Midwest Fields: Weed Worries Grow – Planting Delayed in Iowa, Michigan – DTN

🕔May 18, 2018In the race to plant the 2018 crop, the month of May has seen a lot of winners. Gerald Gauck of east-central Indiana crossed the finish line on May 12. […]

Iowa Corn, Soybeans: Delayed Planting – How Will It Affect Yields?

🕔May 16, 2018Planting conditions in northern Iowa, especially north of highway 20, is experiencing delays due to abundant rainfall. Corn planting progress is currently at 40% across the northern crop reporting districts […]

USDA Crop Progress: Corn Planting Rockets Ahead – DTN

🕔May 15, 2018Farmers continued to put the pedal to the metal last week, pushing planting progress ahead another 23 percentage points and nearly catching up to the five-year average pace, according to […]

USDA Crop Progress: Planting Jumped Ahead with Improved Weather – DTN

🕔May 9, 2018Corn planting progress jumped a whopping 22 percentage points last week and narrowed the gap between this year’s progress and the five-year average pace, according to the USDA National Ag […]

Iowa Field Reports: Planting Slowed by Wet Weather

🕔May 8, 2018#Plant18 continues to progress across the state. According to Monday’s USDA Crop Progress Report, approximately 40% of Iowa’s expected corn crop has been planted and 11% of the expected soybean […]

Soybeans: Prospects for Timely Planting of the 2018 Crop

🕔May 2, 2018In a farmdoc daily article on April 25, 2018, we examined the prospects for timely planting of the U.S. corn crop in 2018. Our computations indicated that there was still […]

Midwest Soybeans: Have Yields Increased Relative to Corn in Recent Years?

🕔May 2, 2018Soybean yields across much of the Corn Belt have been exceptionally high in recent years, leading to the question of whether soybean yields are increasing relative to corn yields. This […]

Iowa: Soil Water, Residue, and Nitrogen Status for 2018

🕔Apr 27, 2018Every year is different. This year’s weather from January 1 to April 25 was cold and wet; a stark contrast to last year’s weather. While we know the differences in […]

Corn: Will the 2018 Crop Get Planted ‘On Time’?

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🕔Apr 26, 2018It is generally acknowledged that the U.S. average corn yield is largely determined by weather conditions during the reproductive and grain filling stages during the summer months. Still, weather conditions […]

Iowa Soybeans: A Tough Winter for Bean Leaf Beetle

🕔Apr 25, 2018Bean leaf beetle adults are susceptible to cold weather and most will die when air temperatures fall below 14°F (-10°C). However, they have adapted to winter by protecting themselves under […]

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