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Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour - Day 1

 

Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour (August 21-24, 2017)

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Eastern Route

Day 1 Eastern Route Map

Eric Miller

Eric Miller

DuPont Pioneer

Agronomist


DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report
Eastern Route - Day 1
Starts in Columbus, OH and ends in Fishers, IN

Crop Report for East Central Indiana

Overall

  • This area experienced 10 to 12" of rain from late April to mid-May, resulting in:
    • Some fields showing sizeable drowned-out patches.
    • Uneven plant stands.
    • Variability in plant-to-plant quality all season.

Corn

  • Southern rust has recently been observed north of I-70 up to Highway 26
    • Not in every field.
    • Keep an eye on fields planted in May to early June.
    • Corn planted in April most likely safe.
  • Tremendous plant-to-plant variability, pollination issues.
  • Diplodia also has been noted.
  • Western Bean Cutworm has also been observed - contributing factors include:
    • A mild winter in 2016/2017.
    • No deep freeze.
    • A major moth flight in 2016.

Soybeans

  • Most are in R4 to R5 growth stage.
  • Most are good stands, some Frogeye Leaf Spot due to early season weather conditions.
  • Some pressure from Sudden Death Syndrome.
  • Some slight drought stress.

AudioLocal Crop Reports -- Eric Miller

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Photos - East Central Indiana

Photo showing corn ears affected by diplodia near Cicero, Indiana.

Ears affected by diplodia in a corn field near Cicero, Indiana.

Photo showing close up of corn leaf affected by Southern Rust.

Suspected Southern rust from a field near Swayzee, Indiana.

Photo showing corn in Jay County, Indiana, with variability from plant to plant.

Corn in Jay County, Indiana, showing variability from plant to plant. Pollination issues seen as well due to heavy spring rains.

 

The foregoing is provided for informational use only. Please contact your authorized Pioneer sales professional for information and suggestions specific to your operation. Product performance is variable and depends on many factors such as moisture and heat stress, soil type, management practices and environmental stress as well as disease and pest pressures. Individual results may vary.

 

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Western Route

Day 1 Western Route Map

Drew Glasshoff
Drew Glasshoff
DuPont Pioneer
Strategic Account Manager


DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report
Western Route - Day 1
Starts in Sioux Falls, SD and ends in Grand Island, NE

Crop Report for Eastern Nebraska

Corn

  • A season of "averages":
    • Temperatures ranged from cold early in the season, hot in the middle and seasonable by later in the year.
    • Very pocketed precipitation although rainfall should average out in many areas by season's end.
  • Maturities ranging from dough to 1/4 milkline.
  • Disease pressure generally light, with some increase in Gray Leaf Spot.
  • Insect activity primarily involves Corn Rootworm and Western Bean Cutworm.

Soybeans

  • Crop is at critical stage of filling pods. Pods being set in the upper portion of canopy.
  • Over next 3-4 weeks, monitor fields under irrigation to maintain proper moisture for pod fill.
  • A few instances of White Mold, Sudden Death Syndrome and Phytophthora Root Rot.

AudioLocal Crop Reports from DuPont Pioneer

Drew Glasshoff - Strategic Account Manager

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Jon Propheter - Field Agronomist

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The foregoing is provided for informational use only. Please contact your authorized Pioneer sales professional for information and suggestions specific to your operation. Product performance is variable and depends on many factors such as moisture and heat stress, soil type, management practices and environmental stress as well as disease and pest pressures. Individual results may vary.

 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Brian Grete
Brian Grete
Editor


Pro Farmer Crop Report

Eastern Route - Day 1
Starts in Dublin, OH and ends in Fishers, IN


Corn

  • Scouts on the eastern leg began their day in Dublin, Ohio, and traveled to Fishers, Indiana. Ohio samples resulted in an average corn yield of 148.35 bu./A. with variability ranging from 59 bu./A to 223 bu./A.
  • As expected, a wet spring led to big swings between good and bad between and even within fields, with maturity also varying widely. A wet spring led to "replants and replants and replants." Much of the crop is in the blister to milk stage, and late-season weather will be key to how much yield potential the crop can keep. Some of the most immature crop will need multiple rains and the more advanced crop will need just one or two rains to make it to the finish line.

Soybeans

  • The Ohio bean crop was also variable but to a lesser degree than corn.
  • Ohio samples resulted in an average soybean pod count of 1,192.33 pods in a 3'x3' square.
  • Crop has good yield potential with a lot of small pods that could build yield further if late-season rains fall.

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Chip Flory
Chip Flory
Editorial Director


 
Pro Farmer Crop Report

Western Route - Day 1
Starts in Sioux Falls, SD and ends in Grand Island, NE


South Dakota samples resulted in an average corn yield of 135 bu./A and an average soybean pod count of 1,300 pods in a 3'x3' square.

Corn

  • Scouts expected variability in South Dakota and they found it, with pollination problems pulling down yield potential in some fields, while other dryland fields had yield potential up to 225 bu./A.
  • The crop will need most of September to get to black layer. This means the crop must avoid cool temps early in September. Rain will be the other key factor to corn producing a big, heavy kernel. The crop tour pretty much sticks to the southeast area of South Dakota, where dryness has been less devastating.

Soybeans

  • The crop is loaded with potential, but "potential" is the key word, with a lot of flat pods that needed rains yesterday. The crop has a long ways to go to make a normal-sized bean.

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How Midwest Crop Tour Scouts Gather Data

Background

The Midwest Crop Tour dates to 1987. Pro Farmer was an original participant, then agreed to take over as its organizer in 1993 and began publishing the Crop Tour’s results as a service to the agricultural community at large. Crop Tour helps “level the playing field” by providing all market participants with access to information, unlike the many ongoing private assessments of Midwest crops.

In 2000, Crop Tour was expanded to its current scale. Crop Tour supporters like DuPont Pioneer enable Crop Tour to survey a large geographic area, host daily grower meetings, and provide more extensive media coverage of the Crop Tour findings.

Conducted the third full week of August each year, Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour is the most widely followed “field survey” for corn and soybeans during the critical crop development period that happens in between USDA’s August and September crop surveys.

Scouts

More than 100 “scouts” (farmers, media, agribusiness, and Pro Farmer staff) are organized into teams that fan across 20 pre-determined Midwest routes Monday through Thursday. Scout teams travel in vehicles which prominently display “Midwest Crop Tour” decals. In addition, each scout wears Crop Tour logo apparel so that all Crop Tour participants are readily identifiable by farmers and landowners.

The “Eastern leg” 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 across eastern Nebraska, western Iowa and into southern Minnesota. Both sides of the Tour conclude in Rochester, Minn., on Thursday night.

Scouts attend a training session prior to Crop Tour and each team of about 2 to 4 people includes at least 1 experienced scout. The assigned routes that the scout teams travel have been consistent over the years to assure comparability.

Crop scouts walk fields in seven states during the Crop Tour.

DuPont Pioneer agronomists and more than 100 volunteer crop scouts will tabulate measurements taken from corn and soybean fields during the 4-day crop tour.

Field Selection

Teams pull onto rural side roads every 15-20 miles from their primary route and stop at survey locations that meet the following criteria:

Crop Sampling and Data
Crop Tour sampling and measurements are designed to get representative results for crop districts, states, and the entire Midwest – not individual fields or counties.

  • Safe parking available on a wide shoulder or field driveway
  • Accessible corn/soybean fields that are not fenced or posted
  • No structures such as homes, machine sheds, grain bins, or livestock buildings
  • Scouts measure 3 ears of corn or count pods on 3 soybean plants from just 1 location in each field surveyed. Each sample is identified by county so it can be tabulated by crop district, but is not associated with a specific field or farm location. Care is taken to move in and out of each field quickly, without damage.
Corn grain length and girth are measured during the Crop Tour.

Several measurements such as grain length and girth of corn ears are taken to estimate corn yields.

 

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