10-08-2012 10:54 AM - edited 10-10-2012 07:12 PM
Made it up into northern Iowa to join Mike and our friends from Brazil. Spent the afternoon with a farmer in Bremer County who was picking corn in a field that was running from 175 to 180 bu/ac. It was some good-looking corn. These guys were really rolling -- had 4 wagons in the field and 2 semis. They were chewing through it. The weather was nice today -- they had a shower run through yesterday, but nothing to delay things too much.
Talked to another farmer south of Algona, Iowa, who said he talked to a farmer down the road who was going to haul a load to town, but between the freezing temps and the .30 of rain they got yesterday and last night, he couldn't get his tarp off the truck because of all the ice! So, the weather's really changing in this part of the world, but the harvest weather is pretty nice, so it's hard to drive half a mile down a county road without seeing somebody rolling!
There's still quite a bit of corn standing between Des Moines and Highway 18, but once you get about north of Ames, I doubt there's a soybean plant left standing. Also am seeing a lot of guys running tillage. So, things are really going quick in this neck of the woods!
So, who's joining us in Clear Lake tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 for our Marketing Meetup? If you still want to get up here, we'll be ready for you! Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!
Well, it's an overcast day up in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, where our Crop Tour folks find themselves this morning. Talked to Mike a few minutes ago and he said, while they saw some awesome-looking fields yesterday, he expected they'd be moving into some spots where the farmers didn't quite get the timely rains they needed, so it may be a different story as the group moves north into Wisconsin, then eventually west into Iowa.
And, check out this badboy...this grain cart's 1,050 bushels, more than they're putting in each semi trailer. They are really chewing through it in this field!
More from the road crew! They've made their way west a little further and are now around DeKalb, Illinois. They're right east of town and Mike says yields are still rolling in on the good side.
He said these farmers were "eating this field up in no time" with 2 combines, a huge grain cart and 2 semi trucks. Pretty impressive lineup of iron!
Here's the scene this morning as Marketeye gets out in the chilly countryside west of Chicago. The first stop on the tour is Dwight Olson's farm near Maple Park, Illinois, just east of DeKalb and just north of Highway 88. "It is cold" was Mike's first comment. Looks like the temp there has moved up into the 50s.
How about these for yields? 185 bushels/acre on corn and 55-60 bushels on soybeans for Olson.
"A brisk wind, and a temp of 55 degrees has this Brazilian photographer sporting a scarf, stocking cap, and windbreaker. The farmer says the corn moisture is reading around 15-17%," Mike says. "Onward and upward for the Crop Expedition Tour through western Illinois and southern Wisconsin."
More to come...
10-08-2012 06:19 PM - edited 10-08-2012 06:22 PM
185 on 220-240 ground in the heart of where they got rain all summer..............great corn for sure, but still off the average.........might as well show em something good, they traveled this far............
weather station right near Dekalb...........this is what a million dollar weather pattern looks like...........only two days over 100 degrees..........looks like it was about 2 inches of timely rain short of a billion dollar weather pattern............
June 17th..........0.37 of rain
June 29th...........0.34 of rain
July 7th...........1 of rain
July 14th-18th.........1.32 of rain
July 24th-31st............0.83 of rain
August 4th..........0.58 of rain
August 9th-16th.........0.89 of rain
August 26th.........0.39 of rain
10-09-2012 07:35 AM
SW, when are you hitting the road to head north? We'll expect a full report from the trip!
This morning, the crew is starting the day heading north into Wisconsin, then working west into Iowa. Sounds like we could get a little rain here and there, so we may get a little soggy!
10-09-2012 07:53 AM
Got some serious harvest reports to get done today, and need to watch "real men" work through a bean field.
Heading northeast early tomorrow.
Wheat being drilled fast and hard in the area. We got just enough rain in the last two weeks to get it up,------no sub soil---again.
10-10-2012 08:13 AM
We've now gone through northwestern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and we're hearing a lot of 150-120 corn yields and below. Some fields are zero or 30 or 60..corn yields. But, there is nothing average about this year's crop. It's mostly below average and even worse than that. Hay is short, corn crop is short, and grain businesses fear less short carryover supplies. Here's a little story i pieced together.
Meanwhile, I hope to see you all at the Marketing Meet-up in Clear Lake, Iowa, Thursday afternoon. BE THERE!
MONROE, Wisconsin (Agriculture.com)--With the USDA reporting the U.S. corn crop 69% harvested, the farmers in the northern Corn Belt are finding out that a short crop-year will have a big impact on the livestock sector.
For instance, Mike Sulzer, a livestock and row-crop farmer from Monroe, Wisconsin, is doing the disappointing math from drought losses in hay and crop production in 2012. "Whatever corn I harvest and hay I bale, I have to feed it. I'll have nothing left to sell," Sulzer says.
In a normal production year, the southern Wisconsin farmer puts up enough hay to feed 350 bales to his 125-head cow herd and an additional 500-700 round bales to sell on the market.
With averaging a corn yield of 170 bu./acre, Sulzer would have been able to profit from selling into a high-priced corn market. But, not this year. His extra corn will be used to feed his cattle. "That's a big kick in the pants, when you can't take advantage of the market," Sulzer says.
Another example of a short crop is reflected by the length of time it is taking to fill semi's and grain carts. In normal circumstances, it takes five acres to fill a semi full of grain, says Tyler Brugger, an area farmhand. "This year, it is taking 10 acres or more. And, this year, the grain cart sits a lot," Brugger says.
For a lot of farmers in the southern part of the dairy state, this year's harvest will garner only half the crop they are used to. As a result, dairyman have had to use more corn than normal to make silage. This is increasing feed costs, as the livestock farmers have to buy higher moisture corn from their neighbors to fill winter feed supply needs.
And the impact of the short crop season is extending to the buyers of grain. Dan Roe, Pleasant Grain elevator general manager, in Monticello, Wisconsin, says the short crop-year will mean his regular customers will bring less corn into his business. "This year's corn and soybean crops are vary variable. Though the soybeans (averaging around 40 bu./acre) may be a bit better than expected, corn yields are ranging from 50-180 bushels per acre. This causing concerns with livestock feeders and marketing plans.
"Most of my customers didn't get carried away with forward contracting. Everybody is trying to sell a little bit and then deciding to just hang on and hope for something better (price-wise) down the road," Roe says.
Further down the road, near Shullsburg, Wisconsin, Chad Teasdale wondered if the corn he is harvesting this week will get close to an average yield in the low 100's, when his southwestern Wisconsin ground can normally pull a 180 bu./acre average.
"There are some good spots in the fields, when the monitor jumps to near 200, but then other parts of the field will yield 39 bushels. I just don't understand it. It appears we may be headed for a 115 bu./acre average this year," Teasdale says. "As far as marketing, we take a more traditional approach. We will store this crop, maybe sell a little in the winter and then wait to see where this market goes," Teasdale says.
With local seed experts saying southwest Wisconsin fields need 12-inches of rain, before the ground freezes, to replenish subsoils, Teasdale sees many reasons to remain bullish on the corn market.
10-10-2012 01:15 PM