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2012 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Results: Nebraska

August 21, 2012

By: Julianne Johnston, Editor

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

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — Nebraska Corn
2012 District Ear Count in 60 ft of Row Grain Length
(inches)
Kernel Rows Around Row Spacing
(inches)
Yield
(per bu.)
Samples
NE2 57.25 5.43 13.78 30.00 90.71 4
NE3 74.20 5.45 15.20 30.29 117.86 41
NE5 95.37 6.36 14.93 31.68 164.05 19
NE6 81.02 5.91 15.65 30.74 131.17 54
NE8 95.13 7.15 16.24 30.00 183.01 8
NE9 76.66 6.28 15.71 30.49 127.64 61
NE Avg. 79.65 6.02 15.48 30.61 131.79 187
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
NE 2 84.73 6.55 15.57 31.35 137.42 6
NE 3 82.61 7.33 15.99 30.30 160.57 38
NE 5 93.01 7.34 16.16 33.62 162.70 16
NE 6 85.60 7.42 16.01 30.93 163.96 65
NE 8 89.54 7.33 16.08 32.61 161.14 13
NE 9 78.74 7.20 16.13 30.68 148.16 64
NE Avg. 83.76 7.30 16.04 31.07 156.94 202

 

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — Nebraska Beans
2012 District Pod Count in
3 feet
Soil Moisture Growth Stage Row Spacing
(inches)
Pod Count in
3 X 3 Square
Samples
NE2 440.75 2.50 5.25 21.50 723.15 4
NE3 507.94 2.51 4.92 22.58 827.40 39
NE5 878.69 4.06 5.00 28.18 1157.68 17
NE6 547.37 2.49 4.90 23.43 871.64 49
NE8 767.97 3.00 4.44 24.67 968.32 9
NE9 606.79 2.33 4.67 25.38 882.35 60
NE Average 599.16 2.62 4.82 24.37 894.43 178
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
NE 2 623.39 4.05 4.94 23.08 993.05 5
NE 3 815.91 4.20 4.62 22.07 1359.62 37
NE 5 962.33 3.99 4.73 28.92 1277.47 15
NE 6 846.82 4.35 4.72 24.46 1283.45 64
NE 8 1071.27 4.19 5.00 26.77 1397.30 13
NE 9 759.70 4.02 4.87 23.44 1200.38 63
NE Average 833.34 4.17 4.78 24.12 1277.24 197

 

Western Tour Leader and Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory says unfortunately, his route found exactly what they feared they see — a poor corn and soybean crop in Nebraska. “I honestly didn’t see the risk of a significant cut to USDA’s corn crop estimate of 10.8 billion bushels. After two days on the western leg of the Tour, I now see a risk of a significant cut to the 2012-13 corn supply,” he says.

Chip points to an encounter with a harvesting farmer yesterday (get more on this here) as an example of the wide variability of yields seen within the same field and the problem with kernel size this growing season. “In a normal year, it takes about 90,000 kernels to make a bushel of corn, but the dryland corn in Nebraska this year might make a half bushel with 90,000 kernels,” Flory explains.

Soybeans were better than Day 1, Flory says, but he quips, “Beans on day 2 of the Tour were a lot like the economic data we see every day: It’s not good… it’s just less bad than expected.”

Western Tour Consultant Jason Franck says his first four stops in southeast Nebraska yesterday were “a dream” as they averaged more than 200 bu. per acre. As he moved into dryland areas, yields declined, but Franck says this is where he was actually more impressed because “even though corn plants had shut down, consistency was much better within the fields and there was a much better ear:stalk ratio than we say on the first day of the Tour.”

But he did wonder why harvest wasn’t underway as dryland corn there was at black layer. A local grower delivered the following answer: “The moisture range within the fields is from 12% to 25% and I’m done spending money on this crop.”

Regarding the dryland corn, Franck says, “Each and every one of these fields had stalks that were weak and the nodes we stringy and necrotic… Corn through the combine and in the bin is worth more than it is if it’s lying flat in the field.”

Franck describes soybeans on his route as “remarkably good” with even dryland beans much improved over the first day of the Tour. “One big advantage to the soybeans on day two was the fact that very little disease was present. Additionally, most plants that we sampled had plump seeds in them and have the potential to finish well under the right environment,” he reports.

Today, Tour scouts on the eastern leg will begin their day in Bloomington, Illinois and will end in Iowa City, Iowa with the release of official yield data for Illinois. The western leg of the Tour will depart from Nebraska City, Nebraska and end in Spencer, Iowa.

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