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Feedback From The Field - Sept. 23, 2019

Farmers report boom or bust yields after challenging year

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.

Farmers reported wide variation in conditions as crops progressed during the summer. Now, as fall begins, growers are finding those same disparities in yields as combines slowly begin to roll.

“Our farm are about 20 miles apart and yields are going to vary greatly,” wrote a Kentucky producer on Feedback From The Field last week, noting very dry conditions that dropped corn moisture in some areas to 14%. “Corn has gone from 120-210 in field. First planted beans will be in the 45-55 range.”

Another grower in northwest Iowa saw even wider ranges. “Silage chopping yield checks range from 115-295 bushels/acre depending on planting date, green snap, and nitrogen loss due to wet spots,” was the report.

Just as varied as yields was the weather farmers experienced this season, starting with a wet, cold spring followed by either too wet or too dry, too cold or too hot. The challenges continued last week as remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda slowly churned through the Plains and into the Midwest, bringing flooding to some areas of the Corn Belt.

“No moisture now,” was the opposite report from central Indiana, which received an inch or less over the past 30 days.

“Too much rain,” said a farmer in eastern North Dakota, which was pounded again, slowing spring wheat harvest and raising quality concerns about the crop.

Yet some producers remain optimistic about yields – if killing frost holds off long enough to let crops mature.

“Yield potential is there,” added another North Dakota grower. “Need 4-5 weeks to reach full maturity.”

 “Rains have been helpful with good heat,” commented a farmer from northwest Ohio hoping for 190-bushel corn and 45-bushel soybeans.  “Looks good from the road and in the field.”

Overall farmers filing reports last week lower yield and conditions for both corn and soybeans, with beans notably stressed.

Follow along with the season by clicking these links:

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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