Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour – Eastern Leg – Day 1


Final results from Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Ohio leg came in at an estimated 154.35 bushels per acre of corn. Soybeans totaled 764.01 pods in a 3×3’ square in the Buckeye State.

On the western leg, South Dakota corn yields averaged 154.08 bpa for corn and 832.85 soybean pods in a 3×3’ square.

It’s time once again for the incomparable Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood is riding along on the eastern leg this week as the group of scouts split up each day on 12 different routes to see things firsthand in American fields. The first day takes groups from Columbus to mid-Indiana.

Stop 14 – Madison County, IN

Corn: This was a field with holes in it, and one of those spots is where we found ourselves when we did our paces in. 75 bpa is where we found ourselves. Several stalks trying for 3 ears because of the lack of competition around it, but those just aren’t going to produce. Also some tassel ear from place to place, as pictured below.

Soybeans: Not a terrible field, especially as we compare it to other items earlier in Indiana, but nowhere near the best so far. Disease and insect pressure are not heavy. These beans look a bit stressed compared to other counterparts. 736 pods in a 3×3’ square.

Stop 13 – Grant County, IN

Corn: Lower maturity corn here. Decent ear count, but low kernel amount brought the field down a bit to 140 bpa. Rain will be a big factor for this corn in the next few weeks.

Soybeans: A surprisingly high podded field. Pods were heavily grouped in the lower 4-5 inches of the beans, but nice sized and nice grouping. 1204 pods per 3×3’ square. The second best in the state so far, though from the outside in, things weren’t looking nearly as promising.

Stop 12 – Grant County, IN

Corn: Probably the best field we have seen so far with good population and nice, even ear growth. Not the biggest ears in the world, but this field has maturity and consistency we haven’t been finding much of. A bit of disease pressure in this field with beginning ear worm. 183 bpa on this corn.

Soybeans: Good things come in pairs as this was a nice soybean field with good population and growth. 1341 pods in a 3×3’ square.

Stop 11 – Blackford County, IN

Corn: Surprising the corn didn’t yield a bit better here, but just not enough ears. 143 bpa average. Now getting into parts of Indiana with more Prevented Plant acreage, and the delayed year is showing in the fields that did get planted.

Soybeans: 504 pods in a 3×3’ square. Indiana beans are unfortunately trending on the immature side so far with small pods and very few beans.

Stop 10 – Jay County, IN

Corn: A less than impressive corn field that didn’t have very many ears at all. Likely a field that will end up (or should) as silage corn. Just 18 bpa corn.

Soybeans: Also a less than stellar soybean field, but still better than the corn field. Pod count in a 3×3’ square was 614.

Stop 9 – Jay County, IN

Corn: A consistent start to Indiana with two stops in the 170 range. Quality is looking good at 172.7 bpa, with plenty of moisture as we’ve seen areas of standing water the further west we head.

Soybeans: Just a 289 pod count in a 3×3’ square. This disappointing field is lacking in maturity. Plenty of blooms left on this plant with small pods needing plenty of growing time. This field had a fair amount of volunteer corn, but also some places where there was standing water in the past. We can’t count pods that haven’t been developed from the bloom yet.

Stop 8 – Adams County, IN

Corn: 178 bpa. The ears on these plants look really good with things well into milk stage, preparing for dough stage. Ear length was nice and overall, a field with nice prospects.

Soybeans: 885 pods in a 3×3’ square. A nice bean field, but the pod count just wasn’t there yet. The next few weeks are crucial in this field’s production. Overall little to no disease or insect pressure.

Stop 7 – Van Wert County, OH

Corn: Another field that is behind in maturity, but the ears have plenty of potential with good kernel depth and length. It helped push the average up to 168 bpa. Though there was plenty of variability in this field, something we’ve seen a lot of along this tour.

Soybeans: This field did not have the vegetation like other fields we had seen, plus lower pod count went into a pod count of 934 in a 3×3’ square. Generally good condition.

Stop 6 – Mercer County, OH

Corn: This was our best field of the day so far at 214.4 bpa. The farmer stopped by and said they had been blessed in their area with about 5 inches of rain in the last few weeks. Not much disease or insect pressure on this area.

Soybeans: A great looking field of beans with a 985 pod count in a 3×3’ square. Lower plant population here, though the plants that are around are very healthy with a notable amount of pods. Pods are set low though, unfortunately.

Stop 5 – Auglaize County, OH

Corn: 164.7 bpa estimate on this stop. Quite a bit of rain overnight in this area with our buts covered in mud. Grain length was quite a bit more than other fields with longer ears, leaving more potential in this field.

Soybeans: This field had 975 pods in a 3×3’ square. A bit of insect pressure found, but overall an extremely healthy crop. Unfortunately the pods are less than numerous in this 30” row width field that hasn’t completely canopied.

Stop 4 – Auglaize County, OH

Corn: 98.75 bpa. A lot of two ear stalks that seem to be slowing each other down. This field looked a lot better from the road. Blistering stage with a lot of ears still in need of pollination.

Soybeans: A short, but productive soybean field. A good amount of pods per plant for as tall as they are.

Stop 3 – Shelby County, OH

Corn: Short corn, but a bit more progress than the previous field. This corn should yield, given good enough rain. 123.9 bpa estimate on an overall healthy field. This area was hit hard by a later planting.

Soybeans: A field with variable height and branching. The pulls varied in pods considerably. 1118 pods in a 3×3’ square.

Stop 2 – Logan County, OH

Corn: A field with a long way to go – just recently pollinated, though ears are small at 4.5-5 inches. As a result, just 66 bpa estimated yield. Some soybeans sprinkled into the lower parts of this field shows major rain has hit these fields in the past.

Soybeans: Not very many pods started on these blooming beans. Just 1 pod on the sample taken.

Stop 1 – Logan County, OH

Corn: This field came in at an estimated 181.9 bpa (these are only for that field. State by state averages are released at the end of each day). Milk stage corn that was very green and seemed to have good moisture. This area just received moisture overnight, though the crops seemed to be dealing with the recent lack of moisture just fine.

Soybeans: These beans were in full pod and starting to fill out. The estimate came in at 1477 pods in a 3×3 foot square. A notable amount of frogeye was found in this field. Would expect yield robbing to occur.



  1. How can you measure ears that are in blister stage. What a joke. I predict a big stupidity yield numbers so they don’t make the USDA numbers look dumb.

  2. Chip Flory talked at a Corn Strategies meeting in Worthington Minnesota on July 23rd. He bemoaned how the USDA has over forecast acres and yield. At the end he said ” when the combines roll in October and then the revelation of how short this crop is, corn futures will peak at $5.18 in mid-October. Bring it on Chip, long way to go but you are the know it all guru.

  3. All services are trying to decide if they want to go republican or sociologist, trying to decide who to please. Really didn’t think chip was a flaming liberal, didn’t think he would want to see pro farmer go down in flames, but sometimes we all have made bad decisions ?. Guess there’s always a time when you know it’s over.

  4. 154 in Ohio and North Dakota. Doesn’t sound like big yields to me. There is potential in this crop all depends on the weather from here until mid October. Early frost will be a disaster. Late frost and weekly rains the USDA number will be too low.

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