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The History of “The Tour”

August 13, 2013
Crop Tour Hats

Pro Farmer announces plans to undertake the difficult task of measuring this year’s corn and soybean yield potential. With record spring precipitation delaying planting throughout the Midwest, this year’s Midwest Crop Tour aims to provide a detailed analysis on the likely outcome for 2013’s corn and soybean harvest results.

"2013 is the year of variability," said Chip Flory, Pro Farmer editor. "Early reports include everything from strong, healthy crops, to crops that will struggle to make it to the finish line ahead of this fall’s first frost, to unplanted acres. The task of assessing yield potential will be a challenge in this year’s conditions."

Flory continued, "Our measurements are critical, but this year more than ever, it may actually be the daily observations of our scouts that will prove most important. What sort of crop is out there, and are these crop conditions isolated or more widespread than originally thought?"

The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour is in its 20th year. A team of more than 100 growers, industry experts and media reporters will scout about 2,000 fields in seven Midwest states August 19-22. A summary of the Tour’s findings will be presented at Rochester International Event Center August 22nd in Rochester, Minn. Taped on-location, Farm Journal’s "U.S. Farm Report" television program will air a detailed panel discussion Saturday, August 24th.

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.

Each day’s official findings and results for Midwest Crop Tour will be published online at and and in the August 23rd issue of the Pro Farmer newsletter.

Later an annual wrap-up summary appears in the September issue of Top Producer.


For More Information
See full coverage of the 2013 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, hosted by Pro Farmer.

DuPont Pioneer has been the Tour’s lead sponsor since 2008. Other sponsors include RCIS, Chevy Truck, DuPont Crop Protection, GEOSYS, HTS Ag, Farm Credit Services of America and Montag Manufacturing.


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