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Slightly Lower Crop Size Estimated for South Dakota

August 22, 2011
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

After around 40 samples of South Dakota corn and soybean fields, yields are estimated to be smaller than last year.

After Day 1 of the 2011 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, the crop data is in for South Dakota.
Corn yield is down 1.8% from last year, while pod count in a 3-foot by 3-foot square is down 14.1%.
The South Dakota corn yield estimate is 141.10. Last year, Pro Farmer’s South Dakota rough yield estimate was 143.59 bu./acre. The three-year average for the state is 146.06.
Here’s a rundown of the average corn data collected today in South Dakota:
  • Average ear count within 60 feet: 83.59
  • Average grain length: 6.5 inches
  • Average kernel rows: 15.54
During the 2010 Tour, the average pods in a 3-foot by 3-foot square for South Dakota was 1,262.3, and the three-year average is 1,034.9.
This year, the pod count in a 3-foot by 3-foot square was 1,106.66.
Soil moisture for the South Dakota soybeans came in at a 3.54, which means the soil is dry at the surface but moist somewhere in the top 6 inches.
Here’s what the crop scout had to say about South Dakota’s crops:
Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Editor and Western Tour Director: We had our highest pod counts and our lowest pod counts out of the same crop district. We had some soybeans that were absolutely filthy with aphids. But, overall, we didn’t see a lot of problems with the South Dakota crop.
Lawrence Landsteiner, Minnesota farmer: I’ve never seen such phenomenal bean counts. We had all good beans.
Terry Johnston, Western Tour Crop Consultant: Corn yields were all over the map. Everything looked good, but the further south we got the drier it got. It looked like they had good moisture early.
Paul Neiffer, Farm CPA: We saw some major hail damage. I would say 2/3 of our sample had 2 out of 3 good ears. We also saw a lot of greensnap.
Elwood Line, Illinois farmer: South Dakota beans were pretty good-looking and well along, pretty healthy for the most part.
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