Ohio Crop Tour

2014 1-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour summary

The weather was perfect for the 2014 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour as two teams crisscrossed the state hitting 42 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 everywhere from mid-pollination to late dent. 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 195 bushels and the Day 2 average was 192 bushels. The average over both days was 193.5 bushels.… Continue reading

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2014 Ohio Crop Tour I-75, Day #2

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See results from Day #1 of the 2014 Ohio Crop Tour

The I-71 Route

The I-75 Route

Mercer County (West Central)

Corn Summary: The corn was in 20-inch rows with little disease or insect pressure. The tips of several ears were not filled out. Field looked pretty dry, but did not look too bad considering the lack of moisture. Population was around 32,000. It looked like there was some variability across the field with a fairly wide yield range and an estimate of 155 bushels per acre for an average.

Soybean Summary: The field looked pretty good, though clear signs of herbicide injury, likely Cobra or FlexStar. The canopy was 30 to 36 inches tall. There was not much obvious disease pressure but hard to tell with herbicide injury. There was some Japanese beetle feeding. There was a thick population with many three-bean pods. Field can still yield well despite the significant injury to the crop with very good yield potential.Continue reading

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2014 Ohio Crop Tour I-71, Day #2

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See results from Day #1 of the 2014 Ohio Crop Tour

The I-71 Route Day 1 Results

The I-75 Route Day 1 Results

Delaware County (Central)

Corn Summary: We started Day #2 with one of the best fields of the tour so far. It helped that this field was planted in 20 inch rows and a population of 36,000. Could’ve used another shot of N to keep it going and we did see some Northern Corn Leaf Blight. All told we are estimating a yield of 250 bushels an acre in this tiled field.

Soybean Summary: This 15 inch row field looked great from the road, but the yield monitor may tell a different story this fall. The pods were filling out nicely but there weren’t that many of them to see. Prevalent Brown Spot was noted. The canopy was 22 inches high with the first node showing up at 5 inches high.… Continue reading

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2014 Ohio Crop Tour I-71, Day #1

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Medina County (South Central)

Corn Summary: Our first stop did not disappoint and we even had a chance to meet the farmer. This corn field looked good and was very clean. No disease pressure or insects to be seen. Pollination was a success as ear fill looked excellent. The farmer told us that the part we were in is better than the hillier parts of the field. Yield estimate for this field is 208 bushels to the acre.

Soybean Summary: Canopy height was anywhere from 35 to 40 inches and the pods were forming nicely, with great nodulation. No disease was noticed, but there was some beetle feeding in the upper canopy. We rate this field in the good the excellent category.

 

 Wayne County (Northwest)

Corn Summary: These fields were extremely wet after heavy rains on Tuesday and this morning.… Continue reading

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2014 Ohio Crop Tour I-75, Day #1

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Williams County (Southeastern)

Corn Summary: There appears to be extensive nitrogen deficiency in the field, likely from leaching. There are no weeds and next to no insect or disease pressure. There were some holes and gaps and skips from planter issues. The population was 31,000 to 35,000 with an average of 33,000. The field was in good condition but very clear nitrogen deficiencies that were consistent through much of the field. It seems like there are a number of issues with nitrogen deficiency in the area. yield estimate is 148 bushels per acre.

Soybean Summary: It was a nice clean field but plants are short (around 26 inches) with quite a few two-bean pods. There are signs of too much water early in the season. There are several holes in the stands. Few disease issues with minimal brown spot.Continue reading

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2014 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour overview

As harvest approaches, interest in how crops are performing in Ohio and around the country will be growing faster than the plants in the fields. To get a preview of what to expect, the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal team will once again go on the 2014 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour presented by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers. On the tour, two teams of farmers, agronomists and OCJ/OAN staff will be crisscrossing I-75 and I-71 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates on August 13 and 14. The teams start in the north in Williams and Medina Counties and meet at the end in Clinton County. Over the two days, each team will sample a representative corn and soybean field in 20 counties (for a total of 40 counties over the two days).

2014 Ohio Crop Tour map

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2013 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour Summary

1-75 Tour summary

The corn yield range was 160-312 bushels with 20 samples.

The Day 1 average was 212.5 bushels and the Day 2 average was 181.5 bushels. The total two-day average was 197.025.

1-71 Tour summary

The corn yield range was 135-200 bushels with 20 samples.

The Day 1 average was 165 bushels and the Day 2 average was 167 bushels. The total two-day average was 166.

The combined tour average was 181.5. The formula used is accurate plus or minus 30 bushels for the areas of the fields sampled.

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I-71 Crop Tour presented by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers – Day 2

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A recap of Day 1

Delaware County:

Corn Summary: The corn here was the maturest we’ve seen on the tour. Height was very good as was the color. This crop was in the dough stage. Our yield guess for this field is 174 b/ac.

Soybean Summary: We ran into the farmer of these fields and the beans were planted on May 14th. The pod set was very good and the remainder of the blooms will fill with another rain or two. The only pressure noted was Beetles that were light around the outside rows. Canopy height was 44″ and the first node was found 5″ up the stalk. The yield potential for these beans is excellent.

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We found the best stop so far on this leg of the tour in Plain City, Ohio!

Union County

Corn Summary: This field has uneven populations and stand and the Grey Leaf Spot was the heaviest we’ve come across so far this tour.… Continue reading

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I-75 Crop Tour presented by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers – Day 2

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Mercer County

 Corn Summary: No-till continuous corn in R3 to R4 growth stage. We did notice some wind lodging and leave tearing. A little N firing on lower leaves. There was some NLCB and GLS about as heavy as we have seen, but still not yield limiting. There could be stalk quality issues that result. We saw some grasshoppers in the field. Good ear fill. Yield estimate 177 bushels. 

Soybean Summary: In 15-inch rows after wheat with a vertical tillage pass. Canopy height was 44 inches and the first node was at 9 inches, but 3 inches between higher nodes. Low disease pressure with some downey mildew. Some Japanese beetle feeding. Plants at R3 or early R4. This may be nicest bean field of the I-75 tour so far. Excellent yield potential.

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Darke County 

Corn Summary: We did see some green snap and root lodging, but neither showed up in population count — maybe less than 5%.Continue reading

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I-75 Crop Tour presented by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers – Day 1

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Defiance County 

Corn Summary: Corn is 8-10 feet tall with low insect, disease and weed pressure. There was some green snap in patches. They were at R3. Yield estimate 196 bushels.  

Soybean Summary: The canopy height was 3.5 to 4 feet tall, first node was 3 to 3.5 inches high. Pods were set, which is further along than expected. Population was 145,000 and disease pressure was low with some brown spot. There was some Japanese beetle feeding, low weed pressure and a few holes. Yield potential is good. 

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Williams County

Corn Summary: Conventional tilled field with a variable stand that could be due to planting challenges. Some gray leaf spot and rust but nothing above the ear leaf. No signs of silk clipping. There was a quarter tip-back due to poor pollination. Plant population seems on the low side. Yield estimate 165 bushels. 

Soybean Summary: Pretty good field with a few spots showing some water stress.Continue reading

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I-71 Crop Tour presented by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers – Day 1

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Medina County

Corn Summary: This field showed signs of being water logged and there was some goose neck and lodging issues present. Minor Grey Leaf Spot and some nitrogen movement in the plant. All in all a good looking field of corn. Yield = 150 b/ac

Soybean Summary: This field had close nodes and good pod development. There was some general light feeding on the upper leaves. Canopy height was 38″ and the first node was at 5″. With a good August with some rain this field’s yield potential is considered excellent by our crew.

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Wayne County

Corn Summary: Populations in this field were erratic and the disease pressure was moderate with some rust and Grey Leaf Spot. Noticed a good amount of goose necking here too and those stocks did not have ears. The yield for this field is pegged at 156 b/ac by our crew.… Continue reading

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Overview of the 2013 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour

The Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal is embarking on the 2013 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour presented by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers. Two teams will be crisscrossing I-75 and I-71 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates August 7 and 8. Over the two days, each team will sample a random corn and soybean field in 20 counties (for a total of 40 counties). The map of the counties is below. The groups will be estimating yield and overall condition for corn fields and the conditions and yield potential of soybean fields. We will be updating the results as we go, so check back regularly on our progress. 

 

Checking Corn Populations

Corn Yield Estimate Formula

EARS per 1/1000 of an acre X no. of rows (width)

X no. of kernels per row (length) X .01116

= ESTIMATED BUSHELS per ACRE at 15.5%.

 

Soybean Assessment Criteria

Canopy height, first node height, pod observation, general field condition/disease or pest pressure, yield potential (poor/good/excellent)

 

 

 

2013 Ohio Crop Tour map

 

I-75 Team Includes:

Peter Thomison, OSU Extension corn specialist

Clint Nester, Nester Ag

Charlie Troxell, Blue Stone Solutions

Andrew Hofner, ag consultant

Matt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal

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I-75 Day 2

In our first ever Ohio Crop Tour, we split up into two groups of farmers, agronomists and farm journalists and toured the state to get a handle on what kinds of crop yields were out there. One group handled the western part of the state traveling the I-75 corridor and the other went down I-71. Overall, both groups saw quite a bit of variability, but yields averaged 139 bushels for corn and 59 bushels for soybeans. The I-71 group averaged 144 bushels for corn and the I-75 group had 134 bushels. In terms of soybean averages, the I-71 group had 59.5 bushels and the I-75 group averaged 58.75. In general, both groups felt they had a fairly accurate handle on corn, but thought the soybean formula was maybe 10% to 15% too high. Here are some of the County results.

Audio interviews from the Tour

County: Mercer

 

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I-71 Day 2

In our first ever Ohio Crop Tour, we split up into two groups of farmers, agronomists and farm journalists and toured the state to get a handle on what kinds of crop yields were out there. One group handled the western part of the state traveling the I-75 corridor and the other went down I-71. Overall, both groups saw quite a bit of variability, but yields averaged 139 bushels for corn and 59 bushels for soybeans. The I-71 group averaged 144 bushels for corn and the I-75 group had 134 bushels. In terms of soybean averages, the I-71 group had 59.5 bushels and the I-75 group averaged 58.75. In general, both groups felt they had a fairly accurate handle on corn, but thought the soybean formula was maybe 10% to 15% too high. Here are some of the County results.

Interviews from the Tour

County: Delaware

Height: 38 inches
General Condition: Very good looking field, but not as heavily podded as would be expected 
Disease Pressure: Low
Insect Pressure: Low
Pod Fill: Very good
Yield Estimate: 51 bushels
Population: 180,000
Overall Rating of Field: Excellent looking field.Continue reading

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Ohio Crop Tour I-71 Day 1

In our first ever Ohio Crop Tour, we split up into two groups of farmers, agronomists and farm journalists and toured the state to get a handle on what kinds of crop yields were out there. One group handled the western part of the state traveling the I-75 corridor and the other went down I-71. Overall, both groups saw quite a bit of variability, but yields averaged 139 bushels for corn and 59 bushels for soybeans. The I-71 group averaged 144 bushels for corn and the I-75 group had 134 bushels. In terms of soybean averages, the I-71 group had 59.5 bushels and the I-75 group averaged 58.75. In general, both groups felt they had a fairly accurate handle on corn, but thought the soybean formula was maybe 10% to 15% too high. Here are some of the County results.

Crop tour audio from Day 1 

County: Medina

Crop:  Soybeans
Height: 30-inches
General Condition: Good
Disease Pressure: Low, generally healthy plants with some weed pressure and some Septoria Brown Spot in the lower canopy.… Continue reading

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Ohio Crop Tour- I-75 Day 1

In our first ever Ohio Crop Tour, we split up into two groups of farmers, agronomists and farm journalists and toured the state to get a handle on what kinds of crop yields were out there. One group handled the western part of the state traveling the I-75 corridor and the other went down I-71. Overall, both groups saw quite a bit of variability, but yields averaged 139 bushels for corn and 59 bushels for soybeans. The I-71 group averaged 144 bushels for corn and the I-75 group had 134 bushels. In terms of soybean averages, the I-71 group had 59.5 bushels and the I-75 group averaged 58.75. In general, both groups felt they had a fairly accurate handle on corn, but thought the soybean formula was maybe 10% to 15% too high. Here are some of the County results.

Interviews from the Tour

County: Williams


Crop: Corn
Height: 6 ft 4 inches
General Condition: Dry, but good condition
Disease Pressure: light, lead blight
Insect Pressure: light, some spider mites
Ear Fill: average to good, in the dent stage
Population: 300,500
Yield Estimate: 126
Overall Rating of Field: Fair

County: Defiance


Height: 14 inches
General Condition: Good considering the conditions in the area.… Continue reading

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Overview of the I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour

The Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal is embarking on the first ever I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour. Two teams will be crisscrossing I-75 and I-75 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates August 15-16.

 

 

I-75 Team Includes:

Mike Zeedyk, Defiance Co. farmer
Paul Ralston, Hardin Co. farmer
Gaylnn Beer, Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer
Heather Hetterick, Ohio Ag Net
Yvette Fetterly, BASF (Day 1)
Don Schneider, BASF (Day 2)

I-71 Team Includes:

Glenn Harsh, Delaware Co. farmer
Jon Miller, Fairfield Co. farmer
Kurt Fisher, Agro-Culture Liquid Fertizliers
Matt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal
Caren Schmit, BASF (Day 1)

Checking Corn Populations

Length of row equal to 1/1000 acre at different row widths.

Row     Length Equal to 1/1000 Acre

7″        74′ 8″
10″      52′ 3″
15″      34’10”
20″      26′ 2″
30″      17′ 5″
36″      14′ 6″
38″      13′ 9″
40″      13′ 1″

Corn Yield Estimate Formula

EARS per 1/1000 of an acre X no.

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