The eastern leg of the 2013 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour began in Columbus, Ohio, with scouts traveling to Fishers, Indiana. The western leg began in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with scouts traveling to Grand Island, Nebraska. Final results for Ohio and South Dakota will be released on www.profarmer.com. Following are preliminary route reports from Tour leaders.
Western Tour Leader and Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory has sampled in the South Dakota counties of Minnehaha, McCook and Hanson in district 6, Hutchinson, Turner and Yankton in district 9. Flory has crossed the border into Nebraska district 3. He reports a range of corn yields from 131.4 bu. to 214 bu. per acre and an average of 167.6 bu. per acre so far today. He says the biggest problem for the crop is maturity, as he's seen crops ranging from late-milk stage to early dough. "My goodness, this crop will need all of September and a few days of October to make it to full maturity, which is possible, but it has a lot of work to do," says Flory.
Flory also notes irrigated fields on his route today were a disappointment, as it looked better from the road due to some pollination troubles.
Soybean pod counts on Flory's morning route in a 3'X3' square have ranged 635 to 1,495, with an average of 971 pods. He says pod counts have improved as he has headed south in Nebraska, but the same holds true for the maturity of the crop.
Western Tour Consultant Jason Franck has pulled samples in the South Dakota counties of McCook, Miner, Sanborn and Davison in district 6, Hutchinson, Douglas and Bon Homme in district 9. He has just entered into Nebraska. He reports yields ranging 123.9 bu. to 191.1 bu. per acre, with an average of 149 bu. per acre.
Franck says he ran into some good-looking corn in the southern part of South Dakota as he reached the Nebraska border, but is also seeing nitrogen deficiency issues as the lower part of the plant is starting to burn up. He reports ear size is up from last year, but the biggest concern is maturity, as crop is in milk to dough stage. "So, the corn crop has a long ways to go to maturity. I am seeing drought stress, but the cool weather is really slowing things today. The next six weeks are really important for this crop maturity-wise," he says.
Soybean pod counts on Franck's route in a 3'X3' square have ranged 682 to 1,880 in South Dakota, with an average of 1,119 pods. He reports pod counts are rising as he enters Nebraska, but the better-looking fields have more two-bean pods than three-bean pods. The biggest concern for soybean yield potential is also maturity, he says. "We're seeing good plant health and bean height is pretty average, but like corn, the soybean crop needs more time to maximize yield potential," he says.
Eastern Tour Leader and Pro Farmer Senior Market Analyst Brian Grete has sampled in the Ohio counties of Morrow in district 5, Wyandot in district 2, Hancock, Putnam and Paulding in district 1. He reports a corn yields have ranged 141.9 bu. to 214.7 bu. per acre, with an average of 169.4 bushels. Grete says most yields are coming in around the 170-bu. area, as he's seen a uniform crop. He says yield potential is very good, but not quite as good as he expected. "This is a good crop for this area, but nothing eye popping," he said, noting he's looking forward to hearing route reports from out scouts tonight to get a better feel for Ohio yield potential.
Grete says maturity isn't an issue, as most of the crop is in the dough stage and should make it to maturity with no difficulties.
Soybean pod counts in a 3'X3' square have ranged 541 to 1,620 on Grete's route this morning, with an average of 1,083 pods. He reports solid yield potential, with plenty of plump pods. But he notes that bean pod counts are difficult to judge from the road, as some of the better-looking fields were on the low end of his route range. But with no major disease or insect pressure, Grete says the crop health is solid. Of more concern is a rain over the near-term, as he reports soils are becoming drier as he nears the Indiana border.
Eastern Tour Consultant Mark Bernard has sampled in the Ohio counties of Delaware and Marion in district 5, Wyandot in district 2, Hardin in district 4 and Allen, Putnam and Paulding in district 1. He reports a corn yield range of 113.5 bu. To 236.6 bu. Per acre, with an average this morning of 189.7 bushels. "I've seen a uniform crop today with yields mostly around the 200 bu. mark," he reports. "The crop maturity on most of this is moving right along, with a fair amount denting. All of the crop is in at least the dough stage so I'm not worried about maturity."
But Bernard says both the corn and soybean crops need a rain, as its showing signs of stress due to recent dryness and corn ears could begin to express more tipback.
Soybean pod counts in a 3'X3' square have ranged 360 to 1,549 on Bernand's route this morning, with an average of 1,030 pods. "Pod counts are more variable than the corn yield potential due to more variable planting dates," he reports. "You could see it on the end rows, where beans are short due to too much water at the start of the season that delayed planting. But overall, bean plant health is okay. I don't have any major disease or insect pressure to report, but some pods are coming off plants due to too much moisture stress."
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