As Brian Grete, Pro Farmer editor and leader of the eastern leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, made his way across Iowa on Thursday, one thing stood out to him: there’s some high-yielding corn in Iowa this year.
“We’ve seen some really good corn today,” he says. “Besides that one clunker at 134 bu. per acre, everything else has been 183 bu. or higher. Five of nine samples are 200 bu.-plus and one other was just under that.”
According to Grete, the corn he saw on his route was in good health and boasted heavy ear populations. Unlike the Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, the corn on his Iowa route wasn’t as mature, in fact it wasn’t dented yet, for the most part. He says the soybeans on his route look good and heavily podded.
“We haven’t had a lot of range there,” he says. “It’s still a pretty clean crop.”
Preliminary Route Report from Eastern Tour Leader Brian Grete
- What counties have you sampled from?
- IA: Johnson (District 6), Linn (District 6), Benton (District 6), Buchanan (District 3), Black Hawk (District 3), Bremer (District 3) and Chickasaw (District 3)
- Corn yield range:
- 134.3 bu. per acre to 241.5 bu. per acre
- Corn yield average:
- 201.5 bu. per acre
- Soybean pod count range (in a 3’x3’):
- 1,058.4 pods to 1,734.5 pods
- Soybean pod count average (in 3’x3’):
- 1,378.7 podsz