The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour kicked off today. Scouts on the Eastern Leg of the tour started in Western Ohio. AgDay Anchor Clinton Griffiths caught up with Pro Farmer editor Brian Grete to discuss what he’s seeing.
“[There are] very good crops [here],” Grete says. “You know, the plant health is good, the crops are uniform. That isn't always the case when we get out here to Ohio.”
According to Grete, Ohio can be prone to weather issues that cause significant variability in the crop, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this year.
“It looks very good so far with the handful of stops that we've made on my route,” he says.
The corn they’ve looked at so far is very mature, most of it in the dent stage and ear populations have been high.
“[High ear populations are] not surprising because USDA told us in their August report that 10 objective yield states where they pull objective samples from had record ear counts,” Grete explains. “So not surprising to get out there and see in those 2, 30 foot of rows a total ear count of 100 plus.”
Similarly, the soybean crop is very uniform and lush, he says.
“Looks like green carpet when you look out over the field,” Grete says. “You can tell it's had some rains here recently.”
According to Grete, to finish strong Ohio soybeans need late season rains to have the energy to fill out pods and plump up the soybeans inside of them.
Follow along on AgWeb.com for continued coverage of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.