Pro Farmer Tour Offers Minnesota and Iowa Crop Predictions- Leslie Smith Talks With Chip FloryFri, 22 Aug 2014 05:06:08 CDT
The final day of the 2014 Pro Farmer Midwestern Crop Tour found Associate Farm Director Leslie Smith going down the road in southern Minnesota. She and fellow scouts saw a crop that was good but not necessarily great. On Thursday evening, the tour released the yield results for Iowa and Minnesota.
Iowa's corn averaged 178.8 bpa, compared to 171.9 last year. USDA pegged Iowa's crop at 185 bpa in its August 1 Crop Production report.
Minnesota's corn yield was expected to average 170.8 bpa, compared to last year's 181 bpa. USDA pegged the state at 168 bpa.
So far on the tour, all states' estimated yields except Iowa exceeded USDA's initial crop estimate.
The tour seemed to have four key themes: scouts measured strong yields that are mostly made; a dramatic large shift in acres from corn to soybeans; very few concerning health issues; and localized areas where weather concerns reigned supreme.
On Thursday evening, Smith once again talked with the leader of the western leg of the Pro Farmer tour, Chip Flory. Their conversation can be heard by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
Pro Farmer will take the data generated by the Tour scouts in the midwestern states they surveyed and put that with estimates from the rest of the country to offer an updated estimate as to the size of both the US corn and soybean markets. It's very likely that Pro Farmer will predict a larger yield per acre for the US corn crop than what USDA predicted in their August Crop Report. In that estimate, USDA said they believed the average yield nationally would be 167 bushels per acre. Talk on the Pro Farmer tour has kicked around an estimate for a yield north of 170 bushels per acre.
Pro Farmer is also likely to reflect a record sizzed soybean crop for 2014 as well. Click here for coverage from DTN on Day Four of the 2014 Tour.
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