2018 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour – Day 3

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Final Pro Farmer Results for Illinois

Corn: 192.63 bushels per acre

Soybeans: 1,328.91 pods in a 3 foot by 3 foot square

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

I have lucked out today. Pro Farmer had to rearrange some scouts and drivers this morning and they put me in a truck with Logan County farmer Bill Bayliss. I have known Bill for many years and he is always great to ride around with. He has some great stories about time in his part of Ohio and from his travels all over the world representing American agriculture. He is telling some tales now to our international scouts from Singapore and Brazil. I wanted to show them how great America is, so I bought a large Coke. They were impressed! A little brisk this morning here with an overnight low of 52. Our route starts two hours from Bloomington, so our first stop will be posted later this morning. I will take a few shots of what we see as we make our way to Henry County, Illinois

Cedar County, Iowa

I knew as I was getting beat up by big ears of corn walking though this field it was going to be a good one. Very healthy from the ear up and pollination issues we have seen earlier did not occur here. Our 30 foot row did have a few skips, otherwise our number would have been higher. Our yield calc here is 208. More heavily podded beans in this part of Iowa and we are getting back to seeing a field of green carpet as we drive closer to central Iowa. Our pod count in a 3 foot square is 1568.

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Scott County, Iowa #2

I scouted this corn field and it is feeling more like Iowa. By that I mean the leaves are getting pretty tough and the dirt is getting really dark. We walked through another patch of broken stalks in this field and although the pop count was manageable here, the ears left a lot to be desired. Our yield count was 124. We are still hitting a good stretch for soybean pod counts. Our lowest, so far, was at 1300. That would have been above average for my first two days of routes. This count in a 3 foot square was 1643.

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Scott County, Iowa

The Hawkeye State redeemed itself on this stop. The field is about 50% brown and the rest will not be far behind. This is the closest field to black layer that I have seen so far this week. An average population but every ear was filled just about perfectly. Our yield is 193. Not great for Iowa, but much better than our previous stop. We are sitting here waiting on the soybean scouts to finish counting these pods. One of them had 149 of them. Once they finished up we calculated a pod count of 2088 in the 3 by 3 foot square.

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Clinton County, Iowa

As you get into Iowa you would think God’s country wouldn’t have any failures. This field was rough. As you will see, the yield our samples show isn’t the worst by any means, but there were stalks and ears all over the ground. Stalk quality was terrible after heavy disease and too much moisture in this area. Our yield guess is 183. This was the yellowest field of beans so far this week, but the excessive water here didn’t hurt the pod count, which was 1553 in a 3 x 3 foot square.

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Henry County, Illinois #2

This stop in Henry County was much better. Our population was higher and it was hard to get through the rows to get to our sampling spot. Ears were set about 6 and half feet high and our foreign scouts noticed how heavy these ears were. Our yield here is 222. By the way, it is hard to count soybean pods when the guy next to you is counting his pods in Spanish. Just a new observation from my years of being on this tour. Nice beans here and our 3 x 3 foot squared pod count was 1300.

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Henry County, Illinois

This field looked pretty nice from the road and once inside the field the ears were set high, but many were just not fully pollinated. I sampled this one and the ears I plucked are pretty representative of the field as a whole. Our yield check here is 126.75. Looks like an application error on the first swath of soybeans from the road, but all in all, these beans were tall, healthy and full of pods. Our pod count here is 1645 in a 3 foot square.

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Illinois Observations

I visited with an agronomist from Central Illinois last night. I told him we saw tip back in about half of our fields yesterday in Illinois. He wasn’t surprised, but says overall it was a decent growing season. There is no lack of rain here for the month of August, which is great for the soybeans (more on them later), but this agronomist was worried that too much moisture could do some damage to this corn crop. It is pretty much made at this point, but keep it in place until harvest is the biggest concern. In my opinion, Ohio corn is better than Eastern Illinois corn. Many scouts have agreed with that statement. How many times has Ohio been able to say that?

Soybean scouting is boring this year. Every field is uniform, free of weeds and fully developed. I have noticed the tallness of this year’s crop and the word lodging was used more than a few times at last night’s meeting.

I have had Uncle Bill slam on the breaks two times already as some things how caught our eye in Stark County, Illinois. One field was a 2-4 bean that was maturing and the other was a field that has lodging issues throughout. Beans in this part of the state are struggling compare to the first two days of tour, from what we have seen. More weeds and uneveness here.

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