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Eye in the Sky: Iowa Flyover Shows Variability

October 3, 2013
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
Eye in the Sky   Iowa

An aerial view provides significant clues to the health and yield prospects of the Iowa corn and soybean crops.

In the third installment of Eye in the Sky, Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory had a birds-eye view of Iowa. He flew from Waterloo to Charles City, down toward Marshalltown, over to north of Cedar Rapids, north to Independence west to Waterloo.

"This was the third time I’ve flown over the crops over northeast Iowa," he says. His goal was to try and find the line between where crops went in at a normal time and where they still need some time. "We found that line around Charles City, Iowa, in Floyd County," he says. "We need to keep that frost away for at least another week."

He says harvest is progressing in northeast Iowa, but much of those crops still need some times to fully mature. "Stalk and standability issues are clear on what appears to be first-emerged corn," he says.

From the air, Flory says, you can easily see the spring planting problems. "Delayed emergence on corn still makes tile lines visible," he says. "We have a real mix of variability in both corn and soybeans."

View a slideshow of Flory's aerial trip:



See five additional clips from Flory's flight. 


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