Preliminary Route Reports | Day 1

Posted on 08/19/2019 1:54 PM

Preliminary Route Report from Western Tour Leader Jeff Wilson

What counties have you sampled from?

  • South Dakota: Minnehaha (Crop District 6), Lake (6), Miner (6), McCook (6), Hutchinson (9)

Corn yield range:

  • 126-254 bu. per acre

Corn yield average:

  • 157 bu. per acre

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

  • 342-960 pods

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

  • 656 pods

Route comments:

Clearly, this is one of the hardest-hit areas in terms of farmers having to take prevent plant crop insurance. It was difficult to find a corn and a soybean field together to measure at the same time. Sometimes we had to go down the road to get the other crop because of all the prevent plant areas.

In general, corn and soybean crops are immature, as you would expect given the late plantings, and will need time to reach their full yield potential. Surprisingly, weeds were not a major problem in most fields, except in some PP fields that had not been taken care of.

There is plenty of moisture for crops to fill kernels and fill pods with beans. Both crops just need extra time in which to reach those yield potentials.

Preliminary Route Report from Western Tour Consultant Chip Flory

What counties have you sampled from?

  • South Dakota: Lincoln (9), Turner (9), Yankton (9), Clay (9)

Corn yield range:

  • 108-183 bu. per acre

Corn yield average:

  • 157 bu. per acre

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

  • 660-1,382 pods

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

  • 900 pods

Route comments:

The potholes are back in South Dakota. Light rains overnight left water standing in many fields. It’s going to be a problem that growers are going to deal with all year—right through harvest. Immaturity of the corn crop is clearly a problem. Maturity ranged from blister to late-milk/early dough, but maturity is clearly a concern in South Dakota.

Disease issues in soybeans are basically nonexistent. There are some problems with corn diseases that we’ll watch develop over the next few weeks.

Preliminary Route Report from Eastern Tour Leader Brian Grete

What counties have you sampled from?

  • Indiana: Adams (3), Jay (6), Blackford (6)
  • Ohio: Logan (4), Shelby (4), Auglaize (4), Mercer (4), Van Wert (1)

Corn yield range:

  • Ohio: 66-214 bu. per acre
  • Indiana: 18-178 bu. per acre

Corn yield average:

  • 145.3 bu. per acre (Ohio)

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

  • Ohio: 1-1,477 (no, that’s not a typo)
  • Indiana: 289-884 pods

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

  • 970 pods (Ohio)

Route comments:

Corn is really immature, with a lot that’s just into the milk stage. Nothing dough or dent yet on this route.

Soybeans are kind of the same story as corn—really hit or miss. We saw one really poor field that was flowering and had hardly any pods and a few that were really solid. We saw a lot of short beans.

Both corn and beans need time and moisture. They have a long, long ways to go yet. Immaturity—we were expecting it, but it takes you back a bit when you pull field after field in the milk stage. Some of the corn fields have just pollinated and are blistering. The lack of maturity is pretty alarming.

Preliminary Route Report from Eastern Tour Consultant Mark Bernard

What counties have you sampled from?

  • Ohio: Madison (5), Clark (4), Miami (4), Shelby (4) and Darke (4)

Corn yield range:

  • 98-199 bu. per acre

Corn yield average:

  • 150 bu. per acre

Soybean pod count range:

  • 545-1,248

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

  • 700 pods

Route comments:

It’s been miserable to find corn mature enough to sample. We’re seeing a lot of rootworm damage in corn fields, but otherwise disease pressure is very light in both crops and there’s very little insect pressure.

There is still a lot of volunteer in corn in fields.

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