May 31, 2016
Weather continues to pose problems for growers as summer gets underway. But farmers reporting conditions last week noted at least some improvement in corn. Overall, they graded their fields a little above average, after saying corn looked below average the previous week, according to comments made to Feedback From The Field.
USDA hands out its first assessment of corn this week with release of its Crop Progress report at 3 p.m. CDT. Farm Futures projection based on the vegetative health index for last week put the crop at 65% good to excellent, a little below average historically.
Farmers were racing to plant corn, in some cases after the deadline for full crop insurance coverage passed.
Some farmers were racing to plant corn, others waiting for conditions to dry before planting soybeans. (Photo: Koele/Thinkstock)
“Some corn is not planted,” an eastern Kansas grower reported late last week. “It has been severely wet.”
In Missouri warmer weather helped some fields, with one producer on Friday saying corn was in excellent shape. Soybeans were another matter, however: “Few beans planted. Will be at least a week before we can start.”
USDA won’t release its first assessment of soybeans until next week, if at least 50% of fields in in major states have emerged. Farmers rating their crop said beans were looking better, though still just average.
“Our planting conditions for corn were great for all practices and most of soybeans ,” said a farmer in Illinois west of Springfield.
Winter wheat was reported in mostly above average condition, though spring wheat ratings eased. Some hard red winter wheat fields in the southeast Plains are being flooded, while spring wheat fields face a dry start to June. The latest vegetative health index for spring wheat fell a little, while winter wheat improved.
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