State-by-State Preview of the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

August 14, 2015 03:00 PM

What can scouts and the market expect to see from the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour? Agronomists and farmers weigh in on the seven key corn and soybean states that will be covered this year. Check back as we add new previews daily in advance of the tour, which begins Aug. 17 and ends Aug. 20.


Ohio: Variability is the Norm

By Chris Bennett

Soybeans in Ohio are showing a great deal of variability after a drenching June brought record-breaking rain frequency in central Ohio.


south dakota

South Dakota: Fields Show Promising Potential

By Alison Rice

In South Dakota this year, the crops—especially corn—are in good shape as the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour begins.

nebraskaNebraska: Great Expectations for Dryland Crops

By Alison Rice

Where will scouts find the best corn and soybean crops in Nebraska in 2015? The northeast and north central sections of the state. 


Indiana: Fighting for Every Bushel

By Ben Potter

Some years Mother Nature is kind, and other years she leaves you fighting for every bushel. In Indiana, the latter has been true for most of the state in 2015.

Illinois: Agronomists Anticipate Big Yield Swings

By Ben Potter

Rain makes grain–for the most part. But volatile weather always brings variable crops. That’s what 2015 Pro Farmer Crop Tour scouts are certain to see in Illinois, promises University of Illinois Extension specialist Emerson Nafziger.


iowaIowa: Even the Hawkeye State Sees Mixed Conditions Due to Weather

by Sonja (Gjerde) Begemann

When it comes to soybeans, “six of the nine crop-reporting districts will be at least as good as last year,” says Mark Johnson, Iowa State Extension field agronomist. “Those other three won’t do as well.”

minnesotaMinnesota: Crops Heading for Solid Season

By Chris Bennett

Minnesota corn growers could be in for one of their best years ever, according to Jeff Coulter, Extension corn specialist, University of Minnesota. Corn was planted early and is about seven to 10 days ahead of normal crop progress.

See full coverage of the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, hosted by Pro Farmer.
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Spell Check

Dwight, Ne, NE
8/10/2015 04:47 PM

  I want to know if the crop tour comes to a field that isn't planted will they figure zero for the yield like they should or go looking for another field to average?

rex fields
union city, IN
8/13/2015 07:56 PM

  A USDA numerator has a bean plot at the end of our drive.An average sample of the field. My question is, will they also sample fields where 80-90% of the population perished? The numerator also has a corn sample plot next to one of our farms down the road again it resembles using the better portion of the field & ignoring the drowned out areas. Could someone shed some light on this?

Cedar Falls, IA
8/14/2015 12:09 PM

  Crop Tour does not try to survey unplanted acres, but our methodology does put us into “zero yield” spots of planted fields and those are included in the data tabulation.


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