Western Iowa: Are Those Trees or Soybeans?

August 19, 2015 11:00 AM

Scouts on the western leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour crossed the border into Iowa this morning, and so far they are seeing good-looking corn and, in places, really tall beans.

"It's all looked good, no diseases and so-on," said Paul Neiffer, The Farm CPA, as he made his way toward Minden, Iowa. He said that in three or four stops, the corn had averaged about 185 bu. per acre.

"On the soybean side, I feel like I should have brought a machete with me, because I've been hacking trees out there," Neiffer said, adding that some plants had about 200 pods on them.

Listen to his full audio report:

Meanwhile, AgWeb news and markets editor Alison Rice reported some variability in the soybean fields near Page County.

"We just saw a field that had chest-high soybeans, and now we're in a field that's, well, knee-high," she said.

Crop Tour scout Sam Schmidt of The Agronomic Consulting Group explains the variability:

On Twitter, scouts reported field after field of good, healthy-looking crops. To see more reports, follow #pftour15 on Twitter.

For more information:

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

Take your own field measurements and participate in Pro Farmer's Virtual Crop Tour.

Follow the Tour on Twitter with the hashtag #pftour15.

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