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Feedback From The Field - Nov. 18, 2019

Corn yields hold up despite snow

How were your crops this year? We're still collecting farmers' yield estimates on Feedback From The Feed. Click this link to tell us what’s happening in your area.

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. We’ll have a final report in January.

Just like the postman, neither rain nor sleet nor snow is stopping farmers still trying to harvest 2019 crops. And despite the challenging conditions, growers posting Feedback From The Field last week noted yields that are holding up to earlier estimates.

Corn yields reported so far in November averaged 167.4 bushels per acre, just slightly higher than the 167 bpa estimated by USDA Nov. 8. Soybeans remained higher than the government’s number of 46.9 at 48.3 bpa.

Yields continue to show a wide range after a long growing season. Corn yields reported last week varied from 100 to 220 bushels bpa, with soybeans going from 25 to 70 bpa.

The top of those estimates came in eastern Nebraska, one of the best areas of the country this year. But not all the Cornhuskers enjoyed that type of success, as another grower posted a 120-bushel number for corn.

Warmer temperatures this week should start to melt snow from multiple storms in October and November. But last week’s weather was a set back in Illinois, according to a producer in the northwest part of the state.

“Still considerable corn and some soybeans left to harvest,” was the update. “Six-inch snowfall and bitter cold have brought things to a halt. Reports of dryers froze up are common.”

Snow fall in some areas was even heavier. A farmer in Michigan’s thumb reported 8 to 10 inches delaying harvest.

“Bad weather all year, bad crops,” posted a southeastern Iowa producer with only 130-bushel corn and 30-bushel soybeans.

Yet even in areas with challenges, there have been bright spots. A producer in northeast Ohio noted the same wet corn seen on many farms. Nonetheless, yields were 200 for corn and 52 for soybeans.

“Corn turned out way better than expected,” was the report. “Beans were average but better than expected.”

Follow along with the season by clicking these links:

Feedback From the Field - Nov. 11, 2019 - Yield estimates edge higher in November

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.

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