Jul 10, 2014
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It's a crucial time for the 2013 crop. As we move into harvest season, let Farm Journal Media be your...


For four weeks, we'll capture aerial video of the make-or-break crop districts. Videos will include commentary from Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory and Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. We'll also feature GeoSys thermal maps, so you can compare. The Pro Farmer team will provide weekly crop progress data and commentary.

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Watch Aerial Video

Check back each week for new video updates.




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The Make-or-Break Crop Districts

The highlighted crop districts will be surveyed during the next four weeks, from the air, for the "Eye in the Sky" crop reports. These areas represent some of the highest corn and soybean yield and acreage areas of each state.  


Iowa Minnesota



Crop Tour MapDuring the 2013 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, Pro Farmer, AgWeb and scouts gathered extensive coverage, data and field reports from these three key states. Read all coverage from these states:

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Harvest Resources



Harvest News and Reports

  • Sorghum Acres Increase Nationwide
    Sorghum has long been the go-to crop for farmers during drought years. This year, even more farmers opted to grow this bronze and red grain.
  • Careful How You Store
    With lower corn prices, a lot of corn and corn silage will be stored this year. Brush up on your storage management to avoid mycotoxin contamination.
  • Harvest Report: Corn Yields Soar on Wisconsin Farm
    As his harvest drew to a close this month, farmer Ron Brooks of Waupaca explained how he thinks the corn crop became so successful.
  • Corn 84% Harvested, Soybeans 91% Harvested
    USDA published its most recent Crop Progress report Tuesday afternoon following the Veterans Day holiday.
  • Corn Glut Keeps Bearish Storm Brewing
    Friday’s reports confirmed the U.S. corn and soybean crops are huge. Jerry Gulke discusses the reports and provides his take on what that means for prices long-term.

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GEOSYS Thermal Maps

GEOSYS is providing satellite maps and information to Farm Journal to demonstrate new tools available to track crop progress and field variability. Using NDVI, GEOSYS creates in-season crop health maps. Crop health has a high correlation to final yield, particularly after Aug. 15 for corn.

GEOSYS provides a range of services. Timely in-season imagery allows crop performance analysis through the GEOSYS Crop Health Monitor™ service. Yield potential maps, based on more than 10 years of field history, provide a highly accurate benchmark that can help growers evaluate the current year and plan for the coming season with the GEOSYS Field Profit Planner.

Check back for the first round of maps and aerial videos.


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