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

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This marks the 29th year of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour. 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. The objective of Crop Tour is to find a representative sample of yield potential across the seven Corn Belt states from the roughly 1,500 samples each of corn and soybeans.

How to receive up-to-date information from Tour

Pro Farmer Crop Tour sample averages vs. USDAThere will be exclusive daily route reports from Tour leaders on www.profarmer.com. Also, don’t forget to log on for the live-streamed Crop Tour meetings each evening where you will get daily Tour results and route observations from Tour participants.

Tour leaders and consultants will provide daily commentary in “From the Rows” on www.profarmer.com. Also, tune into AgriTalk each day at 10:06 a.m. and 2:06 p.m. CT on www.agweb.com/agritalk or the AgriTalk app, or your favorite farm radio station to hear a Crop Tour update.

Search #PFTour21 on Twitter to get Tour-related tweets and follow @BGrete, @ChipFlory, @BruceBlythe, @MNWeedWizard, @emily_floryag14 and @brent8320r for tweets from the field each day. Follow @MeghanVick and @profarmer for daily Tour results.

Compare with last year; apply the historical difference

The best analysis of this year’s data will be to compare state-by-state results to last year’s Tour, with close attention to the percentage changes. Also, apply the historical difference for each state! We know the yield calculated during Crop Tour will be different than USDA’s final yield for each state. Fortunately, we know by how much on average.

The historical difference is the result of where the Tour travels. Examples: In Nebraska, about 60% of the corn crop is irrigated, but Crop Tour samples include about 40% irrigated fields. In Minnesota, we cover only the highest yielding southern districts. There are reasons for the differences and understanding them makes Tour yields valuable.

On soybeans... no yield, but lots of data

The number of soybean pods it takes to make a bushel is different in each state. Instead of yield, we calculate the number of pods in a 3X3-foot square. Compare pod counts to past Tour data to get an idea about the size of this year’s yield “factory.”


Latest News

First Thing Today | September 27, 2022

Corrective buying was seen in the grain and soy complex overnight as the U.S. dollar pulled back and crude oil firmed.

Extended decline in corn, bean CCI ratings continues

CCI ratings have dropped 11 consecutive weeks for corn and eight straight for soybeans.

After the Bell | September 26, 2022

Corn futures drop near four-week low, soybeans near three-week low as surging dollar, recession worries pressure commodities.

Corn, soybean export inspections sluggish

Weekly grain inspected for export through Sept. 22, proved dismal as corn and soybean inspections were reported below expectations, while wheat inspections were notably lower for the week but within the expected range.

Monday Morning Wake Up Call | September 26, 2022

Grain and soy futures traded lower overnight on global economic concerns although soybeans recovered slightly on the open. Cattle futures are mildly higher with lean hogs under pressure to start the week.

Ahead of the Open | September 26, 2022

Soybean futures drop to two-week lows, corn and wheat also lower on intensifying recession worries.