Brian Grete and the eastern leg make their way from Illinois to Iowa on Day 3 of the ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour. After the rains cleared, they continued to see variable samples in eastern Illinois. But as they moved westward, the corn became more consistent, hitting averages above 200 bu/ac.
Meanwhile Chip Flory and the western leg crew started measuring in Iowa on Day 3 near Denison, Iowa. Average yields are clocking in around 170 bu/ac. After the storm last night, a lot of wind damage was pulling down yield estimates.
"It's just evidence that the crop is never safe until you run it through the combine," Flory explains.
While the corn crop seems to be trending down across the tour, the soybeans are looking strong.
USDA estimated a national average of 48.9 bu/ac soybeans on Aug. 1. Flory says he was skeptical of that high of a number, but after the storms that rolled through, he sees it as a possibility.
"Don't underestimate what the beans can do if they've got water this time of year. It could happen," Flory says.
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