Growers made swift progress planting corn and soybeans last week, just as we noted Friday in our latest updates from producers. But farmers sounding off so far this week are wary about both weather forecasts, and perhaps, USDA’s Crop Progress results.
“Planting progress numbers are complete joke,” complained a producer from northern Illinois. “Nothing done in three weeks … The slowest start, I've seen in 40 years!”
Other farmers in the eastern Corn Belt where planting was slower than average were also sounding worried.
“Still too wet,” wrote a producer from northern Ohio with only 5% of corn planted. “Been cold for several weeks.”
Further south near Columbus, even a grower with everything seeded wasn’t optimistic.
“A third of the corn is up in our fields after 3 weeks in the ground,” the operator wrote. “Rest is under half inch crust. Yields will be hurt. I don't know how any progress was made last week in Ohio and Indiana with the rain we had.”
After perfect conditions the last couple of days, a producer in Minnesota was eyeing forecasts for 4 inches of rain over the next week.
“Wet,” was the short bug succinct comment from another Minnesotan.
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