Temperatures topping 100 degrees in some parts of the Midwest started to take a toll on spring planted crops this week, but there’s one set of growers loving the hot weather. Winter wheat growers are gearing up harvest and rain is the last thing their fields need.
USDA reported record winter wheat yields in its June 10 report, and producers responding to Feedback From The Field couldn’t agree more. Their assessment of their crop improved last week, with the average better than good.
“Crop looks exceptional,” reported a grower near Salina, Kansas, in the heart of hard red winter wheat country. A Kentucky farmer reported soft red winter wheat also doing well.
“Wheat harvest 75% complete with quality very good and yield from 15% to 20% above average,” said the producer, whose first corn will begin pollinating next week.
But corn and soybeans appear to be headed in the other direction in some areas. “Very short on moisture, crops maturing quickly and alfalfa is extremely poor,” posted a North Dakota producer.
A dry pocket is also developing between I-70 and I-80 in the western Midwest. “Corn has been rolling for a week here. That is two weeks earlier than 2012,” noted a Missouri grower. Another from that state said crops were OK, for now: “Two weeks ago was our last rain and we were extremely wet. Now we could use a rain after 90+ temps for most of that time. Corn still ok but getting tall and needing a drink soon!”
Another producer from Ohio didn’t mince words: “Need rain“
Overall farmers reporting said fields were still a little above average, but their ratings were down from the previous week.
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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