Day 3 Reports - Midwest Crop Tour

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Eastern Route Jim Lafrenz, Field Agronomist
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Jim Lafrenz
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DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report

Eastern Route - Day 3
Starts in Bloomington, Ill., and ends in Iowa City, Iowa

Report from southeast Iowa

  • In southeast Iowa, the planting window was 5 weeks long. Planting began May 1 but didn’t wrap up unto after June 1.
  • Wet soils early in the season led to significant replanting and nitrogen losses.
  • It’s been a cool growing season. Most corn will be filling later than normal. Cooler days mean slower crop development and most corn in this area will reach black layer (approximately 32% moisture) later in September.
  • While soybeans have a dark green healthy appearance in most fields now, pod setting and fill are later than normal. Rainfall will be critical to seed development and yield potential.

Local Crop Report (02:08)

Photos - Southeast Iowa
Sudden death syndrome found in an area of a field with a wetter soil type. SDS was found on a few sporadic plants in this Henry County, Iowa, field.
Stalk from a corn-on-corn field. Several plants were taken from root digs around West Liberty, Iowa, to check for corn rootworm protection. Protection looks very good across all samples.
Two different hybrids show nosing back on pollinated kernels, but the yield potential is still good. Photo taken near West Liberty, Iowa.
Field in a corn-on-corn rotation showing nitrogen deficiency up to the ear leaf. Photo taken in Muscatine County in Iowa.

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.




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