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2012 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Results: Minnesota

August 23, 2012

By: Julianne Johnston, Editor

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

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — Minnesota Corn
2012 District Ear Count in 60 ft of Row Grain Length
(inches)
Kernel Rows Around Row Spacing
(inches)
Yield
(per bu.)
Samples
MN4 93.25 6.34 16.06 26.00 183.02 4
MN5 90.80 5.79 15.68 29.73 151.02 15
MN7 91.29 5.80 15.72 28.59 145.79 51
MN8 93.93 6.11 16.07 29.15 158.15 80
MN9 104.00 6.81 16.44 30.00 194.34 9
Minn. Average 93.34 6.02 15.94 28.99 156.19 159
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
MN 4 95.81 6.90 15.74 28.58 183.12 3
MN 5 96.96 6.40 15.76 28.44 172.70 8
MN 7 98.45 6.68 15.81 29.18 178.07 47
MN 8 101.11 6.59 16.01 28.97 184.29 66
MN 9 103.92 6.72 15.93 29.81 186.15 21
MN Average 100.46 6.64 15.93 29.14 182.23 145

 

Pro Farmer Crop Tour Data — Minnesota Soybeans
2012 District Pod Count in
3 feet
Soil Moisture Growth Stage Row Spacing
(inches)
Pod Count in
3 X 3 Square
Samples
MN4 675.65 4.00 4.75 22.25 1019.89 4
MN5 810.48 3.46 5.00 27.85 1066.56 13
MN7 636.56 2.69 4.84 26.19 921.74 51
MN8 645.72 2.58 4.99 26.01 905.93 83
MN9 533.32 2.82 4.82 19.73 1019.95 11
Minn. Average 649.17 2.73 4.93 25.69 934.35 162
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
MN 4 675.58 3.00 4.93 20.63 1661.24 3
MN 5 803.07 3.37 4.94 28.98 996.11 8
MN 7 746.00 3.77 4.81 24.38 1115.04 45
MN 8 780.95 3.69 4.83 22.82 1088.48 65
MN 9 716.65 3.97 4.77 22.80 1186.23 21
MN Average 764.62 3.74 4.83 25.25 1115.85 142

 

Western Tour Leader and Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory opens his “From the Rows” blog with a rundown of memorable Tour moments and then responds to criticism of the Tour and its routes with an invite to come on the Tour and the explanation that deviating from historic routes would compromise the Tour’s data integrity. 

“When we wrapped thing up in Minnesota, we had an average corn yield of 156.19 bu. per acre. That’s down 11.2% from last year’s Tour findings. USDA on Aug. 1 had Minnesota down just 1 bu. from last year (0.6%), which means we may not have seen as good of a crop in Minnesota as expected.” But Chip quickly follows that this may be one of those years when areas north of the Tour will actually out-yield some of the counties to the south, offsetting some of this damage. Flory also points out the Minnesota corn crop was the least mature of all of the western Tour stops (despite it being about two weeks ahead of average).

Soybean pod counts were disappointing, as they declined 16.9% from last year. However, Flory says these were still the “least bad” of the western Corn Belt.

Western Tour Consultant Jason Franck says that while his route through Minnesota saw some consistency, it was not in the ear size, but rather, in the maturity of the crop. “Almost all of the ears we sampled were at half milk line. So, if the weather turns more favorable, we could still add some test weight or maybe 3% to 6% potential yield change,” Franck elaborates.  

As was the case yesterday in Iowa, Minnesota beans had reached maturity and were starting to turn leaves. Franck says, “The only difference was the percentage of soybeans doing this was higher than we saw in Iowa. So, knowing this, I think it is safe to say many of these fields are within limited days of also changing colors. As a result, I think any pods that are around a 0.25″ will not produce anything, reducing the potential for better pod numbers.” Again he noted aborted pods within the clusters themselves, which showed heat was too much for the crop.

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