Well, in Carroll county, IA, we haven't gotten a drop since late June and that was only a couple of tenths. Our corn is quickly drying up. We usually have high humidity and we haven't got that all that much either. Some years the I swear the corn can survive off the morning dew till another rain. What isn't drying up is aborting kernels and we have also seen where the ears have dropped already which is way too early for that. We are at the sweet corn stage (size of sweet corn) only the ear is smaller. We are thinking anywhere from 0-60 bushels an acre which might not be enough to feed hogs next year. My grandpa commented the other day that he hasn't ever seen the state of flux we are in now and he's almost 85.
He said the drought was terrible but the markets weren't as volatile as they are. We don't know what lies in the future as far as pricing-corn/hogs or if we will even have corn to feed the hogs.
what did not dry up is blown over now right. You go 40 miles north up around fort dodge IA we have had about same rainfall as carroll county but the differance in how the dirt holds water is showing.
I drive truck on side normal week takes me from CO, to ND to OH.
NEB really dry, East KS looks better than West KS, CO is really dry, As you go up 83 into SD and ND west SD and ND dry East ND and West MN look good. You go south back to IA and it gets worse and worse south WS dry and North IL gets better to central IL but south IL looks bad. East OH looks good.
Depends on what type of ground you have around here (NW Iowa), My dads acres look good, just about normal looking for this time a year, but you can drive 10 to 20 miles north and some corn has no green color left in it. Some guys that are chopping are making a dust like they are combining beans.
Here in eastern CO/western KS we are dry as cracker juice. We did get a big rain the other night which amounted to .20 inches. Irrigated corn looks pretty good. Dryland is pretty much well gone or getting there. The best looking dryland is where we planted into thick wheat stubble. We use a stripper header for wheat which leaves a lot of straw and that straw holds what moisture there is in the ground. Insurance declared one dryland field today. If you want to send your rain our way we will appreciate it.
We ended 2011 with with 4-9" rain last year. Some neighbors didn't have any measurable rainfall. We generally plant winter wheat Oct-Nov and it did not even germinate until March 2011. Most cotton crops were 100% failure. We no-till along with very few others, and grew 300lb/acre cotton on 30% stand. This year is not much better as we watch the little cotton we have vaporize in the heat. 108 F all week and we face humans running out of water down here. All stock ponds, creeks and rivers were dry dirt. One river I used to ski on I road my horse all over looking for roaming cows. Not sure we can survive a 3rd year of this drought.
It is drier than a rice cake fart here in NW Kansas....we have more "crack" than Harlem in our fields, you could lose a small child in some of the cracks, started tying ropes to the kids when they play outside. haha...not really but it is getting more ugly by the day. Dug down 10" in this years irrigated wheat stubble and never hit decent moisture, dug down in some summer fallow and it was worse. Gonna need a 1.5-2" soaker rain to make moisture meet up so the '13 wheat crop can at least have a chance
Gotta keep a good attitude somehow!! haha, My old truck is still running good, my ticker's ticking like the say it should, supper in the oven, a good women's lovin (oh wait, that's a song isn't it. haha)......were gonna be alright, but am ready for the summer to be over! Glad you got a good laugh bill...Personally, I like Kevin's "cracker juice" one. LOL, good stuff!