TODAY ON AGDAY
AUGUST 31, 2012
CROP TOUR OVERVIEW:
Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. And welcome to this special edition of AgDay - the Profarmer Midwest Crop Tour in review. This year 100 scouts analyzed about two thousand fields during the four day dash across the Midwest. And this year, those routes coincided with some of the hardest hit areas of the drought.
And now - this is what the scouts found. Profarmer estimates the overall national corn yield at just over 120 bushels an acre, with a total production of 10.4 billion bushels. Now, compare that to USDA's August forecast which pegged the corn crop at 10.7 billion bushels with a national average yield of 123 bushels an acre. For soybeans, Profarmer puts the crop at 2.6 billion bushels with an average yield of 34.8 bushels to the acre. As far as soybeans, as of its August report, USDA put the soybean crop at just under 2.7 billion bushels with an average yield of 36 bushels an acre.
A number of the people on tour came from countries which rely on U.S. exports. National reporter Tyne Morgan talked with some of the scouts.
On the last day of the Profarmer Midwest Crop Tour, the scouts gather in Owatonna, Minnesota for a final meeting. The numbers are crunched and Profarmer releases its estimates. ProFarmer Editor chip Flory picks-up the conversation with the team leaders. While ProFarmer's Chip Flory leads the tour, he has a lot of support and commitment in the field from people on tour, including his daughter Emily. Emily delayed the start of her fall semester at college to serve an internship with ProFarmer. We asked Emily about working with dad. Thanks Emily. The tape measures and clipboards are packed-away for another year. But planning has already begun for next year’s tour.
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