Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour scouts hit the fields this morning, with scouts on the western Tour beginning their day in South Falls, South Dakota, en route to Grande Island, Nebraska. Scouts on the eastern leg began their day in Dublin, Ohio, and traveled to Fishers, Indiana. Tonight, official results from South Dakota and Ohio will be released.
Pro Farmer Editor and Eastern Tour Director Brian Grete pulled a total of eight samples from Districts 4 and 5 in Ohio today, with the corn crop yielding an average of 148.35 bu. per acre on his route. Brian noted "extreme variability" in his corn samples, detailing that the low for his route through Ohio was 59 bu. per acre versus a high yield of nearly 223 bu. per acre.
Brian explained that the rough, wet spring led to big swings between good and bad between and even within fields, with maturity also varying widely. The wet spring led to "replants and replants and replants," he detailed, adding that some of the fields that had not been replanted should have been. With much of the crop in the blister to milk stage, Brian says late-season weather will be key to how much yield potential the crop holds on to. While some of the most immature crop will need multiple rains, the more advanced crop will need just one or two rains to make it to the finish line.
The Ohio bean crop was also variable on Brian's route, but to a lesser degree than corn. His route through Ohio measured an average pod count of of 1,192.33 pods in a 3'x3' square. The crop has good yield potential with a lot of small pods that could build yield further if late-season rains fall.
Click below to hear Brian Grete discuss his findings with Davis Michaelsen on Market Rally Radio...
Pro Farmer Editorial Director and Western Tour Director Chip Flory was part of a split route that pulled nine samples as scouts made their way through a crop districts 6 and 9 in South Dakota. His route produced an average corn yield of 135 bu. per acre, but Chip noted that the addition of the other vehicle would pull up the average. Chip said that scouts expected variability in South Dakota and they found it, detailing that pollination problems pulled down yield potential in some fields, while other dryland fields had yield potential up to 225 bu. per acre. But he added the crop will need "most of September" to get to black layer. This means the crop must avoid cool temps early in September. Rain will be the other key factor to corn producing a big, heavy kernel. Chip also reminded that the tour pretty much sticks to the southeast area of the state, where dryness has been less devastating.
On soybeans, Chip said he had the "cherry" route, with average pod counts topping 1,300 per 3'x3' square. Soybeans along his route were "loaded" with potential, "but potential is the key word," according to Chip. He saw a lot of flat pods that "needed rains yesterday." The crop has a long ways to go to make a normal-sized bean, according to Chip.
Click below to hear Chip Flory discuss his findings with Davis Michaelsen on Market Rally Radio...