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2012 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Results: South Dakota

August 20, 2012

By: Julianne Johnston, Editor

Following are final Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour results from South Dakota:

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — S.D. Corn
2012 District Ear Count in 60 ft of Row Grain Length
(inches)
Kernel Rows Around Row Spacing
(inches)
Yield
(per bu.)
Samples
SD5 9.00 3.75 15.30 30.00 8.61 1
SD6 62.06 5.57 14.87 29.41 103.23 17
SD9 47.48 3.95 12.46 30.81 58.45 27
S Dak. Average 52.13 4.56 13.44 30.27 74.26 45
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
SD 5 68.17 7.48 16.21 28.33 162.31 1
SD 6 85.31 6.51 15.53 30.13 149.55 15
SD 9 81.49 6.75 15.65 30.68 140.91 29
SD Average 82.37 6.67 15.60 30.44 143.88 46

 

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — S.D. Beans
2012 District Pod Count in
3 feet
Soil Moisture Growth Stage Row Spacing
(inches)
Pod Count in
3 X 3 Square
Samples
SD5 408.60 1.00 5.00 30.00 490.32 1
SD6 521.00 2.88 5.00 28.88 675.28 16
SD9 353.47 2.04 5.08 24.68 527.27 25
S Dak. Average 420.99 2.35 5.05 26.47 584.93 42
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
SD 5 731.53 4.00 4.83 28.50 911.91 1
SD 6 773.39 4.20 4.50 24.70 1117.87 15
SD 9 793.11 3.95 4.50 26.42 1128.06 29
SD Average 781.50 4.02 4.51 25.86 1116.87 45

 

Western Tour Leader and Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory says crops on his route yesterday were even worse than expected. The average corn yield on his route was 60 bu. per acre (which included a yield of 0 and 7 bu. per acre). Flory says this is “the worst South Dakota corn crop I’ve seen since we started running a western leg of the Midwest Crop Tour (in the late 1990s).”

He continues to say it was the consistency of the poor yields that was especially troubling and noted that his samples were all from District 9 – the most concentrated area of corn and soybean production in the state. (See “From the Rows” for a detailed breakdown of what’s wrong with the corn crop.)

Beans weren’t in good shape either. “Last year, the average pod count in a 3′X3′ square was about 1,107. This year, the average pod count was 584.93 — down an astounding 47.1% from last year and down a touch more than that from the three-year average,” Flory elaborates. While normally he would say this doesn’t necessarily mean yield will be smaller as bean size can plump the end of August, this year Flory doesn’t think there will be any surprises.

Western Tour Consultant Jason Franck says his first two stops on day 1 resulted in yields over 100 bu. per acre on corn and mistakenly thought this would be the trend. Rather, the next three stops in South Dakota “were beyond bad. One ear (yes… 1 ear) in two 30′ rows does not make a good corn yield. With the lack of rain as we moved south, the ears ended up being malformed, poorly pollinated, and just plain not there.”

Franck said the poor state of the soybean crop – specifically the low pod counts – were the biggest shock to him. He also notes that “many of the plants did not start podding until about 10″ off the ground, showing that we had aborted pods early and then the lack of overall pods was a result of the challenging conditions throughout the remaining growing season.

He says as his route moved into more irrigated areas soybeans greened up and increased pod counts, but noted that “before we got there, we saw consistently uneven and weedy soybean fields.” He also noted charcoal rot in one irrigated field.

Today, Tour scouts on the eastern leg will begin their day in Fishers, Indiana, and will end in Bloomington, Illinois. The western leg of the Tour will depart from Grand Island, Nebraska, and end in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Official Tour data for Indiana and Nebraska will be released this evening.

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