GENERAL CANNED CORN CROP REPORT 2011:
Highlights (by USDA):Cool weather continued in the northern half of the US, delaying development of many crops. Average temperatures in the northern Great Plains and Great Lakes regions were as low as 8 degrees below normal. The Southeast received much-needed rainfall, and weather in the South was hotter, if not better, as drought worsened. (by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).)
Corn (by USDA): In Minnesota, heavy rains and continuing cool weather delayed crop progress. After continuous wet weather last week, topsoil has become saturated with water. Fully half of all areas report surplus topsoil moisture, and some fields have standing water. Only 1.8 days last week were suitable for fieldwork, and temperatures were approximately 4 degrees below normal.
In Wisconsin, rain and cool temperatures continued throughout the week. Although the rain stopped over the weekend, only 2.4 days were suitable for fieldwork. This made weed control difficult, and severely limited planting. In order to help corn fields that with weeds and low nitrogen, many growers are preparing to spray as soon as weather allows. Average temperatures last week were between normal and 4 degrees below normal. (by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).)
SENECA CROP REPORT 2011
Sweet corn planting continues. Central Sands finished up this past Sunday.
Rainfall from the previous weekend along with showers during the week made planting difficult this past week in Wisconsin. Most growing areas had rainfall in the .5 to 1.5 inch range. The forecast for this week is warmer throughout the week with 90’s in Wisconsin at the end of the week. Rainfall will be very minimal after, so it should be a good week of planting.
Pea harvest is under way with 7% of our peas harvested. Last week was wet, which hampered sweet corn planting, but the forecast for the coming week should allow us to get much of the remaining acreage planted by the end of this week, as most locations were back in the fields planting on Monday.
The weather forecast for this coming week is expected to be warmer and drier, with only slight chances of rainfall later in the week. Temperatures are forecast to be at or above normal most of the upcoming week, with highs expected in the 90’s on Thursday and Friday.