Lower Yield Marks Calculated in Indiana

August 17, 2009 07:00 PM

Sara Schafer, AgWeb Business & Crops Online Editor
After 122 samples of corn and soybeans in Indiana, yields are predicted lower for both corn and soybeans. This was determined at the conclusion of day two on the 2009 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.
The official crop numbers, which were released in Bloomington, Ill., are:
Indiana Average Corn Data
  • Ear Count in 60 ft.: 94.87, down from 95.32 in 2008
  • Grain Length: 6.09”, down from 6.49” in 2008
  • Kernels Around: 16.18, up from 15.98 in 2008
  • Yield Estimate: 157.35 bu./acre, down from 163.82 bu./acre in 2008
Indiana Average Soybean Data
  • Pod Count in 3':  473.7, down from 485.50 in 2008
  • Soil Moisture: 3.32, up from 2.72 in 20008
  • Growth Stage: 4.72, up from 4.66 in 2008
  • Pod Count in 3' by 3' Square: 1,194.92, down from 1,298.77 in 2008
A Few Words from the Scouts
Richard Guse, a farmer crop scout from Minnesota, says he's amazed by the inconsistency of crops this year. "I've been on this crop tour for four years and this year is the biggest variability I've ever seen in both corn and soybeans,” he says.
Byron Jones, a farmer crop scout from Illinois, says he's also seen a lot of variability in the fields he's toured this year – even variability just within a field.
"You can't judge a field by its end rows,” he says.
Tour Travels Continue
The Eastern leg of the Tour completes sampling in Illinois on Wednesday and travels into Iowa, where they will compile and release data for Illinois corn and soybeans.
For More Information

You can e-mail Sara Schafer at sschafer@farmjournal.com.

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