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  • 7/31 – Mitchell County, Northeast Iowa: Aphid counts are still rather low, far below the recommended treatment level.  They are higher this week than last and what are there are small ones.  Weather is ideal for aphid reproduction thus I am expecting the numbers to rise in the week ahead.  Beans are in R2 to R3, a little behind normal.  The nights are too cool.  The area is 200 heat units behind.  Crops look excellent with outstanding yield potential, but we need some heat.  Corn is in pollination stage.

  • 7/31 – Ross County, Ohio: Crops look good to excellent around here. We had almost 3.5 inches of rain in the last 24 hrs. I’m not sure how much more rain we can take and not start turning yields down but we are well above average. Beans are at waist high and corn all tasseled.
  • 7/31 - Chickasaw County, Northeast Iowa:There are a few planes around, but I've not personally seen any aphids yet. Been scouting a little every few days, hope the little devils stay away. I hear that if you rent a farm from Hertz Management, two requirements are Headline and aphid treatment. You can argue for the headline, but tell me how it helps to treat for aphids if you don't need to. Doesn't that just help them build resistance??


  • 7/31 – Miami/Fulton Counties, North Central Indiana: We received a little over 2" of rain the week of July 12th.  On July 28th we received 1.4", with a couple of tenths between those dates.   We look very good even though we are 8-10 days (maybe more) behind normal. Corn planted on May 30th is tasseled and looks good.  Soybeans are knee high or better and look good also. Some no-till stands are not perfect but sufficient to make a crop. I don't want to say this too loud but we could use some heat. The clock is ticking.  Our concern is growing degree days before frost.  As always we'll take what we get.

  • 7/31 – Van Buren County, Southeast Iowa: We haven't seen any aphids yet. Several planes are flying the last week spraying fungicide. Crops are variable, beans are starting to look good but they are still late. Took corn a long time to tassel with variable heights. Crops looks really good in central and northern Iowa.
  • 7/31 – Pocahontas, Iowa: Is anyone seeing many soybean aphids in Iowa?

  • 7/31 – Indiana: USDA claims large acreage and almost perfect crops. I have read a lot of reports from farmers and traveled many miles and have yet to see what the USDA sees. But you can't fix a poor economy with high commodity prices. So let’s manipulate them. The only problem with that is the truth will come out and then what happens.
  • 7/31 - Faulk County, South Dakota: Rained about 30/100 today. Corn and beans are way behind schedule. Some corn is tasseled but some is couple weeks away. Beans vary from looking good to short, short short, and yellow in lower gumbo ground fields. If we have late frost (end of October) corn will be ok, but otherwise we might have a lot of silage.

  • 7/30 - Richland and Jasper Counties, Southeastern Illinois: The past two weeks we have seen improvements in our corn and soybean crops in Southeastern Illinois. If you look at the corn and soybean crops and don’t look at the calendar you would think that we have good potential for average or above average yields, but “holy cow boys” it is nearly August.

    It appears from other crop comments throughout the Midwest that there is several in the same situation.

    Corn is starting to tassel in some areas of the counties, however most will tassel within the next week or ten days – Soybeans are just starting to bloom - should make for an interesting and late fall harvest.


  • 7/30 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: After months of wet weather, now we really need a good rain. Corn is just now pollinating and we are dry. Soybeans are really showing the stress with fields that had to be planted in damp to muddy conditions and now are rock hard and have inch or better cracks. Rain has been in forecast but seems to disappear or avoid us. Lets hope for a wetter than normal August and a dry warm fall.

  • 7/30 Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: We have had three hail storms this summer around here. I feel very fortunate as only about 60-80 acres of my beans are seriously hurt. You don't have to drive far in any direction and the crops are gone, TOTALLY WIPEOUTED tens of thousands of acres just gone. Crops that were not hit are looking good but at least two weeks behind normal due to cool summer. USDA will adjust corn acres to fit the price they want so there isn't a huge crop insurance payout, just enough.


  • 7/30 - Lyon County, Minnesota: At this point the crop still holds quite a bit of promise but we too have been very short of rain. We were supposed to get some last night but as usual it just misted a bit. The cool weather has been saving us but we are going to need some heat to get the crop developed. It sure has been nice working weather though!


  • 7/30 - Northwest Minnesota: Crops are 2-3 weeks behind. No corn tasseling, most beans are yellow, short and very late. Wheat looks pretty good from the road but we'll see. Does anyone believe USDA's prevent plant # of 2 million acres?? There's a lot of black ground around here.

  • 7/30 - Northwest Central Indiana: Corn in our area is extremely uneven. Population and weed control look very good. Some plants are well developed, but may have corn in the same row that has not tasseled. The height is 3 feet with tassels to full height tassels in the same field. My son talked to crop-duster pilots who said they have not seen any uniform corn fields.


  • 7/30 - Muleshoe, Texas: In reference to the post from Allen Co, Southeast Kansas on the 24th.  It sounds like he is experiencing potassium (K) deficiency. 

  • 7/29 – Le Sueur County, Minnesota: If we don't get rain pretty soon this crop will be a disappointing yield.   We have lost in this area at least 20% or more in yield just because it does not rain and seems to go around us all of the time. It still has not rained as of yet but at least it is cooler than before. 

  • 7/29 - Randolph, Nebraska, Cedar County: Very dry here. Lower leaves are turning brown, needs rain.

  • 7/29 - Barnes County, Eastern North Dakota: We’ve had 35/100” of rainfall this year for an accurate precipitation total.  Our crops look very threatened at this time.  On top of this we are having an extremely cool-cold summer & this combination doesn’t promote much growth.  Neither corn nor beans are growing vigorously.  North Dakota has more problems with our growing conditions this year than we’ve seen since the summer of 1988. It’s a crisis situation.


  • 7/29 - Northeast Arkansas: Crops here are still running a week to ten days behind. I would consider the crops overall 90%good to 5% excellent....5% below average.  We just got to get thru next 30 days, so things can change.

  • 7/28 - Lafayette County, Wisconsin:  Hail damage on 7/24/09.  The crops were looking better than they had in years and in 15 minutes all that changed.  It is estimated that 20,000 acres are affected and most were hit ahead of pollination.
- Lafayette County, Wisconsin


  • 7/28 - Northeast Indiana: Crops way behind here. Corn not even tasseled yet, some a couple weeks away. Beans just slow not even knee high. Weather this weekend seemed more like fall than July. Rain very spotty. Some haven't had more than 3/4 in since planting. And not much in forecast.
  • 7/28 - Northeast Pennsylvania: Things have been quite a challenge up here in Springfield Twp. Bradford County, PA this season, even more so than normal.  This week (July 26th - 31st), is the first stretch of warm weather (Above 80), that we've seen since April!  We have both weather extremes here this year.  Too much "rainy weather" and at the same time it's too dry!  It's not that we've had a lot of rain accumulation, it's just that we've had a lot of rainy days that don't amount to much.  Our ground is very dry and cracked open in some fields, but at the same time we've only had 1 week (almost 5 days), without rain that hasn't ruined our "Dry" haying efforts.  
    We're always watching various weather channels and seeing how parts of Texas are shriveling up and other parts are bursting with moisture.  Only good thing about this weather pattern we're stuck in is there's been little to no heat stress on our cattle.

    So I guess we should count our blessings for our cow's sake and chop more hay, huh!?
    Can't wait for winter, I think we're in for a loo-loo!

  • 7/28 - Waseca County, Minnesota:  I think the USDA is going to be surprised this year when harvest is done!! We are in an area that hasn't seen a good general rain for 1 1/2 months with a total of 1 inch since the middle of June. It looks great form the road, but walk inside the fields and the corn is fired up 1 to 2 ft. It’s just a really bad time to be without moisture since we are in full pollination.
  • 7/28 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois:  I believe I have an answer for the gentleman from Kansas concerning the yellow spots on his beans.  If you were cool and cloudy for several days, the beans were not getting enough sunshine.  My maple trees are starting to turn as if fall is already here.  We were very cool and cloudy several days in a row and our beans had some of the same yellowing.  Our beans have perked up with the sunshine the past few days.  I hope this helps. 

    The corn is looking better with each passing day.  Bean spraying is still going in full force.  We thought we could use some rain, but we still have some water setting in the low spots from planting beans the last week of June.  Yes, we had a few showers here and there but that is how wet we were this spring.  Corn yields could be average or slightly above based on the corn we have walked so far. 

    The big determining factor will be the frost.  Beans will be lucky to make 45bpa.  We usually grow 55-65bpa beans.  If we had a twelve inch snow tomorrow, you wouldn't be able to see but a handful of fields with bean plants sticking out of the snow.  Bean yields will definitely be in the toilet here.  The weatherman says we will have below normal temperatures until the 8th of August.  After the 8th, summer will try and make a return.  What return?  We never had a summer.  We are heading into record territory with the fifth coolest July on record.


  • 7/28 - Glendale Kentucky, Hardin County: This is kind of late but this was our Austrian Winter Pea and Winter Oat crop. Cut in May and made 109 rolls of haylage on 16 acres, not bad for a cover crop that puts nitrogen in the ground. Some of the vines were 7 feet long. 
- Glendale Kentucky, Hardin County

Tara Haybens and Pearl Millet in the same field we had the winter peas and oats in. I hate to guess what this is going to make, I really don't know. 

 - Glendale Kentucky, Hardin County

  • 7/28 - Northeast Wisconsin: Getting some nice late July rains now, do need some heat, corns and beans behind 1-2 weeks, Wheat ready for harvest.

  • 7/28 - Fayette County, Iowa: Tens of thousands of acres wiped out in Friday’s storm. Most look to be a total loss at a very critical time!!!!!


  • 7/27 - Stearns County, Minnesota: Corn is entering the pollination stage and soybeans are in the flowering stage. I would say we are about 1-2 weeks behind normal. The only thing really helping this year was getting the corn in so early. Cool weather going to provide excellent pollination conditions but we are going to need the GDU's sometime this summer!
  • 7/26 - Lafayette County, Wisconsin: Crops are behind schedule but are doing well.

  • 7/25 - Central Nebraska: I would not be surprised if at least 30 % of the crops in Nebraska have been beat up by weather. Either drowned, dried up, hailed, or blown over. I estimate 3000 acres hailed out in Logan County night before last to say nothing about the rest of the state.

  • 7/25 - Shelby County, Illinois: Very little early (April) corn here. All fields are blessed with uneven corn and uneven nitrogen reserves. We had excellent crop last year and have had several in last 30 years. I know one when I see one; this is not one! South of here is a disaster, uneven corn with folks depending on grain for livestock, knee-high uneven corn will not provide it. Beans are all over the board May 25th through July 1st planting. We are a very progressive and aggressive bunch of farmers as a group, and we have done all we can do. Mother Nature has sure humbled us this year! It will just be what it will be!
    7/24 - Allen County, Southeast Kansas: Soybeans are growing, time to spray! Received 2.25” of much needed rain two days ago. One distinguishing observation is there appears to be some discoloring around the outer edges on some plants. The coloring is a yellow tint and it is in spots and does not seem to be spreading across the entire crop. Can anyone provide and insight for the coloring? What this might indicate? Rust? I do not believe it is rust. Hay has been good, a couple of notes is the pastures do not seem to be as productive as last year for hay.
  • 7/24 - Sibley County, Minnesota: Missed the rain again, north of us had 1" or more same to the south east of us. We have had only about 3" since the first couple days of May. Beans look better than expected, some corn just finished tasseling some still needs to tassel! If it wouldn't be for the dew the crops would look tough. Temps by day mid 60 to mid 70, at night low 50's.  I would like to know were the crop ratings are coming from, with crops being 2+ weeks behind it doesn't seem possible for the yields being predicted.

  • 7/24 - Sangamon County, Illinois: 25% of my corn was planted May 5th, the other 75% wasn't planted until May 28th to 30th.The first planting is pollinated, the rest will pollinate in about 2 weeks! Unless we have a extremely late frost I don't think it will turn out very well. Most of my beans are going to be very close to getting frosted two. Most of the corn and beans in this area are the same way as mine, everyone hoping for a very late frost.

  • 7/24 - Northern Wright County, Iowa: Planted corn early and in near perfect conditions should be done pollinating by now and are still waiting for some to tassel. Yes things look good but 70's daytime and 50's at night sure slow things up.  Black raspberries normally get picked starting the 1st of July didn't start until 8th and are still picking. Should have been done on the 15th. Alfalfa hay patch has about slowed growth to a standstill. Moisture is OK here. Plant maturity is definitely behind.
  • 7/24 - Fayette County, Pennsylvania: Had 1.6 inches of rain in the last 5 days before that we were dry for 3 weeks.  Still only half of normal rainfall for July, temperatures are cool. April planted corn (105 day) tasseled June 28th looks nice and green ears are filling out.  Beans are really dark green and have begun to set pods and flowers. 

    -- Nueces County, Texas

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  • 7/24 - Central Pennsylvania:Corn crop looks excellent.  Was in the need of rain, but the past couple days have been rainy weather and looks to be predicted that way for the next week.  About 40% of the crop is in tassel and most not far behind.  Warren County of West Central Illinois: Just remember, sometimes the only people that post comments on this website are the ones with poor crops (or extremely good crops).  Posting a comment on a website isn’t going to make USDA change their report.  Anything is better than the floods of last summer.
  • 7/24 - From Ragbrai: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: See a healthy crop of corn and bicyclists.

    -- Nueces County, Texas

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  • 7/23 - Harrison County, Iowa: Drove I-80 to Des Moines and back on Highway 141,then drove I-29 down the Missouri River valley. Corn crop looks excellent but the bean crop looks poor. Too much rain. Many bean fields are yellow. It looks like we will have a large corn crop and short bean crop. Sprayed a fungicide on corn on corn acres and part of the beans. Corn tasseled the first week in July and all fields have silked.

  • 7/23 - Westphalia, Kansas: Everything is 2 to3 weeks late here. Corn is usually tasseled by the first week in July is about 80% tasseled. Beans are everywhere in size. Most corn and beans  look good but are only starting to really use moisture. We will need timely rain and a late frost to get bumper yields.

  • 7/23 - Giles County, Tennessee: No our corn did not pollinate well. The crop was fat and sassy coming out of May then north winds and 100 degree temps for three weeks in June just about cooked it. Excellent weather in July means better than last year,but well below our average. May replant corn will be our best,go-figure! Beans look great with pods filling on early group 3 varieties and pod set almost complete on early to mid 4s. Wheat beans look good. The deer herd seems to agree! We feel very fortunate to have been blessed with good rains in July, it was almost Katie Bar The Door!
  • 7/23 - Butler, Nebraska: Still no rain of any amount. We have had only a 1/2 inch all July. Here is a picture of one of my fields.  I must be the unlucky one again. 

    -- Nueces County, Texas

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  • 7/23 - East Central Illinois: A drive across IL. and IN. and you see unplanted fields, uneven yellow stunted fields of corn & beans,  huge bare spots from flooding and tasseled fields are far outnumbered by short untasseled fields. Many fields look good for July 2nd but not July 22nd. Many fields look good from the roads in a car but up on a sprayer you can see the bare spots and stunted corn out in the fields.  Just like the bogus crop report the 60% good to excellent crop rating for ILLINOIS is another load of crap.
  • 7/23 - Lancaster County, Nebraska: Rain total since June 21st----.55 inches yes just over a 1/2 inch.  Corn holding on but in need of some rain. Early frost will not be a problem here with corn in blister stage or better.  What look to be a bumper crop is getting trimmed back, temperatures for us have been way below normal for July with only one day over 90 and nights in the upper 50's, which has helped us. Beans are average, haven't heard of any aphids but plenty of gray leaf spot in some corn fields. Send a 2" down pour this way. Local corn price 2.92 and beans at 8.60.
  • 7/23 - Warren County, West Central Illinois: Crops have slightly improved over the last two weeks. There are a lot of corn acres damaged with stunted yellow corn but also some nice fields. Beans are way behind in growth and I don't think there will be any 60 bu. here this year. USDA and CBOT are playing the same old game. If what I read on a lot of these comments comes to be true, then I wouldn't sell anything until the fat lady has sung!

  • 7/22 - Humboldt County, Iowa: Been traveling a lot in N central NW Iowa last few days.  Corn looks real good beans mostly good. Looks like we will have a huge crop of very wet Corn. Last year was behind normal this crop lags behind it a good week  plus.

  • 7/22 - Branch County, Michigan: Just took a road trip from Michigan to Colorado, crops in western Nebraska looked decent but with some significant hail damage in some fields, eastern Nebraska's crop looked great. Iowa's crop (both corn and beans) looked excellent! Illinios' crop looked good but with short crops in the east end of the state. Northern Indiana and southern Michigan's crop is very short in many areas due to late planting and lack of rain, will need a late frost in some cases.
  • 7/22 - West Central Kansas: Whew, hail missed again. 

    -- West Central Kansas

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  • 7/21 - Southeast Wisconsin: Corn is shoulder high, some pushing flag leaf, BUT starting to show signs for stress from lack of moisture. We need good rain and lots of sun and growing degree days to make this crop.

  • 7/21 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: Everything here is a beautiful green color.  It is cool with ample moisture.  The weatherman is predicting 1-3 inches of rain for Tuesday.  Bean spraying is on everyone's plate as the weeds are growing quickly.  The crop is extremely late due to the excessive rains from this spring.  The insurance agent has had over 100PP claims and quite a few good flat fields did not get planted in the county.  Some corn has started to tassel and within the week the Memorial Day corn will begin to tassel also.  The corn was mudded in and stands have been reduced by 10 percent due to hail, flooding, and planting around the wet holes.  Every time we get a strong wind, the corn is leaning.  Soybeans are short with most of them planted the last week of June.  What are yields going to be?  Well, if it stays cool and cloudy the beans won't make trendline as some of them are starting to yellow.  I would guess corn will average 15% fewer bushels than last year.  We are way behind on growing degree units and the next couple of weeks look to be below normal for temperatures.  Sunshine hours are getting shorter with each passing day.  My prediction is for the grain market to be turned on its ear when a September frost hits.  I am not wishing this on anyone, but the feeling is growing stronger with each passing day.

  • 7/21 - Southern Henry County, Northwest Ohio: After a good start to this year the crops are in desperate need of a good rain.  We have received only 1/2 inch in the past five weeks.  If we don’t get any decent rain in the next two weeks the corn may be in the low 100's and beans in the thirties.
  • 7/21 - Nueces County, Texas: Half way through harvest. It is going well. No line at the elevator. 1500 to 3500lbs/ac, can't get too excited about it. We are ripping it deep and calling it a year. 

    -- Nueces County, Texas

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  • 7/21 - Logan County, Illinois:The first 25% of my Corn is pollinated the other 75% is still 2 weeks away! I will be lucky to get most of my corn and beans matured by the first frost. My crop is even further behind than it was last year, we had an unbelievable fall last year and were able to get everything matured and picked. Me and most everyone else in this county are hoping for a miracle 2 years in arrow!!
  • 7/21 - Hancock County, Indiana: Corn in various stages, tasseling to knee high. Most fields very uneven. Beans look terrible in a lot of fields, weak stands, very short. Need perfect weather from now on with late frost to make much of a crop.

  • 7/21 - St. Clair/Madison County, Southwest Illinois: While April and May were pretty much as uncooperative as they come June and July have provided us with some reasonable weather.  Normally this time of year we are praying for rain and sweating our tails off, however this year we are scrambling to find light jackets and find many fields to wet to spray.  My neighbor said it best “it might as well keep raining now”.  If anything we are a little too wet, but I’m not gonna complain about that the 3rd week of July.  The May corn has evened out some and is pollinating.  I think this corn has some pretty good yield potential and another rain in a week or two will certainly give us above average potential.  The early June corn looks good, but is just chest high so it has a ways to go yet.  However those stands are good and the fields have nice even growth so I still feel those fields have very good potential if the weather continues to cooperate.  Tough to do yield estimates yet, but we sure seem to be headed for at least an average crop at this point which would be quite an accomplishment given the spring.  Beans are a real mixed bag.  In general small and behind are the best terms I can find.  The June planted fields look decent and stands for the most part are good.  Some will be or need to be sprayed.  The July 1 and later fields have drowned out spots and in general have spotty stands.  In fact there are still some fields around that have yet to be planted or need to be replanted, but I’m thinking many have just quit.  Bean yields will be determined by the rain we get in August so we could have decent beans or we could have poor ones.  Last year we planted late but they got off growing good.  This year with all the rain many fields are yellow and stunted.  For those reasons I think bean yields here will be less than last year and most likely under our 5 year average and that is if we get normal weather from here on.  Any weather hiccups and we could be down 20-45% from average pretty quick .

  • 7/20 - South Central Minnesota-Iowa Border: Went to the lake yesterday but really too cool to go in the water.  Felt more like a nice September weekend than middle of July. This week looks like more below normal temps.  Corn tassels are slowly starting to emerge, but we are behind on heat units and are going to have wet corn if things don't speed up.  The beans are short and could use a good two weeks of hot sunny weather.

  • 7/20 - Holdingford, Minnesota: Corn and soybeans look good for the most part but are about 1-2 weeks behind and losing ground everyday.  This has got to be one of the coldest July's on record.  Have not even used my air conditioning yet in July and only 3 days in June.  Froze my tail off sleeping in a tent at a party on Saturday night.
  • 7/20 - Williams County, Ohio: Corn starting to look better. Good color and knee high to head high beans. Some just coming up too 8 inches tall .50 at night 70 during day. Very slow growth. Hope for Thanksgiving frost. Very wet start then flash floods when it does rain. Did have good wheat crop. Still lost money very high inputs last fall just a little price gouging. 

  • 7/20 - Jennings County, Southeast Indiana: Very few fields look good here. None look excellent. Late planting, frequent rain and cool weather has really taken a toll.  Most beans are very small and slow growing. Corn is very ragged 6 inches to over your head. Nitrogen took the yellow out but that's about it.  

  • 7/20 - Northeast North Dakota: The crops continue to lag behind here and late seeded crop which is majority of it will need long fall to make a crop.  We continue to receive execess moisture although it has been spotty last two weeks but we have caught significant rainfall of 2 to 3 inches of rain in that period. I toured significant portion of NE and red river valley and wheat crop looks mostly average but soybean crop lags way behind and begining to look doubtful if they will make much of a crop this year. Also the PP acres i think are going to be much larger that first projected for ND. WE need something to change this weather pattern or i am afraid we will be getting a early frost. I hate to say it but probably need hurricane to shake up this jet stream.

  • 7/17 - Central Missouri to Central Illinois: Margy Fischer, Farm Journal Machinery Editor: Driving to Corn College, I saw a variety of crop conditions. Some corn looked right on track as tassels popped toward the sky. Other fields had a range between knee high corn and corn tasseling. And still other fields looked overall sluggish at just over knee high.

    For soybeans, there was great variety as well. Some baby beans seemed to have emerged only a week or two ago. Other fields had canopies about to close. 

    Soybeans and corn near Sherman, IL.

    Uneven corn in Logan County, IL.
    Drowned soybeans on low ground.

    And, just across the road even corn at tassel
    as far as the eye could see.

    -- Margy Fischer, Farm Journal Machinery Editor

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  • 7/17 - Stutsman County, North Dakota: Crop failure would be the natural & honest word to apply to the certain look of our corn and soybeans.  Grains, like HRSW & Barley, look good where the extreme weather of total drought or ultra-flooding are not currently happening.  We had one tough (super cool) weather year last year.  Horrible winter of record snow-fall & cold.  Never had a spring, just massive flooding & struggle then rush to planting while wearing insulated coats & Union-alls.  Now just above freezing (nights) in July and highs of 62* or 67* & most regions are ultra dry.  It’s too cold & too dry to grow weeds here.  Our County had its last rainfall in 2008 September.  We called all of our elevators & grain buyers today to inform them of our certainty there will be no grain produced here to apply to our sales contracts.  Heading into Deere tomorrow to get a very large disk.

  • 7/17 - Richland County, Illinois: Almost all beans in this part of country were planted after Jun. 25. A few fields remain unplanted as of Jul.16. We had 1 in.+ Jul.15.
  • 7/17 - Cass County, Nebraska: Corn grown by Ryan Meisinger in Southeast Nebraska in Cass County. 

    -- Cass County, Nebraska

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  • 7/17 - St. Clair County, Michigan: Corn and beans are way behind here and getting farther behind every day. Even with a late frost, a lot of this corn will be lucky to make silage. Record low high temp is forecast for Saturday. God is in charge and is our only hope now.

  • 7/17 - Calhoun and Buena Vista Counties, Northwestern Iowa:Drove to Storm Lake and back from Lake City in light rain and viewed probably the best crop conditions we have had since 2004. This year may even eclipse 2004 if weather conditions continue. Areas that have been drowned out the past several years are carrying a crop this year. Some issues with up and down corn due to compacted soils but for the most part the corn is looking very good. We have had very timely rains and nothing more than 1.5 inches over any 24 hour period. Most rains have fallen in half inch amounts. Corn is beginning to pollinate in most fields. Corn-on-corn lags behind at least a week in growth. Soybean fields are pretty much canopied and gaining before the August pod set.

  • 7/16 - Faulk County, South Dakota: There were a lot of acres of soybeans lost in July because of heavy rains that have dotted the state. A lot of stunted looking yellow beans too, especially the no till fields. Very few bean fields that look very good. Poor stands and short. Most of the corn looks good, but behind schedule. If it does not frost until the end of October we should be in good shape.
  • 7/16 - Pender, Northeast Nebraska: Crops are off to a great start. Wet spots are less than one tenth of one percent. I rotate corn and beans. This year is about 60% beans and 40% corn. We have had severe storms all directions from us but we have been very fortunate so far. Good luck.

  • 7/15 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor, is seeing weeds turning yellow in central Illinois, and a rare wheat harvest.

    -- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

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  • 7/15 - Woodbury County, Western Iowa: We had been behind in average rainfall for the year until last week.  Now we are too wet.  Dry and cool weather in May caused poor corn root development and uneven soybean emergence. Damp weather over the last month delayed spraying and led to weedy fields and fungus and bacterial growth.  Most of the corn looks good but there are some fields that are poor.  Soybeans are below average due to the cool spring, uneven emergence, delayed spraying, and fungus and bacteria.I drove through Illinois on I-80 last week.  Many of the cornfields were fence post high or just above.  The beans were short also.  I saw 2 fields that weren't planted.  When I drove the same route on June 2 the tallest corn was about 3 to 4 leaves and only a couple of soybean fields were up.  The crops look to be about 3 weeks behind what I would consider to be normal for the area.

  • 7/15 - Woodford County, Illinois: This is simple and out of our control...Sun.. Also wonder with Ag Day weatherman calling for below normal temps for the next 90 days in Illinois,  EARLY FROST?
  • 7/15 - Chambers County, Texas: Much of Texas remained hot and dry, but the southern areas are the hardest hit. This may look like a dried out pond but it's actually a field, said Tyler Fitzgerald, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Chambers County. 

    -- Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo
    by Tyler Fitzgerald

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  • 7/15 - West Central Fayette County, Iowa: As the outlaw Josey Wales said, The Lord, he gives and the Lord, he takes away. I am 50 years old, have lived here all my life and I have never seen crop damage like from last Thursday. Soybean fields look like freshly harvested hay fields and some beautiful corn fields are just... gone. I know it won't make much difference in USDA's grand scheme, but to these farmers it's terrible. The hail was so bad it took fiberglass fenders off dually pickups so I don't know how crops were supposed to survive.  

  • 7/14 - Northwestern Platte County, East Central Nebraska: The one thing our crops could use is rain, been short on that all spring. After a dry March, April and May, we finally received rain about mid-June, since then nothing. July rainfall total is .04 hundredths so far. The crops in general look good, but the next few days will be interesting. The forecast calls for lower humidity and northwest winds, not a good combination when you are praying for rain.
  • 7/14 - Western Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: We finally have had two weeks without rain.  Spraying, row crop work, and haying are going full speed ahead without much trouble...  We finished harvesting last year's corn this afternoon.  This area has about 35% to 50% unseeded prevent plant, so a big activity is spraying and tilling the summer fallow.  USDA and Federal Crop Ins. wants that ground seeded with a cover crop, so that will be the next big effort. Beans, both soybeans and dry beans are growing very slowly in this cool summer.  They were all planted in ground much too wet and muddy, so they got off to a poor start-then  pounded back into the ground with heavy rains, and now we are having a very cool growing season, so far.  It's no wonder the beans are struggling (actually, they look like hell).    Our wheat and barley crops, for the most part look great.   I did spray one of our last wheat fields yesterday, and was thinking about parking the sprayer and bringing the chisel plow out instead......so not all the grain is good.  Sunflower, canola and corn acres are way less than last year in this corner of ND.   We are praying for a long, warm fall season.

  • 7/14 - Wyoming County, Western New York: Took a drive through Wyoming, Genesse , Monroe and Livingston counties yesterday and saw field after field of uneven and yellow corn, Manny areas  had standing water. Beans need some heat to get them growing... low 70's today w/ mid 40's forecast for overnite.
  • 7/14 - Bremer County, Iowa: Crops were looking great in our area.  Timely rains were setting us up for a bumper crop. Storm last Thursday hailed the beans down to stems, and pulverized the corn. Some corn was head high, and has been reduced to stubble. We will find out how good insurance really is very soon. Might as well bolt the corn reel on now, what a mess.

  • 7/13 - Faribault County, Minnesota: Looks like another cool week ahead.  Seems like the corn is standing still.  Tassels are very slow to emerge, have not seen any yet. With a lot of cool temps our early planted corn is no longer early.  Had rain and wind and hail last week. Some fields flattened pretty bad, hope it stands up by pollination.
  • 7/13 - DeKalb County, Missouri: The last farmer in America is done planting today. I feel like a prizefighter who just went 15 rounds. Got corn in June 27 and today the beans. I couldn't look at a piece of equipment without it breaking down. Thought I was going to go all day without a mud hole but 2a from being done I slugged a row and had to dig it out. Corn looks good.....for mid-May. At least we didn't have here what they had on the other end of the county a couple mornings ago. Microburst that blew 8" limbs off trees and over 3 in of rain in just minutes. One fellow said 75% of the corn crop was knocked down on his farm with the wind. Got to spray some beans tomorrow and then hit the morning glory and cockleburs. I need summer till November.


  • 7/13 - West Texas: Here’s a good picture that pretty well illustrates the condition of the West Texas cotton crop.  Spring planting rains were really spotty and most of the non-irrigated crop south of Lubbock has failed (Approximately 1 million acres).  No rain means dry soils that equals violent sand storms like this one when storms roll in, off the mountains of New Mexico.  This picture was taken just southeast of Lubbock, TX at my daughter’s home in the small lake community of Lake Ransom Canyon.  The picture was taken facing to the west and the Lubbock skyline is usually clearly visible from this vantage point and there is a huge electric power generation plant only 3 miles away.  This storm was packing 80 MPH winds and the sand literally shreds the young cotton cotyledon leaves that were emerging on the day of this picture (6/18).  We lose much more cotton to sand storms like these that we ever lose to a hail storms. 

-- Southeast of Lubbock, TX

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  • 7/13 - Lancaster County, Lincoln, Nebraska: There have been some rains around but we seem to keep missing them only .15 since June 21st.  Corn is tasseling to pollination being complete, has great potential but will need rain shortly or the corn will start going backwards. Little wheat in the area was good with 60-70 bushel per acre the average. Beans seem to be a struggle this year with a tremendous different in height within all fields not a lot of beans over knee high.

  • 7/13 - Butler County, Iowa: Will not see many tassels this year--- the WHITE COMBINE came last night-- corn field smells like mid Sept. Silo filling time and beans are just stems. Guess we did our part to help the surplus so the USDA says.
  • 7/13 - Richland County, Illinois: We finished planting Jul.3rd. Still some 1st and dc left when it rained Jul.8th. Most all corn planted Memorial Day weekend was replanted Jun.6, 7, 8th. So we don't need an early frost.

  • 7/13 - Putnam County, Illinois: It has been a very wet spring and early summer I am in the house writing this because it is raining again 2 inches since Wed. We are at least 10 - 14 days from tasseling and it may be a year that only the narrow row beans close the row. We did get a window for finishing spraying the corn. I was hoping to start spraying beans as the grass is growing as fast as the beans we will need a few days of dry and windy weather for that to happen. Even with all the challenges of the spring this is still the greatest life any one could live. We live in a Great Nation and still have the right to worship and live in freedom. God Bless America and the American Farmer.

  • 7/13 - Southern Iowa: Traveled a lot last week. Crops around/near Des Moines look really good. In the southern two counties of SE Iowa the crops are not near as good. Corn is really uneven and all bottom ground looks terrible. Same with crops in Missouri, except theirs are even shorter than SE Iowa's. You can tell which fields had corn on corn as well, yellow corn waste high. First planted corn is starting to tassel this week, like most years the earliest planted corn/soybeans look the best.
  • 7/13 - Henry County, Illinois: Corn is starting to tassel. 4.5" of rain since 7/4. I don't think I've ever seen more variability in corn. Anywhere from tassel to barely 2 ft high. Lots of yellow drowned out spots that won't make anything.  Lots of uneven fields.  The best looking fields are the early planted on well drained soils.  Some of the worst looking fields are those where corn on corn was no-tilled into corn stalks. And, we are in one of the better areas. It is worse as you go east and south.  I would not look for any record yields in IL. Beans look pretty good for the most part although many fields were planted late.

  • 7/10 - South Central Minnesota-Iowa Border: Corn soon will start to shoot tassels.  Had too much rain last night -will probably hurt some beans, water ponded in the low ground. Overall corn looked good before this rain and some beans were good ,some kinda short or yellow.

  • 7/10 - Gillespie County, Texas: Would love to bundle up some hot and dry and jet it to Jefferson County, New York. The last several days here have been 100-110ish.  The rains fell June 30 and July first. I was blessed with 3-4 inches then, and today I was kicking up musk thistle rosettes on the edge of a milo field with my bootheels in dry dirt.  So many got none.  We are all hoping for a wet fall here.  Come on, el Niño!
  • 7/10 - Sioux County, Northwest Iowa: Wow corn & beans are looking great here. Looks like a lot of the fields have the potential to do well over 200 bushel to to acre. Thinking I might have a field to beat my personal best field average of 254 last year. We are a little behind on growing degree days, but we've been getting some good moisture. Even with the reduction in GDU's the reduced to non-existent water stress is going to produce BIG YIELDS. It's already July 10th, and we've had about an inch of rain every other day. I think we could make it to harvest and get good yields even if it quit raining now. Went over into South Dakota, looks like those guys are going to get some good crops also. Had a hailstorm in town today where I live golf ball size hail all the way to  grapefruit size, did a number on some crops but most came straight down so the damage wasn't so bad. Can't say the same for the pickup though. Calling for rain every day for the next week, if we can keep the hail away from the crops it is going to be a bin buster. Now if the stuff was only worth something. I'm thinking markets are done, even if corn acres are reduced the overall increase in yields we are going to see this year will offset reduction acres. Let's hope the ethanol mandate gets past to chew up all this excess corn we will be seeing.

  • 7/9 - Jefferson County, New York: Traveled to Western New York and thru the Finger Lakes region yesterday taking a different route out and back. I traveled the same route two weeks ago and crops have  gone backwards in that period of time. Beans are yellow and have a lot of drowned out sections. Everyone is spraying for aphids. Corn has stood still because of cold, wet conditions with late planted corn unable to be sidedressed or sprayed due to wet conditions. Everyone is concerned that we will run out of time for crops to catch up. Corn planted in mid-April looks okay, but is still behind.

  • 7/9 - Waushaura and Green Lake Counties, Central Wisconsin: Corn and Beans on well drained ground with good soil planted  before the 5 of May has good potential (corn shoulder high beans almost nee high) but with no rain since June 16 crops are showing stress especially on lighter soils were its rolling up and now don't unroll at night. Most crops in area were planted after the 24 of may need a lot of time some corn around not canopied and some beans just up. Seems like we are like the rest of the country with a big range of crop conditions.
  • 7/9 - Weld County, Colorado: Record rainfall in north central Colorado. Dry land winter wheat crops look to be the best in many years. Now getting hot, dry weather, should be harvesting in a couple of weeks.

  • 7/8 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: See the diversity of crops in central Illinois.

    -- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

    (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.)

  • 7/8 - Northeast Indiana: Nothing planted till the end of May and now can't buy a rain. Corn showing stress early in the morning and beans just can't get going. Not much rain in forecast. But the Markets tell me we have a bumper crop growing. Going to be a lot of surprises this fall. But regardless the USDA will tell us LOTS of acres and GREAT yields.

  • 7/8 - Northwest Iowa to Tulsa, Oklahoma to Dodge City, Kansas: I just got back from a 1,700 mile motorcycle trip from northwest Iowa to Tulsa Oklahoma and to Dodge City Kansas and back a different way and crops looked good all the way, grasslands were tall and green. Stopped to yolk to a wheat farmer in Beloit Kansas said his wheat went from 45 to 78 bushel per acre weighing 63lbs.
  • 7/8 - Texas: Livestock producers like sorghum-sudan and other warm season annual forages because they tolerate hot, dry conditions, according to Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist. But under drought conditions, the forages may accumulate levels of nitrates in their tissues that are toxic to cattle. 

    -- Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo

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  • 7/8 - Ida County, Northwest Iowa: Been receiving some good rains lately; still catching up from a major shortage the beginning of summer.  Beans are all sizes in our area - from just out of the ground to knee high; some were set back with an early hail.  Corn has gained a lot since the rains started coming and looks pretty good, but there again we had a wide range in planting dates due to weather variability across the county and getting fertilizers applied. 

  • 7/8 - Palo Alto County, Northwest Iowa: We are in great shape here. We had a great spring for planting and we have had nice gentle, timely rains since. The only thing that is of concern is that the rains have been just enough to get by with nothing much in reserve. The corn will start to tassel here this week and should pollinate in very good condition.

  • 7/7 - Jefferson County, New York: You can find corn waist high, but you have to look for it. Corn is very uneven, a lot of acres only 6-8 inches high. A fair amount of first cut hay is still standing. Two weeks of almost daily rain. We need some sun and HEAT. 


  • 7/7 - Winnebago, Worth and Mitchell counties, Iowa: I traveled through Winnebago, Worth and Mitchell counties in Iowa today. The rain has been scarce here and a very beautiful crop is now showing stress from lack of moisture. I saw some fields starting to roll its leaves by 8:00 am, and most fields with leaves pointing up, even saw one bean field showing stress on a hill, we have been missing most rains, more in the forecast, hope we get some soon. 


  • 7/7 - Poweshiek County, Central Iowa: Everything looking good here. Had another 1.2 in. of rain on the 4th. Just perfect for upcoming corn tasseling this next few days. We have a few yellow spots on some wet hill sides but otherwise, things look great. We followed US 63 to Rolla, MO last week and saw a few planters running in southern Iowa and northern MO, and they were still going around some wet spots! My crop scout said he saw a couple aphids in a field of beans today. Here we go again! 

  • 7/7 - Hanson County, South Dakota: We are having way to much rain as crops are turning yellow in flooded pot holes. Where crops are not in water corn is shoulder high and beans over knee high. Some alfalfa hay in windrows and bales are soaking up water. More rain on the way is forecasted this week which will add to more crops being flooded. No chance for farmers living along the James river to harvest any crops this year as their land is under water. Lots of Prevented planted acres this year. Crop insurance people are measuring PP acres this year. The adjuster said North Dakota has too many acres in PP and they will be paying up this year. This is unusual as we are most often too dry in July.

  • 7/7 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: Rain on the 4th couldn't have come any better if we'd ordered it!  The week before we had corn from boot high to shoulder high depending on planting date. Much of our corn was rolling up by mid-afternoon.  In the past two weeks we've been over every acre we farm with the sprayer. Sometimes I really questioned why we were even spraying some of the corn.  Our pre-emerge herbs held very well.  Soybeans are a different story.  We've been over half our soybean acreage for the second time. We should be good for a little while. For the most part crops in our area look very good.
  • 7/7 - Southern Iowa: Corn is looking very good!  We have tassels in the first corn we planted.  Beans are coming along nicely but will probably need to have a shot of round up here soon.  We are hoping that everything stays on track like it has to this point and we may have one of our better years in a long time! 

  • 7/6 - Northeast South Dakota: Almost all corn will be knee high some 4 foot and looking great.  Few fields with poor stands.  Spring wheat looks perfect.  Soybeans mostly behind, planted in wet ground with lots of trash resulting in poor stands. 

  • 7/6 - Lee County, Northwest Illinois: Most crops look fair to good in this area. We've avoided some of the big rains this spring but most fields have at least one yellow spot, some are REALLY ugly. This is definitely the worst looking corn crop I've ever seen.  Most corn is about mid thigh, but you can see knee high (or shorter) to shoulder high all in the same field.  The few beans around look pretty good, but are short.

  • 7/6 - Rock County, Minnesota: We are in the same camp as Rice County. I would have to say 100% of the acres are planted and it is the most uniform corn crop I have ever seen around here. Shoulder high today on the first planted and there is corn only knee high but all has good color and good stands. The rest of the year is up to Mother Nature we have done all we can. The beans are behind but catching up. Corn is king in our area so maybe the acres are right if the majority planted corn like our area did. Time will tell. Have a good 4th of July everyone. No heat stress expected here.
  • 7/6 - Woodford County, Illinois: Yes it will be (knee-high by the 4th of July). Planted corn May 29th. That corn is now waist high. Making good progress so far. But there is corn around us that will be ankle high then. Crop conditions are very different from farm to farm. Have seen shoulder height corn and knee high fields that started to roll up during last weeks heat. Dark green uniform to every height and pale green in the same field within a mile of each other.  Price here has dropped to 3.17 fall from 4.30 just a few weeks ago. Yep it sure looks like a bumper crop. :~) Not! 

  • 7/2 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: Planting is finally getting done for most area farmers. Corn looks pretty rough from all the water damage with large bare spots on many fields from ponding. Stunted and yellow uneven corn is all over. Replanting of low spots in bean fields are mostly done now with some put in wet ground because of wet weather scare that did not happen last week. Some corn fields that were sprayed with chemicals never got planted because they cannot grow beans on them. Many corn fields did not get top dressed because of muddy ground, so they will lose yield. With all the crop lost and the fields of corn that were not planted or were planted to beans, where did USDA come up with their bogus numbers? A lot of corn acres were swithed because of high inputs before the bad weather even hit. Yields will be much lower than normal due to damage.

  • 7/2 - Cavour, South Dakota: Charles Johnson, Farm Journal/Top Producer National Editor: Eric Zell farms near Cavour, S.D. He says he had struggles at planting time, but the crops are looking really good now. Listen to all of his comments.

  • 7/2 - Rice County, Minnesota: Our corn crop is the best looking crop we have had at this point in the growing season. Our first planted (4/18) is shoulder high. The soybeans are slightly above average. If they were planted in good moisture, they are close to filling in the rows. The alfalfa crop also has been very satisfying, two large tonnage crops harvested by 6/26. 

  • 7/1 - Columbiana County, Northeast Ohio: Our crops are average to slightly above average. The corn crop looks good so far, sidedressed N is almost done, and most corn is 18-30 inches tall, with the earlier planted being slightly higher.  Soybeans are all over the board. Some 2-4 inches, others 9-12 inches. The bean stands are spotty, with some bug damage already. Had the opportunity to drive US Rt 30 from Mansfield, Ohio, to Ft. Wayne over the weekend and the crops all along the route looked good for the most part. A few drowned spots in the bean fields. Most corn 34-48 inches high, beans again anything from 3-15 inches, and wheat just ready to start harvesting (saw three combines in the fields just N of Indianapolis). Still not sure where the GOV’T came up with all those acres though!

  • 7/1 - Southwest Minnesota: The crop reports were no surprise to me today. Plenty of corn and beans were planted, and the crops are looking great. I live in one of the driest areas of Minnesota this year, but the crops are looking excellent, because we haven't had a lot of real hot days this year. Many areas of Minnesota have picked up some much needed moisture, unfortunately my area has not. The ground is cracking open, but temps are only in the low 70's for highs. I contracted a large portion of corn and soybeans on the rally, but if it doesn't rain, I may not be able to fill them. I hope everyone has a great day, and keep looking up!
  • 7/1 - Franklin Parish, Louisiana: Dryland crops are for the most part, done. Irrigated crops are hanging in there, with the extreme heat being the only thing to be concerned with. Some corn will be harvested within 2 weeks. 

    -- Dryland Corn in Franklin Parish, Louisiana

    (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.)

  • 7/1 - Northeast North Dakota: We’re still fighting wet conditions. With past weekend rains and middle of the week rains, areas have received from 2 to 8 inches total rain and maybe in some spots even higher. The rivers have reached flood stage gain and there has been significant ground lost to water damage. This along with high percentage of acres not planted especially in NE ND. I would guess not planted acreage to be between 25 to 40%. County agent in Cavalier County has put PP acreage for the county at 33% which means about 250,000 acres alone in that county didn't get planted. That county has been largest producer of spring wheat and Canola for ND. I guess hard for me to believe that spring acreage is up in the US when ND has such high amount of PP acres and Northern ND is where more of spring wheat is grown. I guess time will tell on accuracy of this latest report but my guess it will be adjusted before we're done with this year.

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