08/22/2017 01:34 PM
Chris Hawthorn faced a tough crowd last night in Grand Island, Neb., during the Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour roundup of news from the western leg of the event.
As the day’s numbers were reported, a lively discussion got underway about the August 10th U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop report.
Mike Adams, AgriTalk host, asked Hawthorn this morning the same question that farmers and scouts asked last night: “How in the world did you come up with that big corn number of 169.5 bu.?”
Hawthorn, the USDA-NASS corn expert, is participating in his fourth Crop Tour and responded simply, “We go to farmers first and foremost for our data. We feel they’re the best source of information for yield forecasts.”