Fields south of Grand Island, east and up I-80 show disease and signs pollination problems. Despite challenges, Jarod Creed of JC Marketing and on the western leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour says his route averaged 170 bu. per acre.
“What I saw this year was worse than last year, the farther east you got the more you got into drought problem areas,” Creed says. “Overall hail damage and greensnap was nowhere near where it was last year but yield wasn’t what you’re expecting.”
Ear size and set was disappointing. He thinks yields should have been 10 to 15 bu. per acre better than what they’ve found. Soybeans were a little “ho-hum,” too.
“Pod counts were just under 1,200 in most stops, a few very low situations but they were in low population fields,” Creed says.
Hail hit several parts of Nebraska, but today’s damage wasn’t nearly as severe as what scouts saw last night. However, at least on Creed’s route, today’s yields might not make up for yesterday’s losses.
“We had less hail and wind north of here this year than there was last year,” he says. “But the unique thing about Nebraska is when you get hail, wind and disease that’s a result of moisture. Dry land areas benefitted from much higher than normal precipitation Nebraska has seen this summer.”