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Old 06-11-2012, 01:46 PM
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Corn are doing great in my region... same with rye.
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:49 PM
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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I don't know much about crops. We grow grass. And the pastures are starting to get awfully dry...

To make it worse, my husband works in the oil patch in ND and every time I talk to him he's complaining about the fact that it's raining.
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:26 PM
Location: Canada
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We were afraid of another drought year - almost no rain last year, and no snow to speak of this last winter, and fires springing up everywhere. Most crops were in the ground by the end of April but the soil was powder dry. Now we've had two rainy weeks and everything is looking really good. We're not too wet yet but a little sunshine would be nice and we're supposed to have that starting tomorrow.

The garden is also looking good. I had it in by the end of April.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:57 AM
Location: Central Midwest
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The ground is so dry the catfish are carrying canteens.....seriously we are in a drought in the corn belt. No measurable rain for a long while. The corn crops are curled and many of the fields have big areas which are turning black. The beans don't look as badly as the corn. Winter wheat is being harvested right now. There is a possibility of rain for this Sunday.....the farmers are beginning to do rain dances!!! LOL
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by sunsprit View Post
Here in SE WY, Panhandle NE, & NW CO ... where folk have adequate irrigation water available, alfalfa is doing OK. But dryland wheat is headed out on a lot of fields not higher than 6" tall, probably won't be combined as the seed heads are not filling out.

I flew last Saturday over the region to check out who was cutting already, and found that a lot of pivots weren't run this year. Other than those farmers who exchanged their irrigation right water to sell to the fracking companies this year, it looks like a lot of people didn't have enough water to run all of their irrigation systems and natural moisture wasn't adequate for dryland crops on their land. For example, one local farmer has 9 sections under pivots and only 3 of them were fully irrigated, 2 were just 1/2 irrigated, and the rest were alfalfa that looked burned out.

Dryland corn and sunflowers looked very stunted, not doing well.

Regionally, it looks like hay production this year will be in very short supply.

I visited with my local ag spray operator this week, and he said that his business was off by 60% this year. Many area farmers aren't spraying much acreage this year because there's nothing there to spray. Not a good sign for all the various crops in the area.

In an average year, I need to trim up the native grasses that grow by my pasture fences to keep them exposed for livestock control, or trim up my equipment yard to have access there. This year, I haven't had to run a mower anywhere on our place. Neighbors with dryland that depend upon having some forage for their horses are already having to bring in hay because their native grass fields are barren this year; even the weeds aren't growing.
Ahhh, that worries me. Last year was one of the driest in TX and hay went up to $17/square bale. We've had lots of rain here but most of it came in a few events, not distributed over time. I am not sure (have to get some more information) but I think I will stock up on hay (I only have two horses) to last for a long while when the time comes. I am thinking if TX underproduces and there is drought in other hay producing areas, we are screwed

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