The Snapshot Tour is a daily call hosted by Jay Calhoun of Colgan Commodities covering crop progress and weather updates across the Corn Belt.. This is a summary of this week’s conversations.
The northwest Ohio and southern Michigan regions have had one of their best springs in quite a while. The crop continues to thrive, and they are “okay” for moisture today. They certainly won’t turn down a rain, but it is really hard to find a complaint with this crop. The only possible risk is that the majority of their corn crop all went in within a 5 day window.
The northern Kentucky-southern Indiana river location has certainly had a “year like no other”. They were off to a good start with corn planting, but corn that was planted in a May 1-3 window was just about all replanted. Some got in, and some acres are lost, although not a huge amount. The corn planting is finished, and they have 50% of the beans to go yet. On a drive to St. Louis this week, the reporter noted that he didn’t have to go very far to see a huge change in the conditions. In a stretch from the Indiana state line across southern IL to St. Louis, the crops are underwater and rivers are out of their banks. The wheat crop is just getting started down in Georgia – Mississippi and early reports are yields of 80-90 bu and quality is very good. The wheat crop in this area looks every bit as good. They will start running in a week to ten days.
The Darke county area has had an excellent week to get field work completed – mostly side-dressing and cutting hay. A majority of the area received just under an inch of rain last weekend but would certainly welcome any rains. Overall emergence for corn is excellent with heights ranging from ankle to knee high. Beans are emerging well but a nice drink of water would be beneficial. The wheat crop has early estimates at 80+ bushels per acre and is on schedule for a normal harvest date of the first to second week of July.
Areas to the north and northwest of Logansport received very heavy rains last weekend, with reports ranging up to 6-8 inches. In addition, areas south of Indianapolis also received heavy rains, and had already been off to a slower start in comparison to the central and northern part of the state. There is a lot of chatter about replant after the heavy rains. The corn that is up looks very good, and beans are emerging. Their wheat crop looks very good and is on track for a normal harvest date of the first-second week of July.
The Champaign-Danville Illinois area has a 40% chance of rain today and had no rain overnight. They were able to get back in the fields yesterday for some work, and most expect to get the remainder of their beans in by the weekend. Areas north and south of Champaign report excessive moisture. Overall, this area reports an excellent crop!
This draw area, located near Peoria, should see pollination spread out, as the corn went in during various times due to wet weather. Right now the corn looks very yellow and there is some concern they may have lost nitrogen. There will likely be some aerial application of urea.
Bird Island, MN
Bird Island is located west of the Twin Cities, and is considered west central Minnesota. This is a very large agricultural area, and they produce not only grain, but also sugar beets and peas, to name a few. While the south central to southeastern parts of Minnesota have struggled to get a crop in, this region has no reports of any crop insurance claims. However, a crop insurance company held a meeting near Rochester last week had over 500 farmers in attendance. Reports that only half the corn and no beans may get planted have not been uncommon. Stay tuned.
Denison is located in the western-southwestern part of Iowa. The majority of Iowa that is struggling to get crops in is well east of them. The corn planted prior to the winter storm continues to look very good. They, too, would welcome warmer temps and drier skies.
Anselmo , NE
Anselmo is located just south of the dry lands in Nebraska. When the crops were first planted, they had the center pivots running wide open. Thanks to the rains they have received in the last few weeks, they have been turned off. Producers have done a 180 degree turn in emotions, as they went from drought conditions to favorable moisture. Corn is ranging from shin high to knee high. There is general excitement today about their crop.
Sheldon is located in the very northwestern part of the state. You don’t have to drive far to be in Minnesota, South Dakota, or Nebraska! This is also “prime” Iowa dirt. There is still about 20% of the beans to be planted in this area. They, too, need warmer temps and drier skies. The corn seems like it has not grown much. Yesterday they received another unexpected 1.5” of rain so they are likely out for a few days again. Emergence has been very good, overall, but warmer temps rank at the top of producers wish list.