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Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

Get observations and insights from Pioneer agronomists on the tour. Follow hashtag #PFTour19 on Pioneer social channels.

Midwest Crop Tour - Day 3 - Eastern Route

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Map for Day 3, Eastern Route, Midwest Crop Tour

 

Jeff Lafrenz, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Eastern Iowa

Jeff Lafrenz, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Crop Tour 2019, Western Route


Crop Update from Eastern Iowa

Pioneer Field Agronomist, Jeff Lafrenz, provides a field update from Day 3 of the Eastern route.

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Crop Conditions for Eastern Iowa

  • Challenging planting season for corn and soybeans due to wet field conditions.
  • Corn planted between May 14th and 16th saw rain for 14 days in a row.
  • With dry weather crops have shaped up, heat units at normal to a little ahead of schedule.
  • Most corn is 30 to 50 days out from black layer
  • Yield potential for soybeans planted in June is 85% to 90% of optimum.
  • In soybeans expect 1 day in harvest delay for every 3 days of delay in planting.


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Midwest Crop Tour - Day 3 - Western Route

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Map - Western Route - Day 3 - Midwest Crop Tour

 

 

 

Nick Hanson, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Western Iowa

Pioneer Field Agronomist Nick Hanson

 

Brent Swart, Pioneer Field Agronomist, NW Iowa

NW Iowa Field Agronomist Brent Swart




Crop Update from Western Iowa

Pioneer Field Agronomist, Nick Hanson, provides a report from Day 3 of the Western route.

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Crop Conditions for Western and Northwest Iowa

  • Western Iowa saw many challenges in getting crops planted.
  • A major hailstorm June 27 defoliated young corn and soybean seedlings.
  • A second major storm July 20 flattened fields throughout NW and even Central Iowa.
  • Overall crops look better than expected for all the season's weather events.
  • Corn tracking a little behind in GDU's. In general crops about a week behind normal.
  • Need good growing weather to let crop finish up the season strong.
  • Beginning to see heavier pressure from Corn Rootworm.
  • Most soybeans are at R3 growth stage.
  • Heavy pressure from a newer insect, the thistle caterpillar, with possibly a second and third generation affecting soybeans this year.


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