Eastern Iowa: Conditions Improve as Scouts Move North

August 20, 2015 12:30 PM

"We've seen a lot of SDS in some of the soybean fields here to the south, but not quite so many as we've moved to the north," said Mark Bernard, crop consultant for the eastern leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. "But definitely plenty to be concerned about."

Scouts on the eastern leg made their way through eastern Iowa this morning, heading to Minnesota, and by all reports, the crop conditions just got better as the team moved north.

"We did see some SDS in those beans earlier in the day, but now they're looking a little better," said Farm Journal Radio's Pam Fretwell, adding that her group's average pod count for six stops was 1333.8.

Listen to her audio report:

Corn yields in eastern Iowa were respectable, but not impressive.

"Looks like the corn's doing pretty good," Fretwell said. "We've got an average for our six stops on corn at 191.35."

Listen to her audio report:

"On the corn side, it's been a little disappointing on some of the ears that we're finding," Bernard said. "Definitely plenty of them in there, in some cases, but not a lot of length, as we might have expected. Hopefully that will change as we go north."

Listen to Bernard's full report:

On Twitter, scouts reported more of the same. Yields steadily improved as scouts moved north. See more reports by following #pftour15 on Twitter.


For more information:

See full coverage of the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, hosted by Pro Farmer.

Take your own field measurements and participate in Pro Farmer's Virtual Crop Tour.

Follow the Tour on Twitter with the hashtag #pftour15.

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