Iowa Showcases “Better than Expected” Corn and Soybeans

Marty Tegtmeier
Scouts were pleasantly surprised by Iowa yield and pod count estimates. ( Betsy Jibben )

As Sumner, Iowa, farmer Marty Tegtmeier made his way from Nebraska City east toward Des Moines, he was pleasantly surprised by what he saw.

“There was less flooding than I thought there would be,” Tegtmeier says. “There were [corn fields] with yellow spots on our way to Des Moines, but it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.”

As he made his way through fields to pull samples for the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, he said the crop looked good, but it was by no means a “home run.” But corn yield estimates overall are solid.

“One of our first yields was 230 right along the bottoms [of the Missouri River],” Tegtmeier says. “We had a 180 average along the bottoms. Pod counts the end of day average was just a little below average crop.”

Both crops are still physiologically behind—especially soybeans.

“Beans were really young yet and had a long way to go, corn has a long way, too,” he says. “It had better not freeze for a while.”

He says if Mother Nature cooperates, he anticipates the crops along his route will fare well.

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