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2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour – Eastern Leg – Day 4

Results are in for the final night of the 2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Scouts estimated the highly anticipated Iowa corn yield at 182.83 bpa, down 2.9 percent from last year. Soybeans had 1106 pods in a 3×3’ square, off 8.4%. Minnesota crop districts 5, 7, 8, and 9 averaged 170.37 bpa with 965.31 pods in a 3×3’ square.

The final day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour takes scouts on the eastern leg from Iowa City, Iowa to Rochester, MN.

Stop 9 – Marshall County, IA

Corn: 227.8 bpa estimated yield

Soybeans: 907.2 pods in a 3×3’ square

Stop 8 – Marshall County, IA

Corn: 224 bpa

Soybeans: 1814.4 pods in a 3×3’ square

Stop 7 – Tama County, IA

Corn: 159.65 bpa

Soybeans: 954.84 pods in a 3×3’ square

Stop 6 – Poweshiek County, IA

Corn: 137.9 bpa

Soybeans: 1497.6 pods in a 3×3’ square

Stop 5 – Poweshiek County, IA

Corn: 191.2 bpa

Soybeans: 1601.28 pods in a 3×3’ foot square

Stop 3 – Keokuk County, IA

Corn: 239.8 bpa.

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Threat sullies Pro Farmer Crop Tour

The U.S. Agriculture Department told Reuters it had pulled all staff from Pro Farmer Crop Tour after an employee received a threatening phone call from an upset farmer. The Crop Tour started on Monday and will wrap up later in the week.

At Profarmer.com they had this to say:

We are sad to report a USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) employee received a phone threat while on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour from someone not involved with the tour. As a precaution, USDA immediately pulled all their staff out of the event. Federal Protective Services are investigating the incident.

We are taking the threat very seriously and the safety of all those involved in Tour is our top priority. As a precaution, we are taking steps to secure the remaining location venues, adding security personal at the live events as well as asking staff and crop tour scouts to remain aware and report any concerns immediately. 

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2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour – Eastern Leg – Day 3

Day three of the 2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour saw scouts up and running as their transversing Illinois and part of Iowa. Stay tuned as the updates roll in throughout the day from Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood, thanks to AgXplore, Tomorrow’s Science for Today’s Yield.

Stop 10 – Cedar County, IA

Corn: Less than impressed with 156 bpa on this field. Health isn’t too bad, but will only go down from here.

Soybeans: A great pod count on this final stand for our leg. Consistently good beans on the last several stops.

Stop 9 – Cedar County, IA

Corn: The best corn we have seen so far. Dent stage with deep kernel size so the yield might not be accurately reflected in the rough yield estimate of 193 bpa.

Soybeans: A great field of beans at 1,480 pods in a 3×3’ square, the second highest of the day.

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Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour – Eastern Leg – Day 2

Update:

Final Indiana numbers are in from the eastern leg of the 2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Indiana’s average estimated corn yield was 161.46 bushels per acre, down 11 percent from last year. Soybeans numbered 923.94 pods in a 3×3 foot square, off 29 percent year over year.

Day two of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour sees Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood leaving Noblesville, IN and heading north before his particular route takes their vehicle west. They’ll end the day in mid-Illinois, recapping the day by getting final results from Indiana. Keep in mind the updates below are just from one route’s stops and may not necessarily be representative of the entire tour’s findings. Check back here at the end of Tuesday for full results.

Stop 16 – Livingston County, IL

Corn: Milk stage corn with a lot of potential, if things go right. Quite a bit of variability.

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Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour – Eastern Leg – Day 1

Updated:

Final results from Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Ohio leg came in at an estimated 154.35 bushels per acre of corn. Soybeans totaled 764.01 pods in a 3×3’ square in the Buckeye State.

On the western leg, South Dakota corn yields averaged 154.08 bpa for corn and 832.85 soybean pods in a 3×3’ square.

It’s time once again for the incomparable Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood is riding along on the eastern leg this week as the group of scouts split up each day on 12 different routes to see things firsthand in American fields. The first day takes groups from Columbus to mid-Indiana.

Stop 14 – Madison County, IN

Corn: This was a field with holes in it, and one of those spots is where we found ourselves when we did our paces in. 75 bpa is where we found ourselves. Several stalks trying for 3 ears because of the lack of competition around it, but those just aren’t going to produce.

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Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour has unique week ahead

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.

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