July 2, 2018
Despite challenging conditions for crops last week, growers reporting Feedback From The Field report corn and soybeans mostly stood up to the challenge of too much heat and too much or too little rainfall. Though conditions for both crops eased slightly, overall deterioration wasn’t much.
Corn continues to be rated between Fair and Good, while soybeans are barely Fair, which translates into average in the system used by USDA crop raters. By contrast, Crop Progress reports put both corn and beans at some of the strongest mid-season ratings on record.
“Was dry early but now border line too wet and way too hot for the corn this close to pollination,” wrote a grower near the Indiana-Ohio boarder. Nonetheless, the farm’s corn was rated excellent and the soybeans good.
A central Wisconsin farmer rated fields the same way, at least for corn and soybeans. “Most corn and beans in our area look very good,” was the post “Just enough rain. Worst winter wheat we have ever had. Very cold last winter with no snow cover.”
Both other producers are worried about disease problems from wet conditions.
“A wet May and a very wet June has us set up for disease issues,” worried a farmer from southeast Minnesota. “Shallow roots, lot of yellowing in corn and beans. Winds up to 70 mph came through Saturday night flattening several hundred acres.”
A grower in north central Iowa also felt the pressure from too much moisture after 39 inches of snow in April and another 12 inches of rain in the past two weeks. “Less than ideal soil conditions -- lots of acres under water,” was the report. “Shallow roots, disease -- not pretty.”
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. 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 - 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.
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