Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory describes why this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour will be unlike any of the previous 20 years.
The 2012 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour was definitely unique, due to the record drought and mature crop. But, Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Editor and Western Tour Director, says the 2013 Tour will also be different from any past year.
This year marks the 20th year of the Tour and Flory says this year’s crop is at a record-slow development.
"Last year, we looked at a crop that was fully mature, and there were combines rolling the third week of August," he says. ""We’re going to be looking a less-mature crop this year."
Flory says prevent plant acres, super short soybeans and several other factors will make it really difficult to pinpoint the yield potential of this year’s corn and soybean crops.
"We may be measuring potential (over actual yields) more than we ever have before," he says. "The weather that happens after Crop Tour this year will be just as important as the weather coming up to Crop Tour."
The 2013 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour will run from Aug. 19 – 22. More than 100 crop scouts, who include farmers, traders and members of the media, will travel through seven key corn- and soybean-growing states and scout about 2,000 fields.
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
www.Profarmer.com and www.agweb.com 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.
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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.