The final day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour took my route west and north out of Iowa City through crop districts 6 and 3 through Iowa -- in the counties of Benton, Buchanan, Black Hawk, Bremer, Chickasaw and Howard. Corn yields ranged from 129.4 bu. per acre in Buchanan County to 254.2 bu. in Howard County. The sample we pulled from Howard County was the highest I have ever pulled on Crop Tour, though that field had only pollinated within the last week and will not make nearly the yield we calculated. The average yield on my route through Iowa today was 169.1 bu. per acre.
When the samples from all 12 eastern Tour routes were tabulated, the Iowa corn yield came in at 171.94 bu. per acre, up 25.3% from year-ago and 9.5% above the 3-year Tour average. The extreme variability we saw in Illinois continued into Iowa. While we only stop every 15 miles on each route, we observe crops constantly in between stops and many holes in this year's Iowa corn crop were evident -- even from the road.
For soybeans, the average pod count in a 3'x3' square on my route through Iowa today came in at 1,054.6, with a low of 691and a high of 1,426. In general, Iowa pod counts on my route were average to below average for the areas we sampled.
The soybean pod count in a 3'x3' square for all Tour samples in Iowa came in at 927.3, which is down 7.3% from year-ago and 22.1% lower than the three-year Tour average.
I'd like to thank all of my scouts on the eastern leg of this year's Crop Tour for all of their hard work over the past three days. I've said it repeatedly, but we couldn't do Tour with all of your hard work and dedication. Your countless hours of crop scouting this week are greatly appreciated.
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