With the many challenges seen throughout the Corn Belt, Nebraska farmers should be happy to just be average this year.
After more than 200 samples of corn and soybean fields throughout Nebraska, the estimated yields for the 2011 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour are on track with previous years.
The estimated rough yield for Nebraska is 153.70 bu./acre. The Tour estimated a 158.20 bu./acre yield for 2010 and 152.98 bu./acre is the three-year average.
Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Editor and Western Tour Director for the Tour, says the reason corn yields are slightly below previous years was ear count. “I saw more blank stalks in Nebraska today than I’d see in the last five years. For the state, we’re down 2% on ear counts. That’s a significant drop.”
For 2011, the soybean pod count in a 3-foot by 3-foot square was 1,286.48, out of 200 samples. During the 2010 Tour, the average pods in a 3-foot by 3-foot square for Nebraska was 1,306.35, and the three-year average is 1,227.11.
The soil moisture level for this year was 4.12, which equals dry at the surface by moist when you scrape the ground.
Elwood Line, Illinois farmer and Tour veteran, says overall the beans looked pretty good. “They are all pretty well filling.”
Variability was a constant theme throughout Nebraska. Many weather problems during the growing season will continue to cause problems until harvest.
Terry Johnston, Western Tour Crop Consultant, says his route saw just a big variety of issues.
“Yield range on corn was 140s to 190s. We ended up average on the day at 143 bu./acre. It was an interesting agronomy lesson for the day, you saw a little of everything.” Healthy beans were a consistency throughout the day, he says.
Each day, observations and yield estimates will be released for each of the surveyed states. You can find from-the-field reports and data on www.agweb.com
throughout the Tour, which wraps up on Thursday.
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