About Pro Farmer Crop Tour

Frequently Asked Questions.

The Pro Farmer Crop Tour’s primary goal is to provide the industry with accurate growing season information about likely corn and soybean yields at the state and regional levels during the upcoming harvest season.

Crop Tour's data-gathering methods are disciplined and produce consistent results. The Tour’s crop scouts — especially the new ones — receive formal instruction before the Tour and training from Tour veterans along the way.

Results from the Tour have a big impact on Pro Farmer Newsletter’s annual crop production estimate released at week’s end. But observations gathered during the Tour can be just as important as the data itself.

“We pull enough samples to provide us with accurate data for a large geographic area. The Pro Farmer Crop Tour does not attempt to predict actual yields for individual fields or even a county, but we do want to have a good handle on likely yields for each of the seven states we survey,” says Pro Farmer Editorial Director Chip Flory.

Each day's samples and observations are shared with the public every evening.

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Pro Farmer Crop Tour: Is the U.S Going to Produce Enough Corn and Soybeans to Keep Pace with Demand?

As Pro Farmer Crop Tour wrapped up this week, scouts saw inconsistency in the West and consistency in the East. With Pro Farmer's projected crop size, Brian Grete and Chip Flory discuss the demand piece of the puzzle.

2021 Crop Tour Edition of the Pro Farmer newsletter

This issue is all about our Crop Tour findings and our Pro Farmer crop estimates.

Pro Farmer Releases National Corn and Soybean Crop Estimates

Pro Farmer estimates the U.S. corn crop at 15.116 billion bu. with an average yield of 177.0 bu. per acre. We estimate the U.S. soybean crop at 4.436 billion bu. on a national average yield of 51.2 bu. per acre.

Special Live Event: Pro Farmer National Production Estimates

Pro Farmer's National Estimates reflect Pro Farmer's view on production and yields. The estimates will be released at 1:30 p.m. CT in a special live event.

Crop Tour Scouts Find Eastern Iowa, Southern Minnesota in Dire Need of Rain to Salvage Yields

Scouts saw drought damage instead of derecho devastation in eastern and north-central portions of Iowa on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour this year. Minnesota was much the same, with fields showing clear signs of stress.