The 25th annual Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour kicks off next Monday, August 21, with participants taking on the challenging task of gauging this year’s corn and soybean crops. Weather extremes at both ends of the spectrum this season, from drought in some parts of the Midwest to too much moisture in others, are impacting crop performance and will be reviewed each evening as scouts share their daily crop reports.
“Our job is to peg potential yield numbers to these really varied conditions we’re seeing out there this summer,” says Chip Flory, Farm Journal Pro Editorial Director. “Our measurements are critical, but it may actually be the qualitative observations of our scouts that will prove most important to people."
In honor of the Crop Tour’s 25th anniversary, Flory says a free, three-week trial subscription of Farm Journal Pro, is available to interested parties. The subscription provides registrants with access to historical data from the past five years of Crop Tour events. To learn more and sign up, go to http://www.farmjournalpro.com/user/register?type=free-trial
During Crop Tour, a group of more than 100 growers, industry experts and media reporters will scout about 2,000 fields in seven Midwest states during the four-day event, Aug. 21-24. The “Eastern leg” of the tour begins sampling in western Ohio, working its way across Indiana, Illinois, eastern Iowa and then southern Minnesota. The “Western leg” begins in southern South Dakota, then goes across eastern Nebraska, western Iowa and into southern Minnesota.
“We pull enough samples to provide us with accurate data for a large geographic area. Crop Tour does not attempt to predict actual yields for individual fields or even a county, but we do want to have a good handle on likely yields for each of the seven states we survey,” Flory notes.
A summary of the Tour's findings will be presented at the Rochester, Minn., Event Center the evening of Aug. 24. Thursday’s grand finale also includes a taping for the weekend edition of "U.S. Farm Report" and is followed up with Pro Farmer's national corn and soybean yield predictions and market impact analysis in Friday’s Pro Farmer newsletter.
Each day's official findings and results from the Midwest Crop Tour will be published online at FarmJournalPro.com and AgWeb.com. Julianne Johnston,
Digital Managing Editor, Pro Farmer, will also be tweeting the results via @julijohnston.
DuPont Pioneer, which has been the Tour's lead sponsor since 2008, is on board again this year. RCS and Farm Credit Services of America are also tour sponsors this year.