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Cool Temperatures Stunt Crop Development

August 18, 2014
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

Scouts on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour have been seeing some great-looking crops but weather challenges have kept them from being exceptional.

Groups of crop scouts left Columbus, Ohio and Sioux Falls, S.D., this morning to kick off the 2014 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. The tour, which is in its 22nd year, serves as a first-hand assessment of the corn and soybean crops in seven Midwestern states.

Crop Tour South Dakota Corn

@JasonFranckNC: Finally over 200 in SD...but it was irrigated. 233 #pftour14 

Chip Flory, Pro Farmer editorial director and host of daily radio program Market Rally, is heading up the tour’s Western leg. In Nebraska, Flory says, the crops looks like what you’d expect to see.

"We’ve seen some evidence of emergence problems," he says. "In irrigated fields, the maturity might be just a touch behind. But, I’m not worried about the maturity of the corn crop. It’s going to make it just fine."

Listen to Flory and Grete on the Aug. 18 episode of Market Rally:


The rainy conditions at planting and cool summer have definitely affected crop conditions. "The cool temperatures we’ve had have slowed the crops down," Flory says. "We just don’t know how this combination of weather will finish out this corn crop."

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