Scouts are hitting the fields today to kick of the 2014 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. The tour covers parts of seven key corn- and soybean-growing states.
A record number of scouts, comprised of farmers, traders, fund managers, USDA representatives and more, are following 12 different routes on the eastern leg of the tour and 10 different routes on the western leg.
Mark Bernard, the head agronomist on the eastern leg of the Crop Tour and a certified crop consultant from Minnesota, says the tour goes beyond a windshield glance, with farmers pulling actual samples from corn and soybean fields. "We are out here to get an absolute look at the crop and get some real data," he says. Learn more about the crop scouting process.
He shares his thoughts with Pam Fretwell of Farm Journal Radio:
During the tour, which runs from Aug. 18 through Aug. 21, you can stay up-to-date with yield estimates and findings at www.Profarmer.com and www.agweb.com. Later an annual wrap-up summary appears in the September issue of Top Producer.
Follow the tour on Twitter with the hash tag #pftour14.