Preliminary Route Reports | Day 4

Posted on 08/22/2019 1:20 PM

Preliminary Route Report from Western Tour Leader Jeff Wilson

What counties have you sampled from?

Minnesota: Martin, Faribault, Freeborn and Waseca (all Crop district 8)

Corn yield range/average:

123-199 bu. per acre; average of 172 bu. per acre

Soybean pod count range/average (in a 3’x3’ square):

660-1,487 pods; average of 1,041 pods

Route comments:

We have not hit 200 bushels! We’ve hit 199 three times and several low ones. A little disappointing when you get in and think its going to be 200-plus and there’s a few nicks that take off the top end on corn we measured today.

General health of the corn crop is pretty good. Only one field we sampled was starting to dent. Most pollinated three weeks ago. It’s going to need time to reach the yield potential we measured today.

Beans have gotten a little better in terms of pod counts as we’ve moved further east. Pods are still relatively flat, but plenty of moisture to fill if we get some sunshine and keep the dew points low.

We’re seeing a little bit of disease starting to develop in beans, but it’s spotty. It could be something that gets worse if it doesn’t get drier. We’re seeing a pretty wide range on the pod counts—a little on the low side but the past few fields are starting to pull up our average.  

 

Preliminary Route Report from Eastern Tour Leader Brian Grete

What counties have you sampled from?

Iowa: Iowa (6), Benton (6), Buchanan (3), Fayette (3) and Chickasaw (3)

Corn yield range/average:

130-188.8 bu. per acre; average of 161 bu. per acre

Soybean pod count range/average (in a 3’x3’ square):

528-1,354 pods; average of 1,040 pods

Route comments:

I’ve been disappointed with the corn yields on our route. We’ve found inconsistent ear counts… way more than I anticipated. Most of the corn on our route is pretty well caught up, with maybe one or two of them well behind.

Some of the same inconsistencies are showing up in beans. There just haven’t been a lot of big numbers. Pod counts have been all over the board. That’s why we don’t have a very high average overall. We haven’t seen flowers today, which was different than past three days. So maturity-wise these crops are more advanced than what we saw farther east.

 

Preliminary Route Report from Eastern Tour Consultant Mark Bernard

What counties have you sampled from?

Iowa: Iowa, Benton (6), Tama, Grundy (5), Butler (2), Chickasaw (3)

Corn yield range/average:

127-218 bu. per acre; average of 175 bu. per acre

Soybean pod count range/average (in a 3’x3’ square):

741-1,764 pods; average of 1,164 pods

Route comments:

I’ve been sampling beans all day. While they haven’t been remarkable, they have been an improvement over other routes I’ve been on this year on average. I’ve seen a few Japanese beetles, but nothing of consequence.

Maturity has been better today. Some fields are approaching R6, meaning we’re about a month away from maturity. I’d say it’s a respectable Iowa bean crop on our route today.

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