Good-Looking Crops Showing Signs of Drought Damage

August 16, 2009 07:00 PM

Sara Schafer, AgWeb Business & Crops Online Editor
Kalida, Ohio -- With the sun barely in the sky this morning, around 40 crop scouts left Columbus Ohio, to begin the Eastern leg of the 2009 Midwest Pro Farmer Crop Tour.
With six samples of corn and soybeans pulled on one of the nine routes, corn yields are looking better than last year and above the three-year average. The average of the six stops, which include fields in Delaware, Marion, Hardin and Allen counties, is coming in at a rough estimate of 181.7 bu./acre. Last year, the average for the state was 148.75 bu./acre and the three-year average was 149.04 bu./acre.
For soybeans, pod counts are running a little under last year and the three-year average. With samples pulled in the four counties, average pods in a 3-foot by 3-foot square are 984.5. Last year the average pod count in a 3-foot by 3-foot square for the state was 1,103.61, the three-year average was 1,225.50.
Pro Farmer's Roger Bernard, the Eastern leg's head scout, says the best corn and soybeans were seen in the central and west central parts of the state. Further north, drought conditions are curling up corn and soybean leaves.
"It's a pleasant surprise to see so many nice crops as we've seen considering the evident drought conditions,” Bernard says.
At this point, he says, the crops have good plant health with not a lot of pest or disease pressure. "Moisture will be a big factor for yield potential this year,” Bernard says.
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