While corn looks impressive in states such as Ohio and South Dakota, issues such as lack of crop uniformity, late planting and dry soils might create problems for both that crop and soybeans heading into harvest. That’s according to experts who participated in the 2013 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.
"The variability increased from Illinois to Iowa," Brian Grete, Eastern Tour leader, tells the U.S. Farm Report Market Roundtable. "There are a lot of holes out there, and it’s hard to measure those holes. But I will tell you it’s hard to build a big crop or a big yield when you’ve got those holes out there."
Meanwhile, corn farther east looks good but needs water.
"It’s healthy, it just needs a drink," says Mark Bernard, Eastern Tour scout.
In South Dakota, scouts found corn yields up 118% over 2012, says Chip Flory, Western Tour leader. At the same time, soybeans were suffering.
"Those pods are flat as can be," Flory says.
Irrigated corn didn’t look as good as it has been billed in Nebraska, he says. Tipback occurred in some fields, though not to the degree found in dry states such as Illinois, says Jason Franck, Western Tour scout.
Other issues appeared, too.
"The nitrogen deficiency showed up almost all through Iowa, especially as we moved north," Franck says. Minnesota came in as equally conflicted, with good conditions in the southwest but less positive ones in the south central part of the state.
Time will tell whether weather conditions help or hurt late-planted crops.
"If September isn’t perfect, this Iowa crop is going backward," Flory says. "Now if September is great and we don’t get a frost until Thanksgiving, some of this corn is going to make it. Not all of it, but some of it’s going to make it."
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