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2012 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Results: Indiana

August 21, 2012

By: Julianne Johnston, Editor

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

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — Indiana Corn
2012 District Ear Count in 60 ft of Row Grain Length
(inches)
Kernel Rows Around Row Spacing
(inches)
Yield
(per bu.)
Samples
IN1 81.72 5.31 14.99 29.44 114.89 25
IN2 83.13 5.76 14.69 30.00 120.31 24
IN3 93.19 5.64 14.42 30.00 127.04 21
IN4 83.16 5.25 14.76 29.47 113.65 19
IN5 85.76 5.27 14.22 29.70 113.04 50
IN6 77.71 4.91 14.33 30.00 95.48 28
IN Average 84.07 5.33 14.50 29.77 113.25 167
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
IN 1 95.80 6.23 15.81 29.97 157.41 19
IN 2 95.67 6.08 16.11 30.14 155.66 16
IN 3 93.83 5.81 15.35 30.00 142.46 15
IN 4 90.53 6.24 16.08 28.19 164.02 20
IN 5 94.67 6.28 15.95 30.01 158.56 36
IN 6 95.21 5.94 15.93 29.93 151.50 19
IN Average 94.31 6.13 15.89 29.71 155.84 124

 

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — Indiana Beans
2012 District Pod Count in
3 feet
Soil Moisture Growth Stage Row Spacing
(inches)
Pod Count in
3 X 3 Square
Samples
IN1 390.22 3.27 4.85 17.12 804.28 26
IN2 498.39 3.08 4.75 13.44 1358.32 24
IN3 511.73 3.10 5.10 13.63 1362.14 20
IN4 424.64 3.78 5.00 19.78 807.48 18
IN5 410.15 3.47 4.99 15.50 945.53 47
IN6 457.77 2.68 5.14 16.16 1024.65 28
Indiana Average 442.21 3.23 4.97 15.81 1033.24 163
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
IN 1 571.07 3.38 4.84 17.92 1212.50 19
IN 2 533.53 3.33 4.85 17.06 1165.05 16
IN 3 452.01 2.79 4.43 15.03 1115.42 14
IN 4 513.45 2.96 4.89 14.96 1308.98 20
IN 5 484.64 2.88 4.70 14.96 1214.14 36
IN 6 383.08 2.37 4.50 13.92 1064.57 19
IN Average 489.80 2.94 4.72 15.50 1190.37 124

 

The second day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour concluded with the release of results in Indiana and Nebraska. Indiana samples resulted in an average corn yield of 113.25 bu. per acre. The final average corn yield for Nebraska is 131.79 bu. per acre. Pod counts in a 3’X3’ square yielded an average of 1,033.24 pods in Indiana and 894.43 pods in Nebraska.

Pro Farmer Senior Market Analyst and eastern Tour Director Brian Grete says, “While the corn was improved from what I had seen on Day 1, there were still only two fields that I felt represented “good” corn for the area we were in. The other seven samples showed the effects of stressful growing conditions.” Grete also noted a long stretch of hail damage in Tippecanoe County.

Indiana soybeans were benefiting from improved topsoil moisture after recent rains, according to Grete. He says that will help them fill pods, though most of the plants were done flowering.

Grete says conditions worsened “right at the border” into Illinois and noted this area typically produces top-end yields. He reports much of the corn sampled on Day 2 reflected stress to ear development and stalk problems. Another result of extreme stress was advanced development of the crop and a number of fields having been chopped for silage.

Eastern Tour Consultant Mark Bernard reports high variability on his Day 2 route. “We recorded a low of 0 in Pulaski Co. and the next sample we pulled was our high at 188 bu. per acre on the other side of the county… neither field was irrigated,” he explains. Soybean pod counts were equally varied on Bernard’s route.

“Being a bug, weed and disease guy, I was more in my element today,” Bernard says. He found gray leaf spot and some corn ear worm. “In the soybeans we found the first SDS we’ve seen on this Crop Tour in Kankakee Co., IL,” Bernard continues.

Like Grete, he notes weak ear shanks and says the integrity of the stalks was beginning to be an issue.

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