A respite of cooler and wetter weather gave fields a little relief last week, according to farmers posting Feedback From The Field. Yet while producers rated crops a little better, average corn and soybean conditions still remain below normal.
Prospects are highly mixed after a stressful growing season in many areas.
“Very spotty,” was the judgement from southeastern Nebraska, where a grower rated corn better than soybeans. “About APH on corn but beans will be much lower if rain doesn't come soon.”
In the south central part of the state another farmer rated both corn and soybeans in excellent condition: “Have had very good rains, and both the irrigated and dryland crops look very good.”
Still, some parts of Nebraska were completely dry last week. Others got the wrong type of moisture.
“Finally caught rain,” said a producer in southwest Nebraska. ”Unfortunately it was frozen and the corn and soybeans no longer have leaves. Almost a complete loss across my whole farm.”
And, while most complaints were about dry fields, flooding was a concern for others, especially in the eastern Corn Belt.
“Severe water damage in corn and beans,” was the report from central Indiana. "Finding some aborted ears. Estimated yield 150 to 165 bpa. Last year 212 bpa. Beans will be off 10% to 15% because of water damage.”
Click this Feedback From The Field link to rate crops in your area and provide yield estimates in your fields. We’ll update reports 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 season progress by clicking on the links below.
Feedback from the field - April 24, 2017 - Growers report slow start in northwest Corn Belt.
Feedback from the Field - April 28, 2017 - ‘Baby it’s cold outside’ isn’t the song farmers want to hear.
Feedback from the Field - May 8, 2017 - Emergence sputters as planting slows
Feedback from the Field - May 12, 2017 - Farms make progress but weather still an issue
Feedback from the Field - May 17, 2017 - Growers wary of this week’s new storms
Feedback from the Field - May 19, 2017 - Farmers face cold, wet end to May
Feedback from the Field - May 23, 2017 - Planting proceeds, questions remain
Feedback from the Field - May 26, 2017 - Some growers wonder if it will ever stop raining
Feedback from the Field - June 5, 2017 - Emerging drought threatens spring wheat crop
Feedback from the Field - June 7, 2017 - Progress, problems noted in early growing season
Feedback from the Field - June 12, 2017 - Conditions turned hot and dry last week
Feedback from the Field - June 19, 2017 - Rains improve conditions, but challenges remain
Feedback from the Field - June 26, 2017 - Crops improve but remain below average in year of extremes
Feedback from the Field - July 3, 2017 - Farmers report dire conditions on the northern Plains
Feedback from the Field - July 10, 2017 - Growers still say conditions are below USDA’s crop ratings
Feedback From The Field - July 17, 2017 - Too much or too little: No Goldilocks moment for U.S. crops
Feedback from the Field - July 31, 2017 - Growers say crops still suffering despite rain and cooler temperatures