(Bloomington, Ill.) – Day 2 on the eastern leg of the 2008 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour ended with reports of better-looking crops in Indiana
. But, the good reports were still matched with reports of poor-looking fields, similar to Ohio's crop results yesterday
Dick Overby, a crop scout from Minnesota, says the inconsistency between fields is remarkable. "Talk about a difference, by just driving a few miles,” he says. Crop scouts on his route saw impressive fields on one side of the road, paired with short, unhealthy looking crops on the other side.
Roger Bernard, Pro Farmer news editor and eastern tour director, says he saw many corn fields that could yield high this fall. "In Indiana, there is a pretty solid batch of corn potential,” he says.
Soybeans in Indiana, however, show the same variability as to the beans in neighboring Ohio. "Soybean pod counts are all over the board,” Bernard says.
For example, Bernard's scouting group found one field with a pod count of 3,447 in a 3-by-3 foot plot. But, he says, many of those pods were small and will not produce without adequate moisture.
"The early wetness followed by severe dryness is showing up on these crops,” Bernard says.
Pest and Disease Pressure
Scouts in Indiana found low disease pressure on most of the fields, although signs of smut and crazy top were recorded.
Mark Bernard, a Crop Tour host and certified crop consultant from Minnesota, says he saw no large pest problems. "Out of all the years I've attended the tour, these are the most insect- and disease-free fields I've seen,” he says.
The Official Numbers
In Indiana, the average soybean pod count for a 3-by-3 foot plot was 1,298.77. This compares to 2007's estimate of 1,169.47 bu./acre and the 3-year average of 1,294.88 bu./acre.
For corn, the potential yield per acre is recorded at 163.82. Last year, tour data recorded 148.17 bu./acre. The 3-year average for the state is 149.42 bu./acre.
Crop scouts recorded 133 samples of each corn and soybeans in Indiana.
Crop scouts on the eastern leg finished sampling in Indiana today, before crossing over into Illinois. Tomorrow they will complete their sampling in Illinois, prior to journeying to Iowa and convening in Minnesota.
Stay tuned to AgWeb for more Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour coverage.