From the Rows - Chip Flory - Western Tour Day 3
I'll admit... it's late. I just spent the last couple of hours after the meeting with 400-plus farmers in Spencer, Iowa, talking with scouts that covered the western one-third of Iowa about crop conditions and... well... it's late. So if this report seems a bit "blunt" or "surrley," I'll ask for your forgiveness now...
And after talking with scouts from Today's Tour, I spent the next hour trying to respond to e-mail and Twitter questions. Now I'm even more tired...
And then I spent an hour writing a piece about how frustrated I am that people that comment on the Tour know very little about how the Crop Tour works. I deleted it and decided to simply say this: "PLEASE look at the history of the Tour before making any comments about the Tour. We've got many volunteers out here on Tour and discounting what they do (since they've actually been on Tour) is an insult to these scouts.
Believe me... the report I wrote over the last hour (and just deleted) was much more "surrley" that this, but I'm not in the mood to argue about something that has been well documented over the last 20 years.
So on to the data. We can't give you final results for Iowa because Brian Grete will lead the eastern scouts through the eastern two-thirds of the state tomorrow. But, I can give you a sneak-peak at the Iowa data with the final reults for the western on-third of the state. In southwest Iowa, we had an average corn yield of 137.0 bu. per acre, down 4.3% from last year. That's the change from last year's Tour in the district.
In Iowa crop district 4, we ended with a yield of 143.22 bu. per acre, down 17.19% from last year.
In Iowa crop district 1, we ended with a yield of 159.29 bu per acre, down 9.8% from year ago.
For soybeans, pod counts were also down from last year with the southwestern crop district down 7.5%; the west-central district down 28.5% and the northwest district down 12.1% from year-ago.
The problems in the soybean fields were the same as we've been descibing the last two days... too much heat and too little water.
Weighting the yield averages for corn, the western on-third of the state is down about 11% from last year on corn yields.
We did see corn being harvested in western Iowa today. I hopped up in the cab and the corn was at about 22% moisture and the yield sample we pulled about three minutes before the crop was harvested was less than 2 bu. different than what the yield monitor say it that spot of the field.
We're set to wrap up the Crop Tour tomorrow with the Western Tour's trek through Minnesota as the Eastern Tour travels through eastern and central Iowa. I can't wait to get the results.