See the from-the-field reports, data and scout observations, during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.
Rain makes grain – for the most part. But volatile weather always brings variable crops.
As scouts on the eastern leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour made their way across Illinois this morning, crop conditions started improving. And after two days of counting low yields in Ohio and Indiana, seeing some good-looking fields came as a relief.
Some Variability in Illinois Corn
Strong Pod Counts in Illinois
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Indiana, Illinois Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas
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Illinois Lawmakers Seek Federal Flood Relief for Farmers
Disaster Declaration Sought for Flooded Illinois Farmers
USDA: Illinois Farmers More Soybeans, Less Corn
Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Illinois Farm Fields, Rivers
8/16/2015 Will County, IL: Much of the corn was root damaged standing in soup for two months. It is now tasseled shoulder high and never seemed to get the siddressed nitrogen. Bean stands are decent, but they got in late. With only three months to grow rather than four, yields will be off 25%.
8/13/2015 Winnebago County, IL: This year has been the most stressful in all my years.From planting to making hay to Government reports.. Every low spot in corn is sick and basically nothing. Beans are wilting on the high ground and full of disease (white mold and SDS ) on the bottom ground. Our crops do look better here in Northern Illinois then going south and east. We dropped our son off at Illinois State yesterday and water damage is very very evident all the way on I 39 south. That is big yield country and would estimate 30 % off there normal just by driving.
8/12/2015 Warren County, IL: Highly variable corn here. Some looks great, but poorly drained areas are hurting bad and a lot of corn is lighter than it should be. Early planted soybeans handled the water much better than later ones. A lot of weed pressure and delayed spraying due to wet fields. Funny seeing 3ft tall beans that haven't closed the row due to late spraying weeds. Overall, no way we meet USDA projections for corn or especially soybean yields.
8/12/2015 Knox County, IL: USDA is flat out crazy if it actually believes its own WASDE numbers. Way too many problems in both corn and beans over far too large an area for those numbers to ever be realized.
8/11/2015 Knox County, IL: Highly variable conditions are present in virtually every field...the good, the bad and the ugly. We went from two months of rain and super-saturated soil conditions through mid-July to... starting-to-hurt-the-beans dry. Big cracks in the no-till, but caught a lucky shower on Sunday. The ten day forecast calls for very warm, sunny conditions with no rain. Pods are forming and some plants are still flowering. Very unfortunate timing...so the expectation of further lowering a below average yield is almost certain.
8/6/2015 Carroll County, IL: To early to tell what the yield might be. Lots of stock but it is the ear that counts. Becoming very dry. Why would I spray fungicide on corn to make a few more bushels and likely not get the cost of the spray back? I loose on the cost and we all loose on the lower market due to more corn. The chemical company is the real winner. Someone help me out here. Is someone contracting $7.00 corn that I do not know about or is it I am going to get more corn than my neighbor even if I loss money doing it. If my corn really needs it, that is different. It did not seem to pay last year since the neighbor sprays our end rows and it just made the corn wetter.
8/3/2015 Coles County, IL: east central illinois, after flooding and severe crop damage, now we are having a drought. i have missed the last few rain events that they called for but never happened.Over 2 weeks of high heat and no rain. crops are hurting at a time when they are trying to put on pods and fill ears.
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