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June 5, 2011 08:07 PM


  • 6/6 - Williams County, Ohio: The eastern part of county went back to work on June 2 touch and go water in some parts of field. Started to replant corn and beans early corn 50% stand beans 60% .Still need 2-3 more days to finish first time for corn and beans. It pays to have a good sense of HUMOR this year. BE SAFE!


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  • 6/6 - Trempealeau County, Wis.: Well we got everything in the ground about a month later than last year but fortunately things have dried up enough that even the low fields were planted.  The corn is growing extremely fast and the beans aren’t far behind.  I hate to say it but we really could use some rain to help with the second crop hay since a lot of the first crop is now off and there are a lot of bean fields that are emerging unevenly from crusting.  The weeds seem to be loving this spring first it was to wet to put any early spray down so things get really green and now its hot so they are growing faster than the corn.  Overall I think we are very lucky once again that a lot of the big rain storms went south and allowed us to continue with field work. 
  • 6/6 - Bee County, Texas: Corn in dent stage almost black layer yield est. 40bu. Milo will kill with roundup in 10 days yield est2500lb./ac. Cotton at 6 to 7 nodes above white flower 1 bale/ac. est.

  • 6/6 - Clinton County, Mo.: AgWeb Business & Crops Online Editor Sara Schafer – Brad Bray, a farmer near Cameron, Mo., says his corn crop was planted early but had a slow start. “Due to the cool weather, the corn is shorter than it should be at this stage,” he says.
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    Bray says his corn is not as tall as it should be at this stage, but looks healthy and uniform.

    6 6 11 Wheat

    For the first time in around 20 years, Bray says he’s growing wheat on his farm. He’s hoping they can double crop beans after they harvest this field.

    6 6 11 Replanted Corn

    Some of his corn did have to be replanted. But, he said since he wasn’t crunched for time, he’s happy now to have a much stronger stand. With this field he replanted the entire field, since he couldn’t spot it in.

    -- Clinton County, Mo.

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  • 6/3 - Island County, Wash.: Our biggest issue has been our lack of degree days. Yes our precipitation is 50% above normal but without heat we are a month behind. Lots of acres yet to be planted and running out of options. There are no good looking crops here or in Skagit county we are very diverse here with about 100 different crops grown. Some potatoes have been in the ground 40 days and yet to see green. All of the berries are way behind lucky to have strawberries by July 4th. The only thing that is really growing is grass and there is no weather breaks to get it chopped for silage. Eastern Washington is suffering as well friends that farm my in-laws farm walked away from 4000 acres to late to plant spring crops and get them mature this far north. Pasture is one of our major crops for grass fed beef and that is the best we have ever seen. The cattle are getting fat on grass.

  • 6/3 - Smith County, north central, Kansas: We live in an area that receives 22" of rainfall annually, we have gotten from 9.5"-18" in the past 9 days on our farms. We farm sloping ground with 3.5-8 degree slopes, never in 52 years have I seen erosion like this year.
  • 6/3 - Sacramento Valley, Calif.: Northern California has PLENTY of water
    Southern Calif

    -- Sacramento Valley, Calif.

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  • 6/2 - Ward County, N.D.: Mother Nature you have won, we surrender. The fat lady has sang. This is game over for most producers around here. We were lucky enough to get 3% of our acres in. Of that, half is drowned or washed out, and really looks bad, no sun, no heat, to late, and to much water. Most producers did not turn a wheel with 100% of their farm not planted. 2.8" in the gauge this morning. Some areas up to 5" of rain. Very slim chance that any planting will happen now. Severe storms in the forecast tomorrow. The garrison dam is going to release water through the spill way. This is the first time this has ever happened since it was built. Equipment dealerships under water, combines up to the bottom of the cabs in water. This is a major wheat growing region in the worst shape in history. Dikes in Minot not supposed to hold back the river. They have evacuated houses and many people looking for place to live.
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    -- Ward County, N.D.

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  • 6/2 - Texas: A few areas received rain, but except for parts of north-central and extreme northeast Texas, the state continued to suffer from moderate to exceptional drought, according the U.S. Drought monitor. Even where the drought had lifted, Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel reported shortages of hay and damaged crops from lack of rain earlier. All of the Panhandle remained in a severe to exceptional drought. A report from Mike Bragg, AgriLife Extension agent for Dallam County, northwest of Amarillo, was typical of agent reports from the region for the last week of May.
    6 2 11 Texas

    As the drought continued in most of Texas, livestock producers were concerned about loss of water sources. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

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  • 6/1 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Finished planting about noon on Saturday 5/28. Started with beans on 5/7 then went to corn 5/10-13. Last corn planted 5/27-28. Beans look very acceptable. Most of the early corn stands are OK, some look good, but you can tell the soil was not perfect when planted and therefore not the emergence desired. Some issues with populations. Probably an acceptable compromise however. Waiting more than 2 weeks to get acceptable stands may not have resulted in higher yields. Time will tell if a 90-95% stand with holes in it beats a picket fence stand planted 21 days later. Still have over 30,000 plants per acre in the worst cases. Barley harvests seems likely to be early, who would have thought. May actually be able to harvest barley for grain, bale straw, haul manure and plant corn before prevent plant date 6/10. That is an undeserved blessing in a year like this one. Double crop beans for the rest of the barley and all the wheat. Be safe everyone.

  • 6/1 - Johnson County, Mo.: Our spring has been much like the reports on here so far. Continual showers spread out enough not to have a dry window. Most all of the corn is done except soggy bottoms. It is hard to find good looking corn. The beans are getting started but replanting is a concern with it too. We are forgetting what a normal spring is. We are just glad the Good Lord is in charge of the weather because we would mess it up!


  • 5/31 - Northeast Indiana: It looks like the rain broke up and missed us tonight. I sure haven't said that much lately. 5 inches of rain last week. It will be next week before we can get on some of the fields. The local seed dealer says most guys are trading to earlier corn at this point. They are going to stick with corn for a while yet. We will have some replanting to do too. Most all the work that has gotten done this spring was done too wet. It is hard to imagine that this mess will turn into a good crop.

  • 5/31 - Minot, N.D.: These pictures are north of Minot, North Dakota, in the Glenburn and Lansford area. The aerial photo was taken on 5/24/11 before the 3 inches of rain, the second photo was taken yesterday with the down pouring of rain we were getting.  The very few fields that were seeded are now washing out. It looks like there won't be any crop to harvest in this area for 2011. The area is from North of Minot, straight up to the Canadian border. I have never seen it like this before, and it is much worse then 1999. Before this last rain, if you thought you could seed a field, it was virtually impossible to get to them, because of the roads either washed out or too.
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    -- Minot, N.D.

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  • 5/31 - Southern Cavalier County, N.D.: Wet, Wet, wet! 1.5" of rain in the past week and the forecast for this week has rain scheduled for every day. Planting progress is about 30% around Nekoma, which is about the best in the county. Most guys say they will seed until the 10th or 15th if they can get in the field before then. We hope there will be no prevent plant this year.
  • 5/31 - Daniels County, Mont.: 6 inches & counting in 3 weeks. area is 2/3 seeded, the rest can NOT beat crop ins. deadline. However seeding will continue on HRS til mid June. Good portions mudded in. Regina, SK area is pretty much MIA this year (huge fertile plain towards Minot ND) northern Sask. well ahead of norm seeding (dry/no snow)

  • 5/31 - Ohio: So much water in Ohio, we are starting to raise FISH in our lake.
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    -- Ohio

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  • 5/30 - Williams County, Ohio: Corn that was planted may 9-13 about 60% stand .Beans that were planted ok may need to replant a few. We rec. 5 " of rain this past week. Thanks to crop insurance.
  • 5/30 - Ward County, N.D.: Our roads are in poor shape and here, this is what can happen using soft rough roads with your truck. Guys here are trying there best, but not much we can do. Had one day of planting this spring. Now it is raining again 1.20" in gauge this morning, still raining and under a flood watch, rain in the forecast through June 2nd. Took a drive around the central part of the state and almost none of this area is planted. What is planted looks very poor and guys made a mess out it in the mud, getting stuck all over. I have never seen the state like this. With this rain through the first part in June I don't think planting is going to happen here this year. To many acres out there and not enough time now.

  • 5/30 - Brown County, Mich.: Too wet to plant corn by June 5th here in Sanilac County. 30% of acreage may be "prevent plant". Switching to soybeans may not be the most profitable solution as crop insurance guarantees for corn out weigh soybean current yield & price potential! If prevent plant option is excersized by the farmer it is important to make sure that it is reported correctly at the Farm Service Agency during acreage reporting.


  • 5/30 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Most corn was in the ground by the first week of May in this area but didn't all come up until the 24th because of the cold weather. We started with beans on the 6th and they took 3 weeks to the day to all get out of the ground. Cold and wet since the 18th with 7.3 in. of rain and 60% for today’s Memorial Day celebration! Crops are 2 weeks behind in this area. Keep a positive attitude if possible!!

  • 5/30 - Jefferson County, N.Y.: Have not planted a seed in two weeks. Chopped 300 acres of hay this past week, between rain showers. Lots of tracks in the hay fields! Really need a dry spell.
  • 5/30 - Latah County, Idaho: You know it is wet when you find a seagull wading through the water in your draw and your field is located 400 miles from the coast. I think we will switch from spring wheat to summer wheat. What a spring!
  • 5/27 - Okaloosa County, Fla.: 1st rain (today) in six weeks; lucky to have deep-well irrigation?. Harvesting blueberries, sweet 'Silver Queen' corn, sugar-snap and snow peas, green beans, watermelon and cantaloupes.
  • 5/27 - Willamette Valley, Ore.: Spring has been cooler and wetter than normal, only a hand full of days over 70, we get 3 to 5 days of dry then it rains again. The winter wheat has varying degrees of rust, row crops are getting planted fairly well, still lots to plant though, forage and grass seed crops behind but look ok. Really hoping for some warmer weather soon.

  • 5/27 - Champaign, Ohio: Almost no crops planted in my area.  

  • 5/27 - Brown County, Mich.: Just get almost dried out enough to roll, then rain again!


  • 5/26 - Seneca, Ohio: Just got at least an inch of rain maybe two. This rain not only sets the the crops back but it's also time to make hay. Sure wish we could save this rain for August!

  • 5/26 - Colfax County, Neb.: What a spring so far.  Started planting corn on April 10 (soil temp was 51 degrees),  planted 200 acres then winter (snow and freezing temperatures) set back in for 2 1/2 weeks(soil temp fell to low 40's).  Didn't get back into the field until the first week of May.  Finished corn for the first time on May 18, in between rains.  Going to have to replant 120 acres of the first 200 planted, but it has been wet ever since the 18th.  Another 2 inches of rain yesterday and rain forecasted for Friday.  Do not have a bean in the ground yet.  What happened to global warming?  Sure hope it warms up and dries off soon.
  • 5/26 - Candler County, Ga.: Almost through planting our 1000 acres of dryland cotton in Southeast Georgia. All acres have been dusted in and now is being planted in clay land as hard as concrete. We strip till and are running our subsoil shanks about 20 inches deep. If you touch one of these shanks during planting, it will actually burn your hand due to excessive friction. Only 20 percent of plants have emerged and we don't understand how and seed could sprout in these conditions.
  • 5/26 - Brule, S.D.: Cool and wet. 3.67" rain in the last 2 weeks. Many acres left to plant.

  • 5/26 - Kent County, Ontario: Just got started again today, got 15 acres in and rained out. It is almost becoming funny cause that is the third time that I have just got dry enough to work and 2 hours in we get dumped on. 900 acres to go and at this rate I am gonna be sidedressing when I am harvesting wheat. Do not have any of my burndown done for soys yet either.

  • 5/26 - Fulton County, Ind.: Seriously, someone can turn off the sprinkler already.


  • 5/25 - Sanborn County, S.D.: In my area north of Mitchell, SD 50% or less of corn planted, very little beans. We have been wet and cool almost everyday. There will be lot of prevent plant acres.

  • 5/25 - Brown County, Wis.: Wet, wet, wet, cold, cold and cold.  
  • 5/25 - Liberty County, Texas: 0.69 since Feb 1st (114 days) -- This does not happen in SE Texas. Our pastures are burned up and all hay is gone. We are mowing down are corn and baling it. At least we are not dealing with tornadoes.

  • 5/25 - Pickaway, Ohio: Never in forty years has it been this wet. 15 inches here in last three weeks. No corn on this location. Prevented planting is the only option now.

  • 5/25 - Custer County, (central) Nebraska: Got done planting just before the last rain. I'd say corn is 90-95% in, and beans 75% or so. It seems that this year, the bigger the planter, the worse you got stuck. We have had more rain in this area than I can ever remember. Not so much the seer volume of rain, but the fact that it rains off and on for 3-4 days, then it dries out enough to do 1-2 days of fieldwork, then rains another 3-4 days. Most people got one day of fieldwork done in the last week, a few guys on higher ground got maybe 2 days worth. More planting done with lights than I can ever remember. So far we have been lucky and the rains haven't been so heavy that it washed much out, but the soil is so saturated that if we get a quarter inch of rain, the soil in the fields is glossy most of the next day.


  • 5/25 - Henry County, Tenn.: Waterlogged crops. 1/2 of corn 3 weeks behind the rest. early beans planted in too wet fields. no dry hay cut yet 30 days behind normal. I'm 56 years old and never seen as a wet spring in my life!
  • 5/25 - Putnam County, Ohio: 205 corn in 0 beans in.
  • 5/25 - Daniels County, Mont.: Had over 4" in last two weeks. with all snowmelt, it is now too much. springs developing on hillsides, ponds getting bigger and only 52f. today. small farmers (under 1200 ac) not started yet. Cold and rain all week ahead. Getting desperate in NE Montana.

  • 5/25 - Hancock County, Ohio: We got another half inch last night. There is no planting anywhere near us. Around Findlay some planted. We are totally saturated. Need at least four days of sun and wind to dry us enough to get on the ground and that would be wet.
  • 5/25 - Jackson County, Ind.: 25% corn planted. The East Fork White River flooded again, will switch to beans after 6/10.

  • 5/25 - Madison, Ohio: Almost nothing planted, I'd say maybe 2%. Standing water in most fields.

  • 5/25 - Monroe, N.Y.: Saturated.

  • 5/25 - Texas: Many areas received rain, but in most of the state the agricultural situation remained extremely dire, according to reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Most everywhere, soil moisture remained short, except in North Texas, where despite good rains, they were reported as merely adequate. In most areas, wheat grown for grain has been lost or yields severely reduced, according to reports from AgriLife Extension county agents. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
    5 25 11 Texas crop weather

    Wheat yields are expected to be drastically reduced or non-existent in most parts of Texas. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

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  • 5/25 - Franklin, Mo.: Way too wet. Rains every few days. Can't work ground. Can't cut hay. Can't even build fence. If you drill a post hole it fills with water. Storm came through last night and I had to fix fence. I pushed the steel post down to the plate by hand. Nice to hear some of you are getting something done.


      5/25 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson discusses improvements in the Concord and Dutch Opener. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 5/25 - Hancock and Wyandot counties, Ohio:5" - 11" rain previous two weeks. 4"+ last night in 28 min. Haven't turned a wheel yet. YIPEE!! 5800A to try and do, IF it ever gets fit. It’s rained 55 out of the last 59 days! Can you seed rice in Ohio?


  • 5/24 - Huntington County, Ind.: We have had 1 day of corn planting this spring.  We planted about 110 acres Friday the 13th (of course) then have received around 9 “ of rain since.  5” on May 14 and another 3” last night with some other showers in between.  No beans have been planted.  Our corn was peeking through before last night’s rain.  Hopefully it didn’t get too washed out last night.  We have no beans planted.  I will be getting with the insurance and seed guys to see about either switching to beans or going the prevented planting route.  I have never had preventing planting before but this may be the year for it.  At least we are better off than those poor folks in Joplin.  Every time I start to feel sorry for myself, I find another reason to count my blessings.
  • 5/24 - Williams County, Ohio: We planted May 11-13, then 3"-6" of rain, just starting to row the corn and beans that were planted. It will be at least May 30 till we can get on the fields on where we had 3" of rain. Last year we filed pp on 50% of our corn, and didn't finish planting beans till June 26.

  • 5/24 - Clinton County, southwest Ohio: 2 to 6 inches last night with more on way for rest of week.  Less than 15% corn planted and rest won’t make it in by June 5th cut-off.  Will be lucky to get beans in by July 1 if weather doesn't change.

  • 5/24 - Pickaway, Fayette and Madison counties, Ohio: 11,000 acres and 0 planted, received 1.3 inches last night and this morning. Not looking good for corn.
  • 5/24 - Lewistown, Mont.: Insane Rain!!! Six inches of rain in the last 11 days, almost half of our normal rainfall for the year. Winter wheat in central Montana is slow going. I can only remember a couple of 70 degree days for the whole spring. Some yellowing going on, I think we are going to have some nitrogen problems along with some late freezes. Not a lot of spring wheat in our area, but I am estimating that about 30% of it is not going to get seeded this year, unless it’s going to get done in June. But the weather shows continued wet and cold for us. Some lowland crops lost to flooding. Lots of reservoirs and roads to fix. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 5/24 - Columbiana, Ohio: Virtually nothing done in over a week. Just started to dry out a little the past 2 days and now is raining again with rain in the picture for the next 4 days. Best guess is less than 25% of corn planted and less than 10% of beans planted in the region.
  • 5/23 - Ward County, N.D.: Got one day of planting. Roads to soft to move trucks. Air seeder sunk in the gravel road, muddy and allot of water. Conditions were poor. Then four days of rain. 1.75" now and still raining. Time is running out. Forecast shows three days of below normal temps then back to rain for Fri-Sun.
  • 5/23 - Central Missouri: We're just a little wet!!!
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    -- Central Missouri

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  • 5/23 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: We were able to get started seeding this past week, as were many in the area. Only seeded 350 acres before rain set in Friday evening. Received about 1.25" for the weekend. The gravel roads are really getting torn up. Getting seed and fertilizer trucks around is becoming a big problem. We will be sitting for 2-3 days waiting for fields to dry up again.

  • 5/23 - Weld County, Colo.: Finished corn on May 7th. Got two storms in the last two weeks equaling 3" or better. 1st moisture of significance since last summer. Corn 75% emerged today. Starting to plant Sunflowers now. 50% chance of storms next few days may hinder that.
  • 5/23 - Huron Mich.: Have not turned a wheel all week and another 1/2 in. of rain last night. Still see no sugar beets or corn out of the ground very few soy's planted and the hay is coming on fast. Looks like rain all day temps in the low 60's.

  • 5/23 - Lancaster, Pa.: When will it quit raining? Seven days in a row has farmers wondering how the hay crop will get made and corn and beans finished. Still have corn to spray that is coming up and needs nitrogen applied. What a difference from last year.

  • 5/23 - Marion County, Ohio: We are in north central Ohio. Started planting May 11 got rained out on 13th. 45% of corn planted and 15% of beans planted. Most big farmers in 70%-30% range. Some smaller farmers have not turned a wheel. Nobody turned a wheel last week, Maybe can get back in on 23rd,but rain in forecast today and 50%chance every day this week.
  •  5/23 - Lenawee County, Mich.: Not a kernel in the ground yet…getting worried.
  • 5/23 - Marion County, Kan.: This past week, we received 1.7 inches of moisture.  Prior to this rain, we were losing bushels every day as prior to this rain, our tally of moisture received since planting last fall was only 1.6 inches, with .7 inch in snow and two light .4 & .5 inch showers.  Some white heads were showing up, especially in one variety not as well tolerant of drought.  Leaves and stems were drying up.  Some fields may not make normal production.  Others that looked like they could have done very well may make average yields for this area.  All in all, this last rain was a life saver. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
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    This is of the 2137 K-State variety and looks to do okay.

    -- Marion County, Kan.

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  • 5/23 - Billings, Mont.: Corn has been planted since the 7th of may and some is out of ground, but the majority of it is still under, and now its rained 3 inches, wet wet wet and cold ! we need some warm weather, only stuff that looks good is small grains and they really need warm weather too. Hope the sun is coming!

  • 5/23 - Brown County, Mich.: See a video of muddin' beets in.

  • 5/23 - Perkins County, northwest South Dakota: Had about 15 acres of wheat left to plant and rained out yesterday afternoon. Have received 1.5" of rain so far since yesterday afternoon. We are wet wet wet! Have mudded quite a bit of the crop in so far. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 5/23 - Uniontown, Summit County, Ohio: It has been a continued rain here for weeks although we are getting some sun today, Friday, it still seems as if it will take several good days of sun to just get into the fields.  I was able to get about 75 ac of corn in a few weeks back, and it seems to be holding its own right now.  I was also able to get about 85 ac of beans in about the same time.  I will have to wait and see how things turn out here over the next week or so. This video is of me strip-tilling corn a few weeks ago. Best of luck to all who have crops to get in.


  • 5/20 - Eaton County, Mich.: We have excess water and rain today. We haven't moved in a week due to it raining daily. Rain is to end tonight but rain in the forecast in 3 days. Not enough time to even think of doing any fieldwork.
  • 5/20 - Hettinger County, N.D.: We are in southwestern North Dakota, usually done with canola and small grains around may 5, but this year we are quite far behind, I would say 30% of wheat is in and now forecasting 2-4 inches rain for rest of week. North Dakota is gonna be in a real bind if the whole state gets this amount of precip, hopefully they will be off on the amount of rainfall. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 5/20 - Antelope County, Neb.: Corn is mainly all up. Beans all done and sprayed may 18th. Hoping for some sunny days. 

  • 5/19 - Perry, Pa.: No planting in central Pa since last Friday! First corn planting for the season was May 11, only 3 days not wet all spring! Have 275 acres corn in, no beans. Had 4 inches rain since and no dry days forecasted. Hay is old and going down. Latest and wettest spring ever!!

  • 5/19 - Ward County N.D.: Still no planting. Have one small field that might go today. Rain in the forecast this weekend. Ward County is under a flood warning from up to 2" rain in the forecast. If that happens that will push our start date to June 1st. Not looking good in central ND.
  • 5/19 - Huron Mich.: Have not turned a wheel all week and another 1/2 in. of rain last night. Still see no sugar beets or corn out of the ground very few soy's planted and the hay is coming on fast. Looks like rain all day temps in the low 60's.
  • 5/19 - Williams, Ohio: Had a good week started on Monday, May 16, with corn and beans. Most fields good shape some of the no-till corn fields were a little sticky. 1.5-2.5 inches rain sat through Monday not much drying. We’re very lucky here so far. Good luck to all that are waiting for better weather

  • 5/19 - Reno, Kan.: Some wheat is turning white with no grain in the heads. 2 weeks ago it looked like 40 bushel wheat. 2 weeks ago it looked like 40 to 50 bushel wheat. Today it looks like 10 to 20 bushel wheat. We haven’t planted any soybeans or milo yet and wont until we get rain. We have had one quarter of an inch of rain in the last two and a half months. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 5/19 - Coleharbor, N.D.: Paul Anderson is planting a new seed from Syngenta. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's



  • 5/19 - Hancock County, Ohio: O% planted. 5" - 11" of rain in the last week.


  • 5/18 - Posey County, Ind.: Planters are starting to roll full speed in the higher ground, some guys got corn out in early April with a window of 2 optimal planting days. The next time we had a chance to plant was May 9. In the lower part of the county waiting for the Wabash River to leave us and pick up the great stuff (drift) it left us with.

  • 5/18 - Henry, Ohio: One third of the corn planted and one tenth of soybeans planted. Feel very fortunate to only receive one inch of rain this past weekend. Although this cold weather hi temps in upper forties has me thinking I wish it was all in the bag yet. Go 15 miles in any direction from me and rain has been two on up to six inches.

  • 5/18 - Monroe, La.: Baby cotton in north-central Louisiana.
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    -- Monroe, La.

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  • 5/18 - Eastern Colorado: It is very frustrating hearing about all the precipitation problems in the Midwest - we have received less than 1 1/4 inches since the second week of August.  Of the 1500 acres of wheat planted last fall, over 1000 have been zeroed out without even sprouting!  In over 50 years of farming, I have never seen it this dry. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 5/18 - Brown County, Mich.: Been rained out since last Thursday. Here is a walk around of our planter.


  • 5/17 - DeKalb County, Mo.: Lots of corn and beans being planted. As usual I go until I break down. Hoping to start on corn the end of the week but looks like rain. I've never seen so much pasture ground being planted. Land that had been in pasture my lifetime-55 yrs- is being burned down and planted to beans. CRP the same way. If we have a decent crop, looks like there will be plenty of beans. Most of this ground has been selling for $2800-3000/a. Most of it will end up in LA with big rains. 32 degrees here this morning.

  • 5/17 - Southwest Kansas: It is looking real tough out here. We have only received 0.50" of rain since last September. There are others that have received less. Wheat crop is all over the board. Lots of acres never came up. Some fields a third of the wheat came up, others it came up real thin and some the stand is descent. The wheat that is up is real tough looking and a lot is starting to die because of lack of moisture. It is real short and is going to be tough to harvest. That is if it makes it to harvest. The irrigation wells are running hot and heavy trying to water up the corn that is in the ground. The corn is real slow about coming up. We will have three days in the 90's with wind. Then we will have 50's and 60's and nights down around freezing. There is no moisture for dryland milo to come up yet, but we still have a month before we run out of time for it. The cattle men out here have no grass for there cows and now there is no feed to be found. The dairies out here are buying up all the alfalfa standing in the field. I think a lot of cattle herds will be going to market if we don't hurry up and receive some moisture. Hope you guys flooding away, dry out and can get your crops in. I think our cracks in the ground could soak it all up for you. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 5/17 - Jefferson County, N.Y.: Had 4.5 days of good weather last week. Planted 900 out of 2200 acres of corn along with 110 acres of spring wheat and 60 acres of beans during that time frame. Then 3 inches of rain from Sat. thru Monday and rain in the forecast 8 out of the next 10 days. Hay needs to be chopped. A real mess now.

  • 5/17 - Huntington County, Ind.: Finally got in the field and planted about 110 acres of corn Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13 until we got rained out.  Conditions were marginal but we felt we needed to get started.  Over the weekend we received 5.1 inches of rain.  We now have huge ponds of standing water and have no idea if what we planted will survive.  Also it was 40° this morning and predicted for that cold again Tuesday.  Talked to my seed rep about switching to earlier corn or to beans if we don’t get corn in the ground by June 1.  We won’t do anything this week and rain is in the forecast 7 of the next 10 days.
  • 5/17 - Stoddard, Mo.: Been doing this since 1975. The entire bootheel region of southeast Missouri has the least amount of crop for May 15 I have ever seen. This area and going straight up the Ohio River Valley from here is where all the water causing the problems in the south came from. It’s by far the worst start on corn and cotton any one could have dreamed up. Looks we might get a couple days in this week before rain again Friday and Saturday.

  • 5/17 - Huntington County, Ind.: We finally started planting corn Thursday evening and by Friday afternoon had about 110 acres planted (25%) and got rained out with a little shower.  On Saturday it started raining and we ended up with 5.1" for the entire weekend.  4.75 of it came in about 4 hours Saturday night.  We have water standing in places that have never had standing water.  Water is still running down side ditches and through culverts.  With the weather forecast we are probably finished until at least Memorial Day.


  • 5/16 - Fayette County, Pa.: Had 3 good days of planting last week, first corn is popping out of the ground. Had 2 and half inches of rain since Thursday night. 50 degrees and raining today. Everything is back to mud. Rain back in the forecast 9 out of the next 10 days. Lots of acres yet to go, but who knows when.
  • 5/16 - Fayette, Ohio: Farm Journal Technology Editor Rhonda Brooks -- Good corn planting conditions finally greeted farmers in northwest Ohio earlier this week. Rodney Rupp, of Fayette, estimates that planting in the area is roughly four weeks behind schedule.  Even so, Rupp says there is still a good window of opportunity to plant corn and see strong yield results at harvest.

  • 5/16 - Wabash County, Ind.: We were about a day or two from starting. Received 5+" Friday and Saturday, have no idea when now with rained called for 4 of next 5 days. Some planted in area but conditions were not right.

  • 5/16 - Medina, Ohio: Nothing done nothing planted 9 inches rain in April so far 4.5 inches for May. 

  • 5/16 - Northeastern Oregon: Our spring is wet like the rest of the country here. It has been a tough spring to get ground worked, crops in and spraying done. Some ground has been fairly dry and we are still waiting for more to dry. Not real sure what to do next!!

  • 5/16 - Huron, Mich.: Looks like all the early sugar beets have been replanted some still being planted for the first time, corn 60% planted, a few soy's going in wheat looks good but looks like another week of rain will not make it back into field if the forecast is correct until the week of 5/28 also next two nights with lows in the 30's. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 5/16 - Haxtun, Colo.: Just finished planting irrigated corn Wednesday evening before an inch of rain overnight into Thursday morning. Couldn't have had better timing. The wheat can be summed up by two words - highly variable. Some fields look good and one right across the road will be spotty and thin. Overall most fields have decent yield potential with some more rain but in no way will it be a bin buster this year. USDA put Colorado at a 65 million bushel crop right now which is under our long term average but I think probably in the ballpark.  It has a higher chance of getting smaller rather than larger at this point in the game.  Hopefully everyone can get some rain to help their spring crops get off to a good start. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 5/16 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Saturday, May 14...finally a bright sunny day with some wind. Got about .4 inches last two days on top of ground that was just beginning to look close to going. We haven't done any field work yet. Some areas on light soils have been able to get started, at least a little bit. The fertilizer dealers are going to have big time trouble delivering product to us considering the horrible road conditions we are facing. Frost boils are showing up on roads that have never had soft spots before; and the regular bad spots are all but impassable. The transport wheels on our 50'-60' air seeders could easily break right thru the road surfaces-and there one would sit-stuck in the middle of a road. 

  • 5/16 - Grand Ledge, Mich.: In Eaton County Michigan we have received over 2 inches of rain last night and it is still raining. We are about 40% completed on corn planting and 1% on soybeans. We just get dried out for a couple of days and then it rains again.
  • 5/16 - Union County, N.C.: Corn is looking very good due to perfect moisture with high humidity and a temperature range from the mid 60's at night, to the low 80's during the day.  This corn was planted 24 days ago and has grown a great deal in that period of time, poultry litter, moisture, and warm soil temperatures really push growth.
    YOUNG CORN GROWING (5 13 11)

    -- Union County, N.C.

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  • 5/16 - Clark, Ohio: 80% of corn finally planted. One of the lucky ones. 20% will have to wait and see, I see a claim coming. Our spray at end of March paid off so we could move quickly now. Dumb Luck. A few other guys starting to move. More rain ahead. 
  • 5/16 - Martinsville, Ohio: My wheat is fully headed out now without an extra shot of N or fungicide.  I got a decent kill on the weeds but not total control.  The barley headed out a week ago. It looks tough.  I lost half the wheat due to water.  It looked so good in March and then 13-19 inches of rain since April 1 took its toll on it. I sold too much so I hope one of my dear friends can help me fill my contracts.  I should only need a thousand bushel or so and the price I sold it for should be no problem in today's market but who knows what it will be at harvest time.

    There is some decent looking soft red winter wheat around here on the rolling fields but everyone is concentrating on corn and soybeans. It's another interesting year to say the least.  I need to scout and pull flag leaves for tissue tests to finish this crop off. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 5/16 - Bottineau, N.D.: This is a view of our fields in northern North Dakota. It doesn't look like we will be getting much seed in the ground. This photo was taken in the middle of April, since then we have gotten 6 inches of snow and on the 10th of May we got 2 more inches of rain. 
    5 16 11 ND

    -- Bottineau, N.D.

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  • 5/16 - Northwest Ohio: Farm Journal Technology Editor Rhonda Brooks -- While most northwest Ohio farmers focused on planting corn this week, the Planson family rushed to get their annual, 90-acre tomato crop in the ground.  Jay Planson shares some highlights on planting tomatoes, a crop his family has produced with pride for more than 30 years.

  • 5/16 - Central Missouri: Farm Journal Livestock and Production Editor Sara Brown -- Several dry, 90-degree days were welcomed by farmers in central and northeast Missouri. Dust was flying as farmers charged ahead with corn and even some soybean planting.
    In central Missouri, farmers are putting full priority on corn planting. Tillage is key this spring for many farmers, including JP Curtis Farms in Laddonia, Mo.
    On the next gravel road down 54, Kenny and Bart Roth and their hired hand work ground and plant this mile-long field.
    In New London, MO, farmer Tim Flowerree completes the last rounds of his 2,000 corn acres for the year. “The last four days have been much better than the last four weeks,” he says. He and his farming partner have already started planting beans.

  • 5/13 - Roosevelt County, Mont.: We traveled to northern Saskatchewan, Canada on a specialty parts run. For 120 miles water, water, fields under water.  Hundreds of thousands of acres that will not be planted from southern Saskatchewan to Manitoba. The Canadian government forecast of 5 million prevented planted acres is too low. We received 3-4+ inches of rain in Eastern Montana will try planting Sunday, Monday. Suppose to freeze tonight and tomorrow. Spring wheat seeding 5-10% done. We are late. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 5/13 - Barnes, N.D.: Very little if any crops planted. Looks more like the great lakes than the Great Plains. I have seeded 125 acres of corn out of 2600 intended. Can’t get to many fields roads under h2o or too soft to hold a truck. Time is running out.

  • 5/13 - Hand County, S.D.: 5,500 acres of corn in and another 2,000 to go in wheat stubble that is gonna be a struggle. Calling for up to 2 inches of rain for us. Very little corn is in this area, I would estimate 30% and with this rain everyone is gonna be pushing the May 25th insurance deadline. County only got in roughly 10% of the spring wheat crop. Winter wheat looks poor for the most part on the ground that was planted into prevent plant, and good on ground that was seeded into spring wheat stubble. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 5/12 - Daniels, Mont.: Hello from Canada (lol) things really dried out until Monday (5-9-11) big farmers (10k+) are at 25-35% seeded (mostly peas/lentils). Durum is almost half done (not much going in). HRS, not much in-but most only need 2 weeks. The big farmers will restart Friday afternoon or Saturday. Most else by Monday. Canadian neighbors are talking preventative planting... we are lucky.(Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 5/12 - Clinton, Ohio: May 11 and NOTHING has been planted in our county and surrounding counties, maybe across the state. Farmers are in uncharted territory with decisions to make concerning planting options when it (hopefully) does dry up.

  • 5/12 - Juneau County, Wis.: Not much done, it won’t stop raining.
  • 5/12 - Lewistown, Mont.: Finally feels like spring. Winter wheat looks like it made it through the winter fine.  Very little winter kill, some worm damage, but all and all it looks fine aside from being late.  The late spring has definitely set it back, but still grateful to have as much winter wheat in as I do.  We did manage to sneak a little spring wheat in, before the last rain.  But there is very little spring crop that has gotten put in around central Montana, and a lot of farmers are starting to get very worried.  Most of area receive a couple of inches of rain the other day, on top of already saturated soils, so even in the best of circumstances it will be a week or so, before any planting gets done here, which is getting very late for spring wheat.. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 5/12 - Ward County, N.D.: No planting here yet it was just starting to get close to starting then rain for six days. 2 1/4" of rain. 45 degrees cool and wet. Forecast next week looks good. Maybe a May 20th start if we are lucky. We are about 5 weeks behind normal.

  • 5/12 - Ontario, Canada: Some corn and canola going in, not a lot of dry land. We’re having chilly nights. The weather better straighten out!


  • 5/11 - Wilbur, Wash.: If wheat has nine lives, then the wheat in the Highway 2 area of Washington has used seven of them.  The snow laid on it in the Wilbur area from Nov. 20 to March 15.  It was snow molded, winter killed, and just beat up.  It has frozen hard every night through April with above average rain.  Moisture isn't a problem for the PNW.  Growing degree days are what we are short of!  Fungicide sprays are being applied for rust and foot rot along with broadleaf herbicides for all the weeds that just keep coming with all the rain.  It's been nice with no frost at night now for a week, and the winter wheat has taken off.  Just in time too!  The spring wheat crop went in a little late by the calendar. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 5/11 - Wallace County, Kan.: As days go by w/o rain the crop suffers more and more. 95 degrees on Sunday and 93 on Monday. It’s just not good. No-till planted in mid September and we’ve probably had 40% of normal rain/snow since then. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
    5 11 11 Wallace County Kansas

    -- Wallace County, Kan.

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  • 5/11 - Texas: Crop and forage production has “pretty much shut down” due to severe to exceptional drought conditions, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service statewide crop expert. “If you look at the U.S. drought monitor, about 26 percent of the state of Texas is an exceptional drought,” said Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension program leader and associate department head of the soil and crop sciences department, College Station.
  • 5/10 - Divide and Williams counties, N.D.: Have heard of two farmers that have planted a few Dry Edible Peas. Most Farmers are still waiting for snow banks to melt and now we have received close to two inches of rain the last couple of days with an inch or more expected today. Gonna be a washout season! The picture was taken May 3.
    5 10 11 ND

    -- Divide and Williams counties, N.D.

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  • 5/10 - Putnam, Ohio: Still two days away from getting in the fields.

  • 5/10 - Cuming, Neb.: Most are done with corn and onto beans. We’ve had a nice stretch of weather.

  • 5/10 - Ransom County, N.D.: May has not been kind rain, 6 days of rain in the first 10 days of the month. Wheat is planted but only 70% of what I had hoped for. No corn planted yet but everything is all set to go once the fields dry out. Soybean ground is closer to being ready so I may start with that project, it is mid May. The furnace is still running and we need it to be. Frustrating! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 5/10 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Most corn is in. Should finish most beans in our area within the week.

  • 5/10 - Ontario, Canada: Nothing is planted. Soil conditions are just starting to be fit.

  • 5/10 - Franklin County, Ind.: No corn or beans planted may be 10 more days before we start.

  • 5/10 - Chippewa, Wis.: We have our corn 20% planted- after one inch of rain today fields are saturated and flooded again. Hay is 2-4 inches only.


  • 5/11 - Coleharbor, N.D.: The rain has cleared out and good weather has given Paul Anderson the chance to clean wheat again. Visit to follow videos and posts from these and other Voices Across the Plains growers as the season progresses. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's



  • 5/10 - Ingham, Mich.: Wheat looks good, corn and beans are getting planted here. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
  • 5/10 - Canadian Count, Okla.: Some areas are very poor and then some look fair. It all depends on the amount of rain that was received in Feb. Corn is planted in the irrigated fields and is looking good. Non-irrigated land is struggling but is coming slowly. ZumMallen Ranches - Okarche, Okla.

  • 5/10 - Hendricks Ind.: No corn planted as of 5/9.Too wet, 10 inches of rain since 4/26.
  • 5/10 - Yuma County, Colo.: Corn mostly planted. Very dry, most are irrigating, due to drying on top. Will need moisture soon to make the wheat crop.


  • 5/9 - Chester, S.D.: Keith Alverson of Chester, S.D., was planting corn on ground he farms north of Humboldt, S.D. (photos taken Friday, May 6).
    5 9 11 SD
    5 9 11 SD2
    5 9 11 SD 3

    -- Chester, S.D.

    Photos courtesy of Randy Hascall, South Dakota Corn Growers Association

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  • 5/9 - Billings, Mont.: Corn planting mostly done in our area, really warmed up last week, now its raining , first planted corn already rooted down , now we need the warm weather back, snow pack hasn’t came out of mountains yet the Yellowstone is really gonna run this year.

  • 5/9 - Boone Couunty, Mo.: Farm Journal Media Assistant Editor of Advocacy & Social Media Anna-Lisa Giannini -- Spraying on a Sunday afternoon.
    5 9 11 MO

    -- Boone County, Mo.

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  • 5/9 - Grant County, Ark.: Last week's flooding covered our river bottom pastures and wiped out a few fences. Rotational grazing will put on hold until waters recede and we get some moisture to wash mud/dirt off grasses. Warm season grasses like Bermuda are starting to come on strong, but as of right now we are just keeping the cattle on hillsides and taking in the view of our new lake.

  • 5/9 - Teton, Idaho: All I read and the markets go down! Rained out again today farming around 4ft snowdrifts on north slopes, 2 weeks behind. Pray for sun and little wind.
  • 5/9 - Henry County, Mo.: We could not start until about 10:00 because of the heavy fog this morning. The ground was very tacky. I would guess everyone is about 60 or 70% done. We decided to plant more corn then beans. I think there is more profit in corn. We are rising our seeding and fertilizer rates, hope it works.

  • 5/6 - Henry County, Mo.: It is 2:50 p.m. just walked in the house because we got rained out. Finally got fertilizer on yesterday and started field cultivating had to go around a couple wet spots. Started planting last night. This is the first corn we have planted. The guys that planted 3 weeks ago the corn is not up except hill ground.

  • 5/6 - Central Missouri: Farm Journal Livestock and Production Editor Sara Brown -- Several farmers in Boone, Callaway and Audrain counties were finally able to make some corn planting progress on Thursday morning. But, showers started shortly after lunch which pushed many farmers out of the field.

  • 5/6 - Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada: Corn planting started on the lighter soils today. It has been very wet and cold this spring. Hopefully I will start planting next week.


  • 5/5 - Northeast Missouri: Looked at corn we already planted a couple of weeks ago. About 60% stand and the rest is leafing out under the ground. It will be total replant. Wish we would had nothing now. Just has been to cold.

  • 5/5 - York County, Pa. and Carroll County, Md.: First time in 31 years that i have been planting corn and never planted a seed in the month of April. Still very wet here. A few guys have mudded some corn in last week up on some hills. Starting to get concerned around here if we don’t plant some soon then we might run out of old crop corn since we did not have a big crop around here last year. Not a lot of farmer owned corn sitting in bins and elevators are not overly blessed for this time of year. Rain in the forecast 1 day of the next seven maybe i will be able to plant soon.

  • 5/5 - Jefferson County, N.Y.: Another 1.5 inches of rain in the last 36 hours. Ponds everywhere. Unsettled weather forecast for the next several days. Even the ducks won't land for fear of drowning!!

  • 5/5 - Lancaster County, Pa.: Soil temp at 4:00 pm yesterday (5/3) afternoon was 48 degrees at 2”.
  • 5/5 - Southern Cavalier County, northeast North Dakota: Last year at this time we were about 40-50 % done. This year we are at 0 %. Accuweather 15 day forecast isn't looking good-lots of rain. We had a nice slow melt and the fields were starting to shape up, but with this cool and wet weather, we may not get in the field until the last week in May -- if we're lucky...


  • 5/4 - Liberty County, Texas: 0.56 in of rain since Feb. 1 (93 days). Corn is 3 feet tall and tasseling, it will be a zero. Milo is fading fast!

  • 5/4 - Clay County, Ark.: About 19 inches of rain in the last 10 days, not much will happen around here for a long time. Many other counties around here got the same or more.... a HUGE mess!

  • 5/4 - Sanilac County, Mich.: Not much planted in April. Two neighbors got some sugar beets planted in April. No reports of any corn in the ground yet. Wet, Wet, Wet! Every time we get close to workable conditions it rains! Estimated 1/2 of wheat has not had N yet. Some flying N on yesterday. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
    5 4 11 Mich

    -- Sanilac County, Mich.

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  • 5/4 - Texas: Strong storm cells swept through parts of East and North Central Texas on April 27, bringing tornadoes along with some much needed rain, reported Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the same storm complex that gave rise to the tornadoes brought as much as 5 inches of rain to parts of extreme northeast Texas. Central portions of East Texas in the Tyler and Longview area received 3 to 4 inches. More common was the 1 inch to 1.5 inches that was received in parts of Central and North Texas and the Rolling Plains region. Parts of the Panhandle received a trace of rain to 0.5 inch, while the drought worsened in South and West Texas. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
    5 4 11 cattle on wheat

    With forages in short supply, many farmers were turning cattle in on failed wheat, hoping to recover some of their investment from grazing. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo)

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  • 5/3 - Robeson County, N.C.: Wheat looks to be a fine one. Corn is all up and planting beans today. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


  • 5/3 - Jefferson County, N.Y.: Clouds all weekend, but no rain. Planted 7.7 acres of corn on Sunday. Only corn planted in our area. Now we have a flood watch up for the next 2 days. Rivers are all at flood stage. This is getting bad.
  • 5/3 - Bartholomew County, Ind. (south central): 9.6 inches of rain in last fifteen days, creek bottoms and river bottoms full of water with lots of damage
  • 5/3 - Wallace County, Kan.: We had 1” of moisture during April. That was most welcome, but since planting no-till in September it has had less than 1/2 of normal (around 2”). The moisture we’ve had has happened at the most fortuitous times. The subsoil moisture that was present not long ago is disappearing, so with almost two months till harvest, more will be needed to get there. AccuWeather’s 15 day forecast has only about 0.50 to 0.60”. It was 84 degrees yesterday (4/29) and the normal is only 66. The field is in the far SW corner of the county, about 1 mile from the Colorado border. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
    5 3 11 Kansas Crop Comment

    -- Wallace County, Kan.

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  • 5/3 - Mississippi: By Bonnie Coblentz, MSU Ag Communications: April’s heavy rains have been devastating Mississippi’s agriculture, as they delay planting, postpone management and flood fields. Heavy rains that accompanied the late-April storms added to already soggy soils and are pushing some planting dates dangerously late.
    5 3 11 Miss

    Ongoing rains are flooding fields, delaying planting and postponing needed management such as weed control. This south Monroe County corn field was flooded by late April storms. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Scott Corey)

    5 3 11 Miss tornado

    Timber took a beating from several tornadoes that went across the state April 27. This timber along Highway 403 in Mathiston was in an area among the hardest hit that day. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

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  • 5/2 - Billings, Mont.: Barley planting done in our area, some up some still in ground, few guys planting beets but still cold and windy. We’re thinking about planting corn later this week but want ground to warm up a little more.
  • 5/2 - Langlade County, Wis.: 37 degrees and winds at 20 mph at 10 a.m. No field work has been done here, only know of one person that has been able to put nitrogen on wheat. Supposed to be no rain till Friday, but we need heat to help dry things up.
  • 5/2 - Ward County, N.D.: This picture was taken this morning on 5-01-2011. Storm dropped 1/2" of rain then 6" of snow here last night. 50 mph winds banked the snow up deep in areas. 22 Degrees here this morning. Tree groves still really deep with snow. We have now seen large sink holes in fields and hillsides falling off from water seeping out from underground. We have never seen this before around here. Rain in the forecast for Wed-Thurs, and rain again Fri-Sun. No planting at all. Roads that are under water now, county says they will probably stay under water until fall. This limits the movement of equipment. A late start just got worse. I took a trip across the state and the state of North Dakota is not looking good at all right now. If it dries up we are looking at a 5-22-11 start now.
    5 2 11 ND Crop Comment

    This picture was taken this morning on 5-01-2011. Storm dropped 1/2" of rain then 6" of snow here last night.

    -- Ward County, N.D.

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  • 5/2 - Lincoln County, S.D.: Started planting today after dinner.  Planted 110 acres of corn on well drained soils with tile before rain settled the dust, needed 2 more hours to finish the field.  Very little corn planted in SE SD.  Expecting ½ to ¾ tonight.  Next week looks good!
  • 5/2 - Wayne County, Ohio: Farm Journal Technology Editor Rhonda Brooks -- We have had record rainfall this month in northeast Ohio near Wooster in Wayne County.  Fields are saturated, and more rain is forecast for this weekend. Farmers are still fairly optimistic but are getting antsy to get in the field and little to no work has actually been accomplished. Right now, henbit is about the only thing growing in them. Temperatures are a bit on the cool side, too.
    5 2 11 Ohio Crop Comment 2
    5 2 11 Ohio Crop Comment

    -- Wayne County, Ohio

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  • 5/2 - Franklin, La.: 5 in rain in last 10 days. Corn is looking very good, waist to chest high. Early dry weather allowed earlier planting. Wheat starting to dry, not liking winds from storms. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's


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