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Midwest Corn, Beans Relishing Every Drop of Rain

  • Soybeans in Daviess County, Indiana

    “Some good looking beans but also a lot of beans that have been burnt by dicamba drift in the area,” farmer Ethan Clarke (Instagram: @the_ethan_clarke) says. “Corn is mostly filled out and will start drying down within the start of next month.”

    According to the latest Crop Progress report, 68% of Indiana soybeans are blooming and 28% are setting pods. As for quality, 47% are rated good or excellent, 36% are rated fair, and 17% are rated poor to very poor.

  • Corn in Irving, Illinois

    “Crops are getting pretty dry around here,” says Luke Tuetken (Instagram: @tuek32). “It has been in the high 90s to low 100s all week and a good rain is needed.” 

    In Illinois, 83% of the corn is silking and 7% has reached the dough stage. Quality varies, but the USDA says 63% of the state’s corn is rated good or excellent and 11% is rated poor or very poor.

  • Soybeans in Shadehill, South Dakota

    “The beans are holding on with very little rain.They are flowering now,” says Doug Ham of Shadehill, South Dakota. “This being only the third year for beans ... we are on a learning curve.” 

    In South Dakota, prolonged dry weather is testing the state’s dry soybeans resulting in 24% of the state’s crop being rated poor or very poor and only 25% rated good to excellent. As for maturity, 20% of SD beans are setting pods and 62% are blooming.

  • Corn in Maxwell, Iowa

    “Last week we received a crop saving 1.7 inches. Unfortunately it was accompanied by some pretty strong winds which caused some root lodging and broke out a few tops,” says Rhonda Birchmier of Maxwell, Iowa. “By now almost all corn is pollinated and filling out.”

    In Iowa, 68% of corn is rated good or excellent, while 8% is rated poor or very poor. The latest Crop Progress report says 74% of the state’s corn is silking and 4% has reached the dough stage.

  • Soybeans in Morse Bluff, Nebraska

    “Crops are looking well considering we've had little to no rain for a month!” says Nebraska farmer Justin Mensik (Instagram: @justinmensik). “Pivots have been running nearly nonstop.”

    In Nebraska, 79% of soybeans are blooming as 26% are setting pods. The USDA’s latest Crop Progress report says 59% of the state’s beans are rated good or excellent, 26% are rated fair, and 15% are rated poor or very poor. 

  • Corn Near Northfield, Minnesota

    “Corn is showing great progress in pollination. The 1.25" of rain helped a tremendous amount, since temperatures were in the 90s several days,” says Carol Peterson (Instagram: @carpet701). “Some of the corn is showing signs leaf disease and there is discussion of whether or not to do ariel spraying.”

    In Minnesota, 61% of the corn is silking, the USDA says. As for quality, a whole 80% of the state’s corn is rated good or excellent, 16% is rated fair, and only 4% is rated poor or very poor. 

  • Soybeans in Maxwell, Iowa

    Last week we received a crop saving 1.7 inches. Unfortunately it was accompanied by some pretty strong winds which caused some root lodging and broke out a few tops,” says Rhonda Birchmier of Maxwell, Iowa. “Soybeans are finally getting some size to them. Most are approaching begging pod set.”

    In Iowa, the USDA says 73% of the state’s soybeans are blooming while 30% are setting pods. Most, 62%, of Iowa beans are rated good to excellent, but 10% are rated poor or very poor.

  • Corn in Morse Bluff, Nebraska

    “Crops are looking well considering we've had little to no rain for a month!” says farmer Justin Mensik (Instagram: @justinmensik). “Pivots have been running nearly nonstop.”

    In Nebraska, 76% of the corn is silking and 9% has reached the dough stage. Although 15% is rated poor or very poor, 61% is rated good or excellent by the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report. 

  • Soybeans in Monroe City, Missouri

    “We received about a half inch of rain on Sunday night,” says Tyler Mudd (Instagram: @tmuddly17) “That’s not enough, but it will help.”

    In Missouri, soybeans look pretty decent as 63% of them are rated good or excellent by the USDA. The latest Crop Progress report says 56% of the state’s beans are blooming and 23% are setting pods. 

  • Corn in Shadehill, South Dakota

    “The corn is hanging in there which is good but don't know for how much longer with 90 to 100+ degree days with 20 to 25 mph South Dakota breezes,” says Doug Ham of Shadehill, South Dakota.

    In South Dakota, only 28% of corn is rated good or excellent, while a hefty 37% is rated poor or very poor. The latest Crop Progress report says 46% of the state’s corn is silking and 1% has reached the dough stage.

  • Soybeans Near Northfield, Minnesota

    “Heavy morning dew and 1.25" of rain have helped the soybeans continue to flower and progress. Some of our fields were showing signs of leaf beetle damage and were sprayed last week,” says Carol Peterson (Instagram: @carpet701). “We continue to scout for aphids, but so far we haven't seen any signs.”

    Minnesota soybeans look pretty great, according to the USDA. A whole 72% are rated good to excellent, 70% are blooming, and 20% are setting pods. 

  • Soybeans Near Wilmot, South Dakota

    “Our crops are holding on as spotty showers keep working their way through our region. 3/10-inch of rain last week was welcomed with the heavy dew we experience in the mornings,” says Jason Frerichs (Twitter: @jasonfrerichs). “Soybeans are showing stress as they blossom.”

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