The trials and tribulations of #plant17 continue to frustrate farmers as prevent plant deadlines for corn begin to pass. While that doesn’t prohibit growers from planting – or replanting – corn, it does reduce insurance coverage, making the crop even more of a gamble in an already tough year.
Farmers raise No. 2 yellow corn, but hate to see young plants starting life with that color. Cold, wet conditions have many reporting Feedback this week worried.
Many of the problems focused on the eastern Corn Belt, where USDA reported slower than average planting and emergence this week. Growers say they’re starting to hear the clock wind down on their hopes for the crop.
“Serious corn prevented planting concerns,” wrote a producer from north central Indiana on Thursday following another two-inch rainfall. ”Clock is ticking on last date in June to plant corn. Much of corn acres planted are in the process of being torn up to replant - only to be sitting under water now.”
Another grower near Kalamazoo, Michigan, was also suffering from wet, cold conditions. “Corn sat in the ground for 3 weeks before emergence and then 7 more days for all to poke through. No yield contest winner here,” the producer commented. Still, he was ready to live with his situation rather than try to replant.
Cool and at times wet weather was also limiting growth in parts of the western Corn Belt where the crop went in more timely.
“The corn is discolored but still is growing,” was one assessment from southwestern Minnesota.“ I would say about 10-15% of the soybeans are left to be planted yet in our area.”
But not all of the talk was about wet conditions. Some areas are beginning to need a drink, with not much in the forecast.
“Very dry in northern South Dakota,” wrote a producer near Aberdeen.
USDA makes its first assessment of the 2017 corn crop on Tuesday. Growers so far rate their fields only average, well below the usual first ready of the crop.
Click this Feedback From The Field link to enter your data. For starters, we want to know how planting and emergence are going. You can also rate crops in your area as they emerge. We’ll update reports with the interactive map below that lets you see what other growers are saying around the country.
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