Crops remain in mostly good shape, according to USDA’s latest weekly progress report. But farmers posting comments about conditions in their own areas remain wary, with either too much or too little rain falling.
Our state-by-state analysis of corn and soybean yields based on USDA crop ratings eased last week, and growers own ratings continue to mirror the direction of that decline. Farmers giving Feedback From The Field this week downgraded corn conditions, though they’re still a little above average. Soybeans slipped even more, and were barely average this week.
Ohio remains one trouble spot after a tough start to the growing season. After lacking moisture for much of the spring, some growers in the Buckeye state now were facing too much all at once.
“4.5 to 5 inches of rain last Wednesday in central Ohio,” reported a producer northwest of Columbus. Nearby another producer rated corn “poor” and soybeans “very poor.”
Further west in Illinois, farmers continue to see trouble spots. A grower east of St. Louis reported no rain for five weeks, which was good for ripening wheat but hurting soybeans. Further north along the Mississippi River a producer also noted no rain so far in June.
“Corn is really beginning to hurt on the lighter dirt,” wrote the producer, “rolling hard and beginning to fire, especially on leaf tips and base of stalk. Better dirt is holding its own. Beans are shutting down waiting for moisture. “
Dry conditions are also being noted on parts of the northern Plains, where a grower noted “spring wheat is not filling like it should, Probably going to put some up for feed, corn and beans are hanging on, but barely,”
Even to the south in Kansas, where winter wheat is good, big yields may be hurting quality. While a growers near Russel, Kansas said crops were in good shape, low tests weights were seen in his hard red winter wheat.
Click the large green dots on the interactive map to see reports from this week, with smaller dots showing previous comments.
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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