Mixed Results In Iowa As Crop Tour Comes to a Close

August 25, 2016 04:20 PM
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As the fourth and final day of the ProFarmer Crop Tour comes to a close, results are mixed from scouts in both Eastern and Western Iowa.

Brad Buchanan, President of Crop Tech Services says, 'there is no crop that Mother Nature doesn't test", and farmers are feeling the effects. While they are hoping for a successful season, there will always be challenges, and this year is no different. Scouts saw wind events that had knocked down corn and diminished the yield potential of many fields.

Another issue seen by scouts is Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soybeans.

Listen to Brad Buchanan talk about what he saw in Eastern Iowa.


Meanwhile in Western Iowa, Chip Flory reported that he pulled a lot of samples in central west districts but was ultimately disappointed, stating that it didn't look or feel like a record Iowa crop when it came to corn.

The Northwest district is traditionally is high yielding. But Flory says it seemed to be lacking as crops were down a little bit more than two percent from last year in corn yields.

The big game changer though was in the southwest, where they were up 15 percent from last year. That kind of increase could offset lower yields in other parts of the state.

Listen to Chip Flory talk about what he saw in Western Iowa.

The complete results and data for Iowa can be found here.

Be sure to follow AgWeb's coverage of Farm Journal Media's Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Watch reports from the field by following Farm Journal Media journalists along for the ride on Twitter: Alison Rice at @agweb_alison, Ben Potter at @potterben, Chip Flory at @ChipFlory, Brian Grete at @bgrete, and Betsy Jibben at @BetsyJibben. And check AgWeb each evening this week for the day's freshest summary on what they're seeing in the field.

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