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  • 9/17 - San Diego, Calif.: Looks like you farmers in the upper Midwest might get another wave of flooding rain from remains of Odile, possibly followed by more cold at end of September. Bought some CORN & JJG call options just in case of harvest problems. The speculators in Chi-town have driven the bean, wheat & corn prices to bargain levels! China will probably be back in the markets--big harvest failure there from dry conditions in north China. Don't sell your grains yet farmers--hold out for a harvest rally. Out here in San Diego County, the rain from the Baja Hurricanes keeps missing us--goes to Arizona. The citrus & avocado fields are dry & the purchased water is driving farmers out of business--NEED RAIN!! How about if we run a big pipe from the Great Lakes? You won't miss the water--you have too much already.

 

  • 9/17 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Why are we planting wheat when local cash prices for 2015 July wheat look to be heading for a level under $5.00 per bushel? Wheat plated on crop share rented ground is going to go backward at least $50.00 per acre.

 

  • 9/16 - Walsh County, N.D.: Temps dropped to 25 around this area on Thurs, Sept.11. Big time loss for all our soybeans and edible beans, maybe the sunflowers, and might have hurt some late seeded wheat. Lots of long faces around here with the freeze and falling prices.

 

  • 9/12 - Southern Manitoba: record lows were set across western Canada this morning bring the growing season to a screeching halt in many locations and damaging many late seeded crops. Despite all the negative news regarding wheat good quality wheat is hard to find across western Canada and the vast majority is still out in the field deteriorating quickly. If you are looking for poor quality wheat you might be in luck but if you have to have quality you had better open up the check book and start looking.
     
  • 9/11 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Some early planted wheat has emerged. Wheat planting continues as we approach the optimum planting date. A lot of millet is being swathed. Few combines are rolling. Corn is looking good, still maturing. Temp this morning 42 deg.
     
  • 9/10 - Richland County, N.D.: The wheat harvest made fast progress though it was not easy - over a month behind. Wheat came off wet and had farmers scrambling to find drying room at elevators. We still have most of last years corn and soybeans in the local elevators - they have not been able to move it. They are very concerned about wet beans and corn this fall. They will not be able to help out the harvest. There are piles of corn at many of our elevators yet. Some varieties of beans and corn started to die this weekend. Harvest of beans is about 3 weeks away for these fields. Corn maturity really varies - but everyone is worried drying will be costly. There isn't any room for it on $2.80 corn. However, should the crop make it, farmers seem to think it will be pretty good.

 

  • 9/8 - Ransom County, N.D.: Still wheat to be combined. We missed the rain and hail but lots of acres in central North Dakota and Minnesota are in tough shape after Wednesday’s storms. My corn won’t make it based on the current weather forecast. White mold is chewing up the soybeans. Sent in more wheat samples to find out where the vomitoxin levels are. Early harvested wheat was over 2 ppm but under 5 ppm DON. No one said it was going to be easy. Safe harvest to all.

 

  • 9/2 - Southeast S.D.: Ok, crops are looking ok, jot record, a little behind and cool forcast I hope it doesn't freeze until Oct! ??? Ag web, latest market news, Aug 29th, beef exports soar due to high prices??? Pork exports to decrease, tight supplies and lower prices, ??? Aren't hog prices at pretty decent levels??? Wheat exports to slid, lower volume and prices??? Corn exports to drop , strong crops throughout the world and weak prices??? Soybean exports will fall, but don't fret, lower unit prices because of high yields will strengthen demand pushing export volumes to a new record! .?????? I don't get it! If exports rise due to higher prices, let's raise prices and make things good all over!!! Sounds to me like our "experts" are talking out of both sides of their mouths!!! I know there's a lot more to it than that but exports of corn for instance didn't slow until futures hit $7.50???? Listening to Michelle Rook at farm progress " looks like we are going to get some rain" why are the experts worried about rain at the end of Aug., when this so called "record" crop was made back in May!!! Thanks for listening!

 

  • 8/29 - Richland County, N.D.: Our wheat is ready to harvest but continual cloudy cool days and showers are preventing any harvesting. Recent rains have improved our sugar beets and beans but I don't think it has greatly improved the row crop outlook. Our corn is still 3 weeks or more behind and the beans will do what they can in this cool cloudy weather. In reading the comments below, we inventory ourselves every year when we report our crop insurance and FSA acre reports. As long as someone knows how much land is planted, and can look at production history - there can always be a fairly accurate prediction of our crop. There will always be areas of great crops, good crops, and bad crops. On most years, that translates to an average crop. What is not produced can be made up by imports. It is just like the oil being produced in the Bakken area of North Dakota - we need to develop oil reserves in the US to alleviate our dependence on foreign oil - we are now the second soon to be first leading producer of oil in US - they want to build a pipeline to get it out of here - so they can ship it to Japan - has your cost of gas, diesel, or oil went down since the Bakken started pumping??? It is all about the control not the need. They know we have to sell our crop to continue and they know when we need to sell it - that's why crop prices generally dip at harvest, before the end of the year and the beginning of the year. Personally, I like the crop reports and I don't feel they influence anything. Everything is out there for anyone to see anyway. I do think a major freeze in the next couple weeks over the upper US would change things though. It was 39 in northern North Dakota Wednesday night.

 

  • 8/29 - Ransom County, N.D.: 11 out of 13 days with measurable rain since august 16th. Wheat harvest is a mess. Haven’t combined a dry bushel yet. Reports that standing wheat is sprouting are common. Scab is an issue and even with low scab damage there can be high levels of vomitoxin. Reports of DON levels from 5 to 7 ppm are common. Falling numbers are also a concern on the wheat that’s been out in the field too long. Elevators rejecting loads now. White mold is showing up in the soybeans. We need some dry warm weather soon. Corn is beginning to dent but heat units are difficult to come by. Mother Nature still dictates what we get in the end. Good luck to all.

 

  • 8/27 - Central N.D.: slow start to harvest . combined 100a spring wheat lots of scab, vom. at 7.0 ppm local elevator wont take it.

 

  • 8/22 - Richland County, N.D.: Wheat is still holding on and not drying down. Corn and beans are still way behind. Most beans are only knee high - most corn still not roasting ears. We went from dry to some areas now have had 4-5 inches of rain and are very wet again. It has been hard to break 85 degrees the past couple weeks. Highs in the 60"s for next Monday.

 

  • 8/22 - East Central Mo.: agree w/Know Co IL seeing the yellow beans. Don't think it to be nematodes b/c we used Clariva which is supposed to help w nematodes. Something ain't right out there. Spots are getting bigger around here too. The SDS symptoms are more of the brown leaves which we are seeing too. . When you have mushrooms (fungus) growing in the yards that clue! The air is saturated w/moisture, heavy dew/fog in mornings and add hot humid w/not much sunshine and little wind.....we know what it did to the wheat.

 

  • 8/21 - Washita County, Okla.: I have had the worst three years in a row due to drought. Harvested very little wheat this year, and most of that was to save back for seed. The wheat in the western half of our county that made it to harvest averaged 9-17 bpa. We have received a few small rains since harvest, but good luck trying to drive a post in the ground now. Cotton seems to be doing OK at the moment, however we have absolutely no sub-moisture anywhere. We need a lot of water to fall for a long time to get things back like they were 5 years ago.

 

  • 8/21 - Oliver County, N.D.: woke up to thick fog again this morning. chances of rain everyday and highs in the 60's next week. starting to wonder if we will ever get to start harvesting. One would think at some point the traders might take notice, but they are too busy worrying about the corn and soybean yields. I guess no one buys wheat anymore.

 

  • 8/19 - Ward County, N.D.: Winter wheat harvest is under way. VOM levels are high and elevators refusing to take the the crop. Yields down significantly due to head scab. Allot of cheat grass, green and yellow foxtail and foxtail barley due to the wet spring and cool weather, and thin plant stand. Allot of bare grassy spots. I think these grasses filling in the bare spots may have USDA satellite imagery showing a wheat yield in those areas. Combines here showing a lower than average yields.

 

  • 8/18 - Olive County, N.D.: Wheat harvest just about to start. 5 inches of rain in last 12 hours. According to USDA thinking, that should make for ideal harvest conditions and probably added 5-10 bushels to our yield. Corn in our area is gonna need a Christmas miracle. It looks good, but a long way to go.

 

  • 8/15 - Manitoba: The winter wheat harvest is underway in Manitoba. The crop is turning out to be less than expected. The scab is ranging up to 30% on some fields and some of these fields have had 2 applications of fungicide. We don't know whether this crop will even be marketable. So far, there is only one variety that isn't showing any scab damage but it is only now becoming available for seeding this fall. Wish it had come a year earlier!

 

  • 8/14 - Yuma County, Colo.: Had some rains last week and dryland corn looks good, some outstanding fields. This has been a tough year, lots of storms with high winds, and hail damage throughout the County. The Irrigated corn is not as good as last year. Pinto's and Kidneys look fantastic. Wheat that was not hailed produced record yields. Pastures look awesome with happy cows. This part of Colorado looks very pastoral, especially after so many dry years. Come visit Colorado. We now sell weed.

 

  • 8/13 - Walsh County, N.D.: Wheat crop looks really good, but wheat seeded June 12-17 needs a rain. Last rain here was over 4 weeks ago. Edible beans and soybeans are growing nicely now that the temp is aroung 80, but they could use a good rain right now.

 

  • 8/7 - Sargent County, S.D.: 1 inch of rain in July is all we have mustered. June was so wet, we received 4" in 45 minutes in one rain event and that caused lots of flooding and drown out. I’m sorry but I’ve been farming for 40 years and have never seen a 2nd ear contribute to my yield unless the corn stand was miserably low. Now maybe those corn hybrids down south are different than our northern hybrids, that very well may be the case. The soybeans here need moisture badly, by noon they appear very stressed. Wheat harvest has just started with some of the poorer soils being the first to go. Quality and yields look to be good.

 

  • 8/6 - Richland County, N.D.: Our weather has switched over to dry and too dry in the valley. Our short behind corn is now firing. The beans are still not knee high in many places. What crops look good are really good but the majority remains way behind and uneven. Some corn is just tasseling and silking even though only 4-5 feet tall. Wheat looks to be the best crop. Some barley coming off and yield reports are good.

 

  • 8/6 - Manitoba: Our wheat and canola is looking pretty much average out here and corn is definitely in need of rain. Later canola is aborting flowers because of excessive heat and lack of moisture. Went for a long drive in North Dakota to see what the "Record Large" wheat crop looked like. I saw headed wheat that still had all the rows showing. Average at best, in my opinion, with some of the wheat still green as grass, especially in the Red River valley. According to the experts in the media, it seems that, either the crop is dead or it's "RECORD LARGE". What ever happened to an average crop?

 

  • 8/5 - Christian County, Ky.: We are burning up. Corn on hills is already totally brown, lower areas might benefit from rain but none is in sight. Ears are short and not filled out, grain is small. Double crop beans are up but not growing much. Wheat was fair, not as good as last year.

 

  • 7/31 - Cheyenne County, Neb. Wheat harvest 80-90% done. One second hand yield report from Deuel County said yield on dryland wheat @ 98.2 bu. /acre. There were some very good yields around the area. Harvest stopped because of rain Monday evening. We hope to finish over the weekend.

 

  • 7/30 - Sauk County, Wis.: Cold no heat. Corn and Beans look good but have a long way to go. No significant rain just enough to keep you from combining wheat. No sun to dry the wheat. Sun comes out at 7:00 at night. Hope our first Frost is December 1 we are going to need that much time to ripen the crops.

 

  • 7/29 - Richland County, N.D.: Cool and cloudy past several days, 10-20 % of corn starting to silk and tassle. Much is only 4-5 feet tall. Soybeans are ranging from waist to the majority under knee high and a lot of ugly fields in the valley plus I am noticing more large prevented plant fields as they get worked. Overall good conditions for a crop that is on time but we are 3 weeks behind schedule. Wheat is just starting to turn ranging to late pollinating in some areas. Wheat looks OK. According to GDD, 60% of the corn fields are looking at black layer near October 1.

 

  • 7/29 - Walsh County, N.D.: We are spraying the edible beans (2nd time) this week. The flower buds have formed, but no flowers yet. They are finally getting kind of bushy, but have a long way to go to make a crop. Praying for a really long, warm fall. Hard red spring wheat crop is excellent. Drove to Fargo over the weekend, stayed on secondary roads-took our time. Terriffic amount of water damaged corn, soybeans and sugarbeets thru the heart of the Red River Valley....but on the freeway at 75 mph crops don't look too bad. USDA must stay on the Interstate highways.

 

  • 7/25 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Finally was able to harvest my irrigated wheat. The yield was decent, test weight about 58. The price isn't pretty though. We haven't had much rainfall this month, and the dry land crops are starting to show stress. Irrigation has really increased in the last week, and will continue non stop until we receive a decent rain, or until the crop matures- which ever occurs first. Good luck to all.

 

  • 7/24 - Richland County, N.D.: The first few fields of corn are just showing tassels. Others are weeks away from tasseling. Beans are about shin high to 6 inches. Moisture is fine and temperatures have been OK. Tasseling looks to be very uneven in some fields. No bug problems yet. Wheat is about 3 weeks away at earliest from harvest.

 

  • 7/22 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Took a vacation with family left Lincoln headed east to Des Moines then up through Northeast Iowa over to Madison WI (Dells) up to Green Bay (go Pack but not Badgers)) home by way of Northern IL then I 80 west. Corn looks 175 or better all the way except from 40 miles east of Madison up to Green Bay. Beans look average about everywhere. Tremendous looking corn I thought in SW WI. You farmers in NE Iowa through Wisconsin sure know how to keep up your farmsteads with those pretty big red barns, very impressive. Back here in Southeast NE we could use a rain haven't really had anything since the first of July. Corn could be tremendous with a good soaker shortly beans are very uneven this year and to early to tell what will become of them. Wheat was around 60 bus/acre from what I heard. Feel sorry for the producers around Adair IA, that was one nasty hail storm. With what I saw for the 1800+ miles we drove, looks like the market is doing just what it should, hate to say that but basic economics of supply and demand are taking hold

 

  • 7/21 - DeKalb County, Ind.: Stopped raining long enough for the wheat to be dry for harvest. All the repeated rain hurt the test weight. But with how hard the winter was and how long the snow covered the ground into the spring, we're happy with the yield.

 

  • 7/21 - Buffalo County, Neb.: If you were fortunate enough to miss out on the hail, crops here look about as good as they can. Pollination is in progress on the corn, but things have slowed down due to very cool conditions. I have not cut my wheat yet as it just won't mature and dry down with temps only in the 70's during the day. Much warmer temps are in the forecast for the next week, so hopefully it will dry down so that I can get it cut. Some of the comments on this page are quite amusing. IMHO, Mower County, MN summed it up best; Ag is a cyclical business. If you didn't put some money in the bank during the last 5 years you made a mistake. If you tore up pasture and/or CRP and planted crops, you are part of the problem as to why crop prices are sinking. Some farmers love to stare prosperity in the face,.. and promptly hand that "prosperity" over to the equipment and building companies, or to landlords to rent land away from someone else so that they can brag about how many acres they farm. Some of us will never learn the lessons of the past, as thus we are doomed to repeat them.

 

  • 7/21 - Southern Manitoba : Saw soybean crops in North Dakota and Minnesota during this last week. I'm just wondering what the crop potential is for soybeans that are 4 to 8 inches tall in the middle of July because there were a lot of them out there. There was also a lot of spring wheat with large yellow areas in the fields. In Manitoba, this usually means a large loss in yield. I guess that US wheat yield isn't affected by water damage according to crop condition reports. In 2013 there was an awful lot of wheat from Canada that went across the border to make up for a shortfall in US production. This won't be the same in 2014 because the Canadian crop isn't nearly what it was last year. It'll be interesting to see how government agencies will try to cover up the shortfall in their crop reports. The amount of crop damage, due to flooding, has been hugely understated in the Canadian prairies.

 

  • 7/16 - Daniels County, Mont.: Crops in this area doing well, but do need a rain.With grain prices the way they are i am already planning next years crops.Considering lentils,mustard,peas,flax.if the rest of the world can raise wheat at a profit at these prices let them. We all will be lucky to break even.Wheat prices have to go up or inputs have to go down.Who do you think will give first because the farmers already have.Good luck to all of us and hope to see all of us still in business next year.

 

  • 7/15 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: Wheat harvest started on earlier planted fields over the weekend. The crop looks good from the road, no yield reports yet. If the rain and hai1 stay away and we get some heat maybe we can be done in ten days.

 

  • 7/14 - Walsh County, N.D.: Travelled to Carrington yesterday (125 miles to the south west), in east central ND. I don't know where the increase in Spring wheat is coming from (USDA report). Looked like 70% went into soybeans. Our wheat and barley crops look excellent, but soybeans and edible beans need to do some fast growing to make it. Sunflowers and and canola also doing very well.

 

  • 7/14 - Spokane County, Wash.: We dry land farm mostly wheat in 17-18 inch rainfall zone. We were blessed w 2-3 inches of rain in June and crops look good despite having 10 days hot temps w another week of it still to come. Extremely frustrated w another price wrecking usda report. They call me all the time and I refuse to give them any info and even drag my feet on the census. It's simply governmental market manipulation and a giant waste of our money. Let informa and others do it and let a market be a market. I always felt entitled to direct payments because I feel the government constantly messes w the market and now those payments are gone and we still pay the price.

 

  • 7/14 - Southwest Ind.: Wheat beans are anywhere from just planted last week to just within a day or two of popping above the wheat stubble. Some ground was even worked after wheat before the beans were drilled. Wheat did fairly well in this area. Anywhere from low to upper 80's was the average. Some wheat also had high levels of Vomitoxin due to the head scab. Early beans were considerably late this year but look good overall.

  • sprouts cc0714
    --Sothwest Ind.

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  • 7/11 - Monroe County, Mich.: We are cutting wheat and making second cutting hay. Also crops are but need rain.

 

  • 7/9 - Porter County, Ind.: Drove from NW IN to Norwalk OH and back over the holiday weekend. From the toll road, only saw 1 field that had tassels. So many soybeans were "ankle-biter" height, looking more like double-crop..they weren't, as the wheat hadn't been harvested yet. Really uneven stands; would estimate that less than 5% was a decent green color throughout the field. Too much yellow, and some standing water & drowned out spots.

 

  • 7/8 - South Central Minn.: I remember last fall when the cattleman's association and the grocer's association petitioned the EPA about the RFS and how ethanol was causing high food and feed prices. They wanted something done about it. As we sit here today cattle are at record high prices, and the price of cereal and anything that uses corn or wheat have not come down at all and ethanol is about $1 cheaper than rbob gas. Maybe the ethanol coalition needs to go to the EPA now and petition them about the high beef prices and how much corn we have. We should be able to blend even higher rates of ethanol now. In the midst of rising food prices we supposedly have plenty of corn, wheat and beans around. Whose causing these high prices? Not the farmers. Can't blame ethanol and the grain prices. Last time I checked there was no pork or beef in a box of cereal or in a loaf of bread yet they haven't come down at all in the store. Maybe someone at agweb could go to these organizations and ask them why this is. The hypocrisy with both these organizations is off the charts. You can't make it up.

 

  • 7/8 - Waupaca County, Wis.: Crops look good. Big variation though. From ankle high to almost tassel. Most of it towards the earlier. With all the potential sun and heat units lost, how can yields be record? The math amazes me. Beans and Cotton up 11 and 9% respectively and Corn And Wheat down 4 and 1%. Where did the extra acres come from? Getting dry with no rain in over a week

  • 7/8 - Southeast Ind.: Crops look good, but we are dry and it will take rain to bring up double crops beans in our area. Wheat turned out great, around 90 b/a.

  • Josh loading straw bales cc0708  Bales coming out of field cc0708
    --Southeast Ind.

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  • 7/7 - Washington, Kan.: Our wheat was planted late and got help from a 1/2 inch rain, then 4". Large kernals......43 bpa.

 

 


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