How Pro Farmer Crop Tour Will Handle Wind-Damaged Fields

09:51AM Aug 12, 2020
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Are you ready? While the information you’ll receive this year is the same as any year, you’ll have access to it faster than ever before with a virtual evening event.

“Those who have attended the evening meetings in the past it’ll be very similar,” says Brian Grete, Pro Farmer editor. “The difference will be that we'll have the eastern side and the western side combined instead of having two separate meetings in two different locations.”

In addition to the numbers, anyone who attends the virtual meetings will get live analysis of what scouts saw in the fields. Lead scouts Jeff Wilson and Grete, along with “AgriTalk” host Chip Flory will analyze the data.

Wind Damage Makes Calculations More Challenging

Storms earlier this week wreaked havoc across many key corn and soybean producing states. While the true extent of the damage is yet to be discovered, one thing is certain, scouts will run into down corn and lodged soybeans.

“If we happen to stop along our designated routes and the field has down corn, the job becomes more difficult,” Grete says. “You still have to count the ears in two 30’ [sections] of rows and pull ears five, eight and 11—so the measurements are the same. The job is just harder and takes longer.”

The tour travels through South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio—so scouts are sure to run into down corn in several places after this week’s storms. With down corn, more observations are required to ensure accurate scouting, too.

“Following the procedure means straightening up those rows so that we're not counting extra ears that are falling over from an adjacent row,” Flory says. “Straightening up those rows, making sure that the stalk is still attached and hasn't broken off below the ear. If the stock has broken off above the ear, we're still going to go ahead and count that as a viable ear if it is making grain. Obviously, if the stock is broken off below the ear, it's not going to be counted because it's not a viable ear any longer.”

It’s important to note in lodged or down fields, scouts will be checking for biological yield potential in that field. There will likely be increased harvest loss that could account for differences in estimates versus actual yield.

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