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Pro Farmer Crop Tour Day 2
Aug 21, 2012
The second day of the tour began in Fisher Indiana and ended in Bloomington Illinois. Today's observations started out with decent corn yields. The first two yield checks on my route yielded 154bpa and 148bpa. The third check yielded 30bpa. As we headed across central Indiana toward Illinois we found some fields that received rains in late July, they had yields around 150bpa. Other areas that missed out on the July rain had yields between zero and 50bpa.
Field variability was evident as we ran across a farmer harvesting corn. We stopped and visited with him about the field conditions. The low ground in this particular field was yielding around 180. As he progressed up the hill, the corn yield dropped to below 50bpa. His field average was 105bpa with moisture at 27% and test weight at 54 pounds. See video below provide by my scouting partner (Ty Higgins)
Another observation in corn was the poor stalk quality. I was amazed at the amount of stalk deterioration in many of the fields. Some fields had as low as 20% of the stalks in severe condition. Other fields had as much as 90% of the stalks that could be easily pushed over with a simple touch. Obviously these fields will require early harvest to limit further yield loss.
Here is a link from one of my scouting partners (Ty Higgins) who took a video as we inspected stalk quality.
Soybeans were average to below average again today. We saw some fields with lower pod counts and short plant stature. I'll spend more time on tomorrow's blog discussing soybeans in more detail. We anticipate even more variability in soybeans through Illinois and into Iowa.