In their August 1 report, USDA estimated the Illinois corn crop to be a record 207 bu. per acre. Will it get there? Brian Grete, Pro Farmer Editor and leader of the eastern leg of the tour, isn’t so sure.
“Well, Illinois has got a very good corn crop,” Grete says. “To get to 207, we need to have a lot of really highs to offset some of those lower numbers that are out there. There’s just a lot of variability in Illinois, from what I’ve seen, probably more than I suspected, given that it's projected to be a record.”
Grete says he was more impressed with Ohio’s corn than the corn he saw through Illinois on his first day in the state.
“Now, keep in mind, that's one route observation and we did half the state,” he clarifies. “We haven't done the second half of the western half of the state, but you expect a very good crop out of Illinois every year. Ohio's kind of hit and miss Ohio’s crop is rock star this year. It's the best Ohio corn crop I've ever seen. Illinois didn't impress me as much.”
Grete is quick to point out that he’s not saying Ohio is going to out-yield Illinois, but rather that he was more impressed with Ohio’s crop compared to normal than he was with what he saw yesterday in Illinois compared to normal. That’s something he doesn’t think he’ll ever be able to say again.
“To be honest with you, it just shouldn't happen,” he says. “You know you have your you two stalwarts, Iowa and Illinois and they should be better than everybody else.”
Today, his attention is turned to whether or not Illinois can get to the record yield number USDA estimated.
“I want to see when all the samples are in from yesterday in Illinois and today in Illinois, whether there's enough there to support that 207, the USDA put on it August 1,” he says.