While producers continue to note high variability in their fields this year, yields posted last week on Feedback From The Field improved noticeably. Ratings also were up sharply, though they still lag behind those in USDA’s Crop Progress reports.
Typical of this year’s diversity were reports out of Indiana. The best corn yields put up so far, 262 bushels per acre, were noted southeast of Indianapolis. But to the northeast of the capital another farmer rated corn only fair at 165 bpa, with soybeans poor at 48 bpa. Wet conditions set the crops back.
“Had our yearly average rainfall total in May through July!” said the grower. “Soybeans are very short and lack pods. Yields for soybeans from 27 bu. to 55 bu. per acre so far in the area with the mid to upper 40's common.”
Minnesota also saw a wide range of yield estimates last week. “Very wet, just had 5.7 inches of rain’” said a producer southwest of Minneapolis Friday after heavy storms. Corn on the farm was estimated at 90 bpa, with beans only 28 bpa – numbers that weren’t unusual in wet areas in the southern part of the state. But further north and west near St. Cloud corn came in at 235 bpa.
Rains also hurt crops in neighboring Wisconsin. “Cut 200 acres of beans with 30 bushel average. Too much rain.” posted a producer in the western part of the state.
One grower in Iowa looked for 235 bushel corn and 62 bushel soybeans. But crops were not ready for harvest yet.
“Corn is green but moisture is around 20%,” read the post. “Beans are green and uneven but testing 11%.”
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
Feedback from the Field - Aug. 7, 2017 - Growers note small improvement overall in corn and soybeans last week
Feedback from the Field - Aug. 14, 2017 - Crops improve but growers say yields are below USDA forecast
Feedback from the Field - Aug. 21, 2017 - Rain still crucial as growing season winds down
Feedback from the Field - Aug. 28, 2017 - Mild weather improves crops though problem pockets persist
Feedback from the Field - Sept. 5, 2017 - Growers report lower corn and soybean yields than USDA forecasts
Feedback from the Field - Sept. 11, 2017 - Yields look decent but lagging development raises red flag
Feedback from the Field - Sept. 18, 2017 - Growers beg to differ with USDA on size of crops
Feedback from the Field - Sept. 25, 2017 - Crops improve but still far below USDA estimates
Feedback from the Field - Oct. 2, 2017 - Farmers rate crops better, but yields lower