Had 1.6 in. of rain last weekend, too late for corn but should help the beans fill. Corn should make 30 to 60 beans 10 to 20. Wheat made 30 to 35; would've made 50 to 60 but had some hail damage. I also believe the government and speculators are manipulating the markets. Think there should be an investigation but you would have crooks investigating crooks. I don't trust any of the government agencies. Thought the government was suppose to be for the people but seems to be for politicians, speculators, and government employees to line their pockets. May God be with everyone.


  • 9/3 - Pipestone County, Minn.: Spring wheat went 55 with 12.4-13.2 protein and 60-61 test weight. It was planted about five weeks later than last year but yielded about the same. Corn looks great and beans look good but starting to get dry. No rain in the last three weeks. Last week’s heat brought us a long ways, 99 day corn planted May 18 is just starting to dent. Early beans are just starting to turn.


  • 9/3 - Ward County, N.D.: We got a bad late season Hail storm here. Wheat yields got reduced another 40%, Canola got totaled. Wheat crop was 80% less due to unplanted acres. Then yield on planted acres was reduced 50% of normal due to flooding. Now reduce that another 40% from hail takes total wheat production to 6% of normal for this area.


  • 8/30 - Ward County, N.D.: Very late maturing crops in the area. Wheat harvest will not begin until Sept. 9, at the earliest. Very uneven, lots of bare spots, looks like below average yields. Soybeans have cupped leaves and have very few pods on them, ankle high, heat smoked them the last 10 days, no way they will make it before a frost. There will be a lot of corn chopped, there is not enough days on the calendar for this crop to make it.

  • 8/27 - Steele County, Minn.: In response to the post from the Logan County, N.D.: I sympathize with your situation - there is nothing worse than to have invested in growing a crop with little or no return. I have hunted in Logan County for over 20 years and have seen the land use changes from wheat, pasture, and CRP to predominantly corn and soybeans. Perhaps growing more wheat, and maintaining CRP on the marginal cropland would be less of a risk and more profitable. I do not believe that farming with a dependency on crop insurance will be sustainable in the long term.


  • 8/27 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Very late wet spring. Started seeding May 17, quit on June 21. The first wheat planted has resulted in a really nice crop. Combined only 50 ac, but it seemed to yield in the 65-70 range. But with very little rain in July and August, the late edible bean, soybeans will be nothing more than a cover crop. Sunflowers are just now beginning to flower. They have the ability to go deep for moisture, and look good, but the calendar is telling us they will most likely get frozen out long before they mature. Afet 20 years of excess moisture, we are truly in a drought now. The ducks will have to look for new areas to feed this fall, there aren't any sloughs left with water in them.


  • 8/26 - Logan County, N.D.: Wheat ran pretty good 40 bushels/acre, 65 test weight, 15 pro. As for corn and beans both will be done after this week (90+degrees all week). Hoping beans will do 10 but don't think that will happen. Corn: we are starting to chop it this week ranges from 1 ft. to 8 ft. ( average around 6) drying up real fast. The corn that will get combined hoping makes 30-40 but don’t think that will happen either and will be really light. Had to dig down 5 1/2 feet to find moisture. Total of less than an inch of rain since June. Pasture are brown running out of water fast. WE NEED MOISTURE BAD. My brother made the comment "Wish it would hail already then we would know what we should do." I’m beginning to think he is right. I believe corn and beans will hit all times highs this year and next.


  • 8/22 - McIntosh County, N.D.: Wheat harvest is in full swing with yields from 40 to 70 BPA. Protein content is from 12 to 15%. Test weights 58 to 63 lbs per bushel. Corn and beans are drying up , no rain in 6 weeks. Corn choppers are running next county north of us.


  • 8/22 - San Diego, Calif.: Avocado farmer in San Diego County, CA. Coolest summer I ever remember. Weird. So wet in southeast U.S--how many crops will survive that flooding? Now turning cool & dry in northern corn belt. Because of late planting, think yields will be way below expectations. Expect major rebound in corn/beans/wheat prices.


  • 8/22 - Lewis and Clark County, Mont.: Cut irrigated winter wheat it went about 75 bu. Dryland spring wheat 1st field 18 bu. (hail damage 30%)2nd field maybe 24. Spring wheat usually not a bumper crop here.


  • 8/16 - California: We grow corn, wheat, rice and walnuts.


  • 8/13 - Northeast North Dakota: Did some crop inspection today wheat has scab in it with even being fungicided the later seeded wheat so far hasn't shown scab. Canola looks good and it continues bloom but worried that disease could start showing up with wet mornings and fogs past several days. Corn is going need miracle to make it to maturity running out of time. Will be lot of wet immature corn this fall. Beans are short and I haven't looked to see how they are podding. Seems Mother Nature is fighting us all the way not going be bumper year and pp ground may turnout to be still best alternative. Also market is not responding its going wrong way with poor crop prospects were experiencing.


  • 8/13 - Huntingdon, Pa.: Sold a couple loads of wheat. It passed all the tests. It has a test weight of 61 pound. It looks like the yield will be around 80 bushel.


  • 8/6 - Northwest North Dakota: Cereals look fair to great, wheat has 25% more spikelets than normal and some is filling 4-5 seeds across, barley heads appear larger than normal also, canola appears short  everything within 75 miles that I have seen, longer season canola appeared to flower after the 4-5 days of heat we did have, the rest was not as fortunate with pod abortion, the grain corn looks phenomenal, yet it is only a week into tasseling, we need to get close to October without a frost for any hope on a good crop, Field peas look very good where they didn't get too much rain, something I never thought I would say here twice in 3 years, still acclimating to moisture, as are most here. Normal rain is 6-9 inches over 2.5 months, we are closing in on 16 inches.


  • 8/5 - Australia, Queensland: Wheat is mid tillering and looks average. We've had a inch of rain in the last two months. Crop stand is a bit patchy, it was too long between planting and the next rain and we only planting on half an inch of rain so moisture was limited. My wife and I will be in the States in a couple for a JD tour. We will be hiring a car in Fargo and driving south to Denver, we would like to see good cropping country and see how the crops progressing. We'd also like to go onto a couple of farms and have quick look around to see how it's done. Which way should we go? Please email us if you have an idea? cookkn@bigpond.com


  • 8/5 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Harvest done on Aug. 2. Last year parked the combine June 30. This year a very cool, late spring delayed crop development. Hail the 28th of May wiped out 80% of the wheat. Yield estimates on what was left 15-20 bu./ac. Thank goodness for RA Insurance.


  • 8/2 - Wilson, Kan.: June and first half July was way too dry. Now it won’t stop raining here in southeast Kansas – we have rain forecasted all next week with up to 3 -6 inches on top of the 7- 10 inches in last 10 days. Double-crop soybeans in wheat straw are turning yellow in spots already.


  • 8/1 - Washington County, Ore.: Wheat yields have been good, 100 to 125 bu, ryegrass seed was over a ton per acre. The field corn is moving along nicely, pushing through pollination, looks good now, keeping the irrigation running, haven't seen any rain since June 26th.


  • 7/26 - Southwest Indiana: Corn looks very good here. The few early planted fields are in dough stage with very large ears! Should not need very much additional moisture to finish it off. It's looking like bumper crop (200+ bu on dry land fields). Just hope we don't get a big wind storm to blow it all down. Late planted corn is just now tasseling this week. Corn does have insect pressure. Have found ear worms in several ears. Very odd for early corn. Mowed second cutting grass hay yesterday and should be able to bale tomorrow afternoon. Its drying fast. Early beans are several weeks behind. Double crop beans are looking pretty good, so far. Got 2 3/4 inches of rain on Monday night. It was very much welcomed. Haven't had a rain since 4th of July. Small double crop beans were getting toasty. Lots of volunteer wheat in the fields that were disked ahead of double crop bean planting.  Best wheat yield I've ever seen though, 110 bu/ac average in the best fields. Farm average of 92 bu/ac. Never had yields like that around here!!


  • 7/26 - Darlington, S.C.: It’s been a very Wet Year. Wheat harvest still going with soybeans still being planted. Corn harvest started in the area. Seen wheat harvest corn being harvested and beans being planted all in one day.

  • 7/24 - Western Walsh County, northeastern N.D.: We seeded until June 22. Lots of our wheat and barley went in mid-June. So far it looks really nice, some is not headed out yet. We know when planting late we would need a long frost free fall. Temps have been ideal, and so far we are not short of moisture, so crop devolopment has been fairly fast. The canola and dry beans are doing well. Soybeans will need rain and more heat...or a miracle.


  • 7/22 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Toured the fields this afternoon. Wheat will cut later in the week barring rain or hail. Millet needs rain. Some wheat has been cut. One report from N of Sterling CO was at 40 bu. per acre. Custom harvester said it was the best wheat they had cut so far this year. Harvest basis at the elevator is $0.10 over Sep. KC. I have never seen a harvest basis over the front month. What's up?


  • 7/22 - Southern Idaho: Started winter wheat harvest two days ago and it is doing as I suspected very poor. Average yield on our farm is 35-37 bushel, we are getting about 20. Driest season in my 42 years of farming. Southern Idaho has received about 1 inch of rain since winter, it is dry!!
  • 7/19 - Morrow County, Ore.: Wheat harvest is underway with yields below average for sure. Dryland wheat in the 1000-1250 elevation is anywhere from 8-28 bpa. Average for this area would be 35-45.


  • 7/18 - Halifax County, N.C.: Wheat harvest slowed by lots of rain should finish by the weekend. Along with lots of unplanted double crop soybean.


  • 7/18 - Summit County, Ohio: We are located in North Central part of the state, an hour south of Lake Erie. We had a late start to the planting with both corn and beans, some of our early planted corn is well into tassel and there seems to be decent water in the ground where there is some clay, but  our sandy ground is getting a bit dry, and with temps in the mid 90's and mid 70's at night the corn is looking like it could use a drink real soon.  The wheat around here is coming off now, about two weeks late, and I don't see much double crop beans going in either.   I hear yields are from single digits to mid-60's.  The corn and beans should be ok, but not any records around here.
  • 7/17 - Southeast North Dakota: Crops are moving at a fast pace but we are extremely wet and have lost all low ground, potholes, flat ponding areas.  1/3 of the crop looks good , the rest is really behind – we have corn that is barely knee high and some nearing tasseling.   Many beans are less than 6 inches high and yellow.  Over half of our harvest will be very late in October.  Wheat looks very good to some average fields. 

  • 7/15 - Ionia County, Mich.: Finished red wheat yesterday. The best yield ever 93 bu moisture 13.8 and good test weight.
  • 7/15 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Finally got some rain. Wheat harvest has started along the Colorado line. Yields - Poor. Most of the wheat is still 2 weeks off. Millet is coming along. Some will be heading within 2 wks. Some millet barely out of the ground. Some being replanted. Hope it makes it.


  • 7/15 - Northern Putnam County, Ohio: Thank goodness we missed the wind and rain on Wednesday. Saw many corn fields north and east of us that were around six feet tall that are now lying flat on the ground. Our corn is six feet tall and just tasseling. Beans look green and lush. Started wheat harvest today. First field made 55 and second field made 80. Quality was good at 61 test weight. We feel very, very lucky at this point. Good luck to everyone this year and stay safe.


  • 7/12 - Henry County, Ohio: Bumper crop of corn till the 80 mph winds and three inches of rain with it. Soybeans just about dead from the 11 inches of rain in past two weeks between tile lines. Wheat crop still in field. Disaster.


  • 7/12 - Western Sumner County, Kan.: Wheat has been in and now it’s hot and dry -- worse than 2012. Grasses are going down fast, ground is getting very dry and hard. Lighting and thunder and .004 and then 100*. 7-12 is going to be 100+ and gusty south winds.


  • 7/12 - Madison County, Ohio: Most everything looks really good. Corn is tasseling. I've been around the 4 counties west of   Columbus and everything looks pretty good with the exception of some low spots. On our Madison county ground we've had 3 inches of rain since July 4 and our franklin county ground has had about 4.5. We've survived a 3 week period of consistent showers and no sunshine at all. Extended forecast says sunny and warm for next week which we need to dry up a little. We will finally be able to get wheat off. In all my years as a farmer I can never remember being in such good shape with soil moisture heading into pollination.

  • 7/12 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Corn looks the best I have ever seen around here. We are getting hit with a lot of rain here. It doesn't seem to be hurting the corn yet. It will be a bin buster for us if weather cooperates. The beans have lots of yellow spots, not good. It needs to stop raining for a while for the beans. The wheat looks good, and we will be mudding it out.


  • 7/11 - Marshall County, Minn.: Overall crops are looking good, corn made knee high by the fourth, some waist high. Wheat and barley look above average just hoping they fill in this heat. Spraying fungicide and insecticide on wheat right now, soybeans are looking good, we are a hair dry but have gotten a couple nice small rains to keep things looking good, don't gotta go too far west though to see some tough fields. We are lucky considering the wet spring we had, 120 acres of preventive plant out of 3500.


  • 7/11 - East central Missouri: We finished wheat and double crop beans Sunday July 7. Wheat average, at best, perhaps 50 bu. Too much water. Crops surprisingly suffered Sunday w/blowing hot wind. They are used to having wet feet since they were planted. Last year at this time we had stretch of over 103* for 10 days. Corn was tasseling. It burned up. At least it’s cooler this year, but corn is only shoulder high. There’s a good (bad) chance the heat will hit this late crop again at tasseling… CBOT corn up $0.10. CBOT is a good place to get the weather forecast. Traders know…….


  • 7/9 - Shelby County, Ind.: Traveled  about a100 miles south today and traveled a 100 miles north just last week and all the crops look good with a little water damage . Started cutting wheat today yields appear excellent. Our corn and soybeans have never been better at this stage corn ready to tassel. After last year this could be our best year at least so far need sun and some warm temps. USDA reports seem right for Indiana.


  • 7/9 - Porter County, Ind.: Drove through NW OH, from Norwalk west to IN, on the toll road yesterday. Not many fields without standing water. Corn & soybeans both had uneven stands, lots of wet holes w/o crops, only saw 1 field of wheat that had been cut. Lots of yellowish corn & beans...

  • 7/8 - Montgomery County, Mo.: Wheat hanging in there but losing color from no sun and standing water in a lot of places, no field work so far and none expected this week again. 3.5 inches on already soaked ground. Hard to look at corn down 20 cents this morning. Been here before tho. Twice we’ve had to plant the last two weeks of June. Frost hit green crops but they were mature enough and made ok yields. Both years we were praying for hot summer weather to hurry things up. Imagine praying for hot summer weather and thankful to get it!
  • 7/8 - Essex County, Ontario: Water between corn rows for two weeks. Corn and beans going backwards now. Impossible to bale hay. Wheat is about ready but water in the fields. Not fun!


  • 7/1 - East central Iowa: Silage baling 2nd crop hay. Temps have been in the low 80’s for the last week, not terrible, but dew points in the 70’s makes it pretty warm (especially for livestock). It could be worse. Corn is chest high and is staring to roll in stressed areas (as small as they may be for now). Would not turn down an 1-2" of rain. 2nd pass bean spraying is starting up. No insect or disease problems as of yet in either crop. Went to Tennessee this past week. Didn’t get to do much crop watching because of driving mainly while it was dark. Did see some of central Illinois and most of Kentucky. Central Illinois did not look good at all in most areas in my opinion. Lots of drowned-out spots and yellow corn and beans that appear to be damping off. There was water between the bean rows from what I did see. Kentucky corn looked excellent for the most part. Most of it was tasseling and had a real good dark green color. Half the wheat was harvested (my best guess) and looked like guys were or did plant soybeans. Video courtesy of ScottHinch’s YouTube channel.


  • 7/8 - Caldwell County, Mo.: Corn is 4 - 5 tall, beans are from knee-high down to just coming up. Some of the big farms have planted Indian beans (Apache here and Apache there). There are lots of spotty beans. Neighbors cutting wheat, most are putting straw up and most all are double cropping beans on wheat stubble. We found out this week we have roundup restraint marestail.

  • 7/8 - McIntosh County, N.D.: We could use a rain. Our crop looks good, but corn is starting to roll. We are finding bugs in all the crops. We have sprayed some wheat for bugs and will keep scouting.


  • 7/5 - Dumas, Texas: One word about wheat 2013; terrible! First drought, then freezes, then drought to finish up on! We are wheat seed producers in the northern Texas panhandle and contract with producers all across the northern panhandle and would easily say we have the worse seed we ever had in the bins! Quantity; fair, quality; sorry! Running out of irrigation water allotments w/wheat and now summer crops! NEED good general rain!


  • 7/3 - Southern Yuma County, Colo.: Irrigated corn looks fabulous, cool weather has helped. Most corn is near hip high. Dryland corn barely hanging on. Wheat harvest will be mostly fair to poor, with yields 15-30bu/ac. We are very short on rain and the pastures look bad, cattlemen are struggling. Send rain.

  • 7/2 - Southeast Richland County, Ill.: We did get our and some neighbors wheat cut between rains. Avg. 60+ We planted no corn. 1st time ever no corn. We still have 40% 1st crop beans to go. And I doubt will be any double crop either. We’ve been wet. 7.2" May, 8.86" Jun. 4th weekend in Jun. 4.18", this weekend 5.4". and still raining. A lot of May planted corn replanted in mid Jun. One farmer has nothing planted. It’s still good to be a farmer.


  • 6/28 - Robeson County, N.C.: We had record wheat yields, till the rain started. 12in. for June and still raining. Should be an almost corn crop.


  • 6/27 - Billings, Mont.: Irrigating. Everything looks good so far. We have had a few hail storms and lost 20 - 30% of the wheat. Corn looks great – knee-high already, which is good for us this time of year!


  • 6/27 - Vigo County, Ind.: Mother Nature has picked on us today, 5-7 inches of rain. Corn and Beans looked good until the flooding. Several fields under water, lots of big ponds in fields now. This spring will not end. Several area farmers still not done planting, now have to plant, replant, spray, and wheat to harvest. Perfect.


  • 6/26 - Arbon, Idaho: My winter wheat is burning up and looking horrible from the drought we are in! We haven't seen rain for about 2 1/2 months. My spring wheat is in desperate need of rain. The safflower though... Looks good!


  • 6/25 - Montgomery County, Mo.: All crops will be finally planted by the end of this week in east central Missouri, except Mississippi River bottoms. Corn and beans that are up look good and growing fast. Excellent hay crop. Wheat is being test cut. Anticipating decent to high yields, except for late planted wheat, it's weedy and thin. Even though it's wet, keep praying for rain...we all fear it will stop again...


  • 6/25 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Millet going into dry ground. The 3-3.5 in. of rain on 5-28 is long gone. Hopefully we can get enough rain to get the crop out of the ground. Wheat? What's left after the hail needs a drink. Pray for rain.


  • 6/21 - Grant County, Ind.: Corn starting to look better now that it is starting to dry out. Beans also looking better with some sunshine finally. We have a lot of variation just a few miles apart, some chest height corn and some five inches. Not a bumper crop in this area. Wheat starting to turn need will start cutting in two weeks. Since we can’t trust the USDA this is the only way we know what it is like everywhere else.


  • 6/20 - Martin County, Ind.: Started cutting wheat yesterday moisture 17%. I'm hoping to finish up corn replant by Saturday as well. As for the person who thinks there having 70's flashbacks needs to realize that not everyone farms with the latest and greatest farm equipment.


  • 6/18 - Northeast North Dakota: Planting is pretty much finished here with lots of acres not planted. I have hard time putting estimate on planted acreage but my guess would be around 60 percent because go from area to area where some areas have high percentage and others very little planted. Also vast majority of the crop has been planted in the last week so this crop is way behind. The earlier planted crop is lagging from the wet cold spring. Corn planted in my area is real small and if we don't get some heat in future this crop. Isn't going to make it. I also think wheat has taken big hit on acreage with large pp percentage and soybeans and canola gaining acreage from wheat. I think market is for big surprise on number of pp acres and how that's going effect final acres and production. Also a lot of late crop that's going effect production on lower yields.


  • 6/18 -Wilbarger County, Texas: 2600 acres of HRW averaged 12 bu. I was one of the highest in the county.


  • 6/17 - Lenawee County, Mich.: Corn and beans look good. Think wheat looks really good, hope so price keep going down. always something to gripe about.


  • 6/17 - Craigmont, (Lewis County), Idaho: We grow soft white wheat and garbanzos.


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  • 12/29 - Southwest Ohio: Almost another year gone!  Summarized 09 today but 2010 could be high on income, tax load could be huge for us.

    The wheat and barley is looking good.  Where we sprayed glyphosate or gramoxone before emergence, there are no weeds.

    Wherever we spread fertilizer on corn stalks, it is increasing degradation of the stalks.  I want that planter or drill to hit those stalks in April and the stalks blow into a million pieces.

    Bins and trucks will be the next management issue after the first of the year.

    Look at my tillage radishes in my wheat.   I have gotten 12 more bushels of wheat doing this twice now.  The radishes are dead now and giving off energy and nutrients to the new wheat crop.

    Southwest Ohio

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  • 12/29 - Adairville, Ky.: Our 2010 wheat crop, like most places, was planted late because of the wet fall and is off to a slow start.  While we have gotten a good stand, the crop is probably a month behind normal going into winter.

  • 12/29 - Southwest North Dakota: We had a 2-3 day blizzard over Christmas with some new snow falling.  Most shelterbelts and farmyards, ditches, are full of snow.  The fields have some snow on them but really depends on how much stubble was there.  We took off a record crop this year, (although most of it was 12 to 13.5 protein) which is very unusual for our area.  However, the crop also took nitrogen with it.  Almost all of our fields were soil tested so far and are requiring just about double the nitrogen of a normal year.  I think we will be sitting pretty fair for spring as we did have some fall moisture.  Trying to move last year's crop is what many of us in our area are doing now.  There were many piles of grain on the ground and there still is.  We are in the process of hauling out sunflowers and filling those bins with grain that was stored on the ground.

  • 12/29 - Vernon, Texas: We got our 2010 wheat crop planted a little late due to cotton harvest running late this year due to wet weather, but because of the wet weather planting conditions were ideal with plenty of moisture to get the crop started. Emergence was slow due to cold weather. Other than a few areas where the wild hogs did their damage it looks good. We got 6 of snow on Christmas Eve which should tide us over on moisture for a while. We increased our wheat acres a little this year due to rotation. We had a couple of circles that had been in cotton for a while that we sowed to wheat this year.

  • 12/29 - McPherson, Kan.: 2009 was a wet year. We had good yields on wheat and fall crops, but have been fighting mud for nine months. I did not finish drilling wheat this fall, I just quit with 5-10% of my intended acres unplanted. (Farm meeting talk sounds like this is fairly typical for this area this year.) It will go to other crops next spring.  Most of what got into the ground is in excellent condition.  Despite drilling into mud, most stands are good to excellent and well tillered. My last 60 acres mudded into soybean stubble on Nov 14 is not up yet. (Final reduced crop insurance date is Nov 15 and it was raining again by then.) I have limited expectations for that field, but really needed to get it rotated.

  • 12/28 - Adams County, eastern Washington: We have had significant winter weather. 0 degrees to a wind chill of 20 below on bare wheat fields.  In the last week have had about 8 tenths of an inch. That is significant for us in the 10 to 11 inch rainfall zone. It is currently 25 degrees and the ground is frozen.  Many cattle herds are on stubble and many are getting stored feed. Grain, hay, straw with molasses. We are enjoying a 3.75 premium over white wheat for our club wheat which puts it at 8.28 dollars for January delivery and even higher for February. Merry Christmas.

  • 12/22 - Eastern North Carolina: Soybean harvest has been a struggle this year. Finally got started on soybeans on Nov. 6 and have picked 10 days since and may dry enough to get one day in before next rain. Quality is starting to decline. Need about two weeks to finish. Got about half of the wheat acres planted before the rains started and got too late to finish.

  • 12/10 - Clay County, north central Kansas: Most of the harvest is done except for some who have a lot of crop out in the field yet. One farmer has over 200 acres of dry land corn out in the field because it will not dry down. Another has 200-plus acres of milo to harvest. Milo yields and dry land corn yields are outstanding for this area. A lot less wheat was planted due to the wet conditions and large fall harvest. My acres of wheat that I did not get planted will be going back into soybeans again next year. Dry land corn yields 150-plus and milo yields 125 bu. to 180 bu. per acre. My milo average is 139 bu. per acre.

  • 12/7 - Hardeman County, Texas: Tanner McLennan reports on his farms wheat status in Hardeman County, Texas. The first clip is Min till wheat with hog damage, the second clip is wheat pasture with stockers on it, and the third clip is no-till wheat.

  • 12/2 - Texas: With a few notable exceptions, soil moisture levels in much of the state were adequate or better, thanks to rain and snow. Soil moisture remained short to very short in the western counties of South Texas, but most of the region was enjoying improved soil moisture levels due to October and November rains, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

    Stocker cattle on wheat pasture. (Texas AgriLife Extension Photo by Stan Bevers)

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