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Agronomist says crop conditions remain variable

INTERVIEW: Scott Dickey, Beck’s Agronomist An agronomist says crop conditions have been variable across the Corn Belt. Scott Dickey (pictured above) with Beck’s says some crops have recovered from widespread drought that occurred through late June. “You look at kernel counts on some of these fields... Read More.

Rains help boost Illinois crop conditions

Scattered rains across Illinois have improved overall crop conditions. The USDA reports as of Sunday Illinois corn is rated 58% good to excellent, up 9 percentage points on the week and soybeans are also rated 58% good to excellent, up 12 points. Northwest Illinois farmer... Read More.

Severe weather hurts crop conditions in Nebraska

Severe weather across parts of Nebraska continues to impact crop conditions. The USDA says corn is rated 51 percent good-to-very good. Three precent is dented. Soybeans are 56 percent good-to-excellent with 68 percent setting pods. Eighty-seven percent of winter wheat has been harvested. Pasture and range conditions... Read More.

Weather hammers wheat crop in Nebraska

A Southeast Nebraska farmer says weather took a toll on his wheat crop. Steve Wellman tells Brownfield, at best, averaging 45 bushels per acre, which isn’t good. “The winterkill – no cover during the winter from snow – it was exposed and we lost some... Read More.

Getting the most out of your crop with the right dryer

Every aspect of a farmer’s grain handling operation needs to serve the right purpose for their crops.  Dryers included. In this Managing for Profit, Matt Schneider, AGI Senior Director of US Farm says mixed flow drying technology helps farmers get more out of their crops.

A drought-affected crop

A principal atmospheric scientist says the drought has likely affected some U.S. corn and soybeans. Eric Snodgrass with Nutrien Ag Solutions tells Brownfield the short-term weather forecast should be good for the soybeans during a critical time, because soybeans like good moisture and... Read More.

Weather extremes hurt Iowa crop condition ratings

Weather extremes impacted Iowa crops the last week of July. Ag Secretary Mike Naig commented on USDA’s latest crop update, saying the month ended with several days of sweltering temperatures mixed with scattered thunderstorms that produced hail, high winds, and heavy rains. Corn rated good... Read More.

A slight improvement in IL crop conditions

Illinois corn and soybean conditions improved the last week of July. USDA says 49% of the corn crop is rated good to excellent, an increase of four percentage points from the previous week. Soybean conditions are rated 46% good to excellent, an increase of... Read More.