Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest See results from Day 1 of The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourSee results from Day 2 of The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourSee how Day 4 is going on The Pro Farmer Crop TourThe most noticeable thing for me so far this week is the change in crop health as we move west. After Monday in Ohio and Indiana, I didn’t notice getting cut up by corn fields as I traversed through 60 some odd rows 15 times. After yesterday’s Illinois fields, I felt every cut on my forearms. Ouch! If the Iowa crops are as good as they say they are I may need a first aid kit!I visited with Illinois Field Agronomist Jarrod Hudson with DuPont Pioneer last night here in Bloomington about what crops in this area has faced this growing season.Ty’s Wrap for WednesdayShould be interesting as we leave Bloomington and travel to Iowa City today. We are on Central time from here on out.8:26 a.m. (CST) We are getting off to a late start as our route is taking us south of Springfield to start, which is about an hour from Bloomington. Luckily, I have an Indiana farmer driving and two investors along for the ride so the conversation have been very colorful as to what we’ve seen so far.Our first stop was on Sangamon County, Illinois and it was a pretty nice start to Day 3. The corn was very well populated and the ear fill was decent. We are seeing more nutrient deficiencies in this part of the state. The soybeans were so tall they couldn’t hold their own weight, but the pod count was a little lower than we expected. Our corn average was 180.5 and our pod count came in at 1064.8.Sangamon Co, Illinois8:51 a.m.Our stop in Macoupin County, Illinois was better for the corn than the soybeans. This corn was planted in 20 inch rows and will yield out at 195. The bean field had some gaping holes and the canopy was not even close to closing. We counted 750 pods in a 3 x 3 square.Macoupin Co, Illinois9:15 a.m.We met the Greene County, Illinois farmer of these fields and he told us after he planted this corn it had a rough time popping up and once he got rain, he got more than enough. Variability and insect pressures were easily seen in this field that will yield about 132 according to our results. The beans were planted on May 1 and they too had a hard time getting set. Our pod count was 946 as population was strong in these 30 inch soybeans.Greene Co, Illinois9:38 a.m.Well that was fun. This corn field was, by far, the best I’ve seen this week. The Morgan County, Illinois field will yield 263.5. These ears are heavy and all over the field. The soybeans came in at 1107 pods and did show some pest pressure, but all in all in great shape.Morgan Co, Illinois10:10 a.m.Cass County, Illinois is our next stop. One of our ears had a hard time at pollination and there were aphids all over this field that we figure will bring in 203 bushels per acre. The soybeans were a very nice height and one of the few 15 inch rows we found in this area. Our pod count was 1011.Cass Co, Illinois10:55 a.m.Into Schuyler County, Illinois now and soybeans continue to hold their own and have been very even by our numbers all day. This corn field, however, will bring down our daily average as it clocks in with a 140. The soybean number was 1060.Schuyler Co, Illinois11:23 a.m.This field in McDonough County, Illinois was planted corn on corn and it was not a great season for that. Although some parts looked like the picture below, some of the field was decent. We came out with an average of 166 bu/ac, which is below par for our route today. The soybeans, planted in 30 inch rows, had a low population and was our second worst field of the day with 918 pods in a 3 x 3 square.McDonough Co, IllinoisMcDonough Co, Illinois 12:10 p.m.Hancock County is our final Illinois stop and what a stop it was. This corn was tall and in great health. We figured for sure it would be our best field, but it came up just shy at 247. The beans were the nicest we’ve seen all say at over 1400 pods.Hancock Co, IllinoisHancock Co, IllinoisHancock Co, IllinoisMy crew’s Illinois averages were a solid 190.96 for corn (with some lower samples) and a pod count of 1032.5 in a 3 x 3 feet square.2:00 p.m.We had lunch just after crossing the Mississippi into Iowa and then we took our first Hawkeye sample in Lee County. This corn was just average because the ears were on the smallish side for the day. The soybeans were almost took thick to get in to but the 30 inch rows held our pod count down to 1060.8.Lee Co., IowaLee Co., Iowa 2:21 p.m.Our second Iowa stop was in Henry County, Iowa and this is about what you would expect in this state. The corn stand was excellent and all three ears in our sample looked great. Our yield count here is 196 bushels to the acre. The soybeans were also very healthy and it took awhile to count these pods. Our number is 1707.84 here.Henry Co, IowaHenry Co, Iowa3:03 p.m.Louisa County, Iowa was a pretty impressive stop for my crew. You can tell by how green the grass is here that moisture is not a problem and this fully dented corn field was showing the signs of a great season. Our calculations put this field at 231.7 bushels. The bean field was just as amazing. A high population and heavily podded plants made this one of the best of the day at 1626.8.Louisa Co, IowaLouisa Co, Iowa3:45 p.m.This will be our final stop before heading in to Iowa City for the night. Muscatine County, Iowa had quite a few holes that we noticed as we drove toward this field and too much water late in the season was the story from these ears. The population was a little low and ear length struggled, putting this field at a 167.4 yield estimate. The soybeans were in 30 inch rows and population was average. Our count here was 1048.8Our Iowa averages were 1363.56 pods in a 3 x 3 square and corn at 192 bushels to the acre.Our Iowa averages were 1363.56 pods in a 3 x 3 square and corn at 192 bushels to the acre.Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Illinois.Corn –171.64 bushels to the acre. The 3 year average is 163.01 b/a.Soybeans – 1190.47 pods in 3X3 foot square. The 3 year average is 1119.73.