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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



2006               806

2007               905

2008               539

2009               580

2010               800

2011               601



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, then on the left side after you choose your zip or city click history:


PSS what color is the Kool-Aid ?


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Re: USDA - Smoking and drinking - GDU Discussion?

I finally got do travel around a little farther than I normally do today hauling some cattle for a friend, and I am amazed at how much small/young corn there is.  One of the local BTOs has several fields of corn that is only 4 inches tall or so today (June 24)  and there is a lot of it that is going to be late.  Personally, I planted corn within 3-4 days of normal, and I usually have half of it ridged for furrow irrigation by now, and I haven't even started yet, maybe middle of next week.  Normally by July 4, the pipes are carried out, and we are hoping for a rain so I don't have to irrigate over the holiday.  This year, I don't know if I'll be done ridging.  I am pretty sure we won't be needing any more rain before then.

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