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    I don't think it is an isolated thing...crops are not getting planted. Very wet. more rain coming. some farmers I have talked to plan on putting in some cover crops later in the summer...just thinking about the hunting this fall, and also, the food sources for the birds come winter...

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    So, what does that mean for this Fall’s bird forecast?

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    Probably means a very late fall harvest.

    Fall forecast/road count is late summer; lots of moisture = lots of weeds to hide. Quite a turnaround from the drought,of a couple years ago.

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    SD 4% corn planted on last report. Southern MN way behind as well. Forecast doesn't look conducive to catching up. Late harvest and possibly some switching to beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumboot View Post
    SD 4% corn planted on last report. Southern MN way behind as well. Forecast doesn't look conducive to catching up. Late harvest and possibly some switching to beans.
    Indiana, Illinois and Iowa are all way behind in planting too. a dry week or two would make a big difference.
    guessing we might see some short season crop varieties possibly as well.

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    Current Planted vs 5 Year Average
    Iowa 48% 76%
    Illinois 11% 82%
    Indiana 6% 57%
    Minnesota 21% 65%
    Missouri 52% 87%
    Nebraska 46% 72%
    South Dakota 4% 54%
    Ohio 4% 47%

    Nearest analog year is 2013 when we had over 5,000,000 acres of corn and beans that didn't get planted, compared to a little over 1,000,000 acres last 3 years. Not sure what that means for pheasant reproduction, but down here quail do better in moderately dry years.

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    Birds will eat this spring and summer...bugs should be good...I worry about next winter...always something to worry about!

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    From the sounds of it, conditions sound perfect for this fall’s season. I agree, the winter will be hard with less food and cover, but I’m not gonna worry about that till there is something to worry about. I’m thinking more cover and plenty of bugs is a great thing.

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    I would hope that the crops get planted...farmers need to be operational...if family farms start failing, their replacement is not hunter-friendly IMO...(basically, corporate farms or whatever you want to call them)

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    good for the birds to have places to hide, as well....

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