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!
Our last stop of the day was in Cedar County, Iowa and we ended the day on a high note. This was most consistent stand we have seen today and the ears have filled out nicely. The corn here is pretty much done and this farmer will be please with a yield of 206. Soybeans could use another shot or two of rain, but this field has developed nicely this season. Our pod count here was 1447 in a 3 foot square.
Pushed further west into Iowa and we are sampling in Jones County. This part of the state got some of the rains that much of the Midwest received earlier this week, but they also got hail recently. Corn population was decent and ear size was excellent. Yield here coming in at 203 and soybean pods in a 3 x 3 foot square was the lowest of the day at 843.
We made it into Iowa, taking the most narrow bridge over the widest river. Just part of the adventure, I guess. The corn we are pulling makes us think we are somewhere else. From the road, it looks like the Hawkeye State but when we pull samples it tells a different story. Yield estimate for this field in Jackson County is 116. Soybeans have been as good as we have seen all day. We haven’t seen anything terrible all day as far as beans go. These were bushy and healthy, but pod counts were good for this 30 inch row field. Pod count for a 3 x 3 foot square was 1304.
The rolling hills around northwest Illinois in Carroll County are really scenic, but the corn isn’t as nice to look at when you pull it out of the field. The numbers were are getting here are nowhere near what these farmers are used to. Tip back was on all of these ears and spacing is not good here. Our yield calc here is 127. Soybeans had more Japanese Beetles in this field than I have seen all week. More 30 inch rows here but the pod count was lower. Our 3 x 3 foot square number was 795.
After almost 2 hours of drive time we made it to our first sample spot, in Ogle County, Illinois. The stressful growing season is easy to see in these ears. This was some of the roughest sample of 3 I have seen thus far. Low ear count hurt this field even more. Our yield guess is 110 here. Soybeans were a different story. This field of 30 inch rows was heavily populated and podded. Very healthy green plants with a solid root system and they are through flowering. Our pod count in a 3 x 3 foot square is 1932.