More than 120 crop scouts are journeying into Indiana and Illinois today on the eastern leg and Nebraska on the western leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. So far, scouts report good-looking crops, along with a few concerns.
Chip Flory, Pro Farmer editorial director and host of daily radio program Market Rally, says he hasn’t seen a lot of disease today, on his trip through Nebraska. "Three weeks ago everyone was worried about this bean crop, but it is looking good now."
The one downside he’s seen is weed resistance. "Nebraska is developing a waterhemp problem," he says. "In some fields it will do some damage to the yields."
On the eastern leg, Brian Grete, Pro Farmer Editor, says plant health and soil moisture is much better today, compared to what he saw yesterday. "The crop is further along," he says. "Yields have been steady, but nothing spectacular."
Watch AgDay’s update from Crop Tour:
Here are a handful of tweets from crop scouts:
@potterben: Our #pftour14 SE Neb. a.m. irrigated corn recap - 188, 176, 198, 184, 196, 288 (!); saw plenty of lodging & hail damage from the road.
@agweb_alison: FOUR (4!) ears on one stalk in Indiana.
@kurt5line: Feel bad for with hail damage. Double whammy. Lost stand= poor weed control. #pftour14
@RuralLeslie: Fields can be deceiving. Looks great outside but reality in #cornear. Saline Co Nebraska yield est 90.2bpa #pftour14
@JasonFranckNC: Too much residue caused us to see our lowest yield in butler County, NE. Hard to keep ear counts up with gaps #pftour14