Caterpillar weather

Inc

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#1
We farm dryland wheat north of Denver, Colorado. We are experiencing severe drought conditions. Many wheat fields are total losses, others are on the critical list. When the weather folks predict some moisture, it doesn't happen. All we get are warm temperatures and wind....or we get cloudy, dry, cold weather fronts from the north. Pretty grim outlook. In the mountains west of Denver, there is a major forest fire about every week and the summer season hasn't even started.
 

Illinois_Gleaner

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#2
Same here in south central Ill. last year was waiting on a rain to finish last fields of beans. This year nothing but rain. Over 5 inches in the last two days and more on the way tonight. Sure rains easy when its wet dont itIJIJIJ Have only worked a few acres nothing in the ground here. Illinois Gleaner
 

Jeff

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We were headed for dry conditions in Southeast Kansas. last night most of the FourState area received 4 to 6 inches of rain and widespread hail. Tonights forcast is grim. Right now there is a tornado warning about 4 hours West of us heading straight East. Our two rivers are already out of there banks with another 2 to 4 inches of rain on its way. I would rather be to wet than to dry but right now I can't afford either one. If the flood gets worse I will post tomorrow.
 

Silver_Bullet

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#4
Here, in SW Nebraska and surrounding area, we are having quite the opposite problem you are. We have recieved less than an inch of moisture so far this year. Had a wheat field adjusted out today at 3 bushels per acre. Adjuster said that what looks alright won't yield much even if it rains an inch a week for the next 6 weeks. Head size has already been determined and it is small. Freeze is forecasted for tonight...might be a good thing if it did. Might as well finnish it off quickly! We're planting corn and beans now but not very excited about it as some of it won't come up. So around here, things are looking pretty bleak. I know it is frustrating not to plant because it is too wet but at least when you do get it planted it has moisture to grow. I know I still prefer to be too wet than too dry.
 

R7

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I live in North Dakota and we have been very cold up here and the springs work has gone very slow. Today we had 6-8" of snow and it is the 8th of May.We were nicely dry prior to the snow and were just getting ready to put the canola and barley in. It must be that global warming thing again!!! John
 

rforro

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#6
Here in S.E. Michigan has not realy dried out all spring, been very cold. Was able to get corn planted, have not started beans kind of waiting for it to warm up. Will probaly start beans next week.
 

Bob

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#7
East Central Nebraska has been awfully dry this year. In April we only had a 10th of what is normal. It seems like it is cloudy and they predict rain but none comes. The rains in May so far have been spotty but only get a quarter inch or so. There is moisture to plant but it may not last long. There for a while some people started their pivot irrigation systems to settle the dust.
 

husker_gleaner

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#8
Her in south central Nebraska it also is very dry we received less than an inch some spotted areas got up to over two thi past sunday. Wheat looks fair and people arent to excited bout the spring crops without subsoil moisture this is the third dry year in a row here.
 

tj

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#9
I saw the footage of a very large tornado last night near Pratt KS. It did not look pretty, I hope eveyone is okIJ Anybody hear of damagesIJ Hailed out wheatIJ tj
 

cleaner_gleaner

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#10
Very very dry in panhandle of Nebraska. Had some snow in early April and about 1-2 tenths of rain in May. That's all. I think we have had a record amount of wind this year. Wheat suffering, alfalfa eaten by cutworms,grass non-existant, sugarbeet seed still waiting to sprout, those that sprouted have been froze twice, corn seed waiting for moisture. I'm ready to plant edible beans--but whyIJ
 

ROCK

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#11
SE Indiana Weather station from Indy said we are in the top 10 for precipitation since records kept. I have had more rain than they have. 12.7 inches for Apr. Have 5.3 so far in May. Not pretty but hey maybe the cutworms will be grown or drown by the time we get cranking. I agree with others ...better to be wet than dry. We are usually wet here in springs 5 out of 10 times. 50 Acres of corn planted on gravelly river bottoms north of Indy on another farm....that is it. Water has been over a third of it three times. Hope you guys out west get some moisture we need your dry weather here badly
 

Jimmy

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#12
Hey, send some of that rain to North Carolina. In April we had .3 inches. Over the last four years we are 40 inches below normal. I've been praying for a stray thunder storm. All the rain the Mid-West has been getting dries up when it hits the mountains.
 

greengoose

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#13
Here in Ontario, Canada we have been getting rain left and right and planting is slow. We just got an inch and a half yesterday morning. We are only about 50% finished planting corn. Alot of farmers in my area have barely anything in the ground.
 

thud

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#14
What part of Ontario are you inIJ Im in Essex County and like you we are getting alot of rain. At this time last year we had all the corn in the ground and 95% of the beans,,, this year we have 75ac of corn in and 65 beans.. with along way to go. Most guys havent even been in the fields here.We might be able to go by monday if the wind keeps blowing and the sun keeps shining but they are callin for more rain saturday and sunday.
 

meadowgreen

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#15
We're 50 mi. east of KC. Had 5.6 inches in 3 hrs Wed. evening. Couldn't buy a rain 4 weeks ago. Waited on last 40 ac. of corn because of dry conditions in early April. Wanted to spread out my risk. Finally got it in Saturday. Have had 8.5 inches on field since Sunday. UGO terraces have a foot of silt at outlets. More over the weekend. A few started beans Fri. and Sat.
 

Mike

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#16
Where are you from in North CarolinaIJ We have been real dry to, although there has been plenty of rain just north of us. Those mountains have costed us a lot over the years by breaking up the rain.
 

Jeff

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#18
The rivers are going down, finally we get to see if the corn will survive. ( dought it) There is a 90% chance of storms tomorrow. Maybe they will warsh the mud off. Silver Bullet is right when it does dry out we have plenty of moisture. It sure is a sinking feeling though to watch your wheat grow all spring and then see it go down the river. One of the bigger farmers in the county has lost one thousand acres to the river.
 

greengoose

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#19
I'm from Oxford County. We were able to get some more of the crops in, currently we have in 200 acres of corn and 0 acres of beans. We are about 2_3 finished corn, some of it is just starting to come through the ground which is nice.hopefully this week all the corn will be in and same with the beans. We received about 2 inches of rain this past week. How much have you guys been gettin up thereIJ
 

thud

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#20
Most guys here havent even hit the fields... we did manage to get another 15 acres of corn in and 6 acres of beans ( YIPEEEEEEEE just finished fields that we had already started before the last rains came ).We are maybe 15 % done corn and 10% of the beans are in but wont be doing anymore for a while as we recieved another 1.75-3 inches of rain on the weekend, a lot of standing water .I get up to Oxford a few times each summer,( have good friends that farm near Drumbo) beautiful country and nice ground( although it looks drought prone), us flat-landers down in Essex arent used to all those hills and valleys you guys have lOl.
 
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