Jonathan Knutson, Agweek Staff Writer
The Upper Midwest 2019 crop season has reached awkward August, when the weather can never quite please area farmers. Ag producers want dry conditions to help small grain harvest, but also need rain to bolster other crops, particularly corn and soybeans. The paradox is especially true this year, with the region's wheat harvest well behind schedule and both corn and soybeans less advanced than usual.
Harvest has begun in the Upper Midwest. It's just getting started and it's not as advanced as normal, but it's finally underway. A fraction of wheat in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana was harvested as of Aug. 4, according to the weekly crop progress released Aug. 5 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Wheat, corn and soybeans are the region's three major crops. Typically, wheat is the first to be planted and the first to be harvested.
Many Upper Midwest farmers, at least the ones who grow wheat, corn and soybeans, typically face a quandary in August. They want dry weather to make the wheat harvest easier, but also want regular rains during the month to replenish soil moisture for still-developing corn, and especially, soybeans. That looks to hold true again this year, even though corn and soybean development remains far behind normal.
Cooperative fall weather is always important to Upper Midwest farmers. It will be especially important this year, with most area crops still far behind their normal development. The weekly crop progress report, released July 22 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that the maturity of area crops, especially corn and soybeans, continues to lag their five-year averages. The report reflects conditions as of July 21.
Here and there, in certain states and crops, the 2019 Upper Midwest crop is showing signs of improvement. But the overall crop remains far less advanced than usual, and that could lead to trouble this fall. The weekly crop progress report, released Monday, July 8, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It reflects conditions as of July 7.
The Fourth of July is roughly halfway through the Upper Midwest 2019 crop season. Now, at the midpoint, some crops — especially wheat — are doing better than others. And some states, especially North Dakota, are faring better than others. That's according to statistics found in the weekly crop progress report, released July 1 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report reflects conditions as of June 30. Spring wheat the star so far, though not everywhere.
The Upper Midwest's often-delayed spring planting season is virtually wrapped up. Now, attention is focused on crop conditions and a new government report indicates a mixed bag. Though generalizing can be risky, crops in North Dakota are faring relatively well, while South Dakota crops are doing relatively poorly. Crops in Minnesota and Montana rate sometime in between. The weekly crop progress report was released June 17 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It reflects conditions on June 16.
With the Upper Midwest's spring planting window closing fast, some Upper Midwest farmers made rapid planting progress in the week ending June 9, a new government report says. For example, Minnesota farmers planted 29% of their projected soybean crop during the week, reflecting favorable planting conditions in parts of the state.
Upper Midwest farmers have made recent progress planting their crops — but not nearly as much as many producers wanted. As a result, some important, difficult decisions must soon be made. The region's slow-to-start and often-delayed planting season did not enjoy a particularly good week overall in the seven days ending June 2, according to the weekly crop progress report released June 3 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report confirms that Upper Midwest farmers are far behind normal with their spring planting. Area farmers are trailing their average planting pace in corn, wheat and soybeans, the region's three major crops, according to the weekly crop progress report released May 13 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the USDA. The report reflected conditions on May 12.