Pro Farmer finds "disappointing" W. Iowa Crop
We get the latest on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop tour. More from Leslie Smith.
The potential of Iowa's soybean crop looks grim. On Wednesday, scouts on the western leg of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour sampled 140 fields across western Iowa. In sampling three districts, Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory says the crop is nothing short of disappointing.
With most fields planted from mid May to mid June, many fields still blooming. Flory says the undesirable conditions the crop was planted into is now showing up in the crop.
Western Iowa's pod counts coming are above 2012 levels, but well below the three year average. Pod counts are averaging from 1100 in southwest crop district to a low average of 802 in northwest Iowa, down 30 percent over the three year average.
The next 10 days will make or break the development of soybeans in western Iowa. The crop needs moisture and atleast normal to above normal day and night time temperatures to push this crop to finish.
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