The 2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour kicks off Monday for its 27th year of taking a look at the nation’s crops through boots on the ground work. And with the delayed planting season for much of the corn belt, Pro Farmer Editor Brian Grete says this year is sure to be an interesting one, especially for the eastern leg of the crop tour.
“I think the eastern corn belt is obviously the major issue this year. Areas of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois really struggled. We are going to see crops like we have never seen before. With that said, it’s also not a barren wasteland across all that area. There will be crops to sample, we will sample them,” he said.
The eastern leg starts the week by traveling west from Columbus, Ohio to central Indiana, an area hit hard with prevented plant acreage.
Grete says the big unknown in this year’s tour is crop maturity. As one farmer put it, the calendar says it’s mid-August, but the crops in the eastern corn belt tell us it’s mid-July.
USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service’s Crops Branch Chief Lance Honig is also tagging along – Grete says it’s a testament to the tour’s impact.
Follow along with what the scouts are seeing this week at ohioagnet.com with Ohio Ag Net reporter Joel Penhorwood along for the ride on the eastern leg, thanks to AgXplore.