I am thinking that some of these farmer's crop comments make me want to cry.
7/11 - Audrain County, Mo.: No measurable rain since April 27th. We have 7500 acres of corn and may not harvest a single acre of it.
7/11 - Bedford County, Pa.: Widely scattered thunder showers are buying time. Early planted corn looks like showroom material, but walking fields shows a much different picture. Pollination at 50-60% at best. There’s still hope for later planted corn, and early planted beans looking well. Double crop beans not so good, we should of left them in the bag. Total forage production for year running about 75% of average. Corn crop will lower that to 50% or less I’m sure
7/11 - Johnson County, Ind.: After talking to several RMA adjustors and producers chopping silage the consensus corn yield is in the 15-40 bushel range and dropping daily. Some corn is almost too dry to chop. Pollination is very poor due to high temps and lack of moisture on the silks, ear size if there is one is in the 4-6" range or smaller. Livestock producers are scrambling to get enough forage to survive.
7/11 - Houston, Minn.: Drove south into N.E. Iowa yesterday and could have sworn I was in a old western with the brown pastures and the cattle huddled under the one lone green tree in the pasture. Never seen anything like it. Corn curled and turning grey, beans in a holding pattern at about 6-8 inches, and an oat field that was only about a foot tall and headed out. I thought we were dry!
7/10 - Lyon County, Iowa: Boy, did things change around here. After a wet May the rains shut off. Total of 8 tenths in June and none so far In July.
7/10 - Cass County, Mich.: The fields are dry and in need of rain like everywhere else. Fields being watered are running 24/7 and will be expensive at years end. Feels like the summer of 1988, all dry land corn will be considered a loss and the beans are not far behind the corn, but can hold up a little better at times, WE STILL NEED RAIN.
7/10 - Lincoln County, S.D.: Corn on corn or old alfalfa ground will be zero to 5 bushel. Corn-on-soybean ground maybe 50-80 BPA if it rains soon (at least it tasseled). Soybeans look ok, may still yield above crop insurance if it can rain. We lifted the KP out of the way and put in the grass chutes to start cutting corn silage!
7/10 - Wayne County, Ill.: I am a small farmer, but my crops in Wayne County, Ill., are the worst I have had sine 1952-53. Corn will be lucky to make 10 bu. and beans are going downhill. It’s been over 100 degrees for 11 straight days. Bad crop.