Wednesday saw much of the same conditions across Iowa, as the previous two days -- lots of variability in both corn and soybeans. DuPont Pioneer agronomist Scott Nelson highlighted some of today's findings:
- Corn in the area is at 10-50 percent milk line. Soybeans are at the R5 to R6 growth stage, depending on planting date and variety. Recent rains and lower temperatures are adding some test weight to corn and yield potential to soybeans.
- Yield Estimates: 75-175 bu/A for corn, the most variable I've seen in my lifetime. Soybeans will likely yield 30-50 bu/A.
- Ear size is very variable. Growers should watch their concave settings so smaller ears aren't lost when harvesting.
- Some reports in central Iowa of corn being rejected due to aflatoxin levels.
Illinois results from today's survey found:
- Average corn yield of 121.6 bu/acre, higher than USDA's 116 estimate.
- Soybean pod count of 944 vs. three-year average of 1202.
Full Iowa results will be released later Thursday.