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Iowa soybean pod counts top three-year average - crop tour

ROCHESTER, Minnesota, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Iowa's corn yield prospects are on par with the three-year average, while soybean pod counts are above the three-year average, scouts on an annual tour of top U.S. production states found on Thursday.

Corn yields in the top U.S. producing state were projected at 183.81 bushels per acre (bpa), the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour said, smaller than the 2021 crop tour average of 190.76 bpa but about the same as the three-year crop tour average of 183.80 bpa.

The four-day crop tour, which does not project soybean yields, estimated the amount of soybean pods in a 3-by-3-foot square in Iowa at an average of 1,174.43 pods. That is down from last year's average of 1,217.80 pods but above the three-year average of 1,157.00 pods.

The tour is being closely watched by farmers and commodity traders, at a time when bumper U.S. crops are needed to offset low global grain supplies - even as extreme heat and drought in parts of the Midwest has caused concern over weather impacts on crop yields.

(Reporting by Julie Ingwersen)

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