Click the large green dots on the interactive map to see reports from this week, with the larger orange dots showing last week’s comments.
The warmest weather since the 2012 drought baked corn and soybean crops last week. But thanks to abundant rainfall in some areas, crop ratings didn’t take a hit. In fact, growers reporting Feedback From The Field last week on average noted improvements in both crops compared to the previous week.
Growers rated corn midway between “Good” and “Fair” on average, with 54% of the fields rated “Good” or “Excellent.” That’s substantially less than the ratings put out last week by USDA, however.
Soybeans showed more modest improvement, but were still above average. A little less than half the fields were rated good to excellent, again, a figure well under the levels noted by USDA crop raters.
Heavy rains moved through parts of the Corn Belt as the heat wave began to break, providing some relief to areas that needed it.
“Crops were looking great, need rain now though,” said a grower near Fort Wayne, Indiana, where a half to one-inch fell over the past week.
More reports of greensnap from high winds continue to come in from central Nebraska, where conditions are generally good. The Vegetation Health Index for last week shows crops in good shape, outside of parts of eastern South Dakota and the eastern Great Lakes.
Still, too much rain may be as much of a problem as too little in some areas.
“We were terrifically wet early, “ said a grower near Topeka, Kansas. “Beans and some corn planting were held up. Lots of corn is just now pollinating. Second crop beans are the same size as first crop. That is not good.”
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Feedback from the Field - July 20, 2016 - Heat backs West, but growers in East are worried
Feedback from the Field - July 18, 2016 - Growers report boom or bust conditions ahead of heat wave
Feedback from the Field - July 11, 2016 - Rains help improve corn and soybean conditions as heat wave approaches
Feedback from the Field - June 30, 2016 - Crop conditions ease as corn enters crucial test
Feedback from the Field - June 27, 2016 - Many areas still short of rain
Feedback from the Field - June 17, 2016 - Wheat looks great, but corn and soybeans start to wilt in the heat
Feedback from the Field - June 13, 2016 - Crops off to good start, but need rain
Feedback from the Field - June 8, 2016 - Growers say heat will help some crops, hurt others.
Feedback from the Field - June 6, 2016 - Crops improve, but growers see too much or too little rain
Feedback from the Field - May 31, 2016 - Corn slowly improves ahead of first USDA ratings
Feedback from the Field - May 25, 2016 - Goldilocks spring hard to find in Corn Belt
Feedback from the Field - May 23, 2016 - Corn Belt dries out a little as mid-May deadline arrives
Feedback from the Field - May 18, 2016 - Growers worry about frost damage from weekend's chill
Feedback from the Field - May 14, 2016 - Growers hope to get back into the field
Feedback from the Field - May 13, 2016 - Planting delays grab market's attention
Feedback from the Field - May 11, 2016 - It's deju vu all over again as wet weather continues
Feedback from the Field - May 9, 2016 - Weather challenges farmers in eastern Midwest
Feedback from the Field - May 3, 2016 - Growers say wet weather stalls planting
Feedback from the Field - May 2, 2016 - Some crops off to slow start as wet and cold hamper planting