Spring has come early in the Buckeye state. And so has the harvest.
Here's this week's semi-random "Farm Report" ... brought to you by Factory Farmers of America, "We make business of farming boom."
by Mary Vanac, Columbus Dispatch -- June 21, 2012
[...]No worries folks, that's just
This year’s early spring and unusually warm weather in late May are bringing harvests of sweet corn and other crops earlier than usual [in Ohio].
“Consumers (are) getting caught off guard,” said Brad Bergefurd, extension educator of horticulture, agriculture and natural resources at Ohio State University.
Because of that, seasons for produce such as strawberries and asparagus were over before they usually began, he said. The overall season for corn, however, is not expected to be shorter than normal.
“It’s a little strange,” said Tom Witten, the lead farmer in the family. “There seems to be a warming trend globally. We just picked 50 bushels of bell peppers. That beats our previous record by two weeks.”
Records are made to be broken, right?
This early harbinger of "good tidings" is visiting the land of the razorbacks too ...
by Associated Press, posted on businessweek.com -- June 20, 2012
(AP) -- Arkansas row crop farmers are watching their plants mature at an unprecedented pace due to early planting that was possible thanks to lengthy, warm spring weather.
"If everything keeps going like it has so far this year, we could be harvesting two to three weeks earlier," said Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. [...]
"The warm weather March through June has really pushed the corn crop along," said Jason Kelley, extension agronomist for the division. "We had the warmest March on record, which aided in early planting and allowed early planted corn to emerge and grow quickly."
No worries folks, all that extra free time just means more time for vacations ...
Shoot if this keeps up, you might end up with most of the summer off.
Woo hoo! That's living the life, eh?
Of course, unseasonable warm summers and unstoppable early springs, don't always equal less time on the tractor.
Sometimes it means less food on the shelves.
by Gary Truitt, hoosieragtoday.com -- June 20, 2012
All crops are suffering, but corn is nearing its pollination phase when dry weather can quickly reduce yield potential. A few southern Indiana cornfields have started pollinating, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicating that 2 percent of the state’s corn was silking as of June 17. Yield potential is likely wilting along with the parched crops.
Soybean conditions have also dropped, with state yield potential falling to about 45 bushels per acre, from an expected average of 49 at the start of the growing season. [...] At current crop prices for this fall, the reduction of 90 million bushels of Indiana corn and 20 million bushels of soybeans has a value of about $750 million. While all sectors of the state’s agriculture economy are being affected by dryness, corn and soybeans are the largest individual components by value.
So much less food, that even futures traders are taking notice. "What's another buck-a-bushel matter anyways," they are asking? Their profit is still green.
by Ed Zagorski, Capital Newspapers, wiscnews.com -- June 20, 2012
“Right now, you can see the leaves on the corn plants rolling up to try and protect (themselves) from the heat,” Larsen said. “It’s just too dry out there.”
“Since Memorial Day, we’ve only had about six-tenths of an inch of rain out here,” Larsen said. “And there are not a lot of reserves left in the soil.”
Temperatures also have been above normal in parts of Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
Recent U.S. Agriculture Department reports have shown deteriorating conditions in the corn crop across the Midwest. About 66 percent of the crop was rated in good-to-excellent condition for the week that ended June 10. That compared with 72 percent the previous week.
Traders on Monday questioned whether dry conditions would erode the quality of the crop and lead to a smaller harvest, thereby causing a rise in the price of corn.
Of course, when those crop failures are near total -- it impacts more than the profit margins on virtual trades on Wall Street.
Crazy weather can impact real people too:
AnnArbor.com -- Jun 1, 2012
A rare extended period of summerlike temperatures in March caused trees to blossom early, only to be hit by April frosts and freezes. Farmers and extension agents say the one-two punch has all but wiped out the tart cherry crop, while other orchard fruits such as sweet cherries, apples, pears and peaches have suffered extensive damage.
It also cites crop damage due to blizzards, hail, tornadoes, flooding, excessive rain and lightning that occurred between Jan. 1 and May 11.
The governor says the crop losses currently are estimated at $223.5 million.
Well you unlucky cropless-farmers out there, there's always the migrant workers circuit to look into, if the recent events in Georgia are any leading indicator.
Especially considering that the science-illiterate party will probably continue to get their billionaire-sponsored ways. "Setting down roots" ain't what it used to be, now that Nature's seasonal boundaries are on the continual move.
To the nimble, goes the bounty. To the rigid, go the spoils ... oh well. Same old, same old.
That ends today's Farm Report, also sponsored by Monsanto, "The company that can make a Soybean grow anywhere -- just give them time."
... onto other matters, the hometown team has an important game coming up this week-end ... bring your umbrellas, hats, and plenty of sunscreen -- it's gonna be another scorcher ... Stay Cool -- if you can.