Better conditions this week allowed some growers to get back into the fields after a week or more delay. But farmers reporting Feedback From The Field didn’t like what they saw following too much rain, and in some cases snow.
“Our fields are very muddy, and access to them is almost impossible,” said a producer in southwestern Nebraska on Friday.
“Seven inches of snow on beans and corn, unknown loss, plus 3 inches of rain prior to snow,” added another Cornhusker. “Fields are a soggy mess.”
Overall ratings reported over the past week dropped sharply, slipping below average for the first time since early in the spring. Yield estimates also tumbled, taking the average for October down to just 175 bushels per acre for corn with soybeans falling to 50 bpa.
And for most growers filing comments over the past week, those estimates are guesses as they try to figure out how much fields deteriorated.
“We combined 28 acres of corn and yield is down 12 bushels from when we were in field last,” wrote another Nebraska farmer. “This is bad, really bad.”
A north central Iowa producer said Friday was the first day “nothing got stuck in a week.” Soybean yields were down 10 bpa due to diseases.
High moisture content was noted by another Iowa producer, with corn running over 20%. “Mother Nature, we need some heat, not crop flatting storms,” was the plea.
Even growers making progress in the field reported yields that were good, not great. A farmer in eastern Illinois finished 1,200 acres, finding 180-bushel corn and 50-bushel soybeans.
What’s happening out your way? Click this Feedback From The Field link to rate crops in your area and provide comments about your fields and yield estimates. We’ll update reports frequently with the interactive map below that lets you see what other growers are saying around the country. Click the box in the upper left-hand corner to bring up the weekly index; scroll down to see the most current week.
Follow along with the season here:
Feedback From The Field - Oct. 15, 2018 - Farmers downgrade ratings, yields after heavy rains.
Feedback From The Field - Oct. 11, 2018 - Heavy rains increase worries about damage to crops.
Feedback From The Field - Oct. 8, 2018 - Ratings ease a little but yields hold up strong despite variations.
Feedback From The Field - Oct. 1, 2018 - Producers see improved conditions as more enter fields.
Feedback From the Field - Sept. 24, 2018 - Growers not as optimistic as USDA
Feedback From The Field - Sept. 17, 2018 - Growers not as optimistic as USDA, but still see better yields.
Feedback From The Field - Sept. 4, 2018 - Conditions improve last week as soybeans impress.
Feedback From The Field - Aug. 27, 2018 - Crops improved last week but some fields still suffer.
Feedback From The Field - Aug. 20, 2018 - Boom or bust yields look possible ahead of harvest.
Feedback From The Field - Aug. 9, 2018 - Farmers see good corn and soybean crops so far.
Feedback From The Field - Aug. 6, 2018 - Corn fades, beans come on.
Feedback From The Field - July 25, 2018 - Crops grow, so do worries.
Feedback From The Field - July 16, 2018 - Growers sound more optimistic about crops.
Feedback From The Field - July 12, 2018 - Yield potential ranges from boom to bust.
Feedback From The Field - July 9, 2018 - Growers voice concerns about conditions.
Feedback From The Field - July 2, 2018 - Crops hang on despite hot week.
Feedback From the Field - June 25, 2018 - Heavy rains help some fields, hurt others growers say.
Feedback From the Field - June 18, 2018 - Corn ratings slip after a hot week with hit-or-miss rains.
Feedback From the Field - June 11, 2018 - Corn improves but weekend rains could be crucial.
Feedback From the Field - June 4, 2018 - Crop conditions hold steady, but not as strong as USDA’s ratings.
Feedback From the Field - May 21, 2018 - Will corn planting progress meet the market’s models?
Feedback From the Field - May 14, 2018 - Planting progress hit or miss in the second week of May.
Feedback From the Field - May 7, 2018 - Growers make rapid planting progress outside the far north.
Feedback From the Field - May 2, 2018 - Some growers welcome this week’s rains.
Feedback From The Field - April 30, 2018 - More growers get into the field over the weekend.
Feedback From The Field - April 23, 2018 - April ending with cold, wet conditions stalling planting.
Feedback From The Field - April 19, 2018 - Rain, snow, fires and mud – this spring has it all.
Feedback From The Field - April 18, 2018 - Welcome to springtime in the Midwest.
Feedback From The Field - April 16, 2018 - Interactive tool helps growers share conditions.