A crop tour stop at an eastern Iowa farm, just west of Iowa City, revealed fields that likely will show reduced yields this fall. But given the year, things could be a lot worse, said Jim Meade, an Agriculture.com Marketing Talk regular. Using the MDA July Crop Tour yield check method, Meade's corn is predicted to be 137 bu/ac. "I wouldn't disbelieve that number," Meade said. And, given the year, I'm not unhappy with that."
In west-central Indiana, that's the verdict for the corn in Vermillion County. Tuesday's Tour found one field that will likely only raise just over 14 bushels/acre. This area received less than 25% its normal rainfall throughout the growing season up to this point, and this field won't see the combine this fall.
The Tour's moved through the driest parts of Indiana and is making its way to the Illinois state line. The latest stop was in Park County, in the west-central part of the state where, surprisingly, the corn looks fairly healthy when compared to other areas.
The cracks in the soil are wide, the corn is firing about halfway up the stalk and the soybeans aren't canopying the way they should be this time of year. Those are all common sights as the Tour moves into Hendricks County, Indiana, just west of Indianapolis, on Tuesday morning.
As mid-day approaches on the first day of the MDA EarthSat Weather July Crop Tour, the group is in Shelby County, Ohio, where conditions are surprisingly good. Farmers have had rainfall there during key times in the season so far, and that's translated into a positive rating and prognosis for that area's crops moving forward.
The tour's moving right along through Ohio northwest of Columbus. They're about 1/3 of the way through the day's stops. Now, they've made it through to Logan County, Ohio, where they've found a little better corn and some variable soybeans.
The Crop Tour group got started this morning from Columbus, Ohio. Ironically, the tour that's likely going to be characterized by widespread drought damage started out under light rain showers as the group traveled west out of Columbus.
On the morning of the start of the July Crop Tour, MDA EarthSat Weather, the host of the event, forecasted continuing heat and dryness in large parts of the Corn Belt, central plains and northern Delta."