While two-week forecasts continue to call for above normal precipitation over much of the Corn Belt, some growers say their crops are already badly in need of a drink right now.
“No rain here in Southeast Illinois,” reported a producer south of U.S. 50 not far from the Indiana border. “Corn turning greyish green in dry spots”
Overall, those reporting Feedback last week rated corn fields a little better than average. Soybeans were doing a little better, with the average between “Fair” and “Good.”
“Haven't had rain in 3-4 weeks,” said another Illinois grower west of Springfield. “Tile has stopped running weeks ago. Pastures and yards are turning brown.”
Other parts of the Midwest have seen a roller coaster of weather, including floods in the spring and unusually hot weather in June before temperatures eased this week.
“Storms of June 22 did considerable damage to many corn fields,” reported an operator near Seneca, Illinois, in the northern part of the state, which was hit by a powerful EF-2 tornado. Winds were measured above 115 MPH according to the National Weather Service. “Also, as much as 4-5 inches of rain in many places. Most fields should recover, but yield will be affected and harvest will be a challenge. “
Despite the many challenges, some fields still look good. “Dry pockets abound,” reported a farmer in western Iowa. “As corn grows it's covering up the poor areas that were too wet this spring. We could use another rain soon. Our crop here isn't as good as last year right now but it sure looks good. We have over 10 straight days of 90+ degrees which is unusual for June. “
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Feedback from the Field - June 17, 2016 - Wheat looks great, but corn and soybeans start to wilt in the heat
Feedback from the Field - June 13, 2016 - Crops off to good start, but need rain
Feedback from the Field - June 8, 2016 - Growers say heat will help some crops, hurt others.
Feedback from the Field - June 6, 2016 - Crops improve, but growers see too much or too little rain
Feedback from the Field - May 31, 2016 - Corn slowly improves ahead of first USDA ratings
Feedback from the Field - May 25, 2016 - Goldilocks spring hard to find in Corn Belt
Feedback from the Field - May 23, 2016 - Corn Belt dries out a little as mid-May deadline arrives
Feedback from the Field - May 18, 2016 - Growers worry about frost damage from weekend's chill
Feedback from the Field - May 14, 2016 - Growers hope to get back into the field
Feedback from the Field - May 13, 2016 - Planting delays grab market's attention
Feedback from the Field - May 11, 2016 - It's deju vu all over again as wet weather continues
Feedback from the Field - May 9, 2016 - Weather challenges farmers in eastern Midwest
Feedback from the Field - May 3, 2016 - Growers say wet weather stalls planting
Feedback from the Field - May 2, 2016 - Some crops off to slow start as wet and cold hamper planting