How are your crops faring this year? What are your early hopes for yields? We’re asking growers about what’s really happening in their fields. Click the Feedback From The Field reporting form and give us your first-hand account on conditions and yields.
Use the interactive map below that’s updated frequently to see all this year’s reports just by clicking the flagged locations. Click the box in the upper left-land corner of the map to bring up an index of what the different colors of the markers signify and to toggle the week’s reports on and off.
The 2019 growing season has seen just about every type of weather imaginable. And last week conditions were almost as varied depending on where you farm, according to growers reporting Feedback From The Field.
While 100-degree heat blasted some parts of the growing region for corn and soybeans, other areas escaped thanks to rains that proved again too heavy some places. And believe or not, some producers wouldn’t mind a little more warmth.
Soybeans appeared to suffer the worst, with overall ratings from farmers dropping for the second week in row, staying below average and moving closer to the poor assessment. Percentages rated good to excellent fell while the bottom categories of poor/very poor increased.
Corn also wilted in the heat, with the rating dropping below average for the first time in a month. Unlike soybeans, however, the percentage rated good/excellent increased a little while poor/very poor also was higher.
For most producers, the big story of the week was the heat.
A producer from northwest Indiana agreed. “Corn that was mudded in, which was almost all of it, is showing little tolerance for hot and dry,” was the post. “Does anyone really think that soybeans planted in April that took 30 days to come up, then spent the next 30 days getting pounded by cold and heavy rain, to survive that just to get blasted by hot and dry, are going to yield anywhere near trend line? “
For others, the issue was still rain, something they’ve dealt with the entire growing season. A producer just north of the Missouri bootheel near the Mississippi River said fields there were still flooded. ”Crops in poor shape,” was the rating.
Producers on the northern edge of the growing region caught more rain too as the heat dome held off a cold front. “It feels like it’s been raining for 40 days and 40 nights,” wrote a farmer from central Minnesota.
Further out on the northern Plains farmers wouldn’t mind some of the warmer temperatures. “Little heat,” wrote a farmer from eastern Montana. “Lots of cooler weather and rain.”
Source: Bryce Knorr, Farm Futures
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