Here's Why Crop Tour Results Are Different Than Pro Farmer's Final Yield, Production Estimates

Pro Farmer Crop Tour is hitting the fields this morning, with a week of roughly 100 scouts, divided into teams will take samples every 15 to 20 miles capturing samples across 2,000 fields. The scouts will work their way toward Rochester, Minn., by Thursday. 

Pro Farmer says despite USDA's latest report, this is the first widespread in-field look at 2021 corn and soybean crops.

"You always go in he kind of have an idea of what you anticipate," says Pro Farmer Editor Brian Grete. "But at the same time, you can't anticipate too much because we need to find the data that backs it up. So, USDA in the August report projected record yields for corn in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Will we find those over the next couple days? That's that's the question that will need to be answered."

But the final Pro Farmer numbers are different from what the final Pro Farmer Crop Tour results will show. So, what method does Pro Farmer use? Brian Grete explained as he kicked off his portion of the tour in Ohio Monday.

"At the end of the week, we'll release grab tour data Monday through Thursday, and then on Friday at 1:30 Central, we will release the Pro Farmer U.S. corn and soybean crop estimates. So, that takes into account all the crop tour data you hear Monday through Thursday, in addition to all the other factors that come into play and all those areas outside of where we didn't sample on Crop Tour," says Grete. "We will actor in how we think the crops will finish, what we think acreage will do compared to what USDA is June estimates and those types of things. So, there's a difference between crop tour and the pro farmer estimates that, that you know, it's out here ground truthing and being the first to to really take field samples across the broad Corn Belt."

How You Can Participate in Pro Farmer Crop Tour This Week

Register and attend nightly meetings in person or watch the nightly broadcast live at 7 p.m. Central to receive daily results, scouting observations and historical comparison data from our tour leaders.

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