(Fishers, Ind.) – Day 1 on the eastern leg of the 2008 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour shows the potential for higher corn yields in Ohio than last year. On the soybean end, yields appear to be significantly lower than past years.
Potential Corn Yields
After 80 samples were taken by crop scouts in Ohio today, the potential yield estimate for corn in Ohio is 148.75 bu./acre, up from the 2007's tour estimate of 144.31 bu./acre and the tour's 3-year average of 143.95 bu./acre.
Regardless of the slightly higher predicted yields, crop scouts said the fields look far from excellent.
Richard Guse, a crop scout from Minnesota, said he saw mostly little ears and very dry soils. "The crop needs moisture really bad,” he says.
Roger Bernard, Pro Farmer News Editor and eastern tour director, says he saw many late-planted fields that will need late frosts to yield well. "These fields will need a very favorable finish to the growing season,” he says.
Potential Soybean Pod Counts
The average pod count for a 3-foot by 3-foot square averaged 1,103.61 in Ohio. In 2007, tour scouts recorded an average of 1,226.7, with a 3-year average of 1,300.86.
The large drop in pod count is associated with a lack of water and planting delays, according to the crop scouts.
"The soybean plants were almost welded to the ground because it's so dry,” Bernard says. "The fuzzy little pods need a drink of water to fill out.”
Lou Arens, a crop scout from Iowa, doesn't see much hope for soybeans in Ohio and parts of Indiana. "There were holes in every field,” he says. "At this point, I just don't think the beans are out there. Very few fields were taller than knee-high.”
Little disease pressure on corn or soybeans was recorded.