Farm Journal Agronomist Ken Ferrie says the cool summer temperatuers allowed yields to exceed farmer expectations.
We return to the skies above Illinois for the fourth and final installment of Eye in the Sky. Farm Journal Agronomist Ken Ferrie flew above the middle of the state, mostly through zones 4 and 5.
"For the most part, yields will end up better than most farmers anticipate," he says. "As I go groundtruth these fields, the cool weather we had during the growing season slid this corn through."
Ferrie says most of these areas received the same or less water than last year, but the corn fields yieled almost 100 bushels better.
"Once you take the temperatures down, it is amazing what this crop can do," he says.
At this poing in the season, Ferrie says, the corn crop is done adding bushels. "Now we have to worry about losing bushels," he says. "Stalk quality will be a big issue."
As for soybeans, Ferrie says, they show much more drought stress. "I think we’ll see a wide range of yields in beans," he says. "Where we didn’t get the rain, I think we’ll have to set our sights on that 30 to 40 bu. mark. One small rain in August made a big difference in bean yields."
See all of the Eye in the Sky installments:
Eye in the Sky: Iowa Flyover Shows Variability
An aerial view provides significant clues to the health and yield prospects of the Iowa corn and soybean crops.
Aerial View of Illinois Offers Mixed Crop Picture
In the second of four segments, AgDay flies high above some key crop districts in central Illinois to see how the crop has progressed since the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.
Aerial View of Iowa Shows Crop Stress
In the first of four segments, AgDay flies high above some key crop districts in Iowa to see how the crop has progressed since the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.