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Veteran Contributor

NIA update?

North, wondering if we can get another NIA update? A week or two ago it sounded like fieldwork was going to be going full steam in your area. How are things looking?
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They should have corn up by now.
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2 feet of frost here yet can't even put tile in!
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You guys laugh, but now I know where USDA get their reports from. Take a hint, listen to the gentleman very carefully.

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Good Morning WCWISC

 

Don't know about IA, but here in Cannon Falls, MN my local neighbor was our tilling up some corn ground yesterday.  I thought it was pretty wet - it's wetter now as it started raining late in the afternoon and rained until 2 this morning - rain gauge totals about 3/4 of an inch.  Lawn is greening up.  We're heading up North today, will be going through some of the area that got 9 - 15 inches of snow last night.  Other than my local neighbor out, I haven't seen anyone.  I went by the Syngenta Research Station yesterday, nothing turning there.  Still some snow in the shaded areas.

 

Beans - still up, up and away.   Treating yourself with another (small) sale is probably in order here.  I still think we have a ways to go before the top.  But, a sale here is not a bad thing.  Selling $14.00 Soybean Puts that expire this week probably wasnt a real good thing to do.  I know a couuple of farmers that bit off on that one.

 

Corn - lots of time for this market to develop.  I'd be still in no hurry to sell here - old crop.  New crop, maybe a 5% of insurance guarantee wouldn't be so bad to get things rolling. when you can sell it for over $5.00.  I thnik we have some time in this market - I'd still be patient.

 

Weatherwise, 6- 10 finally giving most of the US a break, but the longer range forecasts still suck, and they tell the story of the two airmasses this year, the North cold and wet.  The South, hot and dry.  I still see nothing to change that.  Our weather patterns are moving again though, but the major systems are still coming out of Canada.  We need to see something coming into the midwest out of the Southwest US, and that's what we've been lacking up here in the North country.  We just can't seem to break out of winters grip quite yet.  Maybe next week.  Sorry Guys...

 

Jen

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We finally got some moisture here in south central Nebraska but it's the first measurable moisture since last fall.  Its the driest Nov. to April 1 on record.  Most farmers are joking when there seed gets delivered that they should just go and plant it because the ground is the best "cold and dry place to store the seed corn."

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Drove up to Detroit Lakes, MN. Started to pick up snow in Minneapolis, by the time I got to NW Minneapolis we were back into winter. Looked like the middle of January...again. Started to run out if it at Alexandria. Saw a few corn fields still standing. One it looked like they took off what they could and left the rest to try to get later. Ice is off the lakes for the most part in Central MN, still hanging in there here around Alex.

Jen
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Jennys, I'm surprised about any field work done there. One of my daughters went to college in northfield and I remember the area as being somewhat lighter soil types that would lend to spring work. One of my uncles was a longtime school superintendant at cannon falls, too. Still some frost in the ground here in nia. Next to nothing going on. If some of these feed mills are expecting corn in sept., we'd better get going now. We're not late and still time for a great crop , but the calendar is ticking toward autumn 2014.

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