- 12/4/2017 Beaufort County, NC: Picking Cotton in Beaufort county North Carolina. Yields are really good this year best we have seen in 3 years 1000 lb to the acre plus!
- 12/3/2017 Pottawattamie County, IA: Very little corn left in the field. Some anhydrous still being applied and field work wrapping up. Corn went from 165 to 250+ /acre and beans from 55 to 70/ acre. Most yields were closer to the top than bottom.
- 12/2/2017 Washington County, WI: Winding Down but still corn in the fields yet maybe 225 acres left to do. At 25-25 acres a day it will still take 2 weeks yet! Every day is a surprise. Been warmer than usual for this time of year but this is suppose to change Monday. Hope no snow yet it would really make the rest of the season go easier if it didn't. Soybean averaged around 40, 10 bu less than last year. Corn is around 145 average so far with a high of 197 and a low of 122 alot around 135 in the long run about no better than average but we had tremendous amounts of rain at planting and we really don't get a second chance if we don't get is right the first time. you have areas where you have 225 BPA and 12 rows over you have got nothing. If you have tiled ground I have a customer I harvest for with tile and it was 210-235 whole farm average.
- 12/1/2017 Hughes County, SD: Done with flowers last nite and like all our other dryland it was nothing spectacular. Avg beans 29bpa, corn 39.9bpa and flowers 1500-1900lb. Had really one three inch rain all summer on our place and not at a prime time. Glad we have more irrigated acres than dryland. And with the exception of a few smaller contracts everything will stay in the bin. Basis here is just dumb. .95 on corn and 1.12 on beans, really?
- 11/28/2017 Morgan County, OH: Two more loads and will be done for the year has been wet to say the least had to use the 4 wheel drive to get the loads out of the field.
- 11/28/2017 Jackson County, IA: Harvest in East Central Iowa it's probably 90% complete. Storage room is slowing Harvest down. Corn moisture is between 18 and 21% . Thus far the corn has been standing excellent and recent warmer and dryer weather has made Harvest a lot easier. Yields range from 180 to 240 bushel.
- 11/28/2017 Sangamon County, IL: Extremely dry, tiles are not running, creeks are dry and many hauling water for livestock and homes. Not much precip in the forecast for the next 90 days. Mother nature may take care of surplus.
- 11/28/2017 Meeker County, MN: Corn is 190 bu., & the beans is 44. Witch is ten bushels less then last year. At $2.80 a bushel, we are losing money. Even if we raised less, they still will not pay. They want us to feed the world for free.
- 11/28/2017 Ottawa County, OH: Corn was 140 bpa soybeans 36 bpa just to dry here. Now since oct. first till nov .28th 3.6 and 4.8 inches in each month hard to get crops out of field but now most are wrapping up harvest. With this nice stretch of weather.Good luck next season!
- 11/27/2017 Franklin County, OH: Beans went upper 50’s corn so far running 175. Extremely wet in Central Ohio. Niagara NY, you boys might want to see if John Deere makes a heavy duty treadmill instead. Doubt any seat can hold up to that much beef.
- 11/27/2017 Dickey County, ND: I think I found a new way to market my corn. Fleet Farm in Fargo is selling a 50 lb. bag of whole corn for $6.99 per bag. Cracked corn is the same price in the 50 lb. unit size. I can deliver it in much larger quantities at a lower price but could also bag it if needed.
- 11/24/2017 Dallas County, IA: Central Iowa. Dry , Dry and DRY! Very little fall rain to replenish an extremely dry summer. No tiles running what so ever. Even the creeks are drying up! Great subsoil moisture saved us this past growing season, wonder what next year will look like ? I'll bet the farm, it will make all, all of our surpluses disappear! Want to take that bet?
- 11/23/2017 Lucas County, IA: Just finished the last 80 acres of corn last nite. Averaged 102 bu/a at 15%. Picked at 18.5 to 19% moisture. Monitor on many rolling areas was running in the 175's but on what should be better ground below long standing terraces, nothing- zero - nada! The only explanation I can think of is that while everything was highly stressed, the lower ground, for some reason just had a little less soil moisture that was needed to survive or just had more heat and could not cool down at night. But having said all that - in July I thought we would be lucky to get 75-80 bu/a, so 102 is certainly "better than expected!" Drought designation for most of this past year, no fall rains, creeks dry and ponds down. Doesn't look promising for next year.
- 11/22/2017 Dickey County, ND: Soils are very dry, there is no subsoil moisture remaining. The drought is still in place across most of North and South Dakota and a large part of Montana. 2018 will be very interesting indeed. Droughts in our neck of the woods tend to be long lasting events lasting a few years at times (30's & 80's). Have a great Thanksgiving!
- 11/21/2017 Niagara County, NY: Ontario Canada: When is John Deere going to make a seat that can support a man who weighs over 500 lbs? We don’t have a single operator who rings in at under 5 bills and every tractor we own has a broken seat sensor, arm rest and fabric ripped out of the back. Does anyone know if case or new holland make a heavier duty seat for heavier duty operators? Thinking of switching because we are spending more on seats that oil and filter changes.
- 11/21/2017 Henry County, OH: Yields better than anticipated. 41-60 soybeans 160-260 corn.
5.88 inches of rain since November 1 causing major problems.
Still some single crop soybeans and corn in the field.
- 11/20/2017 St Joseph County, IN: We got a lot of rain in northern Indiana. Lots of ponding in St. Joseph county (and neighboring counties too). Most fields have been harvested, but there are some still-standing so the rain will delay harvest a bit.The local weather man said a little more than an inch fell on Saturday, but it sure seemed like a lot more.
- 11/20/2017 Coles County, IL: still a couple of farmers still have crops in the fields, even with all the rain we have had the last few weeks the field tiles are still dry and so is my farm ponds. I am all done, the grain bins are locked up till prices improve greatly.
- 11/17/2017 Lucas County, IA: Just finished the last 80. Yielded 82 bu/a with a moisture of 17.9. Some neighbors in the 70's with an occasion prime ground field that was fortunate to be under that lone rain cloud, yielded as high as 120.
- 11/16/2017 Minnehaha County, SD: Crops were "better than we expected" here but that didn't take much since we had very trying year, late planting then hail and replant then very dry July then good moisture in Aug and Sept so we were thinking 140 so it is better than expected but at these prices it still is not better than expected! What a joke our big payments were! Local elevators have smaller piles than last year and harvest is nearly complete, oh they do have piles but incidentally the bins and silos are not full! Makes you think there's something suspicious going on! Now the hardest part of farming starts, proving to educated pros that we are ok to keep going another year! Good luck!
- 11/15/2017 Martin County, MN: Crops were good in our area. Negativity is way overblown. Silent majority had good crops with more up and down than usual. Beans did okay, around mid 50s. Corn was excellent for most part, ~220+. Just too much production in the world to support "good" prices. Not that complicated
- 11/15/2017 Sauk County, WI: finished corn yesterday Been a struggle all year to do anything all it has done is rain. Soybeans were decent at 51.5 bushels corn was good but not as good as last year 160 bushels
- 11/15/2017 Wright County, MN: Wright and Meeker County, Minnesota: Soybeans are pretty much completed in our area. Yields ranged from 45 to 60 bushels per acre. Liberty Link and RR2Y varieties generally yielded greater than the Xtend varieties we planted. We did experience Dicamba drift problems from neighbors. Likewise, our Dicamba spray drifted some as well. The combine monitor dropped 10-15 bushels per acre in those infected areas. We had 50% of our corn acres Conventional and the other 50% was RR with BT/RW traits. I'm happy to report that the Conventional acres yielded 25-35 bushels more per acre than the traited. We had a 95 day Conventional hybrid yielding 265-280 bushels per acre where we had pattern tiled. Due to the wet spring and then heavy rainfall from time to time, where there was no tile the yield was 180 bushels. Our 2017 results tell us: plant Conventional corn and spend more money on tile!
- 11/14/2017 Cimarron County, OK: There is so much conflicting information out right now. Some say the Spring was so wet that it mitigated the lack of rain, yet you look at the subsoil maps and it shows drought through July. There were ideal growing conditions with last years seed and we had a great crop, but seed companies made so much progress in seed quality and strength in one year that it can out produce in a bad year as opposed to an ideal year. The NASS numbers were down around 20 points from last year but the USDA puts in record numbers. DTN Corn Index was down significantly as well, but the guys sitting in their cubicle in the USDA office seem to have a better idea about yield than the farmers or other boots on the ground. Sounds off, or "fake?"
- 11/14/2017 Mcleod County, MN: Slow going to the end. Still have neighbors beans to do because of late plantings and harvest rains. Yields all over the board. Ground is froze one day, mud the next. tillage is almost a stand still and a mess. Seems the only consistency these days is the USDA and CBOT looking at the Brazilian weather forecast to determine the markets for the week. What a joke, plain and simple. Good luck to those trying to finish up.
- 11/14/2017 Madison County, OH: Received another 3.4 inches of rain after the 3+ inches the week before. Absolutely miserable harvest in Central Ohio. We were able to run 2 days this weekend in terrible field conditions. We have given up trying not to tear up our no till ground. Just hoping to get the crop out now. We are shut down again after another .4 Sunday evening. Probably 5-10% of beans and 40% of corn to go in our area.
- 11/14/2017 Polk County, IA: Expected to be down 20% from 5 year average on both beans and corn due to the extremely wet mudded in spring and then no rain from then on. But things turned oiut better than expected, but still down about 10% from last 5 year average. With the terrible prices, the year may break even. Putting on no fall inputs and planning on idling the poorest 5% parts of any field. It is these spots that are not holding up their end of the deal for me and adding to the USDA crop acres, which are lowering the prices we receive!
- 11/14/2017 Greenwood County, KS: Still waiting for weather to clear up so we can get DC soybeans harvested. Very slow drying down. This is very late for us.
- 11/13/2017 Jackson County, IA: Finally finished the soybean Harvest for 2017. Wednesday was the first day that we've seen full sun shine from start to finish since October 22nd. There are just a few beans left, would expect most to finish before the rain moves in this weekend. Both corn and bean yields are good. Corn moisture is between 17 and 25%.
- 11/13/2017 Dickey County, ND: Tillage came to a halt. Ground is froze up solid. Still corn yet to harvest but not on my farm. USDA is well off on wheat and corn but closer on soybean yields. wheat acres that were put up for hay are still not accounted for in the reports. Fertilizer prices went up a lot in the last 2 weeks, WHY?