Founded in 1973, Pro Farmers has stayed true to its mission leveling the information playing field giving farmers the same information that the grain handlers and the firm's that by their grain have access to. On Monday, their signature event, the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour gets underway. Beginning in 1993, scouts have taken to the field in the third full week of August to help determine what yields could be. The sampling and measurements are designed to get representative results for crop districts, states and the entire Midwest, not Individual fields or counties.
Scouts measure three ears of corn or count pods on three soybean plants from just one location in each field, surveying each sample is then identified by county so it can be tabulated by crop district.
The crop tour provides a boots-on-the-ground-look at this year's crop, and because Pro Farmer has been collecting data for a quarter century, they’re able to do a deep dive into historical comparisons not just year to year but decade to decade.
The Western leg of the tour kicks off in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and includes evening stops in Grand Island, Nebraska city and Spencer, Iowa. The Eastern tour starts in Columbus, Ohio and includes stop in Indianapolis, Bloomington, Illinois and Iowa City. Both legs of the tour then finish up together in Rochester, Minnesota on Thursday.
There are multiple ways to follow along as the tour winds its way across farm country. On Twitter, search #PFTour18. Extensive coverage of the tour can be found across a variety of farm Journal Media properties including two hours each day on AgriTalk radio with Chip Flory, ProFarmer.com, AgWeb.com, and AgDay TV. Look for a special edition of U.S. Farm Report originating from the final stop in Minnesota. To cap things off, be sure to check out a special Crop Tour section in the September issue of the Top Producer magazine.