Scouts along the western leg of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour say the crop looks great—it’s just incredibly behind where they’d like to see it. Only time will tell what this means for the crop’s future.
“There’s a long way to go. We’re still seeing new growth coming,” says Emily Carolan, scout with the tour who works for Pioneer. “There are still flowers coming out. The crop has a lot to be determined still.”
Last week’s USDA Crop Progress report indicates the same. Just 83% of the soybean crop was blooming as of Aug. 11, compared to a five-year average of 94%. At the same time, just 47% of the crop is setting pods, almost 30 percentage points behind the five-year average of 76%.
“It’s definitely an immature crop. You can tell these fields were patchworked [together],” Carolan says. “But they’re healthy. There’s maybe a few weeds, waterhemp, but that’s to be expected. It’s a really healthy bean crop—just very immature.”
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