There are high expectations for eastern Iowa this year and scouts say that is still the case.
“Iowa and Illinois are going to carry the torch this year for the Corn Belt,” said Brian Grete , Eastern Tour Director of Pro Farmer.
Grete says the area had a great growing season for farmers, expect for a couple of water-logged pockets. There is some disease pressure as a result.
“We’re seeing some SDS. Some routes have reported white mold,” said Grete. “That’s not too surprising. The conditions that are good to get a big, bushy soybean crop, we have this year. They put on a lot of vegetative growth. They canopied, and those early, moist conditions lead to into sudden death and white mold issues down the road.”
However, Grete believes eastern Iowa farmers will be disappointed if they don’t end up with above average yields, especially when it comes to corn.
“Even in some of those instances, you do see some tip back when you come into some of these fields,” said Grete. “If you have nine inches of grain length and it’s tipped back two inches, you still have seven inches of grain length that you’re dealing with. A lot of these ears feel heavy. When you pull them off, you can tell they’re not light this year. If anything, they’re average or heavy.”
USDA is projecting a record corn and soybean crop for the U.S. this year. The last time that happened, Iowa was short of a record crop.
“It’s going to be a big one,” said Grete. The record yield across the United States is 171 bushels per acre across the United States in 2014. We had 21 states that year produce a record crop . The one state that didn’t was Iowa. Iowa had a 178 bushel per acre yield that year. It’s well above 178 in Iowa in my opinion right now.”
We may not know yet if Iowa has enough pull to carry troubled spots this year. What’s known for now, eastern Iowa looks pretty good.
“What I’ve seen so far in eastern Iowa, it’s a very good crop,” says Grete.