Growers hoping for an end to the cold, wet spring got more than they bargained for last week. Conditions turned hot and dry, with 60% of the Corn Belt getting less than a quarter inch of rain and temperatures took off into the 90s. Some fields are suffering, from one end of the Midwest to the other.
“Poor soybean emergence but probably enough of a stand to make a crop,” noted a grower from northwest Indiana. “Problem is dry and hot has set in. Cold and wet spring has turned into hot and dry summer. Never a good scenario.”
“Getting dry,” agreed a producer from south central Iowa.”. Corn rolling and small beans not growing much.”
Farmers responding to Feedback last week said corn planting is pretty much done, with soybean seeding advancing to 92%. But growers also have field to replant, which is limited their assessment of crops. Ratings for corn and soybeans both edged a little higher, but remain only slightly above average early in the growing season. Just a quarter of respondents rated corn in good to excellent condition, less than half the condition found last week nationwide by USDA.
“Sure, there is some good,” wrote a Nebraska producer on Thursday. “But the poor far outweighs it. Heat, frost, snow and more heat this weekend!”
Click this Feedback From The Field link to rate crops in your area. 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