Regional Crop Update

Apr 03, 2024

Regional Crop Update

Sperry, Iowa
     The last few weeks have been cold and wet in southeast Iowa with a considerable amount of rain and temperatures dipping below freezing most nights. The cold has pushed back on any thoughts of an early spring, but if it warms up next week planters will be rolling on the lighter ground. The moisture is a much-needed relief to a dry soil profile but if it doesn’t start to dry in the next two weeks the conditions will be unfavorable for planting. With the mild and wet winter we experienced in southeast Iowa fields are turning green earlier with a lot of grasses and winter annuals coming in with a vengeance. Early burndowns are a hot topic due to the volume of weed pressure.

Cedar & Scott County, Iowa
     The previous few weeks have been colder and wetter than the weeks preceding them. Any additional moisture would still be welcomed as the area is still considered abnormally dry. Since January 1st we have accumulated roughly 140 GDUs while the 30-year average is around 65. This is leading to some winter annuals being ahead of schedule. Something to keep in mind when sprayers start rolling soon. Spring fertilizer applications are caught up which is different than the previous few years. Should bode well for starting burn down here in a couple weeks.

Jackson & Clinton County, Iowa
      The spring anhydrous season in Eastern Iowa got off to an early start over the past couple weeks but was abruptly halted by rain and a snowfall of which totaled more than predicted in some areas.  Last week was not conducive to much field work getting accomplished and with rain moving in over Easter weekend, the early part of this week does not look promising either.  Although weather has not been favorable to much of an early Spring, we will always welcome the moisture to help replenish the soil moisture levels lost during the drier than average growing season of 2023.  Looking ahead toward the later part of this week, temperatures will be on the rise. We could see wheels start to turn again once fields dry back out and become fit as farmers have started to ask about applying burndown applications to get ahead of the fields that have greened due to the unseasonably mild back half of winter.

Ryan, Iowa
     A few weeks of unseasonably warm weather early this spring has spring anhydrous at about 65-70% complete in the Ryan area.  Progress has slowed down over the past couple weeks as temperatures dropped and precipitation picked up.  However, the precipitation is much appreciated since Delaware County is still in the “Extreme Drought” and “Severe Drought” categories of the US Drought Monitor.
Annawan & Kasbeer, Illinois
     The law of averages appears to be playing out in our weather pattern over the course of the last few weeks. February brought well above average temperatures which are now being reeled back to near average and some below average temperatures throughout March. Despite this recent trend the region has accumulated about 155 GDUs from the turn of the calendar until now, April 1st. The first GDU of the year was recorded on February 1st. This has helped contribute to the green-up of yards, road ditches, winter wheat, and of course several winter annual weeds that can be seen popping up across fields. As you shift your focus to pre-plant spraying and planting keep in mind the federal crop insurance planting dates. The initial planting dates are as follows; April 10th for corn and the 15th for soybeans in Bureau, Henry, Lee, and Whiteside counties and April 5th for corn and the 10th for soybeans in Knox Stark and Marshall counties.

Galva & Camp Grove, Illinois
     The theme of this week’s update is cold and wet, which is quite a change from the warmer and drier than average winter we’ve experienced in Northern Illinois. The last two weeks have brought much-needed moisture, and cold temperatures that have kept seed firmly in the shed. Despite the dreary weather recently, spring ammonia and dry fertilizer applications are ahead of schedule. Winter annual weeds are looking very healthy for this time of year, so well-timed burndown applications will be critical to keep them from getting too big. As we look forward to planting, remember to keep an eye on the soil temperature. Soil temps have fluctuated nearly 10 degrees over the last month due to the unpredictable weather. If these conditions persist, early planting may cause undue stress to germinating seeds.

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Apr 15, 2024

Cedar/Scott County, Iowa

Temperatures have come back to the mean after March, which was ahead of schedule. We haven't had a day in April that has been more than 10⁰F above normal. We have received some much-needed moisture in the last couple of weeks. Soil temperatures have growers thinking about planting, but not many wheels have turned so far. The forecast for moisture this week will most likely keep growers out of the field and hoping for better days ahead. This spring's weather has been very conducive for fertilizer and NH3 applications, which has helped growers and retailers be as prepared as possible heading into planting season.

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