More than a hundred crop scouts are visiting corn and soybean fields across Nebraska and six other states this week.
As part of the annual Pro Farmer Crop Tour, the scouts will collect samples to gauge the potential of the Midwestern corn and soybean crops.
Pioneer agronomist Chris Woerner of Wilber says the fields in far southeast Nebraska are in great shape.
“For the most part, right around here, things are looking pretty good,” Woerner says. “They were fortunate enough to catch some rains in July that other parts of southeast Nebraska seemed to miss. I don’t want to call it the garden spot of the state right now but things are looking good.”
Woerner says the precipitation that moved through the area this month was very beneficial for the soybean crop.
“Anything that’s 3-2 maturity, 3-4 maturity up, these late rains are going to make pretty good beans,” he says. “We’ve got another three weeks to go yet. We could use another rain or two in the meantime. That’s really going to help us cool down and the rains we’ve had are really helping the bean crop this year.”
As he tours the corn and soybean fields, Woerner says most of the crops are maturing at a good rate and harvest this fall will likely be on schedule.
“For some of the areas that went through that five or six weeks of dry weather, some of that dryland corn might be ready to go a little bit ahead of norm, but for the most part, I’d say we’re going to be right on pace for a normal harvest.”
The tour began Monday with scouts in South Dakota and Nebraska. They moved into Iowa on Wednesday.
Dave Niedfeldt, KWBE, Beatrice