Ag Chat with Bob Bosold - June 30
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - As we turn the calendar to July, the corn and soybean crops look as good as they have in the past decade. This week’s Crop Progress Report shows 73% of the corn across the country is rated 73% good to excellent this week. That’s the 4th highest good to excellent rating for corn since 2011. Iowa’s corn looks the best, rated 85% good to excellent with Minnesota close behind at 84%. The soybean crop is close behind with a 71% good to excellent rating this week and like corn, the 4th highest rating for the end of June since 2011. The biggest improvement in the condition of the beans this week is in the eastern Corn Belt.
In Wisconsin, the condition of the corn fell 2% from last week—down to 78% good to excellent. And with the heavy rains in western parts of the state yesterday, the condition will probably fall a bit for next week. The soybean crop also lost some ground last week as it’s rated 79% good to excellent this week—down 3 percent from last week. This week’s report also rates the oat crop at 79% good to excellent with potatoes at 96% good to excellent and winter wheat at76% good to excellent with 89% of the crop headed out. State farmers have also put up 96% of their first hay crop with 10% of the second crop also in the barn. Topsoil moisture this week is rated 92% adequate to surplus but that was before yesterday’s deluge in parts of our area.
Organizers of a couple of the biggest outdoor farm shows in the country have had a change of heart. Last week we told you that the Farm Progress Show scheduled later this summer at Boone, Iowa and Husker Harvest days in Nebraska were both a go. But now show organizers say they are cancelling both shows because of concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, which they said is becoming a greater concern than it was just a few weeks ago. But they are saying that since all the crops are in and growing, they plan to put together some kind of virtual show to follow the crops to harvest.
Farm Service Agency officials now say they will take applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on-line so farmers can complete those applications from home. But that convenience can only be used by sole proprietors or single member businesses. So far, over 252 thousand producers have gotten checks worth just over $4 billion from the CFAP program.
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