Take a Virtual Tour to See What Pro Farmer Crop Tour Scouts Saw in Ohio and South Dakota

It's the tale of two extremes on the first day of Pro Farmer Crop Tour. Heading into the tour, USDA painted an optimistic picture for Ohio, while South Dakota's outlook was grim. See what scouts saw during day 1.
It's the tale of two extremes on the first day of Pro Farmer Crop Tour. Heading into the tour, USDA painted an optimistic picture for Ohio, while South Dakota's outlook was grim. See what scouts saw during day 1.
(Lori Hayes )

It's the tale of two extremes as day one of Pro Farmer Crop Tour wrapped up. Heading into the tour, USDA painted an optimistic picture for Ohio in last week's report. The August Crop Production report from USDA pegged Ohio's state yield at 193 bu. per acre, which would top the current record in the state by 6 bu. per acre. 


But in South Dakota, the outlook is much more grim, with USDA projecting South Dakota's yield to see a dramatic drop from the record yield farmers saw last year. This year, USDA posted a yield of 133 bu. per acre in its August report, down 29 bu. per acre from 2020.

While many routes in South Dakota showed drought stress and a crop hungry for moisture most of the year, a route farther south and east produced yields and pod counts that showed portions of South Dakota may still see a decent crop in 2021, despite weather challenges for other areas of the state.

As the tour entered into Nebraska, scouts saw promising potential for the crop in irrigated fields. In district 2 of Nebraska, which includes Wheeler County, Neb., one scout even see their best yield yet. 

Scouts on the eastern leg of Crop Tour got a taste for Indiana's crops as they left Ohio. While the scouts will finish sampling corn and soybean fields in Indiana on Tuesday, the initial reaction is Indiana could produce a bountiful crop, following Ohio's impressive start.

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