Final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Midwest Crop Tour for Iowa and Minnesota.
Corn – 179.79 bushels per acre
Soybeans – 1092.92 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square
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. His perspective while driving through his part of the country is second to none and I am looking forward to getting started.
Our final stop of the day and the 2017 Midwest Crop Tour is in Olmsted County, Minnesota. We are having a heck of a run of really nice corn here in the southern part of the state. This field was no exception as our yield guess here was 239. We did find some early hail damage in the soybeans across the road. The beans we have seen so far have not been all that impressive and hail was the last thing they need. Our pod count here in a 3 x 3 square was 1033.
Corn continues to be outstanding in Minnesota. This stop was in Dodge County. Corn plants were very healthy and we have not seen any agronomic issues in this state. The most surprising fact about this sample is that two of our 3 ears were 14 around. This 20 inch row field takes the day so far at 250 bushels to the acre. Soybeans were not the greatest here. These were also in 20 inch rows but pods were sparse here. Our count was 663 in a 3 x 3 foot square.
Into Minnesota and Mower County. I think our crew was mildly disappointed in what we have seen so far today. Just not the numbers Iowa is known for and well below the area we sampled did just a year ago. This corn was in the early dent stage and it is by far the best we have been in today and the best for me all week. This field’s yield is 248.9. Needless to say our Minnesota driver is pretty please. The soybeans were about what we have seen thus far and the pod count was helped by one plant have 106 pods on it. Our 3 x 3 count here is 1122.
Mitchell County, Iowa is our next stop and corn had great ears but not enough of them. A low pop here will have our yield check at 148. Soybeans are decent but what is concerning farmers in this area is that they have a long way to go and may not be ready until mid-October. An early frost will spell trouble for this field. Our 3 x 3 pod count here is 790.
Now into Floyd County and things here are no good. Major population and pollination issues abound in these two fields. Our corn yield was estimated at 125. Beans were in 30 inch rows and the plant and pod numbers were more representative of 15 inch rows here. Our pod count was 828.
After almost a two hour drive into northeast Iowa we made it to our first sample site. Some light showers moved through this part of Butler County just about an hour ago. By the looks of things they have been getting the rains needed to make for a very nice crop year. This is one of the highest population corn I have seen on this tour and if it weren’t for those numbers, this yield would have been mediocre. Our yield guess here is 190. Soybeans were very green and thick. Pod counts for our 3 plant samples were high and even. Our 3 x3 pod count for this field was 1584.