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.
Weekend rain snapped a long stretch of dryness for many Iowa counties. Channel agronomist Matt Nelson covers the central part of the state. “It was a really terrific rainfall, one that kind of sat and parked and brought rain over two or maybe even three... Read More.
Across the Corn Belt, a slow-moving storm system is producing widespread showers, with mostly positive impacts on corn and soybeans. Early Monday, the most significant rain is falling in the eastern Corn Belt, from Illinois to Ohio. Over the last several days, however,... Read More.
A farmer from central Missouri says the early August rains were too late to save the corn. “They always say rain makes grain, but 2.5 inches isn’t enough to make a corn crop.” Jay Fischer in Callaway County tells Brownfield the corn looks sad on... Read More.
Weather woes have gone from one extreme to the other for a southern Illinois corn and soybean grower. Steve Borcherding of Iuka in Marion County tells Brownfield they had a dry start to the summer and a week ago they were still in need... Read More.
Across the Corn Belt, heavy thunderstorms remain active across previously dry areas in the middle Mississippi Valley. Meanwhile, warm, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. On August 1, drought covered 57% of the U.S. corn production area and 51% of the... Read More.
An ag meteorologist says the August rainfall has been scattered but beneficial. Drew Lerner with World Weather Incorporated says central Missouri has been hit hard with rain in the last two days. “We saw rain extend from northwest to central and southern Missouri, ranging from... Read More.
Across the Corn Belt, below-normal temperatures have returned, following last week’s adversely hot conditions. At the height of the heat wave, from July 25-29, the western Corn Belt experienced as many as 5 consecutive days with maximum temperatures ranging from 95 to 105°F. ... Read More.
Relatively consistent rainfall has helped Arkansas crops this year. Corn is rated 72% good to excellent with 62% dented and 15% mature. Soybeans are rated 69% good to excellent with 82% of the crop setting pods and 3% coloring. Central Arkansas farmer Robert Stobaugh tells... Read More.
Timely and widespread rains improved crop conditions and increased soil moisture in Wisconsin last week. USDA statistician Greg Bussler says along with that rain, a few storms caused crop damage due to wind and hail. Topsoil moisture levels are now 1% surplus, 55% adequate,... Read More.
A Michigan farmer says he’s preparing for disease pressure after recent rain and humidity. Dennis Gardner farms along the Sanilac, St. Clair County border in the Thumb. “It’s very sporadic over here, you could go 10 miles either way of our main farm and you’d... Read More.
An eastern South Dakota cow/calf operator says recent rains have given his crops a chance. Todd Wilkinson says the early-season drought was very concerning. “I didn’t get a wheat crop and our wheat got zeroed out,” he says. “I wasn’t sure I was... Read More.