Day three of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour had our group running north of Bloomington IL deadheading north on I 39 to start sampling. We then moved through nearly straight roughly 40 miles west then headed north, crossing the border at Clinton IA. Today’s contestants consisted of driver Bryan Coffman from South English IA, Luis Vieira from Sao Paulo Brazil and Kirk Maltais from New York City. We dodged the a.m. thunderstorm and had lunch in Clinton IA until the thunderstorm subsided.
The theme of crop yields improving as we moved west continued. Our route today in IL included samples from Marshall, Peoria, Stark, (cropping district 4) Henry and Whiteside Co.’s. (district 1) Our high corn yield was 224 bu./acre high in Whiteside Co. IL. The low on our route was 163 bu./acre in Marshall Co. Our route average today on corn in IL was 183 bu./acre.
We also pulled seven samples from IA in Clinton, Jackson, Jones and Cedar Co.’s, all in cropping district 6. The high yield on the IA portion of our route was in Jackson Co. at 217 bu./acre with a low of 76 bu./acre in Jackson Co. More dented corn was also sampled reducing the potential for frost might have on this crop.
On the soybean side samples also showed steady improvement in pod counts as we moved west. The high sample for our route was 1576 in Marshall Co. with a low of 698 in Whiteside Co. and an overall average of 1265 pods in the 3’x3’. The Iowa portion of our route the high in the 3’x3’ count was 2140 in Marshall Co. with a low of 688 also in Marshall Co.
Disease pressure in both crops was light as was insect pressure. However, there were some corn fields that exhibited more physoderma than we’ve seen previously on Tour. More gray leaf spot was noticed with the majority of it confined to the leaves below the ear.
On the soybean side very little disease was noted. Japanese beetles became more numerous as we moved westward and were causing significant defoliation in several fields on our both IL and southern IA. Also spotted were a few bean leaf beetles, something that’s been absent for a number of years for the most part in our sampling. Some pod clipping from either insect is always a possibility.
As mentioned additional rainfall fell today and after having been through moisture stress it was just what the doctor ordered to finish this crop out even though it remains behind substantially. Some warmth and good solar radiation are two of the other necessary ingredients to bring this crop to the finish line ahead of an average frost date. All bets are off if it freezes early
We’ll catch up with you tomorrow as we head to the finale in Rochester. In the meantime it’s time to catch up on a little shuteye.