From the Rows with Brian Grete
The third day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour took my route west and north out of Bloomington through crop districts 4, 3 and 1 in Illinois. We sampled fields in the counties of McLean, Tazewell, Peoria, Fulton, Knox and Henry counties. Corn yield calculations from our samples ranged from 101.59 bu. per acre in Peoria County to 211.06.0 bu. in Tazewell County. The average yield on my route through Illinois today was 157.63 bu. per acre.
When the samples from all 12 eastern Tour routes were tabulated, the Illinois corn yield came in at 170.48 bu. per acre, up 40.2% from year-ago and 15.3% above the 3-year Tour average. Based on my route and reports from the other routes, variability was the extreme in the Illinois corn crop, not only from field to field, but within fields. The high variability alone will make it hard to build a big yield, in my opinion.
As we moved into eastern Iowa, there wasn't much change. On 6 samples in the Iowa counties of Scott, Cedar and Johnson, our average yield was 157.38 bu. per acre -- nearly identical to our average for Illinois -- with a range from 135.8 bu. to 192.4 bu. per acre. While the range of yields on my route wasn't as wide as it was in Illinois, the variability remained high.
For soybeans, the average pod count in a 3'x3' square on my route through Illinois today came in at 1,220.96, with a low of 367.2 and a high of 2,899. Aside from the 2,899 pod count, the counts were generally average to slightly below average on our stops.
The soybean pod count in a 3'x3' square for all Tour samples in Illinois came in at 1,115.97, which is up 18.2% from year-ago, but 2.9% lower than the three-year Tour average. Much like what we saw in Ohio and Indiana earlier this week, the Illinois soybean crop needs rain or plants will start aborting pods.
On the final day of this year's Tour, scouts will take sample on routes from Iowa City, Iowa, to Rochester, Minnesota.
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