As the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour starts to wind to a close, all eyes are on Iowa corn yield estimates. Could Iowa out-yield what scouts found in Illinois? The short answer, maybe.
“I think there's a chance, depending on what we find [in Iowa],” says Brian Grete, Pro Farmer editor and leader of the eastern leg of the tour. “Illinois has a very good corn crop, it’s just not as good as USDA pegged it at I believe, so, until I have the final data it's hard to say whether Iowa will out-yield Illinois.”
According to Grete, USDA’s August yield estimates did not indicate Iowa would beat Illinois, but Crop Tour yield estimates in Illinois were far lower than USDA’s August estimates.
“I know from living in Iowa, there are areas that are very, very good,” Grete says. “There are areas that have struggled with dryness in the south and then there are areas struggling with too much moisture in the northwest.”
Like scouts have discussed throughout the tour, to get a record yield the crop has to be extremely consistent throughout the state.
“I don't think we're necessarily going to see consistency because of those zones that we have,” Grete explains. “The south being too dry and too hot during portions of the growing season, northeast Iowa has very good, pristine conditions throughout the growing season and then the northwest and north central areas were just too wet.”
Still, the few samples he has pulled on his particular route today are showing stronger yields than what he saw on his particular route in Illinois.
Tune into AgWeb.com tonight to find out Pro Farmer’s Iowa yield estimates.