Weekly Cornbelt Crop update {June 28, 2013}

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. 

Maumee, Ohio

Crops continue to thrive in northwestern Ohio, and precipitation amounts from the storms varied almost from field to field.  Corn continues to thrive, beans could use a little less moisture, and wheat harvest is on tap for the weekend after the 4th of July.  Wheat yields and quality continues to look very promising.

Henderson, KY

Wheat harvest is now over 50% complete. A yield update by the local Extension office reported 103 bpa and excellent quality!

Greenville, OH

Rainfall amounts continue to vary throughout western Ohio…and corn fields west of Urbana had hail damage this week.  Wheat harvest has commenced in some areas, with most expecting to start this weekend and continue through the week.  Rain is in the forecast every day,  and the yields looks extremely promising.  Some producers are considering taking it off a little wet and throwing it in the dryer to avoid possible heavy rains.

Logansport, IN

The crops in the Logansport draw area continue look very, very good.  Wheat harvest will be under way.  Areas to the north and south of this region continue to struggle with a later planted crop due to excessive moisture.

Champaign, IL

East-central Illinois has received anywhere from 4 inches to 10 inches in the month of June, most of it in the last 10 days. There are some ponding issues, but for the most part, the rain was more beneficial than harmful. The corn was tall enough that it withstood the heavy rains much better than the beans did.
With the recent rains, everything should be good for a couple of weeks. The week of July 22nd will be very critical. Since most of the corn was planted in a 7-day window, most of the corn will pollinate in a 7-day window somewhere around July 22nd.

Bird Island, MN

The Bird Island, MN region, which is located west of MSP, continues to have some of the better crops in Minnesota, and areas to the SE really struggle.  Reports of 30% prevent plant are common there as well as in NE Iowa.  It is an area that will bear watching for both pollination and early frost.

Anselmo , NE

Most of the corn is knee high or better.  Crops continue to be good-excellent.  While they could use a shower, irrigation has started back up and you can literally “see the corn grow”.  There have been a few severe storms with hail damage, but hot a widespread area.  They may be a week or two “behind normal” but they will start cutting wet corn the first week of September for the field yards, etc.

Sheldon, IA

While the growing season has a long way to go, it is likely the NW corner of Iowa will not see top end yields this year.  The corn that was planted prior to the May 1st snowstorm continues to thrive and is their best corn.  This corn will likely see excellent yields.  Mother Nature will certainly determine how the later planted corn and beans, especially, will fare.  Stay tuned.

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