Crop condition
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Started by metmike - Sept. 16, 2019, 4:08 p.m.

As I suspected earlier, that bean condition did drop. -1% from the gd/ex but +2% in the p/vp from too much rain north, and hot/dry south.

The double crop beans are getting hurt bad by the hot/dry right now(and later planted ones in the southern and eastern cornbelt.

Cotton ratings dropped another 2% also.......from the worsening drought in the south.

By metmike - Sept. 16, 2019, 5:43 p.m.
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Conditions came in at 55% on #corn & 54% on #soybeans (both 55% wk ago). Conditions are generally seen as less important late in the season. The 2020/21 winter #wheat crop is 8% planted, spring wheat harvest is slow.Image

By metmike - Sept. 16, 2019, 6:03 p.m.
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metmike: Below are the crop ratings for beans this Summer, thru August compared to the previous 6 years.......which were the 6 highest yielding years in history. Not much week to week changes, despite a pretty large area turning very dry. The increase in CO2, which makes plants more water efficient/drought tolerant is helping and of course its a big atmospheric fertilizer.

If we had kept all things the same/equal and  gone back to the "old climate" and CO2 levels of 100 years ago from 1913-1919 instead of 2013-2019, there is no question that ratings, production and yields would have been MUCH lower. Likely more than 25% lower for soybeans because they use the C3 pathway for photosynthesis and C3 plants benefit the most from this.

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By metmike - Sept. 16, 2019, 6:39 p.m.
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Here are the corn ratings from this past Summer. Also pretty steady, despite the very dry conditions in the central and eastern belt during much of that time(fortunately, no sustained extreme heat or the ratings would have dropped)


By metmike - Sept. 17, 2019, 11:42 a.m.
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Craig Solberg@CraigSolberg

Soybeans dropping leaves nationally on September 15 (since 1990).  1996 

 2019          15%**** 

1993          15%

 1996          17% 

1990          20% 

1992          23% 

2009          24% 

2008          24%

 1995          24% 

2011          25% 

2013          26%