How are your crops faring this year? What are your 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 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.
USDA made a few adjustments to its estimate of corn and soybean yields in Friday’s monthly report. The agency’s latest take looks fairly close to the mark according to yields posted by farmers on Feedback From The Field.
The average corn yield over the past month is right at 167 bushels per acre, the same as USDA. Soybeans are at 48.3 bpa, 1.4 bushels higher than USDA, which made no change for November.
More recently, corn yields are trending higher in November, with the average for the month up to 168.5. Yields on soybeans, which are mostly harvested, are steady.
The early arrival of winter continues to pose challenges for those with crops still in the field.
“Very cold and hard to dry, corn moisture is four points above normal,” said a producer in north central Iowa who nonetheless said quality was good.
Those in Indiana also faced moisture problems. “Corn wet, 26% plus,” was the report. “We just received over 5 inches of rain the past 8 days with highs in the low 40's the next 10 days. Going to be a late fall.”
Two other Indiana producers provided updates that confirmed just how variable this growing season has been. A grower from central Indiana averaged 42.44 bushels per acre on soybeans, but the range was wide.
“Sandy areas had 5 bushels and good ground 45 to 60 bushels per acre,” was the post.
But at least a Hoosier farmer from the western edge of the state was surprised.
“Yields are below average but better than expected,” was the post.
Farmers across the Corn Belt are looking forward to the drier conditions forecast for the next two weeks.
“40% of corn yet to harvest could bring down averages,” wrote a grower from central Iowa, while another in northwest Nebraska coped with freezing rain last week.
“We are only 20 percent done with corn and sunflower harvest and we are ahead of everyone in our area,” was the Husker update.
But others are happily headed down the home stretch of a long year.
“One of the best crops ever,” was an upbeat assessment. “Corn is dry 14-15 percent. Very fortunate in this area of Western Iowa.”
Follow along with the season by clicking these links:
Feedback From the Field - Nov. 4, 2019 - Corn ratings hold, soybeans slip
Feedback From the Field - Oct. 28, 2019 - Yields up as farmers make progress
Feedback From The Field - Oct. 21, 2019 - Yields and crop ratings slip
Feedback From The Field - Oct. 14, 2019 - Variable yields in Illinois make estimates difficult
Feedback from the Field - Oct. 7, 2019 - Too dry, too wet, and just about right
Feedback From The Field - Sept. 30, 2019 - Rain returns as a worry for growers
Feedback From The Field - Sept. 23, 2019 - Farmers report boom or bust yields after challenging year
Feedback from the Field - Sept. 16, 2019 - Adverse weather pushes down yield estimates
Feedback from the Field - Sept. 9, 2019 - Crops improve despite slow development and stress
Feedback from the Field - Sept. 3, 2019 - Crops improve despite slow development and stress
Feedback from the Field - Aug. 19, 2019 - Crops improve but yields lag
Feedback from the Field - Aug. 12, 2019 - Yields are here, there and everywhere
Feedback From The Field - Aug. 5, 2019 - Farmers worry that yields aren’t there
Feedback from the Field - July 29, 2019 - Crops improve after heat breaks
Feedback from the Field - July 22, 2019 - Blazing heat wilts crops
Feedback from the Field - July 15, 2019 - Hot, dry week stresses soybeans
Feedback from the Field - July 8, 2019 - Crops improve but development lags on late planting
Feedback From The Field - July 1, 2019 - Crops improve but development lags on late planting
Feedback From The Field - June 24, 2019 - Planting woes aren’t only worry for growers
Feedback From The Field - June 17, 2019 - Acres lost to corn prevent plant mount
Feedback from the Field - June 10, 2019 - Judgement time: Take prevent plant or keep going?
Feedback from the Field - June 3, 2019 - Corn planting deadlines pass as farmers ponder what to do
Feedback from the Field - May 28, 2019 - Growers make progress, but at what cost?
Feedback from the Field - May 20, 2019 - Warm, dry week gets growers in the field as crucial benchmarks arrive
Feedback from the Field - May 13, 2019 - Wet is the word for 2019.
Feedback From the Field - May 6, 2019 - Some farmers in western areas make progress but overall planting remains slow.
Feedback From the Field - April 29, 2019 - Farmers in eastern Corn Belt and upper Midwest face delays.
Feedback From the Field - April 22, 2019 - A few wheels turned but most of the Corn Belt is too wet.