Jen Koukol

Digital Editor

Jen grew up in south-central Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a degree in mass communications. She served as a communications specialist for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, and was a book editor before joining the Corn & Soybean Digest staff.

Articles by Jen Koukol
July 15 Crop Progress: Corn Silking, Soybeans Blooming, Crop Conditions Drop Slightly 4
Corn has started silking in every state. Sixteen percent of the overall crop has silks, well behind a five-year average of 35%. Last year at this time 67% of the corn crop was silking.
June 24 Crop Progress: Corn Crop Nearing Total Emergence, Soybean Crop Nearing Planting Completion 4

The overall corn crop 96% emerged, just 3 percentage points behind the 99% five-year average for this date. Eighty-one percent of the planted soybean crop has emerged overall, a few points behind the 89% five-year average. The overall corn and soybean crops are both in 65% good/excellent condition.

June 10 Crop Progress: Corn Planting Close to Average Completion, Soybean Planting Still Behind 4

As prevented planting dates come and go across the Corn Belt, corn growers across the U.S. have planted 95% of the 2013 corn crop as of June 10. The overall soybean crop is now 71% planted, behind the 84% five-year average, and well behind last year’s 97% completion rate at this time last year.

June 3 Crop Progress: Corn Nearly All Planted, Soybeans Over Half Done 1

Corn growers are seeing the end of corn planting for 2013, and are close to the five-year average. As of June 2, 91% of the overall corn crop has been planted, just 4 points behind the five-year average of 95%. Nearly three-quarters of the planted crops has emerged overall, 8 points behind the 82% five-year average.

May 13 Crop Progress: Corn Nearly 1/3 Planted, Soybean Planting Lagging 2

Farmers across corn-producing states made decent progress in the last week, going from 12% planted on May 5 to 28% of the overall corn crop planted by May 12. This is still well behind the five-year average of 65% planted.

May 6, 2013 Crop Progress Report: Corn 12% Planted, Soybean Planting Started 5

Corn planting progressed a bit last week, moving up 7 points from the week before to 12% planted overall. The five-year average is 47% planted, and last year the overall corn planting progress was 69% at this time.

North Carolina and Texas have the most corn in the ground at 89% and 70% completed so far, and slightly behind the five-year averages for each state.

Corn Planting Progress Slow; 5% Planted Overall 13

The latest Crop Progress Report from USDA puts overall corn planted at just 5%. This is only 1 point ahead of last week, and is 26 points behind the five-year average. (Is it necessary to mention that last year nearly half of the overall corn crop was in the ground? Probably not.)

Farm Transition Planning: Communicate, Use Experts, Keep Focused

On Friday afternoon attendees at Commodity Classic 2013 were treated to a session on transitioning their farms. Leading the conversation were Darren Frye, Brian Hensley and Arlen Suderman, all of Water Street Solutions, and Bryce Knorr, of Farm Futures. The group started off by saying that now is the time to start planning, reminding the group that having a will and having and estate plan are NOT transition plans.

Commodity Classic 2013: Transition, Marketing, Agvocating, Palm Trees & Rock-and-Roll

Commodity Classic 2013 was held in Kissimmee, Fla. There were many educational sessions for farmers, from soybean secrets to transitioning the farm, new-product introductions to marketing plans. The general session captivated all attendees, offering viewpoints from commodity groups and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. There was fun with all the learning, too. World Classic Rockers provided entertainment, and palm trees provided a beautiful view. And don't forget about the trade show with exhibitors from all areas of agriculture. If you weren't there, here's a quick recap of a busy, informative, warm three days.

Vilsack Champions Agriculture, Farmers, Rural America, Stresses Need for Farm Bill, End to Sequester 5

Secretary of Agriculture spoke to a group of over 1,500 farmers and ranchers at Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla., this morning. He championed America's farmers for their willingness to conserve and be sustainable as well as their efforts to build rural America.

2012 Corn, Soybean Yields 10

With harvest complete, we've polled farmers for what their final yields ended up being for corn and soybeans, as a percentage of normal. Taking numbers from the comments on the poll, we've mapped out final yields across the Corn Belt. We'd love to get more numbers, so feel free to leave a comment here with your final average corn and soybean yields and we'll add them to our maps.

Sept. 10 Crop Progress: Corn Harvest Progressing, Soybean Harvest Starts

The 2012 corn harvest continues to progress, with all major corn-producing states harvesting except Wisconsin. The corn condition held steady across all categories in the past week. Farmers have begun harvesting soybeans now, just barely ahead of the average pace. Soybean condition gained a couple points in the good/excellent category in the past seven days.

2012 Harvest

The 2012 harvest is underway. We caught up with Dohling Farms in Nicollet County, Minnesota, the weekend after Labor Day as they were harvesting corn. They had some corn that had hail damage, but was yielding as expected. In the area, some farmers were seeing 30 bu./acre on corn that was planted to sandy ground, and more than 200 bu./acre on better soils. We'd love to see photos of your harvest! Email them to, and we'll post them to the gallery.

Aug. 27 Crop Progress: Corn Harvest Slowly Progresses, Soybeans Dropping Leaves

Nearly all corn has reached dough stage, and nearly all soybeans have set pods. As corn harvest begins, the corn crop condition lost another point in good/excellent condition. Soybeans are starting to drop leaves, and overall soybean condition also lost a point in good/excellent condition.

Aug. 20 Crop Progress: Corn Harvest Starts; Soybeans Dropping Leaves

With almost one-fifth of the corn crop reaching maturity, and over half of the overall crop denting, the corn harvest has started. As of Aug. 20, 4% of the 2012 corn crop has been harvested. Four percent of the soybean crop is dropping leaves, and overall soybean condition gained a point in the good-to-excellent rating category.

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