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Tour: Hot in the Hoosier state
This ear of corn in Blackford County shows just how the corn could have done well with more rain. The ear is short. The corn was in dough stage. Notice the curled leaves.
It was 95 degrees when we entered this field. The ear count for this field was 46 in a 30-foot row-length. The ears had 16 rows of grain each.
Ultimately, the yield potential was estimated at about 110 bushels/acre vs. Blackford County's average last year of 160 bu/ac.
Kyle Tapley, MDA Earthsat Weather Crop Tour director studies a Blackford County, Indiana, soybean field. These beans were in the flower-to-pod-setting stage. The beans were under little insect pressure and were rated as healthy.
These soybeans in Grant County in east-central Indiana were in the pod-filling stage. The soybean plants were 30 inches tall. The plants were putting on pods.
"It's obvious the heat stress has impacted these Indiana crops. But, the soybeans have potential with late July and August rains," Tapley says. A year ago, Grant County recored an average soybean yield of 43.5 bushels/acre.
The ear counts are larger in the east-central Indiana counties the tour visited versus the Ohio fields. In 2 rows of a 30-foot span, this Indiana field recorded an average of 50 ears in each row.
Though the crop scouts did't think much of the field before entering, the tour formula calculated a yield potential of 120 bushels per acre. The ears averaged 14 rows of grain around the cob and 5 inches of grain length per ear. The corn stand was very uneven.
This field in Madison County, Indiana, was strong. The field was planted in 30-inch rows similar to all of the previous fields found on this tour. The crop scouts rated this field the best corn in Indiana, with an average yield of 141.
"Overall, the corn crop in Ohio was worse than I was expecting, while the crop in Indiana came in close to what I was expecting," Tapley says. "I expect our Indiana numbers to come down significantly Tuesday, as we move through areas that have seen more dryness and more heat."
The soybeans in Madison County were in the pod-filling stage. This field was planted in 15-inch rows. There appeared to be little insect pressure. At this stage, the beans appeared to have decent pod sizes.
Most of the pods were filled with 2 or 3 beans. "Overall, the soybeans in both states (Ohio and Indiana) were better than I was expecting, and with some rain, should bounce back," Tapley says.
See what kinds of crop conditions the MDA EarthSat Weather July Crop Tour discovered as it moved into Indiana on Monday & Tuesday.