Jul 20, 2016

Trip Report - Western Corn Belt

Author: Michael Cordonnier/Soybean & Corn Advisor, Inc.

Over the past weekend, we traveled through Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and northern Illinois inspecting the crops with the following observations.

In general, I thought the crops looked great, especially the corn crop, and better than I had expected. We did not travel everywhere of course, but where we did go, I was very impressed. The corn was tall, uniform, robust, it had a good color, the crop was generally either pollinating or close to it, there was very little if any stress apparent, and I thought the corn had a very good yield potential.

The soybeans were good as well, but not quite as good as the corn. The soybeans were generally normal height with some fields shorter than normal, the color was good, the crop was very uniform for the most part, very little stress was apparent, and the crop had a good yield potential

Iowa Corn

Iowa Soybeans

Eastern Nebraska Corn

Eastern Nebraska Soybeans

Southern Minnesota Corn

Southern Minnesota Soybeans

Northern Illinois Corn

Northern Illinois Soybeans


I thought that the crops looked better than I expected. I was very impressed with the uniformity of the crops. You had to really look for a bad field of either corn or soybeans, because they were very few. Nearly everything we saw had the potential for trend line yields or above. During the entire trip I was thinking about the impending heat wave and the potential impact on the crops. I came away from the trip thinking that the crops are well positioned to withstand a period of adverse weather.