2015 1-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour summary

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I-75 Day 1 video recap

I-71 Day 2 video recap

I-75 Day 2 video recap

I-71 Day 1 results here

I-75 Day 1 results here

I-71 Day 2 results here

I-75 Day 2 results here

It seems that this year, both in Ohio and around the nation, the final yields will be all about balance. There is no doubt there are disastrous conditions out there. We encountered some extremely poor fields — some of the worst we have ever seen — in northwest Ohio. There were also a tremendous number of unplanted fields in the region.

In contrast, though, other parts of Ohio may very well have record breaking yields. Some areas may have bin-busting yields and total losses in the same field. The ultimate question is will Ohio’s final yield more closely reflect the disasters we found in the northwest or the monster yields we found further south.

The weather was perfect for the 2015 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour as two teams crisscrossed the state hitting 40 of Ohio’s top corn and soybean counties doing corn yield checks and soybean crop assessments. The tour offered a huge amount of variability with corn yields well below 100 bushels to well above 200 bushels. We sampled a corn field and a soybean field in each county.

It should be noted that the yield estimates made on the tour indicate the potential of the field. In many cases the corn and soybeans are very late and still in need of time and moisture. An early frost and no more rain moving forward could significantly (and negatively)  impact yields in a large percentage of the fields surveyed.

On the I-71 leg of the tour, the Day 1 average was 175 bushels and the Day 2 average was 192 bushels. The average over both days was 183 bushels.

On the I-75 leg of the tour the Day 1 average was 141 bushels and the Day 2 average was 193 bushels. The average over both days was 167 bushels.

The combined numerical tour average was 175 bushels. The formula used is accurate plus or minus 30 bushels for the areas of the fields sampled. The terrible conditions in NW Ohio will pull down the total average of the state, however. The group consensus is 166 bushels for a state average based on the extremely poor conditions in so much of northwest Ohio and many unseen holes in fields from early wet conditions throughout the state.

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