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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Scout your fields, too

While we’re scouting fields across the Corn Belt Aug. 16-19 on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour, you can scout your own fields.

Scouting soybeans.
Our Crop Tour provides a firsthand, objective look at the 2021 corn, soybean crops

Because USDA no longer collects objective yield samples in August, this will be the industry’s first broad look at field data from across the Corn Belt.

Your Pro Farmer newsletter (Aug. 14, 2021) is now available!

Download this week's newsletter here.

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