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Update on crops in your area?

Hello everyone! Just joined the forum. I'm a family farmer from west central Illinois, between Springfield and Jacksonville.

Unfortunately like many I'm still holding on to some of last year's corn so was looking for a place to get farmer's opinions straight from the source and found this forum.

How are crops looking in your areas of the country? Most in my small area planted all their corn and 90% of their beans by May 1st. You don't need to get too far away though and crops aren't looking nearly as good as ours. The board seems to be counting on a national yield nearly as good as last year. We had lots of corn from 260-280 around us and I question if we can go that high again next year.
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Senior Contributor

Re: Update on crops in your area?

As like each year, things are spotty. Our corn here in our WC In. farms looks pretty good even with a lot of rain. Went north for a drive yesterday and saw large fields of corn that is yellow. Corn does not like wet feet. Seems as though there are more stressed areas this year than normal. Wish we could catch those type of yields on our farm.

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Senior Advisor

Re: Update on crops in your area?

East central IN. Things look good. Really good. I think the price will grind lower all the way through harvest. Advice worth what you paid for it.

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Veteran Contributor

Re: Update on crops in your area?

We are in S.W Ontario, which is very small compared to you folks

Anyway, we have had a lot of rain. Some fields will not be planted, but will likely see SRWW this fall

Those that got N on early were the winners this yr

We side dress later, as our sandy soil will not hold a big shot of N, all at one time, at least that is our thinking

So: we got caught by the rain and our corn turned yellow before it got the last shot of NH3

We have some drowned out spots and some fields that will yield 200 plus, depending on amount or rain, soil etc

On average, I expect we will yield about average in our small part of the planet

At least that is my hope, on our farm

Some will have a good crop and some will have a lot less

We are not the only folks with yellow corn

Beans look very yellow, not growing very fast, also wet soil

Some places got the just right amount of rain, so very variable crops

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Re: Update on crops in your area?

A piece of advice Chief.  Don't get too caught up in Mizzou's bullish hype.  It is the same story every year.  The crop is in trouble and markets have to go higher or we will surely run out of corn.  Same story different year.  Now with that said, there are some serious issues out there that may well turn out to be game changers.  The trouble is we have issues like this every year somewhere and the areas affected come to believe that it is much more widespread than it is.  The wet areas that started out in MO, NE, and KS are expanding east and north.  No doubt about it.  It remains to be seen how far it goes and how bad it gets.  The potential is there for it to create some fireworks but I caution  against getting too wrapped up in all the talk from folks with washed out crops.  If you are in one of those areas it  sucks really bad and is the real deal for you.  More often than not though the national yield will end up being much better than what those folks predict in the heat of their despair.  I think we are in the stage right now where we need to be prepared to reward rallies with small sales as they come.  Especially in regard to old crop.  We are not going to run out of corn before fall so this will probably limit rallies in old crop.  If this weather thing gets worse and you are fortunate enough to have good looking crops a month from now I would be looking at new crop sales as well.  Not trying to downplay the misery that folks are going thru right now but we also need to keep in mind that the big picture is often much different than it is for guys locally.  I think there is potential for the market to climb on shrinking carryout but I think some people are a little over optimistic.

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Here in northern central Missouri there are lots of us going to prevent plant on beans. Still 2 days from getting in the field and a storm is brewing as I write. I have 400 ac planted and 1,000 to go. Have not pulled the planter since May 10. No hay baled in the area, lots and lots of beans not planted, most corn looks ok at best.
On PP I will buy Nov calls to protect myself from a locked in price of $9.73 just in case of a run up in price on the board. In our county we have 3 rivers Grand, Chariton, and Missouri rivers plus numerous creeks. My guess is close to half our county production is bottomland bushels so it's not unusual we have PP therefore most of us carry a 10 percent rider added to PP at cost of 22 cents ac.
PP will pay me anywhere from $205-$235 acre. If anyone else wants to pay me more than that today and plant beans on my ground then I would question you're sanity . It's raining now, no fields are weed free, some have weeds 3-5 feet high and supposed to rain again Thursday.
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Senior Advisor

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I'm about 15 miles west of 3020 = east central IN . as 3020 said - pretty nice - for now - knock on wood - the only difference is we have have more than double the rain than 3020 - will lose spots in both corn and beans , but over all - corn is good - beans are pretty short = planted May 24th . Good amount of N still to go on - even mine -  Northern IN is a mess - they just keep getting pounded and pounded . IMG_1538.JPG

 

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Senior Advisor

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Crops in east-central Iowa look pretty good. They went in over a longer window than normal but all are up and looking average to better in my opinion. A lot of corn is canopied and beans are filling in the rows nicely. Still some spraying going on in beans but about winding that up. Hay making is hit and miss with the weather, but there will be a bigger corp than the last few years.
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Beans went down hill fast with all of last week's rain. Corn looks like it took the excess moisture better. Central and southern Ohio.
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