Eastern Leg: Fields and Scouts Get a Dose of Moisture

August 20, 2008 07:00 PM
(Evansdale, Iowa)—Fields plagued by dry conditions across Iowa and Illinois are getting a welcome dose of moisture as rains are moving across the Midwest. Boots, pants and scouts are wet as the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour this morning, as they check fields through the heart of eastern Iowa.
On this route from Iowa City, west to Benton County, and north to Waterloo this morning has seen corn yield projections ranging from 138 bu./acre to 190 bu./acre on five field samples. Soybean pods have consistently been under 1,000 pods per 3'x3' area, with the exception of one field that had 1,600 pods in a 3'x3' area.
Don Blazek, a farmer from Lawler, Iowa, says the conditions today are variable. The corn here is better than Ohio, and he'll "call it a draw” with Indiana and Illinois.
Crop maturity has him most concerned and he fears early frost could damage yield expectations. If frost doesn't materialize early this fall, he sees potential for a "decent” crop, but the crop here is typically at least two weeks behind.
Illinois farmer and veteran scout Pat Solon says the crop is further behind here than it is in his home area near Streator. "I'm not disappointed or encouraged by it, it just has a long way to go. It's hard to estimate the crop size when most of the corn isn't in dent yet.”
On the soybean front, Blazek says the crop is "coming up short of where we need to be.”

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