How Are Crop Tour Samples Taken?

August 22, 2016 06:06 AM

The 24th annual Pro Farmer Crop Tour commences this week. More than 100 scouts comprised of farmers, industry experts and media will scour across seven states – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota and Ohio – visiting around 2,000 fields over a four-day period.

“Last year, there was a lot of variability out there, while this year, expectations for yields and crop size are much more certain,” notes Pro Farmer editorial director Chip Flory. “It will be important for Tour participants and observers to keep the bigger picture of total yield and production potential across the Corn Belt in mind, instead of focusing on individual field yield calculations.”

Ever wonder how those 2,000 individual samples are taken? It’s perhaps the most critical element of the entire tour. Inconsistent sampling methods could skew results and cast a shadow on the tour’s accuracy and usefulness.

Because of this, scouts are directed to take samples using a very specific method. The video below describes how it all works.

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Be sure to follow AgWeb's coverage of Farm Journal Media's Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Watch reports from the field by following Farm Journal Media journalists along for the ride on Twitter: Alison Rice at @agweb_alison, Ben Potter at @potterben, Chip Flory at @ChipFlory, Brian Grete at @bgrete, and Betsy Jibben at @BetsyJibben. And check AgWeb each evening this week for the day's freshest summary on what they're seeing in the field.

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