2018 Midwest Crop Tour

Pro Farmer Corn & Soybean Final Crop Estimates

Corn:

14.501 billion bu.; Average yield of 177.3 bu. per acre

Corn +/- 1% = 14.646 billion bu. to 14.356 billion bu.; 179.1 bu. to 175.5 bu. per acre

Soybeans:

4.683 billion bu.; Average yield of 53.0 bu. per acre

Soybeans +/- 2% = 4.731 billion bu. to 4.589 billion bu.; 54.1 bu. to 51.9 bu. per acre

Note: The estimates on this page reflect Pro Farmer’s view on production and yields. These estimates are based on assumptions for normal weather through the remainder of the growing season. We measured a mature crop that in some cases is just weeks away from harvest. Most of the corn crop (possibly with the exception of Iowa and Minnesota) will not be able to add to yield. Soybeans have the soil moisture needed for a strong finish. The soybean production estimate assumes a 500,000-acre reduction versus the June Acreage Report.

 

Corn

Ohio: 184 bu.Continue reading

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2018 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour – Day 4

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Final Pro Farmer Results for Iowa

Corn: 188.2 bushels per acre

Soybeans: 1,208.99 pods in a 3 foot by 3 foot square

Final Pro Farmer Results for Minnesota

Corn: 178.67 bushels per acre

Soybeans: 1,090.47 pods in a 3 foot by 3 foot square

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

Most days, the Pro Farmer Crop Tour will fill a truck up with 4 scouts to take on the Corn Belt. Today, however, they are entrusting a route to only two. For the final day of crop tour, it will be just me and Dick Overby. He is semi-retired from Rain & Hail (I don’t think he has retiring in him) and is from southern Minnesota.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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2018 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour – Day 1

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By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

This will be my 7th year on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour and I look forward to showing you what I am seeing across the Corn Belt. You can also follow on social media with #PFTour18. Today we head from Central Ohio to Central Indiana and our 12 scout teams will cover a lot of ground. Time to hit the road! – Ty

Final Pro Farmer Results for Ohio

Corn: 179.57 bushels per acre

Soybeans: 1,248.20 pods in a 3 foot by 3 foot square

Hamilton County, Indiana

Our last stop of Day 1 and although it may look a whole lot better than our last stop…it is worse.… Continue reading

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Nitrogen Loss May Be the Theme of Crop Tour

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

As the 2018 Ohio Crop Tour proved last week, this year’s corn and soybean crop may be a record breaker for the state. But, could it have been even better?

“The thing that I noticed early in the growing season was that farmers didn’t stabilize their nitrogen,” said Brett Barton, Ohio’s Sales Manager for AgXplore. “We are seeing the effects of that as we wind down the growing season.”

Because of a lack of heavy root setting in many corn fields in the spring, much of the nitrogen that was applied may not have made it to the plant before it left the soil profile. Barton says products like NZONE MAX or ContaiN to stabilize nitrogen and keep it accessible to the corn for a longer period of time.

“Those products work by taking the nitrogen molecule and binding it to a soil colliod, which plays an important role in ion exchange and fertility,” Barton said.… Continue reading

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Oh, The Stories a Crop Tour Hat Can Tell

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

It is almost that time of year again and I couldn’t be more ready! For the 7th year in a row, I will be taking part of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. It’s not just the 4-day drive across the Corn Belt checking crop development that I enjoy. There is just something about those you meet while I’m on the road. Those riding along with me as we scatter through the majority of the corn and soybean regions of the U.S. and those that meet us up the drive from the house as we stop to get a sample.

Look at that, over 100 words and I haven’t even mentioned the hole-in-the-all food joints we stop at for lunch or the nice cold drinks we are rewarded with after a long day of gathering information that farmers (and traders) are quite curious about.

Yes, I have made plenty of life-long friends and have shot thousands of photos to document the corn and soybean fields as I take this great annual trip, but the wall of hats in my office will be able to tell the stories from the road far better than I ever will.… Continue reading

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