This year’s scouting team is from many different businesses but this year’s team gained a few scouts that may not have been noticed because of their work done for a company, but for their work done on social media.
Doug Barlett, better known as @GrainMonster, has joined the Western team this week and for once the reason why he was asked by Western leader, Chip Flory, to join the Tour was because of his role he plays on Twitter and his connections he has made over the past couple of years with the people going through the routes collecting samples. Doug is from Missouri and truly knows his information about the agriculture world. Here is a recap of what he saw in the fields between Nebraska City and Spencer as we passed our way through the western districts of Iowa.
@GrainMonster After scouting corn and soybeans crops in Western, IA, you have to be concerned about the crops due to the lack of maturity in corn and the lack of potential for the soybean crop. The corn at this point looks great if this was July, but it’s getting late in August days and the curtain is starting to fall. Yields in corn have potential but will drop going forward as growth has peaked and the jockey is starting to pull back on the reigns. Yield estimates conducted on the tour are optimistic as they show what it can be but the crop has already crossed the event horizon- no turning back for the better. Weather forecasts are not favorable for the finish that we need. More tip back is very likely and kernel fill is questionable.
For soybeans, the cool weather that the media has touted as favorable has been off course and the crop seems to have cashed in its chips as far as putting on additional pods. We need Mother Nature to come to the rescue for both corn and soybeans, but a disaster isn't on the menu as long as temps behave themselves over the next month. Remember to follow Doug as he makes his way through the final day of the tour and throughout the next year while he gives agronomic updates for his area and also shows some enthusiasm about the agricultural industry.
Follow your other tour leaders using the hashtag #pftour13 and by following: @ChipFlory, @BGrete, @JasonFranckNC, @MNWeedWizzard, @Emily_FloryAg14, and @DonnaMc_Ag for in field updates, and @JuliJohnston and @MeghanPedersen for tour updates and data information.