Results from our scout at ProFarmer Eastern Belt Day 1

Today we visited a total of 12 fields (8 in Ohio, 4 in Indiana) focusing on districts 1, 4, & 5 in Ohio and solely on district 3 in Indiana. We witnessed an extreme amount of variability in both the cornfields and soybean fields. Corn that was collected varied from being in the milking stage, having worms or smut, and finally one good crop that was denting. Although we are expecting some moisture this week, most of the soil was cracked and extremely dry. Out of the 12 fields visited only 3 of them gave us a yield above 200. After comparing it with other scouts on the tour, we where actually one of the few who visited fields with yields above 200. Overall through out the 12 fields visited, we gathered an average yield of 154.20. For Ohio we have the following data:

Ear count: 98.45 down from the 100.17 in 2014 (-1.7%)
Grain length: 5.81 down from 6.73 in 2014 (-13.7%)
Kernels around: 15.27 down from 15.65 in 2014 (-2.4%)
Yield: 148.37 down from 182.11 in 2014 (-18.5%)

For soybeans we saw most of the fields had dry soil moisture. A majority of them were also podding with no bloom. Out of the 12 visited, only 4 of the fields were blooming. In district 1 of Ohio and district 3 of Indiana the soybeans were filled with grasshoppers as well as Japanese Beatles. The soybean field visited in Henry Ohio (district 1) was also filled with worms/smut. Overall the fields were dry with some cracked soil. For Ohio we have the following data:

Pods in 3ft row: 420.83 down from 501.61 in 2014 (-16.1%)
Pods 3′ X 3′: 1125.26 down from 1342.42 in 2014 (16.2%)
Growth stage: 4.47 down from 4.68 in 2014 (-4.5%)
Moisture: 2.92 up from 2.51 in 2014 (+16.3%)

Also I would like to comment that both the soybean and cornfields today had hail damage in district 4. Most fields had gone through side dressing but still hold a high risk of not fully maturing if we see an early frost. Finally a big chatter around the room between the farmers and people at pro farmer was that the USDA over estimated soybeans by over 80 million bushels in August reports.

Gabe Rodriguez