Nebraska City, Neb. – Rain fell on much of Nebraska, while eight teams of scouts sampled corn and soybeans during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. After all the mud was cleaned off boots and data compiled, tour results show the state’s farmers should expect another year of good yields.
“Disease and insect pressure has been very minimal across the state,” says Brian Grete, Pro Farmer senior market analyst.
The low disease and insect pressure is definitely supporting yields, says Chip Flory, Pro Farmer editor and western tour director. “It is tough to find things that will hurt the bean yields this year,” he says. “If we end up with a pod count higher than a year ago, we’ve got a really good soybean crop out there.”
Another factor that could be helping yields this year is crop progression. Kurt Line, a crop scout from Momence, Ill., says plants compared to a year ago, were more developed.
From the 199 samples taken in Nebraska, an average estimated corn yield for the state is pegged at 158.29 bu./acre, a number up from the three-year average of 149.25.
For soybeans, pods in a three-foot by three-foot square were estimated at 1306.35, up from 1,238.90 in 2009.