MGGA Weekly Crop Condition Survey

 

AUGUST 2, 2022

Carter County - Michael Hansen
Started cutting winter wheat last week, got a thousand acres cut so far. Yields are well above average, test weight is 60 and protein is 15. Spring crops are dying fast, top of the heads on the durum are turning white and it may not fill. Had to swath the millet because the grasshoppers were going to eat it faster than they could be sprayed out. Sprayed canola for grasshoppers a second time, might just be a losing battle at this point. 100 degrees and twenty mile an hour wind today. The combines loving DEF system is acting up so I am writing this while waiting for the computer to show up to fix it. GPS also hasn’t been working so have to steer, I have no idea how the older generation did that!!! Moisture conditions are poor receiving no precipitation in the past week. Crops planted are winter wheat, durum, barley, canola, hay and millet. Grasshoppers are biblical. Started harvesting last Monday.

Fergus County - Robert Bold
Harvest has started here in our neck of the woods. Pulse crops are about all harvested and working on winter wheat now. I have not heard of any neighbors cutting 1,000 bushel samples this year. Everything is binnable. Of course, this Arizona weather does dry things out fast. This area now has sawflies. Causing very noticeable damage on some fields. Ours is pretty good so far but we have them too. Hoppers everywhere. This last week we have had more days of east wind than not. The more east wind--with heat, the more hoppers. So far not doing much damage. Besides, there are harvest restrictions for insecticide application. 2nd cutting hay all up. Earliest ever for 2nd cutting. Yield not bad. Early July rains made that all possible. Have a good and safe and bountiful harvest! Moisture conditions are poor receiving no precipitation in the past week. Crops planted are winter wheat and spring wheat.


Fergus County - Boyd Heilig
It’s been a hot and windy week so we were able to start harvest a little earlier than we thought. The winter wheat is yielding well with decent protein. 61 pound test weight. The early spring wheat is finishing well but the later stuff is suffering now. I hope everyone has a safe harvest season. Moisture conditions are poor receiving no precipitation in the past week. Crops planted are winter wheat and spring wheat. Grasshoppers are getting worse every day here. Started harvesting on July 30th.


Flathead County - Tryg Koch
First cutting of hay is pretty much all done, with second cutting getting knocked down. Never a dull moment in the haying world. Prices are good and yields have been great in lots of fields and average in others. Some winter canola is being swathed and just about ready to combine. I would think given the high 90 degree temps we have had the past week that a combine or two will be running a few ridges within the next week. Crops look awsome, only bad news is that we can't kill diamond backs in the canola and they are going to definitely ding yields. Insecticide that we have to use is not working. Very bad deal for the canola growers in the valley. Moisture conditions are fair receiving no precipitation in the past week. Crops planted are winter wheat, spring wheat, barley, canola, lentils and hay. Expect to begin harvest August 15th.


Hill County - Todd Hansen
Hrw will be close to if not done. Pleasantly surprised with yield. Good test weight. Beautiful wheat. Currently desicating lentils. Not my favorite job. Due to global warming. Lentils and mustard left. Stay safe. Crops planted are winter wheat, lentils and mustard. Holy hoppers.


Hill County - Eric Hanson
Hot. Dry. Windy. Harvest rolls on. Hope to finish winter wheat today or tomorrow. We will try spring wheat when we finish. The early planted fields appear ready. The last 3-4 days really brought them around and zapped any green streaks out that were there. Hope everyone’s harvest is going well. Stay safe. Moisture conditions are poor receiving a few spotty showers in the past week. Crops planted are winter wheat and spring wheat.
 

Judith Basin County - Greg Matthews
Will try combining on Monday and see how it is. The hot windy days have sped up the turning of the grains. Worried about the spring crops as they might be light. Some have started in the Moore area and north of there. Combines were cutting peas around Great Falls last week and Denton, Winifred were harvesting WW. Hills and everything else have dried up and the fire danger is going to be high. Hope everyone has a safe and great harvest. Moisture conditions are poor receiving .04" of precipitation in the past week. Hoppers showing up more every day.

McCone/Dawson County - Trevor Schock
We started harvesting yellow peas yesterday. Test weight was about 61lbs and they have been yielding in the mid 30s bushels per acre. There are lots of grasshoppers in the fields still too. Airplanes are still running constantly spraying fields for them. Haying is winding down in the area as everyone is moving on to grain harvest. Peas, winter wheat, barley, and very early spring wheat will all be ready for harvest this week. Hot temps in the 90s and low 100s have really brought crops on fast for harvest. Negligible precip the last few weeks has dried out grass and crops. What looked like a fantastic crop several weeks ago may struggle to be average now with the heat and grasshoppers chipping away at yield everyday. Moisture conditions are poor receiving no precipitation in the past week. Crops planted are spring wheat, peas and mustard. Grasshoppers are a problem, as well as glyphosphate resistant kochia; no diseases. Started harvesting yellow peas on 8/1.
 

Stillwater County - Michelle Jones
Happy Harvest! Harvest season kicked off for almost everyone a few days ago. So far initial reports are above average yields and good quality. Given where we started in March and April - budgeting for the insurance guarantee for the first time in 10 years - it’s a pretty exciting harvest. Super hot and dry weather - so everyone should be able to keep on rolling. Be careful out there! Moisture conditions are fair receiving no precipitation in the past week. Crops planted are winter wheat, barley, safflower and hay.

Teton County - Mitch Konen
Crops are maturing quickly with this heat and lack of moisture from above. Irrigation of this year's crops is pretty much done. I have two pivots still running on barley, but will be shutting them off tomorrow morning. Just making sure there is enough moisture to carry the recently headed out late plants and fill the heads. Haying is about done as well as they are irrigating that crop to get another. Local dryland winter wheat is beginning to get shaved off or picked up depending on if it was swathed or not. Irrigated winter wheat is being tested in a few areas. Order of the day here is to get machinery ready for harvest while we wait for the crop to finish maturing. The wild oats and weeds that escaped and started after spraying are really coming on strong now with the heat. The grasshoppers are getting big enough to knock you off your bike going down the road, so driving the pickup for windshield protection, but they still like to jump in through the door window as you go by. They are not plentiful enough to cause a lot of damage yet to crops, but they do put an extra layer of paint on the front of the vehicles. Wishing everyone a safe and bountiful harvest. Moisture conditions are poor receiving no precipitation in the past week. Crops planted are winter wheat, spring wheat, barley and hay. Grasshoppers and mosquitoes are a problem, as well as wild oats, kochia nad lambsquarter. Expect to begin harvest in a couple weeks.

Toole County - Klayton Lohr
Spring crops are turning/burning up. Moisture conditions are poor receiving no precipitation in the past week. Crops planted are durum, garbanzos and mustard. Expect to begin harvest in three weeks.