Samples taken Tuesday across Indiana show the outlook for the state’s corn and soybean crops is quite positive, topping the three-year average for both crops. That’s according to data published as part of the 2013 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.
The estimated rough yield for Indiana corn is 167.36 bu./acre with 180 samples. The Tour estimated a 113.25 bu./acre yield for 2012 and 141.14 bu./acre is the three-year average.
"The ear populations were really strong, and that’s when you get the bigger yields," says Brian Grete, Pro Farmer senior market analyst.
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Agronomist Mark Bernard says the sections of the state he toured were less positive than those in eastern Indiana, but he points out that the Crop Tour aims to get a sample across a broad section of crop-producing states.
(Click to read: 2013 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Results for Indiana)
Meanwhile, the soybean pod count in a 3’-by-3’ square was 1,185.14, out of 175 samples. During the 2012 Tour, the average pods in the same space totaled 1,033.24, and the three-year average is 1,136.48.
"If you haven’t changed your herbicide program in the last year, you’d better think about it next year, because things are going to get mighty serious," says Byron Jones, a crop scout and farmer from Saybrook, Ill. One field his team viewed experienced heavy weed populations. Additionally, two fields planted in 36" rows had exceptionally high pod counts.
"It’s wild this year," Jones says. "You can’t predict what’s going to happen. And most of the area was very dry."
As for whether the Eastern Corn Belt can make up for the poor conditions coming out of Iowa and Minnesota, Grete isn't sure.
"I think the verdict’s still out, to be honest with you, and a lot of that depends on how it finishes out." Come back to AgWeb.com for more details as additional information becomes available.
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Farmers throughout the United States can participate online by entering their own corn measurements into Pro Farmer’s Virtual Crop tool. Available online during Crop Tour week, each participant will get a personalized yield estimate, expanding Midwest Crop Tour participation to corn growers nationwide.