Pro Farmer Crop Tour Agrees With USDA on Size of Illinois Corn Yields-Finds 300 Bushel Field in IowaThu, 20 Aug 2015 06:20:09 CDT
Can Illinois and Iowa deliver the big yields needed to reach USDA’s August production estimates? That continued to be the question of the day as crop scouts on the ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour pulled samples in the big corn and soy states Wednesday. the tour concludes today as scouts finish with Iowa and move into Minnesota- with the final report session in Rochester, Minnesota where the east and west legs come together.
The tour measured the Illinois crop at 171.64 bushels per acre — nearly equal to USDA’s 172 bpa August estimate and higher than the 3-year tour average yield of 163.01 bpa.
The Illinois soybean crop was measured at 1,190.47 pods in a 3-foot-by-3-foot square, down 8.4% from the previous year, but comparable to three-year tour averages and in line with USDA’s soybean yield estimates for the state.
Two of the three western crop districts in Iowa had excellent yield numbers in the corn fields that were visited by Pro Farmer Tour Scouts. Southwest Iowa (District 7) was the poorest yielding county on the western side of that state- hitting 166 bushels per acre- west central Iowa hit 184 bushels per acre- and District One in Iowa- the northwestern counties- averaged 188 bushels per acre.
Included in the fields that were measured by the scouts was a field in Osceola County that borders Minnesota- south of Worthington, Minneosta and due east of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. That field had ultra high population numbers- and was measured by the scouts at 305 bushels per acre. Chip Flory with Pro Farmer, the Western Leg Tour Leader, said this was the first 300 bushel or higher corn field ever measured on the crop tour. Flory said the field had 15 inch wide rows which allowed for a extremely high population of ears per acre- 45,000 ears per acre. Flory talked with Farm Broadcast Colleage Jesse Harding Wednesday night about this field and you can hear his comments below- click on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of the story.
Farm Broadcast Colleague Ty Higgins of the Ohio Ag Network has been traveling the eastern routes- and he filed an excellent all day report showing details of many of their stops into Illinois on Wednesday- you can check Ty's coverage out by clicking here
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