Jeff Wilson, a veteran scout and reporter for the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour from Farm Journal, has a different perspective for 2018. Wilson is leading the western leg of the tour as the new Pro Farmer senior market analyst. He’s anxious to get into fields and test the big yields USDA has forecast for the first two states to be counted.
“What I'm really looking forward to is, number one, seeing what a 196 bushel average yield in Nebraska looks like and what a 170 bushel yield looks like in South Dakota,” Wilson says of his first day of the 2018 tour. “Those are the two big numbers.”
Day one of the western leg of the tour starts in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Scouts will follow ten separate routes across South Dakota and into Nebraska before meeting up in Grand Island, Nebraska Monday evening.
A heavy downpour Monday afternoon and evening across much of that geography could make for muddy scouting conditions.
“Instead of boots on the ground, we’re going to be putting flippers on the ground,” says AgriTalk Radio host and longtime western tour leader Chip Flory.
Watch the complete preview of the western leg of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour from Farm Journal.