Fact-Finding: Crop Tour Scouts Share Motivations

September 7, 2016 02:28 AM
Fact-Finding: Crop Tour Scouts Share Motivations

Why global ag stakeholders flock to Midwest fields each August

Many scouts on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour are veterans. Others are rookies. About 50 participated on the western leg of the Tour this year, while 60 took part on the eastern leg. These participants share one thing in common: an interest in evaluating crop health and size up close. We asked three to share why they participate and what they hope to take home.

 Zach Egesdal
 Forest City, Iowa
 Job: Farmer
 Rank: Rookie

Up in north-central Iowa, Zach Egesdal grows corn and soybeans and operates a cow-calf herd with his father. He’s attending the Tour for the first time this year to network with producers and ag industry experts. 

“I also will be able to get a first-hand look into the crop in the Midwest,” Egesdal explains. “Traveling hundreds of miles through a handful of states will give me a look into the high points and challenges producers have faced this growing season.”

Alejandra Sarquis
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Job:  Crop analyst manager
Rank: Veteran

This year marked Alejandra Sarquis’ eighth Tour, and colleagues have participated since 2005. 

“We usually make tours around Argentina and other countries in several moments of the crop season to follow the crop conditions and to have a good idea about the final production estimations,” Sarquis says. “No article can replace a visit to a field or the direct contact with local people, who can explain what happened during the crop season.”

Alex Norton
Pewee Valley, Kentucky
Job: Director of commodity risk management
Rank: Veteran

With high-profile customers such as Krispy Kreme, Hostess and Burger King, the team at Beeson & Associates, Inc., must provide insightful research so clients can make smart purchasing decisions. That’s why Alex Norton has participated on the Tour for eight years.

“With grain and oilseed inputs comprising a large portion of their costs, insights into expected market action is critical,” Norton points out.

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