Crop Tour Observations--Day 1
Aug 20, 2012
This was my first time as a scout for the Pro-Farmer Crop Tour. I was somewhat apprehensive about dedicating the week to scouting crops, but I knew this would be a great way to evaluate the crops firsthand. I knew another huge benefit would come from the opportunity to network with farmers in the evening meetings.
My route today confirmed to me that this crop is highly variable; no matter where you go! On the first stop of my route we had a corn yield of 33 bpa. The second stop was only 38 bpa. The next two stops averaged 167 bpa. We continued to see this type of yield variability the rest of the day. Stalk quality seemed adequate, but many of the fields showed signs of rubbery stalks and deteriorating conditions. Most of the corn in Ohio and portions of Indiana had corn shorter than the field signs along the road. Much of the corn had a uniform appearance from the road, but low yield potential in the field.
Soybeans on the other hand looked great. We did see a few poor fields, but every field we scouted was extremely healthy with great pod counts. Most of our pod counts were similar to last year's numbers. Many of the soybeans are podded higher than usual due to the early dry conditions. It looks like most of these soybeans we scouted today had adequate rainfall - just in time to salvage decent yields.