Preliminary Route Reports: Day 2

Posted on 08/21/2018 1:47 PM

Preliminary Route Report from Eastern Tour Leader Brian Grete

  • What counties have you sampled from?
    • IN: Clinton (District 5), Tippecanoe (District 4), White (District 1), Benton (District 1)
    • IL: Iroquois (District 5) and Ford (District 5)
  • Corn yield range:
    • IN: 163.7 bu. per acre to 222.5 bu. per acre
    • IL: 115.4 bu. per acre to 241.8 bu. per acre
  • Corn yield average:
    • IN: 181.2 bu. per acre
    • IL: 167.4 bu. per acre
  • Soybean pod count range (in a 3’x3’):
    • IN: 968 pods to 1,299.2 pods
    • IL: 790 pods to 2,294.4 pods
  • Soybean pod count average (in 3’x3’):
    • IN: 1,067.8 pods
    • IL: 1,264.7 pods
  • Please share a few comments from your route:
    • “We’ve seen a little bit of variability. Ear counts have been solid and are really carrying yields at this time—in both Indiana and Illinois. The low on ear counts has been 86 and the high was 112. We did see some tipback—that was way more prevalent today than what we saw yesterday, at least along my route. Variability went way up when we got into eastern Illinois. There’s a lot of yield out there. It’s just a question of whether you can get it out of the field and into the bin.”
    • “Bean pod counts haven’t been as variable in Indiana, but when we got to Illinois the variability went up there, too. They still look like good crops, but the pod counts just aren’t there in all fields.”

Preliminary Route Report from Eastern Tour Consultant Mark Bernard

  • What counties have you sampled from?
    • IN: Boone (District 5), Montgomery (District 4), Fountain (District 4) and Warren (District 4)
    • IL: Vermillion (District 5), Edgar (District 7), Coles (District 7)
  • Corn yield range:
    • IN: 164 bu. per acre (Boone) to 204 per acre (Fountain)
    • IL: 157 bu. per acre (Vermillion) to 272 bu. per acre (Coles)
  • Corn yield average:
    • IN: 192 bu. per acre
    • IL: Around 200 bu. per acre
  • Soybean pod count range (in a 3’x3’):
    • IN: 684 pods (Warren) to 1,753 pods (Fountain)
    • IL: 1,323 pods (Vermillion) to 3,168 (Coles)
  • Soybean pod count average (in a 3’x3’):
    • IN: around 1,300 pods
    • IL: around 1,700 pods
  • Please share a few comments from your route:
    • “The corn crop looks like its maturing rapidly. A lot of the corn we looked at in Indiana was half milk line or beyond, which means it has about week to physiological maturity. There don’t seem to be any major disease issues, but one thing to be cognizant of in Indiana and Illinois, for that matter, is stock quality. There’s gray leaf spot in some fields, so it will cannibalize, which is something guys need to be aware of heading into harvest. Fields are wet, which makes it more apt to have problems and stock rot.
    • “Beans have been phenomenal. The last field we were in, a guy came out with a plant with 100 pods. It’s just massive. Beans starting to turn in Indiana. Illinois is more green – three weeks to a month left. It’s an awesome looking bean crop, any way you slice it.”

 

Preliminary Route Report from Western Tour Leader Jeff Wilson

  • What counties have you sampled from?
    • Hall (NE, District 5), Adams (NE, District 8), Webster (NE, District 8), Nuckolls (District 9), Thayer (NE, District 9), Fillmore (NE, District 9)
  • Corn yield range:
    • 79 bu. per acre to 241 per acre
  • Corn yield average:
    • 157 bu. per acre
  • Soybean pod count range (in a 3’x3’):
    • 665 pods to 1,576 pods
  • Soybean pod count average (in a 3’x3’):
    • 893 pods
  • Please share a few comments from your route:
    • “Clear heat and dryness stress is showing up Districts 8 and 9 in Nebraska. Irrigated corn is holding up well. I’m hearing better corn yields north of us on other routes—some averaging 200 bu.-plus.”
    • “Soybeans will need another drink to make current yield potential.”

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