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Virg Robinson What do the Final Numbers Mean?
Virg Robinson, DuPont Pioneer market analysis manager, provides his perspective of the final numbers calculated following the Midwest Crop Tour.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Eastern Route Eric Miller, DuPont Pioneer Agronomist
Map: Day 1 Eastern Route

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Eric Miller
Eric Miller
DuPont Pioneer Agronomist


DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report

Eastern Route - Day 1
Starts in Columbus, Ohio, and ends in Fishers, Ind.


Yield Concerns this Year

  • Late planting date
  • Water damage
  • Nitrogen management and losses
  • Leaf diseases and ear molds

Corn Diseases throughout Indiana

  • Gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight
  • Diplodia ear rot and gibberella ear rot

Soybean Update for Indiana

  • Short plant height, but good pod set
  • Wet soils early in the season caused poor nodulation and short plant height.
  • Conditions are right for the potential development of sudden death syndrome, brown stem rot and frogeye leaf spot.

East-Central Indiana

  • Corn crop looks good now and much better than what was expected based on corn conditions on July 4.
  • Cool, wet weather during pollination raises concerns for ear molds showing up close to harvest, specifically diplodia ear mold and gibberella ear mold.
  • Diplodia ear mold starts at the base of the ear and moves toward the tip. Gibberella ear mold starts at the ear tip and moves toward the base of the ear.
  • Short soybeans, but good pod set.
  • Sporadic rainfall will be needed for the rest of the season due to underdeveloped roots. Sporadic rains will help grain fill and soybean pod fill.
  • Sudden death syndrome is starting to show up. Watch fields until the end of August into September. Occasional reports of frogeye leaf spot.

Local Crop Report (03:02)
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Photos - Central Indiana
Aerial photo of yellow and stunted corn field
Yellow and stunted corn seen in spots throughout a corn field between
Tipton and Elwood, Ind. (Tipton County).
 
Frogeye leaf spot
Frogeye leaf spot seen near New Castle, Ind. (Henry County).
 
 
The next 3 photos are of a corn field near Noblesville, Ind. (Hamilton
County). Field was planted Memorial Day weekend and nitrogen was
side-dressed on July 4. Wet weather plagued this area and there is
water-damaged corn. First photo taken July 11 and second photo taken
mid-August. Kernel count from an ear in this field is 12 x 34.
Corn field near Noblesville, Ind.
Corn field near Noblesville, Ind.
Kernel count from an ear in this field

 

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.

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Virg Robinson What do the Final Numbers Mean?
Virg Robinson, DuPont Pioneer market analysis manager, provides his perspective of the final numbers calculated following the Midwest Crop Tour.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Western Route Steve Gottsch, DuPont Pioneer Agronomist
Map: Day 1 Western Route

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Steve Gottsch
Steve Gottsch
DuPont Pioneer Agronomist


DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report

Western Route - Day 1
Starts in Sioux Falls, S.D., and ends in Grand Island, Neb.


South-Central Nebraska

  • Corn and soybeans are in good to excellent shape; yield potential looks to be average to above-average for both crops.
  • Moisture levels have been excellent and there’s been a relaxed irrigation schedule
  • Reports of gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight in fields with a lot of fungicides applied. However, there hasn’t been a late-season outbreak of these diseases.
  • Area is a little behind in GDUs with most corn entering in the dent- to mid-dent growth stage.

Local Crop Report (02:12)
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Photos - South-Central Nebraska
Western bean cutworm on corn
Light gray leaf spot and western bean cutworm found in fields south of
Palmer, Neb.
 
Corn ear with kernel count of 16 x 47.
Howard County in Nebraska. Great yield checks with a Pioneer® brand
hybrid. Kernel count: 16 x 47.

 

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.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Chip Flory

Pro Farmer Crop Report

Western Route - Day 1
Starts in Sioux Falls, S.D., and ends in  Grand Island, Neb.

Chip Flory
Editorial Director
 


Observations are from the South Dakota counties of Turner and Lincoln (District 9) and Dixon County (District 3) in Nebraska.

  • South Dakota corn yield range | average: 150 bu. to 165 bu. per acre | 160 bu. per acre
  • Corn comments: The corn crop was consistent through South Dakota, but it gained consistency as we entered Nebraska. It's not perfectly clean, but there simply aren't many issues with the South Dakota corn crop that we saw today. When you get that kind of consistency the lower-end yields begin to push the average yield up. The crop is in late dough to early dent, so maturity is not an issue, and the rain they are getting today should help finish it.
  • Soybean pod count in a 3x3' square range/average: 1,000 to 1,600 pods | 1,250 pods
  • Soybean comments: The consistency has continued with the soybeans as it did with corn. There's not much wrong with the crop, but the problems that are out there really stick out because there aren't many problems with the crop. We have green pastures through our drive, so today's rain is icing on the cake, and they clearly needed it.

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Brian Grete

Pro Farmer Crop Report

Eastern Route - Day 1
Starts in Columbus, Ohio, and ends in Fishers, Ind.

Brian Grete
Editor
 


Observations are from the Ohio counties of Logan, Hardin (District 4), Allen and Van Wert (District 1)

  • Ohio corn yield range | average: 46.8 bu. to 188 bu. per acre | 121.04 bu. per acre
  • Corn comments: One of the most variable crops on this leg of the Tour I have seen, including variability within the fields. We're seeing a lot of yellow corn, which shows the effects of too much water early in the season. Ear populations are solid; it's grain length that is trimming yield potential.
  • Soybean pod count in a 3'x3' square range/average: 427 to 1,716 pods | 795.9 pods
  • Soybean comments: It's obvious that water impacted the crop in the early stages. We've seen a lot of drown-out spots and the beans are short across the board. They just don't have the height and vegetative growth to put on a lot of pods. Not seeing as many double-crop beans as normal, with a fair amount of tile being laid on wheat ground.

As we crossed into northeast Indiana, conditions for the corn crop got a little worse. The nitrogen loss remained a common theme. Though the yield variability declined ever so slightly, overall yields did not improve. As was the case in western Ohio, grain length was an issue in eastern Indiana -- ear populations remained strong. There were areas in northeast Indiana that went from obviously too wet in the spring to too dry now. That's a double-whammy for producers in this area.

Other observations: We didn't see a heavy amount of prevent-plant acres in northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana. We also didn't see many double-crop soybeans. Instead of taking a risk on double-crop beans, producers in this area appear to be putting in tile on harvested wheat fields. There were more than a half dozen wheat fields that had recently been tiled along my route.

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Get reports on Midwest crop conditions and photos from the field. Check out the map below to get precipitation, GDUs and corn growth stages.

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Data is estimated using the Pioneer Growing Degree Unit Calculator, PrecipEstimator and Corn Growth Stage Estimator and is provided for informational use only.

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See how crops are progressing throughout the Midwest. Photos will be updated from mid-July through early August.

Midsummer crop conditions in the Midwest.
Ear in corn field north of Wood River, Neb. Photo taken during the week of August 3.
imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0807_gottsch1.jpg|txtChange|Ear in corn field north of Wood River, Neb. Photo taken during the week of August 3. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0807_gottsch2.jpg|txtChange|Pioneer® brand soybean variety grown in field north of Wood River, Neb. Photo taken during the week of August 3. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0807_gottsch3.jpg|txtChange|Pioneer® brand soybean variety in field north of Wood River, Neb. Photo taken during the week of August 3. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0807_rookaird1.jpg|txtChange|Soybeans fields look very good overall — nice tall beans.  Photo taken near Red Wing, Minn., during the week of August 3. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0807_rookaird2.jpg|txtChange|White mold is evident in some fields. Photo taken near Red Wing, Minn., during the week of August. 3. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0807_rookaird3.jpg|txtChange|Northern corn leaf blight is showing up in some fields but mostly at pressure levels that don’t require a fungicide treatment. Photo taken in the Red Wing., Minn., area during the week of August 3. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0807_doran1.jpg|txtChange|Ear with 18 rows of kernels from field in Edgar, Neb. Corn growth stage is late milk to early dough. Photo taken August 4. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0807_doran3.jpg|txtChange|Ear showing good pollination with 36 kernels lengthwise. This field is near Davenport, Neb. Photo taken on August 4. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0731_houghton1.jpg|txtChange|Southern rust showed up last week in fields. Photo taken in northeast Nebraska during the week of July 27. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0731_houghton2.jpg|txtChange|Northern corn leaf blight levels remain low. Goss’s Wilt was confirmed by Elmwood, Neb. Photo taken during the week of July 27.  imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0731_shepherd1.jpg|txtChange|Visual difference between crops grown on high and low ground in Wabash County (Indiana). Photo taken during the week of July 27. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0731_shepherd2.jpg|txtChange|Nitrogen deficiency in Noble County in Indiana. Photo taken during the week of July 27. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0731_shepherd3.jpg|txtChange|Gray leaf spot lesions on corn leaf in Adams County in Indiana. Photo taken during the week of July 27. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0731_shepherd6.jpg|txtChange|Northern corn leaf blight lesions on ear leaf and above in Elkhart County in Indiana. Photo taken during the week of July 27. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0731_essick1.jpg|txtChange|This ear shows an example of very good pollination. Photo taken in northwest Iowa during the week of July 27. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0731_essick2.jpg|txtChange|Soybean aphids are appearing in many fields in northwest Iowa. Now is a great time to begin scouting. Photo taken during the week of July 27. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0731_boos1.jpg|txtChange|Corn field at early brown silk stage looks great in Buffalo County in Nebraska. Photo taken during the week of July 27. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0731_boos2.jpg|txtChange|Irrigation is in full force. Corn field in Buffalo County (Nebraska). Photo taken during the week of July 27. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0727_gottsch1.jpg|txtChange|Pioneer® brand corn  product in Howard County near St. Paul, Neb. Photo taken during the week of July 20. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0727_gottsch2.jpg|txtChange|Pioneer® brand corn  product with silks starting to turn in Howard County near St. Paul, Neb. Photo taken during the week of  July 20. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0727_gottsch3.jpg|txtChange|Soybean field canopy  closure in Howard County near St. Paul, Neb. Photo taken during the week of July 20. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0727_gottsch4.jpg|txtChange|Showing pod set of  Pioneer® brand soybean variety in Howard County near St. Paul, Neb. Photo taken during the week of July  20. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0727_roberts1.jpg|txtChange|Cornfield in excellent condition  shortly after pollination in Ford County (Illinois). Photo taken during the week of July 20. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0727_roberts2.jpg|txtChange|Soybean field in Ford County (Illinois)  in excellent condition. Photo taken during the week of July 20. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0717_essick1.jpg|txtChange|Now is a great time  to scout for leaf diseases such as northern corn leaf blight in corn fields in northwest Iowa.  Photo taken the week of July 13. imgChange|   https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0717_essick2.jpg|txtChange|Rootworm larvae are  actively feeding on some local fields in northwest Iowa. Now is an excellent time to scout for  damage and formulate a management plan for future years. Photo taken the week of July 13. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0717_shepherd1.jpg|txtChange|Saturated soils  followed by a 1-inch rainfall in Grant County, Indiana. Photo taken the week of July 13. imgChange|   https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0717_shepherd2.jpg|txtChange|Corn in Grant  County, Indiana, showing nitrogen deficiency. Photo taken the week of July 13. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0717_shepherd3.jpg|txtChange|Northern corn leaf  blight lesions on corn in Kosciusko County, Indiana. Photo taken the week of July 13. imgChange|   https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0717_shepherd4.jpg|txtChange|Gray leaf spot lesions on corn in Wabash County, Indiana. Photo taken the week of July 13. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0717_shepherd5.jpg|txtChange|Soybeans with brown  stem rot symptoms in Kosciusko County, Indiana. Photo taken the week of July 13. imgChange|  https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0717_shepherd6.jpg|txtChange|Soybean leaf with  septoria brown spot symptoms in DeKalb County, Indiana. Photo taken the week of July 13. imgChange|   https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0717_houghton1.jpg|txtChange|Use of starter  fertilizer paid off in a challenging spring. Photo taken on June 16 in Elmwood, Neb. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0717_houghton2.jpg|txtChange|This is how many  fields look if they got planted but it was then too wet to spray. Photo taken on May 29, 2015 in Rock  Port, Mo. imgChange|   https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0710_gottsch1.jpg|txtChange|Soybeans at R2 stage  (full bloom) in a field east of Grand Island, Neb. Photo taken the week of July 6. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0710_roberts4.jpg|txtChange|Cornfield in  excellent condition at silking in Champaign County in Illinois. Photo taken the week of July 6. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0710_roberts1.jpg|txtChange|Cornfield in Iroquois  County (Illinois) showing yellowing and stunting from excessive rainfall. Photo taken the week of July 6. imgChange|   https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0710_roberts2.jpg|txtChange|Cornfield in  Livingston County (Illinois) in late vegetative stages. Farmers are considering rescue nitrogen  applications to compensate for N loss from excessive rainfall. Photo taken the week of July 6. imgChange|   https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0710_roberts3.jpg|txtChange|Soybean field in  Champaign County (Illinois) in excellent condition. Photo taken the week of July 6. imgChange| https://www.pioneer.com/multimedia/imgGalleries/cropTour/0710_roberts5.jpg|txtChange|Soybean field in  Champaign County (Illinois) showing soybeans in both excellent and poor conditions due to excessive  rainfall. Photo taken the week of July 6.

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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, Pro Farmer 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.       Corn grain length and girth are measured 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.
  Several measurements such as grain length
and girth of corn ears are taken to estimate
corn yields.


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:

  • 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


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. 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.

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