Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s
Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour for Ohio.
Corn –164.62 bushels to the acre.
Soybeans – 1107.01 pods in 3X3 foot square.
It is a race against a storm system heading toward us from the west. Just 2 more samples before we can call it a day. Pretty nice crops here. Plant health for the corn and soybeans were above average. Not the best corn stand, but big ears coming out of this field. Our yield calc is 165. Soybeans were very tall and very podded. This was the most we stood and counted soybeans at any stop throughout the day but 30 inch rows knocked our number down. Total number of pods in a 3 x 3 foot square here is 623.
We took samples in Grant County, Indiana and this corn field wasn’t much to write home about. Ear count wasn’t especially high and the crop health looked average at best. Ear size was just okay as well here. Our yield guess is 156. Soybeans had a large drown out spot but we try to get to a part of the field that was representative of the entire plot. Plant counts were decent here on 15 inch rows and our pod count in the 3 foot square totaled 1175.
It looks as through this area of Indiana in the Blackford County area hasn’t had the rains it needed during the middle part of the growing season. If you look really closely you can see one of our scouts about 10 rows in this field. Our yield estimate here was the lowest so far at 97. The soybeans were in 18 inch rows and were lightly podded here. The fields here have been clean all day and I just saw my first grasshopper of the day. Our 3 x 3 foot square pod count was 773.
The sky is starting to look eerie as the eclipse is about 1/3 over the Sun. We made another stop in Wells County, Indiana just to get another look at the sky and some corn and soybeans around here. The corn population came up well short for this farmer and the yield was pegged at 167 bushels per acre. The overall pod count in a 3 by 3 foot square was 940 here and it was a scenario where they looked better than they actually were here.
Into Wells County, Indiana now and scouting at 55 mph down Rt 1 things do not look too good here from the road. The soybeans we found were on 30 inch rows but the plant count and pod count weren’t all that great. We found more issues in the corn here as one ear felt a little lighter than the other two, but this field looked healthier than the view from the windshield a few miles back. Peeled back the husk to find some diplodia. Other than that, very little disease pressure here and our yield calc is a solid 201 and our pods in a 3 foot square was 568, below average for our route today.
With a Brazilian and a Frenchman in the vehicle we wanted to show them what an American lunch is all about, so we hit a McDonald’s inside of a Love’s gas station. Anyhow, back to the crop tour. Found a different looking ear in this sample. Saw some “barbell ears” here, which according to my team of helpful agronomists, could be the result of cold shock at different stages of development. Overall, this corn was not healthy. This part of Indiana (Allen County) is extremely dry right now and the beans are starting to crisp up like many of the yards around here are doing as well. Our corn yield estimate is 105 bushels per acre and our 3 x 3 square foot pod count was 1163.
Our Ohio averages for my route was 171.5 bu/a for corn and 1013 pods in a 3 x 3 ft square.
Our last stop in Ohio was in Paulding County and we saw a unique corn field here with 38 inch rows. I know, we thought we were crazy too, but we met the farmer here who confirmed that he is still old school. That and a high ear count didn’t do this field too many favors as the tip back really set this yield back. Our number here is 122. Soybeans were back to respectively good pod counts at 1135 pods per 3 x 3 foot square.
Paulding County crops are struggling along our route. Most bean fields will trip you up this time of year, but walking through the rows here were quite easy. Our sample wasn’t in the wet spot you see pictured, but there were plenty of these to be seen from the road along 127. This was our worst stop for corn at 137 bushels per acre and soybeans were nothing special either with 778 pods in a 3 foot square.
Van Wert County, Ohio is our next stop and these fields both have a long way to go. These were the youngest soybeans I have seen over the past 2 weeks and it didn’t take too much time to count these pods. There is still a ton of flowering so potential is here, if weather cooperates. The corn was planted later as well but the stand was solid and ears were nicely filled. Our yield calc here is at 196 for the corn and the soybeans only clocked 201 pods in a 3 foot square. Both of these fields need a drink.
After being on the Ohio Crop Tour last week, what we saw here did not surprise me as much as it did the other scouts. Corn just in the blister stage. Not sure if this is a replant or just a late plant but it has quite a ways to go. Wide cracks in the dirt show a desperate need for some rain. Lesions on the leaves and firing on the stalk found here too. Our yield guess (which will be like throwing darts for a field like this) is 147. Soybeans were planted before the corn here and things look nice. Saw a Japanese Beetle or two, but nothing of significance. We had a pod count of 1237 in a 3 x 3 square.
In Hardin County, Ohio now and the corn looks short. Population was very high and the ears showed that a little bit. This was a sandier soil and it was dry. This field was very far along compared to what we saw earlier, with about 1/2 milk line. Our yield evaluation here is 171 bushels per acre with two ears 12 around. Soybeans were coming along nicely here and pods were plump and full. We had a 1230 pod count in a 3 by 3 square.
We are in Logan County, Ohio now and after being behind a school bus for a while on the first day of school in this area (lots of pictures and such) it is nice to get back on 33 and make up some time. We are guessing this is a non-GMO field because we weren’t the only ones in this field as we found some worms in multiple ears. Our yield number for this corn was 191. Weeds were prevalent in this soybean field but pod counts were high. The ground had some more moisture here and the plants were a little easier to pull. Our pod count by a 3 x 3 square is 1238.
Just 15 miles up the road this corn was no where nearly as far a long as it was not even close to dent. Saw some tip back here already as well The population was high, but ears were small. Our yield guess is still solid here at 187. Soybeans were planted in 7.5 inch rows and pod count was pretty good. They could use a rain here and may get one today or tomorrow. Pods in a 3 foot square was 1510.
My driver today is Indiana farmer Steve Fellure. I have been in his truck a few times now over the years and it is always an enjoyable trip. Our route will take us up to Lima and across to Ft. Wayne and back down to our final destination of the day, just north of Indianapolis. Our other scouts are from Brazil and France. Every year there is a very eclectic list of foreign guests hoping to figure out just what type of crop the U.S has every year. Our first stop of the tour was in Union County, Ohio. I sampled the soybeans along with the Frenchman and he was surprised that our pod count was so long for how great these beans looked from the road. The pods were just not there. Our count in a 3 x 3 foot square was 790. Corn here was really nice and our first field yield calculation was 201.