From the Pro Farmer Crop Tour- Nebraska Corn Fields on Track for the Best.Yield. Ever.Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:58:54 CDT
Scouts on the eastern leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour saw a crop that grew larger as they moved west from Indiana into Illinois on Tuesday.
Indiana's corn yields, while variable, averaged 185 bushels per acre, compared to 167.4 last year and the 141.2 bpa three-year average. Indiana soybeans averaged 1220.8 pods in a 3-foot-by-3-foot square, higher than last year's 1185 and the three-year average of 1118.7. The corn number was met with some skepticism by those tweeting from the Bloomington, Illinois report session last night as one observer said he would believe the 185 number when he saw the actual harvest results.
Scouts on the western tour,including Radio Oklahoma Ag Network's Leslie Smith, saw a Nebraska corn yield that was great in some places and average in others. The state's average yield, including irrigated and non-irrigated land, was 163.7 bpa, a Nebraska record. Last year, the average was 154.9 bpa. The three-year average was 146.8 bpa, so the 2014 tour has looked at a crop over eleven percent bigger than the three year average.
Nearly half of the corn samples pulled in Nebraska were from irrigated ground. This was a higher percentage of irrigated samples than usual.
The record corn yield for Nebraska did surprise Smith, who tells us "For me it was a surprise, because the fields I have been in looked about average at best. Again this proves one picture, tweet or route does not give you a good indication of the crop out there. It is often said the Pro Farmer Tour is simply pulling a lot of samples out of one big field, so the yield estimate is so much bigger than one field, county or region." She adds that she detected some surprise in her conversation with Chip Flory on Tuesday evening as they recaped the Nebraska survey of the 2014 tour. Flory calls it "pretty remarkable considering the growing season."
Leslie's full conversation with Chip Flory of Pro Farmer about the second day out in the fields on the western leg can be heard by clicking or tapping on the LISTEN BAR below. More coverage of the 2014 Pro Farmer Crop tour Day Two- East and West- can be read here.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and the Oklahoma Farm Report are represented this year by one of the veterans on the Midwest Crop Tour as Leslie Smith is in her fifth year on the tour. She says that here in 2014 the crop looks so much better than what tour participants saw last August: "Last year the crops were so immature, so we were measuring yield potential and the outcome really depended on the weather last fall. In 2012 the crop was further along than normal that we saw fields being cut for silage as well as a few combines harvesting the third week of August. This year's crop is somewhat in between in terms of maturity. In my mind its more mature than a year ago, so I am not too concerned that this crop will finish out. Over the last two days I have seen some stress from the dry July with soybean leaves curling, corn burning up and cracks in fields once again. This shows me eastern Nebraska is still not out of drought and these crops will need some hydration especially for the soybean crop to finish to its potential.
"If you follow the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop tour you see all kinds of coverage from those that put pictures and yield estimates out on Twitter after each field. I typically wait to make a post until I have something significant to share. On the first two days of the tour I have seen some good fields, but nothing amazing. The routes I have been on just haven't had big yields, only a few corn fields that averaged over 200 bushels per acre. I did post a picture of the lowest yielding field to date that average 90 bpa in Saline County Nebraska. This field looked fine from the road, but the ears told a different story with major tip back. On Tuesday night the Pro Farmer Tour estimated a Nebraska corn crop of 163.77 bpa. That was a tour record for Nebraska. For me it was a surprise, because the fields I have been in looked about average at best. Again this proves one picture, tweet or route does not give you a good indication of the crop out there. It is often said the Pro Farmer Tour is simply pulling a lot of samples out of one big field, so the yield estimate is so much bigger than one field, county or region.
"The 2014 Pro Farmer Crop Tour continues Wednesday and Thursday. In traveling the western leg, I will be scouting fields in western Iowa and southern Minnesota."
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