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Midwest Crops Beg for Rain

  • Corn Near Northfield, Minnesota

    “Corn is looking good against bright blue skies, but we could use some rain,” says Carol Peterson (Instagram: @carpet701). “Our last measurable rainfall was over a week ago.”

    In Minnesota, 80% of the state’s corn is rated good to excellent. Minnesota has one of the lowest percentages of corn rated poor to very poor at only 4%, and 16% is rated fair, the USDA says.

  • Soybeans Near Wilmot, South Dakota

    “We are getting dry in the Wilmot area. Crops are holding on but will need a rain soon,” says Jason Frerichs (Twitter: @jasonfrerichs).

    In South Dakota, 29% of soybeans are blooming while 1% is already setting pods, according to the latest Crop Progress report. Quality is struggling as 28% of the state’s beans are rated poor to very poor, 38% are rated fair, and 34% are rated good to excellent.

  • Corn in Maxwell, Iowa

    “Much of the corn in our area is rolled or beginning to roll,” says Rhonda Birchmier. “Corn on really light soil is lead colored and shrinking.” The last significant rain the area got was 0.5 inches on June 28.

    In Iowa, 77% of the state’s corn is rated good or excellent, 19% is rated fair, and 4% is rated poor or very poor, according to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report. Although Iowa’s five-year average silking rate is 20%, only 7% of the state’s corn is silking as of Sunday.

  • Corn in Nickerson, Kansas

    “The corn is mostly pollinated. Some looks decent, but a lot will go backward this week since it will be 100°F. and windy with no real moisture prospects,” says Geoffrey Burgess (Instagram: @geoffreyburgess). “Milo doing well but beans will be hurting by Thursday.”

    In Kansas, 36% of the corn crop is silking, according to the latest Crop Progress report. Although 61% of Kansas corn is rated good to excellent, 31% is rated fair, and 8% is rated poor to very poor.

  • Soybeans in Daviess County, Indiana

    “My earliest planted beans have begun to put pods on,” Ethan Clarke (Instagram: @the_ethan_clarke) says. “I’m hitting the rest of them with a foliar feed and a micronutrient pack.”

    According to the latest Crop Progress report, 31% of Indiana soybeans are blooming and 1% are setting pods. Quality-wise, 50% are rated good to excellent, 36% are rated fair, and 14% are rated poor to very poor.

  • Corn in Irving, Illinois

    “Crops have made some good progress with some recent rain,” says Luke Tuetken (Instagram: @tuek32).

    Most (63%) of Illinois corn is looking good to excellent, but 28% is rated fair, and 9% is rated poor to very poor, the USDA says. As for maturity, 33% of the state’s corn crop is silking, which is 12% less than the Illinois five-year average.

  • Soybeans Near Northfield, Minnesota

    “Soybeans that were hit by hail a few weeks ago seem to be growing out the damage,” says Carol Peterson (Instagram: @carpet701). “Final assessment will be made at harvest to see if the bruised stems will continue to grow and produce quality pods.”

    The USDA says 25% of Minnesota’s soybean crop is blooming and 1% is setting pods as of Sunday. As for crop quality so far, the latest Crop Progress report says 73% of Minnesota soybeans are in good to excellent condition, 22% are rated fair, and 5% are rated poor to very poor.

  • Corn in Morse Bluff, Nebraska

    “Our first tassels are showing up!” says Justin Mensik (Instagram: @justinmensik).

    In Nebraska, the USDA says 68% of the state’s corn is rated good to excellent, 23% is rated fair, and 9% is rated poor as of Sunday. According to the USDA, 14% of the Nebraska corn crop is silking.

  • Soybeans in Monroe City, Missouri

    “In keeping with the theme of this weekend’s big news, here are 50 acres of Liberty beans with dicamba damage. #farmingisfun,” says Tyler Mudd (Instagram: @tmuddly17).

    Missouri soybeans are moving right along as 23% are blooming and 2% are setting pods. According to the latest USDA report, 62% of the state’s soybeans are rated good to excellent, 31% are rated fair, and 7% are rated poor or very poor.

  • Corn Near Wilmot, South Dakota

    “We are getting dry in the Wilmot area. Crops are holding on but will need a rain soon,” says Jason Frerichs (Twitter: @jasonfrerichs).

    The lack of the rain isn’t helping out South Dakota corn, which shows in this week’s quality ratings from the USDA: 37% good to excellent, 35% fair, and 28% poor to very poor. Only 2% of the state’s corn is silking.

  • Soybeans in Maxwell, Iowa

    “Soybeans are under stress,” says Rhonda Birchmier. “They are turning their leaves over, shrinking, and turning gray.” The last significant rain the area got was 0.5 inches on June 28.

    In Iowa, 33% of the state’s soybeans are blooming and 5% are setting pods. According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, 67% of Iowa soybeans are rated good to excellent, 24% are rated fair, and 9% are rated poor or very poor.

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