Crop Conditions for 4/23/19
|Past Weeks Rainfall||.25 – 1 inches|
|Crop Progress||Field prep and Planting corn|
|Crop Stage||Preparing fields and planting||Crop Stage||Some early fieldwork and spraying|
|Yield Potential||Average||Yield Potential||Average|
|Current Prices||$3.33||Current Prices||$8.00|
|Fall Price||$3.40||Fall Price||$8.17|
|Past Weeks Trend||Lower||Past Weeks Trend||Lower|
The area to the Southeast of Storm Lake has probably been the most fortunate part of Northwest Iowa over the last 2 weeks. Rainfall amounts have been moderate and soil conditions have improved dramatically. Many area farmers have spent the last week preparing fields and planting corn on the farms that have adequate drainage. Areas further north are still waiting for the soil to dry some more so they are able to get into the field. The weather forecast turns wetter toward the end of this week and will likely push farmers back to waiting for the next week or so.
Crop markets continue to slide lower as traders still don’t see any planting delays to be worried about yet even though yesterdays national planting progress report was only estimated to be 4% complete compared to the average guess of 7-8%. That is still nothing to get excited about as farm operators have large equipment and have proven that they are capable to making significant progress in a week’s time.
Pro Farmer newsletter reported that a trade deal with China is 95% complete. The nearly 11 month trade war has cast a cloud over the markets for too long and a resolution is needed.
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