Data Snapshot of One Western Leg Route

August 17, 2010 11:51 AM
 

Nebraska -- Wonder what it’s like to gather crop data during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour? On the western leg of the Tour, eight groups of scouts spend the day crisscrossing sections of a state. 

Here’s an overview of one day sampling crops in Nebraska:
 
Meet your team of scouts and depart (early) in the morning.
 
Drive out of town on your designated route and find your first corn and soybean field combo.
 
Collect needed data for both crops.
 
Record data on official crop sheets.
 
Drive to new fields (about 15 or 20 miles away).
 
Repeat.
 
This is the data gathered from one group of scouts:
 
Stop State District County Total Ear Count Avg. Grain Inches Avg. Kernal Rows Row Spacing Rough Yield Plant Health Irrigated
1 NE 5 Hall 60 7.8 16.6 36 107.9 4  
2 NE 9 Clay 91 8.66 17.3 36 189.35 2 X
3 NE 9 Clay 70 3.3 16 30 61.6 3 X
4 NE 9 Nuckolls 72 7 17.3 30 145.32 3 X
5 NE 9 Thayer 109 7.25 14.66 30 193.08 4 X
6 NE 9 Thayer 61 7.66 16 30 124.6 4  
7 NE 9 Jefferson 95 6 15.3 30 145.35 3 X
8 NE 9 Gage 86 8 16 30 183.47 4  
9 NE 9 Johnson 35 7.6 17.3 30 76.69 4  
10 NE 9 Johnson 56 6.6 18 30 110.88 3  
11 NE 9 Nemaha 75 7 18 30 157.5 3  
12 NE 9 Otoe 78 7.6 16.6 30 164 3  
 
 
Stop State District County # of Plants in 3' Avg. pods / plant Pods in 3' Pods in 3' x 36 / row spacing Soil Moisture Stage Row Spacing Irrigated
1 NE 5 Hall 21 22.33 468.93 468.93 5 5 36
2 NE 9 Clay 36 35.33 1,271.88 1,271.88 5 5 36 X
3 NE 9 Clay 18 46 648 1,555.20 5 5 15
4 NE 9 Nuckolls 17 65.33 1,110.61 1,332.73 5 5 30  
5 NE 9 Thayer 16 54.66 874.66 1,049.59 5 5 30 X
6 NE 9 Thayer 25 29.66 741.66 889.9 4 5 30 X
7 NE 9 Jefferson 24 31.33 751.99 902.39 4 5 30 X
8 NE 9 Gage 14 39.66 555.33 1,332.58 4 5 15  
9 NE 9 Johnson 16 21.6 345.6 414.72 5 5 30
10 NE 9 Johnson 15 40.66 609.9 1,463.76 5 5 15  
11 NE 9 Nemaha 22 41 902 1,623.60 5 5 20
12 NE 9 Otoe 20 39.66 773.2 927.84 5 5 30  
 
At the end of the day, all eight groups of scouts meet at the evening stop location and turn in their crop data. Then, Pro Farmer staff compiles all of the data to create the overall corn and soybean estimates for the state.
 
Is this one set of data representative of Nebraska as a whole? You’ll have to wait and see. Pro Farmer will post the Nebraska figures tonight on AgWeb.com and ProFarmer.com.
 

 

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