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Keep your acreage, weather and crop comments coming in! Use this link to send us your comments about your wheat production and marketing decisions. Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity. (Please keep your comments crop-related.)

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying

 

  • 5/13 - Northeast N.D.: Raining here again this past night and morning and temperatures are still cold had evening low of 37 and has taken until lunch time to reach 40 degrees. Fore caste is for cool wet week and warm up by end of the week but still chances of rain going into next week. A little field work did happen on Friday and Saturday I think a few of neighbors got piece of wheat seeded before rains on Sunday. Last years PP fields are extremely wet and frost is still pushing moisture up keeping the ground wet. We need sunshine and warm temperatures but is getting serious here we are getting late here to plant a crop and ground conditions are far from ideal with this wet and cold weather.

 

  • 5/12 - Douglas County, Minn.: 5-10 White frost on ground & roofs this am. about 2" plus rain in the last three days. Lows of 30's & highs of 50's this coming week. Not much planting going to happen then. Maybe 5% corn in ground, no beans, some still planting wheat. Starting to look like last season of end of May planting or prevented planting.

 

  • 5/12 - Wilkin County, Minn.: Planted wheat for 13hrs april 22nd. nothing since. Don't have a lot of hope for planting this week. Sugar beets and wheat need to be in now. might cancel corn for this year.

 

  • 5/12 - Southwest Ind.: More rain today has halted field work once again. Lots of ground being worked and Anhydrous going on the past week. Some corn that got planted on April 26 has just emerged. Doesn’t look too good. Lots of drowned out spots and corn that didn’t emerge. It had 3" of cold rain on it which formed a thick hard crust on top. Wheat has been looking pretty good but not as good as last year with a lot of slight yellowing in a lot of areas. Lots of heading going around here in earlier planted wheat. Should be pollinating soon. It has been a late cold spring. Hope it dries out soon to get the rest of corn into the ground. Nobody around here has even thought about planting beans yet.

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-- Southwest Ind.

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  • 5/9 - Cheyenne County, Neb.: checked the rain gauge this morning; 1.4 in. last night. It came as a combination of rain and snow, the ground was white this morning. We had 5 days of 40mph wind from last Friday till Tuesday, gusts to 70 mph. A lot of wheat on lighter ground is gone. The rest of the wheat has wind burned leaves. Lots of winter wind damage to bare fields over the winter. Chiseling in Jan. didn't help.

 

  • 5/9 - Nelson County, N.D.: Maybe 2% wheat planted. no soys , maybe 2 % corn planted. Normal is closer to 50 % or better , in my opinion. It is very wet very cool , with cold ground temps, a repeat of last year. Many farmers abandoning thoughts of planting corn. The whole state is very cold and wet. Very little planting has occurred. With the dry down south and the cool wet here, I would be looking for the market to start heating up.

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-- Nelson County, N.D.

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  • 5/9 - Columbia County, Wash.: Some of the best looking wheat with new varieties with seemingly unlimited potential at this point.

 

  • 5/7 - Minn.: Wheat. Been in ground 3 wks not up. Corn in ground 3 wks not up not sprouted. Wet 4 inches of rain more coming.

 

  • 5/7 - Power County, Idaho: We farm in Southeast Idaho, Power County, and it has been the wettest April and first week of May in many years. Just finished planting safflower on May 5 and winter wheat looks as good as it has in many years. Feel bad for the Plains dry farmers who have endured more than their fair share of drought but we do know how you feel if that makes any difference.

 

  • 5/5 - Reno County, Kan.: Wheat is all headed out and about 12 inches tall. I am west of Hutchinson Ks. At 3 oclock this afternoon my temp. gauge here at my house hit 104. 4 nights ago we had a low of 34. Forecast in the 90s till next Thursday. Should cook this wheat crop.

 

  • 5/2 - Ransom County, N.D.: Still cold but now we are very wet as well. 3" of rain in the past week. Only a few hundred acres of corn planted thus far county wide. Wheat planted Good Friday has only a small sprout so far. Soil temps yesterday only got as high as 40. It looked so promising a few weeks ago, now it looks like lots of prevent plant if this weather doesn’t straighten out. Lots of talk about switching to earlier maturing corn hybrids.

 

  • 5/1 - Franklin County, Pa.: Wheat-poor to fair probably will not keep all of it. Plant corn instead. Ground cold & wet.

 

  • 4/30 - Oliver County, N.D.: 2014 starting to look like a repeat of last year. very cold and wet start. Just started seeding spring wheat and got blasted with yet another round of late april snow. most guys just getting going while others have not turned a wheel..just too cold and wet. already some good stuck stories at the local coffee spots. need sun!!!!

 

  • 4/30 - Wood County, Wis.: Farmers in central WI are starting to feel like it is going to be a repeat of 2013 and all that PP. A cold wet spring, manure storage reaching capacities, and nothing in the ground yet. The one bright spot, winter wheat and alfalfa appear to be in better shape than last year. 10 days without moisture and we will be rolling.

 

  • 4/29 - West Central, Kan.: We had 60mph gusts yesterday and more of that today. The wheat is done for. Had 4" of rain last September and almost nothing since. Concerned that won't be able to get spring crops germinated, let alone survive and produce. Now we know how they felt in the dirty 30s. I am a no-till farmer, but we still have to grow something to produce residue.

 

  • 4/28 - Wallace County, Kan.: 50-60 mph wind all afternoon led to this site...supposed to blow just as hard the next few days....have had very little spring or winter moisture, feel blessed to have caught good rain at the end of the summer/early fall to get a good stand of wheat up to at least hold the ground on those acres. The dry land wheat is going backwards fast in Western Kansas Dust Bowl Part 2....My grandma use to tell me about dust bowl living in the 30s...now I don't have to wonder what it was like to see dust storms like she talked about...

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    -- Wallace County, Kan.

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  • 4/28 - Reno County, Kan.: I new it was bad but not this bad. Got first measureable rain of the spring last night. One quarter of an inch. Must have put the wheat in survival mode because its shooting a head today and its only 10 to 12 inches tall. Much of it is a blue color. I am 55 years old and have never seen this. The dirt from western Ks. and NW. Ks. blew in here today and supposed to blow this hard for the next 4 days. A landlord of mine that has ground in SW. Ks. said he has one of his farmers ripping pasture ground that has never been farmed to stop it from blowing away. HOUSTON WE GOT A PROBLEM.

 

  • 4/28 - Ingham County, Mich.: We started planting corn April 25. Some neighbors are really going at it. Even some beans in. One week ago I thought it would be well into May before we would start. Wheat looks fair. Heard some guys going to rip theirs up because its so bad.

 

  • 4/25 - Brown County, Wis.: Made it to the upper 50's today, seems like we are finishing up our 6th month of winter,tomorrow & next week back to the 40's. Wheat & alfalfa just starting to green up-leaves afraid to come out on trees LOL! Hope to be planting something by May 10. '

 

  • 4/22 - West Central Minn.: Spring wheat, sugar beets and corn planting in full swing. Rain to likely shut us down Wednesday.

 

  • 4/22 - Yuma County,Colo.: Well, This year we have decent subsoil moisture. Planters are out of the shop and in the field. Planting conditions very good. Wheat looks very good and pastures should be excellent this spring. The winter snows were a blessing, will need regular moisture to keep lingering drought away. LIFE IS GOOD...

 

  • 4/21 - Douglas County, Kan.: I do not think that the freeze lasted long enough to hurt the wheat it dropped to 23* but it was almost sunrise at that time. Little corn planted but not much.

 

  • 4/17 - Pondera County, Mont.: 4 inches of fresh wet snow here. Winter wheat is just starting to break dormancy. Spring Moisture has been pretty good so far.

 

  • 4/16 - Cass County, N.D.: No planting here yet.....10° this morning!!!!! Hoping to start seeding wheat in the next 10 days to 2 weeks. Soil temps need to warm up dramatically before any corn can be planted!

 

  • 4/16 - Bay County, Mich.: Ditches opened up and water on fields went down then 2-3" rain this weekend and standing water again in fields. 25 degrees and the ground is covered with snow again this morning. IF it warms up soon we should be in the fields by the end of the month.Wheat fields have alot of dead areas due to winter kill and standing water. Not many fields look like they have potential for 100 bu/ac this year. Some wheat fields were top dressed this last week but all the rain didn't do it any good. Lots of ice on the Saginaw Bay will keep our temps cold if wind is coming of it. Will be an interesting year.

 

  • 4/14 - Reno County, Kan.: Im just west of Hutchinson Ks. Some wheat fields getting blue spots from drought. Some hills and hillsides getting a yellow green tint to them probably from cold winter or wheat mites or both. Our weekend 80% chance of rain was all from Wichita to the east as seems the norm now days. Ive never seen a year that from field to field there was such difference in yield potential.

 

  • 4/10 - Ward County, N.D.: Winter kill in this area is severe! I have never seen such a large complete loss due to winter kill before. Winter kill is around 100% damage in all fields in this area. Stubble cover and maturity of the plants did not make a difference. It is 60 degrees and no sign of anything greening up. There is no sign of life in the crown of the plants. The fields smell like silage or rotting plants just driving past them on the road. The polar vortex this winter was just to much on it. Below normal temps are forecast for all of April and May. This will make for planting delays for spring seeded crops.

 

  • 4/8 - Wilkin County, Minn.: Fields drying out nicely. Once drainage ditches open fieldwork will start soon after. Could see wheat and sugar beets going in next week on fields without tree lines.

 

  • 4/7 - Buffalo County, Neb.: We finally received some much needed rain over the last 24hrs...about .35 or so, and the temps are forecast to warm up by the middle part of the week. My wheat has finally started to green up. There are some thin spots, but it looks good over all. We are still plagued by gusty winds about every other day, so more rain is desired.

 

  • 4/4 - Southeast Ind.: Wheat finally greening up and it looks good for the most part. Had 4" of rain the past 3 days and everything is saturated. Looks a lot like a later than normal planting season in this area as we'd like to start on corn around April 15th. Soil temp is only 44 degrees, so not in any hurry.

 

  • 4/4 - Richland County, Ill.: 1st 3 mo. of 2014,5.30". 1st 3 1/2 days of Apr. 4.68". It'll be last half Apr. before tillage begins. Wheat is green, but behind in growth.

 

  • 4/3 - McPherson County Kan.: Winterkill and drought taking a major toll on the winter wheat here. Much more dead wheat than I've ever seen. Some wheat looking good but needing some moisture. Overall crop condition is Poor to Fair.

 

  • 4/2 - Southwest Okla.: I farm southwest of Enid, Oklahoma, 45 miles!!! Have wheat and canola !! Canola is holding up better than wheat... Had 2.5 inches rain late November 2013 and then nothing until 3 weeks ago had .05 tenths!! Chance for storms today 2nd of April ... Wheat curling real bad in this heat and turning blue. Satellite view shows small green area here and a few county's south to red river, rest of the state still shows brown!!! Western Kansas, western Oklahoma, western and central Texas brown by satellite map???? Wheat futures down 70 cents???? Taking out long positions!!! Robbery at its best.

 

  • 4/2 - Lamar, Colo.: Wheat should be 1 foot tall and green.

     
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    -- Lamar, Colo.

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  • 3/31 - Sargent County, N.D.: Out like a lion, that’s how March left us. Blizzard conditions will set spring planting back at least another week. Yuck. More snow to shovel in the morning. Frost was out a few inches. 40-50 mph winds has piled the snow up and that makes such a mess. No early start expected here so less wheat is the most likely result. Good luck to those with newborn calves.

 

  • 3/28 - Gage County, Neb.: 2 years ago we had already mowed our lawn. This year nothing is very green yet including the wheat. I don't think it will do anything until we get some rain. very dry here, even the henbit and chickweed are slow to green up.

 

  • 3/27 - Buffalo County, Neb.: Another very windy, dusty day here in central NE. It's been awhile since we had such a windy year. There are 40mph gusts on a regular basis this year. There is moisture below the surface of the ground, but the top 2" are bone dry and move which ever way the wind happens to be blowing. The temps have been very erratic as well. I am still waiting to see if my wheat has survived the winter. We have a couple of warm days that try to make it green up, followed by several frigid ones that burn it back. It appears that we will have another "interesting" year. Good luck to all.
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  • 3/26 - Falls Co. Texas: Corn planted and starting to emerge. Very cold winter and early spring so far. Very dry here with winter wheat jointing and cracks in the fields. Some freeze damage to wheat on 3/18 because of 17 degrees and ice from freezing rain. Hope you guys in the corn belt will keep the corn acres reasonable. We are in a corn/cotton/wheat rotation for years so let's all do what we can to keep the corn price up. We have tried to grow beans here but can only make 20-25 bu in a good year. Too hot!!!
     


 



 
 
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