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One Expert’s Take on the Corn Condition

While most of the corn crop continues to suffer from drought, Ferrie says fields in central Illinois still have a lot of potential.

“To look at it overall you have to say there’s a lot of yield potential out there yet,” he says.
He says good stand counts, health and very little disease mean the possibility of good yields if there is good pollination.
“We’re in a tough spot,” he says. “We’re starting to pollinate our first corn and we’ve got anywhere from 3 to 6 leaves to go on the rest of it. So we’ll be pollinating in the next 10 days.”
Like most of farm country the temperatures in central Illinois are unseasonably hot. Ferrie says nearly 100 degree temperatures are not good for pollination. He says hot weather shortens up pollen life and is tough on the silks.
Ferrie says there are fewer possibilities than last year for yield potential of this crop but the crop is probably in as good a shape than it was last year. Water will be determining factor. He says the crop needs water badly and soon. Ferrie urges farmers to consider what will happen if the rain doesn’t come.
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Wet Weather Keeps Planters in the Shed

One word that keeps surfacing in AgWeb’s Crop Comments this spring is: wet! Excessive rainfall and cool temperatures have delayed a huge portion of planters. Many are still waiting to make that first pass.

In east central Iowa, a farmer reports he finally got planter out of shed to put on the air clutches. “When we got done putting clutches on, we put it right back in shed! We haven’t moved a wheel since April 14.”
Growers around McLeod County, Minn., have also made little planting progress this year. “Our soil is heavily saturated and there is more heavy rain in the forecast,” the farmer reports. “That puts us out to about May 5 to start, and that is assuming we don’t get anymore rain. I highly doubt we will be 50 percent done by May 10. Guys are really starting to get nervous.”
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Western Water Woes

Dairies grapple with uncertain supplies, ever-tougher regulations

Dark clouds unleash a cold, hard rain as dairy producer Mel Medeiros heads to his freestall barn in central California.

After three years of well-publicized drought, California has received near-normal precipitation this year.

Medeiros welcomes the April rain, but he doesn’t expect it to change the state’s water woes one bit.

“Sometimes it looks like a battle we’ll never win,” says Medeiros, who milks 1,300 registered Holsteins near Laton, 20 miles west of Fresno. “Even if we had enough water, we still have to deal with water-quality issues.” Medeiros’ concerns echo across the Western dairy industry. Whether it’s California, Arizona or Utah, the story is the same, says Utah dairy producer Brad Bateman.

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Irrigation Is Increasing On U.S. Farms

According to this USDA video, more U.S. farms are using irrigation compared to five years ago. However, farmers and producers across the country are looking for ways to conserve energy and still get their crops the water they need. Check out this video for more information. Also, visit the USDA YouTube page for other informative videos.

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