Looks Like a 'Typical Year' in South Dakota

August 21, 2017 11:16 AM

On the western leg of the Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour, scouts got started this morning with checking corn and soybean fields just outside Sioux Falls, S.D.

“The No. 1 thing we noticed right off is that the ditches are still green, but the pastures in this area aren’t as lush as they have been in the past two or three years,” notes Chip Flory, team lead and Farm Journal Pro Editorial Director.

As the caravan of scouts moved south of I-90, Flory says they noticed that the “corn crop has missed a rain or two” in the area.

On the other hand, soybeans in southeast South Dakota are looking good. Flory says the bean fields that the scouts checked were well-podded with pods commonly ¼” in size.

“If the beans get another drink, they’re going to do well at harvest,” he notes.

In the video, Flory gives an overview of the western tour after the tour scouts made their first three stops this morning.

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Spell Check

Eastern, NE
8/22/2017 10:53 AM

  Why don't we just take the price of corn, wheat and soybeans down to $0 on the boards of trade. That way with the current basis levels, we will all owe the elevators for taking our crops! Seems to be the way it's going right now. Crop tour or not, there needs to be another avenue of investment for these money managers. How many of us are going to have to liquidate our retirement accounts to continue to farm?

Pierre, SD
8/22/2017 06:51 AM

  Really? A pretty typical year? You can't get a very good idea of conditions by cherry picking fields in the best part of the state. I have neighbors fields of corn right across the road from me that is 4ft tall and looks like its october its that bad. I mostly irrigate so Im looking good but I have a dryland field that will maybe get to 50-60. Looks good my ass.

lemars, IA
8/21/2017 12:41 PM

  Are we surveying the yield off of what the grass looks like in the ditch? Quit making it sound like its so good out there because it isn't. This crop tour is pry going to be a joke.


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