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17 Crop Comments from 17 States

July 5, 2012
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

Take a virtual crop tour across farm country, without leaving your chair.

Here are a handful of reports to AgWeb Crop Comments:

Arkansas2Sevier County, Ark.: Hay and pastures are green after a good rain two weeks ago, but we did not get the second cutting of hay. So far we are about half of normal production. Hot and too dry.

 

Colorado2Prowess County, Colo.: We depend on mountain snow for river water to irrigate. River and canals already dry for the year and now 105° to 112° temperatures with south wind. Will bale 3 ft. tall corn next week.

 

Illinois2Shelby County, Ill.: Crops looking bad after 100+ for several days. Corn on lighter ground starting to give up, beans 12 inches tall lot of blooms but standing still. Look pretty good in morning but afternoon very bad.

 

IowaLucas County, Iowa: Our south-central Iowa farm’s corn is very spotty. Some tasseling and 5 feet tall, some 3 feet tall and lower leaves are browning. Same with beans, some 12" tall and some only 4".

 

Kansas2Wichita County, Kan.: 0.60" rain since April 2. We’ve had six days straight of 110° to 114° with 20 to 30 mph wind. It’s the threshold of hell here! Small dryland corn is hanging on, but looks bad. Waist-high corn is gone. A lot of irrigated fields are starting to fire. A whole week of 100°+ to go yet, the writing is on the wall if things don't change quick.

 

Minnesota2Dakota County, Minn.: Our crops looked really good until we got 18" rain and hail. The hail was about 30 miles wide and 20 miles long. Some areas hit hard. I think it did 5% damage on corn, soybeans are getting replanted in spots.

 

MissouriJasper, Mo.: Things are all being cooked most of the early corn is filling but only half of the ear the other is blank. Soybeans are still holding on right now.

 

Montana2Billings, Mont.: Hot and dry! 97° today with a 25 mph wind! Ugly is what crops look like -- corn rolled by noon and grain ripening way too fast. Our only savior we have is irrigation water for now! Water might get short later in the year. Be safe and have a good year to all.

 

NebraskaCheyenne County, Neb.: Finished wheat harvest Saturday. Yields were nothing to talk about, however the quality was very good. First time in my memory that the combine was parked after harvest on July 1.

 

North Carolina2Stanly County, N.C.: Much corn is tasselling here now. Ten days ago it looked good, but with little or sporadic rain, it is deteriorating fast.

 

North Dakota2Benson County, N.D.: Some of us in central North Dakota are just barely hanging on because of lack of moisture. We don’t have a crop yet. Barley and wheat hurt. Corn and beans are hanging in there. We haven’t had larger than 0.6" rain at any one time. No rain in sight.

 

Ohio2Paulding County, Ohio: We've received 0.55" of rain since April 27 with few chances in the next 10 days. The corn crop is starting to tassel at a height of 3'-4' and soybeans are just hanging on. With little sub-moisture going onto planting, our reserves are about depleted.

 

PennsylvaniaBedford County, Pa.: Weekend storms brought hail damage to some places, short shower to 2.5 inches of rain 10 miles away. Mid-week thunderstorms in forecast but the days are running short for adequate moisture. Think we will mow our third cut alfalfa to coax Mother Nature for some rain.

 

Tennessee2Dyer, Tenn.: Our soybeans are hurt and rapidly deteriorating.

 

Texas2Plainview, Texas: There are no words to adequately describe the impact the rain has had on our land but even more so on our souls. The cotton is really ragged up and has been through wind, hail, blowing dust, cool temps to scorching heat. I would rate the irrigated crop in our area as a 6 out of 10. The dryland crop is really struggling and I don’t expect it to make it much past the middle of July. The ground was simply too dry, too deep for the moisture we did get to stay in the root zone!

 

Wisconsin2Lafayette County, Wis.: Put oats in on March 14, corn in on April 14, and soybeans the first week of May. Our last substantial rain was May 26. One-tenth inch is all we have got in June. First cutting of alfalfa was done by May 15 and second cutting by June 15. There will be no more haying unless we get rain. Corn and soybeans are hanging on...but just barely.

 

WyomingaGoshen County, Wyo.: One for the record. I have had family in this area since the late 1800s, never heard of a year so dry. Rangeland grass is nonexistent. Our county has just been approved for emergency grazing of CRP acreage. Cows will be eating last year’s growth from record rain and snowfall. Nothing is green outside of the irrigated land. Corn is anywhere from 13 leaves and great to 3 or 4 if emerged at all. We are lucky since most of our water storage systems were filled two years ago and we went into this year with full allocations. A tough year for all of us in ag.


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