Inconsistent Crops Across Nation

July 5, 2008 07:00 PM

Rachel Duff, Farm Journal Intern

The only thing that can be said across the board for crops this season is inconsistencies, according to farmer reports to Crop Comments. Crops said to be knee-high, uneven, behind, looking great, still in the field from the 2008 season and growing like crazy with stalks as tall as a person. With the variations across the board, farmers are cautiously hopeful, as there is still a lot of time until the 2009 crop will be harvested. 
Good Luck and Good Looking
Some farmers are reporting nice-looking crops and favorable conditions in their parts of the country.
"Timely rains and warm weather have helped corn and soybeans really grow,” says a Stearns County, Minn. farmer. " Corn is knee-high to almost waist-high over the hills.  Soybeans should be canopied by the weekend as it is already canopied over the hills.”
Many Pennsylvania farmers have crops of the good looking variety.  "Some corn is over 5 feet tall,” says a farmer from central Pennsylvania. "Most corn will be knee-high by or before the 4th of July.” 
In Kansas, one farmer takes it day-by-day. "Wheat is ripening and sunflowers were planted two weeks ago,” says a farmer from the west central part of the state. "So far, so good.”
Differing Circumstances
Farmers want a sampling of different areas' weather for their crops.
A Tennessee farmer wishes for a little cool, wet weather. "Thousands of acres just east of us, almost over to Chattanooga are in big trouble, they are going on six weeks without rain,” says a farmer from Giles County. "Cotton is very late, but as usual is enjoying the heat.”
While Tennessee is wishing for some rain, Michigan wants a reprieve from the excessive precipitation. "There have been 180 to 200 acres of corn drowned out. We have been rained out since June 9,” says a farmer from Berrien County, Mich. "We still have 1,200 acres of beans to plant. With the markets going down they probably don't need our crops.” 
Extended Growing Season
With all the inconsistencies, many farmers are wishing for an extra-long growing season to help their crops.
"I hope we have an extended growing season,” says a farmer from Fulton County, Ohio. "It's my opinion there's a lot of acres that need it.”
Time and the weather will tell the success of the 2009 crop.
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