Weekly Cornbelt Crop Update {July 3, 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

Producers plan to fire up the combines this weekend with the hopes that Mother Nature will cooperate.  Yields and quality look to be exceptional.

Henderson, KY

Wheat yield averages continue to range in the upper 90’s.  One producer who ran 185 acres of wheat averaged 97 bpa.

Greenville, OH

The combines will likely start to roll north of I-70.  Some were already rolling over by Plain City.  Rains continue to be hit and miss across the state.

Logansport, IN

Indiana continues to see hit and miss rains as well. Some regions are receiving perfect rains while others are overly-saturated.  Fields to the northeast of Indianapolis reported rain amounts of 1-2”.  Very little wheat harvest has started so far.  Those lucky enough to run are reporting moisture around 17.5%.

Champaign, IL

Champaign has had 4 inches of rain over the last 10 days.  Rainfall reports are more to the south and west of Champaign, and less to the north and east.

Crops are improving noticeably, especially corn. Soybeans are better, but still struggling with too much rain early.  The problem areas continue to be southwest Illinois (from Springfield to St. Louis) and a pocket of southeastern  Illinois.

Wheat harvest has started in southern Illinois. No yield reports yet, but farmers are concerned that all the rain has hurt the quality.  Champaign will start wheat harvest around the 4th of July (of course).

Bird Island, MN

Crops in the west of MSP have been some of the luckiest.  The location reporter agreed that the crop progress reported for MN was pretty much right on target.  A conversation with a MN producer revealed that he just finished replanting 18% of his corn yesterday, and had not started yet replanting beans.  This region will bear close watching for early frost, no doubt.

Anselmo , NE

The Nebraska area overall has received very timely rains.  In fact, some of the corn has grown so fast that the tops had to be clipped to allow irrigation to be set up.  The crop looks excellent.  Producers are excited, and long overdue, for top yields.


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