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  • 5/21/2018 Branch County, MI: Planting is at a standstill. No field work in the last 11 days. With 7.25" in the last 18 days, there has been no opportunity to dry out the ground. Ditches are now streams, Streams are now Rivers and Rivers are now lakes. Raining again this morning. Some corn is up that got planted in April, but really yellow as the nitrogen is gone. Maybe 5% of beans have been planted and 30% of corn. It has been a very wet year so far with over 19" of rain already this year. And the mosquito population is very healthy already.

  • 5/21/2018 Lucas County, IA: Corn about 75% in the ground in SC Iowa, SB about 15%. I have no beans in as yet as it has been too wet for the last two weeks. Just got another inch of rain last night and more expected in two days. Streams of water running out of side hills.

  • 5/21/2018 Redwood County, MN: Most farmers are done planting or just about done. Corn is coming up very well in our area. Very grateful for the weather here.

  • 5/21/2018 Adams County, PA: Planting progressing on the east coast


  • 5/21/2018 Kern County, CA: A glorious California Spring Day with a some rain and light snow in the Sierra Range and the California Bike race going to Tahoe it’s great To be farming in The Great Central Valley.


  • 5/21/2018 Kern County, CA: A glorious California Spring Day with a some rain and light snow in the Sierra Range and the California Bike race going to Tahoe it’s great To be farming in The Great Central Valley

  • 5/21/2018 Juniata County, PA: Has been raining pretty steadily for the last week. I'd say maybe half the corn is planted and half the beans. Calling for couple more inches of rain into Sunday, next day of sun is maybe Wednesday next week. Standing water in many places.

  • 5/21/2018 Ward County, ND: Planting was fast and furious and now wrapping up. Seeds went into good conditions but throughout the 2 weeks it was mid 80s and 30+mph winds. With only a couple inches of rainfall last year we are going into absolutely no subsoil moisture. Last year was a miracle on what we were able to produce with little rain. This year we are relying solely on rains to produce anything. The next two weeks will be the tale of the western Nd wheat and canola crop. If we get rain germination won’t suffer and we will live to see another week. Right now though I think I can speak for everyone when I say we are sitting on pins and needles.

  • 5/21/2018 Walsh County, ND: Planting close to finish

  • 5/19/2018 Erie County, PA: got an oat crop planted along with about fifty percent of the corn and twenty five percent of beans then may 11 and 12 received 5 inches of rain. oats gone soybeans may need replanting corn struggling.


  • 5/18/2018 Logan County, OH: Planting 99% completed. corn popping up everywhere! We had a family affair planting our bean plot. Life is good!

  • 5/18/2018 Fillmore County, NE: Corn all in around here and up some guys still working on soybeans. Had to run the pivots to get crops up and to activate the herbicide. Cattle are starting to go to grass but maybe not for long. Need some rain badly and often as there is no subsoil. Guys are waiting for a window for 1st cutting alfalfa. Good luck and God Bless.

  • 5/18/2018 Dawson County, NE: Corn is all in for most part. And beans got slammed in last week. Can row corn and beans now. Big rains 2plus inches last night and more to come this week end. We can get it done ! When you have growers planting 64 rows each round, That's about 17 rounds to a pivot.

  • 5/18/2018 Fayette County, IL: rain everywhere but here, wheat got a white tint too it, went back to 36, in rows in corn, got a half in since planted april 30, beans sitting in dust,

  • 5/17/2018 Atoka County, OK: Fennel is growing in Atoka, Oklahoma


  • 5/17/2018 Sauk County, WI: Not much planted here. Water still standing in spots even on the ridge ground. If the forecast is right we should be able to go in a couple days. Weeds are coming on strong. Hope we can get them burned down before planting.

  • 5/17/2018 Cavalier County, ND: could use a slow inch please. no rain since snow melted weeks ago. yesterday 86 and 30-40 mph wind! hopefully the okd timers adage “ seed into dust the bins will bust” holds!

  • 5/17/2018 Branch County, MI: We started field work on 4/29/18, started planting corn on 4/30/18, started raining on 5/3/18 and 6.5” of rain later there are ducks playing in the fields. Only about 35% of corn planted and 5% of soybeans planted in our area.

  • 5/16/2018 Polk County, IA: Corn got planted the day before rains started two weeks ago and now can be rowed. Ground too wet to get beans planted. Most of central Iowa in same conditions. About 2-3 weeks behind the past 4-5 years planting rates in my area.

  • 5/16/2018 Cass County, ND: Planting is exhausting! Good thing being little like Drew means you can curl up on the floor for a nap. Anyone who was a farm kid knows the feeling of being lulled to sleep by the sway and sounds of a tractor - but not everyone was lucky enough to have a puppy to fall asleep with! Big thanks to Andy Sweet for the sweetest picture we've seen in a long time!


  • 5/16/2018 Greene County, IN: Finished planting corn and beans last week. Three days prior to finishing started no tilling for the seed to germinate. Very dry and concerned the residual chemical will not activate. Planting deep paid off this spring.

  • 5/16/2018 Fillmore County, NE: Corn all in here and up in most spots. Some still working on soybeans. Need a rain or its not going to be good. Already ran pivots around once. Looking for a window to get 1st cutting alfalfa up. Good luck and god bless to all.

  • 5/15/2018 Erie County, PA: finally got going april 30 planting corn and a few beans. things looked good until Saturday and sunday when four inches of rain came with cooler temps. now slugs are feeding fields are too wet and yesterday found some seed that rotted. only half done but not sure what will need to be replanted.

  • 5/15/2018 Sampson County, NC: Hello again form Northern Sampson Co., Sorry to hear about the continuing planting delays in the upper Midwest. Our weather is already having an effect on our wheat yields. The pass 9 days have seen our daytime temps hitting 98 degrees on at least two days and 90 to 96 on the rest. Wheat on the lighter sections of fields are turning that premature dead grass grey, heavier soils are holding on but are drying down way to fast for optimal yields.Looks to be a 10 to 30% hit on final yields even if we get the predicted precip in the next 7 day forecast. This hot weather has corn jumping,with the mid april plantings at thigh high. the center pivot guys close by have just got a stand up this pass week. Corn is done state wide, beans are wide open, seed suppliers having a hard time keeping up with demand. As far a nonfarmers being amazed at our ablility to plant 60% of the corn in 3 weeks, we all know that the bigger growers have extra planters sitting on go in a late year like this. One local guy informed me that by putting his backup planter in the field he could plant his crop in 6.75 days and he did. So all you office sitters out there lets calm down the rhetoric when we as professionals do our job well.

  • 5/15/2018 Sangamon County, IL: I would say we are 98% done with planting . Corn and bean stands look good. We could really use a good rain, it is dry. It seems the wind blows daily. The temps. have been 10 to 15 degrees above normal. Hopefully we will get some rain this week.

  • 5/15/2018 Vanderburgh County, IN: Much of the crops planted & lots of it up, but need rain!! 0.10" last night was evaporated by 10:30 a.m. this morning. Record heat with multiple days in the 90s with wind.

  • 5/14/2018 Benton County, IN: Benton County Indiana crops all in but very dry

  • 5/14/2018 Williams County, OH: Nothing in the ground, 4 inches of rain in May and pouring this morning, chance of rain about every day this week.

  • 5/14/2018 Mercer County, OH: Corn and beans all planted in our area. Some need rain to germinate early planted all up and stands look great.

  • 5/14/2018 Yellow Medicine County, MN: Spring has been challenging so far but have some corn in the ground. Cool temps and heavy air/sprinkles have made it hard to get anything done the last few days. Short windows for ground prep makes it hard to let it lay 12-24 hours before planting. Looks like most guys in this area are planting immediately behind tillage, in soil conditions that are on the edge of being too wet. Many have just gotten a good start, with Sunday being the big start day. I hear of a couple of impatient ones that are finished with corn and onto beans. Frost still coming out and making side hills that were dry last week, dark and wet even between tile lines. I may be too picky, but I don’t love the soil conditions.

  • 5/14/2018 Bath County, VA: What improvements would you like to see in cover crop varieties? Let us know in the comments!.... It would be handy to have a variety choice for our cool wet soils that band through our crop lands in our area. These soils support above average crop production during our summer months but reek havoc on any cover crop through the winter months.

  • 5/14/2018 Jackson County, IA: Here in extreme East Central Iowa in my area I would say 90% of the Corn is in and 75% of the beans. We recieved anywheres from an inch to 2 inches of rain early Monday morning. Would guess as soon as it dries up there will be some dairy hay being harvested and possibly the Rye.



  • 5/14/2018 Watonwan County, MN: Drove south 32 miles through Watonwan and Martin Co.Looking at 1/2 mile each side of the road,there was approximately 1000acres planted out of 20,000.Light rain again this afternoon,maybe back in fields by Wed.or.Thurs.then about an inch forecast for late week.I have nothing planted yet.One year in 37 that I havent had the corn in by May 20th.Looking like this is the second.

  • 5/14/2018 Nobles County, MN: Rained again today, way too wet to even consider anything. Got an entire day so far this Spring to plant! Now we should easily be wet enough to be held out of the fields until Friday when we are suppose to get heavy rain. I'm guessing no more corn planted in this area until at least May 22-24th. That's if we get lucky on the rains. When do you give up on trying to plant corn? I'm about ready now.

  • 5/13/2018 Buffalo County, NE: Corn is in still have beans to go but received a nice rain of 1.25 it was welcome. Cows and calves into grass which really needed the rain. Id say most corn is planted although there is still a ways to go for some. Soybeans maybe 40% planted. I do not accept the 170 ish national yield by our gov reports. Have to many friends across the corn belt who are saying planting isn't even close being what they say. Lastly Id like to say thanks to this forum. Its not fake news just farmers telling you the way it really is.

  • 5/12/2018 Floyd County, IA: Have not turned a wheel. A handful of others have some corn planted, but to me it was to damp to be doing so. A local tiler said he hit frost in fencelines a week ago. What a spring it is, cold-wet weather calf scour battles, the inability to start fieldwork, and farming at a loss.

  • 5/12/2018 Mitchell County, IA: 42 degrees and wet, maybe 10% planted on corn. We need 4 days of dry weather to get started and on the third day it rains. If I could redirect the rains to I-80 I would in a heartbeat.

  • 5/11/2018 Bon Homme County, SD: 5/11/18 Bon Homme county S.D. Have not planted anything yet ,waiting for drier conditions!! just received another .85 last night. Totally saturated soils.

  • 5/11/2018 Fountain County, IN: Most of the corn and beans in. Probably 50% of the corn and 20% of the beans emerged. Need some rain in this area to get some of the crops germinated. First cutting hay will be pretty short because of cool temps for so long and the lack of rainfall in the last couple of weeks. Much of the corn will pollinate at the same time this year so timely rainfall will be critical.

  • 5/11/2018 Nobles County, MN: I have planted one day so far this Spring. Too much frost in ground kept ground from drying out. Now we get rain every third day. A few guys who could plant their entire corn crop in two days are done. But there are more guys that have not started corn than those who have finished. Very few beans planted and normally by now we would be done with both. Got another 1.25 to 1.50 inches of rain last night, and now cold and cloudy. No planting here until next Wednsday or so and its suppose to rain again next Tuesday.

  • 5/10/2018 Fillmore County, NE: Corn and soybean planting is finishing up in our area. But in need of a drink. I was four inches below average of moisture last year and four inches below normal for this year so far.

  • 5/10/2018 Knox County, IL: The early birds got started @ April 20 under super dry conditions...major dust flying everywhere! Most of it is up and looks good, but it's not hard to find fields with skips where the seed didn't germinate. The corn is done as are most of the beans...with first hand accounts of beans also lying in dry soil waiting for a rain. BTW, even though it's dry, the early May no-till went in under perfect conditions...so much for tillage that robs moisture, kills worms and destroys soil structure. IMHO...it ain't worth it. Here me now, believe me later...

  • 5/10/2018 Stearns County, MN: Corn all in, started soybeans yesterday and should be done by Saturday. Rains have been missing us. Fields are moist but in good condition. Glad I put tile in 2 years ago.

  • 5/10/2018 Lancaster County, NE: Planting progress is from some people done to other haven't started. For the most part all corn in and a good start to beans. We are getting extremely dry on the surface and many beans will need a rain to come up. Rains have been south, north and east of us (City of Lincoln). Corn stands look good and beans planted the 29-30 of April popping through except those in dry soil. Lawn actually starting to dry up a little in places. We have not had enough rain to activate pre-emerge chemicals and 32% that was put on with the dry windy conditions we have had.......may need late in season application of N. It is sure funny how things change, cool and wet to hot, dry and windy.

  • 5/10/2018 York County, NE: 5-9-18 Most corn is planted in this area. Many guys have finished or are finishing up on soybeans. Earliest corn is 3" tall. Most corn is emmerging. The main topic is rain. We need it now! Pivots are running. We went from too cold to now in the 80's and windy. We have been extremely dry since October 10th of last year. Maybe 5" of moisture in that time frame. Very tough year if things don't change soon.

  • 5/8/2018 Sauk County, WI: Well winter ended about a week ago started to warm up . Now we are entering the traditional Wisconsin Monsoon season. We had thunderstorms earlier this and it just has not stopped raining. I would guess we are looking at 4.5 inches or better. Some seeding done a little corn planted but the ground is just cold and now saturated. We could use two weeks of dry weather.

  • 5/8/2018 Sibley County, MN: Planter out! Finally getting the planter ready, new seed openers, scrapers, gauge wheel adjustments, etc. Ready to go thought it would go today but the .5 inch of rain Tuesday evening pushes us till Sunday, maybe can try late Saturday. Good luck to all!

  • 5/8/2018 Power County, ID: Fall grain looks fantastic at this point but needs moisture soon. Spring crops(wheat, safflower, mustard) is planted and will also need some rain in the near future but sub-moisture is quite good

  • 5/8/2018 Sauk County, WI: Wet ! Cold! While we needed rain last week 6 inches was a little over kill. No Corn planted in our area (Richland County Border) Some seeding done. Water still standing in spots. The guys who worked their ground before all the rain sure had some gullies washed in the fields. More rain forecasted for this week. Hopefully not too much it is getting to be go time. Wish everyone good luck be safe.

  • 5/8/2018 Craig County, OK: Wheat has started to head and looks good. Temps finally warmed up and corn is out and going. We havent had excessive moisture but enough to keep things going.

  • 5/7/2018 Seneca County, OH: Very slow planting progress in this area. Persistent rains are keeping planters idle for the most part. We get one day that is dry enough to work and then it rains. The current weather pattern would be ideal for crops that were already planted. Now we are cold again too.

  • 5/7/2018 Sampson County, NC: It's been a late start for most grain growers here. Looks to be the latest start for me personally in my entire farming career. Some replanting going on now from heavy rains 2 weeks ago. a few larger guys got antsy an planted some heavy wet fields while it was dry and cold, then it turned wet and cold. The better drained fields made it through intact. I would say the corn crop is 95% done, that 81 is way low. A lot of yellow spots showing up but the recent warm spell is helping cure that. Soybean planting started this past week and like the corn getting off to a slow start, this week will be the big start , our planting window for beans is around 2 months so no big hurry here. The wheat crop could be one of our better crops. Some fields look amazing , just needs enough moisture to fill out the kernels. Just one last comment before i sign off. I know when conditions are perfect these large operations can plant a crop with unbelievable speed, but, when they are not, a lot of those acres have to be redone, which may impress initially but does little to improve their yields.I still think smaller farms with up to date equipment can more efficiently do a better job in a nonperfect weather situation. Hope everyone has a great year,we are due one.

  • 5/7/2018 Nobles County, MN: Barely got a good start on corn. Only one day of corn planting so far. And now we are forecasted for a full week of rain ahead. Over 2 inches supposedly coming in next two days. Just what we don't need. Got a long, long planting season ahead of us.

  • 5/6/2018 Yellow Medicine County, MN: Virtually no corn in the ground here. Frost spots are showing as black, wet areas. 20 inches of snow three weeks ago put a layer of insulation over the frost, and when melted, sent rivers over there banks. Hope to get going this week. Some corn has been planted on light, sandy soil. Planting season is going to be compressed into a narrow time frame, with extended hours in the field

  • 5/4/2018 Floyd County, IA: Very small amount of tillage done in my immediate area. Did however see a forty acre piece on light ground planted. County employee told me that ground still was frozen last week when replacing culverts. That explains fields not drying out well. Had one eighty degree day this week before rain started Tuesday morning, now we have had four to six inches.

  • 5/4/2018 Graham County, AZ: 29.6 degrees yesterday morning, some cotton dinged but not a replant deal. Corn is on schedule to be in by May 15th, some can be rowed. We're looking at high 80's and 90's for the week ahead, above normal and no rain since Feb.

  • 5/4/2018 Graham County, AZ: Cotton Report. Planting is mostly done, Most of the planting is up and looking good. Our concearn is water.279

  • 5/3/2018 Brown County, OH: Ground temperature still in 40s had frost this morning but plan to plant corn tomorrow soil conditions are finally good.

  • 5/3/2018 Saint Clair County, IL: Got 1.3 inches of rain today. A little corn has been planted. The usual people that go out and play in the mud had been going since this past Saturday, even though we had 4/10s of rain last Thursday. It just truly got fit on Tuesday April 1. A lot of anhydrous went on in the last 2 days.

  • 5/3/2018 Putnam County, IN: Finished planting corn 5 days ago and finished beans on May 2nd. Got a half inch slow soaking rain last night and early this morning with another half in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Livin right here in west central Indiana !

  • 5/3/2018 Pottawattamie County, IA: Corn is probably 85% planted in the area with bean planting getting started. Had 3.4 inches of rain since Tuesday night, 2 inches in the last 3 hours.

  • 5/3/2018 Blue Earth County, MN: Well rain again Thursday nite . Very little corn planted in southern Minnesota. Very spottie . I put on anhydrous one day some spots frost in ground looks like maybe Monday plant some corn. Our soils have never been dry this spring cause in april we had 36 in of snow and cold temps ran about 10 to 20 degrees below ave. ice out on area lakes april 25 to 29 most years first week in april . Looks like 1983 growing year cold early hot when setting ears poor corn

  • 5/2/2018 Dawson County, TX: 5/1/2018 Dawson County, Tex: Dry,Dry,Dry and Dry. That's the story of west texas. 208 days and only 1.2 inches of rain. Feels like 2011 all over again. The irrigated wheat is being baled as hay is worth more than wheat seed. The irrigated cotton and peanuts will be planted next week and the battle will begin. Be safe out there in farmland U.S.A.

  • 5/1/2018 Hettinger County, ND: Farmers just starting to put wheat in the ground, about 3 weeks later than normal, not overly wet by any means, going to be a very busy month trying to get all the different crops in. Everyone be safe out there.

  • 5/1/2018 Eaton County, MI: Picture of 2 inch soil depth temp


  • 5/1/2018 Henry County, OH: 29 degrees Sunday morning along with quarter inch of rain Saturday morning. Soil temp of 45 degrees. No planting for me until temperatures warm up considerably. Even if conditions were dry enough plant before temperatures improve. Sent from my iPhone

  • 5/1/2018 Pottawattamie County, IA: Got my corn all planted by 4\30 and a lot of others are done. Beans just getting a good start. Dry here until tonight, just had an inch of rain.

  • 4/30/2018 Nobles County, MN: Crops? Nonexistent yet here in SW Minnesota. Still too wet. Still have snow in groves melting down. Just a few guys just starting to scratch around but rain in the forecast tonight and tommorrow. If we don't get a slough filler tonight maybe by this weekend we can mud in some corn.

  • 4/30/2018 Carroll County, MO: Finished planting corn Saturday the 28th. Bone dry and very cool, ponds very low also. Warmer weather has arrived now and very windy. Calling for rain Tuesday eve through Thursday eve. Hope and pray we get some needed moisture if not we are in trouble. Every year brings a new set of problems. Good Luck To All.

  • 4/29/2018 Dickey County, ND: Full fieldwork to begin this week. Some small grains seeded. Cooler than average temps. Very windy.


  • 4/29/2018 Craighead County, AR: Corn planting pretty well done here and beans mostly done. From looking at the flags around, I'd say 75% of the corn is conventional. A few people, including myself, are planting cotton today. First day of cotton planting here.

  • 4/27/2018 Chippewa County, WI: Wet and cold yet. Manure pits getting full on dairy farms. Might start next week in fields but calling for rain and storms next week. Might start to plant by May 10. Good luck all.

  • 4/26/2018 Mcleod County, MN: Not much happening here. Hopefully around May 5th. Some tile lines are open some still froze. I agree with Minnehaha Co, SD If $7 corn is so bad then we should be asking who made it go there and why did it? Farmers should be the richest people in the world, we only provide the most important thing there is. Food.

  • 4/26/2018 Freeborn County, MN: Just waiting for tile to their job. Good 10 to 14 days out. already have drop down in maturity. Grew up in the mess of the 80's and said to say looks like a repeat.

  • 4/25/2018 Lancaster County, NE: Rain last night and this morning (Wednesday) has halted corn planting. Planters ran hard Monday and Tuesday, idea planting conditions with good moisture underneath and dry on surface, ground temp at 51 degrees. Lots of chemicals and liquid fertilizer yet to go on, co-op and farmers running at a frantic pace but calm winds have helped. Cover crops (cereal rye) being terminated at only 2-4 inches........don't see the benefit in that! When weather clear will finish corn and move straight to beans

  • 4/25/2018 Dawson County, NE: Soil temp was 45 yesterday, but cold rain all day and this morning 38 at 2.5 inches in strip till ground. We have no corn planted here yet ,which is late but not that late. Good forecast coming up so may still get most corn in by May 5-8 if weather cooperates. One nice thing is no real need for burn down herbicides ,so cold weeds have not come yet. Drills will start on beans same day as corn planters roll.

  • 4/25/2018 Minnehaha County, SD: No field work here yet, probably mid to late next week, as I said earlier May 10th to start planting! It always bothers me when people talk about $7 corn being the worst thing that ever happened! Proves my point ‘farmers are stupid’ sorry but it’s how I feel! Why are higher prices bad? If I had a $30K job in town and it went to $60K and for no reason it went back to $30k, $60k is the worst thing that happened!!!! Stupid!!! But listen to the people that want and take every bushel or pound we can produce and by the way can ya try to raise more so middleman and processors and brokers can make more! Need I say more! Good luck and safe planting!

  • 4/24/2018 Barton County, KS: Northwest Barton Co. Ks have had .75 of moisture since Oct. wheat in poor shape . Had had .85 Saturday wheat perked up some but even if we get ideal conditions now until harvest yields will be low . Wheat is just now the size it should have been in November

  • 4/24/2018 Murray County, MN: A lot of geese have stopped in southern Minnesota I think they think they have made to the artic circle

  • 4/23/2018 Nobles County, MN: The top yield has been lost in all of Minnesota...planting delays will set most of the state back to very little field work until May. Yea we can still grow a good crop but spectacular is no longer going to happen without April corn planting....my estimate is nothing will be planted around here until May 5th and that will still be questionable as to whether or not the frost is out of the ground. North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the northern parts of Iowa and Nebraska are all going to be in similar situations as well.

  • 4/23/2018 Cochise County, AZ: Most of the cotton is planted in our valley and corn planting is next. Warm during the day and still some mornings close to freezing but this week is warmer.

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