It’s no secret, drought and bad growing conditions are a concern for many.
A report this week from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers confirmed what they are seeing.
ASFMRA President Dennis Reyman, an Accredited Farm Manager and Accredited Rural Appraiser from Western Iowa, said reports from various U.S. crop growing regions show vast contrast from the Mid-South Delta area where flooding and saturation prevail, to Iowa, Minnesota and the Dakotas, where heat and lack of moisture will take its toll without precipitation very soon.
“Weather concerns and production uncertainties are commonplace for early summer. This year is bringing us more concerns than usual across large swaths of the country,” said Reyman, a senior partner at Stalcup Ag in Storm Lake, Iowa.
So far, producers say crops in Iowa and Missouri are less than average for meeting the average harvest.
“Here in Iowa, which is corn and soybean country, growth stage and plant health are hanging in as of today, but light soils are showing stress and the crops are in danger of deteriorating quickly without significant rain,” he added.
From Indiana west and north through the Dakotas, ASFMRA farm managers described corn and soybean conditions as being “at the edge of a cliff,” in need of timely rains to allow for an average to good crop with potential for trendline yields.
North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota report a 25% chance of meeting average harvests in both corn and soybeans.
In Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado, fields so a 50/50 chance of surviving the weather.
“Our members manage farmland across all eight major crop regions,” Reyman added. “This report tells the stories beyond the statistics, providing timely insight into crop development not available from other sources.”
The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, based in Denver, Colo., will release its next U.S. Crop Conditions Report on July 28.
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