Click the large green dots on the interactive map to see yield estimates. Smaller dots represent condition reports from throughout the spring and summer. Note that the map may need to be refreshed to display all the locations.
While USDA and most models project above average corn and soybean crops, growers reporting initial yield expectations last week showed huge range of individual results.
Corn yields varied from just 75 bpa in east-central Ohio to 200 bpa in Iowa and Minnesota, with an average of 156, compared to USDA’s Aug. 12 estimate of 175.1. Several growers estimated soybean yields at 30 bpa, with the highest at 65 in Minnesota. The average was 45.6, while USDA projected 48.9 bpa last month.
"SDS has really impacted beans in our area,” said a grower in northeast Iowa, who put soybean yields at 52 bpa and corn at 200.
“Corn looks good, but a far cry from a record,” was the verdict of a producer in southern Nebraska with 181-bushel yields.
Though many fields look good a variety of problems were reported as a result of varied weather during the growing season. Late planting and then dry weather took a toll in Ohio, while too much rain, or not enough, caused trouble elsewhere. And many producers chimed in a tip-back in corn reducing yield potential.
A Minnesota farmer summed it up:
“Beans look great here in Faribault County where they didn't drown out this spring, and where SDS is not taking its toll,” he said. “Corn this year is the unknown. Fields look good from the road, but when you walk into the fields, you see a different story. Those who chose to save money and not use fungicide this year got hit hard by northern leaf and Asian rust. Our corn is also showing anywhere from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch tip back on the ears. I feel we have a good crop going, but not as good as everyone is calling for.”
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Feedback from the Field - Aug. 29, 2016 - Growers say crops are good, not great
Feedback from the Field - Aug. 19, 2016 - Growers say crops are good, bad and ugly
Feedback from the Field - Aug. 8, 2016 - Farmers say corn crop looks average, not great
Feedback from the Field - Aug. 3, 2016 - Farmers say don't judge the crop from the road
Feedback from the Field - Aug. 1, 2016 - Growers sound more optimistic about crops
Feedback from the Field - July 25, 2016 - Corn, soybean crops improve despite blast of heat
Feedback from the Field - July 20, 2016 - Heat backs West, but growers in East are worried
Feedback from the Field - July 18, 2016 - Growers report boom or bust conditions ahead of heat wave
Feedback from the Field - July 11, 2016 - Rains help improve corn and soybean conditions as heat wave approaches
Feedback from the Field - June 30, 2016 - Crop conditions ease as corn enters crucial test
Feedback from the Field - June 27, 2016 - Many areas still short of rain
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