Every crop season is different. The beauty of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour is it uncovers exactly what makes a year unique. Since 1993, scouts have been traveling dozens of routes across the Midwest and scouting around 74% of the U.S. corn and soybean acreage.
At the second overnight stop of the Western Leg, I asked a handful of veteran crop scouts, what makes 2018 unique. These scouts had visited fields in South Dakota and Nebraska.
Kurt Line, farmer from Lake Village, Ind., and 12-year Crop Tour scout veteran
“There’s plenty of moisture this year although prior drought stress is evident. I know the hope from the industry is that we come out with lower yield numbers than USDA. So far, we’ve seen some really good crops.
Emily Carolan, DuPont Pioneer, Western Tour Consultant, 7-year Crop Tour scout veteran
“In looking at the data as a whole, we haven’t seen consistency like this before. Every route has its high and lows, of course, but overall all of the yields are really consistent this year.”
Marty Tegtmeier, farmer from Sumner, Iowa, 10-year Crop Tour veteran
“The beans are a lot cleaner than they used to be in Nebraska. The guys in South Dakota are doing higher populations for corn and as a result, the yields are higher. We saw a few more bugs than normal, likely due to the rain.”
Jarod Creed, marketing consultant, 5-year Crop Tour veteran
Weed pressure has been drastically reduced this year and overall is under better control. Also, the moisture profile across the entire state of Nebraska is overwhelming better than years past.
At 1:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, Aug. 24, Pro Farmer will release its 2018 Crop Production estimates. Stay tuned to AgWeb.com for more updates throughout the week.
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