The brown, dry stalks of corn in southwest Iowa fields belied what crop scouts soon realized: the corn crop through Fremont and Page counties are better than they appear from the road.
That was the message from crop scout and farmer Brad Nelson Wednesday morning, as the western leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour got underway.
“Our first stop was a small field up on a hill, and it yielded very well. The ear count was good, and we came out with a 200-bushel yield estimate,” Nelson told Betsy Jibben, National Reporter for AgDay and U.S. Farm Report.
“The second one was a beautiful field that was just shy of 200 bu. per acre,” Nelson added. “The corn is very good here. I've been pleasantly surprised at what they're going to have for a crop here.”
Nelson expressed surprise, given how dry parts of Iowa have shown up as “abnormally dry” on the U.S. Drought Monitor. Fremont and Page counties are near the border of Missouri, a state that the Monitor describes as being the “epicenter of drought in the Midwest.”
In Jibben’s report, she shares additional thoughts on weather conditions, as well as Nelson’s corn and soybean crop estimates.