Crop scouts, from left, Byron Wegner, Neil Hadley and Kelsey Wittenberger, calculate corn and soybean yields in South Dakota.
Grand Island, Neb. – More than 50 samples of soybean and corn fields show both could yield better than average in South Dakota. Scouts on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour completed their surveying of the state Monday and released their estimates Monday evening.
In soybeans, pods recorded in a 3-foot by 3-foot square averaged 1,262.28, which is up from the three-year average of 970.47.
“Don’t underestimate a bean crop if there is moisture available,” says Chip Flory, Pro Farmer editor and western tour director.
Yet, many of the scouts recorded numerous ponded areas in soybean fields. “When everything is said and done, we’ve got some great pod counts,” Flory says. “But once you take into account all those ponded-out areas, maybe we’re not that much better than we were a year ago.”
For corn, the estimated yield per acre in South Dakota was pegged at 143.59. This is up from the three-year average of 135.33 bu./acre.
“What can take down the yields from this point on?” asks Gary Wietgrefe, a scout from Sioux Falls, S.D. He says the yield potential is there for South Dakota and can’t see any problems that could take it down.
“Maturity way ahead of last year,” he says. “We should see a number of fields harvested in September.”