Connecting Farmers One Crop Comment at a Time

 
Connecting Farmers One Crop Comment at a Time

Have a crop related question? Join the Crop Comments community for answers or to just share what’s happening on your farm.

AgWeb launched Crop Comments in May of 2007. It generated over 100 comments from farmers in 24 states in the first month alone. Since then, farmers from coast to coast, border to border have been submitting their comments, questions, photos, videos and even some colorful rants.

The purpose of Crop Comments was to create a community where farmers could discuss their crops with other like-minded individuals. It is intended to be a place where you can ask questions and get answers as if asking your neighbor—that is, if your neighborhood was comprised of the entire country. It’s also meant to be a place where you can simply share the joys of high yields or the heartache of a complete loss with others that can relate and understand, even give advice on weathering the storm. In all this, I believe we have succeeded. Through our readers, Crop Comments is a success.

Here’s a look through the years of some of the most memorable Crop Comments.

5/03/2007 - North Central Texas: The beat goes on, more wild weather. We've lived and died a thousand times over our wheat crop here, late frosts, high winds, hail. Eighty mph plus winds here tonight, wheat bent down almost to the ground, corn laid over. Rain, rain, rain and more rain, forget planting cotton for quite a while, need to be cultivating grain sorghum or spraying, what a mess. Will the wheat and corn stand back up after the hurricane force winds it took tonight? Who knows this late in the game. Barn roofs blown away today that have stood way before I was born almost fifty years ago, large trees and power lines down everywhere. What a storm, from what we hear on the news it was a monster that spread seventy mile plus winds from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to at least as far south of us as Waco! For you folks that don't know, that's over a ninety mile wide area! What we all need here is no more of this crazy weather, forget the markets for now, we just want to save our crops!

8/27/2007 - South Central Minnesota: We have a mix of good and bad crops. Steele County is the only place that I have seen excellent crops in the state. I toured the state and found little good in most of the other areas of the state. I reside in Le Sueur County and we were hurting here for water and now even though we have enough it is too late for the corn. I would take right now 140 and 40 and be satisfied. Time will tell on this year.

11/01/2007 - North Central Missouri: Harvest 95% done with most everyone very satisfied with yields and looking to plant more soybeans next year with the price of beans vs corn and the lower inputs vs the very high cost of fertilizer needed to grow good corn. God blessed us very well this year and we are very thankful.

6/23/2008 - LaGrange, Missouri: Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor Darrell Smith spent the end of last week along the Mississippi River in Missouri and Illinois, documenting the flood-related events.

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The photos show an elevator employee checking an elevator in LaGrange, MO, by boat. Although the elevator is surrounded by water, he told me it had sustained no damage yet, because it was protected by sandbag/plastic barriers, as of June 20.
 

-- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor

(Have any photos or video of the crops on your farm? Email them to cropcomments@agweb.com.)

 

8/15/2008 - Southwest Kansas, Kearny County: DRY DRY DRY!  We have parts of our farm that has had only 3 inches of precipitation since last August. Other areas are only a few inches more. Dryland corn was done here over a month ago. Dryland milo for the most part is a bust also. Most milo fields will not even head out. We have no subsoil or topsoil moisture. We've had chances of rain for over a week. We've received anywhere from nothing to 0.80". Most is closer to the nothing. Next years wheat crop is going to be a disaster if we do not start receiving some moisture soon. We're a little over a month away from drilling wheat. Pastures and CRP grass look worse than if it were winter here. I'm wondering if the CRP grass will come back. The only thing that saved us from blowing away last year was the CRP grass and now the government is going to do away with it. Everybody wants the almighty dollar. So grass will be broke out, prices will plummet and the inputs will stay where they are at. It happened in the 70's and as stupid as we all are, will let history repeat itself again. Hope everybody has a safe harvest and send any extra rain our way if you can spare any!

1/30/2009 - Shelby County, Ohio near Botkins: This is what our barnyard looked like Wednesday 1-28-09 after the storm dumped a foot of snow on us.

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-- Shelby County, Ohio near Botkins

(Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)


5/12/2009 - Tallahatchie County, Mississippi: It's been raining so much in Tallahatchie County that even the armadillos have taken to drinking.

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-- Tallahatchie County, Mississippi

(Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

9/24/2010 - Trempealeau County, west central Wisconsin: We finished off corn silage last weekend or mudded it out, between last weeks rain and before we got the pounding rains of this week.  All in all very good yields, we are working with some new silage specific hybrids for the dairy and had some lodging, in some areas severe but the Kemper head got most of it up, yields were around 30t/a with 1-2 tons left due to the lodging but we can deal with some of the lodging if it means more milk per ton of silage.  Overall crops look great, we yield checked a couple silage fields and several that will go for high moisture corn, yields ranged 225-260 bu./A, with a couple spots well over 300 bu.  Beans look very good as well, have been hearing about 55-65 bu. beans and are hoping that once we start we will get good yields as well.  With the 5-6” of rain we got last night we will be waiting to take high moisture corn, dry corn and beans for a long time I think, but we should be done before December this year.  Have a safe harvest everyone.

10/21/2010 - Winneshiek County, northeast Iowa: A lot to be thankful for. 73 acres to go, this year is a complete reversal of last year’s crop.  Coming out of the field @ 14.5%-18.1% -- last year the combine made the a longer distance across these same fields, and with 35% moisture on Thanksgiving weekend --- BIG difference in dry bushels.  Test weights are running from 57.7-61.9 this year—last year from 47-51 lb test weight.  Final ear count on these fields was 35k .

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-- Winneshiek County, northeast Iowa

(Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

8/30/2011 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: First 150 acres of canola went 1,860 #/acre into the elevator.  First 200 acres of wheat looks to be around 50 bu./acre. Harvest is slow getting going, after the initial 350 acres we are caught up combing for a couple days. A very small percentage of the crop in our neighborhood has come off. We hope September is as good weather as August has been. Six weeks ago we had a $2.00 premium for 15% protein wheat and a $2.00 discount for 13% protein, today the premium is zero and the discount is very small. I'd like to know the select group of grain buyers who manipulate these markets.  Marketing wheat makes corn and soybeans look too easy. It's no mystery why wheat acres have decreased.

9/11/2012 - Crawford County, Ill.: The majority of corn acreage either has been or will be destroyed when the stunted stalks are dry enough. Shields are being built to prevent anymore tractor fires.

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-- Crawford County, Ill.

(Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

8/15/2013 - Livingston County, Ill.: I struck out a deal with Tony. He wants my "field toasted" corn. He says it looks GRRRRReat!! He must work for USDA!

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-- Livingston County, Ill.

(Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

9/4/2012 - Northeast Missouri: Soybeans look like 20 bu yield, maybe. double crop beans 0. corn 120. NO rain since Aug 10. NO rain in forecast. 2012 and 2013 RIP.

10/3/2013 - Palo Alto County, Iowa:  I appreciate real average numbers and information that gets sent into crop comments. Just as I do real honest things on my own farm. It’s defiantly better than looking at USDA reports that don’t seem to keep up with what’s going on in our world. Thank you AgWeb and all the farmers that post what they are experiencing (including yield) in their own operation. On a crop comment note harvest in this area is slowly getting going. Started some corn today that is running around 17.5% moisture and in the 140 bushel range which is about what I was expecting. On the average we should be in the 180 to 200 range.

 

·  12/30/2013 - Wakefield, Neb.: We were blessed with above average dryland crops. Soybeans 55-65 bpa and corn 170-190 bpa. Farmers are making plans for next year. Sounds like we will be increasing bean acres and cutting back on corn. MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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-- Wakefield, Neb.

(Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

·  4/2/2014 - Lamar, Colo.: Wheat should be 1 foot tall and green.
 

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-- Lamar, Colo.

(Have any photos of the crops on your farm? E-mail (CropComments@agweb.com) them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

 

6/9/2014 - Black Hawk County, Iowa : In regard to the "Ugly Corn" stage from the 2nd of June. That picture is a classic example of NH3 injury. It was not from applying it when soil too wet necessarily, it comes from NH3 being applied NOT DEEP ENOUGH and migrating up the slot and adversely affecting germination and emergence of the corn. The corn looks nitrogen deficient but it is from impaired rooting technically. if the roots regenerate you might be OK yet, if not??? What is your experience, I am guessing that this was a course soil field?

7/9/2014 - Yakima, Wash.: Overall the crops look really good. Corn is 10 ft tall and starting to tassel. 3 rd cutting alfalfa next week. The heat is on. 100 for the next few days. Irrigation water is good due to a large Mt snow pack. No problems, No worries.

12/4/2014 - Southwest Wis.: Been done with harvest for just under a month. Any tillage work ended a few days after with the ground firming up. Unfortunate since we have a lot of ground to be worked yet. Crops around here are above average 200 corn. 60 bushel beans.

 

Haven’t joined the Crop Comments community yet? Or, have you simply drifted away from it. That’s OK. You don’t need to sign up, login or anything else. Just submit your comment, photos or even video and you’re part of an ever-growing community of fellow agrarians.

 

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