Pro Farmer Crop Tour (Aug. 17-20, 2015)
Week of July 27
|Kirk Zimmer, Grower, Arcanum, Ohio|
|It’s been too wet this year. Saturated soils are getting the best of this crop. Corn planted before May 12 looks good to very good. Corn planted mid-May or later looks poor to good; it’s very uneven in wet spots. All our corn is showing signs of nitrogen loss.
|Ryan Wangen, Grower, Albert Lea, Minn.|
|Stressed areas have been showing in some corn fields in the last couple weeks due to early saturated soils. Otherwise, the corn crop is looking very good. Soybeans are finally starting to put on some size and are looking good. I’m waiting until August to decide what kind of soybean crop we will have.
|Les Seiler, Grower, Fayette, Ohio|
|Corn seems to be looking better with less rain. The sunshine for the last few days is helping it out. Some corn is 7- to 8-feet tall and tasseling, but there are still spots that are 2- to 3-feet tall and probably won’t put an ear on. Disease pressure as in northern leaf blight and gray leaf spot are showing up. It seems like insect issues are low.
|Steve Gottsch, DuPont Pioneer Account Manager, Eastern Nebraska|
| Corn: The corn crop continues to make good progress with a majority of the fields pollinating. With the break in hot weather and adequate moisture levels in the irrigated fields, pollination should be good. After the slow start this spring the crop continues to catch up. We are currently 180 GDUs behind the 10-year average.
Soybeans: The soybean crop also looks good. Many fields have reached canopy closure and the growth stage is from R2 to R3. Insects and disease pressure remains low and the overall soybean crop condition is good to excellent. We still have the opportunity for average- to above-average yield, depending on the remainder of the growing season.
|Darrin Roberts, DuPont Pioneer Agronomist, Eastern Illinois|
The increased heat and solar radiation over the past few weeks have helped green up corn and soybean fields. Fields that had excessive rainfall earlier in the season have significant variability in crop condition and yield potential.
Overall crop conditions: Overall, moderate temperatures and ample moisture during pollination are contributing to average yields.
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.
See how crops are progressing throughout the Midwest. Photos will be updated from mid-July through early August.
|Pioneer® brand corn product in Howard County near St. Paul, Neb. Photo taken during the week of July 20.|
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- Eastern Route
- Western Route
- Final Stop
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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.
Crop scouts take corn and soybeans samples and measurements from 1,100 fields on more than 20 predetermined routes through 7 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.
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 3 sample ears – the 5th, 8th and 11th from 1 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
Estimating Soybean Yields
- Plant count taken in a 3-foot plot
- Row width measured and recorded
- Pod count
- Crop scouts randomly pull 3 plants and count all the pods on each plant that are at least 1/4 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
|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 4-day
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. This is the 22nd 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 11 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.
|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.
Each day, experts from DuPont 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 DuPont Pioneer agronomy experts, as well as photos from the field that give you a comprehensive perspective of all the information gathered during the 4-day tour.
|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, 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, 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.|