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South Dakota’s corn and soybean conditions decline

One the nation’s top corn producing states had a slight decline in condition ratings in the last week, but an agronomist with Peterson Farms Seed says the early planted corn isn’t bad. Rick Swenson tells Brownfield “the stuff that went in the last 6... Read More.

Mixed crop conditions in Arkansas

Arkansas had a mix of changes in crop condition ratings in the last week. USDA says Arkansas rice conditions have improved and is now rated 82% good to excellent, a 1% increase from the previous week. The state’s soybean conditions declined 2% in the... Read More.

Wet conditions remain a problem in Minnesota

Excessive moisture continues to hinder spring fieldwork in Minnesota. USDA’s latest weekly crop update says topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are 97 percent adequate to surplus. Soybean planting is 94 percent complete, four days behind the five-year average.  Seventy percent of the crop is... Read More.

MO soybean conditions improve in last week

A top soybean producing state saw an improvement in condition ratings in the last week. USDA says soybean conditions in Missouri are rated 69% good to excellent, an increase of 5 percentage points from the previous week and an improvement from this time last... Read More.

Conditions ripe for crop disease

Conditions are ripe for crop diseases as summer heat intensifies. University of Minnesota Extension crops educator Angie Peltier says plant pathogens favor a wet start to the growing season. “Oftentimes for these multi-cyclic diseases, think frogeye leaf spot in soybean, you get lesions forming... Read More.

Wet conditions dampen crop conditions in southwest Minnesota

National crop condition ratings are higher compared to the past several years, but southwest Minnesota farmer Bryan Biegler tells Brownfield that’s not the case on his farm. “We have a lot more unevenness out in the field this year.” He says frequent rains delayed... Read More.

Soybean pests thriving in wet conditions

Some soybean pests are thriving in wet conditions. Justine Terwillegar with Syngenta Crop Protection says one example is Japanese beetle. “We often see more issues when it’s wet in the spring, and then maybe we transition into more of like a hot, dry summer.... Read More.

Some soybean pests thrive in wet conditions

Some soybean pests are thriving in wet conditions. Justine Terwillegar with Syngenta Crop Protection says one example is Japanese beetle. “We often see more issues when it’s wet in the spring, and then maybe we transition into more of like a hot, dry summer. ... Read More.

Rangeland conditions mixed, UNL climatologist says

A climatologist says rangeland conditions are mixed across the Midwest and Plains. Eric Hunt with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says some areas of western Nebraska remain dry. “I did get some confirmation from a beef extension educator out in this region that’s basically kind... Read More.

Summer drought conditions possible

Brownfield’s meteorologist says farmers should prepare for El Nino to shift to La Nina sooner rather than later.  Greg Soulje tells Brownfield he expects the shift to cause drought conditions to intensify throughout the summer. “As we get deeper into mid and late summer and early... Read More.

Dry conditions a concern in Minnesota

Dry, warm conditions have some farmers in Minnesota on edge. The USDA says February was warm and dry for most of the state, leaving forage crops open to potential winterkill and potentially impacting spring planting. Even with that dry weather for much of the month,... Read More.

Dry conditions impact Illinois’ soil moisture

Warmer, drier conditions were the big ag weather feature for Illinois in February. The USDA says average statewide temperatures were 10 degrees above usual levels, while precipitation was more than an inch short of normal, impacting soil moisture levels ahead of spring planting. 66% of... Read More.