From the Rows - Chip Flory - Western Tour Day 4
One-thousand, four-hundred and four. That's how many corn samples were pulled on the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. We visited with a lot of landowners and renters on the western leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour and they all added perspective to the crop potential in Minnesota. But, sometimes it's best to let the numbers talk for themselves.
The average number of pods in a 3'X3' square in the bean fields was 1,119.2, up 8.5% from last year's pod counts. While big pod counts don't necessarily translate into big bean yields, the amount of water this crop has available to fill pods suggests we should not underestimate the national average bean yield. If that water was available only to the Minnesota bean crop, there'd be no reason to "lean up" on the bean yield. But when Ohio, Indiana (as poor as they may be), Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota have moisture available to finish the bean crop, it's probably going to be better than most expect.
In the corn crop, the Crop Tour generated an average corn yield estimate for Minnesota of 190.9 bu. per acre, up 11.8% from last year. Everything is working together for the Minnesota corn crop this year. That's not to say the whole state is perfect... there are some holes in the crop... but a lot of the state has record corn-yield potential.
We've got a lot of numbers to crunch tonight. Thanks to all of the scouts on the Tour... we pulled a record number of corn samples at 1,404 -- a 60-sample increase over year-ago. They did a great job on two really wet days on both sides of the Tour... we greatly appreciate their efforts and look forward to next year when we gather on August 17, 2016!!