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Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

August 20-23, 2012

Virg Robinson

Market Commentary
Virg Robinson, DuPont Pioneer market analysis manager, provides his perspective of the final numbers calculated from the Midwest Crop Tour.
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Day 1 - Monday, August 20
Darren GoebelEastern Route Team
DuPont Pioneer agronomist
Darren Goebel gives his
observations and insights
on Day 1 of the crop tour.
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Jeff MuellerWestern Route Team
DuPont Pioneer agronomist
Jeff Mueller gives his
observations and insights
on Day 1 of the crop tour.
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Day 2 - Tuesday, August 21
Jeff WesselEastern Route Team
DuPont Pioneer agronomist
Jeff Wessel gives his
observations and insights
on Day 2 of the crop tour.
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Chris WoernerWestern Route Team
DuPont Pioneer agronomist
Chris Woerner gives his
observations and insights
on Day 2 of the crop tour.
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Day 3 - Wednesday, August 22
Scott NelsonEastern Route Team
DuPont Pioneer agronomy
research manager Scott
Nelson gives his
observations and insights
on Day 3 of the crop tour.
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Nick HansonWestern Route Team
DuPont Pioneer agronomist
Nick Hanson gives his
observations and insights
on Day 3 of the crop tour.
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Day 4 - Thursday, August 23
Jerome LensingEastern Route Team
DuPont Pioneer agronomist
Jerome Lensing gives his
observations and insights
on Day 4 of the crop tour.
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Clyde TiffanyWestern Route Team
DuPont Pioneer agronomist
Clyde Tiffany gives his
observations and insights
on Day 4 of the crop tour.
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Calculating the Numbers

Crop scouts take corn and soybeans samples and measurements from 1,100 fields on more than 20 predetermined routes through seven states. Corn and soybean fields are selected randomly – approximately every 20 miles measurements are taken from the nearest field regardless of crop conditions. The Pro Farmer analysts take these numbers, the scouts’ observations of current crops and insights from past crop tours to determine yield estimates and the impact on the markets.

Daily Measurements Taken for Estimating Corn Yields

  • Harvestable ears
    Crop scouts count the number of harvestable ears on both sides of their measured 30-inch row. This number is recorded.
  • Grain length and girth
    Crop scouts take three sample ears – the 5th, 8th and 11th from one row – regardless of ear size and measure the grain length and girth of each ear (kernels around). The average is recorded.
  • Soil moisture and general observations recorded

Measurements Taken for Estimating Soybean Yields

  • Plant count taken in a 3-foot plot
  • Row width measured and recorded
  • Pod count
    Crop scouts randomly pull three plants and count all the pods on each plant that are at least ¼ inch long. The average is recorded.
  • Maturity stage and soil moisture noted recorded

     
Several measurements, including grain
length and girth of corn ears, are taken
to estimate corn yields.
  On this year’s Midwest Crop Tour, DuPont
Pioneer agronomists and more than 70
volunteer crop scouts will tabulate the
measurements taken from more than 1,100
corn and soybean fields during the four-day
crop tour.

Crop Tour History

The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour provides accurate late-season information about likely corn and soybean yields during the upcoming harvest season at the state and regional level. 2012 marks the 19th year of the tour. This year, more than 70 crop scouts will inspect corn and soybean fields in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. Daily crop observations as well as corn yield estimates and soybean pod counts will be reported here each evening.

At the end of the tour, Pro Farmer analysts evaluate the data collected and the crop observations during the tour and then factor in cropping conditions in other states before releasing its yield predictions and market impact analysis. The Pro Farmer analysis is released in advance of USDA’s September 12 crop production report, giving growers earlier insight that can be used in their grain marketing decisions.

The Pro Farmer estimates have been on target with USDA’s final yield estimates.

     

This year, crop scouts will inspect corn
and soybean fields in Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota
and Minnesota. Daily crop observations
as well as corn yield estimates and
soybean pod counts will be reported
here each evening.
  The Midwest Crop Tour has been conducted
annually in August since 1993. The scope of
the tour has expanded over the years, but the
sampling methodology has remained
consistent, providing comparability to analyze
yield trends over the years.


Daily Agronomy and Crop Reports

Each day, experts from Pioneer and Pro Farmer will provide the latest analysis on how crops are progressing. You'll get extensive updates on insect and disease pressures, crop conditions, corn yield estimates and soybean pod counts. You'll have access to audio reports from Pioneer agronomy experts, as well as photos from the field that give you a comprehensive perspective of all the information gathered during the four-day tour.

Virg Robinson Following the tour, Virg Robinson, DuPont Pioneer market analysis manager, will provide an analysis to tell you what the data gathered means to the markets and your grain marketing.
Chip Flory Chip Flory, editor and publisher of Pro Farmer, provides a daily analysis of what the crop scouts are seeing in the fields each day on the western leg of the crop tour.
Brian Grete Brian Grete, Pro Farmer senior market analyst, provides a daily analysis of what the crop scouts are seeing in the fields each day on the eastern leg of the crop tour.


The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop features DuPont Pioneer agronomists plus more than 70 crop scouts who travel along more than 20 predetermined routes to evaluate crop conditions in more than 1,100 randomly selected corn and soybean fields. The daily routes average more than 200 miles. There are two legs of the crop tour – one starts in the eastern Corn Belt and a second starts in the western Corn Belt. The tour ends in Owatonna, Minnesota.

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