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I personally think a large percentage of those unplanted fields will offer nearly as much "shelter" as a normal, unpicked corn field. Even if they're not consistently weed choked, they're spotty & scrubby enough to offer pretty good cover early in the season. Pheasants just don't need much for the bulk of their day, especially early in the season. And some of the fields have quite a few volunteer corn plants popping up here & there that are short enough that they'll offer food for pheasants. I really think these unplanted fields played havoc with the brood survey in August. Somewhat bare fields with weeds & stuff scattered all over made it unnecessary for birds to be on/near a gravel road. But, if a person can get permission, some of these unplanted fields will even be huntable, as long as they're not under water or too muddy to walk in. It's definitely going to be a strange season in many areas.Put the crop reports in the perspective that 10-30% of acres never got planted in most areas. So for the hunter, the number of fields with actual shelter crops in them are either equal or ahead at this point despite only 2% of the corn being done. We might fall behind in the next couple weeks from where we should be but not by too much. More interested to find out what all the weedy ditches, fence rows and crop rows will produce. I enjoy the strategy aspect of changing conditions. Had a great time last year working to outsmart the drought areas and go see new ground.