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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From The Rows | Aug. 16, 2021 — Brian Grete (East)

My observations and comments from the first day of Crop Tour.

The East is a Beast and West is a Wild Card Headlined Pro Farmer Crop Tour in Ohio and South Dakota

As scouts set out on the 2021 Pro Farmer Crop Tour Monday they got a soggy start, a good sign for soybeans in August. While Ohio did not disappoint, South Dakota showed scars from the drought with a mature crop.

2021 Crop Tour results: Ohio

Scouts measured an average corn yield potential of 185.06 bu. per acre for Ohio. Soybean pod counts in 3'x3' came in at 1,195.37.

2021 Crop Tour results: South Dakota

Scouts measured an average corn yield potential of 151.45 bu. per acre for the state. Soybean pod counts in 3'x3' came in at 996.86.

Take a Virtual Tour to See What Pro Farmer Crop Tour Scouts Saw in Ohio and South Dakota

It's the tale of two extremes on the first day of Pro Farmer Crop Tour. Heading into the tour, USDA painted an optimistic picture for Ohio, while South Dakota's outlook was grim. See what scouts saw during day 1.