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  • 7/19/2017 Dallas County, IA: This area is hot and dry like most of the rest of the Cornbelt. So far corn and soybeans seem to be holding up fairly well but the water tank is about empty. Then look out. On the bright side, July 23 is the New Moon, which could be a dramatic change in the weather pattern. Maybe then it will get really hot and much drier?

  • 7/19/2017 Ottawa County, MI: We have red wheat and also custom harvest, we are in west central Michigan. Yields have been in the 60-65 bushel range, a year ago we were 95-105 bushel range and usually average 80-85 bushel. Soybeans are ok. Wheat some light green areas from too much water earlier. Corn is variable.

  • 7/19/2017 Marshall County, KS: Corn going by the day 100 degrees for the next week and a 20 percent chance of rain on Wednesday it is just plain tinned out of moisture. Good luck.

  • 7/19/2017 Yellowstone County, MT: Spring wheat acres are not in as sure situation as made out to be! Eastern mt crop a disaster most of that area. Has had a inch of moisture since Jan 1! South Dakota just as bad along with North Dakota! They are haying their spring wheat for feed! They raise a lot of corn in North and South Dakota also but they don't count I guess this year! Illinois and Iowa will carry them!

  • 7/19/2017 Douglas County, MN: We have 75 acres of corn that was hit by hail from an earlier storm and now last night again heavy rain, hail and wind.


  • 7/19/2017 Madison County, OH: June 31, 2.5", July 6, 2.7", July 10, 4", July 14 1.8". Can we get a break for a week?

  • 7/19/2017 Jefferson County, NE: Dryland corn drying up. Bottom ground that is sandy, firing leaves on the lower stalk. Sunday temp was 105, today's is 101. No rain predicted for this week. Rain may come later part of week after. I expect poor pollination on some fields. The beans are hanging in there. Maybe a late July rain will save them.

  • 7/19/2017 Dekalb County, MO: Played USDA the past week. My observations and they are limited to what I saw, and remember, from my windshield at ???mph. Went to Toronto from NW MO. Took 36 across.Things here don’t look as bad as they could. Corn could be decent still, some beans look good others not so much. Almost all beans are shorter than normal. NE MO had some rough looking spots. IL looked really good almost all along the route. Went through Champaign, then a little north and across to IN. I didn’t think most areas looked too bad. Drove across MI, through Lansing. What I could see looked OK. When we crossed into Canada, things didn’t look too good from Sarnia to west of London. The rest of the trip to just west of Toronto, crops looked pretty good. Around Toronto, way too much rain. Came home through Windsor. There were some rough spots but still looked OK. Spent too much time trying to get through Detroit to really look at things in SE MI. After we cleared Toledo, things in OH didn’t look as bad as I thought they would. The closer to IN that we got things started going downhill. Crops for the most part looked pretty stressed to Fort Wayne. South to Indy just way too much water. A little west of Indy things straightened up and looked really good. Overall, I’m no judge of yield but corn looks like it has a chance to be pretty good. Beans for the most part were small but they still have time. Here, I’m just hoping that the heat doesn’t last too long.

  • 7/19/2017 Marshall County, KS: Rain north of us and south of us and a full week of near 100. The corn is going down hill fast, at this rate it won't even have enough moisture to put kernels on the cob, and the spots are starting to show on the beans also. On the bright side, west of us 30 miles they are already toast.

  • 7/18/2017 Dixon County, NE: Mudded things in till the 20th of may then no rain till July 3. Got 2 inches here nothing a mile south. Things look good for 10 days now, high 90's, no end in sight, corn looks more like onions than corn. South of here corn tasseling but no silks. Rain chances in forecast fall apart. Beans are small, been lots of replant. Replant are about 5 inches tall, never make it. Beans turning white during the day.

  • 7/18/2017 Saint Clair County, IL: Dry, dry, and more dry. Rainfall in the last 4 weeks amounted to 7/10s of an inch in two separate events. Crop conditions are rapidly declining around here. Next four days temps are forecasted to be over 100 degrees, yet markets go down. From what I have been reading there are a lot of areas in the U.S. that are in the same boat. Why does the government and CBOT always make things sound like it is perfect everywhere in the country?

  • 7/18/2017 Meeker County, MN: Crops going down fast on lighter soils with very little rain and hot temps. Beans are short and corn is pollinating but uneven. Don't worry guys the USDA just said on Monday the 17th that the corn ratings were only down 1% despite Iowa being down 6 points & the Dakota's down another 7 points. It's virtually impossible to only have a 1% decline in ratings when 13 out of 18 states declined, 1 state was unchanged & 4 states increased ( OH, CO, PA and TX). The USDA might want to check their math next time.

  • 7/18/2017 Davis County, IA: Most of Davis county is just like the Lucas county description from 7/16/2017, except we've had about 9 tenths since Memorial Day.

  • 7/17/2017 Pottawattamie County, IA: .1 to .4 of an inch fell last week in the area. Corn is fully tasseled but showing stress on lighter soils. Beans 2 feet tall but thin spots showing on hills. Haven't had to mow lawn for three weeks, except to hunt weeds. High heat will hurt pollination, and need rain bad.

  • 7/16/2017 Lucas County, IA: TOAST - that is the best description of what our crops look like. Less than a half inch of rain since the 3rd week of May, even though weather radar showed rain. What we did get came at a .01- .1 at a time and evaporated before it even wet the ground. Add 90-96 degree temps and we have toast. Those lucky to get under that single dark cloud that dumped rain, are still facing a 3 week forecast of no rain and extreme temps. - More toast. But what the heck, at todays crop prices , it wasn't worth anything anyway!

  • 7/15/2017 Livingston County, IL: Lots of dry pockets still remain. Where half of the land we farm is located, there is a area approximately 10 miles wide and 30 miles long that has only received about 3 tenths of an inch of rain since June 25th. I am writing this on July 15th. We will deteriorate very quickly if no significant rain doesn't come soon. It was wet early, so our corn is behind. It won't tassel for another 10-14 days.

  • 7/14/2017 Lucas County, IA: Less than 1/2 inch of rain, total for last 5 weeks, in our rain gauge, while Weather Channel showed 9.1 inch of rain in 4 hours in extreme NE Iowa, resulting in huge flooding and mud slides. Then, the announcement of a huge soybean sale to China, the equivalent of an entire year's production of Iowa soybeans. And prices go south.

  • 7/14/2017 Dixon County, NE: 85 degrees corn rolled like onions. 95-100 next 7 days. No rain chances. Beans short, corn short, even under pivots that never shut down. Some beans never did come up. Lots of replant that doesn't look to make anything. Some areas have had no rain since May 15. A lot was mudded in before that. Looks like a lot of corn will be as bad as 2012 which was 0-40 bushels.

  • 7/14/2017 Dyer County, TN: With unusually favorable rain in June and so far in July our corn is on track for good yields. Soybeans have suffered from those same rains but are finally starting to recover. You don't have to look far to find dicamba damage.

  • 7/13/2017 Dallas County, IA: Recent rain forecast for Central Iowa missed us for the 10th time! Good news - Temps 14 degrees cooler this morning than the past 2 weeks. But only for a day - as the 90's are to return by the weekend. Corn very uneven, but most has tasseled and is silking. Corn showing stress by leaf rolling in 95 degree afternoon temps. Beans for the most part are ok, but short. Leaf curling also occurring. Local weather forecast calling for a return to mid 90 degrees and no rain for the next 10 days. We've had less than an inch total, since mid May. Seems like you either have so much rain, that you have flooding or no rain at all.

  • 7/13/2017 Cheyenne County, NE: Wheat harvest about done. Yields - single digits to mid 40's test wts. good, protein 9.5 to 11.8. Frost hurt yields in some places, not in others. Really strange. Some hail around the country. The areas that got hit were hurt bad. Harvest about 60 -75 % complete.

  • 7/13/2017 Seneca County, OH: Crops are swimming in our area. Just can't catch a break on the relentless rains. Findlay Ohio area got 5" last night and have had over 11" in past 8 days. Soybeans are really showing the effects and the corn will at some point soon with this much water. The grain markets are ridiculous. Some people in Chicago are in for a big surprise on this year's crops.

  • 7/13/2017 Yankton County, SD: Little over an inch of rain since May 20th in a couple shots. Some beans planted the end of May did not emerge until the 4th of July when we caught a shower heavy enough to get them going. To the guy in Illinois I don't even want to look at my fields let alone take a picture. No rain in sight just more 90 to 100 degree days coming. Then we have our friendly USDA reports to help us out some more. Can't they find something better to do than lower our income even more.

  • 7/12/2017 Sibley County, MN: Crops look "ok" in our are not great but "ok." Corn lagging by 10 days to two weeks in maturity - starting to catch up it seems. Soybeans small - should start growing finally with the predicted weather. Rain - not currently an issue but we were missed last night - it "evaporated" watched the radar and saw it disappear. We could have used another 1 inch or so now we will need rain in the next week to think about average yields in our area - without that rain - yields will be below average in both corn and beans.

  • 7/12/2017 Chouteau County, MT: Crops have gone down hill. Winter wheat looking average. Spring crops way below in the golden triangle.

  • 7/12/2017 Richland County, ND: We are burning up. I was just on the planting progress page for corn and beans. 19 percent silking vs. 27 percent average. Soybean blooming and podding is also behind 5 year average. Did I mention it's hot in Dakota Territory. So with that being said, how do markets go down? I am confused.

  • 7/12/2017 Mercer County, PA: We are drowning here in our region. May was on the wet side but most crops got planted .In June there was over 8" of rain and so far 3" more in July. The early corn is doing well but there are lots of drowned out spots. The beans are really suffering from too much water. I still have spraying to do but it is too wet to get in the fields. Lots of hay has never been cut yet this year !

  • 7/12/2017 Minnehaha County, SD: Where to begin? This is a crop comment page so crops are going backward if 10 is good and 1 is bad I'll give the corn a 6 and beans a 5. Replanted beans from hail and they get a 2, and that's being generous! Now what a report! All grain buyers around here are just shaking their heads! No change in yields! Glad I'm just an amateur, if I where a pro like we're dealing with I'd be ashamed!

  • 7/11/2017 Rock County, MN: 34 years of farming I got my weeds down to 1 patch, the whole farm. lol. Nothing cheap about me except my income. Still waiting for my order of rain.

  • 7/11/2017 Lancaster County, NE: "THE HEAT IS ON" 95-100 with heat indexes over a 100 for the next 7-10 day forecast. Corn started tasseling around the 4th. Good subsoil but will get used up fast in these conditions. Soybeans look good especially early ones. Severe damage to 100 acres of corn by hail, will tassel and shoot ear and pollinate but not much leaf tissue to feed plant. Some dicamba drift on beans will see how they turn out

  • 7/11/2017 Mcintosh County, ND: No rain the past 2 weeks, crops are wilting away. No rain in the forecast this week, 100 degrees by the weekend. Wheat is trying to fill, corn is 3 feet tall and will tassel next week. Drove north to the Canadian line on hwy 83 on the weekend,dry all the way. Hay is short and the crops are thin all the way north. Pasture water ponds are drying up or the water is poor, looking at connecting to rural water. Think positive and be safe.

  • 7/10/2017 Rock County, MN: What can you say. $90.00 a acre for treated soybean seed, weed spray $50.00 a acre. After 2 spray trips the weeds are out growing the soybeans 3 to 1 and now hot and dry with low prices and huge negative basis. Soon rural America will be a dead zone.

  • 7/10/2017 Kankakee County, IL: Nice rain here in our area. We've had 1.3 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. Did the guys out in east central Iowa pick up the rain last night?

  • 7/9/2017 Pottawattamie County, IA: Corn is starting to tassel and beans 1 foot tall. It's been three weeks since we've had a good rain. A few .1 to.2 inch showers since then. This week should really start to stress crops.47FC

  • 7/9/2017 Dallas County, IA: 94 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, pond level dropping and the next 10 days forecast to be the same or even hotter. Night time temps to be in the mid 70's. 30 and 90 day extended forecast call for above normal temps as well. Corn tasseling, but uneven. Corn leaves spiking today and soybean leaves are curling in the heat. There will be yield damage in the next 10 days, the question will be - how much?

  • 7/9/2017 Clay County, IL: Liberty Link beans showing lots of damage from dicamba drift. Been showing up county wide. Mine started showing signs of damage approximately 10 days after extend beans to the west were sprayed. Gets worse by the day. I have 2 fields with damage so far.

  • 7/9/2017 Tama County, IA: Dry slot here, have a chance for rain tonight but is too late to right all wrongs. 29th day is here.

  • 7/9/2017 Minnehaha County, SD: Hot and dry, crops going backward at a steady pace! Be very thankful if you're getting any rain! Hope things hold on til it comes but with 90* and winds every day, the top is gone! Now hoping for average to less than average corn yields. As I write this I see thunder heads east into Minnesota.

  • 7/8/2017 Meeker County, MN: Corn is mid-thigh to shoulder high. Good 2 to 3 weeks before tassel.Sandy ground is starting to burn and no rain in forecast for 10 days. I guess the USDA will be raising the good to excellent category once again!

  • 7/7/2017 Jackson County, IA: Here in extreme East Central Iowa things look to be improving as you drive down the road. The beans have finally started to show signs of a growth spurt. A lot of second pass herbicide is being applied already because of weed escapes from the slow growth of the soybeans. A majority of the Corn looks good going down the road until you really look at it, and see the unevenness. I think there will be some planes flying urea on next week. We have had some decent rains the last 2 and 1/2 Weeks. Trying to guess you'll potential right now is very difficult. Most Dairy guys are starting third crop while the rest are at second crop hay.



  • 7/7/2017 Yakutat County, AK: West Central Saskatchewan is also feeling the dry air pushing up from the south. What started out as the perfect spring for seeding after the 2016 crop was harvested is now turning into an average to below average summer. Hot and dry conditions. Wheat crops look terrific but Canola is variable and won't take the heat too well. If this keeps up another 2 weeks it could move the value of Canola up 20% by fall.

  • 7/7/2017 Livingston County, IL: Could a farmer from the drought stricken Dakotas please provide us a couple photos of the drought stressed corn? The reporters haven't provided much information or photos as of yet. There are a lot of areas here in Illinois that are starting to get extremely dry. Some areas missed all the rain throughout the entire month of June.

  • 7/6/2017 Lucas County, IA: South Central Iowa dangerously close to the cliff edge. Very wet early on with very late planting, many acres mudded in. But no choice . No rain since planting and 1/2 inch cracks soon appeared in the ground even though there was subsoil moisture. Virtually no rain for the last month, unless you consider .1, a rain. To compound matters, temps have been unusually high for June, consistent 90's were common and today 96 is expected with 20 mph winds and not a cloud in sight. I'm just waiting to see how they will translate this to an average, let alone a record crop. Maybe they will find that 10 acres that were under that single dark cloud that dumped 3 inches in 30 minutes - you think? The picture will get very clear in 2-3 weeks , but the question will be if the "experts" will see reality, or see what they "want" to see.

  • 7/6/2017 Knox County, IL: If the USDA reports were to include a one week forecast for future crop conditions, we could all call BS on a weekly basis...and not have to wait till the combines roll to find out that half the acreage, for this year, at least, turned out to be a withered dud.

  • 7/6/2017 Edgar County, IL: not sure, I dont live where my frm is located

  • 7/6/2017 Oliver County, ND: Mother nature is putting the finishing touches on this crop. Two straight days of 100+ and nothing but 90's and dry in the extended forecast. Wheat in our area is now starting to be cut for hay. Neighbor is cutting his barley. Had it adjusted at 5 bushels. Lots of reports of 5-10 bushel wheat estimates. This drought is no joke. There will be a very small percentage of spring wheat bushels compared to average. Corn also looks horrible. Less than knee high and rolled up most of the day. Would take a miracle for it to make grain.

  • 7/6/2017 Polk County, IA: Polk County, central Iowa. Early corn starting to tassel, albeit very unevenly. 97 degrees today, bright sun and windy, need rain badly. Just checked the 10 day forecast. Every day to be 91-96 degrees - 10 days straight. One day - one day with a rain chance - if you call 20%, a chance. Hate to see what the following 10 days might look like!

  • 7/5/2017 Ward County, ND: The Dakota wheat crop has been pummeled about as bad as it can get. Any stands that have made it this far now face 100 degree heat while flowering. It's a disaster in the making. As far as specialty crops and row crops this week is the most crucial when it comes to yield. Everything is in the flowering stage with specialty and is running with no moisture. As far as row crops are concerned corn and soybeans are getting into the stages where they need moisture to grow and there just isn't any. Big disappointments everywhere you look.


  • 7/5/2017 Mcleod County, MN: Crop ratings came out today on 7/05 and somehow corn ratings were up 1% while beans were down 2% and spring wheat down another 3%. The kicker here is spring wheat supposedly increased by 2% in North Dakota while the corn rating in North Dakota DECREASED??? The USDA must be in competition with CNN to see who can come up with the best "fake" news. Drain the swamp.

  • 7/4/2017 Franklin County, MO: Finished spraying Liberty beans on 7/03 stands are decent, but we are in dire need of rain, shallow ground and tree lined edges are done or nearly done hoping the rains return soon.

  • 7/4/2017 Mcdonough County, IL: What we have here is a failure to communicate! On or about 8 days ago weather man predicted up to 4-5 " of rain for our area in two events the last being around July 4. Mother nature did not get the message, yet! Did get a "will get us by for a few days" .4" on 6-29-17. Last soaker of .8 on May 23 , June 14 of .5 another .2 June 23 and about 3 events of "you never new it rained an hour ago!" at this time I'd like to order a " JUST IN TIME RAIN" Please and thank you!

  • 7/3/2017 Lagrange County, IN: Went from Northern to Southern Indiana this weekend. Went from East to West last week. No way will Indiana have average or above yields. Way too much drowned out, replanted, yellow, and everything else.

  • 7/3/2017 Henry County, IA: 1.6" of rain since May 20 with one rain of .7. We could use a drink here in extreme southeast Iowa.

  • 7/2/2017 Meeker County, MN: Today some of the sandy ground was burning no roots because of to much rain. Two to three weeks of dry weather might take our 81 good to excellent to new highs.

  • 7/2/2017 Coles County, IL: We really needed a good rain and be careful of what you ask for. I received almost three inches in less than 2 hours, a flash flood that filled ponds. Still I am very glad to have got it even if I lost some acres to drowning.

  • 7/1/2017 Dixon County, NE: .4 inch since May 16. Rain all around every couple days. Can't put up bad hay. Second crop hay poor. Poorest beans in years, just won't grow. Corn looks ok but starting to roll in 75-80 degree weather. Will go fast 95 by the end of the week. I take too much rain over this any day.

  • 6/30/2017 Livingston County, IL: USDA just gave us a good dose of "fake news". I can name several neighbors close to me that planted all beans. Seed dealers in our area sold record amounts of seed beans. After 3 consecutive years of poor or negative returns on corn I have read many articles indicating lenders provided limited resources for corn. Also, whenever USDA knows which way 90% of traders are positioned, they will rarely reward them. This is a perfect example of just that.

  • 6/30/2017 Whitley County, IN: Area corn & soybeans


  • 6/30/2017 Richland County, WI: 2017 is in my view a disaster. All it has done is rain since April. We cannot get 3 days of dry weather. Another inch last night. Then add in the cold. Corn yellow, poor stands from poor emergence. Soybeans are doing nothing, too wet and too cold. Making dry hay is impossible. Rain does not make grain rain makes mud. Good thing we decided to purchase crop insurance again this year.

  • 6/30/2017 Henry County, OH: If it was May 30 crops would be looking great. Soybeans have a long way to go. With bare ground still showing in 7 1/2 in rows. Corn is finally growing with the better weather.

  • 6/29/2017 Lancaster County, NE: Nice 2" rain last night will push us through tassel in good shape (10-15 days from tassel on early planted corn) Corn still very uneven through the field, good stands but uneven growth stages. Early beans look good and 15" rows are at canopy, plenty of little beans around 3-6 inches. I hear Northeast NE somewhat dry and then the usual storm damage around other parts of the state. Interest rates rising (notice from Farm Credit) crop (wide basis) and cattle prices lagging so the mood in farm country is not real bright

  • 6/29/2017 Livingston County, IL: Replanted 1150 ac. corn out of 2700 ac. Some for the third time. Just to see it all get ruined again. Now we are replanting beans. It seems senseless, but if they survive it will give the weeds a little competition. Lots of yellow corn from being too wet. Thin stands that are very uneven. Probably the poorest start to a season in the 40 plus years of my farming career.

  • 6/29/2017 Big Horn County, MT: SE Alberta Canada durum lentil mustard and pea crops look excellent BUT we had good subsoil moisture and a few timely showers now we're through are rainy season and getting dry with zero rain in the forecast and temperatures in the 90s I think most of South saskatchewan is in the same shape my guess is durum production will be down a lot. The ND MT drought does not stop at the border

  • 6/28/2017 Mcdonough County, IL: Still no beneficial rain in 30days,several showers of a tenth or less and one .5. biggest . Pineapple corn on 75 degree day! Forcast for next 7 days says 4 or 5" of rain with wind, hail and etc. Would prefer nice gentle 2" but beggars can't be choosers as I watch showers pass by in county to the north again this mourning.

  • 6/27/2017 Daniels County, MT: Grain crops being hayed around the Wolf Point area, guess the white flag of surrender is up. Our kitchen table discussion includes hoping to cut enough crop to get our seed for next year. Markets are starting to react. Total disaster and highly leveraged farmers by next spring if we don't get any assistance with this drought.

  • 6/27/2017 Benson County, ND: Small grains seeded mid April a couple shots of .30 hundredths then nothing tell mid June we ended up with two inches over a couple of nights. Small grains are shot very thin. No bumper crops in small grains


  • 6/27/2017 Madison County, OH: Plant, replant, plant again was the story around here this spring. The corn that was planted the earliest looks the best although in most fields 10-15% has the drowned out spots that was spotted in and corn is only 3" tall. Lots of uneven corn and very small beans. Honestly the best looking crops were the corn and beans that went in the first week of June. They came up perfectly, but will they make it, who knows? We received 2.5" of rain from the remnants of the tropical storm which has water standing on the low spots again. Hopefully since the crops are a little bigger now they handle it better this time.

  • 6/27/2017 Minnehaha County, SD: Crops look so so, some good and some bad! How can the weather forecast change so much, this morning text called for July heat to build, markets up, but not nearly as much as they stole from us recently and then this afternoon text, rain and cool? That's called manipulation in the market, is that legal? I hope the S O B's are happy! They'll have to account for their actions when they meet their maker!

  • 6/27/2017 Coles County, IL: we are in bad need of rain, this is the worst looking crop I think I have ever had in june. Farmers are seeing a lot of Dicamba damage in non Dicamba soybeans, it appears to be getting up and moving, in my fields I have seen it a 1/4 mile from the field that my neighbor had sprayed. a real mess. It does not show up until 10 to 14 days later

  • 6/27/2017 Putnam County, IN: Wheat harvest is over. Best wheat crop in 19 years of growing it. Poor ground yielded in the low 80's and good ground hit 115 bpa. Beans look tremendous if they were planted in April and didn't have to be replanted. April planted corn looks bad and mid may corn looks really good. Double crop beans in the ground early for this area, could be some high yielders again if we keep getting the rain.

  • 6/26/2017 Buffalo County, NE: Crops look pretty good for the most part. A lot of corn is waist high, and beans in narrow rows are starting to canopy. For the most part, weed control is acceptable. However, we are starting to get dry. Pastures have turned brown as the heat has pushed the cool season grasses to maturity. A lot of stock ponds have dried up, leaving only submersibles or wind mills as a water source. Also, there are a lot of little grasshoppers starting to show up. There are several chances of rain forecast for the upcoming week. Hopefully, they will materialize, as having to irrigate $3 corn and $8 beans is adding insult to injury. Good luck to all.

  • 6/26/2017 Caldwell County, MO: Corn is about to tassel, row beans doing great, had to replant the drill beans.



  • 6/26/2017 Wabash County, IN: Crops are starting to look pretty good, then you remember it's nearly July 1st and it's cold.. Below trend line yields here.

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