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Western Tour Day 2 comments from Terry Johnston

August 19, 2009

We rolled out this morning to 59 degrees and sunshine, a great start to the day as we make our way to Nebraska City, Nebraska.

One of the things I dislike most is being redundant… but I repeat myself. The southeast Nebraska crop looks great. In fact better than last year. Moisture levels are good and disease and insect pressure is light. There was some grey leaf spot and rust in the corn fields along with corn rootworm beetles, but the crops are mature enough that yields will not likely be affected.

Hail damage reared its ugly head again as we moved along our routes and wind damage was a factor in some areas, but overall the crops looks good. The majority of the corn fields we were in today have good plant health and tremendous yield potential. Easily the best crop I've seen on the western leg of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour.

The bean fields were also good, as is plant health and the scouts reported very little disease and insect pressure. There was some light aphid pressure in the bean fields but spray planes were flying. Scouts mentioned seeing an abundance of volunteer corn in soybeans and volunteer beans in the corn. Both corn and beans have great yield potential and maturity is not an issue, this southeast Nebraska crop is right on pace to harvest.

The phrase most repeated today from our veteran crop scouts was…”this is the best crop we've ever seen” on the western leg of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour.

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