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Nebraska Crops Thriving After 7 Inches of Rain

  • Corn in Morse Bluff, Nebraska

    “Seven inches of rain fell this past Wednesday!" says Justin Mensik (Instagram: @justinmensik). “The crops look great.”

    In Nebraska, 83% of the state’s corn has reached dough stage and 28% is dented. The latest Crop Progress report says 63% of that corn is rated good or excellent, 24% is rated fair, and 13% is rated poor or very poor. 

  • Soybeans in Morse Bluff, Nebraska

    “The crops look great,” says Justin Mensik (Instagram: @justinmensik). “Harvest will be here soon!”

    Nebraska soybeans are well on their way to maturity as all are blooming and 89% are setting pods. According to the latest Crop Progress report, 61% look good or excellent, 28% are rated fair, and 11% are said to be in poor or very poor condition.

  • Corn in Irving, Illinois

    “Corn in most spots is looking OK and most is denting,” says Luke Tuetken (Instagram: @tuek32). “Beans are looking good, but a shower would be very helpful.”

    In Illinois, 91% of the state’s corn has reached dough stage and 41% is dented. According to the latest Crop Progress report, 54% of Illinois corn is rated good to excellent, 32% is rated fair, and 14% is rated poor or very poor. 

  • Soybeans Near Northfield, Minnesota

    “Soybeans continue to make numerous pods—especially after 2.5 inches of rain last week,” says Carol Peterson (Instagram: @carpet701). “Fortunately, we still haven't seen any aphid infestation.”

    Most, 91%, of Minnesota soybeans are setting pods, which is 11% higher than the five-year average for the state. According to the USDA, 74% are rated good or excellent, 20% are rated fair, and 6% are said to be in poor or very poor condition. 

  • Corn in Maxwell, Iowa

    In Iowa, 78% of the state’s corn has reached dough stage and 21% is dented. The latest Crop Progress report says 61% of Iowa corn is rated good to excellent, 27% is rated fair, and 12% is rated poor or very poor. 

  • Soybeans in Shadehill, South Dakota

    “After the hail two weeks ago, soybeans seem to be doing well considering what they’ve been through,” says farmer Doug Ham. “We have received some good rains over the past two weeks, which is a real blessing considering how the summer has been so hot and dry.”

    South Dakota soybeans are mostly (89%) setting pods, according to the latest Crop Progress report. Crop ratings vary greatly as 22% of the state’s beans are rated poor or very poor, 36% are rated fair, and 42% are rated good or excellent. 

  • Corn Near Northfield, Minnesota

    “I’m hoping that an eagle watching over the corn is a good sign! We could use some warmer, sunny days, but rain has been timely and plentiful in our area,” says Carol Peterson (Instagram: @carpet701).

    In Minnesota, 72% of the corn has reached dough stage and 13% is dented. According to the latest Crop Progress report, the state’s corn is in fantastic shape with 82% rated good or excellent, while only 15% is rated fair and 3% is rated poor or very poor. 

  • Soybeans in Monroe City, Missouri

    “We received anywhere from a half inch to an inch of rain last week. It helped out, but wasn't enough,” says Tyler Mudd (Instagram: @tmuddly17). “We'd take some more.”

    The USDA says 75% of Missouri soybeans are setting pods, which is 9% ahead of the state’s five-year average rate. Most, 61%, of the state’s beans are rated good to excellent, but 30% are rated fair and 9% are rated poor or very poor. 

  • Corn in Shadehill, South Dakota

    “I don't know what is going to happen with the corn after the hail storm two weeks ago,” says farmer Doug Ham. “It did ding the ears pretty well, so some are hurt. I was giving it some time to see the extent of the damage.”

    In South Dakota, 65% of the state’s corn has reach dough stage and 13% is dented. The USDA says quality has been better as 27% of South Dakota corn is rated poor or very poor, while 31% is rated fair and 42% is rated good or excellent. 

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