OK, we drove in on 90 west to get to the beginning of the Crop Tour on Monday in Sioux Falls, SD. While we were driving, all I could think of was how inconsistent the crops were on this stretch through Minnesota. So as we approached Minnesota today, I figured we would get a good handle on how difficult this year has been for the state. Let me tell you, the pain of this state was revealed in the amount of acres that were not planted.
We trekked north past 90 and then started to head east/northeast towards Rochester. Along this route the first thing I noticed was how much nitrogen deficiency there was from the road and present in the field. This did not change all day as we continued across the state. Additionally, like most of this Crop Tour, immaturity was also a major issue on the tour today. As we try to finish this crop off over the next six weeks, I feel confident that these challenged spots are only going to get worse with time.
On par with yesterday, we saw many soybean fields that were lower on pod counts. One positive observation with my route today was seeing more soybeans within the clusters rather than just two on every node like yesterday. Similar to the corn, the only way this crop will have any success is by avoiding an early frost, getting plenty of heat units, and throwing in some measurable rain periodically. In other words, perfect weather from here on out!!!
We wrapped up our tour with a taping of U.S. Farm report this evening. This was interesting, because growers had some great questions about this year's tour. The most popular questions revolved around how we can measure potential on an immature crop. This is the million-dollar question! So, stay tuned on Friday for the results!
Well, everyone always said that this tour is more about the people you meet, rather than the crops we look at. I couldn't agree more!! The other scouts on this journey are very diverse, knowledgeable and willing to learn-a great group of people. I enjoyed every minute of it!!
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