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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Crops Continue to Impress in Indiana While Dryness Takes a Toll on Portions of Nebraska

As scouts entered fields in Indiana on Tuesday, the high expectations for the Eastern Corn Belt were reaffirmed. In the West, irrigated fields showed solid soybean counts, but signs of dryness were a noted concern.

Midday Route Reports | Day 2

Get preliminary updates from Tour leaders as they make their way through Nebraska, Indiana and Illinois.

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From the Data Bunker | Aug. 16, 2021 (Emily Carolan)

Emily Carolan shares a recap of Day 1 of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour from the data bunker.

From the Rows | Aug. 16, 2021 — Chip Flory (West)

From the Rows | August 16, 2021 Crop Tour Day 1 shows South Dakota corn, soybeans under dryness stress.

From the Rows | Aug. 16, 2021 — Mark Bernard (East)

Mark Bernard's Day 1 observations and comments from the eastern leg of Crop Tour.