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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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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 — 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 — 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.

Tune in tonight at 8pm to hear Day 4 results broadcast live here .

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Pro Farmer Crop Tour - Day 4

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Eastern & Western Routes - Thursday August 24

Eastern route - day 4.

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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