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The odds are in favor for crop scouts on the 2013 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour to see some of the best corn and soybean yields, of several years, in Nebraska.
In 2010 the Nebraska corn yield estimate on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour was 156.94 bu./acre. In 2011, it was 153.7 bu./acre. Last year, the yield estimate came in at 131.79 bu./acre.
With its August Crop Production report, USDA forecasts Nebraska’s average corn yield to be 161 bu./acre. Soybean yields are expected to average 47 bu./acre.
Greg Kruger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln cropping systems specialist, says some areas of his state have seen challenges.
"There has been some dryland corn in western Nebraska severely affected by drought early in the growing season this year," he says. "Some farmers have experienced severe hail, and there was a lot of rain early in the season in the eastern part of the state which really set back planting in some areas."
But, as of now, Kruger says the crop stage and condition seem to be fairly typical. "The growing season has not been too hot, but may have ventured on the cool side for a few days, but likely not enough to be detrimental."
Overall, he expects yields to be pretty average, with some doing really well and some not being so lucky. Warm weather and some rainfall on non-irrigated corn would be welcome to help finish out the year strong.
A farmer from Holt County, Neb., reported to AgWeb’s Crop Comments, that crops northern Nebraska and southern South Dakota look good. "Dryland crops are going to produce the best crop they have in the last 5 to 6 years. We are still a little behind on the corn and beans but all of the ears I have pulled off have between 16 to 18 rows and are filling out nicely."
The farmer reports that bean pods are setting, and some warmer weather would helpful. "Irrigated will produce well over 200 bu./acre on corn and anywhere from 50 – 70 bu./acre on beans. Dryland anywhere from 140 – 170 bu./acre and 40 – 60 bu./acre on beans."
A farmer from Buffalo County, Neb., agrees that the crops look good, but is still hesitant. "I've always said you can't sell looks. Walking fields I'm not finding anywhere near our record crop of last year’s corn. Soybeans are shorter and narrower than normal."
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Farmers throughout the United States can participate online by entering their own corn measurements into Pro Farmer’s Virtual Crop Tour tool. Available online during Crop Tour week, each participant will get a personalized yield estimate, expanding Midwest Crop Tour participation to corn growers nationwide.