Pro Farmer Crop Tour Finds Impressive Yields in S. Dakota

With a update from Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour We get mroe from Leslie Smith.

On the first day of the crop tour, scouts on the western leg collected 60 corn and samples across southeastern South Dakota. Better than average soil moisture is pushing corn and soybean yields above three year average yields. Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory says southeast South Dakota has a tremendous corn crop.

The Pro Farmer Crop Tour found the corn crop averaged 161.7 bushels an acre. That's 42 bushels an acre greater than This year South Dakota yield estimate is 42 bushels an acre greater than the crop tour's three year average. High yields is a result from increase in grain length, kernal rows and a higher ear count in 60 foot of row. Flory says farmers will need warm, sunny days for this crop to reach it's yield potential.

Having the crop in late milk, early dough stage,is a challenge. Flory it will take a lot of sun and heat for the South Dakota crop to reach maturity before the first frost.

"Impressive" is one word being used to South Dakota's soybean crop. Flory says crop scouts found a crop that exceeded expectations.

South Dakota pod counts in a 3 by 3 square averaged 1016.68. South Dakota's pod count is 32 pods greater than the crop tour's three year average in the state, With recent rains, that is allowing fresh podst to develop at the top of the plant. Flory says a lot of those pods are a half inch in length.

On Day 2 of the western leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, scouts will sample fields in southeast Nebraska before Pro Farmer will release Nebraska's corn and soybean crop tour estimate Tuesday night.

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