Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour leaders Brian Grete and Chip Flory are anxious to step into fields Monday to get a first-hand look at how widespread planting dates and replants are reflected in plant variability, even within the same field.
“I'm sure we'll go through a variety of different conditions and stages of development within the corn crop,” Grete told AgriTalk Radio host Mike Adams. “And so that'll be interesting to see how that all plays out.”
Flory said the later the crop tour is, the better the data and that August 21 is the latest the tour can start. That may be critical this year in getting an accurate picture of a crop that was planted, and replanted, late in the spring.
“Another thing that's going to be interesting is what the later plant date on the soybean crop, what kind of impact that's going to have on the pods,” added Flory who will be leading the western leg of the tour. “Up in northeast Iowa where we have not been hurting for rain this year, the last two rains we’ve gotten about a half an inch combined off of those two rains. That's going to help. But is it enough to finish off this bean crop? Probably not. We're going to need another rain so that it can do everything that that it can do.”
The 2017 Crop Tour kicks off Monday morning with teams of scouts starting in Ohio and South Dakota and working toward the middle of the corn belt. Scouts will follow multiple routes and utilize procedures that have been in place for the 25 years of the tour to ensure consistent data from randomly selected field samples.
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Listen to the entire AgriTalk conversation with Brian Grete and Chip Flory in the player above.