Big Bean Yield Drop Predicted for Illinois

August 18, 2009 07:00 PM

Sara Schafer, AgWeb Business & Crops Online Editor
Coraville, Iowa: After two days of sampling corn and soybeans in Illinois, corn yields are predicted to be a repeat of last year, while soybean yields are estimated to be drastically lower.
Scout Reports
Variability and inconsistencies were reported on many of the routes through Illinois.
"From the road, the corn looked spectacular,” says Lou Arens, a crop scout from Iowa. "But, once you walked in, there was nothing there.”
He said they came across some corn fields that hadn't pollinated and some soybean fields that hadn't set pods.
Another crop scout, Gavin Koo, from Massachusetts, says their route saw corn yields all over the board. Overall, he says, the corn needs a lot of time. "These fields will need a pretty late frost to get some of that corn home.”
For soybeans, Koo says there route saw pod counts that were quite high. "These farmers are going to be pretty happy when the combines go through.”
After 166 Illinois samples, here are the official Tour numbers for Illinois:
Illinois Average Corn Data
Ear Count in 60 ft.: 96.34, down from 98.41 in 2008
Grain Length: 6.47”, up from 6.34” in 2008
Kernels Around: 16.11, down from 16.17 in 2008
Yield Estimate: 167.17 bu./acre, up from 166.94 in 2008
Illinois Average Soybean Data
Pod Count in 3': 607.83, down from 661.01 in 2008
Soil Moisture: 4.08, up from 2.69 in 20008
Growth Stage: 4.61, down from 4.72 in 2008
Pod Count in 3' by 3' Square: 1,102.80, down from 1,299.70 in 2008
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