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Pro Farmer Tour Puts Illinois Corn Crop at 197 BPA- And Says Western Iowa Looks Really Good

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:07:40 CDT

Pro Farmer Tour Puts Illinois Corn Crop at 197 BPA- And Says Western Iowa Looks Really Good Scouts saw a very large corn yield average in Illinois, but expressed disappointment that the averages weren't the rumored 250 bushels per acre.

Scouts on the eastern leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour reported an average yield of 196.96 bushels per acre, up 15.5% from 170.5 bpa last year. The three-year average, which includes 2012, is 149.4 bpa. The 196 bushels per acre is significantly above the USDA August Crop Report prediction for Illinois of 188 bushels per acre.

"I think Illinois is good, perhaps a little better than I thought it was going to be," said tour scout Paul Neiffer. Scouts moved west from Bloomington, Ill., to Iowa City, Iowa, on Wednesday. "Iowa corn certainly needs a drink. The maturity is a little bit behind."

Scouts who travelled west from Bloomington and spent most of their time in Illinois' reputed garden area found an average yield in the 220 bpa range. The crop was consistently above average, but the mega-yield averages were few and far between. The central and west-southwest districts had average yields of 203.9 bpa and 204.9 bpa, respectively.

Meanwhile, Scouts on the western leg of the tour released the yield data for three western Iowa counties. They traveled from Nebraska City, Neb., to Spencer, Iowa, on Wednesday. The full Iowa and Minnesota yields will be released Thursday evening. (The picture above is from southeastern Iowa- as seen on Twitter with the report that this corn froma muddy field measured 226 bushels per acre)

The three Iowa districts reporting from the west averaged 179.48 bushels per acre with 151 samples and no irrigated acres.

Iowa's northwestern district had an average yield of 177.5 bpa. The west-central district averaged 180.1 bpa, while the southwest district came in at 180.9 bpa.

Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Leslie Smith continues on the western leg of the tour- and talked Wednesday evening with Chip Flory of Pro Farmer about Day Three and what the scouts are seeing for both the corn and soybean crops. You can hear her conversation with Flory by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.


Leslie Smith Reviews what the western leg of the PFTour saw in Western Iowa with Chip Flory
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