Scouts See Better Than Expected Crops in Iowa

The western leg of the Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour is spending the majority of their day going east and west. The day began in Crop District 1 in Iowa with hopes of being in Crop District 2 by the end of the day.

In Plymouth County, north of Sioux City, conditions have been dry, but samples look good.



Chip Flory, editor of Pro Farmer and host of Market Rally Radio, told AgriTalk host Mike Adams he didn’t observe any plant health issues, and corn yields look to be solid. He thinks there could be some problems with the crop to the south.

“I think you’re going to find some tip back further south,” he said. “Crop conditions look better than what I expected.”

Soybeans, on the other hand, had a different story to tell. In one field, Flory and scout Tim Gregerson observed brown stem rot (BSR) at the base of the ground. Both weren’t sure why it was in that field.

“[The plants] still poked out 1,300 pods,” said Gregerson. “Compared to Nebraska, those beans were filled out, even at the top of the plant.”

Hear their full scouting report on AgriTalk above