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December Crop Comments

Dec 27, 2012

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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:  


  • 12/27 - Tara, Queensland, Australia: Most of the comments I hear from the US is on how dry it is. Well we can sympathize with you, our rain turned off in June and we have only had 1 fall of an Inch since. There’s been a couple of little falls but that’s it. The last three days here have been over 40 degrees C. We can’t get enough rain to get sorghum even into our long fallow country. We have 10 days of the year left and at this stage we are on track for the driest one on record. Prices in the US are starting to fall, I see on the USDA predicting a record crop. Correct if I’m wrong, but don’t you need a whole lot a rain or snow to fill your profile yet over there? We have our own ABARE predicting our crop at 22 million tonnes. It is very rare for feedlots to have to be feeding good quality wheat before Christmas and they are. ABARE Prediction?? Not sure where all the grain is going to come from!


  • 12/27 - Sumner County, Kan.: Wheat here is showing signs of stress and a lot not up and dead. NW Kansas is getting snow and by the sound of it the ditches will be the benefactor. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL and don not fall off the Cliff.


  • 12/27 - East central Iowa: Here is a review of fall 2012, as well as some videos of our snowstorm. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.

  • 12/19 - East central Illinois: Our ground is wet on top, dry below. Field tiles are still dry. We need a lot more rain to recharge subsoil. Wondering if this drought is going to last through 2013?


  • 12/19 - Logan County, Colo.: The wheat crop in our immediate area is holding on rather well. We have experienced a few moisture events this fall. They were not huge moisture events but have kept the crop in good condition to this point in time. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 12/11 - McLennan County, Texas: Dry, dry! Wheat was planted last of Oct some still not up. The last 2 months have been the 3rd driest in history. Maybe 70% emerged in some fields all the way down to 10%. Need rain sooner wheat will be plowed up and planted to a spring crop.


  • 12/11 - Mercer County, northwest Illinois: I have been running a Case 870 mulch ripper for several weeks now and have never seen it so dry.  At a depth of 12 inches there is very little surface moisture and no subsoil moisture (none of the tiles are running). We were fortunate to have a crop here this year, but if we don't get some precipitation this winter, last year’s drought will seem minor. So as much as I hate to, I'll pray for snow.


  • 12/11 - East central Iowa: This is the latest I have been able to apply NH3 (and the last day, I think). 10-13F for low temp Monday night, but 40's for highs by the end of the week. Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.


  • 12/11 - Westmoreland County, Pa.: We were very fortunate to have excellent crops in this area. Beans averaged 60 bushels and corn 175 bushels. First time this year I have ever seen 300 bushel corn for myself and I attached a picture taken after 16 rows were taken off the outside of the field. Got 5 inches of rain out of Hurricane Sandy then had the 3rd driest November on record. Since the calendar has turned to December we have had over 3 inches of rain.
    12 11 12 PA corn

    -- Westmoreland County, Pa.

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  • 12/10 - Reno County, Kan.: We went from 60 to 70 degrees 2 days ago to -2 degrees wind chill as I write this at six thirty A. M. I don’t care what the stock brokers or media say. This wheat crop is in big trouble. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - Allegany, N.Y.: Wheat is in good shape adequate moisture. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - Deuel County, Neb.: Wheat emergence was six weeks late due to dry soil at planting, thus fall growth and tillering is minimal. Winds have caused some dirt to blow and the beginning of farmers to till wheat fields to control blowing and attempt to save what crop remains. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - Ochiltree County, Texas: I have lost about 1,000 acre of wheat out of 3,000, and the rest does not look good. We have no sub-moisture for what wheat that is left and will not make it through the winter without some help. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - Decatur County, northwest Kansas: Most of my wheat hasn't emerged yet east of me 5 miles or so they caught a shower and got some wheat up but would have no moisture to grow. West and North of me none up yet Worst I have seen in my 40 years of farming. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - Frontier and Furnas counties, Neb.: Very little wheat up. It is my poorest wheat crop in 50 years farming. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - Jewell, Kan.: The HR wheat is showing signs of dry weather it is turning brown on many fields, more on ground that was planted after the beans were cut. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - LaSalle County, Ill.: First time we have ever planted Winter Wheat. It looks good with a good germination but is extremely dry just a couple inches down. Drain tile installed yesterday in soil that is dry to the bottom of the trench. Dry in a perpetual "wet hole" to the bottom of drainage tile trench. 2012 yields were down considerably but we will consider 2012 as great yields compared to 2013 if we don’t get moisture. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - East central Iowa: Dec 6 and still in the field. This is the latest I have ever applied NH3. There is just enough moisture to run. We have rain chances all the time, but as the rain heads are way it disappears (like it has all year). Video courtesy of scotthinch’s YouTube channel.


  • 12/10 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Wheat still a little spotty in some fields. Corn harvest mostly done, good yields around 40. A lot in the lower 20's. After Thanksgiving traveled from West Texas. Irrigated wheat looked good, dryland spotty and iffy. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - Sumner County, Kan.: Wheat planted last of Sep and 1st week of Oct is starting to joint in some areas. Also spots in fields are starting to show drought problems. Need cold weather to get wheat dormant and maybe it will make it to next spring. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - Kingman, Kan.: Wheat looks fair. Most have good stands, some fields are showing browning in the shallow areas and tree rows. A few fields have cattle turned out, but most are too short. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - Butler County, Kan.: Wheat looks good to excellent, last rain 4 weeks ago at 1.5 inches. Started striptilling for corn this week, lots of wheat straw left from our best wheat crop ever should help mulch next year’s corn if we stay dry. My dad has farmed ground west of Rock, Ks for 25 years and has had it flooded every year until last year. Last flood June 2010. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 12/10 - Greenwood County, Kan.: Have not had a good rain since spring. We did have 1.20 inches about three weeks ago. The wheat that was planted early looks decent but the later planted wheat looks terrible, some not even up yet. We continue to pray for rain as ponds are all dry as well as creeks. We will not have pond water for summer grazing if we don't have a couple of good rains so we have some runoff. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 12/10 - Clay County, Neb.: Double crop winter wheat at or near death anytime soon. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - Morgan County, Ala.: All older wheat looks good. Newly planted wheat should be up in about 2 weeks. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 12/10 - Harper County, Kan.: Wheat that is up looks surprisingly good. Later planted wheat has not all emerged. Some seed and fertilizer can still be seen in furrow on drier sites where it hasn't germinated or dissolved the fertilizer. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 12/5 - Washington County, Ore.: It has been very wet here in the Willamette Valley, about 15 inches of rain since the 11th of October. Fields have water standing in them, some of the winter wheat did not get planted because of wet field conditions.


  • 12/5 - Buffalo County, Neb.: I've never seen the river out front my house bone dry before, but it is right now. The wildlife is non-existent. Survival for everything is tough with disease and thirst. The wheat crop I saw on my way to Texas last week looked very subpar. In the afternoon heat of the day, drought stress on the wheat was apparent. Lots of fields with less than 50% stand. I fear that corn and soybean planting in dry dust this spring will look like the wheat on the high plains. Without rain the crop is going to be way short Chicago! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 12/5 - Dallas County, Iowa: Very dry here, some moisture from 1 inch of October rains in the top foot of the soil. No rain since and soil hard and dry below that foot. Trying to drive fence posts with little succes. Have to auger. Most area ponds and lakes are 4-6 feet below normal levels. Some pools of water in creeks and rivers, but barely flowing-if at all. Once the ground freezes up, the soil won't absorb any moisture and we'll require a lot of sustained, heavy rains in the spring to get through. Not even to replenish, but to just hang on.
  • 12/5 - Buffalo County, Neb.: They have already started picking up the corn ground piles. For those of you who want to be bearish on the grains the ethanol plants out here are all running. You make money when you can sell the ddg's for the same price as corn. And get the alcohol also.


  • 12/5 - Louisiana: The LSU AgCenter's Tobie Blanchard brings us up to date on how this year's harvest is going. Video courtesy of


  • 12/5 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Well it’s a mixed bag out here in central NE. Some of the boys have ripped it up to leave 20 inches or more of loose dirt. Some have done nothing, and some were content to rent the stalks out to the people with cattle to try and keep them in business. If we start watering like this year without some help from Mother Nature the water table will go dry. Pray for moisture cause we need it.


  • 12/5 - Putnam County, Ohio: Harvest went as expected, at 70% coverage, corn was 10 bpa short and beans were .17 over. Ground still too wet for tillage.