The USDA says Wisconsin had a mostly dry week, allowing for hay and small grain harvesting. A few areas in northeastern and east central Wisconsin did receive some welcome rain. Eighty-three percent of the corn is now silking, which is a couple of days ahead... Read More.
An extension educator suggests crops are hanging on despite extreme dryness in parts of Minnesota. Dave Nicolai with the University of Minnesota says corn looks good from the road. “But if you get into some of these corn fields you’ll find some differences in height,... Read More.
A south-central Indiana farmer says crops have held up relatively well despite the dry start to the growing season. Matthew Lucas tells Brownfield his farm didn’t receive any precipitation for most of June. “There has been some damage done, at least on ear... Read More.
A Michigan farmer says he’s surprised how well his wheat held up this year with weather extremes. Sanilac County’s Dennis Gardner tells Brownfield his farm received about 10 inches of rain the past two weeks. “The tile was definitely running, and I had to turn... Read More.
A northwest Indiana farmer says their irrigation is running in full force. Denise Scarborough says this growing season started off dry, was followed by ample rains, and now, “We have become extremely dry again, and the hot weather this week is pretty concerning for... Read More.
Yield expectations are drying up in southeast Minnesota. Blooming Prairie corn and soybean grower Brennen Toquam says his area has received barely an inch of rain since May 14th and crops are suffering. “It’s not as tough as you would think it would look, but... Read More.
Scattered rains brought little relief to Wisconsin crops last week. USDA statistician Greg Bussler says there were reports of severe weather damaging crops in northwestern Wisconsin with some fields being a total loss. One of those storms centered in Barron County included large... Read More.
Crop stress from a lack of moisture was partially offset by cooler temperatures last week across Iowa. Ag Secretary Mike Naig says USDA’s latest crop report from the state shows despite dry conditions, the below average temps provided some relief for corn and soybeans. Field... Read More.
Crop conditions have varied across Illinois following a dry June and scattered rainfall in July. Southwest Illinois farmer Nick Harre of Nashville tells Brownfield crops went over a month with no rain, and when moisture returned a couple weeks ago it came at the... Read More.
Cooler than usual temperatures and mostly dry conditions have been present while Missouri’s corn goes through the early reproductive stages of growth. USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress report says temperatures the first full week of July averaged 75 degrees for Missouri, about two degrees below... Read More.
A Wisconsin farmer says the dry growing conditions are not only affecting crop growth, but it’s also making it a tough year to battle weeds and insects. Shane Goplin raises corn, soybeans, and alfalfa hay on around three thousand acres near Osseo. He... Read More.
Minnesota farmers remain concerned about the lack of rain. USDA reporters say topsoil moisture is 10% very short, 36% short, and only 51% adequate with similar subsoil measurements. Minnesota’s corn is starting to silk about three days ahead of average with 3% of the... Read More.