GENERAL CANNED CORN CROP REPORT 2011:
Highlights (by USDA):“While cool weather in the Pacific Northwest limited crop development, and the Corn Belt received over 4 inches of rain. Meanwhile, very hot and dry weather in Texas and the Deep South exacerbated drought. ” (by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).)
Corn (by USDA): “In Minnesota, low temperatures and steady rainfall continued to delay crop growth and planting. Topsoil moisture rated as “surplus” was back up to 26% last week, with moderate rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some areas had heavier rain, such as Lamberton, where there was a record 4.4 inches of rain. This made spraying the fields more difficult, and lowered the number of days suitable for fieldwork to 4.1. Farmers say they need warmer and drier weather. ”
"In Wisconsin, rain was welcome in most areas last week. Areas reporting “surplus” topsoil moisture went back to 15%, but only 6% of areas had “short” topsoil moisture. On the other hand, rain contributed to weeds, and spraying has been difficult during wet and windy days. Average temperatures last week were 1-5 degrees below normal, and many areas in Wisconsin are hoping for hotter weather to help crop growth, too." (by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).)
SENECA CROP REPORT 2011
In Wisconsin, erratic precipitation generated up to 7 inches of rainfall in some areas. Rock Falls was one of the areas with the heaviest rainfall, while other parts of the Midwest received from .2 to 2.5” of rainfall for the week. Temperatures for the past week ended near normal. The upcoming week’s forecast is for potential heavy rainfall throughout the growing areas in the Midwest with slightly below normal temperatures for the week. Corn planting should finish according to plan in the Central Sands this week.
Minnesota had widespread rainfall across all growing areas early in the week, and then again over this past weekend, and overall sweet corn planting progress was slow this past week as a result. The weather forecast for this coming week is wet, with heavy rains predicted Monday night and Tuesday (1” – 3” across southern Minnesota). Temperatures are forecast to be in the low to mid 70’s for the upcoming week, which is approximately 5 degrees below normal for this time of year.