July 9, 2018
The latest Crop Progress report could show deteriorating conditions for corn and soybeans. At least that’s the opinion of growers reporting Feedback From The Field last week.
And unlike most years, when hot, dry weather for pollination is a concern in July, this year’s varied growing season raised a slew of worries.
This producer in Michigan was only 80% planted on soybeans and tried to do more on Independence Day but couldn’t finish. “Almost got stuck twice and was not even to the wet side of the farm,” was the result.
Soggy soybean fields are a problem in many areas after torrential rains. But all the moisture was impacting corn too, according to a producer south of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where the corn was mixed.
“Good color and yellow and in same field,” was the report. “Total fields flooded out due to rivers flooding.”
A Missouri grower west of Kansas City was in a different boat – or didn’t need one at all, with rainfall five inches below normal levels. “A lot of potential still there but need significant moisture soon!” was the post.
While growers noted a sharp decline in corn ratings, with soybeans also slipping, weather also impacted the winter wheat harvest.
“Have harvested 3 days out of the 10 days of wheat harvest due to constant rains,” said a grower in northwest Kansas.
While growers there dealt with hail, high winds blew across other fields. “A lot of wind and a little too much rain,” reported a Minnesota farmer who worried about green snap. “Not looking as good as a few weeks ago.”
What’s happening out your way? Click this Feedback From The Fieldlink 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 - 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.
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