The Snapshot Tour is hosted by Jay Calhoun of Colgan Commodities. This is a daily update on crop and weather conditions across ten locations in the Corn Belt. It starts during spring planting and ends when harvest is wrapped up. Jay has been the host of this update for 21 years. You can listen to the daily conference call in full by visiting www.colgancommodities.com and clicking on the audio tab.
The northwestern Ohio and southern Michigan areas received rainfall amounts of 1-2” this past week. Crop conditions remain unchanged, with very high prospects for outstanding yields. The SRW looks very good, with no detectable mycotoxin issues as they have not had a wet spring.
The Henderson Kentucky area is still focused on getting the last of the beans planted. They have rain in the forecast today through Monday. The crop conditions are “not as pretty as they would like them to be”, but they remain hopeful that warmer temperatures will give a boost to growth. Wheat harvest will likely start next week. At this point they see no issues with any wheat quality
The western Ohio region received rainfall amounts ranging from 1-3”. The rain came quickly and has caused some ponding, but water should recede quickly. There were no reports of wind damage to the wheat, and the wheat harvest window still looks to be on target for around July 4th. Crop conditions remain unchanged, with prospects for outstanding yields this year across a large part of Ohio. There are areas south of I 70 that have struggled with wet conditions.
The areas to the north and west of Logansport received heavy rains again this week and some fields may not get replanted. Overall, the recent rains did leave some drowned out spots but the crop improved this week, and they are on tap for a normal yield. Thoughts are that they have too many spots in the state that have had excessive rain to have a record harvest.
Good – The eastern 1/3 of the state and most of the northern 1/3 of the state is completely planted on both corn and beans, and has avoided the flooding rains, so other than being 3 weeks late, things are in very good shape. They have not received any measurable precipitation for 12 days, and have missed rain two times where they had an 80% chance of rain, so some wonder if the pattern could be shifting from wet (April/May) to dry, but at this point, the dry weather has been beneficial.
Bad – Two areas were planted, but then received 5 inch to 9 inch rains, which caused flooding and ponding. There is a fair amount of soybeans being re-planted in these areas, but it is too late to re-plant corn, so farmers in those areas will lose their ponds, but the rest of the fields are still in good shape. These 2 areas are the I-80 corridor (from the Quad Cities through Peoria to Kankakee) and the I-64 corridor (St. Louis to Evansville, Indiana.
Ugly – Western part of Illinois that borders Missouri and southern Iowa. There was still 480,000 acres of corn that had not been planted as of Monday, and only half of the beans had been planted. It finally was dry enough for some planting to take place a couple of days ago, but due to the lateness, most of those acres will either switch to soybeans or be turned in for prevented plant.
Bird Island, MN
The west central part of Minnesota has been fortunate to avoid the excessive wet spring that other parts of Minnesota, especially east and south, have seen. They believe they are on course for a very nice crop. Crop conditions have improved this week. Areas to the south and east in Minnesota continue to be plagued with extreme wet conditions. Some corn will end up as prevent plant, as well as beans. Stories continue to emerge about poor crops in these areas.
The Denison area saw excessive winds a few days ago but overall, due to some warmer temperatures, there has been a slight improvement in their crops. They are not going to the top end of their yield this year and are battling growth issues. Warmer temperatures are a must.
Today’s guest hails from Union IA, which is located northwest of Marshalltown. 80% of the corn is planted, but there are certainly corn acres that simply will not get planted. There are also reports of seed rot due to the wetness as well. Some corn acres will go to beans, especially in the central district. The North central district got “bombed” again this week and those areas will see prevent plant participation. Stay tuned.
Anselmo , NE
The producers in the Anselmo region have gone from an almost doom and gloom to one of high hope for a great crop. The pivots have been turned off for a few weeks now do to timely rains. They may actually have a respectable dry land corn crop this year! Conditions have improved and continue to look good.
The northwestern part of Iowa has storm in the forecast through the weekend. The crop has improved this week and beans are emerging now. They really needed some heat to spur growth and they got it this week. They doubt they can get full potential on yield this year. They need the balance of the growing season to be excellent. No prevent plant claims in this part of Iowa. The best corn continues to be that planted prior to the May 1st snowstorm – in fact, that corn could have record yields.