Here's a corn sample from southeast South Dakota.
The James River, near Menno, S.D., overflowed after the snow melted and hasn't fully receded yet, according to a local farmer.
Crop scout Neil Hadley heads to the field to gather a corn sample.
Dry as Dirt
This soybean field in eastern Nebraska is in desperate need for a drink.
Tools of the Trade
Crop scouts use a tape measure to measure sampling areas and notepads to record their findings.
Crop scouts measure grain length and count kernel rows.
An overflowing crowd gathered in Grand Island, Neb., to hear the reports from the first day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.