Every year, Farm Journal Media’s Pro Farmer conducts one of the most widely watched crop tours in the nation: the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, which kicks off today.
The Tour winds through the heart of the Corn and Soybean Belt, from South Dakota in the west to Ohio in the east, passing through the top production states before culminating on Thursday night with an estimate shortly thereafter of 2016’s total production.
The purpose of the Tour is not to prove or disprove USDA's August crop estimates. We want to get our own idea of corn and soybean crop potential the third week of August. But a key question as we head into the fields Aug. 22 through Aug. 25 for our 24th Crop Tour is whether the corn and soybean crops are as big as advertised.
You can also participate via the Virtual Crop Tour. Here's what you need to know:
- Go 35 paces into the field to start sampling.
- Measure row width and record.
- Measure a 30' plot, then count all ears in two rows in the plot. Record total.
- Pull the fifth, eighth and 11th ear off one row of the plot.
- Measure the length of grain on each ear and record.
- Count the kernel rows on each ear (will be an even number) and record.
- Enter results here and click submit.
- After submitting your Virtual Crop Tour entry, scroll down to view the average entries by state, shown on the U.S. map.
Throughout Crop Tour week you can look forward to Farm Journal Media updates on AgWeb.com.
You can also tune into "Market Rally with Chip Flory" each day at 2:06 p.m. CT on the "My Farm Radio" app.
Follow #pftour16 Leaders Chip Flory and Brian Grete, as well as Consultants Mark Bernard and Emily Carolan on Twitter. Follow Julianne Johnston for official Tour results, and Alison Rice and Ben Potter for field reports, too.