Surprisingly, given the tough spring weather many farmers experienced, everyone reported their crops look better than they would have anticipated back in May. The farmers were asked to rate their crops, based on a scale of 1 being poor and 10 being excellent. Read on to see what each of them had to report.
Dave Frobel, Reading, Mich.
Crops are looking pretty good considering. We had later planting than usual for us. We started around the end of May and finished on the 9th of June. Things are looking pretty good. We were a little dry in this area until a couple of weeks ago. We’ve had some timely moisture recently, so I’m optimistic about how everything is going to turn out. Overall, I would give both the corn and beans a 7 or 8. I’m happy.
Scott Sporleder, Farina, Ill.
We grow corn and beans mainly, and a little wheat sometimes. We’re in south central Illinois. It was wet early on. We started planting the second week of April. Then we got rained out. We didn’t get the rest of corn done until mid-May. Soybeans got planted over roughly a month, started the first week of June and went through early July. We have a very wide range of crop quality. I’d say most of our crops are in the 7 to 8 range. We’ve got some rain that farmers in other areas haven’t received, so we’ve been pretty lucky.
Gary Marcy, Andover, Ohio
We got kind of a normal start but then got shut down for a month. We got going the last week of April and went through the first week of May. A lot of planting got done at that time, but then we got a month of rain and ended up replanting a lot of ground and also started planting some fields then that hadn’t yet been planted. At this time, I would say the fields we planted in June were a good 10 days behind what we planted in May. Our crops look good. Corn looks good to excellent. I’d attribute that to heat units and some timely rains. Corn is coming on really good right now. Beans are fair in some areas and excellent in others. I would say my crops are a 7 or 8.
Arnold Richardson, Red Creek, New York
I live up toward Syracuse, N.Y. The soybeans look amazingly well. The corn is up and down in quality. The weather didn’t help us out any. We got started fairly early in May then sat for 10 days and then we had drown outs. This was the first year I ever had to replant. I do my beans after my corn with my corn planter. Our beans got a nice stand and have never have had a bad day, like Kip Cullers says. This year is what I’d call a popcorn-peanut thing—what you lose on the popcorn you hopefully make up with the peanut. I’d rate our beans an 8 and our corn a 7.
Corey Bulmahn, Decatur, Ind.
We’re farming south of Ft. Wayne. We got 200 acres of corn in early but it was another three weeks or so before we got in and got the rest of the crop finished. That early crop looks kind of bad and we don’t have high hopes for the yields, maybe a 100 bushel an acre. I was encouraged last week when we checked corn pollination, though. It was much better than we’d anticipated. With the exception of that early corn, I’d give our corn crop a 7.5.
Matt Frye, Astoria, Ill.
It was pretty good planting. We started April 2. We got a little shower here and there and were done by May 10 with both corn and beans. We farm mostly corn. The middle of April we got a bunch of rain and had to replant 250 acres and our bottom ground, too. It still looks kind of rough but everything else looks good. We farm in five different counties. We have irrigated sand and we’ve got some dark black soils and timber soils. I’d say 85 to 90 percent of our crops look good. I’d give us an 8 on both corn and beans.
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