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2017 Midwest Crop Tour

2017 Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour summary

Corn, soybeans and a solar eclipse! All three should make the 2017 Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour very interesting.

I was on one of nearly 40 teams of four that will venture out into the great unknown. As we spider-webbed our way from Ohio west and from the Dakotas east, covering 80% of the corn and soybean regions of the United States, we dug a little deeper into the nearly harvest-ready corn and the soybean fields.

In general we found abundant variability throughout the east and crops that have a long way to go.

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Day 4

Tour averages

The U.S. corn crop estimate was 13.953 billion bushels with an average yield of 167.1 bushels per acre. The U.S. soybean crop is 4.331 billion bushels with an average yield of 48.5 bushels per acre, according to Farm Journal.

These estimates are based on assumptions for normal weather through September.

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2017 Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour – Day 4

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Overall Tour Summary and yield averages

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Final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Midwest Crop Tour for Iowa and Minnesota.

Iowa

Corn – 179.79 bushels per acre

Soybeans – 1092.92 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square

Minnesota

Corn – 191.54 bushels per acre

Soybeans – 1019.96 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square

I am on another split route today as we head from Iowa City, Iowa to Rochester, Minnesota and I could not have a better driver for Day #4. I have had the chance to get to know Dick Overby over the years here on tour. He is from Minnesota and is retired from Rain & Hail, LLC.

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2017 Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour – Day 3

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Final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s

Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour for Illinois.

Corn – 180.72 bushels to the acre

Soybeans – 1230.77 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square

After 6 years on the Midwest Crop Tour today is a first for me. I am on a split route. This is where two scout teams take the same route and cut it into two. Farm Journal had to do that this year because of the overwhelming interest in the tour. I am told things could get really interesting (as if things haven’t been already) through today and tomorrow in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. We’ll see!

3:10 p.m.

Our last stop of the day was in Cedar County, Iowa and we ended the day on a high note.

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2017 Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour – Day 2

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Final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s

Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour for Indiana.

Corn – 171.23 Bushels to the Acre

Soybeans – 1168.78 Pods in a 3 x 3 foot square

Today is my annual ride along with Pro Farmer Editor Brian Grete. We have gotten to know each other pretty well over the past 6 years and he does an incredible job making sure this Eastern Leg of the Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour goes off without a hitch. We have had many one-of-a-kind experiences over the year, including a great hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint (that I hope is still open and on our route today), doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the middle of a corn field and almost getting killed by a train.

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2017 Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour – Day 1

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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.

3:35 p.m.

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.

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Corn, soybeans and a solar eclipse! All three should make this year’s Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour very interesting.

All week long, I will be on one of nearly 40 teams of 4 will venture out into the great unknown. As we spider-web our way from Ohio west and from the Dakotas east, covering 80% of the corn and soybean regions of the United States, we will dig a little deeper into the nearly harvest-ready corn fields and the soybean fields working on filling out those last few pods.

If you have to see it to believe it when it comes to the 2017 crops, get ready to ride along with me as I share what I am seeing all week long on the Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour.

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You can also follow my coverage at OhioAgNet.com and on Facebook and Twitter..

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Heavy rain doesn’t have to mean money down the drain

Farmers of all types face challenges everyday as they work hard to get higher yields and greater profits. Inputs throughout the growing season can help with reaching those goals, but only if those inputs are utilized to their full potential.

Heavy rains in Ohio during the spring and early summer may have washed away some key nutrients and with them went top-end yield and profits.

“Just traveling up and down the road I’ll see corn that’s definitely been nitrogen deficient sometime in its growth stage early on in the growing season,” said Brett Barton, Sales Manager in Ohio for AgXplore. “I wish that more farmers would protect their nitrogen. For the price of that input and adding a small cost to keep them where they are needed would’ve added a lot of bushels.”

A nitrogen stabilizer, like N-Zone from AgXplore, is one solution.

“We see two to seven bushels better across the board by using N-Zone and the cost is minimal,” Barton said.

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