In this Evening Edition, read about the weather affecting crops across the country, the latest data from the USDA Crop Progress Report, and proposed changes to the farm bill.
XtremeAg farmers in South Dakota and Alabama avoid storm damage and bring some relief before the heat sets back in.
Chad Henderson, farmer in Madison, Alabama, says, “Most of our corn is at the brown silk stage. It looks like our early planted corn is going to end up taking a yield hit due to heat and lack of rain.”
Lee Lubbers in South Dakota gives an update on his crops, “We sprayed for weeds in our soybeans last week and our corn is getting a second pass of fertilizer now.”
The first full week of July 2022 brought much needed rain to parts of the Corn Belt where drought has been expanding recently.
Looking ahead, the wet weather pattern relaxes in the second full week of July 2022.
According to forecasts from WeatherTrends360, this will be one of the driest second weeks of July in over 30 years for the Corn Belt.
USDA Crop Progress Report
Monday’s Crop Progress Report indicates that 15% of corn is silking; well behind the five-year average of 25%.
Corn crop condition was rated 64% good/excellent, no change from the July 5 report.
Of the top 18 corn growing states, Wisconsin leads with 19% of its crop in excellent shape.
Farm Bill Proposal
Congress would dismember the farm bill if it adopted the ideas proposed by the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), whose membership includes four of every five Republicans in the House
In a budget package, the RSC said it would sever public nutrition programs from the farm bill, eradicate major farm supports and slash federal support of crop insurance.
The package also calls for converting food stamps into a discretionary block grant with states sharing the cost of food assistance.