Will Iowa Pull Through?

August 19, 2009 07:00 PM
 

Sara Schafer, AgWeb Business & Crops Online Editor
 
Five samples in northeast Iowa show decent, but below-average expected corn yields. Same story for soybeans.
 
On one route of the 2009 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, crop scouts found a spread of estimated corn yields, that varied between 127.3 bu./acre and 196.1 bu./acre. The average from five samples is 165.46 bu./acre.
 
Last year, the average for this Iowa district was 171.36, and the three-year average is 179.48 bu./acre.
 
For soybeans, the five samples showed a range between 840 pods in a 3-foot by 3-foot square to 1,537, with an average of 1,039. In 2008, the average for the district was 1,180, while the three-year average is 1,103 for pods in a 3-foot by 3-foot square.
 
The crop scouts on this leg agree the fields need time and heat to finish this crop off right. Meanwhile extreme variability prevails in the fields across Iowa.
 
"The good is really good and the poor is really poor,” says crop scout Richard Guse.
 
The Corn High for the Day
In Linn County, which is east central Iowa, the highest marks for the route thus far were recorded. Estimated corn yield is 272.5 bu./acre.
 
Last year, for that district, the average corn yield was 165.89 bu./acre.
 

 
You can e-mail Sara Schafer at sschafer@farmjournal.com.
 

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