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cornhead64
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USDA - Smoking and drinking - GDU Discussion?

I figured that would get all of your attention !! 

 

I know we are nearing the 100% emerged and all of that, but I thought I would do a little research on SW Minnesota, near Pipestone, MN that we farm.

 

Very wet spring here, and we were trading in our mid-90 day maturity corn for upper 80's t0 92-day.

 

Here are the troubling facts.  While the corn is green and growing (although not so much with mid-50's temp this morning) take a peak at the Historical GDUs to-date, 01/01 to yesterday:

 

Year            Amount

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2006               806

2007               905

2008               539

2009               580

2010               800

2011               601

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Ave                  707

 

While on the surface 2011 doesn't look bad compared to 2008, but we finished planting corn on 06/03 ...... yep June, so tell me while the conditions may be green (good to excellent rating), exactly what is the USDA doing with the yields and maturity data ?

 

 

 

PS, you can get the GDUs on wunderground.com, then on the left side after you choose your zip or city click history:

 

http://classic.wunderground.com/history/airport/KPQN/2011/1/1/CustomHistory.html?dayend=23&monthend=...

 

PSS what color is the Kool-Aid ?