As scouts on the eastern leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour made their way across Illinois this morning, crop conditions started improving. And after two days of counting low yields in Ohio and Indiana, seeing some good-looking fields came as a relief.
"They're more uniform," said Brian Grete, editor of Pro Farmer, on AgriTalk. "We're still seeing signs of wet conditions this spring, but they're more uniform, the corn is taller. We still see some nitrogen deficiency from several of the fields."
Grete said the soybean crop in west-central Illinois is also looking promising.
"The soybeans are a little bit taller," he said. "They're more uniform. They look more like Illinois crops should look like at this time of year."
After Ohio and Indiana saw a significant reduction in soybean pod counts compared to last year's Crop Tour, Grete said it should be interesting to see how the Illinois numbers pan out.
"This crop isn't what it was last year, and nobody thought it was," Grete said, "but the key is how it finishes here."
On Twitter, eastern scouts reported mostly healthy-looking crops, with a few pollination and disease issues.
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