Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour scouts on the Western leg kicked off their day in South Dakota. By 9:00 a.m. Iowa farmer Matt Chambers had already hit three corn and soybean fields—and had already seen signs of variability and potential trouble spots.
So far, corn yield potential is all over the place, he reports.
“Our three stops have been variable,” Chambers says. “The first stop was what you’d expect, there’s been a little too much rain in this area, the second stop was a lot better yield—turned out really well with nice corn, and the third stop yield was significantly lower with smaller population and shorter ear length. It’s probably not the yield they think it’ll be.”
Yield potential in soybeans doesn’t appear to have the same variability as corn, but yields might not be as high as farmers are hoping for this year.
“Soybeans it seems like pod counts are lower [but] this is my first year on the tour, so I can’t compare to previous years,” Chambers says. “But it seems like the pod counts are lower than we would usually expect for this area.”
The first three yield estimates included two stops in Turner County and one in Lincoln County, South Dakota. Farmers in the area said planting was later than expected, so crops are a little behind the norm.
“The corn doesn’t look quite as far along as other areas in the Midwest, but if we have a late frost and more heat it’ll probably finish alright,” Chambers says.
Excessive rainfall has brought on flooding and potential for reduced stands in low areas. High ground will likely be the among the top performing fields in areas of South Dakota.