At this time last year, 88 percent of Illinois’ corn crop was in the ground. This year, just seven percent is.
“Corn planting remains stalled at 1 percent complete. That compares to 56 percent one year ago, when we had that wonderful early spring,” the USDA says.
Vernon Hugh Bowman seems comfortable with the old way of doing things, right down to the rotary-dial telephone he used in a conference call with reporters.
Iowa still solidly led the pack with 1.87 billion bushels, followed by Minnesota’s 1.37 billion and Nebraska’s 1.29 billion.
You can do so much more than a cold vegetable tray with ranch dressing to fill out the menu for a tailgate party. Football season marks the tail end of fresh corn season, so get this on your menu soon.
The harvest advanced from 80 to 87 percent, as farmers switched to soybeans or were kept out of the fields by rain.
Statewide, topsoil moisture is now 44 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus – not enough to help this year’s corn and soybeans, but good news for next year.
The U.S. Drought Monitor’s new map shows 65.5 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing some form of drought as of Tuesday.
Cows are developing quite a sweet tooth thanks to an unprecedented drought that has rocked cattle ranchers in the Midwest.
Some have suggested that ethanol production be temporarily halted to ensure enough feed for livestock.