Pro Farmer's Chip Flory and Brian Grete give midday updates from the field during the 2013 Midwest Crop Tour.
It's Day One of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, and so far, the biggest surprise has been that the crop in the Eastern Corn Belt might not be as large as anticipated.
While the Pro Farmer editors are hesitant to draw any major conclusions until the final numbers are in, so far the yield numbers out of Ohio have been a bit of a letdown.
"We've seen some pretty good crops, but they haven't been great so far," said Pro Farmer senior market analyst Brian Grete. "As we move west, it's getting drier. We just passed some gentlemen that were working up a winter wheat field and they were kicking up a lot of dust.
"We'll have to see how it shakes out when all is done. I'm not disappointed; that's the wrong word to use. I guess it just hasn't been as big as what was advertised, at least on the route we've taken so far."
On the Western leg of the Tour, Pro Farmer editor Chip Flory reports that crop conditions in South Dakota have been about as expected.
"The corn up here is basically what we expected to see," Flory said. "The bean crop, I'm a little concerned about the lack of pod fill up here. It's not terrible...but boy, we're looking at a lot of flat pods up here."
Flory said for here on out, weather will be the determining factor on yield.
"The weather from this point forward in the growing season to finish off the crop is going to be just as important as the weather that we've had leading up to this point in establishing the yield on corn and soybeans," he said.
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DuPont Pioneer has been the Tour’s lead sponsor since 2008. Other sponsors include RCIS, Chevy Truck, DuPont Crop Protection, GEOSYS, HTS Ag, Farm Credit Services of America and Montag Manufacturing.