Posted 6/9/2021 11:33 (#9049857 - in reply to #9049756) Subject: RE: Iowa drought?
Most corn here looks good for now. But there are some acres tht appear to have struggled with emergence and maybe even germination. Was a weird spring, super dry and super cold soils. Like so many others we will need regular significant rains through the summer. Hasn't rained here in a few weeks (which wasn't much) and nothing but hot and dry forecasted.
Beans are another story. Very few beans to find around here that you'd say look good. Germination and emergence was a struggle for alot of acres. Then some frost, now hot and dry, and they're sitting waiting for rain like they would in July. Except they're two inches tall, going nowhere.
As far as when it will matter---lets assume it stays warm and dry. Farmer/marketers will be frustrated with the USDA reports because they're not reflecting current conditions. But it's so important to remember their reports are based on info usually a couple weeks old, AND they are NOT speculating the future conditions and it's potential impact on production. Only what conditions actually were when their data was gathered.