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2012 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Results: Ohio

August 20, 2012

By: Julianne Johnston, Editor

Following are final Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour results from Ohio:

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — Ohio Corn
2012 District Ear Count in 60 ft of Row Grain Length
(inches)
Kernel Rows Around Row Spacing
(inches)
Yield
(per bu.)
Samples
OH1 86.71 4.81 14.42 30.00 105.87 24
OH2 88.10 5.47 13.95 29.00 114.34 10
OH4 84.41 5.50 14.46 30.00 117.50 44
OH5 73.90 5.34 14.49 29.81 103.27 21
OH7 57.25 5.13 14.50 26.25 89.60 4
Ohio Average 82.11 5.29 14.41 29.72 110.50 103
3-year avg. by district Ear Count in 60 ft of Row Grain Length
(inches)
Kernel Rows Around Row Spacing
(inches)
Yield
(per bu.)
Samples
OH 1 95.27 6.00 15.65 30.00 148.78 26
OH 2 98.16 6.03 15.99 29.84 160.39 10
OH 4 94.82 6.48 16.08 30.07 163.39 32
OH 5 91.60 6.68 16.26 29.58 167.49 17
OH 7 94.92 6.42 16.20 30.00 162.88 4
OH Average 94.70 6.34 16.03 29.91 160.53 89

 

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — Ohio Soybeans
2012 District Pod Count in
3 feet
Soil Moisture Growth Stage Row Spacing
(inches)
Pod Count in
3 X 3 Square
Samples
OH1 388.14 2.75 4.79 12.08 1231.24 24
OH2 392.79 2.80 4.60 13.00 1071.34 10
OH4 342.03 2.30 5.07 13.92 912.71 44
OH5 462.05 2.71 5.05 15.95 1125.34 21
OH7 229.93 2.00 5.50 13.75 604.62 4
Ohio Average 377.82 2.52 4.97 13.81 1033.72 103
3-year avg. by district Pod Count in
3 feet
Soil Moisture Growth Stage Row Spacing
(inches)
Pod Count in
3 X 3 Square
Samples
OH 1 360.51 2.37 4.60 12.14 1104.79 26
OH 2 364.58 2.78 4.31 11.99 1210.53 10
OH 4 433.80 2.99 4.64 12.64 1303.86 32
OH 5 467.35 3.22 4.55 14.11 1335.45 17
OH 7 314.25 3.22 4.43 10.96 1152.04 4
OH Average 408.82 2.82 4.56 12.68 1240.85 89

 

The first day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour concluded with the release of official final yield results in Ohio and South Dakota. Ohio samples resulted in an average corn yield of 110.50 bu. per acre. The final average corn yield for South Dakota is 74.26 bu. per acre. Pod counts in a 3’X3’ square yielded an average of 1,033.72 pods in Ohio and 584.93 pods in South Dakota.

Pro Farmer Senior Market Analyst and eastern Tour Director Brian Grete says “weather on Day 1 was near ideal, but that was all that was perfect. Crops in western Ohio and eastern Indiana were far below the norm” due to severe heat and moisture stress.

He says conditions only worsened as his route moved east through Indiana, and noted much of the corn in Indiana was extremely short and “from what other scouts found on different routes suffered from poor ear development, pollination problems and severe tipback.”

For soybeans, Grete says his route “found an average pod count in a 3’X3’ square of 794.8 in Ohio and 1,025.3 in Indiana. While the Indiana pod counts on our route were better than Ohio, they were still below the norm for the counties we sampled.” He also noted heavy weed pressure.

“This year, we asked our veteran scouts to do a little extra in tracking abandoned acres and beans per pod. Day 1 abandonment was much less prevalent than expected and beans per pod were higher than anticipated,” says Grete.

Eastern Tour Consultant Mark Bernard says his route was the “polar opposite from what I’d been on the previous two years in Ohio. Overall crop health was generally okay with minor leaf disease pressure in corn showing up recently in the form of a little gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight in the corn. Also some common smut was noted in the most drought stressed corn.”

One thing that stuck out to him was the weakness of the ear shanks in drought stricken areas. “When we’d pull the ears for a sample, they’d snap off with very little effort,” he explains, which could lead to trouble when combines roll or if a strong wind event occurs.

Bernard says soybean disease on his route was generally light with some two-spotted spider mite and bean leaf beetle infestations.

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