Nebraska Estimated Yields Shock on Crop Tour

August 17, 2009 07:00 PM
 

Rachel Duff, Farm Journal intern

As the routes converged on Nebraska, scouts were continually surprised by what they found. Problems were few and ears were many with the Nebraska fields. The Nebraska CornHuskers really earned their name today. The estimated yields from Crop Tour were up 17 from last year's estimates, says Chip Flory, director of the western leg of Crop Tour. .
 
Numbers for the corn crop in Nebraska:
  • Ear count is 83.59, which is up 5% from last year.
  • Grain length is 7.37, which is up 7.9% from last year.
  • Kernels around is 15.94, which is down 0.35 from last year.
  • Estimated yield is 158.82, which is up from 141.82 from last year.
 
Numbers for the soybean crop in Nebraska:
  • Pod count in 3' is 804.78.
  • Soil moisture is at 4.02.
  • The growth stage is 4.66.
  • Pod count in 3' by 3' square is 1,238.90.
 This estimate is significant because, historically, Crop Tour's estimates are below the USDA final. After the tour today, scouts are saying the corn is more mature than yesterday, and it looked better. Many scouts noticed an improvement in dryland corn, especially, as well as the irrigated corn. The scouts visited 202 fields today, which is an increase from last year.
 
Some things scouts noticed that weren't positive were the volunteer corn and beans in the fields, as well as the grasshopper infestations in the bean fields. Looking at the effects out of the field could be big.
 
These numbers may pressure the market, says Flory. But, demand is building.


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