2010 Day 3 Eastern Tour Observations from Mark Bernard

August 18, 2010 06:21 PM

Day three of the 2010 Midwest Pro Farmer Crop Tour Day three of the 2010 Midwest Pro Farmer Crop Tour had our group running south of Bloomington IL and starting sampling near Blue Mound on Rt. 48, across I-55 over to Waverly, down to near Athensville, up through Jacksonville, Beardstown, Macomb, Good Hope then crossing the river at Fort Madison. Today’s crew included J.P. Morgan stalwart Peter Meyer, MN farmer extraordinaire Richard Guse, and a whole contingent of folks invited by J.P. Morgan including 3 people from mainland China. Really got a charge out of them especially after they started calling me "Mr. Bean" although I can see I’m going to need to brush up on my Cantonese for next year. Seriously, the Crop Tour seems to take on more of an international flavor every year with this one being no exception. This makes for plenty of agronomic questions to answer and that makes it fun for everyone.

Crops today in IL were about what we expected on our route especially. On the corn side, we saw yields vary from the low 100 bushel range to one sample over 200 in Christian Co. The milk line was moving down the kernel in good shape on the samples during ht route today. The biggest issues were related to excess water at one point or another during the growing season. Nitrogen deficiency was evident in virtually all fields and the plants were sending signals that stalk rot could be an issue, especially if this crop is allowed to stand in the field for an extended period of time this fall. The soybeans were surprisingly good with most pod counts running above 1400 in the 3 x 3 measurement. With the range of planting dates however, there will need to be some good weather in September to finish out fields where we found flat pods.

In the soybean fields on our route, we saw relatively light disease pressure although once we got into IA, SDS increased in scope as we approached IA City. Press releases are telling us that we’re going to see more of this as we go north across tomorrow. If our trip through eastern IA late last week is any indication, it will come as no surprise to see the disease in a more advanced state. White mold has been a relative no show thus far and unless something strange happens, most of the soybean crop we saw today should be out of the woods. Why hasn’t white mold been more common? It has simply been too warm. A few soybean aphids and bean leaf beetles were noted. However aphids were a novelty and leaf and pod feeding by bean leaf beetle was minimal.

Same song, different verse today in terms of what needs to happen with the IL crops. Unlike the IN soybean crop we finished up scouting yesterday however, the beans on our IL route should have moisture to finish out the soybeans that still need some time yet. On through the rest of IA and a chunk of MN to finalize the numbers there. See you in Austin!

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