From the Rows: Day Four—Jeff Wilson
Sunny, cool day of crop touring across the southern half of Minnesota where we took almost 400 combined samples of corn and soybeans Thursday. The felt great after dealing with the rains on Wednesday but it was cool and that will not help these immature crops to the finish line.
At tonight’s evening meeting in Rochester with 600 guests in attendance the tone of the meeting remains one of concern about the reduced crop outlooks and continued low prices and demand.
Corn yields were measured at 170.4 bushels per acre (BPA), down 4.6% from last year’s tour findings and 7.5% below the prior three-year average. That still seems too high as an 8.2% drop in ear population was offset by a 3.2% gain in grain length and 1.8% rise in kernel rows around. Grain length probably is overstated, and we may lose some ears given the current weak state of the stalks. Ear counts were highly variable between the two 30-foot rows and the heights of the ears on the stalks were also variable, another consequence of the wet spring weather. Storm damage also was evident through the state after several wind storm blew through the state this summer, knowing over plants or breaking them off.
Soybean pod counts also fell from last year with the Tour measuring 965 pods in a three-foot by three-foot square, down 11.5% from a year ago. That’s down 10% from the prior three-year average. Soybeans need sun, warm temperatures and low humidity for the next 50 days to reach the full yield potential. But the lack of new blooms on plants this week and continue shortening of daylight hours suggest few new flowers are going to form to boost that potential.
Watch for the Pro Farmer U.S. corn and soybean crop forecasts at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Friday. Have a safe harvest and thanks for following along this week.