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From the Rows 2014, Jason Franck, Day 3

01:53AM Aug 21, 2014

From the Rows - Jason Franck - Western Tour Day 3

Wonderful, we finally made it to Iowa!! Since I'm from IA, I was very curious to see how the home state was going to stack up. I felt heading out this morning we could start to see what maybe some of the hype has been all about regarding this huge crop.

We traveled from Nebraska City, up 29 continuing to the north side of Omaha. We had the task of covering 13 counties today and felt it would give us a great perspective of what Iowa had to offer. I was surprised to see how mediocre our yields were in our corn samples. Similar to the Nebraska City area, I noticed that the crop in southern IA was in that late dough, early dent stage.

Additionally, I was happy to see that the ear counts jumped in volume from what we dealt with in Nebraska. But as the day progressed, we struggled to find that break-out corn yield. Comparing to Tuesday, I had been through more than 25 samples and still couldn't find a yield check over 200 bu/acre. I ended up being in the minority with this because the numbers from the day came in very strong. As we spoke about the trip on day one, the crop I saw in the northern half of our route will also need six weeks, if not more, to make the kind of crop we are all looking for.

Nothing seemed to change much for me with how I have judged the soybean crop this year. I started the tour with pod counts a little disappointing, but yet had consistency with them, and today was much more of the same. I would say it seems as if the clusters that form around the nodes were down in numbers but the positive was the maturity in Iowa was the farthest along that I have seen this tour.

Where we would often like to see 6-9 beans in a cluster to give us adequate yields, I have been noticing many with just 3-4 per node. Additionally, I was excited to see that the level of water hemp was decreasing as we crossed the border and moved north through Iowa. Feeding from insects like green clover worm, grass hoppers, and green stink bugs are doing their best to reduce yields, but in reality even their numbers are much lower than we have seen in the past.

Well, tomorrow could tell us a lot. Will what we see in Minnesota be promising enough to keep up with what we have been observing the last few days….time will tell??