At the start of Day 3, we started our route in Southwestern Iowa, working our way to the Northwest. Now, the area we’ve traveled thus far has received some excess amount of rain early, so we aren’t seeing as big of a crop yet. Scouts tell me they expect those yields to climb as we work our way North.
Southwest Iowa farmer Larry Klever says this growing season there was no shortage of rainfall.
“We’ve had ample rain to start with and excess rain at times,” said Audubon, Iowa farmer, Larry Klever.
Klever says he received some of those rains during planting, making it tough to finish up.
“I’ve heard some areas are good. Here I’m hoping for average or a little over average. Years past when I get excess rainfall, the yields aren’t the greatest. That’s why I’m cautious,” said Klever.
Weather and location are reasons Southwest Iowa conditions are not a surprise to some scouts on the tour.
“We’re still below Route 80. It’s what we expected,” said PIRA Energy Group Senior Director, Pete Meyer.
Meyer says due to weather, he expects the crop to be an average or a little below average crop.
”It seems one of our random ears is a little bit deformed with too much moisture, or it’s a little late,” said Meyer.
And it’s not just lack of maturity, but little pockets of disease as well.
”Some of the corn has run out of nutrients and the beans, we have seen some sudden death. I haven’t seen any mold yet. It’s just pockets here and there. It’s not the end of the world,” said Meyer.
Some stops showed good health.
Others were a disappointment.
“Our pod counts are in the 1,000 range right now, which isn’t bad. It’s not. But we are hearing some in the 1600 to 1700 range. We are in the same maturity level we saw in Nebraska but we are not seeing large amounts of pods. We are seeing taller beans which may mean water issues,” said Ag View Solutions Certified Services Agent, Emily Flory.
Despite the excess moisture Klever received, he’s hoping August will be a benefit for this crop.
“Last year our yields were average and I think we’re similar to that from last year,” said Klever.
Some of our scouts on a different route farther in the North-central part of the state are already seeing better yields. That’s in the 200 bushel per acre for corn and better pod counts than we have on this route thus far. But again, there’s a possibility for a better crop to the North and East.