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Feedback From The Field - July 22, 2019Feedback From The Field - July 22, 2019

Blazing heat wilts crops

Bryce Knorr

July 22, 2019

4 Min Read

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.

“After an extremely wet spring, we are now very dry,” said a farmer from Northwest Ohio who rated crops in “fair” or average conditions. “Because of being dry, the heat is really taking its toll on the crops, especially any that were planted too wet.”

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.”

Follow along with the season by clicking these links:

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.

About the Author(s)

Bryce Knorr

Contributing market analyst, Farm Futures

Bryce Knorr first joined Farm Futures Magazine in 1987. In addition to analyzing and writing about the commodity markets, he is a former futures introducing broker and Commodity Trading Advisor. A journalist with more than 45 years of experience, he received the Master Writers Award from the American Agricultural Editors Association.

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