pro farmer crop tour 2023 day 3

August 21-24, 2023

The Pro Farmer Crop Tour provides insights into potential corn and soybean production and gathers scout reporting from 2,000+ fields across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota. 

In addition to coverage of the Tour on AgWeb, AgDay and social media, you have the opportunity to attend nightly meetings in person or watch the nightly broadcast online where you’ll receive daily results, scouting observations and historical comparison data from our Tour leaders. 

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Online Broadcast (15 min nightly update) – Free

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** All times CST.   Noblesville, IN location takes place 1 hour later than times listed above.

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August 21 – Noblesville, IN Embassy Suites Noblesville Indianapolis Conference Center 13700 Conference Center Drive South Noblesville, IN 46060 *note all times above are CST. This location takes place 1 hour later.

August 22 – Bloomington, IL DoubleTree by Hilton 10 Brickyard Drive Bloomington, IL 61701

August 23 – Iowa City, IA Hyatt Regency Coralville 300 East 9th Street Coralville, IA 52241

August 24 – Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center 30 Civic Center Drive SE Rochester, MN 55902 

WESTERN TOUR

August 21 – Grand Island, NE Riverside Golf Club 2820 Riverside Drive Grand Island, NE 68801

August 22 – Nebraska City, NE Lied Lodge and Conference Center 2700 Sylvan Road Nebraska City, NE 68410

August 23– Spencer, IA Clay County Fair and Events Center 800 West 18th Street Spencer, IA 51301  

August 24 – Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center 30 Civic Center Drive SE Rochester, MN 55902

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Pro Farmer Crop Tour, Day 3: Heat and Stress Take a Toll on Corn in Iowa and Illinois

Temperatures topped 100 °F on both legs of the 2023 Pro Farmer Crop Tour on Wednesday. The heat looks to be cooling down as in some regions, with scouts reporting less crop stress as they move across each leg of tour.

Western leg: Nebraska City, Neb., to Spencer, Iowa

As they made their way to Spencer, Iowa, scouts continued to see improvements from 2022’s drought-stricken fields. However, not all fields received the precipitation they needed. 

Roger Cerven, a farmer from Stanton, Iowa, says the region’s spotty rains made for drastic differences in corn yields in his fields this year. 

“We will have farms that will do 140 and farms that will pull 200. If we end up in that 170-bu. range it’s a win,” Cerven says.

Lack of moisture and high-heat days have Iowa locals concerned about cannibalized stalks. Ryan Beccard, a Pioneer seed rep, says it’s not so much about the heat levels as it is the timeframe.

#Soybeans averaging 1265 pods in a 3x3' plot versus 1257 last year and 1425 in 2021. That sixth stop (1800) brought the average up. Lots of flat pods still and some fields are already in the very early stages of maturity. Unsure if they can maximize current potential. #pftour23 pic.twitter.com/xt9twYJtBN — Karen Braun (@kannbwx) August 23, 2023

“The heat of 100° is nothing new for August in Iowa. How long the temps hold on — five, six or seven days in a row — will hold the crop off from finishing out,” Beccard says.

While Cerven estimates a 30-bu. blow to corn due to late-season heat, soybeans likely won’t take the same hit, according to Nate Quam, BASF’s western Iowa technical service rep.

“It is hot right now, but we started the month cooler and wet, so soybeans were getting the August rains that make good yield. We’ve seen pretty consistent numbers on soybeans this year,” Quam says.

Disease concerns, such as sudden death syndrome, were brought to question on the western leg on Wednesday. But Quam doesn’t foresee it becoming a catastrophic issue.

“Right now, I’m only seeing it in pockets of fields. I think on soybeans we’ll come out pretty good,” Quam says.

Eastern leg: Bloomington, Ill., to Iowa City, Iowa

Drought carved out a notch in crops on the eastern leg of the tour from Ohio to Illinois, but moisture drew a clear line in the sand in western Illinois, based on scout Meghan Yandell’s findings.

Illinois Soybean

“Around the Bloomington, Ill., area, they were very dry earlier in the year, which created shorter nodes, thereby, short soybeans,” Yandell says. “A field in Farmington, however, had plants with pod counts around 212.”

Locals say fields were dry from May 7 until June 29. Then a derecho flipped the switch on soil moisture, according to Cody Pettit, a local Pioneer agronomist.

1st stop Lee County IL. 164 corn but not sure 1/3 of ears look this bad. Would be 200 if 3rd ear didn’t count. Still seeing plenty of 2 or less beans per pod. #pftour23 pic.twitter.com/iHTFXKm23y — Bruce Lantzky (@Lantzkyfarms) August 23, 2023

“We got from 2” to 6” of rain in Will County, Ill. It was a big stretch of time between rains, and I feel soybeans took it harder than corn. Corn got stressed, but not as bad as we thought it would,” Pettit says.

Overnight temperatures and wildfire smoke from Canada played roles in both corn and soybeans. But tar spot is adding another stressful element to corn.

Illinois Corn

“At this stage in the game, I’m not overly concerned. If tar spot does blow up, we could get some potential stock issues,” Pettit says.

But this week’s heavy morning dew, coupled with 2021’s similarly dry June, has some agronomists, such as BASF’s Vince Davis, on their toes.

“In my opinion, we’re eight to 10 days early from really determining whether tar spot is going to be problematic this year or not. There’s still 35% to 40% yield left to be packed in those kernels from a starch and dry weight standpoint,” Davis says.

While the derecho might have helped the corn crop more than hindered it, scouts don’t expect a record-breaking yield for Illinois.

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Pro Farmer Crop Tour: Day 3 results

Scouts on this year’s Pro Farmer Crop Tour have been dealing with at or near triple-digit heat for most of their trip. However, as they movedhad across each leg of the tour, they found the crops have been showing less signs of stress.

On the Eastern side, the group estimates nearly 194 bushels per acre in Illinois, up slightly from last year. Soybean estimates are up as well with an expected 1,270 pods per three-by-three square. To the West in Nebraska, they estimate 167.2 bushels per acre of corn, which is up 5.5 percent over a year ago but nearly 3 percent below the three-year average in the state. Scouts say there was not as much disease on day three but it is still something to be closely watching for.

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Pro Farmer Crop Tour, Day 3: Western Iowa Weakened by Drought and Pests, Illinois Shows Promise

Average is not what most corn and soybean farmers aspire to with their crops.

A grade of C garners little to no excitement or sense of accomplishment, yet that was the quality of corn many Pro Farmer Crop Tour scouts found as they worked their way across western Iowa on Wednesday.

#pftour22 found some bad corn just north of Humboldt.25 bu yield Severe rootworm damage and silk feeding. pic.twitter.com/GRkdftGCiY — Brad Feckers (@Feckersbrad73) August 24, 2022

WESTERN LEG OF PRO FARMER CROP TOUR 2022

Coming out of drought-stricken Nebraska, western Iowa proved fairly average for scouts on Wednesday. 

"It seems like everybody wants to talk about record yield or disaster. And we're neither one of those right now," says Jarod Creed, western leg scout and owner of JC Marketing Service.  "We're kind of in the middle of the ground for yield potential here today."

Signs of drought and insect pressure did not go unnoticed, however. Scout Peter Meyer says he's still not impressed with the corn crop due to one major reason.

"Usually we come out of a field like this with 100 to 105 bu. per acre. But we've been coming out with mid 80s," he says. "The weather did not cooperate early on, creating pollination issues. This is where we're losing the yield right now."

Similarly, Brad Feckers, western leg crop scout and farmer from Shellrock, Ia., found fields near Humboldt that have been all but wiped out by rootworm.

Michael Maguire farms the southwest corn of Iowa. He says coming into July 4th, he was betting on a good crop. Now, he says corn yields will be well below last year's yields.

"In this area in last five years, you'd think anything below 200 is about a crop failure. That's why we did two rounds with inputs--one pass of herbicide and then we did fungicide," says Maguire. "I'd say we're going to be lowered by at least 20 bu."

The more promising crop story in western Iowa seems to be in soybeans.

I’m not sure what @KellyGarrett75 did this year, but his field outside Dow City, Iowa just racked up a 2600 pod count on #pftour22 . That’s the biggest pod count scouts we’re with have ever seen on Crop Tour (& not representative of other fields we’ve scouted in western IA today). pic.twitter.com/SpQP2gm6Pu — Tyne Morgan (@Tyne_Ag) August 24, 2022

Carroll county, Iowa, might be the garden spot of Iowa, as producers say the region has grown "tremendous" beans in the past--a trend they believe will continue this year, according to Creed.

"I would say there's a greater chance today of these producers yielding APH or above in beans over corn, for sure," he says.

EASTERN LEG OF PRO FARMER CROP TOUR 2022

Illinois scouts are finding a good crop but maybe not the bumper crop they did last year mainly due to heat and moisture stress.  

Bryan Divis, Fayetteville, Tenn., farmer drove a route from border-to-border. He says Illinois' crop got better as they moved west.  

"The corn crop has excellent plant health and looks uniform from the road," he says. "But you get 3, 4 or 5 rows in and the ears, overall, are a little bit smaller."

Illinois Corn

With #tipback all but trending on Twitter, Divis says he's seen his fair share out east. He estimates 80-percent of the ears he's pulled have show some level of tip back.

"Still a great crop, just not what they [USDA] had seen last year," Divis says. "It's gonna be tough to get 203 out of Illinois this year, from what I've seen."

Central Illinois farmer Randy Bounds agrees, as his operation was "looking at a 240 bu. per acre average." But now, with tip back and rain that fell too late in the season, Bounds is changing his outlook. 

Some parts of Illinois fared out better than others. Eastern leg scout Kristi Goedken sorted out a 247.5 bu. per acre estimate in Hancock county, Ill., snagging the best corn yield estimate for Crop Tour so far.

Tew talents come out on #pftour22 when we get the best yield estimate on the trip of 247.5 in Hancock county IL. pic.twitter.com/4G8jVNoWwL — Kristi Goedken (@KristiGoedken12) August 24, 2022

Ed Sims, eastern leg scout and owner of Yarbro Farms, spent the last three years on the eastern leg of Crop Tour. He foresees "good" yield potential coming out of Illinois soybean crop, so long as Mother Nature serves up another rain shower. 

Illinois Soybean

Illinois farmer Brian Sever says his operation is running on a 4.5-inch moisture deficit that's weakened his beans from what he thought would be a superb crop to his 65-bu. average production history. 

Got pods? Alejandro counted 227 pods on ONE plant in Henry County IA. As she counts very quietly in spanish? #pftour22 (Missing a few stems she pulled off) pic.twitter.com/FmkfsdayGt — Kristi Goedken (@KristiGoedken12) August 24, 2022

However, if rain doesn't fall soon, he's not sure he'll come close to that 66 bu. sweet spot that USDA is predicting.

"All in all, I think our soybeans are close to average in Illinois before it's all over," he says. "I think we'll come in down from last year, but it could be real close.” 

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Pro Farmer Crop Tour - Day 4

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Map for Day 4, Eastern Route, Pro Farmer Crop Tour

  • Begins in Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Ends in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Monday - Day 1
  • Tuesday - Day 2
  • Wednesday - Day 3

Western Route - Day 4

Western Crop Tour Route - Day 4

  • Begins in Spencer, Iowa.

Leader - Jay Zielske, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Southeast Minnesota

Jay Zielske, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Southeast Minnesota

  • Corn currently experiencing significant drought stress across much of the area … worst since 1988.
  • Season began with heavy rains and saturated soils in May with large areas requiring replant.
  • Soybean diseases have been minimal to date however impact of soybean cyst nematode (SCN) has been felt.
  • Soybean crop stands to benefit more so from rain that finally returned in early August.
  • Find more updates & photos .

Crop Conditions - Southeast Minnesota

- Jay Zielske

Weather Challenges

  • Some years more unusual than others.
  • Cold wet May resulted in prolonged saturated soils resulting in near record amount of corn replant.
  • Late May rain shut off, and conditions switched to the most severe drought for many since 1988.
  • Drought has been the chief concern throughout the summer in southern and south-central Minnesota.
  • Stabilizing and salvaging the corn crop.
  • Soybeans better positioned to capitalize on August rains.
  • Dry weather for much of the season led to significantly less Tar Spot .
  • Corn rootworm diapause replaced tar spot as corn farmer’s biggest concern.
  • Soil samples taken for SCN showed 60% of fields with high to very high levels.
  • Pioneer® brand A-Series Enlist E3® soybean varieties with PEKING are performing well.
  • Enlist E3 soybeans is THE DOMINANT soybean technology.

Looking Ahead to Harvest

  • Drought stressed crop is likely to race to the finish.
  • Farmers should not waste time getting the crop out of the field.
  • Phantom yield loss is real.

Disease Challenge - Tar Spot

Quoting colleague Josh Shofner:

"You can’t fungicide your way out of Tar Spot.”
  • Dry weather conditions throughout much of the area kept tar spot largely in check.
  • Return to more normal weather conditions will likely bring a return to tar spot in 2024.
  • Tar spot management begins with hybrid selection.
  • Timely fungicide applications

Tar Spot treatment comparison

However ...

Extended diapause of corn rootworm replaced tar spot in the headlines going into 2023.

  • Extended diapause and damage to first year corn from northern corn rootworm is back with a vengeance.
  • First year corn without a below ground rootworm trait or insecticide fell victim to heavy rootworm pressure.
  • High adult beetle populations in 2021 and back-to-back mild winters resulted in high survival rates and heavy pressure.
  • Pioneer ® brand Qrome ® products fared well under rootworm pressure in 2023 … looking to the future we’re eager to rollout Pioneer ® brand Vorceed™ Enlist ® products .
  • VORCEED Enlist ® technology provides the yield/insect protection / weed control options farmers are looking for.
  • Looking ahead to 2024 whether it be tar spot or extended diapause, Pioneer is positioned to be the LEADER for both challenges.

Rootworm injury to non-rootworm traited hybrid

Rootworm injury to non-rootworm traited hybrid.

Soybean Cyst Nematode

Populations continue to build.

  • Dry weather has resulted in minimal disease pressure thus far.
  • With dry weather the impact of Soybean Cyst Nematode has been magnified.
  • Nearly 60% of those fields showed high to very high populations even where resistant varieties have been planted.
  • Indication that reliance on PI88788 source of resistance is not enough.
  • Pioneer continues to have success with PEKING source in our A-Series Enlist E3® varieties.

Soybean cyst nematode

Pioneer Agronomy Manager Mary Gumz

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Pioneer Portfolio Marketing Leader for Corn - Adam Theis

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* Data is based on the average of comparisons made in the US 2019-2021. Comparisons are against all competitors, technology segment matched, unless otherwise stated, and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand. Efficacy from multiple trials with moderate & high CRW pressure at 8 locations in 2014, 6 locations in 2015, 8 locations in 2016, 8 locations in 2017, 10 locations in 2018, 9 locations in 2019, and 15 locations in 2020.

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COMMENTS

  1. Watch Live: 2023 Pro Farmer Crop Tour Results, Day 3

    (Lori Hays) By AgWeb Editors August 23, 2023. Watch live as we reveal the results of Day 3 of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour. The broadcast begins at 8 p.m. central/9 p.m. eastern. Click...

  2. Day 3

    Pro Farmer Crop Tour - Day 3. Eastern Route - Wednesday August 23. Day 3. Begins in Bloomington, Illinois. Ends in Iowa City, Iowa. Follow the Eastern route: Monday - Day 1. Tuesday - Day 2. Thursday - Day 4. Tour Leader - Jim Lafrenz, Pioneer Territory Manager, Southeastern Iowa.

  3. Watch Live: Pro Farmer Crop Tour Results, Day 3

    Watch live as we reveal the results of Day 3 of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour. The broadcast begins at 8 p.m. central/9 p.m. eastern. Click here to read full Crop Tour reports and yield...

  4. Pro Farmer Crop Tour

    2023 Crop Tour Daily Yield Estimates. Check here for yield estimates from each day of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour. Click on the state for more details on each day's results. Latest News...

  5. Preliminary route reports from Day 3 of the Pro Farmer Tour

    2023 Pro Farmer Crop Tour. (Pro Farmer) By Pro Farmer Editors August 23, 2023. Preliminary Route Report with Brian Grete, eastern Tour leader. What counties (with state and district) have you sampled from? Illinois: Woodford, Marshall, Putnam, Bureau, Lee, Whiteside. Districts 1, 4. Corn yield range: 148.9 to 238.3 bpa. Corn yield average:

  6. Pro Farmer Crop Tour 2023

    Pro Farmer Crop Tour 2023. August 21-24, 2023. The Pro Farmer Crop Tour provides insights into potential corn and soybean production and gathers scout reporting from 2,000+ fields across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota.

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    Agriculture News. 2023 Crop Tour results: Illinois. Day 3--Scouts measured average corn yield potential of 193.72 bu. per acre for Illinois. Pod counts in a 3'x3' square averaged 1,270.61. Hillari Mason. 6 months ago. Agriculture News. 2023 Crop Tour results: western Iowa. Day 3--Scouts took samples from Iowa districts 1, 4 and 7.

  8. Pro Farmer Crop Tour

    Hillari Mason. 6 months ago. 2023 Crop Tour results: western Iowa. Day 3--Scouts took samples from Iowa districts 1, 4 and 7. Iowa's full results will be posted at the end of day 4. Hillari Mason. 6 months ago. 2023 Crop Tour results: Indiana. Scouts measured average corn yield potential of 180.89 bu. per acre.

  9. Pro Farmer Crop Tour, Day 3: Heat and Stress Take a Toll on Corn in

    Temperatures topped 100 °F on both legs of the 2023 Pro Farmer Crop Tour on Wednesday. The heat looks to be cooling down as in some regions, with scouts reporting less crop stress as they move across each leg of tour. Western leg: Nebraska City, Neb., to Spencer, Iowa.

  10. Pro Farmer Crop Tour: Day 3 results

    News. Pro Farmer Crop Tour: Day 3 results. August 24, 2023 09:36 AM •. RFD-TV News Staff , Currey McCullough. This video cannot be played because of a technical error. (Error Code: 102006) Scouts on this year's Pro Farmer Crop Tour have been dealing with at or near triple-digit heat for most of their trip.

  11. Day 3 of Crop Tour is Underway

    Day three of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour is officially underway, turning attention to two top producing states, Illinois and IowaFollow along here! https://for...

  12. Pro Farmer's First Thing Today: Day 3 Crop Tour Results and More

    On Day 3 of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour, scouts measured an average corn yield potential of 189.4 bu. per acre for Illinois, up from 171.2 bu. last year on Tour and 181.5 bu. for the...

  13. 2023 Crop Tour results: Illinois

    43°F. Day 3--Scouts measured average corn yield potential of 193.72 bu. per acre for Illinois. Pod counts in a 3'x3' square averaged 1,270.61.

  14. 2023 Crop Tour Live Night Results

    The 31st Pro Farmer Crop Tour kicked off on Monday, as nearly 100 crop scouts pointed their headlights toward Grand Island, Neb. and Indianapolis. Ind., this...

  15. Live Pro Farmer Crop Tour Update on Day 3 by Oliver Sloup #pftour22 #

    15. Share. Save. 2.8K views 1 year ago. Oliver Sloup with another pro farmer crop tour update on Day 3. Email [email protected] or call 312-837-3938 with any questions!...

  16. Pro Farmer Crop Tour, Day 3: Western Iowa Weakened by Drought ...

    Pro Farmer Crop Tour, Day 3: Western Iowa Weakened by Drought and Pests, Illinois Shows Promise. (Lori Hays) By Jenna Hoffman August 24, 2022. Average is not what most corn and soybean...

  17. Day 4

    Follow the Eastern route: Monday - Day 1. Tuesday - Day 2. Wednesday - Day 3. Western Route - Day 4. Begins in Spencer, Iowa. Ends in Rochester, Minnesota. Follow the Western route: Monday - Day 1. Tuesday - Day 2. Wednesday - Day 3. Leader - Jay Zielske, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Southeast Minnesota.

  18. Register

    2023 Pro Farmer Crop Tour Dates: Aug. 21-24. REGISTER HERE. Pro Farmer Crop Tour gives you the opportunity to select your tour stop or watch online from wherever you are.

  19. Andrew McCrea on Instagram: "Pro Farmer recently completed their annual

    What should we take into account before marketing #grain and #livestock this year and next? Find out on this edition of Farming the Countryside. Link in our bio." 6 likes, 0 comments - farmingthecountryside on September 6, 2023: "Pro Farmer recently completed their annual Crop Tour.

  20. 2023 Crop Tour results: Nebraska

    2023 Pro Farmer Crop Tour results: Nebraska. (Pro Farmer) By Hillari Mason August 22, 2023. * Total irrigated: 190. *Total irrigated: 182. Tags. Pro Farmer Crop Tour Agriculture News. clarksville va. Cloudy. 52°F. Feels Like. 52°F. Scouts measured average corn yield potential of 167.22 bu. per acre. Pod counts in a 3'x3' square averaged 1,160.02.

  21. Preliminary route reports from Day 2 of Pro Farmer Tour

    2023 Pro Farmer Crop Tour. (Pro Farmer) By Pro Farmer Editors August 22, 2023. Preliminary Route Report with Brian Grete, eastern Tour leader. What counties (with state and district) have you sampled from? Indiana: Huntington, Kosciusko, Marshall, Starke. Districts 1, 2, 3. Corn yield range: 126.5 to 205.9 bpa. Corn yield average: 173.7 bpa.