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2012 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Results: Western Iowa

August 22, 2012

By: Julianne Johnston, Editor

Following are final Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour results from Western Iowa:

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — W. Iowa Corn
2012 District Ear Count in 60 ft of Row Grain Length
(inches)
Kernel Rows Around Row Spacing
(inches)
Yield
(per bu.)
Samples
IA1 98.64 6.02 15.77 29.90 159.29 42
IA4 91.07 5.88 15.60 29.91 143.22 44
IA7 84.51 6.14 15.49 29.49 137.00 39
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
IA 1 103.21 6.54 16.14 30.58 177.50 43
IA 4 100.02 6.60 16.08 30.03 176.98 44
IA 7 92.81 6.74 16.10 30.04 167.15 40

 

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — W. Iowa Soybeans
2012 District Pod Count in
3 feet
Soil Moisture Growth Stage Row Spacing
(inches)
Pod Count in
3 X 3 Square
Samples
IA1 680.05 2.17 5.07 25.69 970.89 42
IA4 553.65 2.09 5.09 22.98 894.79 44
IA7 533.74 2.05 5.00 19.21 1044.04 38
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
IA 1 852.33 3.93 4.83 26.72 1200.33 40
IA 4 807.82 4.19 4.81 22.88 1324.11 45
IA 7 661.25 4.40 4.76 19.43 1279.21 40

 

Western Tour Leader and Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory makes a plea for critics to “PLEASE look at the history of the Tour before making any comments about the Tour,” before getting into his findings in Iowa yesterday. While Iowa results won’t be released until tomorrow because Brian Grete will lead scouts through the eastern two-thirds of the state today, a “sneak peak” at western Iowa reveals the state’s crop is much the same story as the rest of the Corn Belt — yields are down, though to a lesser extreme than some other areas.

On seeing a combine rolling in western Iowa, Flory “hopped up in the cab and the corn was at about 22% moisture and the yield sample we pulled about three minutes before the crop was harvested was less than 2 bu. different than what the yield monitor said at that spot of the field.”

On soybeans, Flory says the problems “were the same as we’ve been describing the last two days… too much heat and too little water.”

Western Tour Consultant Jason Franck had hoped to see his home state of Iowa shine, but noted “this may not be the year to see anything shine.” He also saw harvest underway. He was amazed at the amount of stalk lodged corn he found and the extent of damage. “Stalk lodging, by definition, is the breakage of the stalk below the ear. Severely lodged corn leads to increased harvest losses, increased harvest time, increased drying cost, and may result in volunteer corn the following year. To me this is important, because the plants were being cannibalized and growers need to understand that in this environment, action needs to be taken,” he explains.

He says crop conditions and yields improved as his route moved north as these areas had received a little rain. But on soybeans, Franck says, “We started the Tour with disappointing comments on soybeans and today didn’t change that perception. The lack of big cluster numbers is keeping our counts low. Additionally, today we were seeing pods with one good, plump bean and two beans flat and out of time. I estimate 10% of the fields on the Tour today were turning for maturity reasons and the remaining fields are quickly behind.” He continues that this leaves little hope Mother Nature will correct such conditions.

Today, Tour scouts on the eastern leg will begin their day in Iowa City, Iowa, and the western leg of the Tour will depart from Spencer, Iowa. Both legs will end the day in Owatonna, Minnesota, with the release of official Tour results from Iowa and Minnesota.

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