See the from-the-field reports, data and scout observations, during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.
Corn and soybeans conditions in Iowa differ county to county and in some cases, field to field. Early season rain meant some farmers struggled to put a crop in the ground, while other farmers missed rain and started the season strong.
"On the soybean side, I feel like I should have brought a machete with me, because I've been hacking trees out there," said Paul Neiffer, The Farm CPA, as he made his way toward Minden, Iowa.
At the start of Day 3, we started our route in southwestern Iowa, working our way to the northwest. Now, the area we’ve traveled thus far has received some excess amount of rain early, so we aren’t seeing as big of a crop yet.
As fellow I-States struggle to produce corn ears and soybean pods, some crops in Iowa’s western half are encountering their own challenges.
"We've seen a lot of SDS in some of the soybean fields here to the south, but not quite so many as we've moved to the north," said Mark Bernard, crop consultant for the eastern leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. "But definitely plenty to be concerned about."
Many Iowa farmers are headed for a solid harvest, according to Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour data.
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8/17/2015 Dallas County, IA: Dallas County Iowa: Lots of yellowing over the past two weeks. Great corn in one field, truly horrible corn next to it. Lucas County Iowa: Corn on hills is doing well, corn on the flat is 1/3 off of average. Early beans are good, anything after May 15 are pretty poor. Central, and all of Southern Iowa crops are definitely not as good as last year.
8/17/2015 Buchanan County, IA: Our corn looks better than last year. We have had timely rains and diseases very low.
8/17/2015 Webster County, IA: Crops in this area record by a lot. I have been all over and seen but a few bad crops. With the rain in August we are probably looking at records bigger than the USDA just said. Too bad so many delusional farmers on this site.
8/16/2015 Clayton County, IA: No rain in my area since end of June will be no big yields in this area. Lawns are brown. Corn looks good yet driving by but walk in and there is a lot of tip back. USDA probably drove by and said 250 bushel corn they have no clue.
8/12/2015 Humboldt County, IA: The corn in Humboldt, Iowa looks as even as it ever has in years. We got half our corn planted by the end of April and yield are going to be fantastic. It rained during the entire month of May and the 2nd half of corn was planted around Memorial Day. It looked poorly for several weeks and when its feet hit the 280 pounds of nitrogen, it turned deep green and has now caught the corn planted a month earlier. The GDU units will be needed in the next 6 weeks to make the late planted corn pass 200 bushels per acre mark. We also have farms in Polk County, Iowa and have dumped 50” of rain from our gauges since April 1st, 2015. Unbelievable that more ponding has not occurred.
8/12/2015 Marshall County, IA: The corn in central Iowa is probably the best ever, and starting to dent. Soybeans look very good but you can see sudden death in almost every field starting to come on. With a month of maturity to go yet it will affect our yields.
8/11/2015 Jasper County, IA: AgDay Meteorologist Mike Hoffman posed next to some 10' tall corn near Colfax, IA.
8/10/2015 Jackson County, IA: Even with the .5 to 3" rain almost 2 weeks ago and a very wet June, dry areas are starting to show up. Some fungicide still being applied on corn.
8/5/2015 Johnson County, IA: Corn and beans are needing a rain soon keep missing the rains that are forecasted
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