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September Crop Comments

Sep 30, 2009

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  • 9/30 - Northwest Ohio: Corn coming in at a moisture of 20.5 and a lower test weight around 54, but condition is GREAT in Northwest Ohio.
  • 9/30 - South Central Minnesota: First frost of the season today.  Normal date is October 6th.

  • 9/30 - Northern Stearns County, Minn.: Started soybeans yesterday.  Very nice yields (pushing 50 bushel/acre).  Corn is almost all black-layered.  Had some frost this morning and it was 34 degrees.

  • 9/30 - DeKalb/Daviess Co, Mo.: 35 degrees here this morning but no visible frost. Some harvesting going on but pretty limited. Beans are probably dry enough but holding leaves at the bottom of the plant. Mine are still green as grass. Corn still mostly green too. Late planting really hurts.
  • 9/30 - Henry, Ill.: I just came back last night from Mason City.  Corn showed planting late and wet fields has taken its toll.  Late planting, lots of moisture, uneven growth along with what appears to be a leaching of nitrogen most surely has taken a toll on yield potentials for Northern Iowa.

  • 9/29 - Greenville, Ill.: In Greenville, Ill, CW Gaffner is chopping silage for his milk cows.

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  • 9/29 - Platte County, Neb.: Started harvesting the 25th. (beans) Moisture was 13% to 14%. Today the 28th down to 9%. A lot combined in the last 3 days around here. One 80 across scale averaged 70 bu. Most everyone talking 60 bu to 65 bu.  We’re blessed.

  • 9/29 - North Dickinson County, Kan.: Started harvesting soybeans.  They are making 51 bushel /acre on dryland, terraced hill ground.  I believe this is my worst bean field. We have had fantastic weather all summer.  We are working wheat ground and will hopefully get a good start planting wheat before the next rain event which is coming in Wednesday evening.  If we can get our harvest in, it could be a record breaker for our area.

  • 9/29 - Blytheville, Ark.: Good stand of beans behind the levee at Osceola. (Photo taken in late June.).

    Blytheville, Ark.
    Good stand of beans behind the levee
    at Osceola. (Photo taken in late June.)

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  • 9/28 - Raymond, Ill.: Hear a harvest update from Brian Wood, a farmer from Raymond, Ill.

  • 9/28 - Wright County, Iowa: Started bean harvest yesterday (9/27). Moisture in the 12's. Haven't finished the first field yet but guesstimating low 50's/ A. Should have three more good days of running before next rain event w/ no breakdowns. Be safe out there!

  • 9/28 - Pottawattamie County, Southwest Iowa: Started soybeans on Sunday, 12.5-13.1 moisture RR2Y 2.8's and 3.1's -making field avg. 56.5. Some areas making 70+. Have to be ok with that, either that or higher prices...

  • 9/28 - Princeton, Mo.: I don't think that soybeans are going to yield what the USDA says they are going to, but the USDA have always tried to depress prices..!!!

  • 9/28 - Dickinson County, Kan.: We are extremely wet here. Zero wheat planted, very little fertilizing done, and just as it gets tempting to start fieldwork, we get another rain. Had minor flooding on some creeks last week, but they didn't do much damage. Dryland corn is ready, and some has been picked between rains, irrigated corn is very close, and beans and milo are within a few days of being ready to harvest. Most farmers in the area are very concerned about getting wheat planted. I don't know how big the area is that is this wet, but it runs up toward Salina to the west and at least Manhattan to the east. I realize this isn't a big market factor, but it takes a toll on those of us in the area. I think that we are going through some of the same problems, now, that the corn belt suffered through last spring. We are all hoping for a change in the weather patterns to give us a break from the rains and cool, cloudy weather. Wish us Luck!.
  • 9/28 - Kenosha County, Wis.: Good corn. Some spotty. A little dry but no complaints.
  • 9/28 - Buena Vista County, Northwest Iowa: Done combining one smaller field of beans, yielded 48 bu, about normal, corn looks good but with all the cool wet conditions which lead to leaf blights we are concerned about stalk rot anthracnose and moisture, locals want 4-5 cents a point to dry. Some later maturity hybrids still need a little more time before a frost won't hurt.

  • 9/28 -Weld County, Colo.: Four days of cold rainy weather have brought most harvest operations to a halt.  Dryland corn in the area is almost finished with most black layered or very close to it.  Irrigated corn could still use some heat.  Proso millet has been exceptional with yields ranging from 35 to 55 bu. where crops weren't hailed.  Some proso is still standing and even more is laying in soggy windrows.  About half of the winter wheat is seeded and rain was a welcome sight as some was planted in marginally dry conditions.  Some dryland corn should be ready in about two weeks.  However, a cool and wetter than usual forecast could postpone harvest progress.

  • 9/28 - Giles County, Tenn.: April corn damaged heavily from what will be our wettest Sept. on record. Sprouting in the ear and mold toxins will be big quality, and storage issues. Lodging, as if we did not already have enough loss due to green snap will be high in the non bt corn. If it was on the ground before the rain it will need to stay there now. Soybeans that were ready before the rain are so swollen they are splitting the pods allowing disease pathogens to attack the seed and shattering to occur. Cotton is in trouble due to the rain and the lack of heat. Could be worse, some have had losses due to flooding and losses of loved ones east of here. We hope it does not frost or freeze on you Yanks but the drop in humidity and a North wind would be good for us.

  • 9/25 - Cedar County, Neb.: Started harvesting beans today, group 2.3 planted on May 29, moisture at 13.6. Small area harvested to set combine. If we get some drying weather instead of cloudy humid we should be able to continue harvest. Yield was taking by measuring area harvested and weighed beans 58 to 60 bu. Have safe harvest!!!!

  • 9/15 - Portland, Ore.: Kevin Porter's wheat fields in Pendleton, Ore.

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  • 9/25 - Polo, Ill.: Dustin Spears, shows harvest in Polo, Ill.

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  • 9/25 - Stearns County, Minn.: Corn milkline is a half to three quarters of the way to the tip.  Silage harvest is done at our farm but about half way done overall in the area.  I have some 87 day corn that is about to black layer and the 95 day needs about 2 weeks of 70 degrees and sunshine.  Has gotten quite dry, could use an inch of rain during the night and full sun during the day.  Estimated corn yields at 160-180 (slightly above average) and am hoping for 45-50 bushel soybeans.  Had perfect rainfall until August 25th, then it shut off.

  • 9/25 - Southwest Minnesota, Round Lake: Beans are one to two weeks off yet from combining. Beans are varied in maturity because some did not come up until one week after some had already started to emerge. Have heard yields from some beans that were taken out by Milford, Ia. (In Northwest Iowa). Yields range from 21bu. on poor sandier soil to 58 bu./acre on good higher fertility ground. Heard one account of 42 bu. on average ground. Maturity really speeded up last week when we had 72 to 80 degree days. Now we have cooled of to mid 60's and have had rainy spells of .35 to .25 inches. Some corn getting close to black layer but most is scheduled to black layer by the first week in October. Corn yield estimates run from 150 to 200 plus. We need good drying weather to get this crop matured. We have had plenty of rain and I don't know how much better this corn crop could have had it except for the lack of degree days. We are about 250 degree days behind. Pollination has been excellent and plants are very tall.  

  • 9/24 - St. Clair and Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Depending on where you live in the area you may have had a few tenths to over an inch of rain the past 5 days.  Most probably fall in the .2-.6 range, though that is going up as it is raining right now.  We aren’t too wet and not too dry so we really don’t need rain, but instead need some warm breezy and sunny days to bring the crop along.

    The little April corn that was kept is being harvested, most moistures are running in the high teens.  Yields are really variable based on how good the stand was. Those very few with good stands are seeing yields in the 180-200 range, those with spotty stands are running 140-170.  Again this may be only a couple percent of the acres here as 95% plus was planted in May and June.  The May plantings (20-26th of May) are hand testing at 30-35%.  Stands in these fields for the most part are good and most think yields will be as good or better than the best early planted fields.  Time will tell.  The June plantings are dented, but we are waiting to see the milk line start moving down.  I think we need two more weeks for this corn to black layer. I suspect most of this corn will not get below 25% moisture unless we have some heat in October. I still think most of our corn crop will fall in the 150-220 range with a lot of 170-200. Probably right at or maybe a bit below last years yields.

    Most beans are green as a gourd. Few got planted in early June and those are showing some yellowing and some real early ones are dropping some leaves.  I think we could see a few fields ready to harvest mid/late next week.  Most beans however, probably won’t be ready until somewhere in the 10th to 20th of October.  I think with the rains we have had and if we can get a favorable October start we could see beans be a bit better than I once thought possible.  No bin busters, but I had been thinking of yields in the 35-45 and I am cautiously going to say that if mother nature cooperates we could see 40-50 be a bit more common.  Stubble beans are a mixed bag.  Some will probably do good to make 10-15 while others that got planted earlier may get into the 30-35 bushel range.

  • 9/24 - Pendelton, Ore.:See Kevin Porter’s winter wheat crop. 

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  • 9/23 - South Dakota: What we need here is SD is not frost until the end of October. Even though we had some warm weather in September it seems most crop watchers forget that in September the dates a lot shorter and thus less heating units a day. Some of the bragger farmers might be saying they are going to have record yields but most of the rest of us (normal farmers) had a lot better crop last year. Of course the braggers do not have it in the bin yet and I have heard reports of some of these guys doing corn that was 26 % take the shrink off 26% and you can end up with an average yield in the end.

  • 9/23 - Texas: Much of Texas received substantial rain in the last week. Listen to the two-minute crop report from Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

    Peanuts, like many other crops in southwest Texas, are usually grown under irrigation. However, even irrigated crops benefited from recent rains, said Dr. Jose Peña, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist based at Uvalde. (U.S. Department of Agriculture - ARS photo by Peggy Greb)

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  • 9/23 - Central Illinois: Rainfall found central Illinois this morning and it brought welcome relief--not from lack of moisture, but from soybean aphids. Residents of this area have been wandering around in a fog of aphids for the past few days. I made the mistake of wearing an orange shirt to my son's football game on Saturday and found myself covered. Apparently temperatures have been perfect for aphid development. I looked across a parking lot last night and it looked like a snow storm.

  • 9/22 - South Central North Dakota: Kyle Wendland shows a sample from a cornfield just north of Fort Thompson.

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  • 9/22 - Northwest Iowa: Carol Raasch says you can still find moisture in the corn ears on her farm. But, they have been frost free. 

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  • 9/22 - Rock County, Minn.: Crops are maturing fast here took a sample of corn and it tested 30% but also have some that need a few weeks yet without frost but for the most part we are close to being safe in this area. Corn is dying on the dry areas as we have very little subsoil moisture left. The triple stacked corn in some areas is falling over from rootworm pressure eating the brace roots. Beans are close and the first yields of some that have combined are not the best. Corn should be great though and some beans will be also depending on if you got a shot of rain at the right time. Should end up being average to above in this area.
  • 9/22 - Stearns County, Minn.: In my area I see a lot of corn fields that are yellow/light green. Very low on nitrogen. I estimate easy a 30 bu. loss of corn per acre.
  • 9/22 - Hector, Minn.: Cut some beans yesterday.  46 bu. per acre; stems are green; moisture at 12%.  Rain today.

  • 9/22 - Carroll County, Ind.: Early beans running 60- 65 bu /acre, very good for the dry summer. Stay safe.

  • 9/22 - Prairie County, Ark: Have had around 5" of rain the past week, but is nothing compared to 50 miles north of us with 10 to 12".  Rice has been slow to mature with lower temps but the yields and milling yields have been good on the clearfield hybrids.  Overall rice yields are erratic with a lot lower than expected.  Some areas especially on the ends and fertilizer streaks are starting to lodge, so the last thing we need is more rain and especially wind and rain together, because we don't need a repeat of last year.  Soybeans look good, some yellowing on the full season soybeans, and depending on the rainfall maybe one more irrigation on the double crop soybeans.  Looks like the rice harvest and soybean harvest will overlap.  Still trying to make a decision about winter wheat, but a wet fall will probably be the biggest determining factor.

  • 9/21 - Blaisdebll, N.D.: Troy and Jenny Smith harvest peas in Blaisdell, N.D.

  • 9/21 - Stearns County, Minn.: Corn getting very close to black layer and soybeans are 80% mature with some scattered green spots.  Very minimal frost damage if it froze now and they are saying a frost is 2 weeks away at least.  Got my 30 acres of corn chopped last week.  Very impressive yields (25 ton/ac. and I chop fairly high compared to most).
  • 9/21 - Essex County, Ontario (just south of Detroit in Canada): Wheat (srw) was extra good 80-100+ acre,, beans will be ready in a week --about double last years drought crop -45-60 bu. expected, corn needs about 2 weeks too black layer...yields of 175 bu. expected compared too 140 drills will be following bean combines with about 75% of seed being P2347...things look good for everybody but HOG guys.
  • 9/21- Lee County, Northwest Illinois: Hand shelled some corn planted on May 6, tested 39%, will black layer this week.  Beans will get started in 10-14 days.

  • 9/18 - Woodbury County, Northwest Iowa: Beans here  are wildly variable as to "leaf drop"... some are completely ready for harvest, without gumming up the combine; others, even "next door",  are like the "edamame" beans at Safeway; green, fully-podded, great to nibble on, but harvest will be another 2-3 weeks away, at best, Corn is the same; a few fields are looking like 15%  and ready to combine; others are still in the dent stage, and the fields are right next to each other. Never seen such variability, but all crops look like possible record yields here, with corn ears filled out to the tip.

  • 9/18 - Lafayette County, Wis.: Smith Custom Harvesting in Lafayette County, Wis.

    -- Smith Custom Harvesting in Lafayette County, Wis.

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  • 9/18 - Boone County, Neb.: Lots of hail damage to corn and soybeans.  We might just turn the cattle in it, as it won't pay to harvest it if it won't pay for the fuel.  Corn that does look good is spotty and we may be eating our Thanksgiving Turkey in the field as harvest is a long time coming!  I don't see the BIG yields everyone in other states are talking about as the fields here are no wear near maturity and it is late September.  Farmers are still putting up grain bins and cows are eating alot of hay as the pastures are gone.

  • 9/18 - Madison Parish, La.: Rain, rain, rain. Cotton crop that looked decent is going down daily.  Seed is sprouting in all open cotton.  Corn crop 95% complete with low yields on most acres. Soybeans that have been harvested (approx. 70%) yielded from 40 to 85 bushels.  Soybeans that remain are hurting from so much rain.

  • 9/17 - Geneseo, Ill: Bob Wyffels, vice president production for Wyffels Hybrids, describes crops around Geneseo, Ill.


  • 9/17 - Shelby County, West Central Ohio: My RR II soybeans have looked very good all season long. They are 45inches tall and had more blooms on them than I have ever seen, but they did not set an exceptional number of pods. This group 3.5 bean has now lost most of their leaves and many of the pods are only partly filled. My yield expectations have gone from 60's, to 50's and now to the 40'sa.

  • 9/17 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: Aphids are attacking all my beans that where planted in late June, they are in the R5 to R6 stages with counts way over the 250 per plant numbers in areas of the fields and badly in need of rain. Corn is still mostly green with some ears starting to turn brown, most of my earlier beans are turning yellow, so I would say we are 2 to 3 weeks behind normal here.

  • 9/17 - Southeast Minnesota: Our soybeans are looking really good may be some 80 bushel + soybean yields.  The soybeans finished growing last weak and are now drying down and we will start harvesting soybeans within the next 7 to 10 days. Corn has finally made it. We did some yield checks of as high as 245 bushels acre.
  • 9/17 - Southeast McHenry County, Ill.: I was driving around a week ago looking at the crops thinking they look very good, except it was Sept. 1, not Aug. 1. The last week both corn and beans only progressed about one day. I looked at my corn Saturday and it had not started to dent yet. Yesterday the neighbor that has a vegetable operation, stopped by and bought my small field of corn at home, and started to cut it for corn stalks. He too the bugs are bad beetles are eating the heck out of the beans.

  • 9/17 - Calhoun County, Iowa: Hailed corn is coming in at 23% moisture, test weight 43 pounds, value after drying $.70/bushel. Silage harvesting is in full swing. Some fields of beans have dropped 60% of their leaves but very green stems. Lots of uneven maturity in both corn and bean fields. Harvest is 2 weeks behind schedule. Corn is in the dent stage but still 15 days to black layer in most fields. A killing frost on the 24th or 25th of September will reduce yield potential in most fields due to late maturity.

  • 9/17 - Williams County, Ohio: Beans starting to turn very yellow leaves. White mold real bad in some fields. Yields down 10-15 bu. just from mold. Most corn still green to wet early .both crops average at best. We may get corn down to 30 moisture by Nov. 10.
  • 9/17 - Southeast Missouri: Cotton growing areas of Missouri and Arkansas have been deluged with rainfall since Monday the 14th and the low pressure system is still hung up over Louisiana.  This is a very bad time for maturing cotton crops to have this type of heavy rain.  Cotton crops in the Mid-south were already late and questionable.  Most corn from here south is out, beans are just now starting, yields on both crops look to be good.
  • 9/17- Antelope County, Neb.: Went to Husker Harvest Days.  Harvest is going to late this year.  Many farmers are still irrigating in our area.  We are dry.  Have not seen a rain in quite some time.  Beans are just starting to turn yellow on the dryland.  Ears are not drooping at all on the corn except for the fields that experienced hail.  A lot of hay down right now.  Cows are getting hungry and hard to keep out of the corn.

  • 9/16 - Greenfield, Ill.: Ross Prough, of Greenfield, Ill., shows some sudden death syndrome that’s showing up in his fields.

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  • 9/16 - Chippewa County, Wis.: We are 9 inches of rain behind for the year. No rain the last 4 weeks, we did get four inches in the middle of August. Corn and beans look like normal yields, the rains came at the right time but hay crop suffered the most, half a yield for the year. Dairy farmers are the ones hurting yet, milk price is still bad. 


  • 9/16 - Fayette County, Pa.: Cut first field of beans last night, 43 bu/ac @ 12.4% moisture, planted May 10.  I think its the first time ever that anyone here has cut beans before farm science.  Very nice to cut beans in nice weather.  Early planted corn drying down nice, moisture in the low 20's.

  • 9/15 - Greenfield, Ill.: CW Gaffner shows the stunted growth on his alfalfa crop.

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  • 9/15 - Polo, Ill.: Dustin Spears shows the pests showing up in his corn fields. 
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  • 9/15 - Western Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: Two rains last week, totaling 2", coming four days apart, put a stop to all harvesting.  We had just gotten started, with only 140 acres of grain in the bin.  And some of that was taken at 21.5% moisture.  Took two days to dry it-won't do that again. Very little spring wheat combined in this corner of the state. Most of what has been harvested is canola, barley and winter wheat, and not many are all done with those crops.  The very late planting season, along with an exceptionally cool summer has not allowed the crops to ripen.  Much of the wheat still has a green tint in it, and just is not ready yet.  But this week the forecast is for temps in the 80's for a couple days, then the high 70's, and dry.  The edible beans, soybeans, and late wheat will now probably make maturity with this gift of great weather.  Some grain might even get down into the 15-16% moist. range where it is easy to handle.  Only 7 weeks till deer hunting, and we have just started to harvest!!!   We haven't bought any fertilizer yet because getting it on this fall is still a big question.

  • 9/15 - Van Wert County, Ohio: Soybean harvest has started with yields from 30 to 40 bushel to the acre. Still haven't had any rain to speak of driest I've seen it in years.
  • 9/15 - Stearns County, Minn.: Starting to chop corn silage this week and we might have to hurry as this crop is maturing very fast (definitely a good thing!)  Soybeans are yellow and losing leaves daily.  Wow, I think we may have just avoided a disaster.  I think if we can make it another 10-15 days, crops in my area will be safe from frost.  Actually by then (i.e. October 5th or so), it would be nice to get a hard freeze to even further help dry down the crops.

  • 9/14- Northeast Arkansas: Moisture: Corn 18-20%. Soybeans: IV are ready after this rain spell. Cotton: will defoliate from now to 2 weeks.

  • 9/11 - Mississippi County, Southeast Missouri: Lots of bean spraying going on here! Armyworms, stinkbugs and grasshoppers have invaded and are mainly targeting the latest beans but are present everywhere. Early June planted beans are trying to turn pale slightly while most double crop beans in the area are just setting pods, lots of July plantings in this area. Really dry here although the occasional scattered pop-up storms have been hitting certain parts but mainly the same ones hit every time it seems. Corn harvest is trying to be full swing but just can't get it to dry down below 18 in the field and all the morning fog is not helping. Hoping the later planted corn will yield better than the early that had to pollinate in 100 degree temps in June as it has been a little disappointing to this point, the later planting had a much better life as it pollinated in a cool spell of 75 to 80 degree weather. Everyone be safe!

  • 9/11 - Washington County, Pa.: Our soybeans started dropping leaves earlier this week. Most of the beans are between mid-thigh and waist high, which before this year we'd never had beans more than knee high. We planted fewer seeds per acre (to 160,000 for 30" rows) as recommended by a Farm Journal article published earlier this year and that seems to have made a big difference. Unfortunately in some spots the beans are only mid-shin high from the deer feasting on them. All of the corn has been dented for a couple weeks. The earliest planted corn had to deal with a light frost after emerging, its a little on the short side but most of those stalks have two ears. All of the corn is a little shorter than its been recent years from the lack of GDD's this summer but yields should still be good. 3rd cutting of alfalfa is coming on strong. It would be nice if it could have a couple more weeks but that would mean hoping for warm weather at the end of September. This year that just seems unlikely.

    -- Washington County, Pa.

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  • 9/11 - Clay County, northwest Iowa: We've become very dry.  I've had 1" of rain since August 1- most of that came in .1-.2" increments, so didn't do much good.  Crops on the lighter soils have just flat died over the last few days, heavier soils seem to be still holding up, but some of the corn has tipped back, and the 2nd ear which really looked good earlier has now aborted most, if not all kernels.  80-90% chance of rain tomorrow afternoon and night, but will believe it when I see it as 50% earlier this week didn't give us a drop.  It'll be too late anyway for some.  Some beans on light soils may be combined next week.

  • 9/11 - Hardin County, Iowa: Crop conditions are changing extremely fast in the last week for us.  102 day corn that one week ago looked like it would be two to three weeks from maturity is now starting to black layer, it is probably developing a little too fast for optimum test wt. It is starting to look like we may harvest some early corn before beans and a week ago, I would not have thought, that possible.

  • 9/11 - Southwest Ohio: Just finished a 7,500 mile crop tour and didn't find anything better than we have overall. There are great crops west but they are behind ours maturity wise. Too many ankle biter beans, they will be disappointing but overall that crop is good. Corn is real good across the nation, bar none.
  • 9/11 - Fulton/Miami counties, North Central Indiana: Local Pioneer dealer and I did a walk through some corn last weekend (9-5-09). 106 day corn planted on May 10 had not "black layered" yet.  It was very close.  111 day corn planted May 17 was in full dent and appeared to be only 4-5 days behind the 106 day corn.  Leaves and stocks showing disease pressure. Some corn bore and shank worm damage. Pollination was excellent.  Many ears with no tip back at all. Many ears look like they were perfect with grain out to the very tip. (Needed higher population.)  Some late group II soybeans planted on May 11 are yellow and loosing leaves. Very little disease or insect pressure.  Some white mold beginning to show in later planted soybeans.  Overall we look very good, just 1 to 2 weeks behind.
  • 9/11- Minnesota: Where is all the left over old crop corn at? Nobody I know has any. The grain buyers don't appear to know where it is either. I was just wondering.

  • 9/10 - Sargent County, N.D.: Wheat harvest is completed. Big yields but very low-protein content. Lots of white mold in the soybeans, weather in 2004 and 1993 was similar to 2009 and both those years had poor soybean yields. Corn looks great but needs 3-4 weeks of frost/freeze weather, most is just beginning to dent.

  • 9/10 - Shelby County, Iowa: Early beans turning, group 3 beans need at least 2 weeks yet. Late season diseases showing up in both corn and beans. Corn needs 2 to 3 weeks to maturity.

  • 9/10 - West Central Kansas: The fall crops are beginning to show fall is coming. My sunflowers look like they are 3 weeks or so from harvest. I normally plant wheat around Sept. 15 and everything is ready and in pretty good shape. I can verify the grasshopper problem. A neighbor has already planted wheat and the hoppers are certainly working on the field edges pretty hard. I haven't see hoppers that are 3" long, but the numbers of them is high.

    -- West Central Kansas

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  • 9/9 - Grenville County, Eastern ON, Canada: Crops look good but we need to be frost free until at least the end of Sept. Spring wheat harvest is mostly complete and we have had good yields but lots of problems with fusarium again this year. Approx. 50% of the spring wheat has gone feed grade and I suspect that spring wheat acres will be down again next year. Soys and corn look good but we are probably a week behind normal as far as heat goes. My prediction is yields will be average or better but our local prices are not so good. Corn is currently at $3.40-$3.45 Cdn and beans are $9.55 Cdn for 2009 crop. This past spring corn could have been contracted for $5.00 Cdn and beans were $10.80 Cdn at that time. I'm not sure if many growers took advantage of those prices but they probably should have.

  • 9/9 - Fayette County, South Central Illinois: Soybeans look ok until you raise the leaves and see the hundreds of aphids under each leaf.  Having all the soybeans sprayed on Wednesday the 9th.   We have never ever had to spray beans for bugs that I can remember in the last 50 years.  Corn looks ok except where the nitrogen leached out.  Crops should be close to normal if not slightly below normal as long as the frost stays away until the end of October. (Trick or Treat?)
  • 9/9 - Lincoln County, S.D.: We have been blessed with 18 inches of rain since June 7.  Crop looks the best I have ever seen, but we are two weeks behind normal.   Will cut corn silage shortly after labor day, looks like a lot of 200+ bushel corn.   Soybeans are starting to have a tint of yellow in the leaves.  Pod counts are very high with many 3 and 4 beans to a pod.    We had an excellent summer for feeding cattle. No dust, since lots were somewhat muddy all summer and only 1 maybe 2 days that consumption slipped due to heat.

  • 9/9 - Cavalier County, Northeast North Dakota: Had 2" of rain last night, not what we need.  Everyone was just starting harvest and now here we sit.  Just checked the extended forecast and it doesn't look great.  Hopefully this weather pattern turns around.

  • 9/9 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Another fairly general 1-1.5 inches of rain on Saturday has started our September off on the right foot.  We would up with about 3.5 inches in August out of two significant rain events.  Temps this week are predicted to be in the mid 80’s which is desperately what we need. 

    Corn looks good, though leaf diseases are really running wild.  Between grey leaf spot and southern rust those race horse hybrids are taking a toll.  The fields sprayed with fungicide are starting to really stick out now.  All the seed reps are still doing their yield checks but I think everyone is of the opinion we will have a real good corn crop.  Not sure if we can top 08, but I guess it’s possible.  Some of the real poorly drained fields will take a hit and maybe some of those make 140 or so, but I think most will be in the 160-210 range.  The big issue is this crop is still a ways from harvest.  Some of the early varieties are starting to black layer, but much of the crop is just good silage corn at best.  Dry corn out of the field may be unheard of.

    Beans are a mixed bag.  I think the early June plantings(which are far and few between) will be pretty good and potentially be average or maybe a bit above.  The late June plantings were helped with this last rain will be decent but I think most of those will fall in the mid to upper 30’s to maybe low 40s.  They have finally gotten some size, but they just don’t have that many pods.  The July plantings and double crops will be less, and in some cases much less.  Some double crops will surely be sub 20 bushel beans. 

    In general I think we have corn crop that will fall 10-20% above the average and a bean crop that will be 10-30% below average.
  • 9/9 - Bulloch County, Ga.: Hope to plant peanuts this year beans did not do as good as I would had hoped for. Waiting to find out the price for peanuts for 2009 before I make my decision.
  • 9/9 - Bremer County, Iowa: I too have seen mold killing the beans.  I assume due to good rain fall, and high dew amounts from overnight. Even in the afternoon, it is still rather damp.   Corn looks good, and is dented, but no moisture line yet. It will be the end of Sept before combines will roll on beans.

  • 9/8 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: Walked thru several soybean fields and they are done blooming and done setting pods. I found some white mold killing areas in the fields. Beans where shorter than normal and less pods and looks like the beans are going to be small. Cool cloudy weather has really hurt yields from what I can see. Normally you can not walk thru 15 inch rows by the end of August because of the tall beans closing the rows and tangling together. This year it was no problem, I even drove thru some with my four-wheel ATV with no problem. A few corn fields that where planted in April are starting to turn brown but most of the corn around is still green. Corn prices are around $2.80 and soybeans $ 9.00 so it looks like modest yields and low prices with high input costs = huge losses.

  • 9/8 - Holdingford, Minn.: Corn is almost 1/2 milk line.  That warm sunny days have really helped moved this crop along.  Soybeans turning yellow.  Everything should be safe from frost by September 25 or so.

  • 9/8 - North Central Wisconsin: Our alfalfa crop is excellent this year, good tonnage and protein. The corn is at least 3 weeks behind, our 85 day corn is just starting to turn from white to yellow kernels, and nothing in our area is even close to denting. We had a hard frost here on August 31, many low fields are dead. We had 26 degrees, but our corn and beans do not show any damage. The beans actually look good, as we had  ample rain in August, but we need 3 weeks of warmth yet to mature them.  I have run combines for 35 years, and have never seen barley like this year, down to 11 percent moisture, but you could NOT get the beards off. We have John Deere, Massey, and IH combines. It made no difference; I could grind the kernels through the machines, the beards stayed on. Oats yields were very good here, color was rather bland though.

  • 9/8 - Colorado: Here is just one of the MILLIONS of grasshoppers that have been eating our corn here in Colorado for the last two weeks.  We are afraid to plant our wheat because we are afraid they will eat the seed.  We believe these grasshoppers are heading to the Corn Belt and beyond. The grasshoppers are three full inches in length.

    -- Colorado

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  • 9/8 - Spink County, S.D.: Well it warmed up. Would have been nice to have some rain to go with the heat, because the stalks are getting brown and the ears and are not dented. We will not need a frost to make light corn, because lack of moisture might take care of that issue before the frost hits. Lots of corn and beans that do not look very good.

  • 9/8 - Logan Union County, west central Ohio: As the old saying goes; (It's not over til it's over)  We had a great bean crop coming & this week end I'm seeing White Mold literally exploding in fields around my area. With more rain & warm temperatures today, I'm wondering what will be left at harvest.

  • 9/8 - Sibley County, Minn.: Crops have a long way to go. Beans are starting to turn and corn is early dent.

  • 9/5 - West Central Minnesota: If you do the kernel, row, and ear counts, the yield is respectable and possibly quite large, but one also has to look at the time needed to finish. A normal frost date will have some limiting factor on yields. Frost-free through the middle of October and you have your record. Cubic volume of grain means less than total weight. If the test weight is less than desirable, average yields at best. Soybeans, pod count seem low and they have a long way to go to finish filling. Lots of white mold that could have quite an impact. Don't know if I would be putting this one in the record yield category just yet.

  • 9/5 - Iowa: [Response to Clay County, Minn., below] And who would be around to buy your 2011 crop?

  • 9/5 - Eastern Oklahoma: We have received over 3" the last three days . . . perfect on the late beans. I just got back from the Farm Progress Show. All I can say is, it better not frost before October 15 up there. That is our normal frost date here. I saw a lot of corn going down in spots. And it is a long way from done . . . I saw corn still in the blister stage.

  • 9/4 - Clay County, Minn.: Before everyone orders their corn and bean seed and applies fertilizer this fall, just think if we took that money and bought July 10 corn and bean futures and went on strike and didn't plant a crop for 2010. By taking one year of production out and no fertilizer, we could literally name our price for what we produce for years to come. Oh, by the way, those futures contracts would be worth big $$$, with no input cost for 2010, no problem paying rent or making payments. Sound interesting??

  • 9/4 - Hardeman County, Texas: It is very dry here. Dryland cotton is burned up [photo 1]. Irrigated cotton looks pretty good [photo 2]. Need a good six weeks of warm weather to finish it up. Need quite a bit of moisture before we can think about seeding winter wheat. Have a good harvest, everyone.

    Hardeman County, Texas

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  • 9/4 - Lancaster, Pa.: Corn silage harvest just starting. The crop is at least 10-14 days behind last year due to the cooler summer and wet cloudy August. Had nearly 8" of rain. Corn and beans look great if we can get weather to get it in. Alfalfa and pasture look good as well. Milk price is in the toilet, but what else is new.

  • 9/4 - Fulton County, northwest Ohio: Scouted a lot of our crops Thursday. Have some 105 and 107 day corn that's not even dented yet. We are way behind and have had 43 degree nights. It's jest not good.

  • 9/4 - Milam County, Texas: Corn was planted first of March. Sorghum was planted mid-March, early April. Everything had good moisture and was looking good, then a late frost cleared a few fields in the county. The corn that made it through the frost looked good until after the tassel came out. That's when we quit getting moisture. Same for sorghum -- once the plant headed out, the moisture just wasn't there. I've heard reports on corn anywhere from 15 bu. to over 90. On sorghum, I've heard reports of fields being so bad they were baled for insurance and some made 4,000 lb. sorghum. I hear a lot about people up north complaining about the rain. At least they're getting . . . send some our way.

  • 9/3 - Northeast Arkansas: Corn harvest getting started, yields range from 150-260. Rice farmers report very good yields. IV soybeans will be ready in couple weeks. Cotton still lagging, should be ready to harvest in 30 days. Frost usually doesn't come till early November. Hope everyone has a safe harvest.

  • 9/3 - Mitchell County, Iowa: I agree with the fellow from Fayette County, this is October weather -- 40s at night and don't get into the 70s till afternoon, does not give the corn the heat units needed to move along very fast. Each and every week moves our needed frost date further and further toward November, and we all know that don't happen here. Corn planted April 15 only has half the kernels dented.
  • 9/3 - LaSalle County, Ill.: Crops here in general look good, but late and poor spots within each field. I've read a couple of market people comment that if we make it three weeks, and another said end of September, we'll be safe from frost.  Are they guessing or actually doing the math? Our agronomist has figured the numbers. If we have normal weather from here on out, midseason corn planted mid-May will black layer the end of October. Full season corn is mid to late November! And most of our corn was planted late in May. Going to be tough to mature prior to frost this year. Not looking forward to a late, wet corn harvest.
  • 9/3 - Lane County, Kan.: Sorghum and corn in our area of western Kansas look pretty good provided we get the right weather to finish the crop. I am anxious to hear crop comments from growers in Texas concerning the status of corn and sorghum in their area.

  • 9/2 - Cavalier County, Northeast North Dakota: Crop is at least 3 weeks behind normal. Winter wheat harvest is in full swing with yield reports ranging from 40-50 bu/a. Some pre-harvest roundup being sprayed on spring wheat, might see some of that being taken off by the end of the week.  Swathing of canola is also in full swing, harvesting probably at least a week away for that.  We've had a good week of nice weather finally but we need it to stick around for at least another month without a frost otherwise the soybeans and pinto beans will be in trouble.

  • 9/2 - Fayette County, Northeast Iowa: Mowing a few waterways for the last time before fall. 2.3 and 2.5 beans are still growing and actually look very nice but these beans were planted May 15 and show no signs of turning. I don't know how all those crops in Illinois and North Dakota that were planted at the end of June are going to make it with the cool summer we've had. It's 46 degrees right now and will take until 2 this afternoon to make 70 and then head the other way at 6. Corn and beans planted normally are going to have to hustle, let alone those planted in June.
  • 9/2 - Walsh County, North Dakota: Sept. 1, and we finally got a combine into the field.  Took off about 30 acres of peas, the rest are still too green.  This evening we walked into about 600 acres of wheat fields and found 200 acres that we could start swathing tomorrow.  All our other wheat is still a couple weeks away.   We figure swathing will get us to combining quicker than doing the preharvest Roundup.  Barley is still a few days away from cutting.  No spring wheat has come into the local elevators yet.  Edible beans are filling the lower pods, and still flowering on top.  I'm afraid the soybeans around here (there aren't too many) will be a big green manure crop to plow down.  This is the latest, slowest crop to ripen in many years, maybe ever.  Canola is getting cut....looks to be an excellent crop.  We are praying for a very late and delayed frost.....November 1 would be about right.
  • 9/2 - Bond County, Southern Illinois: It was 46 degrees this morning when I left for work at 6 a.m.  There had to be some frost up north?

  • 9/1 - Crop Reports from Corn College: Listen to these farmers, who attended Farm Journal's one-day Corn College, describe crops in their area.

Charlie Hammer
, of Beaver Dam, Wis., has attended all three Farm Journal Corn College events. He says by attending he aims to better understand the cycles of fertilizer and how he can apply it to his farm.

John McGrath, from Amana, Iowa, says even on his farms, you can find great crop variability.

Alan Pfeifer, of Leesburg, Ind., provides a crop update from his area.

Rick Devoe, Monroe, Wis., says harvest on his farm wont start until the middle of October.

Jason Troike, a farmer from Girard, Kan., says the best word to describe this years growing season is: trying.


  • 9/1 - Faribault County, Minn.: Just finished looking at some soybeans and the white mold is really taking a toll. We've always had some other years, but not whole fields. This is as serious as I have ever seen it. There is really no objective way to put a number on how bad it is, but I tried to guess that a 97-acre field had at least 60 acres with dead plants in it. I think we are nearly 15 to 20 days behind on corn maturity. 2007 took out 160 acres of 94 day on the 13-15 of September at 19% moisture. This year same field, same hybrid planted April 17 is just getting dented, and it's cold every day.

  • 9/1 - Eastern Van Wert County, Ohio: For the most part we missed all the rain here again. Maybe 3 or 4 tenths, just to give you an idea of how dry it is. I have a photo of one of the cricks. Also have only had to mow the lawn twice since July 1st.

    Eastern Van Wert County, Ohio

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  • 9/1 - Williams County, Ohio: Outside rows of fields look good, inside rows' ears half the size. Corn hurt early by too much rain. Below-average yield at best. Moisture will be very wet. Beans have chance if there is a late frost not till Oct. 10-15. Average yield with late frost.
  • 9/1 - Seneca, Neamaha County, Kan.: Triple stack corn planted on April 8 on northeast Kansas hill ground falling over at the lowest node with stock rot. Crop has looked excellent until here in last 10 days and is getting worse every day. If harvested today, yield expectations would be near 160 bu./acre. In the last 20 days we have had over 3" of rain and cool weather accelerating the problem. The reality has set in that this is not going to be good. I will not plant any corn next year; invested risk is too high.

    160 bu.  x $2.82 (local cash bids) = $451. I will have near $430 an acre invested, including harvesting. I would be happy to just break even at this point on the corn crop.

    On a positive note, pulled random a couple of soybean plants from 30" row planted at 160,000 populations. One plant had 137 pods, the other 126.

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  • 8/31 - Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: I'd love to see the rest of Chuck Miller's corn field if these ears are any indication. I spotted this display at the Illinois State Fair last week. Miller is from Quincy and the ears came from the current year.

    -- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

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  • 8/31 - Ramsey County, Northeast North Dakota: Wheat has low falling numbers due to sprouting. Corn needs at least until the end of October without frost which would be a miracle here. Beans have very few pods on and need a month to 45 days without frost also. Winter jobs anyone?
  • 8/31 - Mercer County, Ohio: Missed all the rain again today, only had 2.5 in since planting around May 20th. Probably too late to make any difference on corn, but still have hopes for beans. Corn is fired to ear with some of ears already dropped. Beans on sandy soils are showing severe stress. Good luck to all.

  • 8/31 - Rock County, Minnesota: Corn crop is now starting to dent. The one thing I see is the corn is pulling back on the ear we look like it is perfect here from the road but in the field it is a different story. No bumper crop just a good average crop now. Our total rainfall seems ok but received it in small showers of 3 to 4 tenths at a time the subsoil is depleted and if it was hot it would not be good. Beans should be ok as we did receive about an inch of rain last week some places. This is a strange year and usually these kind of years do not produce bumper crops.

  • 8/31 - East Central Nebraska: Crops are great out here. Plenty of rain. Beans should make 60 Bu., and they are starting to turn. Really showed up the last two days. Corn is dented and should go between 200-240 Bu Per. It must have been our turn. Gods Speed!

  • 8/31 - Henry and Putnam Counties, Ohio: Please send rain some locations have only saw 1 inch in the past six weeks.

  • 8/31 - Posey County, Indiana: Everything is about 3 weeks behind.  Beans are starting to fill pods in the area.  The area is getting a little dry so a good shower would be nice.  We have cool temperatures in the next few days which may slow growth but no real threat of frost at the moment.

  • 8/28 - Caldwell, Christian, Todd counties, Kentucky: After the worst start for crops that I have ever seen, we have had a good season with plentiful rains and I would expect a bumper crop of corn in about all parts of western Kentucky. It is far enough along that frost will not be a concern. I saw four John Deere 9770 combines in a field last Saturday that had already been shelled. It was really green, but corn in general is drying fast. Double crop soybeans have grown markedly in the past few weeks to make up for a slow start as well. The tobacco is being cut now and it looks very good.

  • 8/28 - Shelby County, Iowa: Good chance harvest will begin in October. We just got a four-inch rain yesterday.

  • 8/28 - Northwestern Kentucky: We started shelling corn today at 25%. It looks like the first field is going to make 150. Last year this field made 210. Another farmer started shelling about 4 miles from us and his corn is making 160. Not good. We had all the rain we needed all year.

  • 8/28 - Cedar County, Iowa: Rain, rain and more rain. I wish someone else had this mess. April 1, 2009 to Aug. 1, 2009 we’ve had 16.2 inches. From Aug. 1 to Aug. 27, 15.9 inches. Five of those over the last 3 days. I am so sick of it. I have lost one field of beans completely. They have turned completely brown from white mold in the last 10 days. They were chest-high and wonderful before this. A lot of sudden death also turning some beans brown. Corn looks excellent but we need no rain and a lot of heat. Frost a concern. We are 2 weeks behind in maturity. No one in this area has had any luck baling hay. Good luck everyone. We really need it to get this crop harvested.

  • 8/28 - Holdingford, Minnesota: Corn just starting to dent and soybeans are close to the R6 stage as top pods are starting to fill now.  Need continued sunshine and some heat to finish this crop off.  Hope to be chopping some corn for silage in 25 days, but we will need 25 warm days to get there.  Usually corn is all dented by now and even starting to get a little hard.

  • 8/28 - Benton County, Iowa: We are being told we have some of the best crops ever here. However we are seeing a lot of sudden death in beans and a lot of aphids being sprayed in last two weeks. Also the ears on the corn really drop off after you see the big long ears along the road. Just go in ten rows and see how the ear size and length drop off. Still hoping for a good crop but we may be a little disappointed. God harvesting to all, be save not in a hurry.

  • 8/28 - Bremer County, Iowa: Just like the gentlemen from Ill, we too plant group II or III soybeans.  Potential is there, but like a couple of days ago sudden death is showing up. Corn looks good too. I’d say soy will start at the end of Sept, early Oct, and corn will follow. The farming part is easy, it’s the marketing that’s hard.  CBOT and USDA seem to stack the deck against us.

  • 8/27 - Livingston County, Illinois: Just about everybody plants group 3 soybeans.  It doesn't take a math expert to figure out that that they will run out of time towards maturity before the first frost occurs in any region you pick.  I just wish CBOT would wake up and face reality.  I'm not selling anything ahead, for I might not have anything to sell postharvest.

  • 8/27 - Lebanon, Pennsylvania: We have had so much rain I do not check the gauge anymore.  First open week for any hay making in a long time.  Out checking soybeans noting a lot of downy mildew and plenty of white mold.  Podding this year looks tremendous I have counted pods and noted numerous fields with 4 beans in a pod.

    Checking some corn ears this week and it appears that the ears are not as long and there are not as many rows around.  Two things could be going on first a lot of growers have increased corn populations and with increased density smaller ears result. I remember a National Corn Contest entry that yielded 278bu/acre of dry corn and the ears were short and limited number of rows. Even though they were small there were 32000 of them in the field. Another issue is that with Corn the ear is determine at around  8-12 leaves (18 inches high) and we had some cold temperatures at that time.  In fact I got some ears from a grower at Ag Progress Days that had blunt ear syndrome or grenade ears.  Researchers are not sure why this occurs but they point to cool temperatures back in the early growth period and some hybrids are more susceptible than others.  Looking back at the temperatures we indeed had 40 degree temperatures in the middle of June!!  That corresponds with the ear determination timing.  All in all the pollination looks pretty good for corn.  Viewed some grayleaf spot and northern leaf spot only a few fields that were severe mainly due to hybrid choice.  I never like to guess on the yields I would rather wait until the combines roll and get a real idea of the crop.

    -- Del Voight, Penn State
    Crop Management Extension Group

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  • 8/27 - West Central Minnesota: We'll have well below average yields on both corn and soybeans in this area and that's IF we manage to get beyond our avg. first frost date of Sept. 16 at my location. We need both heat and time. We've been running some 14% -20% behind normal on Growing Degree Days (GDDs) all season. And this is on top of our droughty conditions. Our crops will never tolerate even an avg. frost date and especially not an earlier one.  Time marches on. Good luck to all.

  • 8/27 - Lancaster County, Lincoln, Nebraska: Very dry July and early August but I believe dry land corn will be 140 to 180 in this area which averages 140, better as you go East. The last 10 days we have received about 4 inches of rain with 2 inches coming today should finish out the beans nicely with projected yield 50-60 bus/acre good yield for this area. No aphid spraying. We will have no problem with early frost as corn is dropping its ears do to dry weather earlier. Harvest I would predict starting around the 25th of Sept. or a little earlier. My prediction on U.S crop, corn 12.8 to 13.0 billion bushels with beans close to USDA prediction.

  • 8/27 - Boone County, Kentucky: Tobacco harvest is underway with the crop in pretty good shape despite all of the rain we have had this year, up until the last 3 weeks, it has been dry. While spraying sucker control, we mixed Quadris in the tank for Blue Mold protection. Yields look to be better than last year’s 2400 lbs. per acre. Corn is starting to dent and looks like a great crop, using the crop yield tool from the ProFarmer tour, looks like yields will be around 180+/-. Soybeans are waist to chest high and full of pods, hopefully we will get some rain soon to fill them out. A lot can still happen to these crops, so we need to keep our fingers crossed. Be safe and good luck this fall.

  • 8/27 - Gray County, Kansas: Corn will be above average except where hailed earlier. Thousands of acres taken by the 4 or 5 hail storms. Beans recovered better but yield will be average or just a little below average, to much heat at the wrong time.

  • 8/27 - Lee County, Northwest Illinois: Corn looks great, at least 3 weeks behind normal though. There is a lot of the white mold showing up in the soybeans, which were looking good also.

  • 8/27 - South Central Indiana: I trust everyone is actually out walking their fields.  I have and the corn looks good from the road with big ears, but when you walk in them I have found a lot of ears that only pollinated about half of the ear.  When I asked my local agronomist he is blaming it on the cool temps. we had during pollination.  This hybrid is with a very prominent seed company also.  Needless to say I am a little upset as this will cause some yield loss.  Just don't know until harvest comes.

  • 8/26 - Northeast Arkansas: Corn harvest started this week, with early reports of 260 bu/ac. Early soybeans are starting to turn; harvest will probably start in 2 weeks. The cotton crop needs more heat.

  • 8/26 - Livingston County, Illinois: Checked my corn planted on May 30th and found good seed set, but kernels are small and white. This corn pollinated around the 10th of August. I have my doubts it will make it before frost. We will need a frost no earlier than the10th of October. Then it will be a long harvest of wet corn. Soybeans have quit flowering and have set pods. White mold is running rampant in 15 inch and drilled soybeans. Never had it before, that I know of. We have been blessed with rain all year, so to much of a good thing can be bad to.

  • 8/26 - Bremer County, Iowa: Aphid spraying and headline is about done on the soy side of things.  There are still some planes in the area spraying headline on the corn. In our general area we are looking very good in terms of health and yield potential.  However to the north and south, and east there are several areas of hail damaged crops.  Very difficult to determine what the yield loss will be. Keep the guys in Fayette County in your prayers.  Hail took out a lot of dairy guys near West Union, they don’t even have corn to salvage as silage. Beautiful crops one hour, and nothing the next.As for sudden death, yes there has been more and more of that showing up lately.  Nothing as far as growing conditions would seem to have set it off. The ones I have seen were even sprayed for aphids and headline too.

  • 8/26 - Gentry County, Northern Missouri: Crops around here are mostly below average.  Most soybeans are around knee-high with very few waist-high.  Some of the soybeans planted early are now being hammered by SDS.  If we get a September frost, stick a fork in it all and fork the government report, too. I know Missouri is not one of the "big boys" but it does not take much of a reduction to eliminate the projected surplus and I have seen enough of this state to know that both soybean and corn will be below average at best.

  • 8/26 - Buchanan County, Iowa: In the last week or so we are seeing some SDS in the beans. We have had 4.6 " for august but could use more heat. We had some hail damage July 25.  42 % damage in the worst.

  • 8/26 - Southeast Iowa: Lots of SDS showing up in the earliest planted beans. Corn looks like it has sucked all the nitrogen from the leaves in the past few weeks. August has been great weather, but could still use some heat, but only showing in the 70's in the 10 day forecast. Aphids haven't been a problem with the cool wet weather.

  • 8/25 - Crittenden County, Northeast Arkansas: Just had the County Extension Agent out at the Farm this morning looking at a little Frog Eye in the Soybeans. He said for the third/fourth week in August our growing degree units per day are 22 units on average. Saturday and Sunday only produced 11 units each day. Temp of 61 degrees was the low last night. My early planted Soybeans are still over 40 days from harvest, currently at R4 to R5. Late beans have not even bloomed yet!!

  • 8/25 – South Central Minnesota: Soybeans started dying over the weekend.  It looks like SDS but some are saying it is something new.  We've never had much sudden death before, so maybe it is another disease, doesn't really matter the result is the same, premature dead beans.  We will have our best corn ever if the crop can finish. Nights are cool again with low of 50 last couple days.  NWS 6-10 day calls for more cool weather.

  • 8/24 - Madison Parish, Louisiana: Corn Harvest is around 80% completed. Yields have been from 240 bu. on irrigated to 40 on non-irrigated. Cotton was blooming out the top July 10th. Now it is lapped the middle lush green and still growing. We have had 14 inches of rain since July 22. Not bad for a good corn harvest!

  • 8/24 - Lake County, East Central South Dakota: Crops here look excellent; however are about 2 weeks behind. Corn is beginning to dent, and with no early frost we are looking at are best crop ever.  Looks better then the 2004 crop that averaged 202 bpa.  Beans also look good, aphid spraying is pretty much wrapped up in the neighborhood, have had no stress in the growing season except for a cool spring.  Moisture has been plentiful. Took out 100 acres if spring wheat last week, averaged 68 bpa good test weight and protein.

  • 8/24 - Saunders County, Nebraska: Congratulations to the first year farmer in Minnesota. We need more of you to replace us oldsters. Hope the future works out for you. It has been a dry late summer here and the yields will be somewhat depressed for dry land crops, especially on the hilly and droughty soils. Hope everyone has a good safe harvest and the frost holds off for those of you who have crops behind schedule.

  • 8/24 - Northeast Arkansas: I've been follow the Midwest crop tour on twitter, and they say about the same as USDA, some pretty good crops out there. Crops here appear to be above average.

  • 8/24 - Coles County, East Central Illinois: Still very dry. We did get about 6 tenths with some wind damage but scratch the ground and its still dry under the top inch. The rains have been good north of rt. 36 and across interstate 70 but seems to avoid east of interstate 57. My corn has already started denting but hopefully this little bit will help the beans, although they where showing yellow areas early this week where they where planted in wet ground and where there was compaction. The ears I have pulled have been nosed back one to two inches and 14 rows around. Might catch a shower tomorrow. The corn crop will be good if you have a field that had no standing water or no hail or no wind damage and you got it planted by May 10th. I can't find one on my farms.

  • 8/24 - Eastern Oklahoma: After reading all the results from the crop tour through the I states I've changed my marketing plan. There were so many negative comments coming from up there it really sounded like a normal frost would wipe out any chance for normal yields. Our soybeans are looking great here with great soil moisture and the late corn that was replanted in May is going to be awesome.  All my early corn will be lucky to make 100 bu. We had so much water it rotted the roots off and the plant never recovered.

  • 8/24 - Spink County, South Dakota: I talked to one of the members of the crop tour and they do not count in zero fields. They just pick a spot in a pre-assigned field and are told to ignore blank spots. The truth will come out when the combines hit the field. It does not really matter how many acres you plant, but the number of acres you harvest is where you get the bushels you haul to town.In our area some of the planted fields are 10 percent to 30 percent gone because of drowned out spots. Where there is good corn there might be a record yield, but lots of later fields will only make it if frost holds off until mid or late October. With corn prices in the basement there will be a lot more corn going into the silage pile. USDA's harvested acres are way too high for the way it looks out here in the country. It would be pretty easy to knock off a couple million acres from their total.

  • 8/24 - Merlin, Ontario, Canada: Just sprayed for aphids, a beautiful soy crop this year with an excellent growing season (albeit a 5 to 10 degrees cooler than normal till now). But plenty of timely rains.  I usually scout daily, and noticed aphid populations a few hundred per plant Aug 15, and by the 17th they were well on they’re way to 1000 per plant.  The worst I have seen it.  I called the local elevator to have they’re crop scouts confirm and it was past threshold.  My dad who farms 5 minutes from me called his crop guy and he said he never heard of any aphid problem and didn’t bother to go over and look.  Shocking cause he sprays for a local elevator, not saying who.  I looked and they were 80 to 90% the amount of aphids as mine.   Hmmm, I hope my dad doesn’t lose bushels because of it.  I hate when people wait for the other guys to get started and then it’s too late.

  • 8/24 – Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: We have received 5.3"+ of rain from Sunday (8-16) to today Thursday (8-20).  Right in our area we look good, very good. We received close to 4" in July and are pushing 6" so far in August. Most of our corn and soybeans have not had much if any heat or moisture stress.  We're almost embarrassed to say much of anything to neighbors 3 to 4 miles away. We are still a week or so behind on maturity compared to our 5 year average.

  • 8/20 - Marshal County, Minn.: Well, for my first year of farming on my own, I think I am doing OK. The one field I am farming is soybeans. There are a few drowned-out spots. There was some reseeding done, the earlier seeded is at knee-high with the reseeded quickly catching up. Dad figures about 80% of the field will yield around 30 bu./acre, which is around average for the area, and the other 20% might be a salvageable 15-20 bu./acre. All things considered, no complaints from a 20-year-old first-year farmer.

  • 8/20 - Lafayette County, Wis.: (Top) Hail damage in western Lafayette County from July storms; (bottom) soybeans in the eastern part of the county that escaped the storms. If there is not an early frost, yields should be excellent.

-- Lafayette County, Wis.

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  • 8/19 - Eastern Van Wert County, northwest Ohio: Very dry here, less than 2" of rain since June 1. Our third very dry summer in a row. Some corn really starting to fire. Hopefully we can get some of the rain coming through tonight.

  • 8/19 - Faulk County, S.D.: Trying to get spring wheat harvested, but it rains every day or is just cloudy and cool. Have lost 3 lb. in test weight (same field) since we started harvest. Everyone is in the same boat and waiting for some sunny and warm weather.

  • 8/19 - Seneca County, northwest Ohio: We are dry mainly across northern Ohio. Perhaps two-tenths an inch of rain has fallen in the last weeks. Our corn has fired.

  • 8/18 - Western Iowa: Good comments from the elder statesman [see 8/17, Piatt County, Ill., below]. My question is, “What happened to the new plateau of prices?” Crops are incredible in western Iowa. Right with last year.

  • 8/18 - Holdingford, Minn.: Very nice corn and soybean crop setting up this year. I think the main concern now is definitely going to be getting enough GDUs to get the crop to maturity!

  • 8/18 - Logan County, Colo.: I plan on planting 100% kochia weeds.

  • 8/17 - Northeast Kansas: To the Montana producer: USDA says there is a near-record corn and soybean crop. I believe they are  correct. Watch the Midwest Crop tour on Twitter. They're saying the same thing.

  • 8/17 - Piatt County (east of Decatur), Ill.: Crops for the most part are looking good, although the late planting will be the telling story. Corn was planted May 24. Soybeans planted between June 4 and 15. Many other fields in the immediate area planted around this time frame or later (some first planting soybeans were seeded July 1). Anticipating harvest to be delayed until at least the end of September to accommodate the late planting dates, then probably both corn and beans will be ready at the same time. That might be interesting both for harvesting and delivery to the elevator.  

    Here is some encouragement for those watching the markets going down. Based on an amusing and unusual theory I have, the top of the market for 2009 is yet to be made! I have been farming for 37 years, and it seems to me every time I heard the phrases "downside risk is limited" and "beans going to $20" (in the old days the phrase was "beans in the teens"), that this was a signal the market top was almost in. If I had sold out my grain every time I heard these phrases, my banker's phone number would probably not be in speed-dial. I know this smells like "contrarian theory," but after over 3-1/2 decades of observing 100% of the experts convinced that the market is going one way, [I'm convinced] this is a signal that the top (or the bottom) is in. Has anyone else observed this? So far this year, I have not heard the phrase "downside risk is limited," which in a tongue-in-cheek way indicates to me that the marketing top for at least corn for 2009 has not yet been made. Take this for what it is worth.  :)

    Personal production estimates at this time: Soybean yields down 15% to 20%, corn yields down 10% to 15% due to late planting, although late-season rains, warm temps for the next 5-6 weeks and an average frost date (October 10 for us) would improve the estimates.  

    Hope everyone has a safe harvest. Be mindful when you need rest, and take breaks. A harvest that takes an extra 24 hours to complete will not make that much difference in the grand scheme of things, but getting an extra hour of sleep each night for 24 nights could make a huge difference. Take it from an older farmer -- "it ain't worth it" to give 110% if it costs you 150%. Yes, we want to complete the harvest as timely as we can, yet we also want to be here and healthy to enjoy the friuts of our labor. Take care of yourselves now and this fall.

  • 8/17 – Indiana: Dry is the word for the day. Last week was terrible, corn fired up, beans turning pale and not growing. Went flying last night, thought maybe I was the only one dry -- wow, I was wrong. USDA needs to get out of their office, they don't have a clue. But I'm afraid even most of us are going to get a surprise when we get beyond the edge of the fields.
  • 8/16 – North Central Montana: Cool but not wet summer has delayed wheat harvest by two weeks. Now over 2" of rain in last two weeks has reduced quality in standing grain and caused great anxiety for farmers with swathed grain. Cool showery weather predicted till Tuesday with very gradual warm-up later in the week. Would like to see farmers with good crops post them, as I use this blog to help with marketing decisions, but know farmers are reluctant to brag, especially when others are struggling.
  • 8/16 – Northwest Jackson County, Minn.: Received 2.1" rain overnight Saturday night. Zero puddles left in the yard! We will need a frost-free period until October to bring crops to maturity. Crops look good, but behind.  Sprayed aphids last week. Pops not huge, but enough to spray.
  • 8/16 – Platte County, Neb.: Crops are the best in many years. Corn starting to dent,and beans filling pods. We've had 6" of rain in last two weeks. Sorry to hear of all the other struggles. Sounds like what we went through last year. For all you folks to the East, rains are coming, and a late frost is imminent. Keep the faith.
  • 8/15 – East Central Missouri: We need a rain for the early planted soybeans and the replanted and late planted soybeans. Early planted soybeans are in pod fill and replanted and late planted soybeans are 12" to 18" in height. Last rain was on July 22. Bean yields will be 5 to 7 bu. per acre less than last year. Corn looks good, with ear husks starting to dry. The early planted corn looks to be about 10 days from black layer.
  • 8/14 – South Central Indiana: Beans were looking good, but unfortunately way too much rain in July (never thought I would say that). Now we are seeing a lot of SDS in soybeans already! This will definitely impact yields.
  • 8/14 - Iroquois County, Ill.: Getting very dry here and the corn is really starting to show some stress. Crop looked excellent until this dry spell hit. Talked to local banker and they are worried about some farmers who paid big cash rent and now the price has dropped below break-even in many cases. Many had said we wouldn't see corn under $5 and I said I have heard that story before. I would also like to know why the journalists that were writing last year how the farmer should pay more rent to the landlord are not now writing how the rent should go the other way. Many people need to understand economics, especially in agriculture, before they go giving an opinion.

  • 8/14 - East Central Illinois: Still hoping for some rain. Getting desperate with corn trying to fill ears and beans setting pods and blooming. Only 2 to 6 tenths since the middle of July and the crops are hurting. Corn is firing up in areas and beans are looking pale and rolling the leaves. Gov. reports just do not make sense.

  • 8/13 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor, introduces us to Steve Sprague, a farmer who tried growing sunflowers for the first time.

    -- Central Illinois

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  • 8/13 – Indiana: Corn crop just finished pollinating. Less than 3/4 in rain since July 1. No rain in sight and high temps losing yield every day now. Beans way behind, better be a late frost. But the USDA stills claims great crop and the drought monitor doesn't show any dry spots. Go figure.
  • 8/13 – Northeast Arkansas:  The farmer posting for Northeast Arkansas (8/12), you must be on that lighter sandy loam soil in Mississippi County to get those kind of yields you are predicting, 55 bu. Soybeans, 180 Corn, 180 Rice, etc!!  You won't get those yields in the adjacent counties of Crittenden, Cross, St. Francis, Craighead, Clay, or Poinsett. Rice isn't even heading yet!!!   Boll rot is going to tear up the Cotton, 1,200#'s???????  We have had over 18" of rain since July 11 and the water logged late beans are 8" tall!!!
  • 8/13 – East Central North Dakota: There are portions of a handful of counties in east-central ND that are extremely dry at this point.  The three agricultural weather stations nearest the areas we farm have only recorded between 1.68" and 2.90" of rainfall since May 15th.  We coasted through the first 60 days of dryness on plentiful soil moisture and cool temperatures, but things are now turning very ugly with temperatures in the 90's and still no rain.  The area that is most affected is probably between 5 and 10,000 square miles.

  • 8/12 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor, show an organic corn field in central Illinois that is way behind.


  • 8/12 – Cedar County, Nebraska: Corn is good, starting to see stress from lack of moisture; pollination is solid to the tip of ear, two good rains from an above average yield. Beans look good, also need moisture to have greet crop, spraying for aphids and beetles. Irrigators are going around and around. Best of luck to all and be safe!!!!
  • 8/12 – Clay County Minnesota (across the river from Fargo): What a year, there is a lot of corn still not tasseled around here and our average freeze date is in six weeks. Most of the beans are very short and a lot are just starting to flower. Wheat looks good but acres are way down because of the wet spring. Alfalfa crop is half of normal with the cold weather. Looking forward to this year being over.
  • 8/12 – Northeast Arkansas: $12 beans...$3 corn...4 to 1 ratio...hmmm...guess we should have planted more beans. Prediction on 2009 crop in our general area...corn 180...soybeans 55...cotton 1,200 lbs...rice 180.
  • 8/12 – Putnam County, Northwest Ohio: We need rain beans 25 to 30 corn may not be that good.
  • 8/12 – Brown County, Minnesota: Crops now beginning to deteriorate very quickly, 6 tenths of rain since July 1st starting to take its toll. What looked like a huge crop a month ago, now gone.  I would estimate the top 25% gone. Still hoping for 150 bu. corn and 40 bu. beans.   Will be worse if it don’t rain soon as temps are now climbing.

  • 8/11 - Iowa: Scouting weekly, I've noticed a rapid advance of white mold and SDS on many fields of soybeans.  Most of my soybeans were planted 1st week of May and were looking great until the R4 to R5 stage.  Seems that there is no "perfect" weather for Soybeans in Iowa.... (hot & dry = bugs and cool & wet = mold & SDS!!!!!)
  • 8/11 - Spink County, South Dakota: What a strange year. It is the 10th of August and hardly any one in our area has gotten a start on their spring wheat. Corn is late and some is still trying to tassel. I drove by one of my neighbor's late planted corn and it will be two weeks before that tassels. Corn over all looks good, but not many fields of soybeans look very good (lots of drowned out and stunted /off colored beans). I know it is early, but most of these soybean fields will only be 15 to 25 bushel unless some miracle occurs in-between now and harvest. The corn yield will be determined by when it freezes. Mid to the end of October we will have some good corn/ if it freezes in Early September it will be a total mess. I wish I was as confidant as the USDA. Of course I do not think the USDA has ever planted or harvested much corn.
  • 8/11 - Calhoun County, Iowa: Hail Sunday morning took a swath 5-10 miles wide from Wall Lake in western Iowa to Eldora in eastern Iowa. People are estimating 500,000-750,000 acres damaged. It isn't good for anyone. Seed fields around Eldora are gone.

  • 8/10 - South of Decatur, Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor, visits a farm south of Decatur, Ill., where she found the farmer baling hay.


    -- South of Decatur, Illinois

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    • 8/10 - Yuma County, Colorado: July was quite a month for Yuma County. Wheat harvest finished about as late as anyone can remember. The county yield was from 40-60bu/ac. Some fields made 80-90, at least that is what they reported. We have had regular rains which have helped on the irrigation for the corn and pinto beans. The corn looks excellent, the pintos are not us good due to the heavy rains with wind. The last two weeks of July, we had rain almost daily and some places had up to two inches in one storm during that period. There has been widespread hail damage this year. Some fields are totaled out, but at least half of the fields have some damage. Those fields untouched by hail look fantastic. Now, hope it doesn't get dry in August.
    • 8/10 - DeLand, Illinois: Crops in central IL look decent. I won't say great as the borders of fields has hidden the problem areas. Wet soils early have most certainly hurt everyone. The April planted corn looks the best and of course is the most advanced in my area. The later planted May corn is just finishing up pollinating. I expect a late fall harvest. There could be trouble if an early freeze hits. I remember green shriveled soybeans from the one in the middle 70's.
    • 8/10 - Bon Homme County, South Dakota: We’ve had hail and 4-5 inches rain in July. Crops are all over the board.
    • 8/10 - Kossuth County, Iowa: Corn is tall, soybeans are not. Aphids are small but numerous and very amorous.
    • 8/10 - South Central Ohio: Crops here look excellent had about 7.5 – 8.0 inches of rain in July and so far in August .7 inch. Corn all tasseled and soybeans all knee high and some waist high. If we keep getting rain in August could see record yields.

    • 8/10 - Lafayette County, Southwest Wisconsin: Pasture conditions in Lafayette County SW Wisconsin are excellent!

      -- Lafayette County, Southwest Wisconsin

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    • 8/7 – Southwest Wisconsin: Corn here is very good, maybe excellent. A lot of the corn isn’t tasseled yet, but has great color. Ours is all done pollinating. It might be the best I have ever had. South of us really bad. They had hail damage – 30,000 acres of corn and beans could be ruined. Beans are super nice, flowering and setting pods.
    • 8/7 – Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: We received 3.5" - 4.0" rain in July.  Other than being 8-10 days behind, we look very good. We rolled corn maybe three times and that was before tasseling. Soybeans had a tough start but have caught up and look good also. We'll need water in August to finish up their potential (whatever that is). Weekend forecast (if it really happens) will put some pressure on both corn and beans with temps on Sunday approaching 100.
    • 8/7 - Southern Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor, shows us some small soybeans in southern Illinois.


    • 8/6 – Lafayette County, Missouri: The crops here will be down 15% - 20% over 2008.
    • 8/6 – Buffalo County, Wisconsin: We’re doing 3rd crop hay can't even see the windrows. We have had a half of inch rain sense June 27, 2009. The corn on the lighter soil is in really bad shape, and the corn on heaver soil is hanging in there yet, but we really need rain bad. The milk prices are very bad at 10.10 a 100 # and not much feed to feed them with no rain, now that I'm buying corn silage for my cows, I think they eat more when your buying feed too. Hope everyone else is doing good, and be safe.
    • 8/6 - Texas:The wet got wetter and the dry got drier for the first week of August in Texas. Listen for more.

      Peanuts continued to do well, drought or no drought, as most of the crop is under irrigation in Texas, according to Dr. Todd Baughman, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agronomist.

      -- Texas AgriLife Extension Service

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    • 8/5 –Stearns County, Minnesota: Corn and Soybeans looks very nice with the exception that they are 2 weeks behind normal.  Sounds like some heat and humidity finally for the weekend.  I wish beef cattle prices would come back up!
    • 8/5 – South-Central Minnesota: Crops here look good but are behind about 15 to 20 days.  It is really starting to get dry also. I really noticed some hills starting to suffer while spraying beans for aphids yesterday.  So to sum it up, we need heat and rain here to finish our crop.  They are talking heat for the weekend, but not much rain.
    • 8/5 - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Finished with the sprayer last night. The last planned herbicide application on double crop soybeans. :~)  Moisture has been adequate, but not excessive the last 2 weeks and crops look good. June 20 to July 20 was basically rain free :~(. Late but good. The double crop corn after barley is just ready to tassel. All corn looked uneven while growing, but seems to be more even about 10 days after tassel. That's the view from on top of our 80' silos. Vegetative growth on the soybeans is good and early beans are blooming and starting to set some early pods. No chest high beans yet however.

      It would seem that the prospects are good for an average to above average harvest. I believe our stress from June 20 to July 20 had to loose some yield potential on the corn, especially the weaker and thinner soils. County average is 167 and that looks achievable for me. Average bean yield here is 47 bushels and that looks achievable as well if we have the moisture and heat to finish well. It does not look like it will be an early harvest. I personally am thankful to have a sealed silo available to me for the first time to get 35% of my corn out at 28 - 30% moisture.

      It is all in God's hands now. I believe I did about all I could have with the weather this year, so the rest is up to HIM!
    • 8/5 – North Central Wisconsin: Corn in our area is all over the board, some fields are 7 ft tall and tasseled, others are barely knee high. Rain has been very spotty, all of July we had 1.2 inches. Less than 2 miles down the road they had 3.2 inches. We need some heat also, very cool here which is why the crops look as good as they do. Soybeans look very good, but about 2 weeks behind normal. I walked in one field this afternoon that was waist high, most average knee high, but saw few flowers. First crop alfalfa was excellent, 2nd crop rather short due to lack of moisture. Oats is turning color quite nicely, rather short though. Barley looks very good, winter wheat is gold and probably ready to come off late next week. Have a safe harvest.
    • 8/5 – Benson County, Northeast North Dakota: Farmers here are just finishing up corn harvest 08 corn. Wheat is a month away. North of here some small grains haven't flowered yet so the big yield forecast by the experts may get trimmed down a little bit.  Cool weather is forecast for next 10 days so may not have many row crops to harvest here.
    • 8/5 - Lauderdale County, Tennessee: West Tenn. has been super wet and cooler than normal.  I hate to wish for less rain and more sun in July and August but that is what we need.  The corn, beans, and cotton are all behind and need some heat units to get caught up.  At this point we look really good,  just don’t look at the calendar!

    • 8/4 – Hamilton County, Nebraska: Crops and Pastures are in need of rain here.  The irrigation wells have been going full steam ahead for 5 weeks and it doesn't look as there will be any let up. This will make for an expensive year.   Any dry land crops -corn, beans, sorghum- are firing and won't hold out unless we have 1"+ rain the next few days.  South & West of here towards the Kansas border things are much drier with crops firing and burning up 2+ weeks already.  Pastures are getting quite short.   Cattlemen are either selling cows or bringing them home to feed hay which will put a strain on the winter hay supply.  I think this year could be something like 1995 -very late planting in some parts of the country, then extreme heat for a short part of the summer, then a normal to early frost.  That would come prior to Sept. 19th.
    • 8/4 – Lorain County, North Central Ohio: Crops look good considering we only have 1.9 inches of rain during the month of July. Some beans are now knee high most corn fields have tasseled. We need rain.
    • 8/4 – Northeast Pennsylvania: We too have all phases of corn maturity round these parts.  Some has tasseled a week ago some is only knee high.  Some fields are uniform in height throughout, but most are really sporadic in growth stages.  Looking at the fields in our immediate area it's hard to tell if some guy's planters weren't calibrated, maybe they used them for the first time or maybe they shouldn't have tried planting corn in the first place.
      On the positive side, our local feed mill is putting up another multi million bushel grain bin! They put one up last year too, which mean they either have high hopes for our sporadic harvest this fall, or they made more money off us last year and didn't know what to do with it.

      All in all, it's been another challenging year for us small square hay bail farmers.  We haven't had a stretch of rain free day's longer than 4 day's since April.  And that of course was before it was mature enough for 1st cutting.
    • 8/4 - Atchison County, Kansas: It was a late start this spring, fighting cold wet soils, but with a little patience we got most of the corn in the ground in good shape. We have had great growing conditions all summer long, in fact maybe a little too cool. We have received nearly 10 inches of rain just in the month of July with temperatures not getting above 90. Most of the corn in our area looks good with the exception of a few yellow spots just now showing up from nitrogen loss.  Final stand counts are a little down from what I would like to see, but are still acceptable. We plant our corn in twin rows and have increased our planting population about 4,000 plants per acre over our old 30 inch planter. We feel that by spacing out the plants we can increase our ear count and still maintain a healthy plant. This field of corn should produce a good yield if we continue to have good weather.

      -- Atchison County, Kansas

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    • 8/4 – Northeast Arkansas: Wet July...hope for a dry August.

    • 8/4 – Southern Manitoba: Late, late, late- crop 2-3 weeks later than normal. It will right up against the traditional first frost date for even the wheat and canola to make it, corn and soybeans look doubtful. This is in an area that is considered the banana belt of the Canadian prairies, need that southern heat.
    • 8/4 - Southwest Ohio: Crop looks good, we need heat. Trying to figure out how to harvest and move all this grain.


    • 8/4 – California: Looks like another bumper crop of rice in California. Although the cooler than normal year has pushed back harvest dates a little, most guys are gearing up for a early Sept. harvest start.
    • 8/4 – Shelby County, Iowa: Crops look very good here even with some green snap damage just over month ago. We will need some rain to keep things humming along and a near normal frost date to get to good bean harvest.
    • 8/4 - West Central Minnesota: I would disagree with the farmer from Holdingford. We are at about 3 inches of rain since our corn was planted. The crops in our area of the state are showing severe stress. The only saving grace has been the cool weather. I think if we get some moisture in August it will help tremendously. I am not looking for 200 bu. corn but with some August rain, we maybe able to salvage 150.

    • 8/3 – Holdingford, Minnesota: Corn yields in this area are going to be phenomenal this year, baring no hail or early frost.  The weatherman is starting to talk above normal temperature coming in this next 2 weeks (This is what we need).  Minnesota and Iowa are going to produce 200 + bushel corn this year.

    • 8/3 – Buchanan County, Iowa: Went for a drive Sunday through the area north of me that was hit with the big hail storm on 7/24. went through Fayette, Clayton and Delaware counties. Between Elgin and Wadena there are fields and fields of corn between work shoe high to waist high. It is absolutely destroyed. Fields in the counties are also destroyed because all the tassels are gone with nothing left to pollinate the corn. Talked to an elevator operator from the area. he says the estimate is 360,000 acres were damaged in Iowa alone and over 30,000 acres totally destroyed. Some of the farmers with cattle and dairy are tearing up some of the ground and planting sorghum to have something to chop this fall. a very bad deal for all those involved in the storm my prayers go out to everyone involved this disaster.
    • 8/3 - Nueces County, Texas: All of South Texas is in an epic drought. Those previous pictures are from somewhere else. We are a foot behind normal rainfall. We are chiseling it deep to get ready for hurricane season.

      -- Nueces County, Texas

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