We have tons of farmers that come to our site on a regular basis, mostly as lurkers to read but sometimes to chime in with enlightened views about the markets and their crop condition/situation.
How about you let us know how your planting, early crop development, marketing plans and market thoughts are here in this thread......from the ones that actually grow the crops for the rest of us.
Thanks in advance
Here in SEIN we were a little later than normal to start planting because of cold soil temps. a dry spring did allow planting to progress at a fast rate. The first time in a long, long time that I was done before Memorial day. yesterday the crops were all up and looking great. But yesterdays and todays 3.6 inches (and still raining) will cause some large drown out spots.
I'm 50% of my insurable yield sold. Will wait till at least July 1 before selling more.
Some crop in puts are hard to find and prices are rising fast. My opinion is all the free money is causing the $ to fall and causing big time inflation. You could list other factors but same outcome. Just in time delivery, when the international community is involved, is going to die a death of a thousand cuts. JMHO
Thanks much cutworm!
Here's the latest weather for your crop.
Prospects at this extremely early vantage point are looking slightly better in the east and south vs the west and north just based on the weather outlook for the rest of June.
Here is SW IN, my rain gauge measured 1.4 inches of rain the past 48 hours which was almost double the NWS. Amounts have been extremely variable. Some places north and south of here got over 3 inches.
The rains that have fallen have been spread out. There was measurable rain in 20 of the last 48 hours here.
What that has meant is very little run off and all of it soaking in. As a result, when I went outside yesterday and today to work outside, the ground was pretty saturated and squishy.
So I went to check the rain guage thinking there must be 2+ inches in it each day because that's about what we need typically to get a squishy, saturated surface.
Wow! Less than half of that each day. All the rain stayed in the soil with minimal run off.
Rains like these in the Summer are extremely rare around here.
Crops were planted early here and off to one of the best starts ever.
By mcfarm - June 3, 2021, 4:10 p.m.
hardly retired, farming more acres this year than ever and its been a tester. After planting early corn cold and wet set in, never a good thing for emergence. Then planting was scattered for 30 days with weather delays but things were looking pretty good until this morning when we did not need another rain. Had a bit of water standing and about 10am out of no where a rain popped up and set here for about 40 minutes and put down one of the hardest rains I have seen ....we now have lots of water standing and no where to go with it. Which is really odd this year with the severe drought all across the northern plains....so dry up there the spring wheat is threatened and corn and bean have no moisture to germinate in places. Stranger yet, usually bone dry Kansas has had record rain fall in May. I would say a lot of the main corn belt needs sun and heat at this point, I have not been anywhere, its just the feeling I get when reading producers. Not much color to the corn yet.
metmike: Thanks mcfarm! We have 3 reports so far.............and they are all from Indiana! mcfarm is just southeast of Indianapolis in the central part of the state.
Here in NW Iowa it has been picture perfect thus far. We recently drove from just south of the Minnesota border to Council Bluffs and the crops look better than any of the over forty years we’ve made that drive. Every acre planted and totally uniform.
Having said that we are hand to mouth in regards to moisture. Subsoil is dry and continued rains will be needed to keep this crop going.
I just finished some first cutting hay, probably average quantity due to the very early heat and then it turned cool. Quality however is very good. New hay seedings are looking good but again, continued rains will be the key.
Hopefully there will be more rain showing up in the forecast than what there is right now for IA when we get into next week.
Like you said, there is no surplus moisture for the roots to tap into in most places in the northern half of the corn belt.
Wayne in S.Ontario is very pretty dry too.
Here in WC Illinois things are far from perfect. Way too much rain. No planting from May 14 until June 1. Back in the field now. Should finish planting corn tomorrow. Crops are yellow/green from cool and wet. Many are tearing up the drowned out areas and replanting. Far from a disaster, but not a good start. I've been forward selling and hedging like normal.
I see that wet spot that you are in on the map below.
It's actually the northern tip anomaly of a very wet area in the SouthCentral US.
Sorry to hear this. Things should get much better next week though.
Must be extra frustrating when conditions are going so well for planting across much of the belt and you are way too wet.
It's bad enough when everybody is suffering(misery loves company) but when its just you............it REALLY stinks.
Hi Every body
We have had two rain events this spring totalling almost 2 ", after planting, with a small cold rain during planting Some more, some less, around here which is sort of hand to mouth
Crops have average color but not growing as fast as normal We are on average ankle high around here, depending on when we planted. Most of ours is a bit taller
Our 1st rain was cold and we slowed the planter down. Don't know if that made any difference now the crop is up and can see what crop looks like. We have sprayed every thing, except some touch up for giant rag weed and of coarse sweet corn is an all summer spray job
[3000 acres sprayed and 5000 left to go] 5000 is sweet corn with multiple passes. We have a high clearance sprayer, which is high enough to go over top of mature sweet corn for bugs and worms. Also spray some bird repellant as an experiment [second yr trial]
We have had the sweet corn irrigation pivots going so we are on the dry side, although the rain a couple days ago has the top soil a bit damp
We got dinged with frost in some places as we can see when side dressing, [before the last rain] and can see some leaves got touched but will just slow the growing down a bit. If not for the frost, the best thing we had was very even emergence. We are normally knee high by July 4. Not going to happen this yr
So a bit on the cool, dry, frost has slowed up our crop development in a nut shell On the plus side the heat put some color into the crop
Have sold zero 2021 as I don't know how much I will grow. Zero crop insurance here
Sold out of 2020 except for what may be left in the bottom of bin which is always an unknown, even with monitors, weigh wagon etc,
Thanks very much Wayne!
I would like to keep this thread active for comments from our producers as we go along this growing season.
Best start here ever in ECILL ground worked great everything planted by April 25 a few wet spots here and there but not bid enough to have to replant. Survived all the cold without any problems, The few guys that waited until it warmed up and planted corn in May did not get a perfect stand. Great start does not mean great finish but look great at this time.
Outlook is pretty good for your area with real heat northwest of you, along with the dryness issues.
Here in S.Indiana we would like dry weather and heat.
Looks like you did not get much very needed rain from this system )-:
How's the crop doing..........and with everybody else?
Enough to wet the sidewalk. Things have been stalling out recently, the lighter ground is showing stress. Folks that side-dress nitrogen really roll the corn when they are done.
First cutting of hay was very good, excellent quality and good tonnage.
Some water suppliers are starting to advise water conservation. The DNR is draining the lake that borders our property, that will affect our water table.