Each season brings a blend of good, bad and ugly fields. And Farm Journal agronomist Ken Ferrie says it doesn’t take a very long trip to prove that point this year.
“As I look at [Illinois], about a third of our customers are actually in pretty ideal moisture conditions, and the crop’s moving along as well as could be expected,” he tells Farm Journal Radio’s Pam Fretwell. “But a third of them are suffering from some pretty severe water damage that we had in June that created some issues. And about a third of them are dry enough that it’s starting to ding yields pretty good.”
That leaves “average” conditions across the state looking pretty good, Ferrie says, but that also includes a great deal of variability.
Nationwide, the amount of the corn crop rated “good to excellent” is at the lowest July levels since 2013. Soybeans, oats and barley conditions are also at similarly relatively low conditions. Some southern row crops, meantime – including cotton and peanuts – are boasting “good to excellent” conditions at five-year highs.
Soybean yields will depend more on favorable August weather, while the corn crop is really dependent on the immediate next few weeks to maintain yield potential, Ferrie says.
Listen to the embedded audio clip to hear their entire conversation, which includes additional observations about the various challenges faced so far in the 2017 crop season.