The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour projects Nebraska’s corn crop will be down 14 percent and soybeans down 30 percent from last year’s tour projections.
Those figures include both irrigated and non-irrigated fields.
Chris Woerner, a field agronomist for Pioneer in southeast Nebraska, says dryland corn yields will vary widely from field to field and within fields—anywhere from 15 to 110 bushels. But, considering the year…
“I think there’s going to be a lot of pleasant surprises out there on dryland,” Woerner says. “I mean there’s going to be some 90 to 110—I guess if that’s pleasant. But for the year and what the stuff’s went through, it looked pretty good.”
But Woerner says a lot of the irrigated corn could be in the 200 to 220 bushel range.
“Most of southeast Nebraska, as long as we had plenty of water and weren’t in a water-limiting istuation with our wells, really looks pretty good overall,” he says. “So I think there’s going to be, maybe, not quite the high yield levels we’re used to—but I think overall we’re going to have some pretty good average irrigated yields that we’re going to be pretty happy with.”
Woerner says soybean yields will be all over the board.
“I think maturity is going to make a big deal on soybeans this year. If we can hold on and get some of these late rains maybe in the next week to two (weeks), I think some of the longer-season soybeans—those 3.5-4.0 maturities—are actually probably going to have a little bit of an advantage over some of the shorter-season stuff.,” he says.
“On those longer season maturities—even on dryland—there are little pods up top. Whether they stretch out and make beans is yet to be determined.”
The western branch of the crop tour is in western Iowa today (Wednesday), while the eastern leg travels through western Illinois and southeast Iowa.