Illinois' Strongest Area Lags 40-60 Bushels Behind Average

After three days of traveling the eastern leg of the Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour, Chip Nellinger, co-owner of Blue Reef Agri-Marketing, is scratching his head about the crop he has been seeing.

“On the one hand, we may be on one of the poorer routes through northern Indiana, north central part of Illinois,” said the rookie scout. “I’m confused. There’s so much variability.”

Variability has been a recurring theme throughout the tour. Nellinger told U.S. Farm Report host Tyne Morgan he’s been seeing late maturity on corn and soybeans. With the growing season coming to an end, Nellinger is worried about the time on the clock.

In Illinois, he said the most disappointing thing he saw in Illinois was the corn yield. He said fields that should have 200 bushel per acre corn saw corn in the 130 to 150 bushel per acre range.

“That was very disappointing to me—that should be a good area that carries the state, but it’s way behind,” said Nellinger.