From the Rows with Brian Grete
Day 4 of the eastern leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour saw scouts fan out on routes through eastern and central Iowa. We were expecting to see bigger and more consistent yields -- and we did. But the yields, while consistently better than most of the yields pulled from Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, weren't nearly strong enough. Soybean pod counts were also improved, although they were variable.
My route sampled fields in Iowa, Benton, Black Hawk, Grundy, Butler, Floyd, Cerro Gordo and Mitchell counties. There was lodging in most of the corn fields, although disease pressure was limited aside from a case of Goss's wilt in Black Hawk County.
Soybean pod counts on my route were all over the board, with a low of 734 and a high of nearly 2,300. The soybeans on our route were very clean.
The Tour average for the Iowa corn crop came in at 164.62 bu. per acre, which was down 2.8% from last year's findings. The final Iowa soybean pod count in a 3'x3' square came in at 1,221.94, down 9.3% from the 2010 Tour.
With that, another year of Crop Tour comes to an end. I'd like to thank all of our hardworking scouts on this year's Tour. Without your efforts, we wouldn't be able to do what we do.
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2011 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour