Preliminary Route Report
Scout name: Jeff Wilson, western tour leader
What counties have you sampled from?
- Iowa: Crawford, Ida (4), Cherokee, O’Brien (1)
Corn yield range: 177 bu. per acre (bpa) to 197 bpa
Corn yield average: 188 bpa
Soybean pod count (in 3’x3’) range: 1,170 pods to 1,524 pods
Soybean pod count average: 1,385 pods
Please share a few comments from your route:
Down in the Missouri River Valley in Crop District 7, corn and soybeans were pretty solid, according to my conversations with scouts sampling in that area. They’ve seen a bit more disease in corn as it is relatively wet.
As my route went north of Interstate-80 on Highway 59, things were still relatively green. Our highest yield estimate for the current part of the tour was in Crawford Co., our first stop of the day. Fields and lawns turned much browner as we got to Ida Grove, which is in the heart of the moderate to severe drought ratings based on the Drought Monitor.
Plant populations have been generally good, but tipback in these drier areas has reduced yield potential for corn samples on our route.
Soybeans continue to be consistent and are already filling beans in pods. The crop has held up relatively well as we travel to the north. Most areas north of I80 will need another drink to reach their full yield potential measured today.
Very limited wind damage has occurred along Highway 59 (south of Highway 10).
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