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January Crop Comments

Jan 28, 2013

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


  • 1/30 - Coles County, Ill.: I normally have 87,000 bu. of corn and soybeans stored on the farm in Jan., but I have none this year. This is common because very few farmers stored anything this year or they had very little to store. We are just seeing some water running from the field tiles. We had a heavy rain jan 30th but the ground was still frooze below so it is running off and ponding.You do not benefit as much from a 1.5" rain when it is only thawed the top 2 inches.

  • 1/30 - Huntingdon County, Pa.: I dug a 4 foot deep test hole in a wheat stubble field on 1-27-2013 to see how deep the radish roots were. The ground had plenty of moisture and the roots were down over 3 feet. The ground was froze about 8 inches down and there were lots of earthworms moving below the frozen layer.

  • 1/30 - Nueces County, Texas: Mid February is planting time for corn and sorghum. Dry, dry and even drier. No underground moisture at all. No rain in sight according to weather bureau. We need 10 to 12 inches just to get started but not all at once. Chances of that are slim to none.

  • 1/30 - Delaware County, Ind.: Normally mud this time of year but now digging brush out and dirt falls right off ground has not froze hard enough to stop us.Today 60 and rain but we need a lot more no snow about 6 inches all winter some has been stoled out of field if this is what the rest of year will be it truly live up to be 20(13) good luck and god speed.

  • 1/30 - East Central Iowa: Gotta love Iowa weather. Sunday night through Monday night we received between 1-2" of rain with isolated hail (Sunday night). Problem is that most of it ran off because the ground was frozen 2-3" down. Temps hit 58 degrees yesterday and by Thursday morning lows will be around 0 and –10 degrees by Friday morning. Today we are supposed to pick up 4-7" snow, which will cover up the mud underneath. Not complaining, just stating the facts. Basis on corn has once again narrowed around here to +.33 over the futures. Contrary to the government report, a lot of bins are empty around here and haven’t magically refilled themselves like they think they did! 

  • 1/29 - Benton County, Mo.: We finally received some measurable rain 2-3" since last April. Wheat here was really needing it. No grain left in the bin in this area and never was most crops here were toasted by mid July. Thank the lord and good luck.
  • 1/29 - Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada:  -21 in Lethbridge, cold and snowy today. Probably a normal winter around here, maybe a little warmer than usual. To answer the question to the Manitoba farmer. If the canola crushers need the canola today, they will pay whatever it takes to buy it, meaning basis can move very high for a while. Yes they can take delivery of the futures but the soonest they can stand for delivery is off the March futures which is still better than a month away. Also there are other costs associated with taking delivery of futures, location, cash requirements, etc.
  • 1/29 - Snyder County, Pa.: Corn 80 to145 bu. avg.105. Beans 50 to75. Avg 61.
  • 1/29 - Atoka County, Okla.: Extremely dry. Irrigation ponds are as low as they have ever been. Usually they fill by February. May not get to pump any water this year.
  • 1/29 - Grundy County, Mo.: It's been misting the last couple of days...virtually no moisture this fall/winter. Am praying for rain/snow!

  • 1/28 - Grant County, Wash.: Here in the N.W. Columbia Basin mild, mild, mild, little to no snow cover. Lakes are all frozen. I plan on planting my same DNS rotation under irrigation. Main crop fresh market sweet corn.

  • 1/28 - Buena Vista County, Iowa: Corn 148, beans 49. Most bins are empty. The crops used every drop of rain to do what they did! No submoisture at all. 2013 could be a tough one!
  • 1/28 - Platte County, Neb.: Very dry here, only about 4" snow all winter and that is long gone. Been foggy off and on so hopfully 90 day fog days come back with GOOD MEASURABLE MOISTURE. Had one the other day and it flurried.
  • 1/28 - Clay, Ind.: Our county and surrounding counties averaged less than 50 bu. on corn non-irrigated. Soybeans had a wide range of yield depending time of planting. Early planted beans averaged 38-40, but 10-15 bu. popped out prior to harvest. Later planted beans yield between 40-45 bu. Double crop beans yielded a big zero. Overall bean yields for our area was 30 bu. average.
  • 1/28 - Dickinson County, Iowa: It’s so dry in northwest Iowa the dirt is blowing onto the roads from a slough that went dry due to lack of rain!


  • 1/28 - Ogle County, Ill.: Our farm missed the summer rains by a quarter to one half mile. Our yields were 100 bushel but excellent quality. A September rain kicked the beans to a 60 bushel yield. We have missed the rains this winter also. Extremely dry! We will increase our bean planting this spring 20% due to the dry conditions.


  • 1/28 - Power County, Idaho: 2012 was exceptionally hot and very dry. Our fall wheat was mostly planted into dust and received rain the latter part of November and December. Wheat will be very small and will need a little extra moisture and moderate temperatures. There is little or no 2012 crop left in bins. USDA reports seem to be bogus and they really DON'T know for a fact what crops are still in the bins


  • 1/28 - Manitoba, Canada: Cold and windy in sunny Manitoba. Temp -30 and windy with average amount of snow. Keeps you busy blowing snow. I have a question. Can anybody tell me why elevators are paying above the futures for corn and canola if they can simply buy a futures contract and take delivery?


  • 1/28 - Ransom County, southeast North Dakota: Very little snow here but lots of cold and wind. Winter wheat is in trouble as soil temps are 10-15 degrees below last year’s levels. I question whether USDA has a clue, all the bean piles have been gone for weeks and the corn piles are almost gone. A friend of mine recently traveled across South America and said the crops in northern Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay were very drought stressed. The temp in Ascunsion, Paraguay was 100 degrees F the day they went through. Is it really a free market if you’re getting misinformation?

  • 1/24 - Hancock, Iowa: The old timers say they have never seen it this dry. The corn roots had to go 5 to 6 feet down to find moisture. We have had virtually no rain or snow since harvest. It scares me how much money I have stuck into pre-paid inputs. Just have to remember it's all in God's hands.


  • 1/24 - Des Moines County, Iowa: We’ve had a very warm January, no rain or snow for months. It is, dry! dry! dry! All bins are empty. This weather situation isn’t looking good. I don’t believe the USDA report. Why don’t they just tell the truth? There will be no corn come June.


  • 1/24 - East central Iowa: This message goes out to Mr. Australia…yes USDA and just about every part of our government is a joke! They are just trying to keep up the paper shuffling game going so that they can have a job! Way too many people who are out of touch with the real world are trying to run the whole world.


  • 1/24 - Livingston County, Ill.: In the last USDA report, I noticed they claim we have 4.6 billion bu. corn stored on farms. That would be almost half of what they claim we grew. These reports become more ridiculous each time. This was a clever way to increase production for now, but all of us farmers know there isn't hardly any corn on the farm, and 90% of what is on the farm is held for feed. I'd say there is approx. 1.5 billion bu. max on the farm. That means USDA is off approx. 2.5 billion. This correction would then put the national average at approximately 90 bu. per acre. Most people all agree 123 bu. national average is ridiculous given the severity of drought.


  • 1/24 - Rapides Parish, La.: We’ve had 20-25 inches rain at headquarters since Christmas Eve. The drought here is over. Hope to start burndown by the weekend on our corn land. Good luck to everyone and be safe. God Bless!


  • 1/24 - Alexandria, Minn.: Crops were ok here. 40 bu beans and 165 bu corn. Winter has been very average. 12 inches of snow and some rain at times. Hoping for spring rains to help recharge sub soil moisture. 

  • 1/21 - Union County, Ore.: First time we have reach a temperature above freezing in ten days. Winter wheat frost burned down to bare ground. Not looking good. Summary: Dry and cold. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 1/21 - Buffalo County, Neb.: We have received about 2" of moisture here in the last 7 months...the drought of 2012 continues unabated. What snow that we have had has pretty much melted. If there is a good side to this dry weather, it is that my cows grazing on corn stalks have not had to be fed any supplemental feed. The flip side to that is that there will be no grass next spring. It is hard to get excited about pricing 2013 crops when you don't know what the moisture situation will be by April. Good luck to all!


  • 1/21 - Australia, Queensland: We are now breaking records of dry here now. Our summer crop window has shut, with nowhere even close to enough rain to think about planting sorghum. There is very little grain on farm here either. We didn't have the wheat we thought we would. Our own feedlot will consume what we have left. By what I’ve been reading in your comments in the US, it is going to be hard for the USDA to find a few million tons in a shed that they forgot about. They usually do it though. I just want to know what US growers think of the USDA, are they a joke? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 1/21 - Shiawassee County, Mich.: Very dry here we are drier now then last year at this time !our farm pond is down 5 ft. and no snow to melt come spring if we don’t get h2o we will have it bad from the get>go this spring !


  • 1/21 - Butler County, Neb.: Been way too warm for January 40's 50s is a very bad sign. I hope Feb is cold and snowy that might get my hopes up for chance of a somewhat normal year for 2013.


  • 1/21 - Sangamon County, Ill.: Grain stored in bins is very little to none! $8.00 plus corn this fall had farmers selling grain out of the field!
  • 1/21 - Matt, South Australia: Pirsa (Primary industries and regions South Australia) has lifted estimate of the South Australian crop by 250,000tn.


  • 1/21 - Grant County, Ind.: Corn was off here about 40 to 50 bushel per acre, beans were above normal. It is wet here now. I am not filling out the ag census form. When they call me I am going to tell them they don’t get any information from me till we farmers get a farm bill! When they in Washington do their job then I will do mine.

  • 1/15 - McLennan County, Texas: Well our erratic weather continues we received 5 plus inches of rain this last weekend, more than the last 4 months total. The wheat that was still not up is emerging and now we will be able to start planting corn on time. Good luck to all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 1/15 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Still dry with a little moisture in the top foot from 1ft to 6ft not any moisture. We will need some terrific rain events this spring to recharge subsoil, one of those events were you get 1/4 to 1/2 inch every day for 2 weeks (like that ever happens?) Bins have some corn and beans in them but our crop was half of normal last year. I’m busy with book work, meetings, cleaning up an old farmstead, shop work (planter just about ready to go for spring.)
  • 1/15 - Palo Alto County, Iowa: First year I can recall without any ice in the drainage ditches in the area. We have had a little snow and maybe a tenth of an inch of rain a few days ago. Never gone into spring as dry as we are right now. If this is a sign of what’s to come this next growing season id be crazy to sell the remainder of the 2012 crop and even consider selling for 2013. Lots of new irrigation equipment being put up this winter even in areas where on a normal year it’s not necessary. In the corner of one farm its usually a wet hole and across the fence an irrigator is going up....maybe he knows something I don’t.


  • 1/15 - Henry County, Ohio: Three plus inches of rain in the past week should help recharge the subsoil.

  • 1/14 - Eastern Iowa: Almost all of the 8-12" of snow is gone here. It along with about of 1/2 inch of rain soaked in because of the lack of frost under the snow. Yesterday and today’s morning lows were in the single digits so it is safe to say the ground is frozen for now. To the comment from South Australia…you have to remember that you are talking about the U.S GOVERNMENT. I think they are trying to cover up the fact that feed grain supplies are very low to keep the panic from starting so early in the year. Only a few lucky farmers here had normal crops in 2012. In my immediate area a lot of bins are just about empty. All one has to do is look at basis levels (+.30 to .40 over the futures). We too are very low in sub-soil moisture.


  • 1/14 - Livingston County, Ill.: The only way our markets can properly ration the corn supply is to make sure they have accurate information. USDA needs to stop manipulating the numbers. It seems their objective is to make sure it appears that we don't drop below a 5% stocks to use ratio. If the truth was made known early enough, the markets could ration the corn supply. It's 9 months till next harvest, and there is no way in my opinion that we have enough corn to make it that long. Not even close.


  • 1/14 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: 2013 crop plan is about done.  My son and I work on this in November, and don't make too many changes after we start ordering seed.  About 50% will be cereal grains (wheat, a little corn, a little barley-maybe) 25% legumes (peas, edible beans, and a few soybeans, 25% oil crops (sunflower, canola).  Our area got about 6" of moisture during October. As a result, very little fall applied fertilizer got on.....spring will be really busy! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 1/14 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: 3 below F at the present time. Maybe 1.5 in. snow. It blew a lot. Not enough moisture to do any good. Wheat is in dormancy, some is still not emerged. Looks like an interesting spring on the horizon. Millet prices 35-40 per cwt, so very little is moving. I think the farmers cleaned the bins last year and the drought and lack of acres has totally dried up the pipeline. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 1/14 - Jasper County, Ind.: Crops were OK in 2012. The dang census form looks excruciating—it is $500 fine for filling out wrong, is $100 fine for not filling out. I hope is expansible, as am going to pay the $100 fine rather then fill out-much quicker and cheaper. Am not eligible for payments anyhow and seeing how they don't care to even do a farm bill I think more should just look at paying the $100 fine. Ever play cards and show your cards before betting?


  • 1/14 - Billings, Mont.: To sum things up here: DRY!!! No snow cover, some in mountains but not much. It is too warm for ski runs to even make snow at some ski resorts. So what is in store for us this spring? Same as last year? I don’t know but it probably won’t be good. I may plant short season crops: barley or wheat, so I won’t run out of irrigation water. It is too risky to plant corn, beets or dry beans, if stays dry. We will run out of water by July!!! Or, we could be all wrong and have bumper crop like the Chicago Board of Trade and USDA thinks!! We should have higher prices than we do now, but what do I know? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
  • 1/14 - Plymouth County, Iowa: Sub-soil moisture here is low to none. Creek beds that are 6 to 8 ft. deep are bone dry.


  • 1/14 - Bloomington, Ind.: As of Wednesday, Chicago has a new weather record: 320 days without at least an inch of snowfall. That breaks a 72-year-old record set in 1939-1940. Sunday's dusting pushed the city's snow total to 1.3 inches for the entire season, a rarity for a city that saw its largest snowfall ever just two winters ago This may have some ominous implications....

  • 1/9 - Nuckolls County, Neb.: Most grain was sold out of the field this last fall as prices were better than any time in the past. Very little grain stored on farm yet!


  • 1/9 - Faribault County, Minn.: We are still really dry here no rain or snow. We started hauling beans in last week. It seems like they disappeared in the bin – test weights down to 55 on beans?


  • 1/9 - Woodbury County, Iowa: Due to the drought, all the crops stored in my bins are sold. I usually pre-sell half of the grain before harvest. The drought cut the crop in half so everything stored is already sold.


  • 1/9 - Trempealeau, Wis.: If the Mississippi level any is an indicator of potential yield with average moisture, certainly areas that depend on subsoil moisture to get average crop will suffer. It seems to me that we will need an inordinate amount of moisture to compensate to get yield up to average, but what is average?


  • 1/9 - Livingston County, Ill.: Very little on farm stored corn in Midwest. Most areas had aflatoxin and crop insurance companies won’t pay aflatoxin claims if it goes into storage clean and comes out infested. Therefore most farmers never took this risk. It went straight to town. Most corn in our area made less than 50.


  • 1/9 - Wayne, Neb.: 2012 crops soybeans averaged 27 b/a - normal crop 45-50 b/a. Corn averaged 35 b/a - normal crop 150 + b/a.
  • 1/9 - Central Illinois: The drought of 2012 is far from over. I would guess that 90% of the bread basket is powder dry 20 feet deep, based on what hi-hoe operators are saying. The Illinois and Mississippi rivers are at all-time lows. We are in a very serious situation. Very few tiles are running, and 95% of small streams and rivers are all but dried up. The drought of 2012 is simply hiding quietly below the surface of the entire Midwest.

  • 1/8 - Northwest Kansas: Can't tell you how my wheat looks yet, because it is not up yet. I have one field that has a little wheat up the rest will be destroyed this spring. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 1/8 - South Australia: In Australia we keep hearing of the amount of grain stored on farm unsold in the US despite the drought. Can anyone give a definitive answer? Have an answer? Share it.)


  • 1/8 - Cavalier County, N.D.: I've been working on the crop mix for a couple months and if there aren't any major market shifts it will be: half wheat, 15% canola, 15% pinto, and some barley, sunflowers, soys and corn. The fields are all white now and we're sitting ok for moisture. Hopefully with a normal spring we can be rolling in late April.
  • 1/8 - Ottawa, Kan.: Very dry. As an older man said, "It takes longer to get dry than to get wet."

  • 1/2 - Chester County, Tenn.: Winter wheat looks very good to excellent. Several good rains in December raising moisture levels to very good temps below normal. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 1/2 - Northeast Oklahoma: The wheat looks great. We have had just enough rain to keep it going. The ponds are lower now than in September. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 1/2 - Winona County, Minn.: My beans averaged 63 bpa with one weigh-wagon check coming in at 80 bpa. My corn averaged 184, which was average for our area. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

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