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2018 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour – Day 2

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By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

Final Pro Farmer Results for Indiana

Corn: 182.33 bushels per acre

Soybeans: 1311.87 pods in a 3 foot by 3 foot square

Looks like it will be a sloppy mess for Day 2. It won’t stop us, especially since we are riding along with the chief of the Eastern Leg of the 2018 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, their Editor Brian Grete. He and I have been able to get to know each other very well over the past 7 years and riding with him is one of my favorite things about tour. He taught me about sampling and tour and about Iowa’s driver wave. All you do is lift your index finger from the steering wheel. Everyone is Iowa does this, but as we drive through Indiana and Illinois nobody waves back the same way.

McLean County, Illinois #2

We are almost to our final destination for the day, so before we get to Bloomington we wanted to get one more stop in. For the most part, the corn we have seen in Illinois is all but done and what you have is what you have. This crop is made. A monster ear here will help this field and we see more ears flopped over. 178 is our yield guess here. We picked 3 random soybean plants and found some pods that were browning and the beans inside looked the farthest along we have seen so far. Our pod count in a 3 foot square is 1072.8.

McLean County, Illinois

Even though this field looked just like the one we sampled before lunch, the results were drastically different. More ears were hanging and they are so light they may never hit the ground. Our yield check here is 161.5. The soybeans looked better than they actually are. Still not seeing many disease or pest pressure at this time, but feeding has been going on here. Our 3 by 3 feet squared pod count is 828.

Ford County, Illinois #2

We wanted to get one more sample before lunch and our stop found an outstanding field of corn and soybeans, also in Ford County. Ears were already starting to hang here so this crop is made. The key will be to get it while the getting is good. Our yield count here is a whopping 241. Best yet for me. Soybeans were equally as strong and were branching out with pod counts in the 80s and 90s per stalk. 2294.4 pods in a 3 by 3 foot square.

Ford County, Illinois

The plant health was not the greatest as we got into this field and we have seen that as we drive down the road in this county. It is probably a mute point here as the ears are really advanced compared others we have seen today. Two of our ears were 7 inches long. Our yield check here is 179. Even after decent rains over the past week in this part of the country, the soils still shows signs of a long time between rains. Plants were sparse for 18 inch rows and beans were pretty piddly looking here. We only had a count of 790 pods in a 3 by 3 foot square.

Iroquois County, Illinois

Another farm broadcaster from this area told me that where we were entering Illinois that tip back was going to be a common issue and we saw that on our first stop. As you can see by the pictures, rain had just moved through here but it will be little too late for this corn. Our yield count will be the lowest of the week for me at 115. Soybean count in a 3 foot square was 988. The rain will help get these beans to harvest, but they are average at best.

Benton County, Indiana

Tip back has hurt this crops potential in a big way. Disease pressure hasn’t help with Northern all over the upper leaves here. We did a yield calc for the samples we picked and also for what the crop could have been if conditions would have been ideal. WITH tip back it was a 189, without tip back this field would have been estimated at 251.6. Soybeans were chest high here and looking good. They had a little more insect growth than we have seen and I even found a furry guy (what does that mean for winter?) Our pod count in a 3 by 3 foot square was 1067.

White County, Indiana

As you might have seen in that video yesterday, size doesn’t always mean yield. Here were pulled smaller ears but the population was a little bit more than our Carroll County stop. Water issues hampered this field and we walked through some short end rows to get into our sampling spot. Our yield is 161. Soybeans came in at 1299.2 pods in a 3 foot square. Very nice looking field and as soon as I pulled sampled I knew w e would be here counting for a while.

Tippecanoe County, Indiana

Found it humorous that we are in Tippecanoe County and almost Tippecanoed our Ram into a field side ditch. This puppy is only 2 wheel drive too. That would have been fun. Corn in this area is about a week or more further along in development and we found more big, heavy ears. This will be my largest check on tour this week, so far. Our yield estimate here is 222. More lodging here on the beans and to be sure it wasn’t just deer doing the damage, I went a little further in and this is a field wide issue. It will be slow and go for the combine come harvest. Our pod count in a 3 x 3 foot square here was 1187.2.

Carroll County, Indiana

They have received a lot of water in this part of the state. Our scout that did this corn field ended up ankle deep in running water where he sampled and there was some lodging noted. Ears were not as big as our last stop and the stalk health left something to be desired. Our yield number here is 163. Soybean lodging made it difficult to get through this field. The stalks were tall and maybe too tall for the wet conditions here. We counted 968 pods in a 3 foot square.

Clinton County, Indiana

This was a great way to start the day. Not much to say about this corn. Some disease pressure below the ear and the samples we pulled were baseball bats. Heavy and filled to the max. Our yield here is 206. Tall beans don’t always mean big yields, but in this case the 5 foot tall stalks were loaded with pods. I have only seen one field in Indiana with a few blooms left and that was yesterday. This crop is very far along. We counted 1180 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square.

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