Minnesota Crop Comments

June 5, 2011 08:06 PM
 

 

  • 5/31 - Hutchinson, Minn.: The farmers near Hutchinson, Minn., have decided how to determine who's field is wetter. (less than 5% corn planted) Do You have Ducks, Geese or Carp in your field?? Carp self-explanatory! And Geese are heavier than ducks and need deeper water!!
     

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  • 5/30 - Pipestone, Minn.: Had a small window for field work in our area on Thursday. We finished a small field of corn switched the planter to beans got 300 acres sprayed there will be some prevent plant, mowing lawn seems to keep us busy.
     
  • 5/30 - Lac Qui Parle, Minn.: We have about 95% of our corn in and are about 50% planted on soybeans. It has rained every week since we started this spring.
     
  • 5/30 - Southern Mille Lacs County, Minn.: Started planting soybeans on the 18th 19th and 20th then got 3" of rain and planted again on the 27th, now have 40 acres left to plant but it is all peat ground so will be a few weeks before it will dry enough to get in. this week will be near 80 so things look better. Hope it all comes up, it has been wet and very cool.
     
  • 5/26 - South central Minnesota: Starting to really turn wet here too.  Most corn is in, still some beans to go.  North of us there is a lot of corn still in the bag. Fields are very wet with some ponding and it is raining this morning with another 1.5 inches predicted.
     
     
  • 5/25 - McLeod County, Minn.: Everyone around here is scrambling trying to switch seed and get their agents lined up for preventative plant acres. Personally, I am taking 22% of my acres as prevent plant. They were supposed to be corn. The last monsoon dumped way too much water. I have broken tiles and fields that were flooded by the county drainage ditch. The PP is going to pay almost as much as a late soybean crop would. The hell with it. I am not going to fight Mother Nature and plant late soybeans. Two years ago we dealt with all that wet moldy corn and there is no way I ever want to do it again. Besides, the market has done a real crappy job of trying to motivate me to go out and try and plant more acres. I suspect that half the county might go PP on corn acres.
     
  • 5/23 - Pipestone, Minn.: Most corn in some wet spots left 2 inches over weekend some storm damage. lot of spraying needs to get done this week have a safe week.

     
  • 5/23 - McLeod County, Minn.: Well… everyone just started to get going on Wed and Thurs. The fields were far from decent shape, but it was getting so late that everyone was going. For two days guys worked day and night to get something planted. By early Friday morning the storms rolled in and shut everything down. What did get planted was really mudded in. I would say that corn ended up around 15-25% planted, and beans about 15% planted. There was almost no spring wheat planted in our area. And now for the rain report. As of Sunday night, a large part of the county has received at least five inches of rain with more on the way tonight. There are huge lakes out in the fields! There are a lot of acres that won’t be planted until June up here if at all. It is real sickening looking at these high prices and most of our seed is sitting in the bag. Last year the county probably averaged close to 200bu/a corn. I think this year we will be real lucky to make 125 bu/a for those that get planted. Cool wet summer forecasted is going to make this dismal mudded in crop even worse. Prevent Planting date here is May 31. I know of quite a few guys that are going to take it and just plant a cover crop and try again next year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)


  • 5/17 - Pipestone County, Minn.: Finally started corn today. It's plenty wet yet, but we only have a 3 day window before its supposed to rain again Thursday night.
     
  • 5/16 - Redwood County, Minn.: 1.6 inches rain Saturday. Haven’t turned a wheel. When fields get close to planting we get more rain. Last year we were all finished by May 5th.


     
  • 5/16 - Meeker County, Minn.: Just read the comment from our adjoining county of McLeod. He sure hit the nail on the head. There is only 2-5% of the corn planted here. Mostly sandy ground that is planted. They are talking nice weather for 5 to 7 days. So hopefully 75 to 80% of the corn will get planted. They are talking rain out 7 or 8 days. If that happens, there will be corn acres that will go prevented planted or soybeans up here. This is the worst spring since 1986.

     
  • 5/13 - McLeod County, Minn.: We received about 1" on Sunday/Monday. Now Today (Thurs) we got another inch of rain. Calling for cool temps, clouds, then more rain on Saturday.

    We will not have any corn in the ground before May 20th. None of the neighbors, and by neighbors I mean people within 40 miles have done ANYTHING. Corn planting for the area remains under 5%. No beans are done, and almost nobody got in to do any small grains. Manure spreading is way behind, the ones that are going in the field are destroying them. The ports have opened up for a couple hours per day and the guys hauling grain have long waits. I am switching a bunch of acres to soybeans. The ground will never make it by the end of the month, which is cutoff for ins. (May 31).

    On the bright side, things cant get much worse so there is nowhere to go but up from here.
     

  • 5/13 - Renville County, Minn.: Planted yesterday May 10 from 3pm to 1 a.m. May11; now it is raining for 8 hours. Struggle to plant the crop. 
     
     
  • 5/13 - Lyon, Minn.: Finished corn 5/11/11 Rain all day 5/12/11.

     
     
  • 5/10 - Pipestone, Minn.: Our oats were planted the last week of April. 20% of our corn is in.

     
  • 5/10 - Wright, Minn.: May 9 – nothing planted. It has to quit raining. 1991 was late start. We planted corn on May 15 and finished soybeans on June 17. This year might be the same kind of year.
     
  • 5/10 - Yellow Medicine, Minn.: About 20% planted, half in terrible conditions. Switching to earlier corn. Worst I have seen in fifteen years.
     

  • 5/9 - McLeod County, Minn.: Field work for much of this area has been non-existent. I would say that within a 40 mile radius there is less than 5% of the corn in. That was all planted on sand or unfit muddy fields. We received about half an inch of rain today. Some places had more, and some less. They are calling for more rain and then storms until Wed. Hopefully by the weekend we can start something. Lots of low spots with standing water yet. Heard from some relatives down towards SW MN that said the crop was really mudded in this past week. Compaction is going to be a real issue around here this year. I saw a field that looked like a glazed brick after the guy planted it. I had relatives from 4 states come for Mother's Day today. We all agreed that 92 million acres is laughable at best. We are all sitting in the same duck boat waiting for dry weather and time is running out.


  • 5/6 - Renville County, Minn.: We planted Corn Wednesday; it was not 100% fit and Thursday we received 9/10 rain. Cold and wet.


  • 5/5 - Nobles County, Minn.: Planters rolling full bore here today. We will have most of the corn in the area planted within a week if the forecast holds true.

     
  • 5/2 - McLeod County, Minn.: Just wondering when the markets are going to WAKE UP, and realize that this corn crop is in real jeopardy???? It is so wet up here that fish are starting to drown! Soil temps for most of the state are under 40 degrees. I talked with some friends in ND, west of Fargo and they said there is no way they will plant ANY corn this year. We had over an inch of rain added to our saturated ground last week, and they are predicting more for Wed/Thurs, and then more again for the weekend. If that’s true that puts us out to 12th-14th of May to start planting. There is still corn to combine from last year north of here. Other than a little NH3 and some small grain I have not seen one single tractor in the field.

    When planters do roll the crop will be mudded in. Lots of low spots have had standing water on them since our 90+ inches of snow melted. There has been plenty of fall-applied N lost already, and I think we all know from last years crop in Iowa and IL what happens to N in water-logged soil. Its not just around here, that is all the way to SD and down towards IA. There isn't enough seed to go around up here for guys to switch out of 100+ day hybrids. From all the reports I am hearing from MN and Dakotas there is now way we will get anywhere close to 92 million acres. It will be closer, if not under 90 million. Agweb long-range forecast for us up here calls for a cool wet summer. This crop will not mature and will be low test weight and high moisture again this fall if that holds true.
     

 

  • 5/2 - McLeod County, Minn.: Just wondering when the markets are going to WAKE UP, and realize that this corn crop is in real jeopardy???? It is so wet up here that fish are starting to drown! Soil temps for most of the state are under 40 degrees. I talked with some friends in ND, west of Fargo and they said there is no way they will plant ANY corn this year. We had over an inch of rain added to our saturated ground last week, and they are predicting more for Wed/Thurs, and then more again for the weekend. If that’s true that puts us out to 12th-14th of May to start planting. There is still corn to combine from last year north of here. Other than a little NH3 and some small grain I have not seen one single tractor in the field.

    When planters do roll the crop will be mudded in. Lots of low spots have had standing water on them since our 90+ inches of snow melted. There has been plenty of fall-applied N lost already, and I think we all know from last years crop in Iowa and IL what happens to N in water-logged soil. Its not just around here, that is all the way to SD and down towards IA. There isn't enough seed to go around up here for guys to switch out of 100+ day hybrids. From all the reports I am hearing from MN and Dakotas there is now way we will get anywhere close to 92 million acres. It will be closer, if not under 90 million. Agweb long-range forecast for us up here calls for a cool wet summer. This crop will not mature and will be low test weight and high moisture again this fall if that holds true.
     

  • 4/25 - McLeod County, Minn.: Growers in our area haven’t done anything yet. I have only saw one tractor in the field and that was someone putting on NH3 and it wasn’t going good. He must not like profit. Our soil is heavily saturated and there is more heavy rain in the forecast for Tuesday and again on Friday and Saturday. That puts us out to about May 5th to start, and that is assuming we don’t get anymore rain. I highly doubt we will be 50 percent done by May 10. Guys are really starting to get nervous. We need every day we can get this far north to beat winter with our corn crop. Once we do get going I can guarantee one thing. Guys in our area will go out and mud the crop in. I am expecting poor emergence and population in our area because guys will be forced to go in unfit fields. I am going to invest in propane because it is going to be a hot commodity this fall. Good Luck.
     
  • 4/25 - Le Sueur, Minn.: Wet and cold. Nothing planted yet. It is raining as I write this. We may plant on the light soil next week if it dries up.
     
  • 4/19 - Renville County, Minn.: Very cold and wet with snow in the forecast, not a pretty picture.
     
  • 4/15 - Nobles County, Minn.: We traveled from the Mexican border north along eastern NM, eastern CO to the NE border, along I80 to Omaha and North to southern MN.  We did not see any good “green” that was not irrigated until central NE.  Range land was brown, dry land winter wheat stands in CO were spotty at best.  The grass in So. MN was greener than anything in NM and CO except for irrigated alfalfa. 
     
  • 4/15 - South central Minnesota: It’s starting to look like a late spring here.  Very cold with clouds and rain in the ten day forecast.  We need some heat and sun to get started.
     
  • 4/14 - Dodge County, Minn.: The same guy that gets excited every year started planting corn yesterday. The local agronomist said ground temps were in the 50s but I'm sure after today and this weekend that will change. Highs maybe 40 and rain mixed with some light snow Friday night and Saturday. Every year this guy has to be the first one in. Some day it will bite him in the arse!! Only one other guy was toying with the idea and that was to make sure his new planter worked. And it didn't. He's thinking he'd kept is blue one!!
     
  • 4/12 - Renville County, Minn.: Had over an inch of rain on Sunday; re-flooded pot holes; very wet here; snow is almost gone. 
     
      
  • 4/12 - Southern Mille Lacs County, Minn.: Wet here ponds are over flowing into the fields, still a few patches of snow so there will be no oats or wheat planted this spring. Sounds like rain 6-7 days out of the next 15 so not a good thing. Usually start beans about May 10th. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
     
  • 4/12- McLeod County, Minn.: The conditions here continue to be cool and very wet. Had almost 1.5 inches of rain over the weekend. There is standing water everywhere with all of the rivers and creeks out of their banks, tiles running full, and N disappearing under all the water. The extended forecast calls for rain 6 out of the next 7 days. Thursday and Friday are going to have highs in the upper 30s with snow. The soil is extremely cold and will be unfit for planting corn for at least the next two weeks. There are a lot of guys starting to get worried that we are going to have low test weight/ high moisture corn again this fall because of a shortened growing season.

    Drove by the local gas station tonight and diesel was selling for $4.21/gallon. NH3 is selling for $800/ton and more. I would appreciate it if you guys in TX and OK would send us some heat and we will send you some rain and cool weather.

     

  • 4/4 - Redwood, Minn.: Very, very wet here. Last week 1.6 inches of rain followed with a foot of very wet snow. Cold weather all week has let it melt very slowly which has helped the flood situation, but we are still waiting for spring to come in earnest. As far as crop mix, I think most people are sticking with their normal rotations being that corn, beans, beets and canning crops are all at profitable levels. Cold and wet conditions would have to last a long time before anybody would change their plans. Hope you all have a safe and rewarding year.

     
  • 3/31 - McLeod County, central Minnesota: Took these pictures at noon today (3-30-11). Don't think we will be in the field for a month yet.
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    -- McLeod County, Minn.

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  • 3/29 - Winona County, Minn.: Some snow banks still around. Cool nights are keeping the area rivers from record-level flooding. I have about half of both 2011 corn and beans sold with HTA's. I will maintain my 50-50 rotation again this year. Best guess is that we will be able to plant by April 25.

     
  • 3/29 - Renville County Minn.: We had over 12" snow last week. The soils are saturated and the air temp is cool. Could be a late planting this year.


 

  • 3/28 - Blue Earth County, southern Minnesota: Snow is nearly gone, water puddles are going down.  April 11 crop insurance planting date is not totally out of the question.  We won’t be late like everyone thinks that’s for sure..

     
  • 3/25 - Le Sueur County, Minn.: We plan to increase soybean plantings by 20% this year mostly seed production no spring wheat planted 100acres winter wheat less oats. Lots of water from rain and snow but frost is out, hope for a couple of sunny days (about 20!)

     
  • 3/25 - Redwood County, Minn.: 1.7 inches of rain March 22 and then 8 inches of snow on top, water, water everywhere...still have not lost the snowpack from last winter, 100+ inches. Lat year began planting corn April 12..


 

  • 3/21 - Kittson County, Minn.: It is going to be a late spring. The Red River is going to cause a big flood up and down the Red River Valley. Might be a lot of prevented planting. Growers will switch from HRS wheat to soybeans if they can get that planted, but it could all end up being PP. Not looking like a good start to the year at all. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)

     
  • 3/17 - Renville County, Minn.: Things to a big boost this morning! Coming into today we were just under 5” rain since April 1st. This morning saw 1.9” rain, possibly the largest single day rain for August in this area in over 10 years. Amazing how the crops were still looking. Crops are about a week ahead of last year and it looks like we had a very good pollinating period.  Still 6” below normal on rainfall, so more is still needed, but things look promising that we will have a better crop than last year

     
  • 3/10 - Fillmore, Minn.: This year I will plant 50/50 corn and beans.
     
     
  • 3/7 - Redwood , Minn.: I believe the crop mix won't change much here. sugar beets, canning crops, corn and beans all are at profitable levels and most people will keep the same rotations. As far as flooding, There is a lot of snow, and next week may add a lot more if forecasts are accurate. The ground is not frozen under the snow, so a lot of moisture is and will continue through the drainage system, but a quick melt will cause big problems here in southern MN.

     

  
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