While final yield estimates for day one of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour won’t be out until 8:00 CST tonight, scouts are sharing what they’ve seen so far. In South Dakota, the crop got off to a rocky start thanks to excessive rainfall at planting, and still shows some variability, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t have a strong finish.
Report from Western Tour Leader Jeff Wilson:
What counties have you sampled from?
McCook (S.D., District 6), Hanson (S.D., District 6), Minnehaha (S.D., District 6), Hutchinson (S.D., District 9), Turner (S.D., District 9), Yankton (S.D., District 9)
Corn yield range: 115 bu. per acre to 248 bu. per acre
Corn yield average: 179 bu. per acre
“The corn crop is moving along towards maturity at a rapid pace. Clearly some planting delays have some of the crop at about average maturity for the day. Disease pressure is light, very few bugs and overall, plant health is good.”
Soybean pod count range (in a 3’x3’ square): 650 pods to 1,472 pods
Soybean pod count average (in a 3’x3’ square): 1,050 pods
“Much like the corn crop, there is very little disease or pest pressure in the nine bean fields we stopped at. Plant height is quite variable, from chin-high to chest-high. Pod counts are variable but there’s plenty of moisture to fill existing pods with big beans.”
Stay tuned for final yield results at the end of the day at AgWeb.com.