The 2009 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour found
very good corn yield potential in Iowa and Minnesota. While the Tour found some
maturity concerns, data points to impressive yield potential.
Minnesota corn crop had some areas with holes and some areas where it's hard to
find anything wrong with the crop, says Western Tour Director and Pro Farmer Editor
Chip Flory. USDA's Aug. 1 estimate was up 1.8% from last year's final yield peg
of 164 bu. per acre and the Crop Tour corn yield was up 3.9% from last year's
Tour results. That means The Tour "found" a few more bushels than did
USDA compared to year-ago in Minnesota.
The Crop Tour yield
for Minnesota was 185.3 bu. per acre. The Crop Tour consistently measures
the crop in Minnesota too big. On average since 2001, the crop has been measured
12.38 bu. too high. The reason is because The Tour doesn't get into traditionally
lower-yielding areas in central and even northern Minnesota.
average pod count in a 3' X 3' square was 983.59, down 2.3% from year-ago.
But, a slightly lower pod count does not always translate into a lower-than-year-ago
bean yield. Moisture availability is undeniably important to the bean crop at
this time of the year, and when the scouts come in with mud on their boots (like
they did today), you're better off not to underestimate the ability of the bean
crop to finish with better-than-expected yields.
pod count in Minnesota -- with the 2.3% drop from year-ago -- suggests the bean
crop shouldn't be much better than last year, but the availability of water means
it could hit USDA's Aug. 1 estimate of 40 bu. per acre," said Flory
Iowa, some areas received hail damage and were clearly not going to perform
like their undamaged counterparts. But several fields on the route through eastern
Iowa had yield potential of more than 200 bu. per acre. Final Iowa corn yield:
180.93 bu. per acre, up 7.5% compared to year-ago on the Tour.
crop health was good, yields were good and while the maturity was behind what
I recall from last year, it was still generally farther along than any of the
rest of the states we sampled on the Eastern leg of the Crop Tour," said
Eastern Tour Leader Mark Bernard.
On soybeans, pod counts were
again variable as scouts worked their way toward Minnesota. Unlike the fields
sampled in Ohio, Indiana and eastern Illinois, the presence of diseases like white
mold and mostly SDS were evident on more than a few stops.
Iowa soybean pod count: 1197.08, up 9.7% from year-ago and above the three-year
here for Minnesota Midwest Crop Tour results.
here for Iowa Midwest Crop Tour results.
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