South Dakota Corn Crop Not as Good as 2013- Ohio 2014 Corn Crop Much Better-Day 1 PF Tour ResultsTue, 19 Aug 2014 05:31:35 CDT
Scouts on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour headed to the fields Monday fueled by rumors of a big crop. Although big numbers were recorded, scouts found a lot of variability and evidence that hail and winds had severely impacted some areas.
Scouts in Ohio estimated an average corn yield of 182.1 bushels per acre. Yields ranged from the 120s to well above 200 bpa. Concerns about the maturity of the Ohio crop were noted. That Ohio tour estimate is above the latest USDA estimate of 177 bushels per acre.
Scouts on the western leg of the tour also found a variable crop, reporting an average South Dakota corn yield of 152.71 bpa, compared to 161.75 bpa in 2013 and a 125.70 bpa average over the past three years. The South Dakota estimate from the tour is also under the 2014 USDA estimate from last week.
Although most of the western crop looked healthy and lush, scouts reported erratic emergence. Freezing temperatures in May were blamed for some of the uneven stands. Wet, cold planting, freezes, hail, tornadoes, and more hail are making for a tough growing season in the west. Some parts of Nebraska suffered hail again Sunday night.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network's Leslie Smith tracked through South Dakota on one of the scout routes on Monday- and says that the South Dakota Corn and Soybean Crops are in decent shape, but no better than a year ago. She talked with Chip Flory at the report session last night in Grand Island, Nebraska and you can hear their audio recap of the day from the western leg (covering both South Dakota and parts of Nebraska) by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
Other scouts involved with the western leg of the tour saw crops in western Nebraska and a final estimate regarding the size of the Nebraska corn crop will come on Tuesday evening at the next nightime stop.
In the east- Ohio's yield estimate came in well above the tour's three-year average for the state, 146.1 bpa, but scouts noted the inherent flaws in a three-year average. It includes the disastrous 2012 crop and the disappointing 2011 crop. This evening- the tour will offer an estimate for the size and condition of the first of the three "I" states- Indiana.
To keep up with what is going on in both the east and the west legs of the tour, you can follow the hashtag #pftour14 on Twitter which most scouts are using.
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