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.