The further west the better the corn yields will likely be. That’s the summation from the eastern leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour after two days were completed, including a trip all the way through Indiana. The Hoosier yields bettered Monday’s findings in Ohio, and as Ty Higgins reports from the tour for HAT, western Indiana and eastern Illinois yields have been the best.
“We saw some really good corn throughout Indiana, talking about Tipton, Clinton, Tippecanoe, Warren and Benton Counties, and we had an average in those counties of 182.4 bushels per acre. The highest was in Warren County at 228 and the low end yield at 129 in Clinton County. As we crossed over into Illinois corn yields did get a little bit better, ranging from a 151 to a 235 right across the border in Vermillion County, Illinois.”
As day two closed the final number for all of Indiana was announced at 173.42 bushels to the acre for corn. Kellie Bassett, a DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist for the central part of Illinois, said there are very few things to get in the way of those big yields between now and harvest time.
Soybeans are measured by the number of pods in a 3 foot by 3 foot square. The 2nd day Indiana average was 1,166 pods.
“We crossed into Illinois and had some good pod counts, some great pod counts, and one not so good. The range was from 630 pods in a 3×3 foot square to 2,142. Variation definitely there in the soybeans as we got into Illinois.”
The final soybean number for Indiana was 1178.41 pods of soybeans in a 3 foot by 3 foot square.
Pro Farmer Crop Tour scouts have found corn fields with ears that had poor pollination and ears that pollinated but are now beginning to “tip-back.” Soybeans may be the saving grace for some farmers in the eastern Corn Belt.
Day 3 of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour goes from Bloomington, Illinois to Iowa City, Iowa on Wednesday.
You can ride right along with the scouts all this week by following the tour online at www.ProFarmer.com. You can also keep track of the progress on twitter with #pftour16.