Reports are filtering in from the first day of the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, and while scouts on the western leg have been dealing with soggy conditions, the crops there are looking good.
Paul Neiffer, The Farm CPA, reported that the first field he sampled near Spencer, S.D., showed an estimated yield of about 210 bu. per acre. "The corn looked very, very good," he said. "The ears were about 8" long, consistently."
Listen to his report:
However, on his second stop near Roswell, S.D., the corn still looked good but the soybeans were showing more promise:
Brad Nelson encountered similar conditions near Mitchell, S.D. "Very good crop out in this part of the world," he reported.
Tour scouts Tim Gregerson and Ed Jones had sampled three fields west of Sioux Falls, and said they were finding some respectable crops as well. "We're seeing some anthracnose top-down die-back (in the corn)," Gregerson said, as well as some dryland stress in the beans. "But all in all, not much disease, and a pretty good-looking crop."
Meanwhile, similar reports are pouring in from scouts on Twitter. Follow #pftour15 to see more.
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